Shepherd of the Hills people share Christ’s love by serving each other and those in our community, nation, and world.
We seek out organizations that will welcome our participation from three perspectives: time, talents and treasures. Recognizing that individuals approach charitable participation in many ways, we believe this approach gives more people the opportunity to be involved. Following are some of the ways that members of our congregation reach out to serve others. Contact the church office to become involved.
Shepherd of the Hills is delighted to be transitioning into leadership and management duties for Crossroads Connection, a Christian community service organization providing a Weekend Food Program for food insecure children in the public schools of Gainesville and Haymarket. Founded in the basement of Dave and Joan Gifford’s home, this program has been supported by many community organizations, both religious and secular, united in the effort to alleviate hunger as an obstruction to classroom learning. Read More…
Serving Here (SOTH Community)
Join our Sunday Fellowship team and take a turn on Sunday mornings offering a sunny smile and fresh coffee and pastries to the congregation. All food is provided; you only need to bring willing hands and a desire to serve.
Make a joyful noise! The SOTH Singers is a multi-generational choir which currently meets Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. at the home of our interim director and most Sundays at church after the 10:30 a.m. service. The Singers provide special music for worship approximately once a month, as well as Christmas Eve and Easter Sunday. Musical offerings include various vocal combinations, including solo, duet, and other ensembles. Contact the church office for information on joining the choir.
The people who usher at SOTH are vital to our Sunday worship. Besides offering information to newcomers, they also direct and assist in specific aspects of the worship service. We welcome anyone who would like to help in this capacity.
Our Greeters’ primary goal is to make everyone feel comfortable. If welcoming others is a passion of yours, please consider serving in this position. You will be scheduled according to your choice of 8:00 or 10:30 service.
The Altar Care team is an important part of the Sunday worship experience. This group is responsible for set up and clean up of communion each week. You may choose early or late service to serve. Training is easy and always available.
Children fifth grade and up are invited to perform the candle lighting duties for our services. Training is provided periodically.
Serving Near (In our Community)
Stephen Ministers lend a confidential and attentive ear to people in our congregation and community who are experiencing challenges in life. The Ministers are compassionate people, specially trained to provide one-on-one Christian care. A Stephen Minister could be the answer to your prayers! To request a Stephen Minister, or to receive information about the program or training, please contact the Pastor or a Stephen Ministry Leader.
The Food Pantry serves over 600 families and individuals each month, with a mission to feed anyone who comes in need of food. SOTH supports the pantry by collecting food on the fourth Sunday of each month and by occasionally serving at the pantry. Sign up for training opportunities or to volunteer.
Pace West School
Pace West School provides a safe, nurturing, and therapeutic learning environment which addresses the individual needs of each student. Shepherd of the Hills is happy to support these local students in several unique ways. The PACE West Peanut Butter Fund gives money directly to teachers to provide snacks for students unable to afford their own. Every year SOTH provides money for the purchase of food for a Harvest feast, members of the congregation volunteer to serve the dinner to students and teachers. The Angel Tree at Christmas gives congregants a chance to purchase Christmas gifts for students and their siblings based on indicated needs. Finally, Box Tops for Education are collected at SOTH on an on-going basis to provide a source of extra money for PACE West.
Serving Far (Worldwide)
Lutheran Disaster Relief
Shepherd of the Hills frequently gives to LDR in times of need, most recently for hurricane relief. If you would like to contribute, please see our E-giving page.
Village of Hope in Haiti
The Village of Hope provides education, food, and care for children who may otherwise have nothing. Our church regularly raises money to assist this important cause.