Last Updated November 27, 2021

Our Sermon for the Saturday Service Will Be Available on Sunday at 8:00 a.m.

Our Video for the Sunday 10:30 a.m. Service will Be Available Live Stream on our Youtube Channel

Videos of past services are available on our website or Good Shepherd Collinsville app.

Parking Lot Listening Available for All Services - Tune to FM 88.3

Bulletin for Sunday, November 28, 2021

Scripture Readings for Sunday, November 28, 2021

Worship Opportunities at Good Shepherd 

Saturday 5:30 p.m. In-Person or Parking Lot
Saturday 5:30 p.m. Facebook Live Stream (Good Shepherd Collinsville)
Sunday 8:00 a.m. In-Person or Parking Lot
Sunday 8:00 a.m. Video (App or Website)
Sunday 10:30 a.m. In-Person or Parking Lot
Sunday 10:30 a.m. Facebook Live Stream (Good Shepherd Collinsville)
Wednesday 4:30 p.m. In-Person or Parking Lot
Wednesday 4:30 p.m. Facebook Live Stream (Good Shepherd Collinsville)
 Wednesday 7:00 p.m. In-Person or Parking Lot
Wednesday 7:00 p.m. Facebook Live Stream (Good Shepherd Collinsville)

We would really appreciate it if you would indicate your Attendance at worship either in person, car, or online. You can also add comments or questions about the service! Thanks!

Good Shepherd will be live streaming the worship services and Bible studies to our Youtube Channel as well as our Facebook Group. Please subscribe! 

Adult Bible Class this week will be taught by Pastor Walther, titled "The Bible on Trial."  This class will look at the evidence that shows how the Bible can be trusted. You can read more about the class here. It will begin at 9:15 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall in the Lower Level.

Senior High Sunday School will meet in the youth room for Bible Study based on the book "Echo," by Jonathan Fisk. Christianity is not a social club or self-help group. It is the truth that has radically changed humanity in every nation where it has been taught. Teachers Jason and Jen Batty will be leading the class.

The Junior High Bible Study will meet in the Church Library in the Lower Level at 9:15 a.m. Pastor Adle will be teaching about the Second Article of the Apostles' Creed.

Sunday School begins at 9:15 a.m. 
   -   Infants & Parents will meet in the Church Nursery, on the Lower Level of the Church.
   -   2’s & 3’s will meet in the smaller Cafeteria room adjacent to the School Cafeteria. 
   -   4’s & Kindergartners will meet in the Tracks area on the Lower Level of the School. 
   -   1st – 6th graders will meet in the School Cafeteria.

Good Shepherd Christmas Decorating - Join us on Monday, November 29 at 6:30 p.m. Any help would be appreciated. See Marty Hoffman with any questions. Thanks.

Upcoming Youth Event - Come Christmas caroling with us on December 5th at 3:00 p.m. (Don't worry, choir members are going to help us out!). After singing, we will come back to the church for supper.

Blood pressure will be taken in the connecting hallway on Sunday, December 5th following the 8 a.m. service.

Women’s Day of Renewal - Join us on Saturday, December 11th at 9:00 a.m. for a Christmas Hour with Donna Snow. Our topic will be “One Extraordinary Night,” based on Luke 2:8-14. Take a walk on a starry night to a field near Bethlehem where the shepherds were privileged to witness the miraculous event that God orchestrated to change the world forever. There is no registration or cost. An opportunity to make a donation or free will offering toward future events will be available. Only bottled water will be provided. Additional Information can be found here.

Please help us with your College Student's Address! If you or your child are attending college this year, please send us the name of their college or university and their email address, so that we can put them in contact with the nearest Lutheran Campus Ministry. Send the info to You can also use the attendance app. Thanks! 

Handbell Choir - Help to bring beautiful music to our worship services. Handbell choir practice on Tuesdays at 6:45 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. All are welcome, no experience necessary. Contact Cheryl Urban at or at 618-407-0867 for more information.

Lutheran Women in Mission (LWML) is celebrating the Advent season with our annual Christmas Party on Thursday, December 2. The Party begins at 6:00 p.m. with an Advent reflection, appetizers and fellowship. We’ll end the evening with carols, a skit, cookies and ice cream. Please join us in celebrating Jesus birthday! All ladies of the congregation are invited to learn the story of how the common candy cane tells us about Jesus’ love for us. (Members whose last names begin with A – P bring appetizers; those whose last names begin with Q-Z bring cookies.)

A Hat and Mitten Tree will be in the narthex from November 27 -December 12 .The Board of Congregational Life is collecting warm mittens, scarves and hats that will be distributed to local children through Collinsville Head Start and Collinsville Food Pantry.  There will also be a similar tree in the school entrance.  Thank you for being a part of this ministry!

Senior Adult Christmas Dinner - Please Join Us on Friday, December 10 at 11:00 a.m. for a delicious meal, holiday devotion, entertainment and fellowship with friends at the annual Senior Adult Christmas Dinner! Reservations are requested by Monday, December 6 and can be made by calling the church office at 618-344-3151, emailing, or signing up in the narthex or on the online form. Hope you can all join us!

Volunteers Are Needed to help provide a special Christmas celebration for guests at the Senior Adult Christmas Dinner on December 10. Help will be appreciated with decorating, food preparation, serving and clean-up. If you are able to help, please contact Pat Hoffmeier at 618-288-3684. Thanks!

Soup Suppers will be available between Advent services on the first three Wednesdays of Advent – December 1, 8 and 15. The suppers will be hosted by the Youth and LWML. Please join us for a light meal and fellowship before or after you go to church.

Christmas Caroling - Please join the youth  and adults for spreading some cheer on Sunday, December 5th. We will meet at church at 3 p.m. No skill is required. If there is someone you want on our list of stops please contact Jan Van Beek at 217-851-7417 or by December 1st. Please let Rosie (314-591-7313) or Jan Van Beek (217-851-7417) know if you plan to attend so we have enough copies of music and food. Light refreshments will be served back at church for all. After the event the Jr and Sr high youth will have their Christmas party. Please look for future information.

Help the Life Team give Home bound Members A Merry Christmas. Starting Saturday December 4th, you can pick up a Christmas bag, supplied by the Life Team with help from Thrivent, and deliver it to a homebound member.  Check the label for the name and address. Some are blank - these are for any home bound friend or relative you might know. Please take as many as you want to deliver. Thank you!

Support Good Shepherd Youth attending the 2022 LCMS Youth Gathering by enjoying Firehouse Subs on Tuesday, December 7th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Be sure to mention the fundraiser or provide one of the coupons and we’ll receive 20% of your total from Firehouse.

Purse/Wallet Drive - The Youth attending the National Gathering are gathering new or gently used purses and men’s/women’s wallets for an upcoming fundraiser. Please drop off your donations in the marked box in connecting hallway.

Mark the Date - Join us for “Everything Is Bigger in Texas” Trivia Night on Friday, January 21st  at Metro East Lutheran High School. This event will benefit youth from Good Shepherd and St. James attending “In All Things” the 2022 LCMS Youth Gathering in Houston Texas. Watch for additional registration information coming soon.

GriefShare is held on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the conference room. It can be started at any week. The next session is titled "HEAVEN". Come find encouragement and help. Call the church office at 618-344-3151 or email for information.

Beta Sigma Psi is offering a $3,000 scholarship given out to a Lutheran male freshman attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Fall 2022. There is no obligation to join Beta Sigma Psi or be related to a member of the fraternity to receive this award. Runner-ups may be eligible for $500. Our scholarship application may be found online at All applications are due March 5th, 2022. 

Please help protect underage girls from abortion!  Psalm 82:4 "Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” This October our state lawmakers are considering the repeal of the last Pro-Life Law remaining in Illinois. The Law, Parental Notification of Abortion (PNA), protects under-age victims of sexual trafficking, incest, and rape by informing a family member who can help. This gives parents the chance to support their daughters in choosing life before it’s too late! The law also helps girls receive adequate medical care by informing their family and support system. Please pray that our Lord Jesus Christ changes the hearts of our state lawmakers. It is essential that we contact our Illinois State Legislators and urge them to vote NO on the Repeal of Parental Notification of Abortion. Find and contact your Illinois Legislators by following these links: or 

Life Quote from Lutherans For Life - A human being’s dignity doesn’t come from her age, her appearance, or her abilities. Rather, “the Lord is our righteousness” (Jeremiah 33:16), as He creates, redeems, and calls worth and purpose into every life from fertilization to forever. Even those who have undergone abortions may know His salvation because He remembers not the sins of our youth (Psalm 25:3) for Jesus’ sake. Trusting Him, nobody has to feel ashamed about surprise pregnancy or terminal diagnosis (Psalm 25:3).

For those who have had an abortion...there is Word of Hope 888-217-8679

Employment Opportunity - Do you love being out in nature, working with children and being in a Christ-centered environment? If yes, then come work at Camp Wartburg located in Waterloo, IL! We are hiring for all seasons and would love to have you join us in our ministry. You must be 16 years old or older to apply. If interested please contact the Camp Manager John “Sparky” Hemenway at or call 618-939-7715 ext. 15

Unity Lutheran Christian Elementary School, East St. Louis is currently accepting applications for the part time position as Director of Development. This individual is responsible for promoting the Ministry of Unity Lutheran Christian Elementary School throughout the Southern Illinois District-LCMS and beyond.  Relationships are developed and maintained with congregations and their members as well as other organizations throughout the community, for the purpose of securing funds for the on-going support of the school.  The Director of Development applies the highest standards and practices of professional fundraising utilizing donor-centered methods. This is the perfect position for a recently retired Ordained or Commissioned Minister or lay person. Interested individuals should send resume to Rev. Aaron Dickerson at, or mail to 1600 North 40th Street East St. Louis, IL 62204. Please include a cover letter, resume, and references. Contact Rev. Dickerson for further details. 618-874-6605.

Issues, Etc. - This week’s topics include: The Advent Hymn “Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending,” Encouragement for Christians in World of Darkness, A Lutheran View of Transgenderism, The Socialist Attack on the Family, Jesus’ Transfiguration 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, the LPR mobile app and your favorite podcast provider.

LCMS Foundation - In a complex world, each of us need trusty advisers to lead us to proper decisions and actions. Your LCMS Foundation Gift Planning Counselor does not see you as a task, but as a brother or sister in Christ, with whom to grow in relationship so that the goals woven into the fabric of your soul can be expressed in plans that will be implemented someday, as you seek to honor God.  The peace and joy of a godly plan builds confidence that you have prepared well. Contact Scott Radden, Gift Planning Counselor at 618-977-4049 or for more information.

Christmas Poinsettias - Each Christmas we decorate the church with poinsettias donated by members giving in memory of or in honor of loved ones.  We will list the donations in our Christmas services. You are welcome to take the poinsettia home after our Christmas service or leave it for the rest of the season. If you would like to donate a poinsettia, please send your payment to the church office or drop it in the offering plate, and fill out the form in the announcements or online. The cost is $10.00 each. The deadline is Wednesday, December 15th.

Palms - In Memory of Rev. Dr. Gary Galen, From Sharon Galen and family

Altar Flowers – In Honor of Duane & Ruth Rankin's 66th Wedding Anniversary

Attendance last week was 364 with 297 Communing. The offering was: General Fund $15,532, Specials $917, including $295 In Memory of Rich Wallace, Total $16,449.

Thanks to those who serve this week:

    Usher Team: (5:30) D. Ulkus (8:00) M. Scaggs (10:30) J. Hartke

    Altar Guild: (5:30) Crossroads (8:00) Jeff & Terri Blasingame (10:30) Denise Brune

    Greeters: (8:00) Terri Blasingame (10:30) Mike & Susan Kober

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Health Policy Updated October 17, 2021

1.  We are very thankful that God continues to help us and protect us from disease.
2.  We encourage members to wear masks when social distancing is impossible (at home with friends, in automobiles, planes, etc.).  The Illinois Department of Health has stated that houses of worship are exempt from the face covering requirement. We encourage everyone to worship in person with or without a mask! 
3.  We will continue the FM Parking Lot broadcasts as well as the video livestreams. This is for anyone who has flu symptoms or for some reason just can’t attend in-person. This is not intended to be a substitute for in-person worship. The New Testament clearly calls us to gather together in person to worship, and we encourage everyone to worship in-person as much as is possible. 
4. Please talk to the pastors if you have any questions.



Prayer List

Ann Goldsmith, Member, Followup Surgery (November 27, 2021)

Jocelyn Bohnet, Daughter-in-Law of Kathy Bohnet, Surgery on November 22, 2021

Arthur Angelly, Father of Nikki Boyles, Hospitalized with Unknown Illness (November 15, 2021)

Brenda Tanksley, Sister of Carlene Wirth, Last stages of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (November 14, 2021)

For the birth of Madeleine Elaine Forden to Rachel and Ryan Forden (October 31, 2021)

Tommy Brewer, Moved from ICU to regular bed at DePaul Hospital 

Marin Poettker (3 yrs old), Asleep in Jesus, Friend of Shawn & DeAnn Schukar

For the family of Judy Trampe, Asleep in Jesus, October 21, 2021

For the family of Annabelle Turner, Asleep in Jesus October 19, 2021

Kathy Hanke, Former Member, Broken Leg

Family of Pastor Brian Homann, Son-In-Law of Marty and Pam Hoffman, Asleep in Jesus October 14

Healing for Gayle Stotts, sister of Cynthia Javurek, Lung Cancer

Debra Downey, Friend of John Skosky

Timothy Flynn, Former GSLS student, Accident, Barnes ICU

Family of Marcia Stralow, Asleep in Jesus September 1, 2021

Larry Leahy, Friend of Eddie Antonovich, Coma

For the family of Jack Bauer, brother of Carol Walther, Asleep in Jesus 

For the family of Toby Stephens DeLuca, Former Member, Asleep in Jesus

Frank Ganschinietz, Father of Emily Audrain, Health Issues

Nicholas Eckert, Nephew of Joe & Karla Werre, Testicular Cancer

Bill Kent, Friend of Bill and Elise Jackson, in ICU with COPD and tested positive for COVID

For the family of Michael Hill, Nephew of Preschool Teacher Mary Hill, Asleep in Jesus

David Oliver, Jr., Friend of Joanne Metzler, Esophageal Cancer

Thanksgiving for the birth of Theodore to Scott and Stephanie Green

For the Family of Annette Schulze, mother of Peg Rincker, Asleep in Jesus

For the Family of Chris Wolf, son of Del and Doris Wolf, Asleep in Jesus

For Duane Turner, Recuperating from a fall

For the Family of Gil Begemann, father of Pam Ramsey, Asleep in Jesus

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

For the Family of Mary Rodgers, mother of Brian, Asleep in Jesus, Wednesday, May 19, 2021

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

For the birth of Aniela Corrine Skosky, April 25, 2021, to Katie and Nathan Skosky

For the Family of Bob Teichgraeber, Asleep in Jesus March 8, 2021

For the Family of Susan Ciarrocchi, Sister-in-law of Dottie (Jones) Ciarrocchi, Asleep in Jesus March 10, 2021

For the family of Rose Teichgraeber, Asleep in Jesus February 22, 2021

Family of Connie Feddick, Sister of Burke Latch, Asleep in Jesus February 25, 2021

Karen Dall, Member, Continued Healing and Rehabilitation

For the family of Ed Goldsmith, age 54, who died of a heart attack on Thursday, son of Ron and Ann

For the family of Jim Scott, husband of Chris, Asleep in Jesus February 8, 2021

Family of Barb Burstadt, Asleep in Jesus February 3, 2021

Cindy Morris, Cousin of Nancy Schilbe, Cancer

Family of Shirley King, Sister of Richard Luebbert, Asleep in Jesus January 14, 2021

For the family of Blythe Leer, niece of Mary and Jim Kruta, died in a car accident

Family of Lorene Hart, Mother of Nancy Schilbe, Asleep in Jesus January 4, 2021 

Family of Rick Moore, Asleep in Jesus January 3, 2021

Family of Carolyn Blasingame, Step-Mother of Jeff and James, Asleep in Jesus December 25, 2020

Family of Blanche Macha, Member, Asleep in Jesus December 30, 2020

Heather Bell, Friend of Lela Anderson, Stage 4 Cancer

Joe Strieker, Friend of Ken and Kay Jones, Prostate Cancer

Wayne Kemp, Member, Prostate Cancer

Richard & Elaine Kruger, Br. & Sis-in-Law of J. Pries – Recurring Cancer

Judy Rodden, M. of J. Wright – Leukemia

Lydia Fenton, Gr. D. of J. Pries 

Gary Peludat, Br. of D. Peludat - Cancer

Mike Ruger, Mem. – Memory Loss