I have come to think of pastoral transitions in stages. The first stage is when the pastor announces that he or she is leaving, and the congregation makes preparations to say goodbye. The second stage is self-study, where the congregation reflects on its identity and mission. The second stage in ELCA congregations ends with the submission of the Ministry Site Profile. The third stage is the actual search for new pastoral leadership. That is the stage LCGS is in now. Then comes the final stage, where a call is issued, and a new pastor is welcomed into the life of[Continue Reading]
As I write this we here in Des Moines and elsewhere in Iowa are looking forward to the State Fair. Higher temps are always anticipated for those days. But forecast to currently come in next few days is high heat with a possible high temp here in Des Moines of 102 degrees. Wow! A newscast reported the last time Iowa temps hit that high was the summer of 1936. Would you believe? I remember! I don’t recall anyone, regardless of income, having even one fan in their homes. I am going to assume, perhaps in[Continue Reading]
SYMPATHY to Dick Schaffer and family at the death of his son, John, who died on Sunday, June 16th. Please keep the family in your prayers.
The Worship and Music committee has designated Sunday, July 28th as Hymn Sing Sunday where YOU suggest your favorite hymns and the committee will select the most requested hymns. Let’s see how many we can sing at this service! There will be no communion as Pastor Duane will be away on that Sunday.
Retirements: Craig Gesme is retiring as our Financial Secretary after many years of faithful service. Phyllis Hollinrake is retiring from the organ and piano bench after many years. THANK YOU BOTH FOR YOUR DEDICATED SERVICE TO GOOD SHEPHERD. Thanks to all who sent me cards for my BIG 90th birthday. I so appreciated it. I had a grand celebration with all five of my children and their families-grandchildren, greats and great great. Thanks again for remembering me. Sara Downs
SEMI-ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING SUNDAY, JUNE 23RD The following persons were elected to serve on the Council for the 2019-2020 year. Thank you! President Dennis Loll 1 year Vice-President Duane Thorpe 1 year Secretary Sue Tutten 1 year Treasurer Bob Frits 1 year Education Scott Decker 2 years Stewardship Joe Solem 2 years Evangelism Lew Olson 2 years Worship & Music Virgil Olson 2 years Plant & Property Ken Horner 2 years Shelley Wauters 1 year remaining
CHURCH SERVICES SUNDAYS JULY 7, 14, 21, & 28 8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. HYMN SING SUNDAY – JULY 28TH WEDNESDAY EVENINGS JULY 10, 17, 24 & 31 – WORSHIP 6:30 p.m. EACH WEDNESDAY – QUILTING 9:00 – 11:00 A.M. NEW QUILTERS ALWAYS WELCOME NO QUILTING – JULY 17TH AND JULY 24TH DES MOINES AREA RELIGIOUS COUNCIL FOOD PANTRY TRUCK – TUESDAY, JULY 2nd & 16th 9:30 – 11:30 A.M.
We waited so long for summer and suddenly it is well into the season. July 4th, Independence Day, comes on a Thursday this year so I would hazard a guess that some businesses may not be open on Friday or many will take it as a vacation day so they can have a four day weekend. Summer attendance at church services has been rather scant but it may really show on that weekend. At our services we will probably remember the day of our country’s independence and sing some appropriate songs. Many of us will celebrate by going on picnics,[Continue Reading]
A change to worship coming! Beginning on Sunday, July 7, we will resume the practice of sharing the peace of the Lord in our Sunday worship. The Sharing of the Peace was discontinued at Good Shepherd some time ago during a flu epidemic, when there was understandable concern about the spread of the virus. The main reason for sharing the peace is biblical. In Matthew 5:23-24, Jesus says “So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go, first be[Continue Reading]
I want to take this opportunity to thank the leaders and members of the congregation for the gift card, and the reception held in honor of the 40th Anniversary of my ordination into the Office of the Ministry of Word and Sacrament. The reception was held on June 30 between services. My actual date of ordination was July 1. It was so kind of you to honor me on this occasion, even though I haven’t been and won’t be here very long. Thank you for your support and expressions of gratitude for my ministry with and among you. In Christ,[Continue Reading]