Love in Action

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

1300 Belt Line Road Collinsville Illinois 62234

618-344-3151 (Church) 618-344-3153  (School) 618-344-3378 (Fax) Pastor Michael Walther    Pastor Peter Hoft   Vol. 26   No. 7 July 2003 


Ministry in the Armed Forces

On June 29th we honored one of our long-time members, Chaplain Ernest Wentzel, for his 50th anniversary in the Pastoral Ministry. Shortly after his ordination in 1953 he entered the United States Army Chaplaincy at Fort Benning, Georgia. For the next twenty years his overseas tours have included two years in England, one year in Germany, one year in Korea, one year in Vietnam, three months in the Dominican Republic, and three more years in Germany. In 1973 he returned to the U.S. where he served as Division Chaplain of the 3rd Infantry Division and Staff Chaplain of the 7th Signal Brigade. When Chaplain Wentzel completed his military service in 1973 he continued to serve his country and church through various programs in the Armed Forces Commission of the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod.

There are more than 200 Lutheran (LCMS) chaplains who minister to nearly 1.5 million young men and women on active duty in our Armed Forces. Chaplain Rodger R. Venzke, Director of LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces writes, "Theyíre enjoying a unique ministry thatís quite different from that of a civilian parish pastor. Although often physically demanding, the military chaplaincy offers tremendous opportunities for one-on-one ministry among our nationís youth. Itís one of the few ministries in which a pastor literally works, eats and sleeps alongside his parishioners." He continues, " Since the days of the Civil War, The Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod has recognized the unique opportunities to bring the comfort and assurance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those who serve in our nationís military. Like St. Peterís ministry to the Roman army officer, Cornelius, in Acts 10, the military chaplaincy is a ministry "outside the box." What a rewarding and far-reaching ministry it is!"

If you have ever thought about serving God as a military chaplain or would just like to learn more about this vocation you may visit this website on the internet.

Menís Morning Bible Study

Join us each Monday morning for menís Bible study from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. We are following the "Through the Bible" reading program which covers about 10 chapters of the Bible each week.

Good Shepherd Website

Have you looked at the Good Shepherd website located at Here you can find the electronic versions of the newsletters, news and information from the bulletins, sermons, Bible studies, and links to other good websites.People Singing

Vacation Bible School
July 7-11

Mark your calendars for VBS this summer. This is a great opportunity for kids to learn about Jesus in a fun and loving setting. There will be special music, Chapel services, Bible lessons, crafts, games, and of course Ė snacks!


Items Needed for VBS Mission Trip

During the week of July 14, a team from Good Shepherd will teach Vacation Bible School to children of the Cree nation in Sandy Lake, Ontario Canada. Please keep this mission effort in your prayers:

Pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to work in the hearts of the Cree children and that God would work through the children to witness to their families.

Ask God to guide the ongoing preparations for the VBS.

Pray for safety for the team as it drives up to Red Lake, Ontario and flies into Sandy Lake.

Following is a list of items that are needed for teaching VBS and for the team. All items should be dropped off no later than July 6.

Craft supplies: 1 roll of streamers (500 ft.) of each-red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, 2 hole-punchers, Construction paper-red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, purple, black, 200 small safety pins, cotton balls, 9 inch paper plates and small paper plates, clear contact paper, craft feathers, crayons, rulers

Food: Instant oatmeal, Cup of soup, Bags of tuna, Ramen noodles, Boxes of Macaroni and cheese, Tea bags, coffee bags, Plastic jars of peanut butter and jelly

Mission Guild for Lutheran Women

Good Shepherd will host Mission Guild at Noon on July 14. You need not be a member to attend. A free will offering is collected for the luncheon.

Pastor Walther will speak about his recent trip to Israel. Come and hear this informative, interesting talk. A short business meeting will follow.

Eye Glasses

Thank you for the continuing donations of eye glasses. Sixty-five pair were recently sent to Lutheran Hour Ministries to be distributed in foreign countries. Please also continue to save greeting cards for prison ministry and wrapped soap to be sent overseas by Lutheran World Relief. Your help with these projects is much appreciated.

Use the following schedule to read through the Bible in one year. Try to use a study Bible with a good introduction to each book. The Concordia Study Bible is available for purchase in the Church Office. The cost is $30.


Through The Bible In A Year

July Scripture Readings

Sunday Readings


Deut. 32:1-4

1 Samuel 28-31


July 6
Pentecost 4
2 Cor. 5.1-10
Mark 4.26-34


July 13
Pentecost 5
2 Cor. 5.14-21
Mark 4.35-41


July 20
Pentecost 6
2 Cor 8.1-14
Mark 5.21-34


July 27
Pentecost 7
2 Cor 12.7-10
Mark 6.1-6


And on the Sabbath He began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying ďWhere did this man get such things?Ē
Mark 6.2


Psalm 28

2 Samuel 1-3


Psalm 29

2 Samuel 4-6


Psalm 30

2 Samuel 7-9


Psalm 31

2 Samuel 10-12


Psalm 32

2 Samuel 13-15


Psalm 33

2 Samuel 16-18


Psalm 34

2 Samuel 19-21


Psalm 35

2 Samuel 22-24


Psalm 36

1 Kings 1-2


Psalm 37

1 Kings 3-6


Psalm 38

1 Kings 7-8


Psalm 39

1 Kings 9-11


Psalm 40

1 Kings 12-14


Psalm 41

1 Kings 15-17


Psalm 42

1 Kings 18-20


Psalm 43

1 Kings 21-22


Psalm 44

2 Kings 1-3


Psalm 45

2 Kings 4-6


Psalm 46

2 Kings 7-9


Psalm 47

2 Kings 10-12


Psalm 58

2 Kings 13-15


Psalm 59

2 Kings 16-18


Psalm 50

2 Kings 19-22


Psalm 51

2 Kings 23-25


Psalm 52

1 Chronicles 1-5


Psalm 53

1 Chronicles 6-10


Psalm 54

1 Chronicles 11-15


Psalm 55

1 Chronicles 16-20


Psalm 56

1 Chronicles 21-25


Deut. 32:1-4

1 Chronicles 26-29


Lutheran Womenís Missionary League

July Meeting - July 17th, 7:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall - "So What Happened at the National Convention??" ..........Come and find out! There were several members who attended the Convention this year, and they want to share the "happenings" with not only members, but all women of the church. They have put together a slide presentation showing their participation in many of the events. They also want to pass along the plans being made to carry out HIS work in the coming year....and share with each of us the spiritual uplifting they received as a part of this group of Christian women who gathered to praise GOD. (The presentation will last approximately one hour....and there will be no refreshments.)

Let us Hear From You - Planning will begin soon on our own LWML meeting programs for the 2004-2005 year. Please prayerfully consider what you would like to have included.....even if it is something we have done before.....and pass these ideas along to either Terri Blasingame or Mary Jane Wade.

August Preview - We are blessed to have Quinten Nuttmann, Seminarian, to lead a Bible Study at our August 7th meeting. Hostesses are: Karen Rust, Lucy Thompson and Sue Peterson. Carolyn Ashcraft will give the opening devotion, and Donna Kober the Mite Box devotion. You won't want to miss Quinten's plan to come, and bring a friend!


SymbolWhat is "Simply Giving"?

A Program by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans

"Simply Giving" is an automated giving program designed to help conveniently and consistently giving to Good Shepherd's general fund through a preauthorized transfer from your bank account directly to Good Shepherd's bank account.

Especially during the summer months our level of giving traditionally drops off. "Simply Giving" helps keep up giving through this time of travel, vacation and other activities.

"Simply Giving" applications are available in the Narthex and in the Church Office. If you have questions please contact Parish Administrator, Marty Hoffman in the Church Office 344-3151.


"God's Stewards Are Uniquely Singular, Yet Profoundly Plural" is the fourth of eight Biblical Stewardship Principles currently in use in The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod. What does this principle mean? It means that God's stewards recognize that their lives are not solo performances but are personal responses to God, lived out within the community of faith to benefit the whole world.

Some stewards like to think that whatever they do, whether it's the giving of money, time, or energy, is just between them and their Lord. Maturing stewards know better. Maturing stewards recognize that what they do is a personal response to God, but it's more than that. It is living out the Christian faith within a community of believers to benefit others, including those who are not part of that community of believers. Therefore, maturing stewards are willing to generously contribute their money, time and energy to their congregations and the communities where they live, work and play. With St. Paul (Romans 12:4-5) they affirm that "just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others."

Special Thanks

Among the many responsibilities of the Board of Church Property is the maintenance of the church and school grounds. Each year it takes a lot of hard work by a lot of faithful members to keep the lawn, flowers, shrubs, and trees in tip-top shape. Although these people work diligently in the background, we would like to say a "special thanks" to this year's volunteers for helping to make our church a beautiful place of worship.

Archie Schoenbeck             Don Brune  
Cliff Meissner                      Fritz Mirly
Mike Scaggs                       Jim Taylor
Fred Schmedeman              Harold Ulkus
Shirley Wentzel

There are others who also give of their time to help out with the gardening and grounds keeping as the need arises, and to those members we also express our gratitude.

If others in the church would like to be included on this volunteer list, please call either Archie Schoenbeck at 288-6373 or Jerry Wudtke (Chairman Board of Church Property) at 345-0338.

Official Acts

Baptisms (children): Anna Elise Hendricks, 5/24; Tyler Jacob Klaustermeier, 6/22

Received Through Transfer: Gina Kalika from Trinity, Edwardsville, IL; James, Pamela & Matt Parker from St. Paul, Troy, IL; Scott, Tiffani & Braden Dyer from Our Redeemer, Carrollton, IL; Mark & Kristy Bridges from Grace, Fairbury, NE

Marriages: Jeffery Allen Cain and Rita Ione Roedger

Souls: 1,660 Comm.: 1,302



Vacation Bible School Date: July 7-11                         Hours: 8:30 - 10:30 AM Monday - Friday


_____I will be a teacher                                                                         _____I can play piano or organ

_____I wish to serve as a teacher's helper                                              _____I will assist with enrolling

_____I will help with refreshments                                                          _____I will assist with transportation

_____I will help with crafts                                                                     _____I am willing to babysit

_____I will donate $_____to defray expenses                                        _____I will donate Kool-aide, juice, cookies, etc.



NAME                                                                                   AGE                  GRADE COMPLETED THIS SPRING

1. ________________________________________            ____               ___________________________________

2. ________________________________________            ____               ___________________________________

3. ________________________________________            ____               ___________________________________

Parent's Name:______________________________                     Address:__________________________________

Work or Emergency Phone:____________________                      Home Phone:_______________________________

Family Church:______________________________                     To be brought by:___________________________

Note: A suggested donation of $10 to cover the cost of materials will help to support the Vacation Bible School program for everyone.

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