The Weekly Connections

July 1, 2022

Join us this Sunday as we begin a new Message Series based on the Genesis story of Joseph.


Sunday Worship

8:15 a.m.  Worship |  Sanctuary
10:45 a.m.  Worship |  Sanctuary + Livestream

Sunday Breakfast for All

9:30 a.m.  – 10:15 a.m. |  Activity Center
Fuel up your tank for the journey by having breakfast with us. Support this ministry and give online anytime by selecting the Fellowship Events/Breakfast Fund.

Sunday Adult Bible Study 

9:30 a.m. |  Library + Zoom
An in-depth study of the week’s scripture. Contact Ruby Cadenhead for more information.

this week’s highlights

Check Realm Events or the website calendar for a complete list of events.

Weekly Events

We have lots for everyone to do this summer! You can get moving with Pickleball and Yoga, crochet and sew with Prayer Shawl or Quilting, volunteer for Bread for All on Mondays, or practice self-care by attending one of our many support groups. Check Realm Events or the website calendar for a complete list of events and contact information for any questions you may have.

Grow Pray Study (GPS)

The Journey of Joseph
Look for your GPS email Tuesday and recharge your prayer life with six devotions of scripture and thought-provoking questions for self-paced study and prayer during the month of July.

Glacier Adventure Training Days

9:00 a.m
. | Meet at the Church
Backpacking through Glacier National Park takes a lot of stamina. For those going on this trip, let’s be prepared to be pushed physically and mentally by doing some hiking together beforehand! Contact Youth Director Joel Timmons.

Stay and Play for Families – Special Day Camp Kick-off Party

Noon |  Activity Center
WE LOVE CAMP! Jump into fun and come meet the Day Camp counselors joining us from LutherHill. We’ll kick-off the start of a great week with friends, games and lunch after worship. Please RSVP to Pr. Lauren so we know how many to feed.

Grillin’ and Chillin’

6:30 p.m. |  Activity Center/Solomon’s Porch
Dinner and games for grades 5-12! Contact Youth Director Joel Timmons.

Last Call for Day Camp!

8:30 am. – 2:00 p.m. |  Drop off and pick up in Activity Center
IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER you and your friends! This Friday is the registration deadline for Day Camp at Shepherd of the Hills.  All the fun will be led by staff from Camp Lutherhill. We’ll have Bible studies, camp-style worship, games, crafts, and, of course, water day!

Ages: Completed Kindergarten-5th Grade


Church Office

Please email if there is an emergency

Bread for All Set-Up and Serve

12:00-6:30 p.m. | Faith Presbyterian Church

Race to Jesus

7:00 p.m. |  Larry and Carole Morgan’s Home

Parents of Addicted Loved Ones (PALS)

7:00 p.m. |  Library + Zoom

Summer spotlight – Austin City lutheran ministries

What is Austin City Lutherans?

Austin City Lutherans (ACL) is an exciting ministry of local impact, bringing together the ELCA congregations around the mission of “More. Better. Together”. This has been lived out for the past 10 years in powerful ways, through our feeding ministry at Bread for All Food Pantry, empowering an under-resourced community with Mariposa Family Learning Center, and our new initiative of Sheltering Ministry. All of this has been made possible through congregational support and special gifting. Pr. Tim Anderson has been called to be our Community Developer and Congregational Connector. Thank you for the tens of thousands fed, for the children and families of SE Austin served, and for the hope of a home. Each week in July we will be featuring an ACL Ministry and on July 31st, Pr. Tim Anderson will be our guest preacher. He will also lead a Learning Event between services.


We’re Hiring!

Shepherd of the Hills is seeking a Director of Faith Formation to lead, develop, and energize our children’s and youth ministries.  This is a full-time position with all the benefits that entails.  The ideal candidate will have a heart for working with children, youth, and families, as well as a background in theology or education.  Know of anyone who would be a wonderful addition to our staff team?  Please pass along this job description! Contact Pr. Lauren for more information.

Fourth of July Parades Featuring Troop 31!

Boy Scout Troop 31, chartered by Shepherd of the Hills, will perform the color guard for the Rollingwood Parade and the City of Westlake Parade! Catch them on July 4 at one or both!

Rebecca Guengerich Elected to Chair Synod Leadership Team

Spirituality and Wellness Director Rebecca Guengerich was elected for a 3-year term to chair the Leadership Team of the SouthWest Texas Synod (SWTX Synod).  The mission of the team is to care for Rostered Leaders, new Pastoral Candidates, and Lay Leaders of the congregations. The synod wants to increase the focus on lay leadership by creating a program to equip participants to follow their own callings to serve in the community and the specific needs of our church.

Want to know more? Contact Rebecca!

New Life Center (A Ministry of Upbring)

A tour is being planned for those interested in visiting and learning more about the New Life Children’s Center in Canyon Lake, a respite for courageous young women between the ages of 11-17, where they begin to grow and heal through in-depth clinical therapy, personal development activities and spiritual care in a safe setting. Contact Kathy Gerhardt if you are interested in joining the tour or have questions about this ministry.

Butterfly Center Construction Update

Take a look into the future and check out these renovation pics! 

ways to give

Giving is an expression of joy and gratitude for the bounty of God’s goodness! There are so many ways to give-both financially and through serving.


Serving is a great way to give back and get to know others in our community. Whether you are interested in serving locally, being part of a global mission, or volunteering to help in a variety of ways on Sundays, we have a place for you! Here are some special opportunities to serve:

Three Great Ministries for Volunteering this Summer
Families, retirees, and everyone with a servant heart, this summer is your chance to make time and serve together! Go to ACL’s website to learn more about Mariposa Family Learning Center, Bread for All, and the new Sheltering Initiative. Click here, and ACL Director Pr. Tim Anderson will connect you with volunteer opportunities that fit your talents.

Pledges, Gifts, and Donations

Keeping current with your pledged or regular giving while you travel has never been easier because you can do it all online!

Please Bring Food
Our neighbors in Montopolis are in need. The BFA pantry is in need of dried pinto beans 1lb, canned pinto beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, spaghetti, diapers size 4/5/6, and baby wipes (BFA gives out on average 1500 diapers a week). Please check for expiration dates before giving items. They do not need any more egg cartons or newspaper sleeves.  Contact Weldon Allison. Donation Bins are out every Saturday + Sunday, and weekdays by ringing the office bell

prayers of the people

We pray for Sandy Nielsen, Rodney Varner, and Tom Felger.

We grieve the tragic death of 53+ migrants. Be with their families.

God, we know you never leave us or forsake us.  You love your whole creation, and you hold us in that love no matter what comes our way.  You hold in love those who have lost their lives in acts of war and violence.  You hold in love those who have lost their trust in institutions meant to keep them safe.  You hold in love those who have lost their dignity at the hands of those in power.  You hold in love those who have lost their joy in a world that feels overcome by despair. We know and trust that you give us hope when we feel hopeless.  We know and trust that you are the giver of life and conqueror of death.  May we rest in that promise given to us in Jesus Christ.

We pray for our global ministry partners: Rev. Karen Castillo in Guatemala; Iglesia Luterana Augustina Virgen del Rosario, Aurora 8 de Octubre, Guatemala. We pray for Malcolm and Joy Henderson and the ministry of CHARIS in Haiti. 

We pray for our local ministries: Mariposa Family Learning Center, Bread For All and Upbring Ministries.

We pray for our faith community, that we may be a church without walls and live out loud…faithfully!

*In need of prayer? Please contact a pastor to be put on the prayer list. Prayers for family and friends are listed for 2 weeks unless we are notified otherwise.