Month: July 2016

July 30, 2016 No comments exist

It’s time to make reservations for the Men’s and Women’s Weekends at Camp Calumet

This fall, Bishop Jim will be a guest speaker at the Men’s Weekend, Screen Shot 2016-03-19 at 9.55.52 PMwhile former bishop, Margaret Payne, will be the chaplain for the Women’s Weekend. Both special guests will draw many people to these events, so consider making reservations as soon as possible. If you’ve never been to one of these weekends, ask Pastor Chris, Dave, or anyone who has attended for details (and pictures).

Men’s Weekend – OCTOBER 21 – 23, 2016 — “Wired Differently”

From Bishop Hazelwood: “Why do most spiritual disciplines not work for most men?  Because we are wired differently.  We tend to be task-oriented, purpose-driven, and seek measurable outcomes.  This weekend seeks to look at three areas where men can practice a male spirituality, centered around food, sex and sports.  Yes, you read it right.  We’ll discuss a male spirituality of the body, and you’ll depart with some new insights.”

Women’s Weekend – NOVEMBER 18 – 20, 2016 – “Cup of Life”

Awesome singing and music; inspirational devotions; a Bible study offered by the chaplain; exciting Sunday morning worship; free time in the afternoon for shopping, hiking, craft tours, Zumba, massage, relaxing; great food; fellowship; and nighttime entertainment with Judith Black, one of the nation’s foremost storytellers.

Contact Alice for reservation (603) 539-3223 ext. 220 or ALICE@CALUMET.ORG.

July 30, 2016 No comments exist

Well, not exactly…..


The new cranberry (or in Swedish congregation’s “lingonberry”) colored hymnals are available for purchase at $25 each (cost plus shipping.)

Lutheran Hymnal

Order forms are available in pew racks and can be returned with checks made payable to SHELC (memo- hymnals) or cash. These forms also allow you to order personal hymnals for home and book plates in memory/honor of a loved one to the glory of God. Returned forms can be placed in the Offering Box or sent to the Church Office. Thank you for enhancing our worship opportunities as we endeavor to sing together with the ELCA.

July 24, 2016 No comments exist

Bring a Lawn Chair on Sunday, August 7

There will be an outdoor worship service on Sunday, August 7 at 9:00 a.m. Bring a lawn chair and worship in the outdoor Sanctuary of God’s Creation. Shade will be provided and so will guest musicians. We will be gathered in the shady corner of the southwest end o f the building on grass (and front driveway for those who need a smooth surface.) Potable sound equipment, ice water, and chairs (if you don’t bring one) will also be provided If temperatures or rain prevent us from being outdoors, we’ll meet in the Fellowship Hall. Come worship and invite a friend or neighbor. Savor God’s beautiful grounds.

July 23, 2016 1 comment

If you missed the last train (in June for the Shepherd Family) here’s a chance to catch the next train.

What is a Meal Train?

For those who need a refresher…..There are times in our lives when friends and family ask, “What can I do to help out?” The answer is usually to help them with a meal. When many friends give a meal, this is a Meal Train. is a free meal calendar tool that makes planning meals among a wide group easy and less stressful.

Both Randy and Lucy are healing from ailments and could use our help. Please consider bringing the Bremers a meal.

Check out the calendar and notice the green days – they are the open slots that still need to be filled!

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Sign-up to prepare and deliver a meal on the requested dates for Randy and Lucy by clicking here.

July 21, 2016 No comments exist

Uganda Fundraising Event

Saturday, July 23

Simsbury Methodist Church
799 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury

Stop in Anytime
6:30—8:30 pm

Make Your Own Ice Cream Sundaes!

Suggested donation: $6/person; $20 family max

To benefit the Volunteers in Mission Sep/ Oct 2016 Medical Trip to Uganda

Live Music

SUMC CAYA Worship Team

There will be an opportunity during this event to learn more
about our partner and host for the mission trip,
Guiding Light Orphans (GLO) in Avon, CT.


July 17, 2016 No comments exist

Orders are due by Wednesday morning 5:00 a.m.

Everyone is welcome to participate in Granby Food Co-op’s local farm produce ordering.  Our next pickup date is July 21 between 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Shepherd of the Hills in the Fellowship Hall.

All the Produce is Organic

Holcomb Farm  (Granby)

Lettuces, mixed varieties $2.50/head

Peppermint, Common Mint, Korean Mint  $2.00/bunch

Flat or curly parsley  $2.00/bunch

Sage $1.50/bunch

Basil:  Italian, lemon, lime, Thai, tulsi, or red  $2.50/bunch (specify which you want)

Zucchini:  green, yellow, striped  $2.00/lb  (specify which)

Cucumbers:  green or white picklers, and green or white slicers  $2.00/lb (specify which)

Squash blossoms  $0.35 each

Beets, red  $3.00/lb

Walla walla onions  $3.00/lb

Daikon radish  $1.50/lb

Eggplant:  Asian or black Italian  $3.75/lb

crushed tomatoes, 32 oz jars  $6.00 each

George Hall Farm (Simsbury)

Shallots, whole plant including flowerhead  $1.50 each

yellow squash and zucchini  $1.50/lb

Siberian kale, red russian kale, red curly kale, multi color swiss chard  $3.00/bunch (specify which)

Red beets  $3.00/lb

Herbs:  sage, thyme, mint, tarragon  $3.00/bunch

Bill Walsh Farm (Simsbury)

Green curly kale  $2.50/lb

Red beets  $2.50/lb

Eddy Farm (Newington)

Green zucchini $2.00/lb

Salad cukes  $1.50/lb

Pickling cukes  $2.00/lb

Kale  $3.00/bunch

Chard  $3.00/bunch

Fresh potatoes, mixed varieties, 2 lb. bags  $5.00/bag

Please email Kris McCue at with your orders.  You can pay by cash or check when you pick up on July 21.  If you can drop off a grocery sack or paper grocery sack labeled with your name before Thursday would be great.  Leave on counter in the kitchen.

To your good health!

Kris McCue

July 17, 2016 No comments exist

Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Isn’t it wonderful when someone uses their God-given gifts, talents, time and energy to serve others to the glory of God? We can support what God is accomplishing through them by showing them our appreciation for their service – even if it’s something “small.” We thank God for all the faithful who serve here, and if you’d like to write a “Kudos” to a particular person too, please use the Contact Us page and write “Kudos” in the subject line. Write a few sentences about who did what and how much you appreciate it. Look around and become aware of those who could use your encouragement and gratitude. You can sign your name or leave it anonymous. Church personnel will make sure the recipient of the Kudos is notified.

July 10, 2016 No comments exist

Come join the newly formed NW CT Food Buying Club!

Posting from Facebook Area BioNutrient Food Discussion Group

If you regularly shop for organic- and all-natural foods and household- and personal-care goods but you would like to find better prices, and you enjoy working with a group of like-minded people, this group is for you. The NW CT food club will use Associated Buyers as their primary source for grocery and other items, and they will also get wholesale produce from some area organic farms such as the George Hall Farm in Simsbury and Holcomb Farm in Granby and Sub Edge Farm in Farmington. Other farms may be added to the list as determined by the buying club participants. If you’d like to learn more or would like to come try it out we are meeting tomorrow night to fine tune some more details of how the club will work and start ordering.

Come to Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 7 Wescott Street, Simsbury.
Monday, July 11 at 6:30 PM

Questions? email

July 1, 2016 No comments exist

Get a Jumpstart on Christmas Shopping!

The Social Ministry Team is getting a head start on collecting items for Enfield Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen. These will be wrapped in December and be taken for the guests’ special Christmas celebration. Below is a list of suggested gifts.


Barber shops & hair salons                Drug stores

Grocery stores                                   Department/discount stores

Fast food restaurants                         Hardware/building supply stores

Shoe stores                                        Westfield Mall

Automotive/gas station                      Utilities


Stamps and stationary                      Fishing equipment

School supplies                                Perfumes/colognes

Educational toys or games               Men’s razors, shaving cream

Jewelry                                             Passes to local points of interest

Towel sets                                         Family participation games

Men’s socks                                     Watches/alarm clocks

Thermal underwear for men,women, children

Winter hats, scarves, mittens that you are knitting especially with yarn paid for by Thrivent!


More information on Enfield Loaves and Fishes may be found at or at the Gathering Space box.

July 1, 2016 No comments exist

Ever wondered about undeserved suffering and how to respond faithfully when it happens?

This summer during worship, explore issues surrounding life challenges in light of God’s promises. Messages each week will begin with a brief review of previous weeks for those that miss a week.

July 3:  Job 1:1-22   (Luke 17:5-6)  – In a single day sudden tragedies strip the faithful Job of his wealth and family, but Job remains true to God.

July 10:  Job 3:1-10; 4:1-9; 7:11-21 (Luke 17:20-21)  – Job’s 3 friends try to convince him that he must have sinned and that God is punishing him, but Job maintains his innocence and claims God is not being fair.

July 17:  Job 14:7-15; 19:23-27  (John 12:24) – Job hopes for someone to come and save him from his suffering, so that he can have a new life.

July 24:  Job 31:35-37; 38:1-11  (John 6:16-20) – Job longs for God to answer his questions about his suffering, and God does so with a series of questions for Job.

July 31:  Job 38:25-27; 41:1-8; 42:1-6 (Matt 7:7-8)  – God comforts Job by explaining two truths when it comes to understanding undeserved suffering. Job responds to God with  a matured level of faith.

August 7:  Job 42:7-17   (Luke 6:20-23) – God rebukes Job’s friends who have judged his suffering by their human understanding. They have gained a matured level of companionship and understanding of God’s love .