Holden Over The Hill

Get a little midweek perspective and pause tomorrow evening (Wednesday, June 19th)!  Head “over the hill” to Alta to join Shepherd of the Mountains and friends for this half-hour meditative service of song and silence.  The gracious St. Francis of the Tetons is hosting.  Enjoy fellowship on the other side of the Tetons before or after!

June 19th & 20th: Jackson Community Blood Drive!

The drive on Wednesday, June 19th will run from 11AM until 5:30PM and on Thursday, June 20th the drive will run from 7:30AM until 12:00 NOON. With the longer drive, our goal is now to collect 115 units of blood. Please help us reach this goal by making an appointment at www.vitalant.org or by calling 1-877-827-4376. The Need is Constant, The Gratification Instant.

Monday, May 20th: Our Immigrant & Refugee Neighbors: From Policy to Welcome

Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church is thrilled to host an ecumenical reception and presentation for our community with special guest Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, President & CEO of LIRS (Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services) on Monday, May 20th.  The event will be held at the church at 750 Seneca Lane (Indian Trails subdivision).  The reception will begin at 4:30 pm; the presentation will start at 5:30 pm.

LIRS was founded in 1939 to serve uprooted people during World War II, and today is nationally recognized for its leadership working with and advocating for refugees, asylum seekers, unaccompanied children, immigrants in detention, families fractured by migration and other vulnerable populations.

Vignarajah brings both personal experience and professional expertise to her work with LIRS.  After fleeing a civil war in Sri Lanka, she attended public schools in Baltimore before earning degrees at Yale, Oxford, and Yale Law School.  She served as Senior Advisor at the State Department under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of State John Kerry, and then worked in the White House as Policy Director to Michelle Obama.

“As a community, we have local knowledge about immigration and refugees – I have learned so much from Rotary presentations by Elisabeth Trefonas, and from “The Quiet Force” film and panel discussion,” the pastor of Shepherd of the Mountains, Inger Hanson, shares.  “LIRS excites me because of its impact on a national level – especially its advocacy for policy reforms.  I also appreciate the organization’s comprehensiveness, working on the laws for the future as well as being engaged on a gritty level making things better now – offering hope and welcome to those in need now.  I can’t wait to learn more.”

Join us on Monday to hear directly from Vignarajah on a number of topics, including family separation, the humanitarian crisis at the border, and the historic drop in refugee arrivals.

 

For more information on LIRS, see www.lirs.org

Building with Teton Habitat!

Pastor Inger will be leading the opening devotion and volunteering with Teton Habitat’s Women Build 2019 event this Saturday, May 4th (affectionately known as Star Wars Day).  Come join!

World Day of Prayer

We are honored to be hosting this year’s World Day of Prayer, a worldwide ecumenical movement led by Christian women of many traditions. This year, the women of Slovenia crafted our worship service, helping us understand how they interpret scripture in their context and highlighting issues of mission, justice and peace that are important to them. There will be a reception at 5:30; the service will begin at 6 pm.  Please join us!