New Member Class begins January 17th. Click here for more information.
The Balcony Renovation Project is now completed! Thanks be to God and to everyone who helped especially Bill Petersen, Chris Loemker, Zach Stegman, Lee Hoffmeier, Denise Daniels, Bob Jones, Marty Hoffman, Bill Hanke, & Gregg Sutterfield (Hurford Architects).
St. James Mission - We met with the president and chairman of the board of elders from St. James in October. They are in the process of issuing a divine call which should happen in January. You can read more about that here.
Funeral Service for Dr. Alvin V. Kollmann
Founding Pastor of Good Shepherd
November 7, 1929 - October 7, 2018
Dr. Alvin Kollmann was laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery on Tuesday, October 16th. He began serving Good Shepherd in 1959 and continued for nineteen years. In 1976 he became the President of the Southern Illinois District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and served until 1994. He also served as pastor at Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Collinsville. As a pastor and as a district president he worked faithfully and diligently to build of the kingdom of God through the preaching and teaching of the Gospel. Dr. Kollmann faithfully attended Bible classes and pastors circuit meetings where his pastoral wisdom was deeply appreciated. He was an avid golfer and Cardinals fan. His son, Dr. Victor Kollmann, preached the sermon at his funeral service titled “A Life of Significance” based on Luke 5:1-11. Many people have been blessed by knowing Dr. Kollmann. We pray that his spirit of faith and servanthood would continue in all of us. “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints!” (Psalm 116:15). You can view the service or listen to the sermon.
Movie Night - The Dropbox
On Friday, September 21, 2018 we watched the movie "The Dropbox" which tells the true story of Pastor Lee of Seoul, South Korea. He installed a dropbox in his house to save unwanted babies. You can read more about MovieNights here.
Field Education Students from Concordia Seminary
This year we welcome first year student Ben Prohl. He is from Columbus, Ohio. He is a graduate of Capital University having majored in religion and creative writing. His grandfather, who was a pastor, was a major influence on his life. He enjoys music, especially blues, jazz and rock as well as reading, including authors such as lee Child, Douglas Preston, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, J. K. Rowling, and Mark Twain.
Ryan Maser will continue as our second year students. This past summer he was married to his wife Kari. She also teaches at Immanuel Lutheran School in Wentzville.
The New School Year begins August 16, 2018 with the theme: "The Lord is My Shepherd." On Sunday, August 19, 2018 we will install our new Early Childhood Director Rebecca Nobbe and recognize new Assistant Early Childhood Director Megan Klaas.
Rebecca Nobbe graduated from Murray State University with bachelors in Elementary Education and has taught preschool the past 7 years. She currently is working on her Masters in Administration. She grew up in Steeleville, IL and currently resign in Waterloo IL where she live with my husband Jared and two boys- Aiden 4 and Noah 22 months. My husband works for the family business, William Nobbe and Company.
Meghan Klaas graduated from Murray State University with a Bachelor's Degree in InterdisciplinaryEarly Childhood Education. She went on to further her education by graduating from Webster University with a Master's Degree in Educational Technology. She has 8 years of teaching experience that include the fields of Pre-Kindergarten, Early Childhood Special Education, and Kindergarten. She is married to Josh for 7 years and they have a daughter named Emma who is 7 months old.
Summer Youth Events - Twenty three Youth and four Leaders went to the Higher Things Conference this summer in Carbondale, Illinois. Seven youth and six adults went to the Charlotte, New York Servant Event.
The Spending Guidelines for 2018-2019 are available on the Church Council page. Members are encouraged to look these over as we prepare for our next Voter's Assembly Sunday, June 24, 2018 following the 10:30 a.m. service.
Good Shepherd was blessed to receive a gift $4,000+ from the Mary Jane Wade estate. The Church Council added that to the current Endowment Fund.
The Security Team has met several times to work on our crisis management plan. Our next usher's meeting will also focus on security. Our security efforts focus on awareness, prevention and responding to potential problems.
Learning to Read the Bible is a new webpage designed to help anyone get started reading the Bible. We have helps, suggestions and recommendations that can help!