Obituary for Former Member, J. Gordon Christianson

The obituary for former Good Shepherd member J. Gordon Christianson (August 12, 1926-February 19, 2021) may be found at the link for the Ranfranz & Vine Funeral Home in Rochester, Minnesota.

Obituary for J. Gordon Christianson

“NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS” Donations Needed for Head Start

  • Families of seven immigrant children, ages 3 and 4, are unable to provide transportation for them to attend Head Start.

  • The Immigration Working Group of the Peace and Justice Center invites you to help with the children’s transportation costs via EARL through a donation to the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Fund, managed by the Decorah United Church of Christ.

  • The EARL transportation cost per child is $20 a week or $80 a month, a total of $560 a month for all 7 children.

  • Donations can be made online at or by check, payable to Decorah UCC, with Neighbors Helping Neighbors Fund in the memo line. Mail checks to Decorah UCC, PO Box 470, Decorah, IA 52101.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 6:30 pm – Prayer for the United States

Dear Good Shepherd Members and Friends,
All are welcome to join in a prayer service tonight at 6:30 pm for the United States ahead of Inauguration Day. The service will be led by Pr. Amy, Brooke Joyce, Amalia Vagts, Angie Sadler and Marv Slind.
You will be admitted from a waiting room. Please try to make sure that your name is displayed on your Zoom account so that we can identify who you are before we admit you into the worship service. Log into your Zoom account, go under the Profile tab and edit the profile so that your name appears. If you have trouble with this, please contact Pr. Amy. This will also be important for the Zoom Annual Meeting.
Click here to join the prayer service: Prayers for the United States


SUNDAY, JANUARY 17, 9:30 a.m. – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday

Our Worship Service ‘premieres’ on our YouTube channel at 9:30 a.m. and remains available at this link for later viewing. 

  • Today’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday Virtual Worship Service is provided by ChurchAnew, a ministry of Eden Prairie’s St. Andrew Lutheran Church (see Pastor Amy’s note below).
  • Pastor Amy will provide a brief welcome and prayer before the ChurchAnew service begins.

From Pastor Amy … As our nation continues to wrestle with the white supremacy that is around us and within us, we who are white need to put ourselves under the teaching and leadership of people of color. We have an opportunity to do that again this Sunday in a worship service offered by ChurchAnew, a ministry renewal organization based out of St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie, Minn. ChurchAnew offers this worship service  led by many African-American church leaders in the Twin Cities area. Our Anti-Racism Task Force and Worship and Music Committee recommend that Good Shepherd shares in this worship service.


Obituary for Don Berg

Private family graveside services for Rev. Donald L. Berg will be in Union Prairie Cemetery in rural Decorah at a later date with Pastor Amy Larson officiating.  An obituary will be available on the Fjelstul Funeral Home website.