CANCELLATION NOTICE for Sunday’s Outdoor Communion Service!

DUE TO PREDICTIONS OF INCLEMENT WEATHER, SUNDAY’S 11:00 a.m. OUTDOOR SERVICE WITH HOLY COMMUNION HAS BEEN CANCELLED. See below for information about receiving communion from Pastor Amy on Sunday and the Zoom Youth Forum.

10:30 a.m. – ZOOM YOUTH FORUM

  • Youth Forum (grades 7-12) will meet via Zoom, since the Outdoor Worship Service is cancelled due to inclement weather.
  • The Zoom link is in the reminder email sent to all participants.

11:00 a.m. – Good Shepherd’s West Door – PASTOR AMY WILL OFFER IN-PERSON HOLY COMMUNION

  • Please contact Pastor Amy in advance if you plan to come.
  • A table will be set up outdoors at the west entrance, adjacent to the parking lot.
  • Note: If you wish to receive communion at another time, contact Pastor Amy by email or call the church office, 563-382-3963, to make arrangements.

Friday, October 2 – Luther Chapel: Blessing of Beginning for Vicar Kathryn Thompson

Luther College Pastor Anne Edison-Albright will preach a “Blessing of Beginning” for Vicar Kathryn Thompson on Friday, October 2 at 10:30 am.  The chapel services are held via Zoom.  Streaming links are available on Luther’s online events calendar.



Good Shepherd Activities During Covid

Photos of Congregation Members

Since we have been unable to have in-person worship for several months, and so are not accustomed to seeing one another, we are posting recent photos of congregation members.  The photos will also appear during the online worship services.  This is a work in progress!

The photos will also be posted in flickr in an album called “Congregation Members During Covid”.  Click on the “Albums” tab to see a list of all the photo albums. Other recent photo albums relating to Good Shepherd activities during Covid are:

“Bell Ringing”
“VBS (2020)”
“Outdoor Communion (July 8)”
“Outdoor Communion (July 12)”
“Outdoor Communion (August 9)”
“Outdoor Communion (August 23)”
“Outdoor Communion (September 13)”

Live Jazz Concert on Friday, September 18, 6:30 pm, Good Shepherd’s Backyard

Please RSVP for the concert with this link.  Register all in your family group who will be attending by selecting a quantity when you sign up.

Live Jazz Concert Sign-Up Link

 Good Shepherd and our church neighbors are invited to enjoy an evening of live music in the Good Shepherd back yard on Friday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m.!

Jon Ailabouni will be performing alongside a jazz quintet including some of his favorite musicians in the region:

  • Simon Harding – Saxophone, Jazz Band director at Wartburg College
  • Larry Price – Piano, Jazz Combo director at Winona State University
  • Karyn Quinn – Bass, former Director of Jazz Studies at University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
  • Rich MacDonald – Drum Set, former Director of Jazz Studies at Winona State University
    The group will perform an hour long program that includes Jon’s arrangements of jazz standards, a hymn, and his original composition “You Are Not Alone”.Please wear a mask and observe safe distancing throughout the performance. Similar to our outdoor communion services, plan to bring a chair or blankets to sit on. The gathering will be limited to 100 people.  The rain date for this performance is Saturday, September 19 at 6:30 p.m. A free will offering will be taken to provide an honorarium for musicians and support the local Mutual Aid Network Fund.

Blessed Be the Memory of Connie Bolson

Constance “Connie” H. Bolson, age 96, of Decorah, Iowa, died on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah.

Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, August 28 at Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah.

Private Family Burial will be on Saturday, August 29 at Union Prairie Cemetery in Decorah with Pastor Amy Larson officiating.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a Celebration of Life for Connie will be held at a later date.  A full obituary may be found at the Fjelstul Funeral Home website.