Month: May 2016

May 26, 2016 No comments exist

Free-Will Offering on May 29 and June 5

A challenge has been set for our Synod Assembly to gather funds for the ELCA’s World Hunger Appeal. Each congregation in the Synod is being asked to gather funds for a donation. Matching funds in the amount of $15,000 will enable the synod to double its contribution to the cause.

Shepherd of the Hills will donate the first $500 from the SHELC Benevolence funds. Individual donations collected as a free-will offering over two Sundays (May 29 and June 5) will add to our church total. Please make checks payable to SHELC with the words “World Hunger” in the memo.

Thank you for your generosity and care!

May 26, 2016 No comments exist

Bicycle into health with friends from church on Rails To Trails for month of June. Friends will meet on Monday mornings 9:30 am and Wednesday evenings at 6:00 pm.  The ride will initially last for an hour and will increase as we build endurance.

Bike Ride_Shari & Susan







Meeting locations and times are listed below:

Monday            Wednesday               Location

June 6                June 8                        Church

June 13              June 15                      Church

June 20              June 22                      Rt 189 lot East Granby

June 27              June 29                      Rt 315/Hopmeadow St lot Simsbury

If you have questions contact Shari or Russ Rourke or post a message in the Contact Us page.

May 26, 2016 No comments exist

Granby Co-Op Opportunity

Granby Food Co-Op would like to invite you to take part in our local farm produce orders again this year. We get wholesale pricing on many items from the following local farms:

  • George Hall Farm in Simsbury
  • Holcomb Farm in Granby
  • Bill Walsh Farm in Simsbury
  • Garlic Farm in West Granby
  • Eddy Farm in Newington
  • Sub Edge Farm in Farmington
  • Bristol’s Farm in Canton

All of these farms are either certified or practicing organic. They are all working to improve their soil health, which translates to healthier produce, by adding back the natural minerals that are lost each time a filed is harvested. It’s very important to return the nutrition to our food via amending the minerals and the biology in the soil.

The produce orders will be every two weeks on a Thursday with pick-ups at the church between 5:30 and 6:30p.m. The first delivery is Thursday, May 26. Please be prepared to pay by cash or check when you pick-up your order.

A listing of available produce will be sent by e-mail a week prior to the order due date. If interested, please contact Kris McCue at


May 26, 2016 No comments exist

Three states, eleven towns, thirty-eight individuals.

That describes the participants in My Best Friend’s 5k Road Race and Walk on May 14, 2016 at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Simsbury.Race Start  It was the first annual 5k event to support SHELC youth group activities and to promote the Jordan Porco Foundation (JPF), a local organization with the goal to prevent suicide in the high school, college and college entry student population.


Most were from local towns in Connecticut from Avon to Vernon. A few came from just over the state line from Southwick, Massachusetts and one flew all the way from Georgia (okay, full disclosure, she was the daughter of the race organizer!) For some it was their first 5k race and for others it was a way to heal from loss or to add hope for others. 5k MBF BannerPastor Chris Dion began the event with a blessing for the health of the runners and for the mission of the Jordan Porco Foundation.

Tucker, a physical trainer from Healthtrax of Avon, led the group in warms-ups before they hit the trail – the Rails to Trails in Simsbury. The trail entrance is only half a mile from the church – down Wolcott  Road and through the church’s quiet Wescott Road neighborhood.

The first to cross the finish line was James Guidice 1st Placeof Simsbury and the first female was the runner from Georgia, Meagan Riordan. 1st FemaleTwo walkers missed the mile and a quarter turn and ended up completing the entire 5k with their aunt, becoming the youngest runners at the ages of three and four years old!

So why did someone walk away with a turkey fryer?

The Holloway’s sponsor was the reason. Holloway’s Appliance Center contributed the turkey fryer as a prize and the winner was determined from a drawing from the listing of participants. Other contributors were Central Rock Gym of Glastonbury, M.E.L.T.30 of Simsbury, New Balance of Avon, Antonio’s Restaurant of Simsbury and RoadID.

Participants left with the satisfaction of a race well run and the knowledge that a local organization is working to save lives. JPF CheckThey learned that one in ten college students contemplate suicide. The foundation’s Nine out of Ten is a peer run program that teaches “Nine out of Ten students have an opportunity to help each one who is struggling. They teach about the warning signs of suicide, available resources, and action steps to take if a friend is thinking about suicide. With this knowledge, students are empowered to be gatekeepers for their peers and get them help if they’re struggling with their mental health.”

For more information on the Jordan Porco Foundation and their programs go to

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church would like to thank prize contributors as well as their Gold Sponsor, Healthtrax of Avon and the Silver sponsors Avon Plumbing and Heating, Maher’s Paint and Wallpaper of Avon and Simsbury, and Poochie Pets LLC.