Weekly Connections

August 19, 2022

Come this Sunday as we gather in His name, knowing He walks with us always.


Sunday Worship

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

Come this Sunday and gather in the name of God, knowing Jesus is with us, even if we cannot recognize him in the moment. Special musical guest Bobby McQuiston joins us at both services.

*our visit from Bishop Sue Briner is postponed, due to Bishop Sue recovering from COVID.  Please keep her in your prayers.  We will keep you updated regarding the Bishop’s rescheduled visit to Shepherd of the Hills.” 

Breakfast for All

9:30 a.m.  – 10:15 a.m. |  Activity Center
Looking for good eats and great company? Grab breakfast here on Sunday, and don’t forget to support the Fellowship Events/Breakfast Fund online.

Sunday Adult Bible Study 

9:30 a.m. |  Library + Zoom
Continuing our study of the Minor Prophets, we will discuss the book of Nahum. Contact Ruby Cadenhead for more information.

NextGen Ministry Meeting for Youth and Their Parents

6:30 p.m. | Activity Center
Parents and Youth are invited for a light supper and discussion of Fall Ministry plans for NextGen Confirmation (Grades 5-8) and NextGen High School (Grades 9-12). Questions? Contact Youth Director Joel Timmons.


Don’t forget to check the calendars on Realm or the website for a complete list of events.

Bread for All (BFA)

We have received a special request from BFA for size 5 + 6 diapers, mac and cheese, and pasta (no spaghetti please). In addition, all non-perishable food is welcome. Thank you for loving and serving uour neighbors!

Find everything you need to know about volunteering here.

Parents of Addicted Loved Ones (PALS)

7:00 p.m. | Library + Zoom
Do you have a loved one struggling with addiction? The PALS support group offers hope through education and an opportunity to share and learn from others facing the same challenges. Contact Rebecca Guengerich with questions. For more information about this group and others in the surrounding Austin area and other cities, visit the website, www.palgroup.org

Cancer Support Group

6:00 P.m. |  Library + Zoom
This peer-to-peer group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month for anyone affected by a cancer diagnosis – individuals with cancer, their family members, or supportive others.  A zoom option is available for those unable to attend in person.  For information or to serve as a resource, please email Sandy Smith  (t.512-569-6453).

Finance Forum

7:00 p.m. |  Webinar on Zoom
Join us for an overview of the budget prior to ratification at the upcoming Annual Meeting. Q+A will follow the presentation. Get the link to Webinar here, in Weekly Connections, or in Realm Events. Questions? Email Bill Dawson.

Waterloo Square Dancing – Open House

7:30 p.m. |  Activity Center
Come see what square dancing is all about (think fun, friends, great music, and staying fit!) with an open house hosted by Waterloo Squares Dance Club. Then join us every Thursday for more! For more information, email Elnora McDonald or call her at 512 809 2488.

Annual Meeting Part 1 + Lunch

12:00 p.m. |  Activity Center
Wait, is your brain telling you not to come? If so, here are three big reasons why all those who are Confirmed and Members should come vote!

  1. A church budget and the numbers on its pages define the priorities of Shepherd of the Hills.
  2. Like the gift of exercising our citizenship at the ballot box, attending and voting is an act of responsible church membership.
  3. *SPECIAL NOTE TO PARENTS-We want you here to help plan the future because you are the future! We’ll have childcare, pizza, and movie time upstairs in RM 205 so your kids can have fun. If you think you may be interested, email Amanda!
  4. We are given an opportunity to celebrate what God has done through us this past year… and, what God will do!


Sandy Nielsen

Rest eternal grant them, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine

10:30 a.m. |  Sanctuary
Sandy Nielsen passed from this life into life eternal on Thursday, August 18, 2022.  We grieve with her husband, Milt, their children Michelle and Chris, grandchildren, and all who loved her. We place our trust in the power and the promise of the resurrection life in Jesus Christ.  

A light reception in the Activity Center will follow.

Shepherd of the Hills Family Room with kids chairs, purple rug, soft toys, books,
Family Room available during Worship


Family Room (New!)

Our parents feel it is important for their children to worship with them and so do we! In addition to the PrayGround and Worship Boxes in the Sanctuary, we have added a Family Room located in the far corner of the library for nursing mothers, sleepy babies, or anyone who needs a different space. In the Family Room parents and children can participate in worship via Livestream on the TV (late service only), communion cups are provided, and soft toys, tactile books, and other items will help keep little ones occupied.

Lifetime Learning Classes

A wide variety of classes with The Lifetime Learning Institute of Austin will be at Shepherd this fall. Registration has opened, and classes will fill up quickly, so don’t wait.
Mondays | 10:00 a.m. – Noon
     Los muralistas mexicanos y el muralismo en los Estados Unidos (Mexican Muralists and Muralism in the US) taught in Spanish by Catherine Wall
Tuesdays | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.     History of the Renaissance & Reformation with John Dahmus (who taught at the church last semester)
Fridays | 10:00 a.m. – Noon     Plants of the Austin Area with Valerie Bugh 

Upbring Healing Hearts Gala Postponed

Upbring is changing the planned date for their September Healing Hearts fundraising event to a later time (date to be announced soon).  Watch for updates coming soon! If you have questions, please feel free to contact Lenora Doerfler at 512-202-5228

Butterfly Renovation Update

Butterfly Renovations are coming along! Check for new pictures on the website this Monday!


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.

Let’s Finish Strong!

Let’s get ready for fall ministry by keeping up the momentum and finishing ShepHill’s fiscal year (which ends August 31) stronger than ever!

  • Giving statements were mailed this week, please make sure to review them. 
  • If you haven’t given against your pledge for this year, please prayerfully consider doing so before August 31. 
  • If you are a regular giver, maybe add an extra amount for August? 
  • Haven’t given yet to ShepHills? It’s easier than ever before by going online to www.shephills.org/give or you can mail a check to the church postmarked by August 31.   
  • Don’t forget there are many ways to give… cash, stock, donations from donor-advised funds,  Qualified Charitable Distributions, business donations, and more!  Contact Kevin Marlow for more info or call the church.

Lutheran Disaster Response

If you would like to help our brothers and sisters in Christ affected by flooding throughout the central U.S. go to Lutheran Disaster Response or give through Realm by selecting the Lutheran Disaster Response Fund.

Pledges, Gifts, and Donations

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


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!

Bread for All (BFA) Food Pantry
BFA is now serving upwards of 100 families every Monday due to the current crisis of inflation and rising rents. The pantry is in need of dried pinto beans 1lb, canned pinto beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, spaghetti, and baby wipes. Please check for expiration dates before giving items. Contact Weldon Allison. Donation Bins are out every Saturday + Sunday, and on weekdays by ringing the office bell.


In need of prayer? Please contact a pastor to be put on the prayer list.

Would you like someone to pray alongside you during troubling times? Contact a Stephen Minister who can travel with you on life’s sometimes bumpy road.

We pray for Rodney Varner and Marie Fortune.

We pray for family and friends of Shepherd members: Rick Mast, brother-in-law of Judy Haugen; Tom Moore, stepfather of Dabney Gomes; and Shirley Lunecki, mother of Dan Lunecki

We pray for Milt Nielsen, children Michelle and Chris and family on the death of Sandy Nielsen. Surround all who grieve with your comfort and peace.

We pray for all who mourn the death of Mary Ann Wissman, aunt of Marc Wissman.

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!

*Prayers for family and friends are listed for 2 weeks, unless we are notified otherwise.