Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
1300 Beltline Road
Collinsville, Illinois  62234
(618) 344-3151

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Check this page frequently for the latest news and information about important upcoming events and activities at Good Shepherd.

Welcome to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church website.  We hope to make many additions and improvements as time passes.  We want this website to be interesting and useful for both members and non-members, so your suggestions are welcome.  Check back frequently to see what we are doing.  Please bear in mind that this is an amateur production and it is designed to be best viewed with Internet Explorer 5.0 and above.  Some pages do not look right and some things do not work correctly in Netscape.  We apologize to Netscape users for the inconvenience.  

Church Picnic - Click here to view a few photos from the 2007 Church Picnic.

Creation Evolution Bible Study - Click here to access this Bible Study led by Pastor Walther which examines the physical and Biblical evidence for creation and contrasts that with teachings about evolution.  All class materials, PowerPoint slides and audio are available.

A Simple Way to Pray - Click here to access this Bible Study by Pastor Walther in which you can listen to the class audio while viewing the PowerPoint presentation which was used in the class.

Mormonism Seminar - On January 28, 2007 Rocky and Helen Hulse, directors of the Nauvoo Christian Center, presented a seminar on Comparing Mormonism to Christianity at Good Shepherd.  Click here to access more information and links to audio of the two seminar sessions.

If You Would Like to Serve on the Good Shepherd 50th Anniversary Committee, please call the Church Office at 344-3151.

KFUO On the Road - On Wednesday, November 16, Good Shepherd was the host congregation for the KFUO Bible Study "On the Road." Click here for photos and more information.

Scholarship Applications can be submitted either by paper (forms in School &  Church Offices) or online at Factstuitionaid. There is a $20 application fee.  Click to see the "Scholarship Program" brochure for more information.

Adult Confirmation Class - A Journey of Faith - Click here for information about the Adult Confirmation Class which prepares a person to become a member of Good Shepherd.

Aerial Photos - View some large format, recent photographs of Good Shepherd Church and School taken from the air.

CDs of Sermons will be available the following week for pick up. The cost will be $2. Sign-up for this weekend’s sermon in the Narthex. Pick up CD next weekend at worship. Consider giving sermon CDs to family members or friends.

Dr. Alvin Kollmann - 50th Anniversary of Ordination - On Sunday, July 25, 2004 we  recognize Dr. Alvin Kollmann, first pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, as he celebrates the 50th Anniversary of his Ordination. Dr. Kollmann was called to be the first pastor of Good Shepherd in 1959 shortly after the congregation was formed. He served until elected President of the Southern Illinois District in 1979. Rev. Vic Kollmann, son of Dr. and Jackie Kollmann, will be our guest speaker.

Chaplain Ernest Wentzel – 50th Anniversary of Ordination - Chaplain Ernest F. Wentzel was born May 12, 1929, at Craigmyle, Alberta, Canada, the son of Rev. Karl F. and Magdalena Wentzel. He attended elementary school and high school in North Dakota. He attended Concordia Junior College in St. Paul, Minnesota and graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis in 1953 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Theological Diploma. In 1973 he received the Master of Arts degree from Ball State University.

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 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 and as a Vice President for the Lutheran Church Extension Fund in the Southern Illinois District.

Chaplain Wentzel is married to the former Shirley L. Solmonson of Estherville, Iowa. They have four children: Charles (Jana) and Ruth (Chip) of Collinsville, Peter and Paul (Trina) of Minneapolis.

Honduras Mission 2007 - On March 24 - 31, 2007, members of Good Shepherd joined with members of other churches under the sponsorship of World Gospel Outreach for a medical mission trip to Honduras.  Click here to read daily postings and view photos of the work and people.

Honduras Mission 2006 - From April 22 through April 29, 2006, a group from Good Shepherd  traveled to Tegucigalpa Honduras on a medical and evangelism trip coordinated through World Gospel Outreach.  Click here to read daily postings and view photos of the work and people. 

Sharpening the Saw: Ten Questions to Ask as a Christian Teacher - This presentation by Reed Lessing, Assistant Professor of Exegetical Theology, Concordia Seminary, explains effective means to teach and preach the Christian Faith.  Click here for audio of the presentation.

2004 Christmas Programs - Click here for some photos of the 2004 Children's Christmas Programs.

2005 Choir Song Service - We have audio from three songs that the Adult Choir sang at the May 22, 2005 Song Service.  Click here to go to the Audio Page.

Audio Sermons!  The weekly sermons are now available on this website through Real Audio.  Click on the link to go to the index page. 

Rev. Todd Wilken, host of Issues, Etc., lead a Bible Class based on the First Chapter of Romans and talked about the ministry of KFUO Radio on August 4, 2002.  Click here to listen to that class or you can access it through the link on the Audio page.

Good Shepherd Library is open. Located in the Conference Room in the lower level, the library contains books and videos for Christians. Stop by after services or during normal office hours 8-4 p.m. Sign-out for books on clipboard for one month.

Flight Tracker - Do you have a loved one who flies?  Do you wonder if they landed? Do you want to watch them fly across the United States? Have I got a web site for you! The Air Travel Center ( has a link to real time status of any flight in the United States. You can monitor the movement of the plane across the country. You can even see the airspeed and altitude of the plane. Storms are shown on the track map to indicate weather systems. For a fee you can be notified of the exact moment of arrival.

Other interesting features of this site include: current U.S. air traffic levels nationwide; flights over Europe tracked; airline timetables worldwide to find which airlines serve what airports; global weather; tracking of Space Shuttle flights, Hubble telescope and International Space Station; and view the earth from a multitude of satellites.

Hosanna Ministries  Would you like to listen to the Bible on tape or CD?  Hosanna ministries provides a number of different translations of the Bible on tape, CD, and Mp3 format.  This non-profit ministry also provides the Bible on tape in many different languages.  Proceeds from sales help to provide the Bible on tape to foreign mission fields.

Faith Petals  is a website by Jean Werth, GSLC member, which  provides insight and encouragement for today's Christian family.  It also offers coping mechanisms and hope for grieving families.

The Lutheran Witness magazine and the LCMS newspaper, The Reporter, or now available on-line at these links.  You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader for The Lutheran Witness.

Listen to ProfTalk.  This consists of 30 minute recordings of a weekly discussion group of Concordia Seminary professors in which they discuss issues confronting the church and the world. 

Similarities and Differences Between The Lutheran and Roman Catholic Churches:  This is an essay by Pastor Walther which examines this topic from the historical and spiritual perspective and shows how this relates to the question of our salvation. 

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