SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS

Coronavirus Updates

March 17th, 2020


Per the recommendations from the Waukesha County Office of the County Executive, Paul Farrow, and the updated guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for mass gatherings, Shepherd of the Hills has decided to suspend on-campus Sunday morning and Tuesday evening worship services until further notice. Eggstravaganza on April 5 has also been cancelled.


At this point, while we are encouraging our groups to not meet physically, we strongly encourage all our groups to stay connected virtually through the use of technology. Now is the time to be diligent in reaching out to one another with mutual encouragement. Our staff is working to help provide options.


We invite you to join us virtually this Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 9:30am for our next live stream worship service found on our website under Worship - Live Stream.


Additionally, we are planning to provide further resources for our youth, families, small groups and Bible studies to stay connected and continue growing in their faith. 


Let’s use this current opportunity to spend even more time in God’s Word and be creative in finding ways to continue loving our neighbors as God has called us to do.


God's Peace,

Pastor Aaron

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March 14th


First of all, let us remember that as Christians we are committed to placing our hope in Christ alone:


While we do exercise appropriate precautions, we don't live in fear.  We place our hope in God’s power for our health and protection. 


We ask that you remain prayerful and committed.  It would be easy to give into fear and fade out of our responsibilities to be the church.  We ask that each of you remain faithfully engaged in attendance, giving and service to Jesus our King.  Remember, God knows the number of hairs on your head; He is never surprised; He loves His children in all parts of this world.  Pray for those impacted directly by this virus and be wise – not fearful.


"Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you."  Psalm 91:1-7 NLT



This is an announcement regarding church worship services and programming for Sunday, March 15th, 2020.


We want to be responsible citizens and we do not want to unknowingly spread sickness. We also don’t want to put any of our people in harm’s way. After much discussion and prayer, along with current public health recommendations, we would like to communicate the following details. 

We will be offering a live streaming video option for worship this Sunday at 9:30 am. Click the hyperlink or find the stream on our website under Worship, Live Stream.


Also, for March 15th, we have cancelled all youth programming, including Kidz Konnection and Confirmation classes. Additionally, there will NOT be child care offered in the nursery. At this time, however, we are offering worship services at the usual times. 


We are strongly encouraging any individuals that are higher risk, or families who have members that are higher risk, to stay home this Sunday and worship via our live streaming service. Please be informed about who is considered to be higher risk by visiting the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website.


Additionally, please stay home if you or your family members have any type of symptoms of coughing, sneezing, fever, nausea, achiness, or any flu-like symptoms.  Educate yourself on the COVID-19 symptoms at the CDC website. 


Anyone who is considering coming to a church service this Sunday or Tuesday is asked to practice the recommendations given by the CDC.

Anyone who does not feel comfortable worshiping at the church this weekend is invited to worship with us using the live streaming video option. 

Please join us in praying for our nation and the world, that this outbreak would be dealt with quickly and thoroughly. Whether you join us in person or remotely for worship this weekend, may you be encouraged by the Word of God, as we worship Him - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.


-Pastor Aaron


 3/12/2020

First of all, let us remember that as Christians we are committed to placing our hope in Christ alone:


While we do exercise appropriate precautions, we don't live in fear.  We place our hope in God’s power for our health and protection. 


We ask that you remain prayerful and committed.  It would be easy to give into fear and fade out of our responsibilities to be the church.  We ask that each of you remain faithfully engaged in attendance, giving and service to Jesus our King.  Remember, God knows the number of hairs on your head; He is never surprised; He loves His children in all parts of this world.  Pray for those impacted directly by this virus and be wise – not fearful.


"Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you."  Psalm 91:1-7 NLT


We are committed to keeping our church family as healthy as possible:


Please stay home on Sunday morning or Tuesday night if you or your family members have any type of symptoms of coughing, sneezing, fever, nausea, achiness, or any flu-like symptom.  Educate yourself on the COVID-19 symptoms at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website.  If your children or teens have these symptoms, they should not be checked into the nursery, Kidz Konnection or Confirmation Class. 


As you remain home to recover from your illness, submit your Prayer Requests, so we can pray and encourage you.  With any illness, we love you and are here to support you.  Please do not hesitate to share your needs with us.  


We are committed to practicing good personal hygiene and to providing a clean facility:


Wash your hands while you’re on and off Shepherd grounds.  The CDC recommends hand washing precautions similar to those that are taken to prevent the spread of the flu by frequently washing hands for 20 seconds, and avoid touching your face, nose and eyes.


Keep surfaces germ free and use hand sanitizer as needed.  Disinfectant is currently available in all youth and adult areas throughout the building.  Please do your best to keep your hands clean.


All common areas used in the church will continue to be cleaned before Sunday and Wednesday gatherings.  If you see an area that looks unsanitary, please let someone from Shepherd know. 


We are committed to making ministry adjustments to protect our church family:


First Impressions Teams will welcome you with a smile and a wave.  In order to confidently welcome all of our guests to Shepherd, we are asking them to welcome you hands-free. 


Offerings will be collected in our drop boxes located in the sanctuary.  Instead of passing the offering plates to collect tithes, we will have drop boxes available.  You can also give automatically online — it’s super easy, give it a try.


Children and Student Ministries will continue to follow procedures to help reduce the spread of germs.  In the Nursery, the number of toys will be pared down and disinfected between each worship service.  In the Sanctuary, we will not have our “Busy Bags” available for our younger worshipers, so please come prepared. 


God’s peace be with you. Keep your hearts and minds fixed on Christ.  Let's be deliberate in letting our faith outweigh our fear.


-Pastor Aaron