For the Week of August 13, 2017

Please notify the church office (435-649-2233) or office@shepherdofthemountains.org) of substitutions prior to the bulletin insert deadline of Wednesday at noon. Thank you!

Please view the Worship Schedule and other events happening this week on our calendar.

Message from our Pastor, Steve Leiser

Knowing that our Lord has promised to be with us always, I pray that we respond to this good news by continuing to generously share our time, our talents, and our wealth that Christ’s mission at Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church may be sustained in a healthy manner. I pray that we continue to experience the peace and joy of our Lord as we reach out to serve our Lord and our neighbors. I pray that we continue to be willing to be vulnerable even as we humbly receive the gifts that our neighbors share with us.

Christ’s Peace,
Pastor Steve

Sunday, August 20, 8:30am Worship

Assisting Minister: George Corwin
Acolyte: Tyler Anderson
Communion Assistants: Steve Polster, Wendy Johnson, Beth Siebert
Sunday School: Resumes September 10.
Reader: Val Thurnell
Keyboard: Stephanie Hurt
Altar Guild Support: Barb Lorenzen
Fellowship: June Roscoe
Bread: Peggy Cain
Greeter: Wendy Johnson
Usher: John Knudson

Sunday, August 20, 10:30am Worship

Assisting Minister: Alison Vallejo
Acolyte: Isaac Adame
Communion Assistants: Andrew Hoffman
Sunday School: Resumes September 10
Reader: Mary Jane Schmidt
Music: Praise Band
Altar Guild Support: Barb Lorenzen
Fellowship: Karen Broussard
Bread: Peggy Cain
Greeter: Barb Martz
Usher: Dave Vecchi
Counters: Dave Vecchi

Reoccurring Meetings

Bluegrass – 5:30 pm every Wednesday
Praise Band – 7:00 pm every Wednesday
AA – 7:00 pm every Wednesday, 7:00 pm every Thursday

Information deadlines

Worship Servants – 1st Monday of the month


Council – 6:30 pm, 2nd Monday of the month (8/14)
Education/Youth – 9:45am, 2nd Sunday of the month (TBA)
Executive Committee – 12:00 PM varies (TBA)
Fellowship – 9:30 am, 2nd Sunday of the month (9/10)
Finance – 5:30 pm, 4th Mon. of the 1st month of the quarter (TBA)
Property – 6:30 pm, 4th Monday of the month (8/28)
Social Ministries – 9:30 am, 2nd Sunday of the month (9/10)
Bereavement Team – TBA
Stewardship – 7:00 pm, 1st Monday of the month (TBA)
Shepherd Connections – 9:30 am 2nd Sunday of the month (9/10)
Worship/Music – 11:30 am, 1st Sunday of the month (9/3)

Lectionary Bible Readings

Lectionary Bible Readings for Sunday, August 20, 2017: Isaiah 56:1,6-8, Psalm 67, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Matthew 15:10-28

Planning Ahead/Congregational Life

Please view the Worship Schedule and other events happening this week on our calendar.

Meals for Kira – Kira Ryan, one of our members, had back surgery. We will be helping her and her family by bringing meals over every three days or so. Please go to https://mealtrain.com/98ve26 to sign up to bring a meal to them. You will need to set up an account, but it is very easy. There are several open spots available on the schedule. We will be adding more days in July as we know how Kira’s recovery is progressing and what the family’s needs are. Thank you very much for your help!

Fun PROJECT Friday – The property committee invites you to join us two Fridays a month this summer to accomplish a few tasks. On the list is Perky Planter Clean-Out, painting the storage shed, moving some rocks, and cleaning gutters among other things, Youth are encouraged to help when accompanied by a supervising adult/parent. If you need service hours, this would be a great opportunity. Next date August 25. We start at 9:00 and plan to be done by 11:00. Bring work gloves and a hat. Other supplies/tools will be provided. Thank you for your help!

Mowing schedule – we are always looking for assistance with lawn mowing. There is a sign up sheet on the kiosk. Remember, we have a riding mower. You can always get a lesson.

Piano Concert -Saturday, August 26, 7:00pm – we will be having a piano concert here at SOM. The guest artist is John Nilsen, a pianist, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter from the Pacific Northwest. Magic Wing is a record label he founded. He has performed in every state as well as Europe and Asia and played in 1500 different churches around the world. Please join us for this free concert. And invite your friends.

Operation Christmas Child – this is a ministry through Samaritan’s Purse which disburses “shoeboxes” to children all over the world. Over 11.5 million gift-filled shoeboxes will be distributed in over 120 countries this year. If you would like more information, please contact Cheryl in the church office. We are looking for someone to be in charge of this ministry. This is a fairly short project – boxes are due November 13. If this is something you would like to do, please contact Cheryl.

Amy Grant concert – Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith will be performing with a full Symphony Orchestra in Orem on Tuesday, November 14. We have purchased tickets and they will be available on a first come first served basis. There is a signup sheet on the kiosk.

Presiding Bishop Eaton’s letter – Presiding Bishop Eaton invites us to join with ecumenical partners in fasting and prayer the 21st of each month as we recognize the need to engage our hearts, bodies and communities together to combat poverty. For more information please see letter penned by Bishop Eaton on ELCA bulletin board.

Sunday school – will resume September 10. Teacher training will be held Sunday, August 27 at 9:30am. There is a signup sheet on the kiosk to volunteer to teach.

Alzheimer’s Walk – once again we will participate in this event. Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 9. Watch for further details as we get closer. Our team will once again be the Lutherans Walking Boldly. There is a signup sheet on the kiosk.

Solar – During the period June 7 – July 7, 30 days, the solar system generated 2,423 kWh of energy. The energy produced by the solar panels completely offset high usage by the Church and its tenants. In the process, we sold back 1510 kWh to Rocky Mountain Power, banking 340 kWh for future draw from the grid. During the period, we drew 1,170 kWh from the grid but by selling back 1,510 kWh we were not charged for any use from the grid and only had to pay fees and connection charges. The solar system contributed 100% + of our total use of 2,083 kWh. Submitted by Tim Fehr

Property Coordinator-Annie Lamb is serving in this position. Her email is annie.1974@live.com. She is now coordinating all the various groups that use our building. If you have an event and you would like to use the building, she is the person you contact.

Wendy’s Wonderful Wednesday Workout – Every Wednesday, 7:00am – strength, core and balance. Right here at SOM. $5.

Women’s Bible Study – We meet every other Wednesday. The next meeting is August 16 at 9:00am at the church. If you have questions, please contact Linda Hathaway (435-654-4383). We look forward to seeing you.

Book Club – the next selection is Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams. Wednesday, September 13 at the home of Linda and Clark Hathaway, 110 West 200 North, Heber City, 435-654-4383. Interesting discussions guaranteed. Join us!

Sunday Servants – There are many opportunities to serve during our worship services. We need additional volunteers. Worship takes 20-25 people to assist every Sunday. If you would like to assist, here is the list of the people who do the scheduling:

Assisting Ministers, Communion Assistants, Readers – Val Thurnell – vthurnell@gmail.com or valerie.thurnell@wasatch.edu
Altar Guild, Bread Bakers – Linda Hathaway chandlh@localnet.com
Counters – Jim Hier jimheir@gmail.com
Keyboard – Stephanie Hurt saamhurt@allwest.net
Greeters – Pam Evans evansstrayhome@aol.com
Fellowship – Ann Hoffman sagahoffman@msn.com
Ushers – Randy Thomson thomson@xmission.com
Acolytes – Pastor Steve steveleiser@comcast.net

Musical Talents – We invite you to share your musical talents during worship at 8:30. If you would like to provide special music (vocal or instrumental solos and groups) during the offertory, please talk with Mary Antinori (649-6877) or Pastor Steve.

The Praise Band is looking for musicians for the 10:30 service. Practice is Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm. Join us for practice and see how you like it! Contact Jennifer Leiser (801-631-9981) for more information.

In Our Prayers

We ask your continued prayers for Healing and Wholeness for:
Family of David Hoffman, Annette, Kira, Glenda, Lizzie and family, Sheila, Michael Bill, Brenda, Bob, Andrew Hoffman, Brandon, Shirley Cann, Andrew Brennan Family, Vera Palomaki, Avery, Michael, Steve, Kathy, Marge, Mildred, Rob, Jan, Cindy, Kirsten Rauk, Paula Krueger, Todd, Ray, Andy Washington, Mugridge Family.

SoM Prayer Chain
We are updating our prayer chain. We have kept everyone on the list that has been added in the last 3 months. We will rotate names off the prayer chain after a month unless we receive a request to keep a name on. Please contact JJ Ehlers, jrhehlers@sisna.com or call her at 647-0977, to add a name to the chain. Thank you!

Community Events

Eyeglass for Lions Club – the collection box is in the narthex. Feel free to donate your old glasses.

Box Tops – Shining Stars school is collecting box tops. If you are not saving yours for another cause, they would be happy to take them. There will be a collection box in the narthex. Along with a list of what they collect.


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