July 2019

Effective communication is essential to a good relationship. Good communication in life can be tricky to get right, yet extremely important whether with loved ones, work colleagues, friends, even neighbors. All church members need good communication skills. Most of us were not fortunate enough to take...

Finding ways to support community organizations In the Book of Acts, the apostles moved from house to house to proclaim the Good News. Eli Martinez described the founding of the Iglesia Pentecostal La Gran Comision Madison campus similarly. The church is based in Milwaukee, but a few...

Practicing hospitality through actions and words For the past two years, a task force of concerned Good Shepherd members has been prayerfully working through the Reconciling in Christ process as laid out by Reconciling Works. I am humbled and grateful for the results of this slow...

This month, we’re saying Godspeed to Lynne Kroger as she transitions into retirement. Lynne has been a part of Good Shepherd for the past 50 years as a member, the pastor’s assistant and has founded PrimeTimers, the Widowers Fellowship Group, and grief classes. She’s been at...

Planning responsibly for after our passing As Christians, we are charged with the responsibility of being good stewards of the resources that have been bestowed upon us. An important aspect of that responsibility is planning for the orderly disposition of our remaining assets at the end...

Expanded Polystyrene (commonly called Styrofoam, though the latter is a distinct product) is a very common and useful substance: it insulates nicely, absorbs shock well, can be formed into almost any shape, and remains sturdy and durable. EPS is also cheap to manufacture and will...

Persistence in prayer evoked the admiration of Jesus and wins the attention of the Lord when Abraham intercedes for Sodom. The life of the baptized—to be rooted and built up in Christ Jesus the Lord—is to be rooted in prayer. God hears and answers prayer...

Perhaps the church, at its best, is “all ears.” Almighty God urges the faithful, again and again, to “listen up!”—to heed the word from above. So it was with Abraham and Sarah, with Mary and Martha, and the early church at Colossae. So it is...

An Invitation Consider. That’s the word that stuck with me as I read and re-read Jesus’ words in our Creation Sunday gospel (Luke 12: 22-31). CONSIDER, Jesus says. Consider. Consider is a word that invites us to pause, to think about, to notice something. What a...

To love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind is to reflect God’s mercy in responding to one’s neighbor. That mercy found its most profound expression in the “gospel that has come to you”—namely the life, death, and resurrection of...

Fourteenth Biennial Convention of the South Central Wisconsin Synodical Women’s Organization September 21, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The one day convention encourages members to pray, find peace and joy through workshops, worship, and fellowship, and be bold in our witness when answering the call....