Welcome
Shepherd of the Hills 
United Methodist Church
13658 W Meeker Blvd.        
Sun City West, AZ 85375-3730
Office: 623-584-2280
 
 
Sundays, 10:00 a.m.
Traditional Worship Service – Sanctuary
Communion – First Sunday of Month
Coffee Hour at 11:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall
 
 
Worship with us www.shepherdofthehills.org (link below)
 
 
Email: church@shepherdofthehills.org
Pastor-On-Call for Emergencies: 623-584-7642
Prayer Requests: 623-584-2922
Partners in Prayer: prayers@shepherdofthehills.org
 
 

A New Option for Online Worship:

Live Stream our Service

If you are unable to join us for in-person for worship, the 10:00 AM Sunday service will be livestreamed each week. We start with Bill’s gathering music at 9:45 AM and move into the service at 10:00 AM (Summer Hours)

To join: Click on the picture below sometime after 9:45 AM (and before the service ends).                   

We will send out an email to all persons subscribed to our Constant Contact list on Sunday morning at 8:00 AM as a reminder. It will also include a registration link (which will take you TO the livestream after you register) and a direct link to the livestream.

Let us know how your experience is with this. This is a new technology for us and we are still perfecting our technology. 

 

Live Streaming Update: Last Sunday (4/3) a new live streaming solution was implemented and we are happy to report that it performed as expected. We did not experience the same extended outages that were seen during the previous weeks worship services.

While you watch the live stream we would like you to be aware of two things. First, you may notice a small delay (up to two minutes) when watching the live stream. Second, while you may still experience buffering it should be short lived (15-30 seconds), but it will recover quickly and there should be no loss of content.

 Thank you all for your patience as we worked to correct and improve our live streaming.

Previous Worship Services
Sunday September 25, 2022

10:00 a.m.

Prayer for Ukraine
 
 

 
CHURCH OFFICE HOURS: MONDAY – FRIDAY
8:30 A.M. TO 4:30 P.M.
623-584-2280
 
 
 
Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church
has a new logo
 
 
 
OUR DISTINCTIVE SHUMC BELL TOWER
 
 
 
YOU ARE CHOSEN, BLESSED & LOVED

THE PRAYER LABYRINTH

A Labyrinth is a sacred space where one can talk and listen to God. It is based on the ancient practice of pilgrimage. You journey away from the noise and distractions of life as you walk toward the center where you rest with Christ.
 
 As you walk your way out you are returning to the world renewed and empowered. 

 

 
 
 

Check out  the painted rocks  in the Prayer Labyrinth!                 

  They are absolutely beautiful!

 

SAVE THE DATE FOR TRAVIS FREEMAN
 
See the details in the News and Events under Special Events tab.
 
Save: Wednesday, November 2, Saturday,
 
November 5 and Sunday, November 6, 2022
 
 
 
 
 

LEADERSHIP RETREAT
 
For all persons serving on teams and committees and for other interested persons.
 
Tuesday, October 18, 2022
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Fellowship Hall
 
Pastor Deborah will treat everyone to a continental breakfast and a boxed lunch.  Plan
to join us for a time of reflection on “where we are” and “where God is calling us to go” as we move forward after meeting some of the challenges of COVID.
 
Honored guest will be Katie O’Grady from the Sun City West Recreation Center, who will share with us information about who is moving into our city.
 
Please sign up at the Kiosk or email Jodi at church@shepherdofthehills.org.
 
 
 

GRIEFSHARE

14 Week Program

You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.

 

Each of the sessions are designed so that any person can feel welcomed, no matter what session number they are attending for the first time.

 

We affirm that each person’s grief journey is unique.  Therefore, in an environment of respect and confidentiality, each participant can explore the questions and experiences of grief they bring to this safe space.

 

Sign up at the office or the Kiosk on Sunday.   

 

FOOD BANK DONATIONS NEEDED

 

Food banks are way down.  But hunger is up!  Can you help?  The Missions Team is extending food bank collections to be continuous during the summer.  Next time you shop, please grab a few extra items that can be donated to our local food banks.  Donations can be brought to the church during office hours and placed in the hall between the Library and Choir Room.  Or feel free to donate by phone or online, 

           Call (602) 242-FOOD

For WAYS TO GIVE go
 

Your donation is 100% deductible and may

qualify for the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit.

 
 

SANDWICH MAKING FOR JUSTA CENTER

 The peanut butter party (weekly sandwich making) will meet on Mondays, at 9:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall to make sandwiches for Justa Center. Masks are mandatory during sandwich making.

Please call Mary G. at 623-584-2280 if you would like to join them.

ITEMS NEEDED: big jars of creamy peanut butter and grape jelly (preferred).
Please bring donations to the church office or leave them on the counter in the kitchen.
 
“You are always touching more lives than you realize.” 

 

To learn more about how Justa Center provides for homeless seniors, justacenter.org
 
 

Grief Group Support

Meets every WEDNESDAY at 10:30 a.m.

Location: Prayer Room

Facilitated by Rev. Ron Friesen

 

LIFE CHANGING BIBLE STUDY    

The weekly Zoom Bible Study will meet on Mondays at 3:00 P.M. We hope you will join us! The Zoom link will be sent out every Monday morning to those interested in participating.

For more details, call Kathy C. at 623-584-2280
 

CHESS CLUB    

 

The chess club meets on Thursdays at Noon in the Narthex.  Call the office if you have any questions.

 

 

JOIN US FOR SUMMER MOVIES!

Free summer movies began and will meet for eight alternating Wednesdays until September 21. The movies will be shown in the Fellowship Hall starting at 1:30 PM, light snacks will be served.
 
Everyone is welcome.  Bring your friends and neighbors for free summer movie fun in a cool environment.
 
September 21  The Sting

This movie is the winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture.  Paul Newman and Robert Redford star as two con-men in 1930’s Chicago.

 

 

 

Rummage Sale 2022

Friday November 11 – Saturday November 12

Chair: Julie K.

DROP OFF DAYS

Monday, September 19, Tuesday, September 20 &

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
 
Next sort day is Thursday, September 22.
 

Place your donations at the beige metal shipping container in the back of the campus.  It takes everyone to make this a successful event, so keep cleaning out those closets and garages.  For large furniture pick ups, please call Kathy C. or the church office or to arrange a pick up.  For rummage sale questions, call Julie K.   

 

 

SUPPORT THE PEOPLE OF UKRAINE

United Methodists and others wishing to provide humanitarian assistance to the Ukrainian people in the wake of the Russian invasion of their country may contribute to Advance #982450, UMCOR International Disaster Response and Recovery. This fund will provide direct assistance to those in Ukraine as well as assistance to Ukrainians fleeing to neighboring countries.

Gifts to support the people of Ukraine can be made in the following ways:

Online at https://umcmission.org/advance-project/982450

 

  • By toll-free telephone: 888-252-6174
  • By check made out to Global Ministries/UMCOR with “Advance #982450-Ukraine” written on the memo line, either mailed and addressed to Global Ministries/UMCOR, GPO, P.O. Box 9068, New York, NY, 10087-9068 or given at or through any United Methodist church

One hundred percent of all Advance contributions go to the designated cause.

The United Methodist community in Ukraine, though quite small, is actively engaged in assisting neighbors in need. Global Ministries is in touch with the church’s leadership as well as with church leaders in countries welcoming those who are fleeing from violence in Ukraine.

 

2022 LAY SERVANT CLASSES

 

Lay Servant classes are being offered through the Southwest District. Click on the link below to register for the different classes being offered.

 

If you have questions regarding the classes, you may contact Betty S., West District Director of Lay Servant Ministries or John H., Desert Southwest Conference West District Associate Lay Leader.
 
Click link below:
 

 

NO! PASTOR DEBORAH WILL NOT ASK YOU FOR GIFT CARDS OR MONEY!

Friends,

Apparently they are at it again. Several members have received texts that purport to be from me asking for gift cards and/or money. The phone number is NOT MY PHONE NUMBER! (First thing to check). Call the church office to check phone number of pastor 623-584-2280.

But you really do not have to check, because you KNOW that I will not ask you for help/gift cards/money by email.

 Be careful out there.

      Blessings and Peace, 

      Rev. Deborah Lerner, Senior Pastor 

 
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Join us for online worship by clicking on the video below
OR go through our gallery of
past services and midweek devotionals on the Worship Tab.
 
The latest sermon is also available by phone.
Simply call 1-623-223-9151.
Also below is our latest Midweek Devotional.
 
Office staff are available through email or by phone during
normal business hours.
Please have all articles in the office no later than Monday, August 15 in order to be included in the September of the Voice newsletter.
 
 

 

 

The Mission Candle can be dedicated to anyone to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, honor or in memory of someone special. Please call or email the office to set this up.

Your request will be read during the worship services each week.

Your donation of $20 or more will enable the UMW to raise more funds and allow the opportunity to help support approximately 13 local charities.

 

If you worshiped with us take a moment to let us know. Click here to fill out our online attendance card.
 
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