Shepherd of the Hills 
United Methodist Church
13658 W Meeker Blvd.        
Sun City West, AZ 85375-3730
Office: 623-584-2280
Fax: 623-584-1868
Sundays, Traditional Worship Service 10:00 a.m. – Sanctuary
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
Sermons By Phone: 1-623-223-9151
Masks Strongly Recommended  


Due to the rise of confirmed Covid cases in our area, we are strongly recommending that you please remember and wear a mask when you are on the church campus. Thank you for helping to protect yourself and others.

Communion Sunday,
December 5, 2021
at 10:00 a.m.
in Sanctuary only
Advent Chapel Communion
will resume
on Dec. 12 and 19
in the Chapel after
Sunday Service


Reminder: Grief Support Group will not meet Thursday, December 2, 2021

Church Office Hours are:

Monday through Thursday

8:00 AM until 4:00 PM


Please handle your church business

during open office hours.

Come Join Us
Sundays  – 10:00 AM Spirited Traditional                               Sanctuary 
Sundays join us for Coffee Hour at 11:00 A.M.

Coffee Hour hosts are needed. Please sign up on the sheet in front

of the church office or call Peggy Pollay.



In line with new CDC recommendations, masks are strongly recommended for
worship and other indoor and in-person gatherings.



Christmas Branch, Christmas Decoration, Holly Berry

SHUMC’S December Events


December 2, 2021        Blue Christmas -3:30 P.M. Sanctuary

                                             (With Light Meal Following)

December 5, 2021        Pastor Stephanie’s Reception

December 10, 2021      West Valley Chorale Concert 7:00 P.M.,                                                                                    Sanctuary

December 11, 2021      Saturday Night Worship & Meal 4:00 P.M.                                                                                Chapel & Fellowship Hall

December 12, 2021      Cantata Silent Night 10:00 A.M. Sanctuary

December 12, 2021      Christmas Honorariums Deadline

December 19, 2021      Creche Display & Sing-A-Long 11:00 A.M.,                                                                                Fellowship Hall

December 24, 2021      Christmas Eve Service 3:00 & 5:00 P.M.,                                                                                  Sanctuary


Chapel Sunday Communion Through Advent – Nov 28, Dec. 12 & 19

Note: Sunday, December 5, we will have communion in the Sanctuary only.


December 24 – January 2, 2022 Church Office Closed



Blue Christmas Service 2021

Thursday, December 2, at 3:30 PM.


You are invited to our Blue Christmas service on Thursday, December 2, at 3:30 PM in our sanctuary. It is designed with serene liturgical elements that create space for hope and support.


Come listen with us, join in prayers, scripture, ritual and music that acknowledges that God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who struggle this Christmas season. Everyone is welcome.


The short service will be followed by a brief time for a light meal and fellowship.
Note: If you would like, you are welcomed to come light one of the candles set up on a special table, for your most important losses, your prayers, or what feels right for you at that time. Candles will be ready as early as half an hour before the service starts.

                 Chapel Sunday Communion

                       Through Advent

     Nov 28, Dec. 12 & 19

You are specially invited this advent season, to receive communion right after each Sunday service in the chapel.

Rev. Bill Cutter is a member of our church and a retired clergy, who will be there to offer us the elements of this holy meal. Our hope is this weekly opportunity to partake in communion, will inspire, strengthen, and fill with hope the hearts and spirits of all of us who receive it with faith and gratitude.


Saturday Night Worship & Dinner – December 11

4:00 P.M. Worship with Dinner Following

We aren’t quite ready to re-start the Saturday service, but want to provide a time in December for gathering and touching base. All the beloved elements of this service (casual format, hymn sing, frequent use of the Apostle’s Creed) will be included, plus a new one: we will celebrate Holy Communion in each gathering moving forward.

Plan to come to service and then gather for a meal and social. Please wear an ugly Christmas sweater or tie. We will be having a Christmas dinner together.

We need to know you are coming so we provide enough food. Please RSVP for the December gathering by calling 623-584-2280 or emailing the office at church@shepherdofthehills.org or filling out a paper registration and returning it to the church.

Please bring a friend who might be blessed by the special nature of these “Sweet Hour of Prayer” gatherings. 

The menu will be:

Ham and Potatoes, Green Beans, Rolls, Cranberries

and Desserts 

We need to know you are coming for dinner, so reservations are needed. Sign up on the clipboard at the kiosk on Sundays, November 21 and 28 and December 5.

You can also sign up at the church office by calling the office at 623-584-2280 or send an email to church@shepherdofthehills.org. 




The Worship Committee is taking orders for poinsettia plants for Christmas Honorariums. The cost this year is $12.00 per plant. You may buy one to honor someone, in memory of someone or to The Glory of God.


The plants will be displayed through the Christmas Eve services. You may pick up the plant you purchased after the Christmas Eve services are over.


Order forms will be in the announcement flyer this Sunday. Order forms will also be available in front of the church office. Please fill out the form completely and submit it with payment to the office.

Silent Night: A Cantata by Sally DeFord

Performed on December 12, 2021

 10:00 A.M. Worship Service

Unable to attend, please watch it as it is live streamed

or at your leisure at:



Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
December 24, 2021 at 3:00 & 5:00 P.M.

Thanksgiving/ Christmas Letter and Offering

The Missions Committee has prepared the Thanksgiving/ Christmas letter and offering envelope and will be handing them out at the worship services this weekend. Be sure to stop by the table to pick up your envelope. The remaining letters will be mailed out during the week. The recipient of this collection will be UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief).


Members and friends of SHUMC have an opportunity to view nativity creches on Sunday, December 19 and participate in a Christmas Sing-along.


If you have a creche to display, sign up on the clipboard at the kiosk on Sundays or in the church office. Bring your creche to Fellowship Hall on Saturday, December 18, between 9:00 AM and Noon.


The Social Shepherds Committee will help with set-up. All the pieces will be out of reach of visitors and the description or story will be closer so that it can be read easily. Everything will be safe and secure. The display can be viewed during the coffee hour after services on Sunday, December 19.


A Christmas carol sing-along with Bill Moore will be held during the coffee hour. Please remove your creche after the sing-along. For more information, please contact Sharon Stewart at 623-584-2280.


Greg Dotson, recent new member of our congregation, received the above honor. He is one (out of 8 veterans) selected to have this honor.

He received a note from Raytheon Corporation that they were going to institute a program to dedicate their newly repurposed AIM 7 missiles. Greg applied and a few weeks ago, he was one of 8 veterans to have the honor of the Serial Number of one of the Missiles forever tied to his name.

Congratulations and Blessings to Greg for this prestigious honor!

            Sermons by Phone
     Simply call: 1-623-223-9151 

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. 

A New Season – Worship & Picnic in the Park
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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 January 15 in order to be included in the January/February issue 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.


Midweek Devotional

Worship Video

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