Who we are

 

We are church that is as open in their worship style as they are in the members of their congregation.  All are welcome and all of us add to the beautiful quilt that is Shepherd of the Hills Church. 


We are one of seven churches in the U.S. that have been formed as joint congregations of the United Church of Christ (UCC) and the Disciples of Christ (DOC) denominations.


We are small, but growing and we invite you to use the button below to find out more about us.          

what we do

 

We believe in living and loving with compassion - in giving outside of our church body as well as sharing and supporting one another.


We participate in many programs designed to help the communities both near and far to the best of our

abilities.


Find out more about what we do to share and support people in need bothin and outside of the congregation

what we believe

 

We believe that our understanding, belief, and acceptance of God is a matter of our experience, individual interpretation and personal choice. We are willing to disagree with one another without giving up our love and compassion for each other.


We believe that being a Christian is defined by living according to Christian values, which, above all alse, teach love and respect and compassion for one another.


We believe that the Bible presents Christian history, myths, and poetry that help us to define Christian values.

SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS CHURCH

Unique, Loving, OPen

Agreed to Differ... 

Resolved to Love...

United to Serve...

   You're Invited!

  • We, the community of people that comprise Shepherd of the Hills Church, would like to invite you to come share with us.
  • Whether you're young or old, tall or short, thin or pleasingly plump, blond, brunette, or redheaded - or no hair at all - you're invited.
  • Whether you're blue, purple, green, black, brown, white, red, yellow, or orange you're invited.
  • Whether you're gay, straight, bisexual, transgendered or any combination of the previous, you're invited.
  • Whether you are conservative, liberal, progressive, traditional, Republican, Democrat, Green or Tea Party, you're invited.
  • Regardless of your religious affiliation or lack thereof, you're invited.
  • Regardless of your ethnic identity, your financial status or the level of your physical and mental capabilities, you are invited.
  • By now you probably get the picture. We are an open, affirming, inclusive and welcoming church, and we would love to have you with us!

SUNDAY SERVICE

Shepherd of the Hills

One Service Every Sunday

Starts at 9:30 am and ends at 10:45 am

30111 Niguel Road

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Phone: 949-495-1310

CAPILLA CAlvario

Spanish Speaking Service

Starts at 11:00 am

30111 Niguel Road

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Phone: 949-495-1310


New SOTH Blog!

We are in the process of splitting our website into two parts - one is for basic church information to keep everyone informed about activities, events and internal church news. The other will be a blog designed as a place to hold conversations about issues, things of concern, etc. I will be moving our existing blog, the Virtual Hall of Fame, the Bookshelf and the Social Justice pages to the new blog. We are doing this in order to use a more robust blogging software that will be more interactive and intuitive. You can access it by going to www.sothtalks.org. If you have any questions, contact Nikki Rinderer at nikki@sothtalks.org. Note that we are looking for contributions to the blog and hope you will all help to make it an active, interesting, and participative site.


Please e-mail all your suggestions and blog posts to

Nikki Rinderer (nikki@sothtalks.org). Thanks!


“Even as a tree has a single trunk, but many branches and leaves, there is one religion but any number of faiths.” - Mahatma Gandhi

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The Friendship Club

ADULT DAY PROGRAM


"A New Approach To Living With     Memory Loss"


We are a one of a kind program in Orange County, designed specifically for people dealing with early memory loss, mild cognitive impairment, early stages of Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease or other dementia related illnesses.


Friendship Club is a unique program for active people that incorporates exercise, brain games, music, art, tai chi, yoga, and fresh healthy food prepared on site.


The program meets at Temple Beth El in Aliso Viejo from 9:00am - 3:30pm  Monday, Wednesday and Friday


For more information, see our Friendship Club Adult Day Care site, or contact Pam Jacobs at: pkjsoth@yahoo.com or at 949-272-0601


The Friendship club is a partnership between Shepherd of the Hills Church, Temple Beth El South Orange County and the Orange County Islamic Foundation of Mission Viejo.

The Orange County Islamic Foundation invited the community leaders to hear our Adult Day Program plans

On July 10, 2014, during the month of Ramadan, the Orange County Islamic Foundation in Mission Viejo invited our church, as well as our partners at Temple Beth El and members of the mosque for a lovely Ramadan dinner. Please go to "What We Do" for more information.

upcoming at soth


Book Club - November 2, 2014, 6:30 at Mary Raybourn's home


Movie Night - TBD


November Potluck - TBD - See Calendar for more information.



recovery meetings

Schedule for Recovery Meetings - see Recovery Ministries under "What We Do" tab

WHAT TO EXPECT AT A SOTH SERVICE

We are very informal at SOTH - you can wear whatever you like as long as you wear something :-). We do pass out bulletins with an order of service, but we're not very liturgically oriented. We do Bible readings from the translation called "The Message", have a time of prayers (called Healing Moments) followed by a sung version of The Lord's Prayer, and weekly communion open to everyone. However, I think you will find these are not done in a traditional manner. There are many types of music used in our service, and many forms of expression used in addition to our pastor's messages, including videos, audio recordings, special music, etc. We are a small but lively congregation, and the services tend to be fun, participative and lively. We sometimes say anything can happen - but one thing you can be sure of is that you will be welcomed! Give us a try - we think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

volunteer opportunities

Looking for a place of service? Check out our volunteer opportunities page by clicking here or using the pull-down menu under the What We Do tab.

social justice information

Want to keep up on Social Justice issues? Check out our SOTH Blog (www.sothtalks.org). If you have something you want to feature on this page, e-mail Nikki Rinderer (nikki@sothtalks.org).

Are You a Flexitarian?

Check out the Flexitarian post (in the category of SOTH Issues) on our blog and tell us what you think. www.sothtalks.org