FOR THE WEEK OF… October 17th ~ 2021
This week let us pray that we may continue in Christ’s mission in a holy manner. Empowered by the Holy Spirit may we enter relationships in ways acceptable to our Lord. Ways that we faithfully share God’s love with all those in which we are gathered. And may we do so humbly and vulnerably…open to our neighbors sharing God’s love with us as well.
Christ’s Peace, Pastor Steve
JOIN US FOR ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICES and MEETINGS ~ CLICK HERE
SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE and HOLY COMMUNION: October 17th at 10:00 am ~ Online Spoken Word Zoom Service: CLICK HERE
Meeting ID: 565-414-081 – Please be patient as you will be in a waiting room to be admitted into the service.
Those serving us online and IN PERSON at church this Sunday are:
- Assisting Minister: Ken Miller
- Reader: Ann Miller
- Music: Quinten Knudsen
- Usher: Jerry Lorenzen
- Greeter: Barb Lorenzen
- Altar Guild / Communion Assistant: Barb Lorenzen
- Zoom A/V operator and Monitor/Co-Host: Steve Hoffman and Jennifer Lopansri
OTHER MEETINGS FOR THIS SUNDAY and Next Week ~ CLICK HERE
- Sunday, October 24th at 8:45 am – Adult Education: Reflections on Sabbatical with Pastor Steve
- Monday, October 25th at 6:30 pm – Property Meeting
- Wednesday, October 27th at 6:30 pm – Book Club Meeting
LECTIONARY BIBLE READINGS THIS WEEK:
Lectionary Bible Readings for Sunday, October 24, 2021: Jerimiah 31:7-9, Psalm 126, Hebrews 7:23-28, Mark 10:46-52
~ ANNOUNCEMENTS THIS WEEK … ~
FALL ADULT EDUCATION SESSIONS – The Adult Education Team has come up with many Sundays to learn about information and religious reflections. These meetings will take place in person (possibly with zoom) each Sunday that is listed below. They will meet 8:45 am – 9:45 am, prior to Worship Service. Here is the schedule of discussions:
- October 24th: Reflections on Sabbatical from Pastor Steve
- October 31st: Q & A about COVID with Dr. Jenny Leiser and Mary Antinori (update on trends, boosters, time for Q & A)
- November 7th: Dealing with impacts of the pandemic (listening to Brene Brown podcast & discussion) Coordinated by Ann Hoffman and Peggy Cain
- December 5th: Dealing with impacts of the pandemic (listening to Brene Brown podcast & discussion) Coordinated by Ann Hoffman and Peggy Cain
- December 12th: Dealing with impacts of the pandemic (listening to Brene Brown podcast & discussion) Coordinated by Ann Hoffman and Peggy Cain
SUNDAY SERVANTS – WE NEED VOLUNTEERS: Thank you to all of our current volunteers that help with Sunday Worship Service. As our attendance is growing, so is the need for additional volunteers to serve each Sunday. This could be a once a month commitment. We are seeking new volunteers to help with Greeting, Ushering, Altar Guild, Zoom Monitor from home. If you would like to be an assisting minister or reader, we could always use more volunteers there to rotate every other month. Please let the office know if you would like to help on a Sunday or sign up on the kiosk in the narthex. It is a great way to be involved and give the gift of your time and talent. Thank you!
2022 STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN – The Church Council and Stewardship Team recently mailed out YTD Giving Statements and 2022 Pledge Cards. Please let the office know HERE, if you do not receive your information in the mail. If you are new to Shepherd of the Mountains and would like to learn more about the Stewardship Campaign, CLICK HERE for the letter and please look on the kiosk in the narthex under events for Pledge Cards. More Stewardship Information can be found HERE. Thank you for your consideration!
ZOOM AUDIO / VISUAL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – The Worship Team is seeking 1 to 2 people to help with Sunday Zoom Services from the Sanctuary. Steve Hoffman will train you on the operation of the Zoom Cameras and the Audio / Visual part. Please consider helping out, as there a a few dates that Steve is not available at the end of September to conduct the zoom part. For more information or to reach out to Steve, email him at: email@example.com. Thank you for considering being a part of the Audio / Visual Ministry!
SIGN UP TO DONATE ALTAR FLOWERS: We have discontinued the Signup for reserving seats in the sanctuary. However, our Worship team would like to make it easier for people to donate Altar Flowers for Sunday Worship Service. Click the Image or this link: >>CLICK HERE<<
Flower Arrangements are created by Kathryn at Flowers By You in Kimball Junction. Pricing is: $28.00 for ONE VASE and $47.00 for TWO VASES. Please indicate the occasion and how many vases you would like to order. You then can send in your payment to the church office. If you have any questions please email the office at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 435-649-2233.
IN PERSON WORSHIP SERVICE – JOIN US! We ask that any person that is eligible to be vaccinated, to be fully vaccinated when attending service. Masks and Social Distancing will be required. If you have any questions please email the office at: email@example.com or call 435-649-2233.
BOOK CLUB MEETING – The next Book Club meeting will be held by Zoom on Wednesday, October 27th at 6:30 pm to visit and 7:00 pm to discuss book via zoom . The book is “The Sum of Us” by Heather McGhee. The book “Caste” by Isabel Wilkerson which is on the same subject will also be included for discussion should anyone choose. The book for the November meeting will be decided at the October Meeting.
If you would like to join the Book Club, please contact the office HERE and we will add you to their Book Club List. Join this fun group for lively discussions and fellowship!
SLEEP IN HEAVENLY PEACE SOCIAL MINISTRY PROJECT: Information TBA
We, as core team, have spent time training and exploring the ELCA supported Welcoming program called Reconciling in Christ. At the Congregational Meeting, a “vote of confidence” was approved by the congregation to move forward in this training program that will guide our congregation in advancing our intentional welcome to all people.
We now embark on a 2-year journey that will encourage education and intentional changes to our welcoming statement that we would vote on later in the process. This is a congregational driven process and we have had 6 months of discussion with church council, Fellowship & Social Ministry Committees, and various individuals in our community who have all supported the proposal to support this journey of becoming a Reconciling in Christ community. Please reach out with any questions to Ann Hoffman, Kim Fry, JJ Ehlers and Pastor Steve Leiser. And please consider joining us as we would welcome more people in this important work!
SUNDAY SCHOOL and YOUTH:
NOTE: October 24th and 31st will be ONLINE Sunday School Lessons
IN PERSON SUNDAY SCHOOL – Greetings! We wish everyone good luck with the start of a new school year this fall. The congregation of Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church will continue to offer Sunday School for our children. This year we are happy to announce that Sunday School classes will be offered in person after the Children’s Sermon each Sunday. Masks and Social Distancing will be in effect for these lessons.
A calendar for the Sunday School year can be provided upon request; it typically is in line with the Park City School calendar. Erin Thomas will craft and lead these classes. These classes should last no more than 10-20 minutes each Sunday. This year, classes could be more diverse than previous years, depending on the ages of the children attending Sunday School. With great joy we again look forward to being with your children each Sunday morning. Please encourage your children to attend Sunday School. Encourage them to invite their friends! Invite your friends! We look forward to seeing you on Sunday mornings this September and throughout the coming church year!
NATIONAL YOUTH GATHERING PLANNING MEETINGS – The National Youth Gathering has be rescheduled for next July 2022. There will be another PLANNING MEETING at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (2500 East 3900 South) in SLC on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24 at 5:00 pm. If you are interested in attending, please contact Pastor Steve as we know there are some youth that are attending from the Salt Lake City Lutheran churches.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN SYNOD:
The Rocky Mountain Synod has many opportunities including Adult and Young Adult education. These are also Study Guides or Meetings / Discussions on Zoom. Please see the following links if any of these interest you.
- Living Faith: Church in Society – a New Adult Forum/Small Group Discussion Guide: CLICK HERE
- ELCA – “Stories in Action” 2020 – 2021 virtual annual book: CLICK HERE
- Women of the ELCA – RMS “Views from the Rockies” – SEPTEMBER 2021 Newsletter: CLICK HERE
STAY SAFE and STAY HEALTHY:
MASK UPDATE FOR SHEPHERD OF THE MOUNTAINS: By recommendation from our Health Team, we will REQUIRE that face coverings (masks) be worn in our building at all times. Exception is 2 year and under in age and being outdoors. For more information regarding Summit County Health Department and Covid related notices. CLICK HERE
AA – 7:00 pm every Wednesday (co-ed) and 7:00 pm every Thursday (men only)
Alzheimer’s Support Group – TBD
Monthly Committee Meetings:
Council – 6:30 pm, 2nd Monday of the month – (10/11/21 on zoom)
Fellowship – 11:00 am, 2nd Sunday of the month (11/14/21)
Finance – 5:30 pm, 4th Monday of the 1st month of the quarter (TBA)
Property – 6:30 pm, 4th Monday of the month (10/25/21)
Shepherd Connections & Social Ministries– 11:00 am, 2nd Sunday of the month (11/14/21)
Worship/Music – 11:00 am, 1st Sunday of the month (11/7/21)
CALENDAR and EVENTS:
ONGOING AT SHEPHERD OF THE MOUNTAINS:
RECYCLING – Thank You to all of you who are recycling at SOTM. It’s a big job to take these items to the Recycle Center and if you would like to help in this wonderful “Save our Earth” mission, please contact the office. Also, please remember that if cardboard is contaminated with food particles, it can not be recycled.
SHEPHERD OF THE MOUNTAINS HAS JOINED RECYCLE UTAH’S GREEN BUSINESS PROGRAM – This program is a resource that helps us operate in a more sustainable manner through education and goal setting. We’ve identified three goals for 2019 – 2020: 1) increase recycling and awareness in the building, 2) explore lighting efficiency options in the building and parking lot and 3) evaluate our energy usage throughout the building. Additional information on the program can be found at www.recycleutah.org/green-business-program.
SHEPHERD OF THE MOUNTAINS ON-LINE GIVING PLATFORM – TITHE.LY – We now have an On-line giving button on our web page to make it more convenient for members and visitors to contribute to SOTM. The donor has the option to cover the processing fees for the church or if they decide not to, SOTM will cover the administration fees that are processed through Tithe.ly. To give on line – click here: GIVE TODAY This is a simple way to give if you don’t have cash or a checkbook on you at one of our worship services. Thank you for supporting Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church!
AMAZON SMILE – Help donate to Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church with every purchase you make on Amazon, click on link: AMAZON~SMILE
LIVING LUTHERAN MAGAZINE – THE OCTOBER ISSUE HAS ARRIVED! If you would like a copy of of any issue mailed to you or left at the front door, let the office know and we are happy to take care of that for you. Either email or call the office: firstname.lastname@example.org or 435-649-2233.
DIGITAL and IN PERSON HOLY COMMUNION EVERY SUNDAY! Join us each Sunday for Digital Holy Communion. Please come prepared with the elements of bread and wine/juice each Sunday morning. If you would like prepackaged communion cups, we have these available at the church. You can stop by and pick up what you need from the office. There is a wafer on top and a portion of juice in the cup. Please note to shake before opening – see below. If you are attending IN PERSON, Communion Chalice with wafer will be available on the Communion table before you enter the sanctuary. Gluten Free Wafers are also available in the narthex.
FOOD PANTRY – We are not excepting donations at this time at the church. We suggest you drop off your pantry donations to the Christian Center of Park City on Deer Valley Drive. Thank you!
EYEGLASSES FOR THE LIONS CLUB – Always in need for Prescription Glasses and Sunglasses. Please donate to the wooden box by the office or leave in the mailbox.
WENDY’S WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY WORKOUT – Every Wednesday, 7:00 am – strength, core and balance. Right here at SOM. Just $5.00 per class.
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY – These are postponed in our church building until further notice. Please reach out to one another and offer prayer for each other.
SOLAR SYSTEM PERFORMANCE: This report is for the month ending on 9 August 2021. The panels were at near maximum performance again for the reporting period.
The solar panels generated 1,980 kWh of electrical power. Of that production during daylight hours, The Church and its tenants used 666 kWh directly from the panels. We sold back 1,314 kWh to Rocky Mountain Power. In the process, we banked 766 kWh for later use by the Church, most likely this coming winter.
The only payment we had for the month was less that $10, the fee to be hooked to the grid (and use the grid as a bank). – Tim Fehr
~ In Our Prayers ~
We ask your continued prayers for Healing and Wholeness for:
Kaitlin, Jamie Jones, Chloe Rodchester, Jim & Joy, Mary, Judy, Nicole, John M., Cathryn, Terri Anderson, Keith Lilley, Carole Van Hook, Clayton, Kurt, Nicole, Sheila, Brian Case, Bill Murray, Vera Palomaki, Kay, Mark, Marlene, John Sandstrom, Marge Neumayer, Leslie Smith, Lizzy, Lori D, Thomas Ryan, Kitty, Kira, Dylan Wilcox, Jim VanderLinden, Kimberly Gosell, Jill L., Aunt Lou, Robert Howell, Sam, Bonnie Futch, Mary Jane Schmidt, Pat Rusk, Bob, 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 the office to add a name to the chain. Thank you!
The date of the E-pistle is figured from “the first day of the week,” the day of Resurrection–Sunday.
The weekly E-pistle is an internet ministry of the congregation of Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church. All announcements or subscriber list additions/subtractions should be sent to the Office Administrator, at: email@example.com.
Please note our church office hours are: Monday – Friday, 9 AM to 2 PM. Friday’s may be a modified schedule in the office. Thank you!