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

From week 8/4/19 ~ It is hard to believe, but the summer is almost over.  For the remaining days of summer I invite you to join with me by daily thanking God for providing for our needs and granting us, by the power of the Holy Spirit, the grace and strength to faithfully and prayerfully continue in Christ’s ministry.  Let us take moments to embrace the Good News that Christ is ever present among us, walking alongside us on our life journey.

Christ’s Peace, Pastor Steve

Pastor Steve’s epistles’ will resume the week of August 25th

Worship Servants for this Sunday…

August 18th, 8:30 am ~ Traditional Worship

Assisting Minister:  Peggy Cain
Acolyte: Need Volunteer
Communion Assistants: Wendy Johnson, Steve Polster and Cheryl Thomson
Sunday School: No Sunday School until September 8, 2019
Reader: Dave Yocum
Music: Stephanie Hurt
Altar Guild Support: Barb Lorenzen
Bread: Peggy Cain
Fellowship: Cheryl and Randy Thomson
Greeter: Cheryl and Randy Thomson
Usher: Glenda Corwin

August 18th, 10:30 am ~ Contemporary Worship

Assisting Minister: Ann Hoffman
Acolyte: Joshua Lamb
Communion Assistant: JJ Ehlers
Sunday School: No Sunday School until September 8, 2019
Reader: Jerry Lorenzen
Music: The Praise Band
Altar Guild Support: Barb Lorenzen
Bread: Peggy Cain
Fellowship: Jen Boyle
Greeter: Annie Lamb
Usher: Dave Vecchi
Counters: Patti Polster and JJ Ehlers
Altar Flowers: Donated by Cheryl and Randy Thomson ~ Celebrating their 38th Anniversary and Cheryl’s Birthday that was on August 10th!

Reoccurring Meetings

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

Information deadlines:

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


Council – 6:30 pm, 2nd Monday of the month – (9/9/19)
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 (9/8/19)
Finance – 5:30 pm, 4th Monday of the 1st month of the quarter (TBA)
Property – 6:30 pm, 4th Monday of the month (8/26/19)
Social Ministries – 9:30 am, 2nd Sunday of the month (9/8/19)
Bereavement Team – TBD
Stewardship – 7:00 pm, 1st Monday of the month (TBA)
Shepherd Connections – 9:30 am 2nd Sunday of the month (9/8/19)
Worship/Music – 11:30 am, 1st Sunday of the month (9/1/19)

Lectionary Bible Readings

Lectionary Bible Readings for Sunday, August 18, 2019: Jeramiah 23:23-29, Psalm 82, Hebrews 11:29—12:2, Luke 12:49-56

PLANNING AHEAD… Announcements

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

UPDATED CHURCH DIRECTORY –  Pick up your new yellow copy of our Church Directory – located in the narthex.

WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S – Join our team – “LUTHERANS WALK BOLDLY” on Saturday, August 24th at 10:00 am to support the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Newpark.   There is a sign up on the kiosk if you would like to walk with our team and/or support by donating to the Alzheimer’s Association of Utah.   This is a fun event to raise awareness for this disease and raise money for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.   If you have any questions or want more information, go to our team page at: ALZ WALK

LIVING LUTHERAN MAGAZINE – The AUGUST Issue is displayed in front of the office – pick up a copy this week.  Note:  If you were receiving Living Lutheran delivered to your home, you will have noticed that we discontinued the subscription for home delivery.  We now only have 10 copies available for pick up.   If you have any questions about this, please contact the office at 435-649-2233.

BLING FLING PURPLE COLLECTION BOX “Breaking the cycle of domestic violence, one “bling” at a time.”   The Peace House is collecting items for their annual Fundraiser scheduled for November 14 – 16, 2019.   Please look for the collection box in the narthex and they are seeking gently used jewelry, scarves, belts and purses to be re-sold at the Fall Bling Fling event.  All proceeds will go back to the Peace House.   Thank you for supporting the Peace House and their mission to break the cycle of domestic violence through outreach, education and shelter.


BLESSING OF SCHOOL BACKPACKS – Students, bring your School Backpack in on Sunday, August 25th for Pastor Steve to bless your backpack for the school year.  Blessing will be at both services.

BOWLING WITH PASTOR STEVE – Come join Pastor Steve in an afternoon of Bowling at Jupiter Bowl in Park City.  August 25th at Noon for the HIGH SCHOOL Kids.  There is a sign up on the Youth Board to place your name on.   $20 per person for bowling and food/drink.

RALLY DAY – START OF SUNDAY SCHOOL – The congregation of SOTM offers Sunday School for our children.   This year Sunday School resumes on September 8th.  Classes are offered during our 8:30 am and 10:30 am worship services.   Erin Thomas supervises these classes held in our class room wing.  With great joy we again look forward to being with our children on Sunday mornings.   Please encourage your children to attend Sunday School!  Encourage them to invite their friends!  Invite your friends!  We look forward to ssing you on Sunday mornings this September and throughout the coming church year!  ~ Pastor Steve

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.


WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S – Join our team – “LUTHERANS WALK BOLDLY” on Saturday, August 24th at 10:00 am to support the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Newpark.   There is a sign up on the kiosk if you would like to walk with our team and/or support by donating to the Alzheimer’s Association of Utah.   This is a fun event to raise awareness for this disease and raise money for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.   If you have any questions or want more information, go to our team page at: ALZ WALK


NEW AMAZON SMILE ~ Help donate to Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church with every purchase you make on Amazon, click on link:  AMAZON~SMILE

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.  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:  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.  Please contact Julie Cooper, Mickey Palomaki or Mary Antinori to join our team or get the scoop on what we’re doing to achieve our goals.

Enhance Energy Efficiency ~  Tip provided by Recycle Utah

Energy efficiency is a key transition to a sustainable lifestyle. There are simple changes to our daily habits that can benefit our wallets and the environment. Here are ways you can help:

Quick and easy-

  • Switch to LED light bulbs.
  • Unplug appliances and purchase a smart power strip to avoid phantom energy use
  • Turn down the Heat/Air.
  • Air dry laundry and only wash when necessary
  • Drive less, bike/walk/bus more

More Impactful:

  • Buy solar or at least opt into a Renewable Energy program
  • Purchase an electric vehicle (car or bike)
  • Reduce air travel, at ;least offset it
  • Upgrade appliances, water heater and furnace

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!

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” .

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, 7:00 am – 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 THIS Wednesday, August 21st at 9:30 am at the church.  If you have questions, please contact the office for more information.   We look forward to seeing you.

Book Club TBA

Solar System Performance for:  June 7, 2019 – July 9, 2019  ~ Now that the panels are clear,  and we had almost maximum sunshine, the panels were able to make a greater contribution to reducing our energy costs.  During the period, 32 days, the solar system generated 2,462 kWh of energy.  The energy produced by the solar panels offset 100% of light power usage (888 kWh) by the Church and its tenants. In the process, we sold back 1,574 kWh to Rocky Mountain Power. This was the greater power we generated during daylight hours exceeding the power usage of the Church during the same hours.  During the period, we drew 728 kWh from the grid but we sold back 1,574 kWh; we banked 846 kWh for use when our internal use increases significantly. We were charged for 0 kWh so our out of pocket cost was only the $10 basic charge for being connected to the grid.  ~ 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 or contact the church office.

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 and 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:
Lorraine Anderson, Clayton, Chuck Lamb Sr., Kira, Randy Thomson, Mathew McClure, Val Thurnell, Robert Howell, Dee & Frank Benton, Sam, Howard, Mark, Hazel, Bonni Futch, Mary Jane Schmidt, Julie Stranges, Jacob, Bev, Pat Rusk, Hadley Miles, Jessica, Lizzie and Family, Jeff, Doug Gibson, Marlene, Russ Malcomson, Margueritte Malcomson, Annette, Sheila, Bob, Brandon, Vera Palomaki, Avery, Michael, 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 435-647-0977, to add a name to the chain. Thank you!


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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 !