October 2019

A Story from Cassie Kohrs In January of 2013, I found out that I had an incredible opportunity; I was chosen to intern with Josiah Venture, an organization based in central and Eastern Europe that brings the news of the Gospel to high school and university...

A Story from the Hanson Family My earliest memory of generosity was of a time when I was a little girl and I was with my maternal grandparents. I thought the world of them. To me, they exuded true love and kindness. We had been out...

A Story from Barb Friberg My grandparents were a big part of my youth.  My grandfather, Norman, was in the Navy in WWI, and on one of his voyages back to the States delivering the wounded, he met and married my grandmother, Anna, in Philadelphia.  Norman...

A Story from the Frei Family While having a generous spirit can be created in many different manners, I believe that creating a generous spirit in our children is a responsibility we all have as Christian parents. Looking back at my own parents, I saw in...

A Story from the Enslin Family A lasting lesson of generosity was taught to me by my friend’s family when we were children.  I remember being welcomed into their home to stay for dinner on weeknights, to join them on a trip out of town, to...

A Story from the Birschbach Family During June of 2019, I was travelling in Europe with one of my roommates. We paid for and planned the trip ourselves. It was to three countries: England, France and Italy. The entire trip was successful due to both the...

A Story from the Beggs Family I was fortunate enough to grow up with a generosity role model.  My grandfather, Richard Beggs Sr., was an extremely generous man in all aspects of the 3 T’s.  Time, Talent and Treasure!  His involvement in his church and his...

A Story from the Enstad Family I learned what it means to be generous in the cardboard home of a family in Juarez, Mexico.  I spent a week of one college summer with a team leading a day camp at a little Lutheran mission church in...

There's No Place Like Home Home. It’s a word that can elicit a vast array of emotions…And feelings… Memories of an idealized past… Home is where the heart is. A person’s home is their castle. Robert Frost once wrote, “Home is defined as the place where,...

Jesus said, “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things shall be yours as well.” (Matthew 6:33) It is common for people to give to the church from what is left over in their budget. Instead, we should give first to God....

Identifying Future Leaders at Good Shepherd Strong, engaged Lay Leadership at all levels of our Church is key. At Good Shepherd, we have the Nominating Committee to review candidates that are identified as possessing qualities for visionary and strategic church leadership at the Church Board level. Current...

A little faith goes a long way is our Lord’s point in the gospel. A mustard seed’s-worth has miraculous potential. The patience, tenacity, and endurance required for the life of faith are the blessings received in water and the word (holy baptism), bread and wine...

A Tale of Two Men Today we heard yet another of Jesus’ parables. (Luke 16:19-31) The title of this parable is The Rich Man and Lazarus.  First, we meet the rich man.  Here is a guy who dresses in purple, the color or royalty, and fine...