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From the Interim Pastor – September 2019

As you are hopefully aware by now, you will have opportunity to meet the candidate for call to be pastor of Good Shepherd at a Meet and Greet between services on September 8. The congregational meeting will take place after one worship service on September 15. My last Sunday as you Interim Pastor will also be September 8. I will formally begin my duties as Interim Pastor at Memorial Lutheran Church in Nevada, Iowa the following day, September 9. Everybody knows you need a pastor. But what do you need a pastor for? As you know, I preached on that[Continue Reading]

From the Interim Pastor – August 2019

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]


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]


On June 1, I’ll be entering my third month of my time with you as your Interim Pastor. The month of May was a busy month; we confirmed 7 young people, and we held services for Denis Tutten and Ken Holm. Britany Thorpe and I attended the Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly as well. There will be a couple of significant Sundays in June. On June 9, the church celebrates Pentecost Sunday and the gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church. On June 16, we will observe Trinity Sunday. I especially look forward to Trinity Sunday because I like to[Continue Reading]

Pastor Miller’s Letter – May 2019

 Members and Friends of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd,  I’m getting settled in at Good Shepherd, as much as an interim pastor should get settled in anywhere. My boxes are getting unpacked slowly. We’ve journeyed through Holy Week and Easter, and we now look ahead to the rest of spring!  If you are shut-in, please know that I will be making visitation a priority now that I’ve gotten my feet on the ground.  We will be confirming seven young people on Sunday, May 5. I’m honored to be presiding at the service of Affirmation of Baptism for them. [Continue Reading]

Pastor’s message – January 2019

THE PASTOR’S COLUMN SOME PARTING WORDS FROM PASTOR CHET  Over these last 22 years, which includes 264 months, I have communicated with you on the front page of our monthly Newsletter.  My objective in so doing has been twofold: Providing insights on theology and biblical interpretation Make announcements regarding the ongoing activities in the life of our church. As this is my final column, I will engage in some personal comments.  The year 2018 has been a difficult year for our family.  The first half of the year we provided care at home as Cheryl experienced a debilitating disease.  On[Continue Reading]

Pastor’s letter – December 2018

PREPARING FOR ADVENT/CHRISTMAS  The season of Advent is those four Sundays prior to the celebration of Christmas.  The first and fourth Advent Sundays are about Christ’s coming in power.  The second and third Advent Sundays focus on the heart and wills of the people.  The Advent season highlights that Christ surrounds the people of God past, present and future.  God in Christ is what works in this exciting season. The future coming of Christ is central to the gospel reading for the first Sunday of Advent.  Jesus cautions his followers to be “alert” because redemption is drawing near.  John the[Continue Reading]

PASTOR’S MESSAGE – October 2018

STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY IS OCTOBER 21st  During the month of October all across the state of Iowa, our farmers are busily engaged in harvesting a bounty of crops.  For their labor over these last months, the farmer is thankful for another growing season of rain and sunshine, fertile soil and productive seeds.  In the life of our church, we are also thankful for the abundance of blessings in each of our lives and are continually asked to consider how to respond to God’s generous blessings. Stewardship is an ethic that embodies the responsibility of planning and the management of resources. The[Continue Reading]

Pastor’s letter – July 2018

STRENGTH IN WEAKNESS  The prophet Isaiah writes as follows: “Have you not known?  Have you not heard?  The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He does not faint or grow weary.”  Isaiah 40:28  This is a wonderful proclamation concerning God—He does not faint or grow weary.  This seems mad to reason.  But the prophet is depicting God in terms of our senses, as if he were saying:  “We get tired and are worn out by Satan’s plotting and cunning tricks.  But we have a God who does not get tired.  He will set[Continue Reading]