The Weekly Connections 6.10.2022


Saturday Contemporary Worship

5:30 p.m.  |  Moved to the Cool Sanctuary
Join us to enjoy this inspiring contemporary song-filled worship this Saturday, June 11. You can download a bulletin now, or when you arrive, ’cause we know you’ll want to sing along!

Sunday Worship

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

Join us as we kick off a new message series, Fueled by the Spirit – the Journeys of Paul. What lessons did Paul learn on the road, and how can they shape our lives today?

Sunday Breakfast for All

9:30 a.m.  – 10:15 a.m. |  Activity Center
Grab breakfast here where the food is always good, and the fellowship is even better! To help support this growing ministry, please don’t forget the freewill offering on the table or you can always help online (select Fellowship Events/Breakfast). Breakfast

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.

Grillin’ and Chillin’ 

6:30 p.m. |  Activity Center

Summer vacation is here, and Grades 5-12 are meeting on select Sundays (check the Realm calendar or the website calendar) for food and fun. Lots of fun! Contact Youth Director Joel Timmons, and make sure you are on his email list!

Grow – Pray – Study (GPS) is BACK!


GPS starts back up on June 13! Fueled by the Spirit, this daily guide enriches our faith, connection to God and knowledge as we continue to explore the life lessons from the journeys of Paul. Check it out on Monday here. GPS

calendar highlights

Remember to check Realm Events or the website for a complete list of events.

Men’s Breakfast

8:00 a.m. |  Activity Center
It’s the second Saturday of the month and that means… Men’s Breakfast! Contact Weldon Allison.

Quilting for LWR

9:00 a.m. |  Room 205
Sewing quilts for Lutheran World Relief. Let us teach you what we know, no experience necessary! 

Grief Support Luncheon

12:00 p.m. |  Room 20
The Shepherd of the Hills Care Team and Stephen Ministers invite you to gather for a luncheon to meet and share with others who are experiencing grief. Grief is not limited to the death of a loved one, and its duration and intensity are different for everyone.  It can be experienced at any time with any loss…unemployment; retirement;  relationship changes, illness, or family conflict. 

Please RSVP for the luncheon by contacting Rebecca Guengerich, or calling 512-796-0991.   If you can’t attend the luncheon, we can talk about future support group options or receiving a Stephen Minister to personally support your time of changes.

Race to Jesus

7:00 p.m. |  Location TBD

Be a part of this weekly gathering facilitated by Carole and Larry Morgan to read and discuss the book “Race to Jesus” in which author Dr. Clarence Hill identifies opportunities for building healthier personal and working relationships with others outside of our ethnic groups or any group outside of our comfortable and familiar sphere.

Please let us know if you would like to be a part of this group by emailing Dabney in the church office.

Stand Up – Speak Up! Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day

7:00 p.m. |  Sanctuary

This Vigil is a part of LIRS’ (Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service) annual Stand Up, Speak Up program, which brings together interfaith communities across the country to lift a unified voice to welcome and advocate for immigrants and refugees coming to the United States. We invite you to stand up to welcome and speak up alongside our newest neighbors from Ukraine.

Rev. Tom Smith Memorial Service

10:30 a.m. | Sanctuary

The Rev. Tom Smith Memorial Service followed by a light reception will be at Shepherd of the Hills. Please remember Kathie and their children, Holly, Heather, Nathan, and their families in your prayers.

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.

Pledges and Gifts

Check out the construction progress of the Butterfly Center (scroll down for pictures)! If you have not had a chance to support the Beyond Capital Fund Appeal, you still can help us reach our goal of $3M here online!

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

In addition, here are a few special giving opportunities this month:

Ends Sunday, June 19

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and you can honor the father figure in your life by giving the gift of God’s Word in the form of paperback bibles for Haiti. Your donation will help us reach our goal of purchasing 500 bibles at $3.00 each for CHARIS, our Haiti Mission Partner. These bibles are written on a third grade level in Haitian Creole-perfect for both children and adults in 5 new villages served by CHARIS in central Haiti.

Donations may be given to the Southwest Texas Synod Disaster Response Team, and will be used locally in Uvalde, TX as concrete needs are identified in the coming days.

Join us in blessing our commitment to ministry with a special gift that uses the number 45…$4.50, $45.00, $450.00…or even $4500. Thank you for being a vital part of Shepherd of the Hills!


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:

Bread for All Food Pantry needs your help!
Bread for all is in need of canned pinto beans, spaghetti noodles, peanut butter and diapers! Drop off at the church on Saturday mornings 9am to 11am!


Willing to share what you’ve learned along the road of life? A mentor is wanted for a young man who will soon age out of BeREAL (he will turn 21 in October). He’s a responsible kid that’s been attending ACC but needs some advice and guidance in deciding on a career path, budgeting, saving, and general adulting. Please contact Kathy Gerhardt with all your questions!

prayers of the people

We pray for Sandy Nielsen, Rodney Varner, Tom Lueders, Walter and Stacia DeBill, and Janice Pinckard.

We pray for Stirling Johnson, granddaughter of Sylvia & Curtis Johnson.

We pray for peace and comfort for Doe Smith and family upon the death of her husband, Jamie Smith.  We entrust Jamie to God’s unending love.  May the light of Christ shine upon Doe and her family as they trust in the resurrection promise.  (Doe is a longtime and beloved teacher at Butterfly Preschool.)

We give thanks for the life and witness of Tom Smith, who now rests with you in eternal peace.  Give comfort to all who mourn, especially Kathie and children Heather, Nathan, and Holly.  Help us all to trust in your promise of resurrection in Jesus Christ.

We pray for the victims of the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde–the 19 children and 2 teachers whose innocent lives were taken in violence. We pray for their families who grieve.  We pray for the survivors who witnessed such horror.  We pray that you will bring comfort to all who mourn. We pray for our state and national leaders to effect solutions to this tragic pattern. We pray for ourselves, that we may not grow numb to news of violence but rather work to end it and its causes.  

We pray for the people of Ukraine and all who find themselves in the midst of war, gripped by fear and uncertainty.  Send your peace. 

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!

*Do you need a prayer? Please contact a pastor and let us know. Prayers for family and friends are typically listed for 2 weeks, unless we are notified otherwise.