Members of Shepherd of the Hills actively recognize and support missions through prayer, involvement and financial gifts. Shepherd’s mission program consists of four major components: our Missionaries, our School, District and Synod support and Human Care with a focus on Witness, Mercy and Life Together. This “Faith in Action” provides information on Human Care organizations that Shepherd supports through Mercy and Life Together. If you would like to get directly involved in any one of these agencies, do not hesitate to reach out to them directly or contact a member of the Shepherd Mission Ministry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Benevolence Fund at Shepherd of the Hills exists to glorify Christ by sharing His love in a material way with people in need. Throughout the year, Benevolence assistance has been given when an individual or family is truly “in need” and such individuals(s) demonstrate an effort to follow biblical money management principles and be accountable for their financial practices.
Benevolence has provided assistance throughout the year providing financial assistance to address immediate short term needs for people who have encountered a financial crisis. These funds have been provided for rent, utilities and food. Funds are payed directly to the utility companies, landlords, food gift cards, medical assistance, etc. Funds are not paid directly to the individual.
Bethesda provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities. Shepherd of the Hills serves as a partner congregation and provides a place for those served through Bethesda to call their church home.
Bethesda is a Christian organization that provides homes and other services to people with developmental disabilities to help them live the lives they want. Whether it’s through various community-based programs or at one of the camps or thrift shops, there are countless opportunities for you to make a difference with Bethesda.
Many Bethesda individuals, along with disabled individuals in the community, participate in the F.A.C.E.S. Ministry at Shepherd of the Hills and are church members. If you would like to work directly with F.A.C.E.S. please contact them through email at FACES@sothfamily.org or contact Sam Scheck, email@example.com.
Breakfast, baby items and fellowship for families with infants up to 2 yrs. of age or women who are at least 7 months pregnant are the focus of Breakfast with Babies. Breakfast and fellowship is provided the second Saturday of each month.
Come enjoy a hot meal with your whole family and shop for free items (diapers, toys, clothes, etc.) in our Baby Store. While Mom shops, we entertain your children with special activities. Men come and share fellowship with other dads. For more information on this ministry, please click here.
In September 2018 and March of 2019, Shepherd of the Hills had over 70 volunteers ranging from 12-75 year of age for Sandwich Sundays. Our latest Sandwich Sunday in September 2019 was a great success!
We prepare sack lunches including meat sandwiches, cookies, granola bars, and bottled water. Members drive to Civic Center Park in Denver and hand the lunches to people in need. The supplies are provided through a Thrivent Action Card. This demonstrates Mercy and Life Together and is well received.
Lutheran Valley Retreat is a year round retreat and summer camp facility tucked away in the Pike National Forest. The Retreat is located 1.5 hours from Colorado Springs and 2.5 from Denver. When at LVR, you will be at a place where focus is on God and building your relationship with Jesus Christ without interruption. Confirmation class retreats spent at Lutheran Valley Retreat provide an environment for our youth to experience the majesty of God and build relationships with their confirmation class.
Shepherd, along with other LC-MS churches in the Rocky Mountain District, deliver Christian support and care for those suffering as a result of natural disasters. Shepherd has recognized natural disasters that have happened throughout the year. With each of these disasters there is a critical need for Human Care. Our church has stepped forward to provide aid through funds and direct services to assist those in disaster areas, including hurricanes, fires and flooding.
The mission of Christian World Outreach is to participate with the body of Christ in responsible evangelism, to bring dignity, self-worth and encouragement through leadership development and to meet the physical needs of people through humanitarian assistance.
CWO provides hope and assistance to thousands of individuals in Burkina Faso, Haiti, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Shepherd recognizes the Mercy and Life Together provided through CWO.
The Haiti vocation training schools are places for young women to learn skills in sewing, cooking, and cosmetology, so they may provide for their families and villages. Burkina Faso also has a vocational training school to teach young ladies from the villages sewing and agriculture.
In Zimbabwe, the orphan ministry called “Our Kids” is derived from the African concept that views every child in a community as belonging to everyone in the community. In Zambia, orphan care, especially older street kids ages 14-20 plus, who are alcoholics, drug addicts and/or homeless, is focused on getting them back in school and giving them a community where they are loved and valued. AIDS education is also provided to the entire country’s police force.
Shepherd shows love and care to residents of Rowan Community by providing gifts through Fleece Navidad. Residents of Rowan Community who have suffered long term neurological disorders and are often without family support receive gifts of warmth and love through fleece outfits.
Salvation Army Angel Tree-
As part of the Christmas Giving Tree members of Shepherd of the Hills share their love and God's care by selecting individual Angels giving Christmas gifts through the Salvation Army to brighten Christmas and celebrate the birth of Jesus with those less fortunate.
As part of the Christmas Giving Tree members of Shepherd of the Hills demonstrate their love and support of residents of Bethesda with gift cards.
Compassion’s mission is to release children from poverty in Jesus' name. It’s a mission about love. Compassion demonstrates love and our faith by extending care to others. We offer our programs to the poorest of the poor, to the children in greatest need, without ulterior motive. Members of Shepherd demonstrate their Life Together by sponsoring children through Compassion International.
Food for the Poor, Inc. is an ecumenical Christian nonprofit organization based in Coconut Creek, Florida, USA, that provides food, medicine, and shelter, among other services, to the poor in Latin America and the Caribbean. Members of Shepherd of the Hills provide funding to assist Food for the Poor.
Gateway is a local shelter for adults and children suffering from domestic abuse. Shepherd of the Hills – Stephen Ministry has taken the Gateway Domestic Violence Services under their wing and facilitates collections throughout the year to provide supplies for the shelter. The Gateway Shelter offers a 30-day program for those fleeing domestic violence. The Shelter provides victims with confidentiality and safety, enabling the rebuilding of a life free from abuse. Counselors are available 24 hours a day to help with referrals for medical, housing and financial needs, but most importantly, Gateway is there to listen.
GCI is attacking human trafficking from the front end. Colorado, and specifically Arapahoe County, has a high rate of human sex trafficking. Global Connection International has been recognized by Shepherd for their program to reach out and educate our children, increase parental awareness and focus on internet safety.
The most important thing we can do to help our youth and their families be protected from human trafficking is to encourage internet safety. We must teach our youth to be safe and smart online and to understand that if a situation seems too good to be true, it most likely is. When our kids have a solid understanding of the dangers, they are much more likely to avoid ever being enslaved.
It is estimated there are 100,000 to 300,000 children in the United States that are “at risk” of being sexually exploited into forced prostitution and pornography each year. In Colorado, the risk of victimization is increased because of the trafficking circuit that operates around the I-25/I-70 interchange, meaning that youth can more easily be moved out of state.
Shepherd of the Hills has recognized the benefit and value of recycling used eyeglasses. Shepherd collects these glasses from members of our congregation and delivers them to Eye Glass Collection. Shepherd began eyeglass collections in 2010. These glasses are provided to the Lions Club for use by those in need throughout the world.
The Bible Study Ministry Team is in their third year at the Federal Camp after being moved from the actual Federal Correctional Institute (Prison) at the request of the Prison Chaplain. The Camp has no fences or walls, and the inmates have a considerable amount of freedom. Many have jobs that allow them to leave the Prison/Camp grounds on a regular temporary basis.
The Bible Study Ministry Team consists of five people - three men and two women. We are granted volunteer status as Christians and not with any denominational teaching. We cannot teach doctrine. We teach directly from the Bible.
We are allowed entry to the Camp Tuesdays from 6:00 - 8:00pm each week. Each member of our Team receives training from the Prison on a yearly basis. Community Bible Study provides training for us and also provides our study material. We rely on the men to do our recruiting for new members.
The men are genuinely grateful for our study and the consistency of coming into their Camp. Most of the men are not from the immediate area and get few visits from family or friends. Our Bible Study is a break in the regular routine for the men. We are welcomed as brothers and sisters in Christ.
Most jails and prisons in the area are in need of volunteers to visit the inmates and introduce them to the Bible and Jesus Christ. If you would like to learn more about the prison ministry contact Milo Samson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mission Ministry has been established by Shepherd of the Hills to focus on mission outreach. If you would like to join the Mission Ministry or learn more about the ministry, do not hesitate to visit with any member listed below or join us during our monthly meetings held the third Saturday of each month between 9:00-11:00 am. For a detailed description of the duties and responsibilities, download our PDF here.
Maynard Buck—Chair, Betty Atwood, Vicki Faas, Kevin Holle,
Debbie Misegadis, Mary Powers, Eric Schmidt
For more information, please contact Pastor Brad Stoltenow at email@example.com.