Please see all our updates during COVID-19


Please see update service offerings starting June 21, 2020

* 8 AM Traditional Worship Service resumes
* 10:30 AM Contemporary Worship Service resumes
* Holy Communion will take place at both services (regular Holy Communion schedule resumes on 1st and 3rd Sundays moving forward).
* Live streaming of services and recording of services will be made available on church website.
* Pastor’s weekly Devotion will continue to be available on church website by Thursday afternoon.
* Social distancing measures will continue before, during and after worship including during Holy Communion.
* The use of hand sanitizer and face masks continue to be encouraged if you will be attending services in-person.

Still postponed...
* In-person Adult Bible Study, Sunday School, and Thursday morning Adult Bible Study.

If you are not comfortable attending worship at this time or are experiencing a cold, COVID-19 symptoms, or COVID-19 related symptoms, we ask you to remain at home and participate by watching our live streaming or recorded services through our church website. We look forward to bringing you the Gospel message in-person or online!



Shepherd of the Hills to resume In-Person Worship Services
beginning Sunday, May 31st at 8am and 10:30am
with 8am Service live streamed and recorded for Online Viewing

In-Person Worship Services Resume May 31st

Shepherd of the Hills to resume In-Person Worship Services 
beginning Sunday, May 31st at 8am and 10:30am 
with 8am Service live streamed and recorded for Online Viewing“Come, let us bow down in worship; 
let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;” (Psalm 95:6 NIV)

Your Board of Elders, Church Council, and Pastor Schmidt welcome you back to in-person worship beginning on Sunday, May 31st. We will have two identical services at 8am and 10:30am. The 8am service will be live streamed, and a recording of the service will be put online as quickly as possible after the service. We ask that you observe the social-distancing measures listed below to protect the health, safety and well-being of our members and visitors that attend these worship services. We ask anyone who feels ill or is experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms to please stay home in order to minimize the risk to others. We highly encourage individuals at higher risk for serious illness related to COVID-19 to continue participating online. All members who are uncomfortable joining large groups at this time are welcome to continue attending via online services.

For now, please note the policies regarding the following activities:

  • No Adult bible study or Sunday School
  • No Food and drink service (donuts, coffee)
  • No Holy Communion

We hope to return to normal operations as soon as possible, so we ask for your patience as we cautiously re-open.

Below are a few of the social-distancing measures we have put in place for the protection and safety of our worshipers:

  • Pastor will not be greeting worshipers before or after the services.
  • Masks and other face-coverings are not required to be worn, but worshipers are encouraged to bring their own and wear them. A limited supply of face masks will be available.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available as you enter and exit church.
  • Extra ushers will be used in both services to help accomplish social distancing to the degree possible.
  • The fellowship hall will be used as an “overflow” area with the 8am service displayed on the screens.
  • Sanctuary and fellowship hall will be sanitized in-between church services.
  • Ushers will ask worshipers to fill-in the front pews first with seating spaced out.
  • Families and households are encouraged to sit together but to leave a distance between themselves and other families.
  • No service bulletins, hymnals, or Weekly News will be provided at the service. Worshipers will be able to follow the order of service on the projector screens. Bulletins and Weekly News will continue to be sent to members and friends of Shepherd of the Hills a few days before Sunday services.
  • Offering plates and friendship registers will not be passed from person to person. Those who are giving an offering may do so in the plates near the church entrance as you leave.
  • Weather permitting, doors will be propped open during the services to have proper air flow.

For worshipers who will remain at home to watch the live streamed or recorded services, if you would like to give your weekly offerings, you may continue to do so in any of the following ways:

We respect your decision if you decide to remain at home until more time has passed. We are a church family who love, serve, and support one another, and we look forward to when you are ready to return for in-person worship.

On behalf of your church leaders and Pastor, peace be with you through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Peter Kosanke
Board of Elders - Chairman


Single Online Service On Sunday Morning

SOTH transitions to single online service Sunday morning

Dear members and guests of Shepherd of the Hills Evangelical Lutheran Church,

Starting March 29th, we are shifting to just 1 online service on Sunday mornings. We intend to live-stream at 9 a.m., and it should be available for on-demand viewing shortly after. The doors will be open, but we encourage you to attend online.

If you missed last week’s service, here is a link:
March 22 Worship at SOTH

(If it doesn't work when you click on the text, please copy and paste this link to your web browser.)

We will continuously review our worship plans as government recommendations change.

We also want our members to know that help is available if you are struggling. We, your elders, and member volunteers are ready and willing to help. Please reach out to the church office or to your elder if you need assistance.

Since we are not gathering for traditional worship services, we have additional options available to support the church’s ongoing financial obligations. You can:

Thank you for your patience in this process.

Your Board of Elders

The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry (Psalm 34:15).