Last Updated July 19, 2024     

Adult Bible Class will be at 9:15 the fellowship hall.

High Youth Bible Class meets on Sunday Mornings at 9:15 a.m. in the Youth Room on the School Lower Level. Youth who have graduated from 8th grade through Senior year in High School are invited to join us for Bible Study, Fellowship, and Snacks!

Sunday School – Join us this Sunday, from 9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. for Sunday School!

- Parents & Babies (birth – 2 years old) will meet in the Nursery in the Church Lower Level.

- 3-year-olds through 8th grade will meet in the School Cafeteria.

Altar Flowers - We still have openings on October 6, 13, 20, November 17 & December 1. The cost for flowers is $40/vase. Please sign up at your convenience.

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

Dear Members of Good Shepherd - We wish to thank everyone who did so much to bless us with the Farewell Celebration on Sunday, June 30th. We're still receiving cards and gifts! The change is difficult for us, but the love and appreciation that everyone showed to us makes it easier. 
-Pastor and Carol Walther and family. 

Youth Group - 12 Youth and 3 Chaperones were able to attend the Issues Etc. Conference in Chicago last weekend.  The students were able to hear speakers talk about the topics of marriage, the fad-driven church, men in women’s sports, and the negative world.  They were excited to hear Riley Gaines speak about her journey in standing up for what is right.  We also were able to do some sight-seeing and shopping in Chicago.  Thank you to all of our supporters who prayed for us while we were on our trip!
Upcoming events:
August 3&4:  Trash Pick-Up Fundraiser
August 10:  Senior High Back to School Pool Party 2pm-5pm (at Petersons)
August 17:  Junior High Back to School Pool Party 11am-1pm (at Kober's)
September 8:  National Youth Gathering Meeting #2 – Sign-up for participants and chaperones – after church in Fellowship Hall
*Be sure to participate in fundraisers if you plan to attend any of our upcoming trips.

LWML-Ladies, please join us on August 1 at 6:30 the fellowship hall. Pastor Engfehr will speak about the ministry of being a police chaplain. We would love to see you there.

Physical Education Teacher - We are excited to announce an opening for a PE Teacher (Grades K-8) at our school! We seeking an energetic leader who thrives on teamwork and is passionate about inspiring students to embrace physical activity. If you have a knack for fostering a love of movement and are interested in coaching volleyball or other sports, we want to hear from you! Please contact Mr. Mayhew at  or 618-344-3153 to learn more about this exciting opportunity.

Teacher Aides Needed - Good Shepherd Lutheran School is receiving resumes for the 2024-25 school year for teacher aide positions in the Early Childhood and Day School. Seeking a dedicated person who loves children, who can follow instructions, work cooperatively with others and be a self-starter. Please contact Mr. Mayhew at 618-344-3153 / 

MELHS is looking for Host Families for foreign students (2 girls) from Germany who would like to attend in the 24/25 school year.  If you are interested in finding out more information please contact Dr. Jay Krause, Principal, at

The Southern Illinois District is currently seeking an Administrative Assistant to support the District President. This full-time position, Monday to Friday, includes comprehensive health care and retirement benefits. The ideal candidate should possess strong verbal, writing, and interpersonal skills. The role involves various tasks such as computer work, email correspondence, phone calls, texting, form completion, filing, and office organization. Knowledge of Filemaker Pro is an advantage. Interested individuals are encouraged to reach out to President Timothy Scharr at by submitting their resume and inquiries.

Braille - 10 members of GS go to Zion, Bethalto the first Thursday of every month to assemble Braille Books. We are in need of volunteers as substitutes and possibly monthly workers due to some long term illnesses. We work from approximately 9:00-11:00 or 11:30. We is easy, fulfilling mission work. If you can help with this mission, contact the church office or Kathy Bohnet at 618- 910-1698.

Meals on Wheels needs volunteers from Good Shepherd to drive and deliver meals to clients who are elderly, disabled or homebound.   Deliveries are from 10:15 am until about 11:15 during weekdays.  Our church rotates with other area churches and is responsible for delivering 5 weeks of the year. The delivery week occurs about every 3 months.  If you can help or have questions please call or text Rochelle Meyer at 618-978-4474 or email

New School Video - Good Shepherd member, Mark Wiemers, has produced a beautiful video for our school. With increasing exposure to TV shows, phones, and social media: kids are required to discern what is good for them and what is not. Proverbs 22:6 states:  “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”Good Shepherd Lutheran School is here to do exactly what the Bible tells us: to develop kids to their God given potential, dedicating each activity to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. You can use the link or QR code below to see the video. Please also share it with your friends and family.


 Help Us Finish Our $3+ Million Dollar Loan! - Good Shepherd’s Early Childhood Center has been a blessing for children since 2015. Our building loan matures this September, so we are asking for assistance from our Good Shepherd family to help pay off this loan! Our goal is to raise $568,363 by this September to pay the loan balance in full. Donations are tax deductible and can be made via check to GSLC or through any of our Online Giving platforms by designating your gift for our Building Loan Fund. Thank you for your support of Good Shepherd and our mission, “To Feed the Sheep Who Have Been Found & To Find the Sheep That Are Still Lost.”Scan below to see who your donation impacts! 


Table of friendship is designed to provide GSLC members social time together to become better acquainted with each other. Five or six people( couples or individuals) are grouped together for three months. During that time they will take turns planning/hosting a dinner, brunch or lunch with the others in theri group. The hosting person(s) decides whether to hold their event in their home, at a restaurant, at a park, etc. If the meal is in a home, it could be a potluck with the host providing the main dish and the others providing the side dishes.
The second round will be September, October and November.If you are able to join us, please complete an interest form and place it in the box in the narthex so that you will be included when we organize the groups. If you prefer , you can email Jan Van Beek at or call 217-851-7417 with your questions and/or registration. Please register by AUGUST 23rd. We hope you will give Table of Friendship a try!!!

Help with Shut-ins -  Good Shepherd has approximately 30 shut-ins and “lonelies” (those able to navigate outside their homes but have little contact with other people). The Board of Congregational Life is searching for members, both male and female, who would be willing to be a regular visitor to a shut-in (some in their homes, some in nursing homes).  You could potentially do this with a friend or your spouse and extend the circle of relationships. Please prayerfully consider this need and call or e-mail the church office if you are willing to give it a try.  (618-344-3151)

Meals for Moms - Having a baby or know someone at church who is having one? The Good Shepherd Life Team would love to serve Mom and the family by providing a few meals. Either Mom or a friend can contact the church office to get meals delivered. If you would be interested if providing a meal, please contact the church office as well or contact Pam Meister – 618-799-9348.

International Campus Ministry at SIUE- Thank you so much for the household donations we have been receiving.  We have assisted 232 students this fall and spring. Through these contacts we had an opportunity to invite 15 to visit our congregations.  Four are regularly attending.  We are in need of bicycles for the coming warm season.  We also have a family that needs a meat grinder (someone might have it stored somewhere).  Thank you as you continue to bless the international students with your gifts. Bessie Fick, Coordinator, cell phone  515-230-9937

Life Quote from Lutherans for Life Pentecost IX – The world wants to discriminate between lives it finds worthy and ones it regards as undeserving. The coming of Christ Jesus has brought about something better – reconciliation that has dissolved all division and abolished hostility in God’s forgiveness and fellowship (Ephesians 2:14-17). His kingdom leaves neither need nor room for discounting anyone because of shade, shape, sex, age, income, education, or residence.

Issues, Etc.- LOOKING FORWARD TO SUNDAY MORNING… Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken.  You can listen to weekly studies of the Biblical texts, prayers and hymns of the day.  Pastor Sean Daenzer of LCMS Worship leads us through the three-year lectionary.  Pastor Will Weedon of “The Word of the Lord Endures Forever” leads us through the one-year lectionary.  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, the LPR mobile app, Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Apple HomePod, TuneIn or a podcast provider.

LCMS Foundation - To create the appropriate estate plan requires the use of your personal attorney. However, for some, that prospect creates anxiety. To take a first step toward working with your attorney, it is essential that you have specific goals about what you want to accomplish, identifying some of the more difficult issues associated with your plan. Your LCMS Foundation Gift Planning Counselor can help you think about these goals for working with your attorney. Contact Scott Radden at (618) 977-4049 or for more information or to start your plan.

Gather your friends and family and join A Beacon of Light (ABL) Pregnancy Help Center on Thursday, July 25, 2024 at La Casa Mexicana in Edwardsville. Enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner between the hours of 11am and 9pm on this date and 15% of all proceeds will be donated to ABL. There is no flyer needed!  Call our office at 618-855-9774 for more information.

We have many on-going Volunteer Opportunities. Check out our Volunteer page to see how you can get involved!

Altar Flowers – in Honor of Mike and Susan Kober's 20th Anniversary

Attendance last weekend was 367 with 304 Communing. The offering was: General Fund $13,353 Specials $1,645, Total $14,998

Thanks to those who serve this week:

Usher Team:(5:30) D. Ulkus  (8:00) C. Engeling (10:30) W. Curtis
Altar Guild: (5:30) Chris & Marcy Ford (8:00 ) Paul & Lynn Lauber (10:30) Janice Wilson
Greeter: (8:00) Jeanne Lomax (10:30) Ken & Donna Bunton

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Prayer List 

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Nancy Schilbe, in hospital with pancreatic problems (July 21, 2024)

Robert Montgomery, Mitzi Montgomery's son, is hospitalized (July, 18, 2024)

For the family of Anita Hischke, Asleep in Jesus (July 18, 2024)

Joe Heet, friend of Mike Landwehr, who was recently diagnosed with cancer (July 14, 2024)

Melinda Engeling, Member, Ankle Surgery (July 14, 2024)

Margie Maul, sister of Marcy Hawk, breast cancer (June 26, 2024)

Rita Schrader, Relative of Donna Kober, on hospice care (Jun 23, 2024)

Don Metzler Jr. - open heart surgery (June 14, 2024)

For the family of Shelly Rodgers whose dad, Chuck Zimmerman, went to be with the Lord (June 11, 2024)

For Kurt Mueller, family friend of Lela Anson, with cancer (June 7, 2024)

Jim Scaggs, friend of the Hawk Family, complications from a stroke (June 7, 2024)

Brian Rector cousin of Shelly Rodgers, difficult recovery from heart and kidney transplant (June 3, 2024)

Heather Bradtke Clark-leg surgery (June 1, 2024)

For the family of Laurine Mandeville,Asleep in Jesus (May 31, 2024)

Ron Montgomery, Mitzi Montgomery's son, is hospitalized (May 31, 2024)

Bev Ruger, Member, Spinal Surgery (June 2, 2024)

For the family of Pam Holten who passed away,mother of Jessica Smith (May 26, 2024)

Juliana Blasingame: Infant daughter of Ben & Kristen Blasingame virus causing croup & breathing issues (May 23, 2024)

Linda Endraske : Mother in law of Ben Blasingame, hospitalized with breathing problems (May 23, 2024)

Prayer of Thanksgiving for the safe birth of Rosalie Hinson, daughter of Morgan and Lucas Hinson and granddaughter of Brian and Shelly Rodgers (May 22, 2024)

For Rich Lapolice, son of Leora, very ill (May 26, 2024)

For Matt Pope, son-in-law of Larry and Becky Lemons (May 11, 2024)

For Owen Felts, nephew of Larry and Becky Lemons (May 11, 2024)

For the family of Harry Johnson, father of Lucy Thompson,  who passed away (May 10, 2024)

Nancy Schilbe, suffering from chronic pain (May 8, 2024)

For the Family of Dotty Kitley, Asleep in Jesus (May 3, 2024)

Mike Whitehead, shoulder surgery (May 1, 2024)

Bob Gnaegy,hospitalized (May 2, 2024)

For the birth of a baby to Kirsten and Dustin Walter (April 27, 2024)

For Dylan Bruns, nephew of Tony Bruns, Heart Transplant (April 25, 2024)

Thanksgiving for the birth of Chance Theodore Wirth to Emily and Billy Wirth (April 16, 2024)

For the Family of Nate and Wilhemina Roney whose grandmother, Dorothy Toth, passed away (April 18, 2024)

For JoAnn Metzler, going into rehab (April 9, 2024)

For Ed Beyer, back in the hospital (April 9, 2024)

Nancy Noascono, aunt to Karen Budnicki, health concerns (April 3, 2023)

Ruth France,hospitalized (March 27, 2024)

Paul Schilbe for healing from diverticulitis. (March 18, 2024)

Bev Friend having a cardiac ablation on March 26th (March 18, 2024)

Zaiah Ben, newborn son of Emmanuel and Joyce, in NICU. (March 11, 2024)

Kathryn Harms, mother of Karla Werre, accidental fall. (March 11, 2024)

Mary Ridinger, former member, in hospice care. (March 11, 2024)

Morgan Hinson, daughter of Shelly and Brian Rodgers, experiencing a complicated pregnancy. (March 7, 2024)

Prayer of thanksgiving for the birth of Iyla Lynn Wright, granddaughter of Tim and Pam Meister  (March 6, 2024)

Bill Jackson, Member, Hospitalized (March 6, 2024)

Beverly Ruger for her Spinal Cord test on Wednesday (March 4, 2024)

Amelia Hood,Hospitalized (March 1, 2024)

Tommy Cooper, Hospitalized (February 24, 2024)

Sue Buchanan, Hospitalized (February 24,2024)

For the family of Donald Koenig, Uncle of Terry Ritter, Asleep in Jesus (February 24, 2024)

Emily Bradtke, Member, Hospitalized (February 24, 2024)

Sue Dagley, Mother of Kylene Hoelscher, hospice care (February 23, 2024)

Richard Ruger, Member, hospitalized (February 6, 2024)

For the family of Theresa Hartmann, mother of Ron Hartman, who died recently (February 6, 2024)

For the family of Dennis Patterson, husband of Judy (former secretary at GSLS), who died of a massive heart attack (January 31, 2024)

For the family of Cheryl Metzler,Asleep in Jesus (January 29,2024)

James Clark, brother of Carolyn Ashcraft, hospitalized with a stroke (January 24,2024)

Rick Rujawitz, brother-in-law of Carol Hyatt, that will have prostate cancer surgery (January 24, 2024)

Ruth Clark,member,hospitalized (January 9, 2024)

Prayer of thanksgiving for a new daughter to Ben & Kristen Blasingame. Juliana Catherine Beth, born Tuesday, January 2nd. (January 8th, 2024)

Julie Holkenbrink,sister of Kay Jones, Asleep in Jesus (January 5, 2024)

For the Family of Josh Chapman, School Parent, Died in a car accident (December 9, 2023)

Debbie Wink,cousin of Robin Fritzsche.Asleep in Jesus (December 12, 2023)

Pastor Perry Copus (LCMS Pastor), cancer treatment (December 11, 2023)

For Linda Endraske, mother-in-law of Ben Blasingame, hospitalized (December 2, 2023)

Paul Sneath, neighbor of Carol & Steve Hyatt, Cancer treaments (November 27, 2023)

Todd Evers, member, health concerns (November 27, 2023)

JoAnn Metzler, member, hospitalized (November 27, 2023)

Jacob Brown, friend of Carlene Wirth,cancer (November 27, 2023)

For the Family of Elmer Burstadt,Asleep in Jesus (November 24, 2023)

Prayers of thanksgiving for the birth of Kevin & Deborah Wudtke's grand daughter Eloise Emma Wagenknecht (November 15, 2023)

Don and Joann Metzler - 67th Wedding Anniversary

Ann Goldsmith, member,hospitalized

Joann Higgins,sister of Kay Jones,stroke (November 12, 2023)

Norma Deist, grandmother to Carrie Beavers, passed away peacefully at Meridian Village on (October 27, 2023)

Shane Callahan, Friend of Will Martin, Car Accident (October 15, 2023)

Daryel Buesking, Friend of the Kruta Family, Healing and strength. (October 1, 2023)

Chase Whitworth, Infant Great Grandson of Tom and Kathy Whitworth (October 1, 2023)

Marshel and Nicky Brooks- friend of Doris Roedger,Difficult pregnancy (September 7, 2023)

Bob McQuality (father of Mandy Kitzmiller) hospitalized after emergency kidney surgery (September 7, 2023)

For the Sixtieth Wedding Anniversary of Ken and Kay Jones (August 27, 2023)

Marion Anson, Mother of Harry, Hospitalized (August 27, 2023)

John Ashcraft, Member, Hospitalized (August 27, 2023)

Robert Montgomery, Son of Ralph and Mitzie Montgomery, Hospitalized (August 27, 2023)

For the Birth of Miller James Zavalgia on Friday, August 25, 2023 to Brooke and Dom Zavalgia

For the Family of  Lala Schubert, mother of Christian Schubert, Asleep in Jesus (August 27, 2023)

For the Family of Ruby Shuman, Mother of Melinda Engeling, Asleep in Jesus (August 20, 2023)

For the Family of Margie Romanant, Asleep in Jesus (August 5, 2023)

Mike Ruger, member, surgery (August 13, 2023)

Ray Hoffman, Member, Surgery (August 6, 2023)

Terry Harris, friend of Carlene Wirth,Health Concerns ( August 3, 2023)

Burke Latch, Former Member, Cancer (July 9, 2023)

Diane Willgohs, Sister of Cheryl Whittmore, Broken Femur

Elaine Marmon, Surgery this week (June 11, 2023)

For Rachel Hischke, prayer for healing (June 5, 2023)

Pastor James Ritter, Upcoming Surgery (May 23, 2023)

Judy McQuality, Mother of Mandy Kitzmiller, Health and Comfort (March 19, 2023)

James Riddle, Member, Health Issues (March 10, 2023)

Pat Zimmerman, Family Friend of Burleigh & Marcy Hawk, Heart Issues (March 8, 2023)

Debra Downey, Mother of Ana Skosky, Colon Cancer (January 13, 2023)

Michael Stock,Lukemia (July 31, 2022)

Mark Robinson, Hospitalized (June 23, 2022)

Gary Whitehead, Member, Lymphoma (June 23, 2022)

Sarah Mastic, Granddaughter of Don and Jolie Boeger, Undergoing Treatment for Leukemia (May 26, 2022)

Judy Stock, Member, Cancer (January 20, 2022) 

Judy Rodden, M. of J. Wright – Leukemia, Hospitalized (December 4, 2021) 

John Morris, Grandfather of Debra Downing, Undergoing treatment for multiple Cancers

Wendy Brown, Friend of Ken & Kay Jones, Brain Tumors

Lydia Fenton, Granddaughter of J. Pries 


Note: We keep the families of those deceased on the prayer list for one year. All other prayer requests we keep on the list for one month unless you make a request for long term prayers. It is helpful to resubmit prayer requests with updates.