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About Our Church

Pastor Thomas E. Rogers Jr. 
 
and Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
 
Welcomes You!
 
815-385-4030
404 N. Green Street, McHenry, IL 60050
 
Our Mission is to LOVE people wherever they are, LIVE the Grace of God in Jesus Christ, and GROW in faith and service
 
(Ratified on Sunday, January 26th, 2020 at our Annual Meeting.)
 

If you’re new to Shepherd of the Hills or are considering joining us for a service, we hope you’ll find our church to be a place where you are warmly welcomed and feel at home. Our doors are open to people from all backgrounds regardless of where they are at on their spiritual journey. We’ve got lots to offer here at Shepherd of the Hills and are continuing to grow!

We encourage you to explore our website and church building to learn more about our worship services, sacraments, children’s ministries, adult programs, community service projects and more! We hope to see you soon!

Recent Highlights & Updates

YOUTH-LED PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Thank you to those who attended our annual Youth-led Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 23rd!!  In total, we raised... *drum roll* ... $2,245!!!  These funds will go to support our HS Youth Ministries & Confirmation programs, including our annual Lutherdale retreats & the 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering in Minneapolis, MN.  THANK YOU for all of your support & for joining us in the fun, at this event!!

SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION begins Monday, March 2nd!!!  This is the place for kids to be, this summer!!  Stop in or contact Mrs. Ashley at ametcalf@shepherdofhills.org to get more information.

NEW WEEKLY BIBLE STUDY starts Thursday, March 5th at 1pm in Fellowship Hall.  Job: Wrestling with God is written by Paul Stevens & explores the question, "Why do faithful people suffer?"  There are 12 lessons, & there is no cost for this study.  We hope you can join us! 

FIRST WEDNESDAY Fellowship's first program of 2020 will be "The Farmer is the Man, Songs of the Farm," presented by Chris Vallillo, an award-winning singer/songwriter who also performs as a Road Scholar for the Illinois Humanities Council.  The program starts at 1pm, March 4th, with dessert & coffee served at 12:30pm.  Please come & join us!  For more information, please contact Bruce Harmel or contact the church office. 

WELCA will be hosting a Bunco night on Friday, March 6th at 6pm in Fellowship Hall.  Please bring an appetizer to share! 

CRE: This year's Congregational Resourcing Event will be Saturday, March 14th at Kishwaukee College in Malta.  The keynote presenter this year will be Bp. Elizabeth Eaton, the presiding bishop of the whole ELCA, with a presentation called, "We Are the Church."  There will also be various workshops focused on this plus what's currently taking place in other churches, that we can each learn from & take back home to our own church.  Shepherd will pay for your registration fee, which also includes lunch!  Please contact Nancy at nancysobotta@gmail.com if interested in attending.

For a list of available workshops, visit https://cre.nisynod.org/workshops/

ABUNDANT LIVING: We are excited to officially introduce the Shepherd of the Hills "Abundant Living Ministry."  The goal of ALM is to teach us how to take Jesus up on this promise of an abundant life.  This ministry will help us discover - and learn how to embrace - the crazy abundance of life that is available to each of us when we learn to abide with Jesus in every aspect of our lives: Spiritual, Social/Interpersonal, Environmental, Emotional, Physical, Intellectual, Financial, and Vocational.  We kicked off 2020 with a "30 minutes for 30 days" challenge to align with New Year's resolutions of "getting in better shape."  We'll also have the "Mission of the Week" - ideas on taking Jesus out of the weekend service and into our everyday lives.  Look for details in our upcoming "Weekly Buzz" e-newsletters. 

Mission of the Week, for Feb. 23rd: Give something up for Lent.  Jesus gave up everything for us.  What can you give up for 40 days as a small sign of gratitude for His incredible gift?  Join the Abundant Living Facebook group & tell us what you plan to give up (unless you're giving up social media)!  Be sure to share your progress - you may help inspire others!

Click on the icon below to "follow" the ALM Instagram page!

Then, click on this icon below to join the ALM Facebook group! 

 

WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Saturdays - 4:30 PM (Traditional)

Sundays - 8 AM | 9:15 AM (Traditional)

Sundays - 10:45 AM (Contemporary)

 

Ash Wednesday, February 26th - 11 AM & 7 PM

Lenten Wednesday Services - 11 AM & 7 PM

Maundy Thursday, April 9th - 11 AM & 7 PM

Good Friday, April 10th - 11 AM & 7 PM

Easter Vigil, Saturday, April 11th - 4:30 PM

Easter Sunday, April 12th - 8 AM, 9:15 AM & 10:45 AM

 

* Click below to listen to sermons from our weekend worship services! *

Sunday, February 23rd, 2020

Sunday, February 16th, 2020

 

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

"Enough" Series Begins - Saturday, February 29th, 4:30 PM

"Enough" Series Begins - Sunday, March 1st, 8 AM | 9:15 AM | 10:45 AM

"Enough" Group Study - Monday, March 2nd, 7-8:30 PM

Heartland Blood Drive - Tuesday, March 3rd, 3:30-7 PM

Lenten Worship Service - Wednesday, March 4th, 11 AM

First Wednesday Fellowship - March 4th, 12:30 PM

Women's Recovery - Wednesday, March 4th, 1 PM

"Church Night" Dinner - Wednesday, March 4th, 6 PM

Church Prayer Meeting - Wednesday, March 4th, 6:30 PM

Lenten Worship Service - Wednesday, March 4th, 7 PM

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