The Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 1 was a success! Participants sang songs, heard the Easter story and the word is that there was A LOT of candy eaten that morning!


As a qualified "WE CARE" non-profit organization, Shepherd of the Hills received $500 from Citizens State Bank!

(WE CARE is a charitable money market account which benefits non-profit organizations with donations made by Citizens State Bank based on the average year-to-date balance of WE CARE customer accounts.)


Drama team from Hope HS and St. Martin's Lutheran School in Winona
Sunday, March 19

Thank you to the members of "Faces of Hope" who shared their acting and vocal talents to perform Bible story skits with a humorous twist. Well done!


Sunday, February 26
Sponsored by Fellowship

Thank you to our church talent that shared music from the WWI era.


Sunday, August 14
There was sun, fun and plenty of manageable rapids! Pizza and ice cream afterwards at The Creamery in Rushford, Mn. YUM!


On Sunday, May 5, five confirmands confessed their faith before family, friends and the congregants of Shepherd of the Hills. It's no secret that coming to class following a long day at school was the last thing that these kids wanted to do. But they showed up, completed what was required, and for that they should be commended.

They are now free to decide how to discern and apply what they learned in Catechism and how to respond to the responsibility of becoming an adult member of the congregation.

Their immature faith will be tested and challenged by distractions presented by peers, the world, or simply by disinterest. Therefore, it is our job to set examples - at all times - that reflect our love for our Heavenly Father, who makes all things possible.

  • Practice and ask for forgiveness. I'm always surprised at how much perfection is expected from a church full of broken people.
  • Consider how you relate to our family of faith, your own families, friends and towards those who may look, think or act differently than you. Do you listen to argue or listen to learn?
  • Check your attitude and tongue concerning those who worship and work alongside you. Nothing kills enthusiasm more than negativity.
  • Be thankful for and take advantage of the freedom to attend church.
  • Support and get involved in ministries that interest you. Fresh ideas are welcome and changes can't happen without your input.
  • With humility and compassion be prepared to defend your faith - and be authentic. Don't be shy about how God has touched your life and speak truth!
  • Pray - a lot!

Christian growth is continual, not just for these confirmands, but for us as well. Remember, these kids are watching.

High School Twin Cities Trip
Saturday, April 2

On Saturday, April 2, five students from Shepherd of the Hills, six foreign exchange students and three chaperones headed to The Twin Cities to volunteer at "Feed My Starving Children, have some fun at the Mall of America and enjoy Chick-Fil-A at the end of the day.

"Feed My Starving Children" relies on volunteers to pack nutritious, convenient, transportable meals that are shipped to children around the globe who face hunger every day. Thanks to the joint effort of our group (and other volunteers) 3,060 packages were put together which will provide approximately 17,496 meals! A prayer of appreciation for the volunteers - and safe passage for the meals - was said at the end of our session. There is no limit to God's love as He used our hands and energy to impact people in ways we may never know.