Good Shepherd News
Advent and Christmas Service Schedule
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Midweek Advent – Dec 4th 4:30 & 7:00 p.m.
Midweek Advent – Dec 11th 4:30 & 7:00 p.m.
Midweek Advent – Dec 18th 4:30 & 7:00 p.m.
Preschool Singers – Dec 22nd at the 10:30 a.m.
Children’s Christmas – Dec 22nd at 6:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve – Dec 24th 5:30 & 7:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve Candlelight – Dec 24th 11:00 p.m.
Christmas Day – Dec 25th at 9:00 a.m.
New Year’s Eve Service – Dec 31st at 7:00 p.m.
Christmas Cantata – Jan 5th at 4:00 p.m.
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Our midweek Advent services help us in our appreciation of the Advent promises and in our preparation for the celebration of Christmas. Midweek Advent services will be at 4:30 and 7:00 p.m on December 4th, 11th, and 18th.
Join us between midweek Advent services for our Soup Suppers (5:30-6:30 p.m.). A free-will offering is taken for various needs in the congregation.
Pastor Adle's Installation Service December 15th at 4:00 p.m.
Join us for a celebration of the Holy Ministry and for God's answers to our prayers for another pastor. You can read more about Pastor Adle and his family in this month's newsletter. If you would like the monthly newsletter emailed, sent a request to
. You can also find past and present newsletters at our website under the About GSLC menu.
Winter Lay Bible Institute
In 2014 Concordia Seminary will celebrate its 175th Anniversary. This year's Lay Institute will be a study of the seminary's history from its beginning as a Log Cabin in 1839 to the present. Click herefor more information.
Reaching Every Generation Pledges
We have received $499,451 in pledges so far for the new Early Childhood Center. Please continue to keep this effort in your prayers and consider how you might be able to support it.
To mark the close of the Christmas season, the musicians of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church are presenting John Leavitt’s Christmas Cantata, What Child Is This, on January 5, 2014 at Good Shepherd. The service, which begins at 4:00 p.m., will include choir, orchestra, as well as congregational hymn singing.
Enjoy a Beautiful Concert at Bach at the Sem
On Sunday, December 1st, the American Kantorei will present a concert featuring selections from Bach's Christmas Oratorio. The concerts are held at the Chapel of Ss. Timothy and Titus. A free-will offering is taken.
Collinsville Area Ministerial Association - Food Baskets & Toys
Click here for more information on how you can help with the Food Baskets and Toy Distribution this year. Like the CAMA Facebook page if you would like to keep up with activities like these.
Lutherans in Medical Missions
LIMM recruits medical professionals to help with mission projects around the world. Click here to see their latest newsletter.
Check out this interesting article about our own Vern Trampe… "It started in New York and Seattle and places like that…" Vern.
Preschoolers Singing for All Saints
We were blessed to hear the preschoolers sing in our Sunday services this past Sunday, November 3, 2013. Thanks to teachers Julie Bedard and Cindy Voss. "Out of the mouths of babes, You have ordained strength!" (Psalm 8.2)
Meet Our Field Workers
Each year several students from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis come to Good Shepherd for Field Work training. While they are studying, they begin some ministry taskssuch as leading worship, preaching and teaching. This year's students pictured above are: Josh & Virginia Vanderhyde (1st year); Sarah & Jacob Schultz (1st year); Beth and Casey Kegley (1st year); Melissa & Peter Adelson (2nd year); Weston and Sarah Wildauer & children (4th year).
Pick up your Adopt-a-Bag in the Narthex and return it with grocery items to resupply our Food Pantry. Good Shepherd has its own food pantry that helps with transients, and we also support the Collinsville Food Pantry that helps local residents.
Good Shepherd is beginning a special ministry to support those who are facing cancer. For more information see the article in our November newsletter or go to www.cancer-companions.org.
Reformation Sunday 2013
Join us this weekend for the celebration of the Reformation. Our brass choir, led by Eric Hipple, will be performing. The sermon will focus on Psalm 46, which is the basis for Martin Luther's famous hymn, "A Mighty Fortress is Our God." Go to this link for a very nice explanation of Luther's love for God's word by Dr. Richard Bucher of Lexington, Kentucky.
Early Childhood Center Video
Amanda Zika put together this short video to help inform our members about our stewardship campaign. With this effort we hope to be able to build a good facility that will expand our programs and provide additional space for school and church activities. Click here for more information. The picture above is the current Preschool/Daycare building.
An Invitation to Join Pro Musica Sacra
A Lutheran Community Choir to proclaim Christ in song! This SATB choir rehearses on Tuesday evenings 7–8 PM in the undercroft of the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus. The choir is preparing for a number of special upcoming events. For more information click here.
Southern Illinois District Data Book
Interested in how many churches there are in SID, various ministries, schools, preschools, etc.? You can download the Data Book here. The password is: sidlcms.
New Small Catechism App by Concordia Publishing House
If you have a smartphone or iPad, search for the free app "Martin Luther's Small Catechism." This free app provides you with a quick reference to the parts of the Catechism.
Marriage Rally at Springfield
Good Shepherd joined with many other Christians this past Wednesday (October 23, 2013) to meet with our legislators in an effort to protect the truth and distinctiveness of marriage: one man, one woman, for life. The freedom to pursue relationships can and must be debated, but the deeper issue is the effort on the part of some to deny the distinctiveness of marriage and to force citizens to accept a practice which they believe to be morally wrong. Participating were Parish Nurse Lynn Cook, Louise Brune, Kathy Bohnet, Kevin Rust, Youth and Family Life Director Tom Westphal and Pastor Walther
Divine Call Extended to Pastor Scott Adle
The Congregational Assembly voted to extend a divine call to Pastor Scott Adle of Secor, Illinois last Sunday, October 6th. Pastor Adle has served at St. John's Lutheran Church in Secor since 2008. He is originally from North Platte, Nebraska. He and his wife Rose have been blessed with three children. The oldest is in preschool. We pray for God's will to be done for His kingdom through his decision.
Collinsville Area Ministerial Association
Good Shepherd supports the work of CAMA and especially the Food Pantry. The pantry is currently located at First Presbyterian Church in Collinsville and is coordinated by Pastor Mike Watkins. It serves over 700 people a month. Currently they are in need of a volunteer financial counselor. If you can help, contact Mike at 618-346-1861 or email:
. CAMA also organizes a Christmas Present program each year and provides support for Faith in Action and the Spirit of Serving Soup Suppers.
Defend Marriage Lobby Day
Join us and other Illinois families around the state to take a stand to protect marriage and religious freedom and attend Defend Marriage Lobby Day on Wednesday, October 23, at the Illinois State Capitol. It is critically important that we have a strong showing as gay marriage activists continue to press for counterfeit marriage. (SB10) We will meet at church at 8 o’clock and ride together. Bring a sack lunch. Perhaps we will visit Trinity Church to eat our lunch as we did last year. If you are interested in going call Jeanette at 344 3151 or email me at
Phyllis Wallace Honored
GSLC member Phyllis Wallace received the "Christus Primus" award from Concordia University, Ann Arbor on May 20, 2013. The "Christ First" award is given LCMS to clergy, educators and laypersons for distinguished service to the church and community. Phyllis created the Woman to Woman Bible Study at GSLC in 1979. After 10 years of teaching women from many different church backgrounds, the Lord led her into broadcasting with KFUO AM in St. Louis and then with Lutheran Hour Ministries. She was also the Commencement Speaker at the CUAA graduation ceremony, picking up on their theme for the year, Romans 1:16. "I am not ashamed of the Gospel for it is the power of salvation for those who believe..."
New Director of Children's Music
The Elders and School Board recently approved a new position funded by both the church as school. Zach Stegmann will serve as our first Director of Children's Music. Zach will lead the school choirs and band and will coordinate them with the music and worship of the congregation.
Responding to the Boy Scouts
Follow this link to an official response of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod to recent decision by the BSA to allow gay scouts.
Moving Ahead Toward New Early Childhood Center
On Sunday, May 5, 2013 the Voter's Assembly approved two proposals moving us closer to a new Early Childhood Center. The congregation will begin a special fund drive for this fall. We will also begin construction drawings on both phases of the project. Depending on the outcome of the fund drive we will make a decision whether or not to build both phases.
Click here for the Powerpoint Presentation which describes the Early Childhood Center project.
Update from Jamie Diliberto - Peru
Jamie, member of Good Shepherd, serves with her husband Anthony as a mission coordinator in Peru. Their March 2013 newsletter highlights some of the work that they are doing with children and adults. Please remember them in your prayers and with financial support.
Ten GSLC Members Join Rally for Marriage in Springfield
Good Shepherd members were among the 4,000 people who travelled to the Capitol last Wednesday for the Rally for Marriage. The Illinois legislature is considering a same-sex marriage bill designed to erase any distinction between the marriage of a man and a woman and that of same-sex couples. Same-sex couples already have legal rights through the 2011 Civil Unions law. Everyone is encouraged to contact their legislators to voice their concerns. The Illlinois Family Institute website provides an easy way to make contact. Southern Illinois District President Timothy Scharr has issued the following letter:
To All Illinois Citizens,
On Feb. 14 the Illinois State Senate passed the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act legalizing same-sex marriage in Illinois. This bill is now being considered in the House. We as members of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod congregations (LCMS) feel compelled to express our Synod’s stance on same-sex marriage and the negative consequences that this bill will have on society.
Homosexual behavior is prohibited in the Old and New Testaments (Lev. 18:22, 24; 20:13; 1 Cor. 6: 9-20; 1 Tim. 1:10) as contrary to the Creator’s design (Rom. 1: 26-27). The LCMS affirms that homosexuality is “intrinsically sinful” and that on the basis of Scripture, marriage is the lifelong union of one man and one woman (Gen. 2: 2-24; Matt. 19: 5-6). It also urges its members “to give a public witness from Scripture against the social acceptance and legal recognition of homosexual marriage” (2004 Res. 3-05A). At the same time, the Synod firmly believes that “the redeeming love of Christ, which rescues humanity from sin, death, and the power of Satan, is offered to all through repentance and faith in Christ, regardless of the nature of their sinfulness”.
Some supporters of the bill rationalize their vote because of an amendment added that prevents churches from having to perform same-sex marriages. This does nothing to protect individual families, schools, hospitals, and other organizations from the negative repercussions associated with it. Examples of these serious repercussions can be found in the “What same-sex marriage has done to Massachusetts” booklet comprised by the Illinois Family Institute (IFI). A downloadable version of this booklet can be found at www.massresistance.org. One example in the booklet states that because same-sex marriage is “legal,” federal judges have ruled that the schools now have a duty to portray homosexual relationships as normal to children, despite what parents think or believe.
We urge everyone to please contact their State House Representative and ask them to vote ‘No’ for the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act.
Rev. Timothy J. Scharr and Concerned LCMS members
There continues to be interest in the Comparing Mormonism to Christianity seminar which was presented here at Good Shepherd a few years ago. Click here for more information and to access the audio for the seminar.