Village of Hope in Haiti

Haiti Mission Trip

SOTH is honored to help support the ministry of a school in Haiti – Village of Hope. This school provides excellence in education, spiritual growth, and primary health care to Haitians in need in the Ganthier community of Haiti. At Shepherd of the Hills, we strive to serve the least of our neighbors through the sale of handmade cards and paper bead jewelry lovingly crafted by the ladies of the Arts and Artisans Team. Weather-permitting while we worship outside, the cards and jewelry are offered for sale near the picnic tables between services. The cards are reasonably priced at $3 each, and the jewelry is individually marked. All proceeds go directly to the Village of Hope. Contact the Church Administrator for more information at or Pastor Qualley at for more information on ways you, too, can be involved.

Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp and Retreat Center

Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp & Retreat Center

During this difficult time as our world battles covid-19, special ministries of the church are facing financial challenges including our camps due to children and youth not being able to attend summer camp as usual. Many camps are having to create virtual opportunities free or at a reduced cost.

Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp and Retreat Center is a special place for children, youth, and adults alike whose mission is to provide unforgettable faith, education, and renewal experiences in God’s creation for all God’s people. The camp encourages growth in Christian faith and enables people of all ages and needs to live lives of prayer, praise, thanksgiving, and service.

Shepherd of the Hills has held two retreats at Caroline Furnace this past year (a third scheduled for April was cancelled) as well as hosted students at summer camp. It’s a ministry that has and does make a positive difference in the lives of many.

Will you help Caroline Furnace to continue to be strong for many years to come?
Not going on your vacation this summer? Would you consider re-directing and sharing what you might have spent in this way?

If you’d like to make a donation:

Crossroads Connection

Shepherd of the Hills partners with Crossroad-Connections to provide weekend meals to food insecure children in Haymarket and Gainesville. This program runs for the 42 weeks of the school year. This summer SOTH will once again run the “Summer Program” for the 10 weeks not covered under the regular school program.We are still finalizing numbers and may need additional help with delivery and/or shopping, so stay tuned! Read More…

Haymarket Food Pantry

Haymarket Food Pantry

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. For more information contact the Church Administrator at or Sign up for training opportunities or to volunteer.

Stephen Ministry

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 Pastor Darcy or a Stephen Ministry Leader.

Pace West

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, and 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. For more information contact the Church Administrator at

Grief Support Group

Do you or someone you know need help and encouragement after the death of a loved one? If so, GriefShare is a special weekly seminar and support group designed to help rebuild lives. We know it hurts, and we want to help. GriefShare meetings have been temporarily postponed due to the outbreak of COVID-19.  For more information, contact the Church Administrator at or visit the GriefShare web site.

Lutheran Disaster Relief

Shepherd of the Hills frequently gives to LDR in times of need, most recently for hurricane relief. For more information contact the Church Administrator at or if you would like to contribute, please go to our GIVING page.