Month: October 2016

October 23, 2016 No comments exist

As part of Simsbury Celebrates, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church sponsors Mrs. Clausimsburycelebrates_mrmrsclauss’ Kitchen. When the local children visit Mrs. Claus, not only do they write down their prayer concerns, but they also decorate sugar cookies that they can take home and eat. Mrs. Claus can’t do all this baking by herself, so she’s looking for some elves to help. Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen needs 75 dozen unadorned sugar cookies! Please wrap cookies, identify the quantity, and place them in the church freezer.

Visit Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen

Simsbury Celebrates is a town wide event which takes place along Simsbury’s picturesque main strip, Hopmeadow Street. Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen will be located in Palmer Hall at the First Church of Christ (lower level.) The event is scheduled for Saturday, November 26 (the Saturday after Thanksgiving) beginning at 4:00 p.m. and lasting until 6:30 p.m.  This year will be the 15 year anniversary of this event. Don’t miss it!

October 19, 2016 No comments exist

On Sunday, Dennis Gruell spoke to us about having “No Reservations.” It was the theme at the New England ELCA Synod Assembly 2016. According to Bishop Jim Hazelwood, “There are no reservations in the kingdom of God.” To do God’s work, we need to share abundantly with “No Reservations.” This our theme, too, at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church for our 2016 Stewardship campaign.



This Word Cloud was created by the congregation by answering the questions about how we viewed our church. To continue “God’s Work Our Hands,” the tag line of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we share abundantly with “No Reservations.”

All are welcome to participate in the campaign  – no reservations required!

10/16        Faith Commitment appeal begins with introduction from Dennis Gruell

10/30        Faith Commitment Packets are available

11/06        Celebration of our fellowship and work together during coffee hour after worship

11/13        Commitment Sunday – Faith Commitments offered during worship service

October 7, 2016 No comments exist

On Reformation Sunday, we will be blending traditional with contemporary reforms in our worship at 10:00 a.m. We will also formally acknowledge members who have joined our church in recent years and have been part of its re-forming.

To celebrate the Reformation further, a showing of the movie Luther will be shown after the worship service from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. A spaghetti lunch (a fun acknowledgement of the Diet of Worms) will be served with an opportunity for seconds and dessert during the movie break.

Come enjoy food, fellowship and learn (or refresh your memory) about how Martin Luther’s defiant actions changed the world.

October 2, 2016 No comments exist

The weekend of October 8 – 9, Memorial United Methodist Church of Avon, will be celebrating 200 years of Methodism in the Farmington Valley.

Open House & “Visits” from Pastors of the Past

All are welcome to these events:

Saturday, October 8, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Open House: A chance to view a display of items depicting 200 years of church history including memorabilia, photographs and much more. The 1970 cornerstone has been removed, the time capsule retrieved and the contents will be on display! Light refreshments will be served.

Sunday, October 9, 10:30 a.m. – Sunday Worship: Includes “visits” from pastors from the distant past sharing the stories of their ministries, the church and the congregation. Light lunch to follow with the opportunity to view the displays.

Memorial United Methodist Church is located at 867 West Avon Rd. in Avon, CT…..

From Avon, Canton and Simsbury:
From the intersection of Routes 44 and 167, take Route 167 (West Avon Road) south.  Proceed straight for several miles.  At the stop sign by the old Pine Grove School House turn right continuing on West Avon Road.  Look for the MUMC sign on the left.   The church is 1/2 mile up the hill on the right.