January 26, 2020

National Lutheran School’s Week

This week we begin NLSW with a number of special activities. One special event for everyone is the...

Jennie Williamson Concert, Tuesday, January 28th

at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Jennie is a singer/songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee. We will also have a special meal served at 5:30 p.m. in the Lower Level prior to the 6:30 p.m. concert. Please RSVP the number of people planning to join us for the meal. 

Our next New Member Class continues January 30th at 7:00 p.m. in the Church Lower Level. This nine week class covers all the basic teachings of the Christian faith. Everyone is invited to attend. There is no obligation to become a member. There is no cost. All materials are provided. If you would like babysitting, please email

Bible Study for All Ages 9:15-10:15

Children  The wedding at Cana PS-K in the Tracks Area. Grades 1-6 in the School Cafeteria. 2-Year Olds and Parents are in the room behind the cafeteria discussing Jesus Choosing Helpers.

Youth (7th-HS)  Acts of the Apostles  In the Youth Room, led by DCE Westphal. 

Adults  1 & 2 Samuel  in the Lower Level with Pastors Walther. Matthew in the sanctuary with Pastor Adle.

Blood Pressure will be taken in the connecting hallway
on Sunday, Feb 2, following the 8:00 a.m. service.

2019 Giving Statements are on the tables in the Narthex.  Please call the Church Office 344-3151 with any corrections or questions.

College Student Names And Addresses Needed:  Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) will be sending Valentines to college students and shut-ins at their February 6 meeting.  If you have a student, even one living at home and attending a local college, please call Jeanette in the church office (618-344-3151) or email with their name and address.  Thanks!

2020 Offering Envelopes are available on the tables in the connecting hallway.  Please pick up at your convenience.

Portals Of Prayer for Jan.-Mar. 2020 are available in the narthex tract rack.

2020 Flower Chart ‚ÄstThe flower chart for 2020 is on the bulletin board.¬†The cost for flowers is $40/vase.¬†Please sign up at your convenience.

Palms ‚Äď Please call the church office at 344-3151 if you would like to sponsor the palms for a month in 2020.¬† The cost is $40 per month.

Lunch Bunch - On Tuesday, February 18th at 11:30 a.m. we will be going to Carisilos Mexican restaurant, 1978 Vandalia St., Collinsville. Come and join the group for food, fun & fellowship.  For reservations or if you need a ride, please call Gloria Drique at 307-9459 or Pat & Karen Adle at 855-9590 by February 17th.

Baby Items For Mosaic Pregnancy and Health Center will be collected the month of January.  Items requested include new: diapers, wipes, sleepers, crib sheets, baby wash, baby towels and diaper rash cream. 

Join Good Shepherd Members and Friends for a visit to Michigan’s Little Bavaria in Frankenmuth.  We still have plenty of space available for our trip to Frankenmuth June 15-19, 2020. The registration deadline has been extended to February 2, 2020. For more information see the display in the Connecting Hallway.

January Is Sanctity of Human Life Month and our church is celebrating by participating in Mosaic Pregnancy & Health Centers’ Baby Bottle Campaign. 100% of the proceeds from this collection will go to Mosaic PHC so they can provide a wide variety of free pregnancy & health services that help women value their life and the life of their babies.  Pick up a bottle on and fill it with coins, cash or checks and return by 2/9. To learn more about Mosaic PHC or donate online, visit

Save The Date¬†‚Äď Vacation Bible School is coming!¬† Mark your calendar for June 22-26.¬† Sign up coming soon.

The February Newsletters are available in the Narthex.  Please pick up one to keep up with the news at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church & School.

Prospective Student Open House - Good Shepherd Lutheran School will hold an Open House on Sunday, January 26th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. for Preschool through Grade 8. Invite your friends and neighbors to tour the school and find out more about the opportunities at Good Shepherd to receive an excellent Christian education. 

Employment Opportunities - Preschool aids immediate openings, please contact or, for more details.

Metro-East Lutheran High School will be hosting a 24-hour prayer vigil on January 28-30, 2020.  The vigil is part of our annual celebration of Lutheran Schools Week, and it will be held adjacent to the main school office.  This prayer vigil will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Parents and other members of Lutheran High’s extended family are also welcome and encouraged to participate in this unique opportunity to be in prayer for our student body and school.  Students may sign up for time slots in their Theology  classes.  You may email or call Mr. Giordano ( or 656-3039, ext. 103) to sign up for a 15-minute (or longer) time slot. 

Metro-East Lutheran High School is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Any new students (freshman or transfer) interested in seeking enrollment at MELHS can go to the school website at and download the admission and enrollment packet or contact the school office at 618-656-0043. If you have additional questions, please contact Dr. Jay Krause, Principal, at Come be a part of this dynamic ministry in 2020!

Metro-East Lutheran High School will host an open house on Sunday, Feb. 9, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. All are invited to visit our dynamic school, get a tour of our campus, meet our faculty and get answers to your questions about everything from academics and extracurriculars to tuition and financial aid. For more information, call the school office at 618-656-0043 or email

Souper Bowl Offering . Next weekend we’ll have a large soup bowl in the narthex to collect a special offering to benefit the Collinsville Food Pantry which oversees the community food pantry and also helps families with utility payments and other emergencies. Checks should be made payable to the Collinsville Food Pantry. Thank you.

Unity Lutheran School, East St. Louis, is currently accepting names of candidates for the position of Assistant Principal. The primary purpose of the position is to assist the school principal in overall administration of instructional programs, school operations, and development/financial strategies. Qualifications include being a member in good standing of an LCMS congregation, a minimum of a B.S. or B.A. Degree, and classroom teaching experience of three years. A Commissioned Minister of the LCMS is preferred.  Candidate names or resumes may be sent to Rev. Aaron Dickerson at   

This is the last weekend to return your M&M donations for SOS to the designated container in the connecting hallway.  Thanks for your support of this important local mission.

GSLC will be serving at the SOS (Spirit of Sharing) Soup Kitchen at St. John UCC in downtown Collinsville Thursday, January 30.  We need volunteers to help prepare salads, serve and clean-up that evening plus others to supply ingredients for a mixed fruit salad.  Please sign-up at the table in the narthex to receive more details. 

The Collinsville Ministerial Association is starting a Warming Shelter at First Baptist Church. If you are interested in helping, please call (618) 344-2713 or go to the sign-up link in the website or app announcements.

Can You Help International Students?  Over 70 new international students have just arrived at SIUE to begin their studies there. Many are not Christian. What better way to show them the love of Christ than by offering them items for their apartments that they were unable to bring with them? Many could only bring 2 suitcases and to unfurnished apartments at that. The items are given to them along with a pamphlet that offers opportunities for Christian fellowship at SIUE. If you have any of the following items and would be willing to donate them, please contact Karen Barringer at 618-830-3309. The students will be so very thankful! Here is a list of items needed: small couches or loveseats, blenders, plates, lamps, twin or full-size beds small desks (chairs for the desks if available), iron, pots and pans, rice cookers, cooking utensils, small tables and chairs, coffee makers, small fan for a table, comforters (no larger than a full-size). 

Boy Scout Troop 86 Chili Dinner & silent auction, Sunday, February 2 at Holy Cross Lutheran School Cafeteria from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Adults:  $8.00; children 5-12:  $6.00; 4 & under:  free. For information call 691-9741.

Fund Raiser For Collinsville Food Pantry:  Puzzles for the Pantry, Sunday, January 26, 2020, 1:00 p.m., at First Baptist Church Gymnasium (723 St. Louis Road (Rear), Collinsville, IL).  Teams compete to finish the same jigsaw puzzle in the least amount of time.  See poster in narthex for all the details.

Adult Choir Rehearsals continue in the church balcony, Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 6:50 p.m. No spare time Wednesday nights? Contact Zach Stegman at or 618-344-3153 for alternate ways to learn the music for Sundays.

Are You Looking for A Fun, Fulfilling Way to spend your Tuesday evenings? Please consider joining the Handbell Choir. We practice from 6:45 - 8:00 p.m. in the balcony. No experience is necessary and it is a fun, beautiful way to praise God. Please contact Cheryl Urban (618-407-0867) for information.

Issues Etc.  This week's teachings include: A Lutheran Response to a Post Christian Culture, The Words of Scripture: Love, Eternal Punishment, A Disney+ Miniseries "The Mandalorian" and more.  You can tune in live weekdays from 3-5 p.m. on KFUO, 850 AM in St. Louis.  You can also listen at your convenience at and on the LPR mobile app.

What Are You Afraid Of?  Are you afraid to look at your plan to direct God’s gifts on the day He calls you home to heaven?  Would it help to have a trusted person to pray and talk through these things with you?  Your gift planning counselor with the LCMS Foundation is that person.  Contact Scott Radden, LCMS Foundation Gift Planning Counselor at (618) 977-4049 or for assistance.

Individual Confession and Absolution… Pastor Walther and Pastor Adle are available before the Evening Prayer Services or at other times. Please schedule by email ( or See page 292 in the hymnal for the service that we use.


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