Blessed Be the Memory of Richard Dinger

Richard Dinger, age 103 of Decorah, IA, died on Friday, July 15, 2022, at Aase Haugen Senior Services in Decorah, IA.  It was Richard’s wish to donate his body to the University of Iowa Deeded Body Program for research.

Services are pending.  A full obituary will follow.

Helms Funeral Homes

Blessed be the memory of Richard Dinger.


Blessed Be the Memory of Rev. R. David Keesey-Berg

Rev. Ronald David Keesey-Berg, age 89, of Madison, WI, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, July 13, 2022. He was born on Sept. 13, 1932, in Casper, Wyo., to Rev. Elmer Melchior and Gunda Bertina (Stavee) Berg.  Rev. Keesey-Berg was pastor of Good Shepherd from 1965-1974 and recently made a visit to the congregation on May 8, 2022.

Dave is survived by his wife, Sonja; his children, Greg (Kathy), Steve (Scott), Randi (Matthew) Spencer-Berg and Nathan; stepchildren, Laura Baade and Debra (Jeff) Garde; his grandchildren, Aidan (Marie) Spencer-Sauze, Anna Spencer, Kaj Spencer, and Henry Nichols; step-grandchildren, Diana (Matt) Bremmer, Stephanie (AJ) Baade, Allison (Jesse) Greig, Gavin (Savannah) Baade, and Michael (Jillian) Garde; and numerous nieces and nephews; as well as countless friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Father Paul Berg; and his first wife, Beverly.

A memorial service for Pastor David Keesey-Berg will be held at the Holy Wisdom Monastery, 4200 Co Highway M, Middleton, Wisconsin, on Sunday, August 28.  Visitation is from 2-4 with services at 4pm followed by dinner.  People are invited to come early and enjoy the beautiful, peaceful grounds.  Visit for additional information and to leave online condolences.

Blessed be the memory of Rev. R. David Keesey-Berg.

7/14 – Masks Optional and Respected in Building

As of Thursday, July 14th, the CDC updated the COVID alert level in Winneshiek County to GREEN-low.
Good Shepherd’s Response to this level change:
  • Masks optional and respected
  • Communion with bread and individual cups





Christmas in Bethlehem – Sunday, November 21, 2021

11:00 a.m. – ADULT FORUM, Gathering Space – CHRISTMAS IN BETHLEHEM

  • Join members Martha Monson Lowe and George Lowe for a glimpse into Christmas in Bethlehem in the 21st century. The “little town” is not so little anymore. “Hopes and fears” are ever present. Yet, “the everlasting light”, the “holy child of Bethlehem”, draws us always to Him, and “the dear Christ enters in”.
  • Note: Palestinian arts and crafts will be available for sale before worship and after the congregational meeting.


  • Good Shepherd members Martha Monson Lowe and George Lowe are pleased to offer handmade Palestinian arts and crafts from the Holy Land for sale.
  • All items were collected from artists and shopkeepers during their last visit, when Martha and George volunteered at Bethlehem Bible College.
  • Items include olive wood carvings, cashmere scarves, pottery, jewelry, wool rugs, felt work, Christmas ornaments, embroidery, olive oil soap, kefiyas, Hebron glass, and more!
  • This is an opportunity to support those in the land where Jesus was born, and to buy meaningful gifts for Christmas, other occasions, and for yourself.

Notice of Congregational Meeting, November 21, After Worship

Dear members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church —

This letter is to inform you of a brief congregational meeting and vote on Sunday, November 21 following worship.

This year, the congregation council was asked to identify particular ways we might enhance the worship life and ministry of the church.  As we returned to in person worship, it soon became apparent that a new audio and video system needed to be prioritized. Members of the facilities and grounds committee, especially committee chair Robert Fitton, along with Pastor Amy and Brooke Joyce identified the limitations of our current system, assessed what is needed for audio and video equipment in the church building, and consulted with a professional firm who did an acoustic assessment of the sanctuary and made recommendations for a system that would meet our needs.  The stewardship committee now has made the audio and video system a priority for our fall campaign as we discern our giving for 2022 as well, adopting the theme “Hear the Good News.”

At this time, I am happy to report that we have a bid from DB Acoustics in Marion, Iowa for a new audio and video system. The proposal includes new speakers, microphones, sound controls and equipment, wiring, and video equipment for the sanctuary.  It also includes speakers and controls for the nursery as well as repurposing the current sanctuary speakers to bring sound to the gathering space outside the sanctuary and to the fellowship hall.  We will also have a new wireless microphone in the fellowship hall to provide better quality sound in that space for presentations and meetings.  New video equipment in the sanctuary will allow for greater flexibility in setting camera angles for recording worship, and the recording equipment will have a direct connection to the sound system.  This equipment will also make it more feasible to accomplish live-streaming of services.  Finally, and most significantly for recording our services, the new system will include a microphone that will pick up congregational singing and spoken responses.

The bid for this audio and video system is reasonable and will meet the needs of the congregation now and into the future.  However, the bid is only guaranteed for 30 days, which puts us under a time constraint.  As a result, I am calling a congregational meeting which will be held after worship on Sunday, November 21 to vote on the proposed system.  This vote will allow us to proceed with the project. At the meeting, there will be a brief presentation of the system, the cost of the project itself, and some other financial considerations for the coming year.  I would ask that you please plan to attend the meeting if possible on November 21.  

In addition, I’d like you also to prayerfully consider your response to this project in your planned giving for 2022, or if you prefer, you may designate a gift for the project (note audio/video on memo line of checks).  As of this letter, I can report that there has been an anonymous donation of matching funds up to $10,000 pledged towards the system.  Between planned giving and designated donations, we can make this project a reality. Lastly, I will mention briefly that our stewardship campaign includes designating funds to refurbish our sanctuary piano by replacing the action (the “action” of a piano includes the hammers and the mechanism which causes the hammers to strike the strings when you press the keys).  This project, at an estimated cost of $5,000, is fully funded. As you plan, please prayerfully consider your giving to all our budget priorities including investing in staff and giving 26% of our budget to God’s work beyond this congregation.

Information on the project is available on the website at —

— for you to review before the meeting on November 21.  Thank you for your time and consideration.


Jonathon Struve
Congregation President