For the Week of December 10, 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

Christmas is coming. On Christmas day we celebrate that God reveals God’s-self, our hope, in a straw-filled manger, in a stable, in the little town of Bethlehem. On Christmas day we celebrate the birth of Jesus. The scene is not what one might picture or expect for the birth of a King. Yet, in this humblest of circumstances the angels sing out for joy!

This week I invite you to discover how God reveals God’s-self to you, even calls to you, through and in your relationships and conversations…whenever and wherever you find yourself. Ask yourself how you experience the joy of our Lord even in, especially in, the humblest of situations. Ponder how the Gospel is opened to you when you least expect it.

Christ’s Peace, Pastor Steve

Sunday, December 17, 8:30am Worship

Assisting Minister: George Corwin
Children’s Sermon: Kathy Donnell
Advent Wreath lighting: Sharon and Keith Lilley
Acolyte: Ledger Moffat
Communion Assistants: Steve Polster, Monte Hurt
Sunday School:
Reader: Ted Palomaki
Keyboard: Mary Antinori
Altar Guild Support: Barb Lorenzen
Fellowship: Linda Hathaway
Bread: Mickey Palomaki
Greeter: Pam Evans
Usher: Bill Dwyer

Sunday, December 17, 10:30am Worship

Assisting Minister: Joe Donnell
Children’s Sermon: Kathy Donnell
Advent wreath lighting: Ehlers Family
Acolyte: Isaac Adame
Communion Assistants: Kathy Donnell
Sunday School:
Reader: Kim Raymer
Music: Praise Band
Altar Guild Support: Barb Lorenzen
Fellowship: Barb Lorenzen
Bread: Mickey Palomaki
Greeter: Tim Fehr
Usher: Dave Vecchi
Counters: Kim Raymer, 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 (12/11)
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 (1/14/18)
Finance – 5:30 pm, 4th Mon. of the 1st month of the quarter (TBA)
Property – 6:30 pm, 4th Monday of the month (1/22/18)
Social Ministries – 9:30 am, 2nd Sunday of the month (1/14/18)
Bereavement Team – TBA
Stewardship – 7:00 pm, 1st Monday of the month (TBA)
Shepherd Connections – 9:30 am 2nd Sunday of the month (1/14/18)
Worship/Music – 11:30 am, 1st Sunday of the month (1/718)

Lectionary Bible Readings

Lectionary Bible Readings for Sunday, December 17, 2017:Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11, Magnificat, Luke 1:46b-55, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24, John 1:6-8, 19-28

Planning Ahead/Congregational Life

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

December Servant Schedule – the schedule is on the kiosk. Please note there are several blanks. If you are able to attend that service and would like to volunteer, please call Cheryl in the office. 435-649-2233

Rocky Mountain Synod Information – The information is on the ELCA bulletin board and here is a link

Men’s Retreat – Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Logan wants to foster fellowship for men across congregations in Utah. He is planning a retreat for men. There is information on the Community bulletin board with more information.

Fun PROJECT Friday – The property committee invites you to join us two Fridays a month to accomplish a few tasks. Next date – December 15. We start at 9:00 and plan to be done by 11:00. Bring work gloves. Other supplies/tools will be provided. Thank you for your help!

Fleece Blankets – Due to popular growing interest in making fleece blankets, we will restart our Lutheran World Relief blanket project. Right now, we will collect fleece fabric donations. In January we will have an evening cutting party to cut the fringes. More info to come as we get closer. Once everything is cut, we can meet between services to tie knots. All ages welcome.

For each blanket we need 2 lengths of non-pilling polyester fleece 80″ X 60″. Clearance sales really get going after Christmas, but watch for Fall sales and coupons from fabric stores and Wal-Mart.

Guidelines for the fabric patterns are as follows:
• Please do not donate items with any religious symbols, messages or our congregation’s name.
• Please do not donate any items decorated with a U.S. flag, patriotic or military symbols, or references to the armed forces, including camouflage.
• The places where these blankets are sent are often affected by war, famine, or other natural disaster. Consider darker colors so dirt doesn’t show as much.

Chrysalis Party – as usual, it was a great party. Thanks to all who attended, bought Sub for Santa gifts and supported this event.

Sunday school Classes are offered during each service. There is a teacher signup on the kiosk.

Blood Drive – Wednesday, December 13, 1-6pm. The blood mobile will be in our parking lot and there are still a few openings. Mickey suggests going online to make an appointment. See the flyer on the kiosk for more information.

Epiphany Party – Saturday, January 6, 4:00pm. This will take place at the Evans barn in Kamas. Bring your left over cookies and favorite beverage. Hot cider will be provided.

Volunteers needed for Olympic Selection Events – please join our Utah Olympic Park and Park City Ski and Snowboard volunteer team to support our Park City athletes and US Olympic Teams.

Dec. 30 -31 US Team Trials Nordic Combined and Ladies Ski Jumping
Dec. 30 Jr. World/Jr. Nat Try-out Ski Jumping / Nordic Combined

There are many jobs, we will put you in a comfortable role and provide training. Contact:

Jennifer Clark at 435.658.9120 or jclark@uolf.org
And/or volunteers@parkcityss.org

Walter Evans, Special Projects Manager
Park City Ski and Snowboard
(435) 640 8502

Solar – During the period October 6 to November 6, 31 days, the solar system generated 1,570 kWh of energy. The energy produced by the solar panels offset 50% of high usage by the Church and its tenants. In the process, we sold back 678 kWh to Rocky Mountain Power.

During the period, we drew 2,344 kWh from the grid but by selling back 678 kWh we were only charged for 1,666 kWh from the grid. The solar system contributed about 50% of our total use of 3,236 kWh. 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 December 20 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 – Monday, December 18 – Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada. At the home of Carol and Dan Syroid, 4779 W. Balsam Drive, Park City, 435-658-3488. Interesting discussions guaranteed. Join us!

2018 Bishop Election – Dear Members of the Body of Christ in the Utah Conference of the Rocky Mountain Synod:
“Electing a bishop is one of the most important responsibilities in the life of a synod in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a key responsibility of the Synod Assembly. As an election, it is a process governed by the constitution, bylaws, and continuing resolutions of the synod; however, it is also a call process. As such, it involves discernment, from the perspective both of individual potential nominees and of the synod as a whole. Thus, engaging in prayerful reflection and seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit are indispensable aspects of the process of nomination and election, regardless of the particular provisions in the synod’s governing documents.” — Introduction from ELCA Guidelines for Synod Bishop Elections, Jan 2015

The process for electing a bishop is by an ecclesiastical ballot for a six year term conducted at the Synod Assembly May 3-5 in Westminster, CO. Each conference of the Rocky Mountain Synod is asked to bring forward names for the ballot. Bishop Jim Gonia, our current bishop, is eligible for re-election to another term and has indicated his desire to continue serving. His name will be submitted for consideration.

The deadline for submitting names for consideration is February 9, 2018. The Utah Conference in its November meeting has requested that each Utah congregation meet (rather than a single conference gathering) before that deadline to review the online resources and become familiar with the process for electing the Bishop in order to become part of the process and have Utah voices involved in the discernment. There are several resources made available for this purpose including a Synod Snapshot, Bishop Profile, Bible Study and Draft Agenda (you can modify as needed for your congregational meeting). These are all found at: https://www.rmselca.org/bishopelection . This website page also includes the link to a form to submit potential bishop candidates by the February 9th deadline.

In addition to the Bishop election, other synod-wide positions for various areas service leadership will also be open for nominations and election at the synod assembly in May. You are encouraged to review these open positions as they come available and express your interest. You can contact me at deb.elstad@gmail.com or your pastor if you have interest in putting your name in for election. More details on those positions will be posted at a later date on the RMS website at https://www.rmselca.org/elections. More information on the ELCA bulletin board.

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:
Viki, Dick, Doug Gibson, Marlene, Russ Malcomson, Margueritte Malcomson, Blythe Jack, Nikki Bernhard at the death of her mom, Family of David Hoffman, Annette, Kira, Glenda, Sheila and Frank, Rusty, Bob, Andrew Hoffman, Brandon, Shirley Cann, Vera Palomaki, Avery, Michael, Steve, Kathy, Marge, 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.

Bees Baseball Games – notice gift information on the bulletin board. Offered by our very own Brae Dilley who did such an awesome job for us last summer with our Bees event.

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.

Kamas Valley Community Christmas Concert – Saturday, December 16 at Dejoria Center. Doors open at 6:30pm, concert at 7:00pm. And it is Free.

Winter in the Park – Wasatch Mountain State Park – check out the flyer on the bulletin board for all their activities December – February.


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