Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church
August 2, 2019

Father in heaven, we thank you and feel your leadership, for you have blessed us with every spiritual and heavenly gift in Christ. We thank you that we may be among those who receive true life always anew, who praise and glorify you, exulting even in difficult days. For it is just in the difficult days that we need to belong to those who are thankful and joyful, who always find new certainty in
their lives. With them may we experience the good
you give on earth so that humankind may be blessed
and come at last into your hands. Amen.

Pastor on Call for Emergencies: 623-584-7642
Prayer Line: 623-584-2922
Partners in Prayer: Please send your prayer requests to
. Join Us for Worship in Two Different Styles:

Saturday 4:00 p.m. “Sweet Hour of Prayer”
Intimate Worship in the Chapel
Especially for those who love the old hymns,
 and that small church “hometown” feel

Sunday 10:00 a.m. "Spirited Traditional Worship"
In the Sanctuary, with Choir, Organ, Piano
Enjoy a variety of musical styles and hymnody

Our Sunday 10:45 AM informal praise service
resumes September 1, 2019.
On that date our first service will return to 9:00 AM.
Please make a note!


Each week after the 10:00 AM service, our prayer ministers, Bill and Linda White, are available near the chancel to pray for any persons who would like personal prayer. You can come to them for prayers for friends, relatives, loved ones. You can come and ask prayer for yourself. You can make very specific requests or very general requests, whichever is more comfortable. Bill and Linda will offer prayers for you and those you are concerned about right then and there.

If others are already being prayed for, please take a seat in the front pew and they will turn to you as soon as they are able.

These prayers are held in love and in strict confidence, unless you give permission for them to share. Bill and Linda have served in prayer ministry
for many years, in several churches. They are compassionate, helpful and supportive. We are grateful to be able to offer this ministry to you.

If you would be interested in becoming a personal prayer partner in this ministry, please contact them at or by phone
at 623-688-7417.

This weekend, August 3 and 4, will be a collection of non-perishable food donations to benefit the Valley View Community Food Bank. Thank you for your generosity and helping to feed families in need. God Bless You!
"Ask Me Anything" with Pastor Deborah

Sunday, August 4
at 11:30 AM
Fellowship Hall

Do you have questions about where the UMC is heading? Do you have questions about faith, prayer, Christian lifestyles and United Methodist beliefs and practice?

Bring an open heart and the things that are on your mind. Let's talk!


Join us in Fellowship Hall next Sunday, August 11, 2019 for light lunch and conversation following the worship service. Those who wish to join the church will be received August 17 or 18.

Are you interested in joining SHUMC? Do you have questions about what it means to be a member? Have questions about United Methodist belief and practice?

Please RSVP by writing "Exploring" on your prayer and presence card, by signing up at the kiosk or in the church office.

August 3-4
"Soul Food"
Luke 24:13-35
Pastor Stephanie Soon preaching

August 10-11
"Messy Spirituality: What a Mess"
A Day at the Beach
Joshua 2:1-11; Romans 3:9-12
Rev. Deborah Lerner, preaching
"BEACH" Theme for August 10 and 11

Summer is long and hot and it is time for a little break from the ordinary. Next weekend, August 10 - 11, Pastor Deborah will begin her sermon series on Messy Spirituality. We invite you to “dress down” next week, for “A Day at the Beach.” We won’t have any water to play in, so swimsuits are not needed! Wear your favorite beach hat, step into some flip flops, hawaiian print shirts and shorts and let’s have a little fun!


Sunday, July 28, 2019

"For Crying Out Loud . . ."

Rev. Deborah Lerner
The Cancer Journey - whether it is yours
or someone you care about -
support and encouragement is needed,
and available.

Look for CARE NOTES (5x7 booklets) on topics related to the cancer journey such as, "Facing Cancer as a Family" (and others) located near the Upper Room shelf in the Narthex, the Prayer Room, in the foyer of Fellowship Hall and the Parish Nurse Resource Table.


The Missions Committee project for August is collecting bottled water. The water will be donated to the Justa Center, which serves the growing population of homeless seniors age 55 and older in the metro Phoenix region.

Justa Center is a safe haven, advocate, trusted partner and resource for seniors who are homeless.
The 40th Anniversary shirts are here!  The shirts are available in two styles: t-shirts and polo shirts and are sized from XS to 3XL. The colors are royal blue for the polo shirts and t-shirts come in gray or royal blue. The cost ranges in price from $15.00 to $25.00. Place your order today in Fellowship Hall.
"Can I Trust God with My Health?"
Led by Pastor Alma

Life's storms have a way of challenging our faith in God's provision and guiding hand. This study invites us to address a variety of questions about health and faith, by looking at Scripture, theological positions and the reality of the world around us and our own lives. 

We will make time to discern how the answers to these questions alter our relationship with God. Finally we will choose how we want to apply our leanings. Some of the topics included are Health, Disability, Stress and Sleep. 

Once you sign up for this class, please pick up your reading materials at the church office. Suggested Reading Materials contribution: $6.00

Through August 29
Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.
Chapel Gathering Room
Living Faithfully:
Human Sexuality and the UMC
Led by Pastor Deborah

Tuesdays at 3:00 PM starting August 6
Thursdays at 6:30 PM starting August 8 -
(held only with minimum registration of 4)

Sign up at the Kiosk, by the church office or write on the back of your prayer and presence card "Living."

"Messy Spirituality"
Sermon Series and Class
Led by Rev. Rick Walker

Pastor Deborah will be doing a sermon series on "Messy Spirituality" in August and we plan on running a concurrent class with Rev. Rick and Linda Walker. The class will use the book by Mike Yaconelli entitled, "Messy Spirituality: God's Annoying Love for Imperfect People."

The book is a strong antidote for the spiritual perfectionism in us all. Here are truths that can cut you loose from the tyranny of ought-to's and open your eyes to the deep spirituality of being loved, shortcomings and all, by the God who meets you and transforms you in the midst of a messy and unpredictable life.

Rick's active ministry included 29 years in the local church pastorate and the rest in what are called "special" appointments: prison chaplaincy, mental health counseling, treatment of alcohol & drug addiction and Hospice Chaplaincy.

The classes will begin Friday, August 16, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. and run for 6 weeks, ending on September 20, 2019. This class will meet in the Fellowship Hall Meeting Room. Please sign-up on the sheet at the Kiosk, or in front of the office or write on the back of your prayer and presence card "Living." Books have been ordered and are available in the office for $10.00.

The Saturday Night Friendship Group is meeting at Olive Garden Restaurant after church on Saturday August 17. If you would like to join us, please RSVP to: Mary Giese, or Joyce Rapp at 623-975-1671.
Changing Seasons

Does your address change from season to season? Please keep SHUMC updated on changes by indicating on your Prayer & Presence Card, or call/email:

Need to update your emergency contact information at the church? There are forms in the hallway by the office, or just send us the basic information in an email. We need your name, current address and phone numbers. Then give us the “In case of emergency, please notify” names, their relationship to you, phone numbers and address.

Free movies will be shown at 1:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall on select Wednesdays. Movies are shown with closed-captioning and digital stereo sound. Free snacks will be served. All are welcome so bring your friends and neighbors for summer movie fun in a cool environment.

AUGUST 7 - DREAMER starring Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning.

AUGUST 21 - MARY POPPINS RETURNS starring Emily Blunt
and Lin-Manuel Miranda.



OCTOBER 2 - PLACES IN THE HEART starring Sally Field.

OCTOBER 16 - TOOTSIE starring Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman, Charles Durning, Bill Murray and Geena Davis.
Have you noticed the absence of a person in worship?
The CARE team is truly appreciative when you notify us about someone who has been absent from worship or when you will be gone for several weeks. There are many reasons why any of us might not be able to attend worship. However, we do not want to miss someone who may need the CARE team. Using the Prayer & Presence cards is a perfect way to alert us. If you would write the name of the absent person in the “comments” section of the card, the CARE team will contact them to learn of any support we may offer them. The CARE team follows up with phone calls if a person is absent for three consecutive weeks or as needed.
THANK YOU for being a caring congregation and always looking after each other.

In God’s love,
Please join us in prayer for…
Our sister United Methodist Congregations:
Mountain View UMC, Cottonwood
New Church Start, Yuma
New Song UMC, Surprise
Nuevo Pacto, Phoenix

Save The Date !

40th Anniversary Celebration
Sunday, November 17, 2019

3:30 PM Choir Concert
5:00 PM Dinner
More Details to Follow !
Volunteers are always welcome and needed to assist with sorting food at St. Mary's Food Bank in Surprise on the third Thursday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Call Becky Fay at 623-518-9502.
Volunteer to help cook & serve lunch on the 1st Saturday of the month to documented asylum seekers.
Saturday, September 7
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Carpooling is encouraged.

Sign up sheet in the church office


Coups For Troops Update
We are collecting manufacturer's coupons only - no store coupons, no rebates, no fast food, and no restaurant. Coupons are going to family bases so all kinds of manufacturer's coupons are useful including those for children and baby items, automobile products, household and laundry supplies and, of course, groceries and toiletries. Any questions about the program, please contact Sand'ee Spears. (623) 546-6775
Alternative Revenue Sources

             SHUMC Window Decals – Purchase at the office for only $5 and $1 of that will go to Missions. Easy to apply yourself and perfect for your golf carts too!
            Recycling Paper & Cardboard - There are recycling bins located in the southwest side of the church parking lot for paper and cardboard. You may deposit cardboard, newspaper, magazines, catalogs, computer paper, office paper and phone books, junk mail, shredded paper in clear plastic bags, colored paper, paper bags, pizza boxes, paperback books, cereal boxes, and hard covered books. No aluminum or plastic please! SHUMC receives $20 per ton of recycled paper from the recycling company, so you can support your church and the environment, too!
            Fry’s Community Rewards Program - You can help SHUMC every time you shop at any location of Fry’s Foods. Participants are required to have an email and must enroll your Fry’s VIP card, and you need to re-enroll August every year to keep donations happening. If you need a VIP card, they can be obtained at any Fry’s location. If you have a Fry’s VIP Card, all you need to do is enroll your card online at , and then every time you shop and present your VIP card SHUMC will be credited and receive a reward from Fry’s based on your purchases. The church office has printed instructions for “Creating and Online Fry’s Account” and “Registering for the Fry’s Community Rewards Program.”
Weekly Church Calendar for August 3 — August 11

Saturday, August 3
4:00 PM - Worship & Communion - Chapel

Sunday, August 4
Valley View Community Food Bank collection of non-perishable items
10:00 AM - Worship & Communion - Sanctuary
11:30 AM - "Ask Me Anything" with Pastor Deborah - Fellowship Hall

Monday, August 5
Parkinson's Exercise Class will not meet the month of August

Tuesday, August 6
7:00 AM - Men's Prayer Group
11:00 AM - Tai Chi Practice - Fellowship Hall
3:00 PM - "Living Faithfully" Class - Fellowship Hall Meeting Room
4:30 PM - TOPS - Choir Room

Wednesday, August 7
9:30 AM - Staff Meeting - Conference Room
10:45 AM - VEW Meeting
1:30 PM - Movie "Dreamer" - Fellowship Hall

Thursday, August 8
10:00 AM - " Can I Trust God With My Health?" Class - Chapel Gathering Room
11:00 AM - Cancer Support Group - Prayer Room
6:30 PM - "Living Faithfully" Class - Fellowship Hall Meeting Room

Friday, August 9
9:00 AM - Bulletin Stuffers - Conference Room
9:30 AM - Bell Choir Practice - Bell Choir Room

Saturday, August 10
4:00 PM - Worship - Chapel

Sunday, August 11
10:00 AM - Worship - Sanctuary
11:30 AM - "Exploring Membership" Class - Fellowship Hall
Shepherd of the Hills
United Methodist Church
13658 W Meeker Blvd
Sun City West, AZ 85375-3700
Office: 623-584-2280
FAX: 623-584-1868
Pastor-On-Call for Emergencies:
Prayer Requests:
Partners in Prayer: