FOR THE WEEK OF December 9th, 2018

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

As we approach Christmas Day we ponder the meaning of God coming into our hearts.  We are grateful that God revealed God’s-self in the baby Jesus…God being willing to be vulnerable among us.  This week I invite you to pray about such humility and love.  Pray that we might experience the joy of our Lord as revealed in the children with which we are gathered to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Christ’s Peace, Pastor Steve

Worship Servants for this coming Sunday…

Third Sunday of Advent, December 16th, 8:30am Traditional Worship

Assisting Minister: George Corwin
Acolyte: Tyler Anderson
Lighting of Advent Wreath: The Mugridge Family
Communion Assistants: Ted Palomaki, Bret and Michelle Anderson
Sunday School: Erin Thomas
Reader: Val Thurnell
Music: Logan Blackman
Altar Guild Support: Barb Lorenzen
Bread: Polster Family
Fellowship: Linda Hathaway
Greeter: Sharran & Ian Patrick
Usher: Glenda Corwin

Third Sunday of Advent, December 16th, 10:30am Contemporary Worship

Assisting Minister: Liz Davis
Acolyte: Joshua Lamb
Lighting of Advent Wreath: The Lamb Family
Communion Assistant: Barb Martz
Sunday School: Erin Thomas
Reader: Jordanelle Mugridge
Music: The Praise Band
Altar Guild Support: Barb Lorenzen
Bread: Polster Family
Fellowship: Ann Hoffman
Greeter: Annie Lamb
Usher: Carl Peacock
Counters: Robbie Sletta and Barb Martz
Altar Flowers: The Dwyer Family – “Celebrating Bill’s 60th Birthday”

Reoccurring Meetings

Bluegrass – 5:30 pm every Wednesday
Praise Band – 7:00 pm every Tuesday
AA – 7:00 pm every Wednesday (co-ed), 7:00 pm every Thursday (men only)
Alzheimer’s Support Group – Meets 1:00 pm – 3rd Wednesday of every month
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – Meets 6:30 pm – 2nd Tuesday of every month

Information deadlines:

Worship Servants FIRST MONDAY of the month – for the next month please !


Council – 6:30 pm, 2nd Monday of the month – (12/10)
Education/Youth – 9:45 am, 2nd Sunday of the month (TBA)
Executive Committee – 12:00 pm varies (TBA)
Fellowship – 9:30 am, 2nd Sunday of the month (1/13/19)
Finance – 5:30 pm, 4th Monday of the 1st month of the quarter (TBA)
Property – 6:30 pm, 4th Monday of the month (TBD with the Holiday)
Social Ministries – 9:30 am, 2nd Sunday of the month (1/13/19)
Bereavement Team – TBD
Stewardship – 7:00 pm, 1st Monday of the month (TBA)
Shepherd Connections – 9:30 am 2nd Sunday of the month (1/13/19)
Worship/Music – 11:30 am, 1st Sunday of the month (1/6/19)

Lectionary Bible Readings

Lectionary Bible Readings for Sunday, December 16, 2018:  Third Sunday of Advent – Zephaniah 3:14-20, Isaiah 12:2-6, Philippians 4:4-7, Luke 3:7-18

PLANNING AHEAD… Announcements

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

THANK YOU – Another Successful Chrysalis Christmas Party –  Thank you to all of you that helped with and donated to the annual Christmas Party to benefit Adults with disabilities.   Thank you Sally Rajamaki, Barb Lorenzen and ALL those helping hands to make this year a great success!  Merry Christmas!

PETER VAN HOOK – Wishing you to Have a Great Day Cards – If you would like to drop off  a “Have a Great Day” card for our former Interim Pastor, Peter Van Hook, they will be personally delivered by Pastor Steve.   Peter is currently at Huntsman Cancer Institute and we ask you to not send “Get Well Cards”, but instead send Inspirational and Have a Great Day type cards.   There is a basket on the counter to drop off these cards for Pastor Steve to deliver.  GOD BLESS PETER and his family!

LIGHTING the ADVENT WREATH – We have one slot open on Sunday, December 23rd – second service at 10:30 am, if your family would like to Light the Advent Wreath.  If you would like to put your family in that last slot, please call the office at 435-649-2233.

DIAPER / WIPES AND BABY FOOD DRIVE FOR THE CHRISTIAN CENTER – The month of December we will be collecting boxes of diapers, wipes and baby food items for the Christian Center of Park City.  Please place your donations in the clear bin located by the office.  Thank you for helping those families in need of these items!

EPIPHANY SERVICE –  Please join the Evans Family for this annual service in their barn on Saturday, January 5th, 2019 at 3:00 pm.   Hot cider will be available.  Bring your leftover Christmas Cookies to share and your favorite beverage.  Wear warm clothing and boots.

WINDRIDER FORUM – IN SEARCH OF HOST HOMES –  The Windrider Forum (www.windriderforum.org) is a unique cultural immersion experience at the Sundance Film Festival that brings undergraduate and graduate students, professors, filmmakers, pastors, youth workers, and community leaders together to engage in a dialogue about some of the most challenging issues facing our culture today as portrayed by the cinematic arts. We identify ways to bridge the divisiveness that often exists when these conversations take place. We equip and encourage participants to find meaningful ways to tell stories of hope, reconciliation, and redemption. From our modest beginnings in 2005, we have grown to become the largest student group, more than 250 students from over 15 different colleges and universities throughout the country. This year The Sundance Institute has asked to partner with Windrider Forum. We would not be able to offer such a noteworthy opportunity without the generosity of our local partners. One valuable way that you can help is to offer to host a student or two in your home for the week long session.

All of our guests are adults, ranging in age from early 20’s and older. They are encouraged to arrive on Sunday, January 27th and stay until Saturday, February 2 or Sunday, February 3rd. They follow a very tight schedule with class in the mornings, starting at 8:30 am and then out to view films, sometimes until later at night. They are asked to organize their own transportation (if the host home is close to the bus line public transport will be used, if not, a rental car.)

The host family is not expected to serve a meal but it would be nice, if possible, to have some snacks available for them for a light breakfast and coffee. Although you will not see much of your guests during the week we are confident you will enjoy meeting them, hearing about their backgrounds, and their experience at Windrider Forum at Sundance. And they will certainly enjoy meeting you!

We are extending a personal invitation to all of our host families to be our guests at Opening Night on January 28th for Windrider Short Film Showcase and dinner. It will take place at the LDS State Center, 2300 Monitor Drive, from 5pm to 9pm. There will be a Q and A to follow with the filmmakers of the award winning shorts. There will also be a free screening of a Sundance (Windrider chosen) film on Wednesday, 1/30/2019.

For more information on becoming a host family for Windrider at SUNDANCE 2019, please call or write to one of the following listed below. Please provide information on how many guests you can accommodate and your location information, etc.

Jill Sobol at 217 620 -7108 or write jesobol@gmail.com or Mary V. Cass 303 359-6017 or write mvcass2013@gmail.com  Or see website: www.windriderforum.info


SUNDAY SCHOOL –  We will Sunday School this coming Sunday, December 16th and then there will be no Sunday School for the 23rd and 30th of December.  Sign up sheets will be available on Sunday for the 2019 Schedule.  Please consider signing up to co-lead with Erin Thomas for our youth.

JOIN THE ELCA YOUTH CORE LEADERSHIP TEAM – If you are interested in the opportunity to dig more deeply into your own leader and faith formation for our congregation, please see the Youth board for more information and to make a copy of the application.  Open to 9th – 11th grade students.

YOUTH EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES – Do your kids participate in extracurricular activities, sports, dance, music, plays?  Please let us know as many people of the congregation would like to support the youth and cheer them on at their events.  There is a sign up on the YOUTH board, so let us know what your kiddos are up to this winter and spring.


RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE –  We are hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive here at SOM on Friday, December 14th  from 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM.  Please go to https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive to make an appointment.  (You will need to search by zip code, then refine your search by date as the Red Cross calendar only goes out 14 days.)  If you are unable to donate, but know someone who can, please let them know about this opportunity.  The need is always great.  If you have any questions or need help with the Red Cross site, please contact Mickey Palomaki at 435-901-8421 or mickeypalomaki@gmail.com.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – COMING TO PARK CITY! – FEBRUARY 1 – 10, 2019 – SEEKING VOLUNTEERS TO HELP –     Freestyle, Freeski and Snowboarding World Championships will be here in Park City this winter!  Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley and Solitude will be hosting the world’s top skiers and snowboarders for 10 action packed days of competition.  Come out and help Park City host this exciting event and support your local Park City Ski & Snowboard Club.

We are looking for volunteers who can commit to at least 4 volunteer shifts between February 1-10, 2019.  All volunteers will receive 2019 event uniforms (winter jacket, layering fleece, winter hat and baseball hat) and 2 (transferable) lift ticket vouchers good at any one of the three host resorts. We haven’t had competition like this since the 2002 Olympic games and this winter’s World Championships promises to be equally as fun and exciting!

To sign up please contact Katherine Hughes, Volunteer Coordinator for Park City Ski & Snowboard  (435) 901-4784 or mailto:volunteers@parkcityss.org


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

Recycling Update – Thank You to all of you who are recycling at SOM. 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 Mary Antinori (801-243-9635) to help her out. Also, please remember that if cardboard is contaminated with food particles, it can not be recycled.

Food Pantry – Thank you everyone for your food donations, which we deliver to the Christian Center of Park City Food Pantry monthly. Please know that their need for food is constant and greatly appreciated. Please drop off your non-perishable food donations in the basket in the narthex. Thank you!  Also coming in December, we will once again do our Diaper Drive for the CCPC – watch for details on that.

Fun PROJECT Friday – Every other Friday from 9 AM to 11 AM here at Shepherd of the Mountains.  Next Property Project is To Be Determined” as our winter schedule will vary on projects.

Eyeglasses for Lions Club – Always in need for Prescription Glasses and Sunglasses. Please donate to the wooden box by the office.

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.

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

Women’s Bible Study – We meet every other Wednesday. The next meeting is  Wednesday, December 19th at 9:30 am at the church. If you have questions, please contact Linda Hathaway (435-654-4383). We look forward to seeing you.

Book Club – Our next Book Club will be held on Wednesday, December 19th at 7:00 pm at the home of Jim and Mary Antinori’s home. Join us for a lively discussion of the book, Tipping Point for Planet Earth by Anthony Barnosky and Elizabeth Hadly.

Solar System Performance for:  Oct 8th to Nov 6th –  2018 –  During the period, 29 days, the solar system generated 1,230 kWh of energy. The panels were afforded sun during the daylight hours on most days but the days are getting shorter.  The energy produced by the solar panels offset about 40% of our power usage (3,043 kWh) by the Church and its tenants. In the process, we sold back 472 kWh to Rocky Mountain Power.  During the period, we drew 2,285 kWh from the grid but we sold back 472 kWh; so, we were only charged for 1,813 kWh.  Basically, the panels cut our power cost by 40% since we are using a lot more power now that it is colder and the days are shorter. ~ 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.

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
Altar Guild, Bread Bakers and Greeters – Pam Evans evansstrayhome@aol.com
Counters – Jim Hier jimheir@gmail.com
Keyboard – Stephanie Hurt saamhurt@allwest.net
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 (435-649-6877) or Pastor Steve.

The Praise Band  is looking for musicians for the 10:30 am service. Practice is Tuesday 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:
Hazel, Jacki Sandstrom, Peter Van Hook, John Sandstrom, Bonni Futch, Bill Olderman, Mary Jane Schmidt, Julie Stranges, Jacob, Bev, Don Garnas, Pat Rusk, Hadley Miles, Jessica, Lizzie and Family, Jeff, Doug Gibson, Marlene, Russ Malcomson, Margueritte Malcomson, Annette, Sheila and Frank, Bob, Brandon, Vera Palomaki, Avery, Michael, Steve, Kathy, Marge, Rob, Jan, Cindy, Todd, 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!


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