Thank You and Ordination Service Recording from Amalia Vagts and David Lester

Dear Good Shepherd Family, 

We are absolutely overwhelmed by the support and time that our congregation gave to support this past weekend’s ordination and the years leading up to it. We are deeply grateful to all of you who were able to offer specific gifts before, during, and after the service. A special word of thanks to Pastor Amy and Brooke for your leadership.This is a remarkable congregation – the one where David was first welcomed as a new Lutheran and where my call to word and sacrament ministry was ignited. Our hearts are filled with a joy that we take with us to our Tucson and Our Saviour’s Lutheran. Thank you for the stunning stole made by Barbara Berg and given as a gift from the congregation. Thank you to all who helped, who served, who came, who watched, who prayed, and who hear and follow Christ’s call to live with love, mercy, and grace for all people. Come see us at Our Saviour’s! 

With peace & joy, 
Amalia & David

Photo by Parker Deen

Racial Justice Statement Listening Sessions

Racial Justice Statement Listening Sessions
The draft racial justice statement has been shared with the Good Shepherd email list. It is also available as a hard copy in one of the boxes outside the office. 
Please plan to join in one of the two upcoming sessions on October 12 at 7:00 pm via Zoom (click here to join the Zoom listening session) and October 30 at 11:00 am in person at Good Shepherd to share feedback on the draft racial justice statement. 

Celebration of Life Service for Mary Fritz – Saturday, September 11, 11:00 am

  • Mary Catharine Fritz (Belschner), age 89, of Decorah, Iowa (formerly of Hawkeye, Iowa), died on Tuesday, August 18, 2020, at the Barthell Eastern Star Home in Decorah.
  • All are invited to this celebration of her life with Pastor Amy Larson officiating. Masks are required indoors.
  • A Luncheon will be served in the Fellowship Hall following the service.
  • Interment will follow in the afternoon at the Hawkeye, Iowa, Cemetery.
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation or Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
  • A full obituary is here:


Covid Protocol Update for Sunday, August 22

From Pastor Amy:
Fellowship Hour has been moved outside due to the surge in COVID cases. When the CDC was advising that unvaccinated people could be unmasked indoors, we wanted to offer the option of indoor Fellowship Hour even as we remain masked in worship. We were more cautious with worship to make that central event safer for children and immunocompromised people. Now that there is substantial transmission in our county, we want to follow CDC guidelines to mask indoors for all large group gatherings. Thus, the Congregation Council has determined that Fellowship Hour should be outside. 
Coffee and treats will be set up in the entranceway to the Fellowship Hall. You are asked to go through the line masked and then enjoy your treats outdoors. In case of rain, Fellowship Hour today will be cancelled. Youth will meet with Kelli in the library with masks.

The Congregation Council has also determined that masks will be required for all Sunday School and Youth Forum activities. Also, we ask that those who want to lead in worship or work with children and youth be vaccinated. (Note, the Congregation Council, rather than a COVID task force, is now setting the COVID protocols.)

Celebration of Life Service for Connie Bolson, Saturday, August 28, 1:00 pm

A celebration of life service for Connie Bolson will be held on Saturday, August 28, at 1:00 pm.  Connie passed away on August 22, 2020, at Winneshiek Medical Center.  A dessert reception will be held after the service.

A full obituary for Connie may be found here: