Life Team


¬† ¬† ¬†‚ÄúGod Chose You‚Ä̬†is the 2022 Lutherans For Life‚Äôs theme for Sanctity of Human Life Sunday,
which Good Shepherd is celebrating on January 16, 2022. You did not choose me, but I chose
you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit.‚ÄĚ John 15:16¬†(ESV)

     Our special Bible Class speaker on Sunday, January 16th will be Kristi Hofferber, a pro-life and adoption advocate, who shares a message about the value of life. She was conceived through
unimaginable circumstances and speaks about how the gift of adoption spared her life bringing
tremendous joy to her adoptive family. After learning about this, Kristi was compelled to help
others and left a ten-year career to go back to school to obtain her master’s degree in social work.
She is now the Director of Community Engagement with Coalition for Life St. Louis and also
travels to share her life-affirming story of an unthinkable beginning to a life with purpose. She is
an adoptee, wife of a pastor who was also adopted, and together they have two adopted children.
Her message is grounded in faith and love, and speaks to God’s ability to take such an awful
situation to bring glory for His purpose.


How the Life Team Helped Older Adult Members Have a Merry Christmas.

¬† ¬† ¬†Christmas is a wonderful and special time of year for many people‚ÄĒespecially for all of us in the body of Christ.¬†Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of Jesus in churches filled with singing, poinsettias, decorated trees and candles.¬†Christmas is time for families.¬†¬†¬†¬†

     So, in the month of December the Life Team remembered those of our church family that are older. They held an Older Adult Dinner on Friday, December 10, at 11:30 a.m. 

     Also, with the help of resources from Thrivent, they had Christmas goodie bags for the home bound. The Life Team packed gifts in decorated Christmas bags, added a label with the recipient’s name and address and placed them in the narthex on December 4, for congregational members to deliver. Some bags had no names. Those were to take to an older homebound friend or neighbor. The church members helped show love and caring by taking a bag and bringing joy to one of our home bound members.

     Take a look at the pictures below for a snapshot from these fun activities!

Past Events

The 40 Days of Life Campaign is an effort to pray for and bring awareness to the gift of life. Good Shepherd will be participating by standing at the Planned Parenthood facility in Fairview Heights March 21 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. You can volunteer for a two hour period to pray. 



Our Life Team is sponsoring a group to see the movie "Unplanned" at the Edwardsville AMC on Saturday, April 6th at 7:40 p.m. The cost is $13.50.



We are taking the youth bus to Springfield for the Pro-Life Rally on Wednesday, March 20th. We have room for fifteen passengers. Please call the church office at 344-3151 if you would like to attend.


Special Project: Blessing Bags

The Youth Bible Study and Life Team could use your help preparing Blessing Bags for the Homeless. Bring items to the connecting hallway & by the Sunday School Office.  Suggested items: toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, band-aids, wet-wipes, granola bars, trail mix, cheese crackers, tuna fish package kits, fruit cups, packaged jerky, protein bars, socks, Chapstick, combs, Kleenex, lotions, Hot Hands.  




The Life Team works to promote and protect God's gift of life for everyone from the unborn to the aged. They sponsor special speakers and projects for our congregtion and community. If you would like to know more about the Life Team, contact Parish Nurse Lynn Cook at


Lutherans for Life of Illinois


High-Risk pregnancies:

Are you or a friend going through a high-risk pregnancy? If you need information or a friendly ear, our Life Team is here to walk with you. Contact


American Association of Pro-Life OB GYNs 

BJC Perinatal Hospice Services

Cardinal Glennon Fetal Institute

Women's Care Connect

Good Shepherd Life Team:

To reach Good Shepherd Pastors Michael Walther or Scott or contact the church office at:

Psalm 139:13-16 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.


Sarah St. Onge is a Christian wife, mother, and writer. She writes about child-loss, grief, and issues pertaining to continuing a pregnancy after a lethal anomaly has been diagnosed, at

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