We welcome volunteers for several ongoing projects. You don’t have to be a member of Shepherd of the Hill to volunteer with us. We have many friends from other churches, or from no churches at all, who come and join in the pleasant company of people at their best. Everyone who gives of themselves will feel great, knowing they make a difference.

Call the church office, 952-448-3882 for details on this or any of the following.

Our 16 Missions!

1. Families Moving Forward, Sponsored by Beacon Interfaith Housing.

We are part of a community of churches that share a mission to families that are homeless. Our network has 30 churches, and there are 60 more in the Cities. We feed and house families that are homeless for a week at a time, 4 weeks of the year. We also house their programming center, which leases our lower level. Anyone can volunteer (with training). You can try it and see if it would be a good fit with your church. We need more hosting congregations. It’s very rewarding!

2. Advocating for Affordable Housing.

We work with Beacon, the CAP Agency, the Launch Ministry, and government people in Scott and Carver Counties, to get local housing built, and advance Legislative agendas to include Bonding issues. We are working towards establishing a domestic violence shelter in the near future.

3. Education & Tuesday Dialogue.

The Tuesday Dialogue is a public discussion about ethical issues that concern the community. Topics have included Climate Change, Affordable Housing, The fight against sex trafficking, and Equity and Empathy in race relations. We also have Bible Study every Tues. at 11:30 a.m. and Wed. at 11:00 a.m. College level class on how to read the Bible.
Finally the Roundtable Talkback, or Adult Education, meets every Sunday from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. and features video studies, book discussions, and guest speakers.

4. The Sower Gallery.

Founded by Susan Lince, now curated by Kristen Macauley. We build community through art. It is supported by a 501(c) (3) non profit, Spirit in the House. They host art shows for local artists; or one-person shows, or themed shows on subjects like the environment, or the Annual Interfaith Art Show Dec.-Jan. We are created in the image of the Creator God, and any act of creation is sacred. When we make art, we are hooked into the slipstream of the Holy Spirit. We are called to be co-creators in the world with God.

5. Health Insurance Help.

SOTH is a MNSURE Community Partnership Organization. Dan Ress, a former science teacher, is a MNSure navigator who helps people arrange health insurance coverage through MNSure.

6. Citizen’s Climate Lobby.

CCL is a non-partisan lobbying group of concerned citizens who are troubled about the United Nation’s warning that we have 12 years to prevent irreversible climate damage. Gary Severson is the contact.

7. More Light Presbyterians.

We are seeking to make the Church a true community of hospitality. We work for the full participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQIA+) people in the life, ministry and witness of the PC(USA) and in society. At communion, in membership, in ministry, and in marriage.

8. Thrive.

A support group for families with chemical abuse problems. They meet every other Monday night at 6:30 p.m. in Classroom #1. No Appointment necessary.

9. Garden Committee.

With four raised garden beds (built by the Boy Scouts) to grow fresh veggies for seniors and the Food Shelf, a circular peace garden that can be used for meditation, and a second lower garden, our Garden Committee stays busy! The gardens feature a fireplace with benches that we invite people to use for gatherings and bonfires. It also serves as a green playground space for the Families Moving Forward kids; their old location only had a parking lot.

10. Seventh Day Adventist Church and the Iglesia

Pentecostes El “Siloe” New Creation Church.

These Hispanic congregations rent our sanctuary & classrooms throughout the week. They make good neighbors!

11. Narcotics Anonymous.

A group that meets at 8pm on Friday evenings to help people struggling with narcotics addiction. All are welcome to attend.

12. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

Boy Scout Troop 303 cranks out the Eagle Scouts with attention and care. Girl Scout Troop #17963 are elementary girls learning teamwork and leadership (and providing cookies!).

13. Pathways to Hope: A Mission to Fight Sex Trafficking in Uganda.

This is an international effort to free refugees from war-torn east Africa from a severe lack of economic opportunity, that traps people in sex-trafficking. Working in conjunction with potential partnerships like the Center for Victims of Torture to pull up next to the locals and see how we can help them make things better for everyone. Founded by our member Tabitha Kyambaade.

14. Meals on Wheels.

We have several volunteers who work through the CAP agency to deliver food to shut-ins. We bring them great food and they are happy to see our drivers, and break the isolation a bit.

15. The Food Shelf.

We stock a food shelf used regularly by our neighbors and congregants. Big churches send people to us. We also do specialty shopping for people with significant food allergies. Bring something in if you like!

16. The Deacons.

Last but Never Least, our Deaconate serves people by visiting shut-ins, bringing communion to them and arranging prayer for them. They also sponsor an annual Fall fundraiser to raise money for local causes such as the Launch Ministry, Meals on Wheels, Beacon and Families Moving Forward. The fundraiser this year is Empty Bowls, a simple soup meal. Attendees purchase a meal and select a pottery bowl donated by a local artist to take home as a reminder that someone in our community has an Empty Bowl.