Category: Church Services

December 16, 2017

Tuesday, December 19

  6:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Spiritual Mindfulness

We’ll explore simple practices for very busy lives that generate an appreciation for life’s small moments. Recognition of God’s presence in those moments, insights into their possible meanings and cultivation of the peace that passes human understanding are intended to bring active renewal into your mont in 60 calming, but enlightening minutes. Come early or stay later to enjoy .a relaxing atmosphere – but the 60 minutes will be the focus.

Sunday, December 24

 10:00 a.m. Communion Worship

  7:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship

Monday, December 25

  10:00 a.m. Christmas Day Communion Worship – Cancelled due to Weather


April 1, 2017


Maundy Thursday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m.

Join Jesus and his disciples at the Passover and participate in the new covenant between God and God’s people. What does that covenant mean to us today? Celebrate the Eucharist (Thanksgiving) anew. Opportunities for confession and absolution, hand washing & foot washing will be made available as well.

Good Friday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m.

Seven Last Words of Christ. Having heard the Passion story on Palm Sunday, this year we’ll focus on the last words Jesus spoke on the cross. With readings, reflections, singing, candles and stations, come experience the ultimate sacrifice of love Christ made and ponder anew his final teachings.


Ecumenical Sunrise Service at High Meadow Day Camp (6:00 – 6:25 a.m.)

311 North Granby Road, North Granby, CT.

Breakfast refreshments available to follow at First Congregational Church, North Granby.

Easter Brunch at SHELC (9:00 – 9:50 a.m.)

Holy Communion Worship at SHELC (10:00 – 11:00 a.m.)

Celebrate the risen Christ and the Good News that brings. And bring a friend who could use some good news too!

March 5, 2017

Wednesday evenings during Lent 6:15 – 7:30 p.m.

What is a Church Dinner Service?

It’s worship and learning as and a meal all inclusive held in the Fellowship Hall. The event follows the Lutheran 4-fold order of worship with a twist: Gathering, Meal (soup/bread), Word (theme exploration), and Sending.

What is the Learning Theme?

Economic Justice and Faith is the theme. The connection between faith, worship and justice was central for Martin Luther. His concern for the poor and his sharp rebuke of economic injustice helps us today see the many way our faith calls us to strive for justice in our world.

In this 500th year since the Reformation, Luther’s call for economic justice is more pressing than ever. Each week, along with congregations throughout the ELCA, we’ll explore themes related to economic justice and faith. The message is geared toward everyone – youth through adult.

Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.”

If you can bring a crock of soup, please pick a week and sign-up on the kiosk in the Gathering Space.

January 23, 2017

2017 Theme: “Reconciliation – the love of Christ compels us”

from Concordia Chimes – Concordia Lutheran Church Newsletter

At least once a year, Christians are reminded of Jesus’ prayer for his disciples that “they may be one so that the world may believe” Hearts are touched and Christians come together to pray for their unity. In this spirit and hope of unity, join Christian communities throughout the Greater Hartford East region.

Wednesday, January 25th at 7 p.m. at Concordia Lutheran Church, 40 Pitkin St., Manchester, CT

Join us for an ecumenical service of confession and thanksgiving in preparation for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.

All are welcome.

The ecumenical service that will be used is jointly published by the Roman Catholic Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the World Council of Churches.


December 27, 2016

On the second Christmas Sunday, January 1st, Pastor Bill White will share with us some festive Christmas music. With a variety of accompaniment, we’ll sing traditional Christmas hymns to continue the celebration of the birth of Christ.

Christmas Hymns

Choir members and non-choir members are invited to gather prior to the service at 9:15 a.m. for a rehearsal/ preview of the music.


Come experience the joy!

November 6, 2016

All Are Welcome!

Sunday, November 20 at 7:00 p.m.

St.Alban’s Episcopal Church – 197 Bushy Hill Road Simsbury


Sponsored by area houses of worship


Music from combined choirs from area worship communities

Please bring find food to share on a disposable dish for the reception following the service.

Monetary donation will be received for the Simsbury Food Bank

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.

August 13, 2016 No comments exist

New Worship Time – 10:00 a.m.

Mark your calendars and join us for worship in the Sanctuary at our new service time, 10:00 a.m. followed by a coffee hour for fellowship with one another. Come see what’s new in worship and invite someone!

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. Ex. 20:8-9

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.