Good Shepherd Lutheran Church - Collinsville, Illinois

The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod

8:00 & 10:30 (9:15 SS & Bible Class), Sat. 5:30 1300 Belt Line Road

M. Walther & P. Hemenway Pastors; R. Mayhew, Principal

618-344-3151 (Church) 618-344-3153 (School)

Third Sunday After Christmas January 9, 2011

We Praise God For Your Presence. We also pray that your worship will be uplifting and inspiring. If you have any questions, please ask one of the ushers. Restless little ones may be held in the entryway or taken to the Nursery (three years and younger) available during the 8:00 & 10:30 services and during Bible class at 9:15 a.m.

Bible Class Today The Church From A.D. 500 to 1500 (Seminarian John Schultz) 8th Gr. Classroom; The Creator’s Story "Save the Earth!" "Save the Whales!" (Seminarian Jon Kern) School Library; Marriage By God's Design (Pastor Hemenway) Fellowship Hall. Book of Matthew off today, will resume Jan. 16.

Attendance last week was 715 with 534 Communing and 92 in Bible Class and 102 in SS. The offering was: General Fund $19,817. Specials $325. Total $20,142. New Year’s Eve Service Attendance was 153 with 129 Communing. The offering was: General Fund $17,913. Specials $993 including $60.00 In Memory of Lavonne Coffman. Total $18,906.

Altar Flowers In Honor of Kate and Ellie Martin’s Birthday from their parents.

The Week Ahead

Today 11:45 a.m. Crossroads Potluck

Mon 6:30 a.m. Men’s Bible Study

1:00 p.m. Bible Study

7:00 p.m. Christian Day School

7:00 p.m. Congregational Life

Tue 6:30 p.m. Handbell Choir

7:00 p.m. Bible History/Catech Wed 8:45 a.m. Wed. Woman

7:00 p.m. 3G Sr. High Youth at

Megan’s House

7:00 p.m. Women’s Ministry Mtg.

Thur 8:30 a.m. Quilting

6:00 p.m. Career Ministry

7:00 p.m. Church Property

7:00 p.m. Adult Confirmation

Fri 8:30 a.m. Mom to Mom (M2M)

8:45 a.m. MOPS Steering


Women’s Retreat Camp


Sat 3:00 p.m. Financial Peace

4:00 p.m. Confirmation Class

5:30 p.m. Holy Communion

Sr. High Ski Trip

Women’s Retreat Camp


Sun 8:00 a.m. Holy Communion

9:15 a.m. S/S & Bible Class

10:30 a.m. Holy Communion

6:00 p.m. 5/6 Gr. Youth Mini-


Sr. High Ski Trip


















Fourth Quarter Giving Statements are on the tables in the Narthex. Please call the Church Office 344-3151 with any corrections or questions by January 17.

Prayer List

Marie Herdes, Sis of Kay Jones - Cancer

Cheryl Metzler, Dau of D & J Metzler - Cancer

Sharon Brayar, Frd of Julie Wrigley - Cancer

Manny Brunsch, Member - Cancer

Sandy Riley, Frd of Chris Kovach - Cancer

Michelle White, Frd of J Moeller - Cancer

Paul George, Fd of F. Moretti

Ann Skelton, D of J & M Ridinger - Dyalsis

Jessica Biggs, N of B. Riddle - Kidney Transplant

Rick Lewis, Rel of F. Provaznik - Cancer

Jean Musbach, M of Mary Gray - Alzheimers

Mildred Calza, M of J. Fischer - Dementia

Mike Sparks, Bone Cancer

Fred Ostermeier, B in L of K. & K. Jones - Cancer.

Robert O'Neill, Mem. - Cancer

Sarah Frey, Mem - Tests

Mackenzie Opitz, G D of L. & B. Lemons - Heart Problems

Angelo Zavaglia, Fd of Ed Kovach - Heart Complications

Robert Glenn, B of B. Coyne - Cancer

Linda Olsson, G M of M. & A. Olsson (School Students) - Cancer

Michael White, Fd of D. & R. Rankin - Cancer

Shelby Tottleben, S in L of J. Tottleben - Cancer

Rhianne Zimmerman, Fd of B & S Rodgers - Rehabilitation

Cheryl Chandler, Fd of L. Anson - Cancer

Fred Spurlin, Br of K. Hanke - Cancer

Kathy Tiemann, Mem - Cancer

Gina Gonet, Fd of B. & J. Wilson - Cancer

Doris Crowell, M of Tamara Lindsey - Cancer

Tracy Field, Fd of M. Hawk

Mary Burns, stpmthr of A. McCandless

Michelle S., Fd of D. & M.A. Brelje - Cancer

Melissa Burlison, Fd of A. Graney - Cancer

Mason Andrew Taylor - Surgery, 9/29/10

Danielle LeChance, S-in-law of J. & B. Martin, Cancer

Mary Ann White, M of S. Kober - Cancer

Ann Eckert

LaDonna Haufler, S-in-law of M. & J. Wudtke - 2nd Hip replacement (same hip)

Melodie Counton, Fr of B. & J. Wilson - Bone Cancer

Harry Anson, Sr., F of H. Anson - Recuperating from Heart Procedure

Mike Daniels, Mem - Recuperating

Billy Combs, B-in-law of O. Smith - Cancer

Ava Guerra, Mem - Lung Problems

Steve Hock, Fr of F. & I. Moretti - Cancer

Carol Wells, Sis of C. Wesemann - Cancer

Eileen Malcharek, M of P. Malcharek

Mary Jane Ungerott, Fr of F. & I. Moretti - Surgery

MaryAnn Sengele, Mem - Ankle Surgery

Stephanie Gray, D-in-law of J. & M.Gray - Lymphoma

Brian Kruger, Neph of D & J Pries - Cancer

Coleen McAdamis, Neice of E. Hartke - Loss of Husband

Ralph Ridgeway, F of D. Ridgeway - Ling Cancer

Danny McFall, Fr of P. Meister - Heart Surgery

Marilyn Marks, Mem - Tests

Ed Beyer, Mem - Infection

Vickie Ridgeway, Mem. - Cancer

Dolores Oberto, M of D. Collins - Knee Surgery

Paul Sij, Mem - Surgery

Barb Edmonds, Mem - Back Surgery

Jeanette Simpson, Mem - Hip Surgery

Scott Noe, S of Donald Noe - Iraq

Jimmie Diekemper, Fd of D. Ulkus - Iraq

Jason Schlechte, S of H & D Schlechte - Afghanistan

For the family of Delores Thayer, Aunt of Terri Ritter, who died this past week.

For the family of Esther Wesson, Mother of Mark Wesson, who died this past week.

Please send Prayer Requests to or call 618-344-3151

Thanks to Those Who Served: Organists: Chris Loemker; Usher Team: (5:30) D. Ulkus (8:00) D. Wolf (10:30 K. Splaingard; Worship Assistants: (5:30) J. Ovalle (8:00) C. Kozak & J. Chastain (10:30) A. Mefford & A. Bird; Greeters (5:30) Dale & Mary Ann Brelje (8:00) Bill & Ruth Petersen (10:30) Mitzi Montgomery & Ruth Thompson
Michael Walther, Pastor

Paul Hemenway, Associate Pastor

Robert Mayhew, Principal

Marty Hoffman, Parish Administrator

Megan Loomis, Youth Director

Jeanette Simpson, Church Secretary

Carlene Whitehead, Asst. Church Secretary

Chris Loemker, Music Director

Carol Walther, Wo/Children’s Ministry

Lynn Cook, Parish Nurse

Jeff Baker, Chrm of the Cong.

Paul Lauber, Chrm Elders

Eric Robinson, Chrm Dayschool

Bruce Cross, Chrm Outreach

Bob Jones, Chrm Property

Doug Ruckman, Chrm Finance

Kathy Bohnet, Chrm Cong Life

Cindy Pulvirenti, Chrm Personnel

Mary Jane Wade, Secretary























































New Bible Studies for a New Year

Regular Bible study is one of the spiritually healthiest things a Christian can do. Consider these new studies beginning this Sunday, January 9.

The Church From A.D. 500 to 1500 We’ll see what errors and heresies crept into the church, the controversies that fractured it, the historical rise and role of Islam, the role of the popes, the Crusade era, and review events leading up to the Reformation era. This will be a great study to see how God preserves and provides for His church throughout history. (Seminarian John Schultz)

The Creator’s Story "Save the Earth!" "Save the Whales!" We see these and other slogans on t-shirts, bumper stickers, and throughout the media.  Should Christians pay these slogans any attention or just write them off as the latest fad or movement?  Over the next six weeks, we will look at how Christians have the unique opportunity to show how to live within creation as creatures, who, together with all creatures, are part of a Creator's story. (Seminarian Jon Kern)

Marriage By God's Design Marriage by God’s Design is a unique resource that mines the riches of Bible texts speaking to God’s holy institution of marriage. Through thought-provoking questions and explanations of Greek and Hebrew terms, participants will explore, learn, and grow in their appreciation of Christian marriage. Video vignettes of real couples and singles will foster meaningful and fruitful discussions about the challenges and joys of married—and single—living. (Pastor Hemenway)

Hebrew Words of Wisdom This is not a language learning class. Instead we will look at key spiritual concepts captured by important Hebrew words. For example, we will learn the principles of chesed (mercy), hagah (meditation), nacham (comfort), simchah (joy) tzidaka (righteousness) and others. We will study both the root meanings of the words and the way they are used in various Biblical accounts. This class starts next Sunday, January 16. (Pastor Walther)

Adult Confirmation

Adult Confirmation classes begin on Thursday, January 13th at 7:00 p.m. Come join us as we go over all the basic teachings of Scripture. Those who complete the class are invited to become members. Babysitting is provided.


Pledges will be dedicated Sunday, January 9th. We have received the following commitments:

30 weekly pledges of $2,123.00 x 52 weeks = $110,396.00

18 monthly pledges of 4755.00 x 12 months = $57,060.00

2 annual pledges of $13,700.00

3 pledges of 10%

4 pledges to be kept private

Thanks to everyone for these pledges. Please prayerfully consider your financial stewardship pledge for this new year.

Watch for a Brand New Good Shepherd Website coming in January!

Monday Men’s Bible Study (6:30 a.m. in the Conference Room) we will be studying the Augsburg Confession.

Installation of Officers today, January 9 in the 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. services.

Paul Lauber – Elders Kathy Bohnet – Cong. Life

Bruce Cross – Christian Outreach Bill Winter – MELHS Rep.

Mary Jane Wade – Secretary Mike Schneider – MELHS Rep.

Cindy Pulvirenti - Personnel

Poinsettia's may be picked up after worship services.

A Master Plan Meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m. All are invited to attend.

New Years Makeover!!!! Did you know that 95% of all New Year’s Resolutions are squashed within two weeks?  Learn how to increase your energy, prevent sickness, decrease dependence on medications and most importantly learn ways to maximize your God-given health potential. Our bodies and our health are an amazing gift from God, what we chose to do with it is up to us….Join us January 15th from 9 a.m.-12 for this truly life changing event! To register and for more details call the church office or 618.655.0333.

Saturday Morning Women’s Bible Study Discover God’s Divine Design: You! Ladies, are you looking for a makeover? How about a spiritual makeover? Join the adventure beginning Jan 22 at 8:30 a.m. in the church Conference Room. We will be using the book "Divine Design" by Sharla Fritz. There are a limited number of books available in the church office for $12. This 8 week study will meet Jan 22, Jan 29, Feb 5, Feb 12, Feb 26, March 5, March 19, and March 26.

Portals of Prayer for Jan. – Mar. are available in the Narthex tract rack.

A Special Opportunity to Serve – We are looking for individuals, couples & families interested in preparing the elements for Holy Communion. If you would like to know more about how you might help, call the Church Office at 344-3151 or email

Grandparents, Special Friends And Everyone Else! On January 9th and 16th you will have an opportunity to benefit your special student(s), as well as Good Shepherd Lutheran School, by contributing to the Change Drive. Each class, K thru 8, will have a water bottle displayed in the connecting hallway, ready to receive change to help their class win special prizes and/or privileges. Join in the fun and drop some change in the bottles. The kids and the school will really appreciate your participation!

Women’s Retreat – Take time Jan. 14 and 15 to get away from your hurried and harried lifestyle and spend some time with fellow sisters in Christ and with your Savior, Jesus Christ. Besides spending time in God’s Word, we will have the opportunity to work on crafts, play games, give manicures or any other activity you would like to bring along. The cost is $20. The registration form with more info can be found on the wall rack in the basement hallway. For more info please contact Carol Walther.

The Lutheran Study Bible is available from the church office at $35.00 each. See Marty Hoffman or call the church office at 344-3151.

Please Join Us At The Women’s Day of Renewal on Saturday, March 12, 2011 from 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The theme will be A Vacation with God. Our Keynote Speaker, Ruth N. Koch, is a frequent contributor to the LWML Quarterly and a weekly guest on KFUO’s Morning Show. The registration fee is now $30.00. After the registration deadline of February 27 the registration fee will be $35. Phyllis Wallace will present Cruise: Around Chaos with the One Who Calms the Seas! on Friday night, March 11, at a cost of $10. Brochures are available in the narthex or connecting hallway. For more information see the poster in the narthex or on the LWML bulletin board. Attend Friday only, Saturday only, or BOTH!

High School Ski Trip January 15-17 at Devil’s Head Ski Resort. Forms have been mailed. Costs range from $125-$200 depending whether you ski and how much. Please do not let money be a reason for not coming on the trip.  Contact Megan Loomis for more information.

Financial Peace University is back in January 2011! Classes start Jan. 15 at 3 p.m. and run for 13 weeks. Learn how to save money, live on a budget, communicate about money, eliminate debt, and experience the joy of giving. Cost for Good Shepherd members is $50; non-members $99. Free Babysitting provided. If you took a previous class and would like a refresher, please join us for free. Please sign up in the narthex or contact the Meisters!

No matter what the circumstances, grief recovery is a painful process. On Tuesday, January 18, 2011, at 6 p.m. we will begin a new session of GriefShare, a special weekly seminar & support group for people who are grieving the death of someone close to them. This group is sponsored by people who understand what you are experiencing & want to offer you comfort & encouragement during this difficult time. Please join us for the first session held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, in the Conference Room. It should last about 2 hours. There will be a $10.00 fee for the workbook. Scholarships are available upon request. For information or to register, please contact by emailing or phone the church secretary at 344-3151.

If you have a child 2 years or under, then the Parents and Tots Sunday School class is a great place for you! Come join us as we discuss God's Word and how it applies to our lives as parents. Children experience the joy of learning God's Word through activities and crafts, as well as prayers and songs.

Attention parents of Sunday School students: Yes, your child heard right... they need to bring a clean, white sock to Sunday School next weekend. Don't buy new, send us the old ones - the socks will not be returning in wearable form!

Lunch Bunch – On Jan 18 we will meet at 12:00 (noon) at Fazzi, 1813 Vandalia St. Please call Mary Preuss (288-9525) by Jan. 16 so we can make a reservation for you. Everyone is welcome to join in the fellowship as we support each other in our faith.

CROSSroads. Whether you're single and looking for other singles to hang out with, newly married and wanting to meet other couples without children, or a family interested in finding other families with kids the same age as yours... CROSSroads is for you! Come meet others from church who share your interests or are in a similar stage of life. Upcoming events: Jan. 9th - Potluck, pulled pork will be served. Jan. 21st - Bowling at Camelot Bowl. Feb. 13th - Potluck. Feb. 26th - Trivia Night for Unity School. Mar. 13th - Potluck with Identity Theft presentation. Mar. 25th - Pizza and a Movie.

Please Call the Church office at 344-3151 if you would like to sponsor the palms for a month in 2011. The cost is $40.00 per month. March, April, May, June, Oct. & December are spoken for.

2011 Flower Chart – The flower chart for 2011 is on the bulletin board. The cost for flowers is $30/vase. Please sign up at your convenience.

Please Pick Up dishes from past funeral meals, etc in the fellowship hall kitchen.

Trivia Night!  It's time to get your team together for the "Spring into Serving" trivia night!  February 26, 2011 at 6:30pm at Metro East Lutheran High School. $10 per person, 8 people per table. Registration forms are available in the narthex and should be returned to the church office.

Listen to Woman to Woman on KFUO AM 850 at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday with GSLC member Phyllis Wallace: (1/15/11) "Peace of Mind: Get It" by Debbie Holley. You can also catch the show on XM 170, Saturdays @ 12:30 Central time Listen online at

"Nothing" (Romans 8:38-39) – Listen to the Lutheran Hour today at 12:30 & 5:00 p.m. on KFUO AM 850. Guest Speaker: Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus.

OLD THEOLOGY, NEW TECHNOLOGY...Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show produced by Lutheran Public Radio and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken. Topics include: The Christian's Mission, Good Works, Lutheran Theosis, The Baptism of Jesus and more.  You can listen LIVE weekdays from 4-5 p.m. on KSIV, 1320 AM in St. Louis. You can also listen to what you want when you want at

Bottles for Life 2011- Please pick up a baby bottle in the back of church this weekend. Keep it the entire month of January, filling it with checks, bills, and coins. This will greatly support Mosaic Pregnancy & Health Centers as they reach out to women, men, and their unborn babies with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Making Abortion Unthinkable workshop at Concordia Seminary Saturday, January 29th. The workshop will strengthen and clarify understanding for those who attend, as well as equip them to speak more effectively and winsomely on behalf of the unborn. More info posted or visit

Collinsville Area Ministerial Association Martin Luther King Service at Mt Zion M B Church, 307 Goethe, Collinsville, Illinois January 17th at 6:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Avery Duff.

If You Are Looking for a worthwhile New Year’s resolution that you could keep, resolve to reach out to neighbors needing a helping hand.  Faith in Action makes that easy by connecting you with an individual who needs a ride to the doctor, help with a minor home repair, or a friendly voice on the phone.  You can ask for an assignment once a month, once a week, or even more often if you like.  Call Lori at 344-8080 to schedule an orientation.  You won’t be sorry. Watch the 7 minute video on our website (

"Are you smarter than a 5th grader...8th grader...high school student?  Come to the annual Music Department Trivia Contest at Lutheran High School on Friday, February 4 starting at 7:00 pm to find out!  Information posted.