Category: Stewardship

January 28, 2017

Furniture Movers were Busy at Work

The Property Committee would like to say thanks to the movers who helped move everything out of the office and conference room on Tuesday in preparation for the new carpet. The moving team showed up again on Wednesday to return everything to its place.








Meeting Room and Church Office with New Carpeting

Thanks goes to Joe and Susan Gest, Dennis and Barb Gruell, Jim Hoar, Roy Johnson, Bob King, and Barb Tschiegg. Thanks to EmmaLee Smith for doing all the coordination with Action Carpets. Great teamwork!


January 23, 2017

Every Voice Matters

Starting January 30, everyone will have a chance to participate in an online survey that will help determine strengths, vitality and trends in our church. This anonymous survey will be invaluable in providing information to assist us in making decisions regarding the future of our congregation. Holy Cow! Consulting created the Church Assessment Tool (CAT) and will be working with a member of the New England Synod to help us administer the survey and process and interpret the results.

How is it administered?

Starting January 30 expect to receive an e-mail from with a link to the survey. Simply click on the link to launch the survey. This is your chance to have your voice heard. All answers are strictly anonymous, so feel free to candidly share your perceptions, opinions and experiences.

I don’t use e-mail

If you don’t use e-mail, we will have laptops available after church service to help you launch the survey, so you can share your beliefs. Members of the survey team will be available in the Gathering Space to answer any questions.

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

September 11, 2016 No comments exist

"Gods work. Our hands."

Saturday, October 1, 2016 and October 15, 2016

Friday & Saturday October  21 & 22, 2016

During the month of October, the Greater Hartford Conference of the New England Synod ELCA has various opportunities to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) - one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.

Together we Go to Love and Serve where God leads Us

A Mosaic locations in West Hartford is in need of some fresh paint and some yard work. Mosaic's mission is "Embracing God's call to serve in the world, Mosaic advocates for people with intellectual disabilities and provides opportunities for them to enjoy a full life."mosaic-logo The project will take place on Saturday, October 15, 2016  from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Sign-up for the day or choose the morning or afternoon.

On October 21 & 22, Thrivent Financial of South Windsor is sponsoring two Habitat for Humanities "Brush of Kindness" projects. Selected residences in Bloomfield will receive an outdoor facelift including yard work and small repairs or paint jobs.habitat-for-humanity

Duration for each day may vary depending on the tasks. Work will start at 9:30 am and go into the early afternoon. Sign-up for one day or be a real
hero and sign-up for both days! Lunched will be provided. For more information, contact Susan at

macc-charities"Mobilizing our community to break cycles of poverty."
Sign-up from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to help in the soup kitchen or work in the thrift shop sorting clothing and assisting customers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Both venues are located at 466 Main Street in Manchester.


The CLCC Farmstead Village is an innovative response to the needs of adults with developmental disabilities.

creative-living-community-of-ctHelp is needed to organize the greenhouse for winter (cleaning & painting), to winterize the outside (place snow stakes & fill-in holes), and to build a new compost station.

The Tolland County Agricultural Center is located at 24 Hyde Ave, Vernon, CT.

Volunteer on Saturday, October 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A great opportunity for high school students!

Sign-up on (You do not have to create an account.)













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 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 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.

June 19, 2016 No comments exist

Congregation Approves New Council 

During the May Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting, three new members were added to the Council – Scott Smith, Dennis Gruell and Steve Crossett. Since Scott’s profession involves a lot of travel (he’s a pilot), an innovative arrangement was presented. If Scott was out of town, EmmaLee (Scott’s very capable wife) would step in to attend the Council meeting. This out-of-the-box thinking was readily accepted by all in attendance.


Council President – Nancy Clark

Council Vice President – Mark Tschiegg

Council Secretary – Susan Gest

Council Treasurer – Barb Tschiegg

Stewardship & Finance Committee – Dennis Gruell

Social Ministry Committee- Steve Crossett

Christian Education Committee – Mark Tschiegg

Worship Committee – Heather Johnson

Personnel Committee – Susan Garrett

Property Committee – Scott & EmmaLee Smith

The congregation would like to thank outgoing council members for their contributions during their time of service: Kat Smith (President) and Kim Gajewski (Secretary).

June 11, 2016 2 comments

What is a Meal Train?

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.

Sharon Shepherd recently was involved in a bicycle accident that left her with two broken arms. Click here if you would like to get onboard the meal train to help Sharon and her family while she recovers.