January 2021

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The Polar Plunge I’ve never done this myself, but I was there in person a few years ago, when several of our church pastors and staff took the plunge. The Polar Plunge. Into a giant hole cut in the ice of Lake Mendota, our church team...

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Our re-creation in baptism is an image of the Genesis creation, where the Spirit of God moved over the waters. Both Mark’s gospel and the story in Acts make clear that it is the Spirit’s movement that distinguishes Jesus’ baptism from John’s. The Spirit has...

Star of Wonder On December 21, the winter solstice, my book group took a sunset walk in the Dane County section of Pheasant Branch Conservancy.  We had a good hike in the warm winter evening.  Unfortunately, it was cloudy with drizzle, so like the rest of...

Gather with us Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. for a time of reflective worship. Come as you are - bring your worries, joys, hopes, fears, exhaustion- all of it is welcome. In song, prayer, silence, and scripture we’ll join together with one another and with creation...

Within the gospel reading’s profound words lies the simple message that God is revealed in a human person. Though we may try to understand how the Word existed with God from the beginning of time, the wonder we celebrate at Christmas is that the Word...

Get the latest edition of The Messenger The January 2021 issue of Good Shepherd's monthly newsletter "The Messenger" is now available to read online. Print copies have also been mailed out and should be arriving soon. Have a question or an idea for a future issue? Send...