August 18, 2019

Can We Trust the Bible?

Using ancient manuscripts, archeology and other evidence, it is easy to see that the Bible is the most trusted book ever written. Check out our new webpage Can We Trust the Bible to find out more.

Learning to Read the Bible

The Bible can be an intimidating book to read. Many have started to read it, but have set it aside because of the difficulties they encounter. Our Learning to Read the Bible webpage gives you a three-step approach to Bible study. The first is to simply start with the Bible stories. The second is to learn the basic doctrines of the Bible summarized in the Catechism. The third is to begin reading individual books of the Bible starting with the most appropriate books for the first-time reader. Go to our webpage Learning to Read the Bible for more.

The Reality of Evil

This is a new Adult Bible Study beginning September 8th in the Lower Level from 9:15-10:15 a.m.

New Member Class

Our next New Member Class will begin on Thursday, September 19th at 7:00 p.m. This class will cover all the basic teachings of the Christian faith from creation to the end of the world. If you are interested in attending, please email

Bulletin Board, Online Bulletin, Facebook Page,or Website News for More Information

Help Us Keep Good Church Records by indicating your first and last names in the Friendship Books!

Rally Day – Sunday School Children, friends & family are invited to attend the Rally Day Picnic at Good Shepherd on Sunday, August 25 at 12:00 p.m.  Meal will be at 12:30 p.m. followed by games.  Good Shepherd will provide the fried chicken, drinks, & utensils.  Please bring a side dish.  Questions, call Carol at 618-558-2731.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will be serving at the SOS (Spirit of Sharing) Soup Kitchen at St. John UCC in downtown Collinsville Thursday, August 29.  We need 6 volunteers to help serve that evening plus other volunteers to supply ingredients for a mixed fruit salad.  Please sign-up at the table in the narthex to receive more details.  

To provide Good Shepherd Lutheran Church members opportunities for fellowship and socializing with each other, the Board of Congregational Life is beginning another round of Table of Friendship.  For those who choose to participate, five or six people (couples or individuals) are grouped together for three months. During this time they will take turns planning/hosting a meal with the others in their group. Each group will have three dinners, lunches, or brunches together within three months. The 2019 fall round will be:  September, October, November. Look for the sign-up forms and more information in the narthex.  Complete an interest form and place it in the basket so that you will be included.  If you prefer, call or email Kent or Kathy Splaingard, 618-972-9933 or  with your questions and/or registration.  August 30 is the deadline for joining this fall.

Good Shepherd's Sunday School is collecting items in the month of August for the Collinsville Police Department such as lip balm, kleenex and hand sanitizer. Please stop by the bulletin board at the Sunday School office to pick up a heart listing the needed items. Contact Pam Hoffman or Carol Walther for more information. Thank you

Lunch Bunch - On Tuesday, August 20th we will be going to the Hop House, 1214 Central Park Dr., O’Fallon, IL.  Meet in the church parking lot at 11:30 a.m.  Come and join the group for food, fun and fellowship.  For reservations please call either Gloria Drique at 307-9459 or Radeen Werner at 345-0484 by August 19th.

Portals of Prayer for July - September are available in the narthex. 

2019 Flower Chart – The flower chart for 2019 is on the bulletin board.  The cost for flowers is $40/vase.  Please sign up at your convenience.  Opening:  December 15.

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

"What About" Brochures written by past Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod President, A.L.Barry are available to take from the table in the narthex. There are a variety of topics including "The Difference Between the ELCA and the LCMS" and "Christian Families." 

Employment Opportunities – School Secretary position opening, please send resume to  Before & after school care position openings, please contact or, for more details.

Light up the Community - Good Shepherd Marketing Team has created a “Light up the Community” program. “ Light up the Community” by putting up your sign in your neighborhood for a period of days to celebrate graduations of GSLS, enrollment periods, special events at Good Shepherd. Future dates will be posted for families to help support the cause. Be ready to join Good Shepherd as we spread God’s word in our communities!

Issues Etc. This week's subjects include:    Defending Boyhood, The Holy Spirit & the Sacraments, Jesus Heals a Blind Man, The Gospel of Mark 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.

Calling All Men and Sons 16/up! Registration has opened for the 17th Annual 3-T Lutheran Men’s Retreat at Mark Twain Lake near Hannibal, MO on September 28-30, 2019.  The featured leader, Rev. Dr. Greg Seltz, well known for his dynamic ability to communicate, will focus the group on the theme “Champions for Religious Liberty.”  Brochures with details and registration forms are available in the tract rack or you can register online.  Visit  to learn more or call Joe Werre at 314-229-8795/618-698-5159.

Clarifying The End Game is a key component of making wise decisions along the way. Developing a will and estate plan anchors personal financial goals for care, debt, risk, and increase; a plumb line to measure progress along the way. Contact Scott Radden, Gift Planning Counselor, LCMS Foundation at (618) 977-4049 or for more information.       

You can give Donations Online in several ways: 1. Through your own bank account and online billing. 2. Through Vanco, an online donation service. 3. Through Paypal. Go to our “Online Giving” page on our website for more information.  

Adult Bible Classes This Morning - 9:15-10:15

The Church in Exile – a Study of 2 Peter - This morning’s class will begin the second chapter of Second Peter with Pastor Walther. We will also be discussing two popular people who have renounced the Christian faith.

College Students and Young Adults are invited to join us on Sunday mornings as we continue our study.  We meet in the school Resource Room at 9:15 a.m.

Bible Book of the Month: Romans

Paul was on his third missionary journey and heading back to Jerusalem. He had not yet visited the Christians in Rome, but he was aware of the church and their needs. One of the main purposes of the letter was to address tensions between Christian Jews and Gentiles. He began by presenting a beautiful and solid explanation of the Gospel of salvation for Jews and Gentiles and continued to show how the Gospel shapes our Christian lives and the Christian Church.

                             Additional Online Information How to Know                               What’s Going on at Good Shepherd!

Register for the Website – is designed to be very interactive and to give users many ways to interact with one another. By registering you will have access to the member and friends roster and to special member only pages. To register for the website, we just need your preferred email. You can send that email to After you are registered, you will receive an email and can log-in by creating your own password. 

Subscribe to our weekly eNewsletter – This newsletter highlights some of the most important news of the week. It also provides links to other good web resources. Go to the > News > Weekly eNewsetter.

Like Our Good Shepherd Collinsville Facebook Page – On this page we send out official posts from the church.

Like Our Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Collinsville Group Page – On this page you can post to the group.

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Like our school Facebook Page – Charger Friends and Family.

Listen to sermons and Bible studies on Podbean. Podbean is a free app that you can add to your mobile device.

We’re looking for some volunteers who could Reseal Our Picnic Tables. If you’re interested in a project like that, please contact Marty Hoffman (618-344-3151) or Thanks

Our Evening Prayer Services continue this Wednesday from 6:15-6:45 p.m. This peaceful service of God’s word and our responses is a helpful respite in our hectic lives.

Sermon Videos Online we have now added videos of our sermons to the website. Just go to the Sermons page to read, listen or watch. Thanks to videographers Jeff Blasingame and Frank Holmes. We will also have some videos of choirs.

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.

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.

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. 

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Rebeccsa Nobbe.                  Meghan Klass

Rebecca Nobbe graduated from Murray State University with a 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 resides in Waterloo IL where she lives with her husband Jared and two boys- Aiden 4 and Noah 22 months.  Her 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.













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