Summer schedule begins Sunday April 28th - meaning one service at 9:30am.
Sunday, April 28th - 9:30am - Annual Congregational Meeting
Sunday, May 5th - 9:30am - Sr Hi Graduation Celebration
Sunday, May 12th - 9:30am - Mothers Day Celebration and New Council Installation
Sunday, May 19th - 9:30am - Confirmation Celebration
Sunday, May 26th - 9:30am - Special Memorial Day Weekend Celebration and Worship
For over 60 years Shepherd has been a place of welcome, hope and care for the Hopkins and Edina communities. We seek to continue to be that place of witness to God's love for the next 60 years! By replacing our worn out roof, and making facilities improvements inside, we know that Shepherd of the Hills will welcome all with hope, love, forgiveness and grace for many years to come! Join us by making a gift today. Help us "Raise the Roof with Joy!" Pastor Scott
March kicks of the annual food challenge for ICA. I see a food challenge at Shepherd of the Hills. Let me introduce you to the two opponents:
Gathering their food on the right side of the sanctuary is the early service. Their choir robes up to lead them in this incredible battle. They arrive early and stay late and ready to sing down a challenge!
Gathering food on the left side of the sanctuary is the late service. With drums, shakers and guitars the 10:45am service is ready to rock this competition!
Here are the rules:
The match begins on March 3rd and runs through March 31st. We will be selling filled bags of food in the narthex area for $5 a bag. Bring your own food donations, buy a filled bag or make a monetary donation. The worship service with the most food and money win. $1=1 lb. Weekly totals will be provided.
The champion will be treated to a prize by the losing worship service. Let the race begin….
- Choose your favorite handmade bowl from over 1000 bowls created by local artists and students. Keep it as a reminder of all the empty bowls in our community.
- Enjoy local entertainment and a simple meal of soup and bread donated by local restaurants.
- Your free will donation supports the work of ICA Food Shelf and ResourceWest.
- Make a bid on a unique fine art bowl in the silent auction.
- SUPERVALU Challenge: Become a Challenge Sponsor before the event to help reach our goal of $80,000
We are adding a new Wednesday morning service this year during Lent. All are welcome! We will gather at 10:00 am in the sanctuary and begin with a tip from our Parish Nurse Kaye Wothe and announcements. We will worship together using the traditional Holden Evening Prayer liturgy. Sermons will feature a bible study type sermon by Pastor Joanna and Pastor Scott. We will have soup lunch immediately following the worship.
In addition to our new Wednesday morning service, we will continue with our 7:00 pm evening Lenten services as well. We will begin each evening with soup supper and a creative prayer experience led by Pastor Joanna from 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm. All are welcome! Worship will include the Holden Evening Prayer liturgy, and sermons based on our Lenten Devotional and the Lord’s Prayer. Looking forward to practicing our faith together!
God's presence and Holy Spirit is that in which we live and breathe and have our being. Heaven, and earth are filled with God's glory! Yet, for many reasons we are often unaware of the closeness of God. Instead, life moves at the speed of email and listening for God's voice doesn't make our daily subject line. How do we practice listening for God's desires for us and the world in the midst of busy? How do we live out our Lord's prayer, "thy will be done" at work, home and play?
If one part of faith is belief, another part is practice. Practice in the sense of learning to hear God's voice and trust in God's presence. Practice in the sense of pausing in the context of a business decision or personal dilemma and connecting to God's presence and Holy Spirit. Practice in the sense of discernment, learning to live connected to love and allowing God's will to influence all of life. All of us could use more practice, because living a life more deeply connected to God's love is the best possible life.
Hey, Iʹve got a great deal for you. Busy schedule? Busy life? Still want to deepen your faith and ﬁnd some new friends here at church... join the new book club!
Weʹll meet once a month on the third Monday from 6:30-7:30 pm and discuss a recent book. Led by Pastor Scott, this is a great way to practice faith on a busy family schedule. Books include: “Making All Things New” by Henri Nouwen; “Unprotected Texts: The Bibleʹs Surprising Contractions about Sex and Desire” by Jennifer Knust; “Let Your Life Speak” by Parker Palmer; “unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity...and Why it Matters” by David Kinnaman. These will be our fall/winter books. Even if you can not come on Mondays, buy the book, give it a read, and talk with Pastor Scott about it. This is a great way to practice faith, learn some new things, and ﬁnd some inspiration. Donʹt miss out!