Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church
August 23, 2019

Lord, help me to hear you say, "I am your hope."
Lord, your word says, you are the hope for hopeless
so I'm running to you with both hands stretched out
and grabbing on to you. Fill me up with hope and give me
a tangible reminder today that hope is an unbreakable
spiritual lifeline. God, you know those things in my heart
that I barely dare to hope for, today I give them to you,
I trust them to you, and ask that you, because I know that
you can, do more than I could ever guess,
imagine or request in wildest dreams.
God, you are my hope and I trust you. Amen.

Pastor on Call for Emergencies: 623-584-7642
Prayer Line: 623-584-2922
Partners in Prayer: Please send your prayer requests to
The Missions Committee project for August is collecting bottled water for the Justa Center.

Last weekend, we raised $467, plus 30 cases of water already given! We would like to raise an additional $200 to add to this so we would be able to purchase 5 pallets of bottled water (9,000 bottles of water!!). The water donation jug will be available again this weekend, so you may make a monetary contribution. Thank You for your generosity and Bless You for your contribution.
Valley View Community Food Bank

Please bring your non-perishable food donations next week, August 31 and September 1. All the donations will benefit the Valley View Community Food Bank. Thank you for your generosity.
Our Sunday 10:45 AM informal praise service
resumes September 1, 2019 .

On that date the worship times will return to
9:00 AM and 10:45 AM. The Saturday 4:00 PM service remains the same. Mark Your Calendar!
. 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.


We will hold a brief special Charge Conference on Sunday, August 25, 2019 a 11:15 AM in the Choir Room for the purpose of electing a lay member to Annual Conference. All are welcomed to attend. Members of the Church Council will vote.

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.
The Prayer Shawl Ministry is making shawls available to anyone who feels the need for some extra covering during our service. They are located at the rear of the Sanctuary. Please return them after the service.

The Prayer Shawl Ministry continues to provide shawls to our homebound members, as well as those in the hospital and in hospice care, as a way of letting them know that we, at the church, are thinking and praying for them.

The Sanctuary Choir will begin rehearsals on Friday, September 6 at 1:00 PM. The Choir will sing in the Worship Service on September 8 at 9:00 AM.

The Praise Band is back!! Band rehearsal is Friday, August 30 at 10:30 AM.

The Bells Ensemble will begin practice on Friday, October 4 at 9:30 AM.


August 24-25
"Messy Spirituality: Losers Welcome"
Matthew 9:9-13
Rev. Deborah Lerner, preaching

August 31-September 1
"Messy Spirituality: No Failing Grades"
Philippians 3:12-14
Miriam Dancers: "Put Your Hand in the Hand"

"Derailed By the Church"
August 17-18, 2019
Rev. Deborah Lerner, preaching

Would you like something fun to do?
Would you like to volunteer and visit
with friends, or make new friends?
Do you have one hour a week to donate to the church?

If you answered YES to the questions, then you are the person we are looking for!

The church office needs volunteers to help stuff the bulletins with the inserts and prayer and presence cards on Friday mornings. If you would like to help, please call Jodi in the office.
The Methodist bowling league will begin Monday, September 9 at 2:00 PM. The meeting will be at 12:00 the same day. This is a sanctioned league which has been a part of Shepherd of the Hills since 1986. This year we have eleven teams of women and men. Interested? Please call Ernestine Reid, Secretary at 623-546-9415.
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. 

Last class is Thursday, August 29
Thursday at 10:00 a.m.
Fellowship Hall Lobby
"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 classes will meet on Fridays 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 "Messy." Books are available in the office for $10.00.
Laughter for the Health of It
Monday, September 30, 2019
1:00 PM
Fellowship Hall

Do you want to learn how to become happier and healthier through laughter? It has been proven that laughter has many physical and emotional benefits. For example, laughter relaxes your muscles, changes perspective, reduces stress and lowers blood pressure. Start feeling better by bringing a little laughter into your life each day.

Karen Richards, Area Agency on Aging, will show you how to give yourself permission to laugh out loud just for the health of it!! Everyone is welcome to join in the fun.

Sign up sheets will be available starting September 1, 2019 in the church office and at the kiosk. You may also call the church office at 623-584-2280.
50 Ways to Pray

Wanting new ways to pray? This might be just the class for you. Bill and Linda White will be leading a 6-week class using the book 50 Ways to Pray by Teresa A. Blythe. You can purchase the book for $12.50 in the office. The classes will meet in the Fellowship Hall Meeting Room on Thursdays at 10:30 AM beginning October 10. Please bring a pen or pencil and a notebook to journal in.

If you have any questions, you can contact them at 623-688-7417 or email

We are planning a new pictorial directory and Lifetouch will be here the first week in October (the 1st through the 5th) to take our photos.  Appointments can be made on Sundays, September 1, 8 and 15, from 10:00 and 10:45 AM, between services, In Fellowship Hall.
The photo sessions will be October 1 through 5, beginning at 11:00 AM, with the last appointment at 6:00 PM.

We are expanding our ministry to our members with remarkably limited church life participation. We are in need of donations of portable CD and/or DVD players. Why? Listening to religious music and watching SHUMC weekly services are ways for those parishioners who cannot get around, including persons in Hospice, to feel connected and to receive spiritual nourishment, even though they may be unable to attend physically, Please bring the donations to Pastor Stephanie Soon's office. Thank you!

The United Methodist women will hold a baby shower on Thursday, October 3, for the Luke Air Force Airmen's new families. It will happen at our fall "Welcome Back Luncheon." All women of our church family are invited to have lunch with us at 11:30 AM and hear about the Layette Program at Luke. Mark your calendars and soon a list of needed items will appear. We hope you will come and join us as we support the military families in our community.

The Missions Committee project for September is twin sheets, bath towels and wash towels for the Justa Center. These items may be gently used.

The Justa Center is a senior homeless daycare center in Phoenix. They serve the growing population of homeless seniors age 55 and older in the metro Phoenix region.


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.



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.
Friendship Groups

Friendship Groups are an important part of SHUMC ministries. Small groups of members and friends meet monthly for fellowship with others. The groups are focused around meals, trips and/or activities in the community. There are about 12 Friendship Groups now and more will be formed soon. If you would like to join or know more about Friendship Groups,
please contact Becky Fay at 623-518-9502.
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.


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 and cereal boxes. 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! Please bring all paperback and hard covered books to the church Library (another way to recycle!).
            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 24 — September 1

Saturday, August 24
4:00 PM - Worship - Chapel

Sunday, August 25
10:00 AM - Worship - Sanctuary
11:15 AM - Charge Conference - Choir Room

Tuesday, August 27
7:00 AM until 1:00 PM - Rummage Collection at the Containers
7:00 AM - Men's Prayer Group - Prayer Room
11:00 AM - Tai Chi Practice - Fellowship Hall
12:30 PM - SPRC - Fellowship Hall Meeting Room
3:00 PM - "Living Faithfully" Class - Fellowship Hall Meeting Room
4:30 PM - TOPS - Choir Room

Wednesday, August 28
9:30 AM - Staff Meeting - Conference Room
10:45 AM - VEW Meeting

Thursday, August 29
10:00 AM - " Can I Trust God With My Health?" Class - Fellowship Hall Lobby
11:00 AM - Cancer Support Group - Prayer Room

Friday, August 30
9:00 AM - Bulletin Stuffers - Conference Room
10:30 AM - Praise Band Rehearsal - Sanctuary
11:00 AM - "Messy Spirituality" Class - Fellowship Hall Meeting Room

Saturday, August 31
4:00 PM - Worship - Chapel

Sunday, September 1
Valley View Food Bank Collection
9:00 AM - Worship - Sanctuary
10:45 AM - Worship - Sanctuary
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: