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!

Holy Week Schedule

Shepherd of the Mountains is excited for Holy Week.  This Sunday (April 14th) we celebrate Palm Sunday / Sunday of the Passion at our regular 8 AM and 10 AM services.

For Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, we will share evening worship services with the Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole.  PCJH is hosting Maundy Thursday (April 18th); Shepherd of the Mountains is hosting Good Friday (April 19th).  Both services are at 7 PM.

Easter Sunday (April 21st) we worship at our regular 8 AM and 10 AM times.

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!

Farewell to Mitzi!

For 8 years Mitzi Cook has done an amazing job as our church secretary but she is now moving on to other callings.  We pray the best for Mitzi in the future and sincerely thank her for her devotion and all she has done for Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church.  We will miss you, Mitzi!

Schedule of Advent Services

Please join us for Advent worship!  In addition to regular Sunday morning services you are invited to Holden Evening Prayer on Wednesday nights at 6:00 December 5th, 12th, and 19th.  The Christmas Choir will rehearse afterward, so if you enjoy lifting your voice in song you are welcome to join in.  On Christmas Eve there will be worship at 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.  Worship time on Christmas day will be announced in an upcoming post.  We pray you will worship with us this year!

 

Sunday December 2nd First Sunday of Advent

8:00 am Spoken Service with Holy Communion

9:00 am Adult Study

10:00 am Worship with Holy Communion

 

Wednesday December 5th

6:00 pm Holden Evening Prayer

6:45 pm Christmas Choir rehearsal

 

Sunday December 9th Second Sunday of Advent

8:00 am Spoken Service with Holy Communion

9:00 am Adult Study

10:00 am Worship with Holy Communion

 

Wednesday December 12th

6:00 pm Holden Evening Prayer

6:45 pm Christmas Choir rehearsal

 

Sunday December 16th Third Sunday of Advent

8:00 am Spoken Service with Holy Communion

9:00 am Adult Study

10:00 am Worship with Holy Communion

 

Wednesday December 19th

6:00 pm Holden Evening Prayer

6:45 pm Christmas Choir rehearsal

 

Sunday December 23rd Fourth Sunday of Advent

8:00 am Spoken Service with Holy Communion

9:00 am Adult Study

10:00 am Worship with Holy Communion

 

Christmas Eve Monday December 24th

6:00 pm Christmas Eve Service with Holy Communion

9:00 pm Christmas Eve Service with Holy Communion

 

Christmas Tuesday December 25th

To be announced