Mission and Beliefs
We seek to demonstrate God’s grace, to learn and grow in Christian faith, and to serve with humility.
We are here to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. We will, with God’s help, support you as you grow in faith, and offer you the opportunity to serve your community in concrete ways. Below are some brief statements of our faith. This is not an exhaustive list, but some of the points we hold up as core beliefs.
We believe that:
God loves and values all people. God calls everyone into fellowship with God through Christ. Through the presence and promises of God in our lives we have spiritual wellness, vitality and new life. God then calls us to be of service to our neighbor, to advocate for peace and justice, and to provide for human need.
God calls us into a community. This community, the church, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit is the Body of Christ in the world.
God is Three in One, Father (Creator), Son (Redeemer), and Holy Spirit (Sanctifier).
Jesus Christ the Savior is the Word of God incarnate, born of Mary, truly human, and born of the Holy Spirit, truly God, through whom everything was made and through whose life, death, and resurrection all creation is made new.
Salvation is the restoration of our holy relationship with God. Salvation begins now, and is brought to perfection in life after the resurrection. Salvation is the gift of God’s grace through Jesus Christ. We do not work for salvation. Nothing we have or could do can secure it for us. We respond to the gift of salvation by loving God and neighbor, which is God’s will for us.
The Gospel, called the Good News, is the power of God spoken and heard in the world which restores the relationship of God with humanity. The Gospel is found within the Holy Scriptures, spoken and preached, and is embodied in the sacraments (baptism, holy communion). The Gospel is confessed in the ecumenical creeds (Apostles, Nicene, and Athanasian) as the power of God to create, redeem and sustain the Church for God’s mission in the world.
The Word of God is: 1. Jesus Christ, (the Word incarnate); 2. The proclamation of God’s message (both Law and Gospel); and 3. The written Word of God (the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, inspired by God and the authoritative source and norm of our proclamation, faith, and life).
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him
Meet the SOTH Leadership Team
Spiritually, my upbringing was nominally Methodist, though we weren’t active church-goers. I shared in the often common college age exploration of agnosticism and atheism, then became active in Zen Buddhist meditation. My readings in Buddhism gave me a new, more hopeful perspective on Jesus and Christianity. Subsequently I came to recognize Jesus as the one who reconciles me to God, and the church as the living Body of Christ in the world. This experience of radical grace came through the Lutheran Church, and through many encounters with pastors, family and friends who live an active Christian lives. My goal is to see Shepherd of the Hills continue as an oasis of learning, peace, grace, and service. It is important to me that our church brings into loving community those who don’t think there is a place for them in Christianity. The verse of scripture I quote most often is John 3:17, “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.”
I have a daughter, son-in-law, and three granddaughters. I am currently struggling to learn basic Spanish, and my hobbies include boats, old cars, running, science fiction and home repair. If you have more questions about me, feel free to come ask them in person!
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Shepherd of the Hills Communion Policy
During the school year, children ages 4-7 are invited to attend children’s church held at the 11:00 service. Children will be dismissed from the main worship service immediately after the children’s sermon and return to the sanctuary during the offering. The program will begin with the Lord’s Prayer, continue with a bible story from the lesson, and end with a craft or other fun activity. The nursery is also available for parents to use with their children if they wish. The worship service is broadcasted over the nursery speakers.
We would love to have you join us!
Bringing God’s Word to the Corners of the World
Where can God use your talents?
The Outreach Committee supports congregations in their mission to be faithful, welcoming, and generous. Its primary purpose is to assist and fund various social purpose programs for relief, sustainable development, advocacy, education, and community organizing such as Three Hots and a Cot, Habitat Humanity, Food for the Poor, Oak Mountain Ministries, Firehouse Shelter and Lutheran Disaster relief.
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran has three premiere ensembles. The Contemporary ensemble is a group of singers and instrumentalists that focus on the more modern Christian music. The Hand Bell Choir is a traditional instrumental ensemble that teaches the basics of musicianship (reading, counting, etc.) through practice. The Sanctuary Choir is an ensemble focused on high school and collegiate choral repertoire.
We welcome all individuals at any musical levels into every ensemble. Any inquires can be sent to Corey Griffin, Director of Musical Activities, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 205-514-0394, or simply show up to any and all rehearsals that interest you during the on seasons of August-May (summer common time is a break time for must ensembles). the Contemporary group meets Thursdays at 6:15pm, Hand Bells Tuesdays at 7:00pm, and Choir on Wednesdays at 7:00pm.
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “stewardship?” Budgets and spreadsheets? Money? Pledge cards? What about love? Stewardship is about so much more than money – stewardship is about love.
The definition for Stewardship: the responsible overseeing and protection of something considered worth caring for and preserving. It is all about love and caring.
For this reason, we are undertaking a year round stewardship program, “Stewards of God’s love.” This program will teach us how to make stewardship an integral part of our congregation’s life. It will also teach us how to make the best use of our time, talents and treasures for not only our congregation’s benefit but our community’s as well.