Greater Harmony Hills Neighborhood
Shepherd King is active in the Harmony Hills community, belonging to and attending local civic association meeting and participating in the annual National Night Out. Our building is a voting site; our parking lot is used during the week by a nearby business. In these and other ways we seek to know our neighbors and be part of the effort to enhance life in the surrounding community.
Meals on Wheels
Each week, Monday through Friday, hot meals are delivered to Shepherd King. A volunteer then picks them up and delivers them to elderly or disabled people in our neighborhood. We gladly join with this good ministry which provides nourishment and comfort to those in need.
SAMM – San Antonio Metropolitan Ministries
Shepherd King is a supporter of SAMM which helps families transition from homelessness back to living in independent lives.
CAM – Christian Assistance Ministries
Shepherd King collects canned goods and clothes for CAM the first Sunday of every month. We also support them each year with financial donations. Christian Assistance Ministries offers practical help to individuals and families in need in San Antonio.
A group of dedicated women gather each Tuesday morning to sew and tie quilts. Most of the quilts are then donated to Lutheran World Relief which distributes them to needy people around the world.
Classes meet on Sunday mornings at 9am for children and adults. The children begin in the church singing with the choir director, then move to the classroom for a lesson and craft. The adult study includes a variety of topics: Bible study, dwelling in the Word, creative forms of prayer, encountering God with all the senses, living the faith, and building community.
Mid-Week Bible Study
On Wednesdays a group of members and friends gathers in the parlor from 10:30 to 11:30 to read and discuss a book of the Bible. Recently we have studied: Genesis, Deuteronomy, the Gospel of Mark (in comparison with the other three gospels), Job and Ecclesiastes, Exodus.
WELCA – Women of the ELCA
Shepherd King has an active WELCA group. They meet monthly for bible study and fellowship as well as special events. WELCA graciously organize and provide food to comfort grieving families after funerals.
Children in grades 6 through 8 attend classes for two years to learn about the Christian faith. They study Scripture and Martin Luther’s Small Catechism. After completing their course of study they are received, through affirmation of baptism, as adult members of the congregation.
First Saturday breakfasts
Shepherd King cooks up breakfast the first Saturday of the month, from 9:00 to 10:30. All are welcome for fellowship and a meal.
Each June Shepherd King hosts a congregational picnic (although we meet in the Fellowship Hall). A meal is provided and afterwards everyone plays bingo.
Thanksgiving Eve pie
The congregation gathers for worship on Thanksgiving Eve. Members are asked to bring a pie to share and after the service we enjoy pie and fellowship.
In December the congregation gathers after worship for a special holiday meal. Meats are provided, everyone brings side dishes, the fellowship hall is decorated, and we celebrate the Christmas season together.