News and Events, December 21-27

News Events
Wednesday, December 23

2:00 p.m. – Pastor Amy at Aase Haugen
No Evening Worship

Thursday, December 24
No Adult Bible Study
3:45 p.m. – Choir Warm Up
4:15 p.m. – Special Gathering Music
4:30 p.m. – Christmas Candlelight Worship with Holy Communion and candle lighting.  Special music beginning at 4:15 pm, choir offerings; luminaries placed along entry sidewalk.   All children are invited to join an opening procession with gold and white streamers and to come forward for spontaneous bell-ring during a carol.
6:00 p.m. – Church Building Closed

Friday, December 25
9:30 a.m. – Christmas Day Worship with Holy Communion
12:00 p.m. – Church Building Closed until Sunday, Dec. 27, 8:00 a.m.

Sunday, December 27
8:45 a.m. – Pick Up Choir
9:30 a.m. – Service of Lessons and Carols- 1st Sunday of Christmas
No Communion
10:30 a.m. – Fellowship Hour

The Christmas offering will be split between the Institute for Ecumenical Research in memory of Pr. Mau and scholarships for CNA (Certified Nursing Aide) Training program being held at Good Shepherd.

Christmas at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church



Pastor Amy Larson
Brooke Joyce, Music Director


Sunday, December 20 – Fourth Sunday of Advent
9:30 a.m. – Worship Service with Holy Communion; Lighting of Advent Candles; Musical offerings by Choir
10:30 a.m. – Fellowship Hour
5:00 p.m. – Children’s Christmas Program – Light supper follows in Fellowship Hall

Thursday, December 24 – Christmas Candlelight Service
4:15 p.m. – Special Gathering Music
4:30 p.m. – Worship Service with Holy Communion; Children invited to join opening procession with gold and white streamers and spontaneous bell-ring during a carol; Choir offerings; Luminarias placed along entry sidewalk

(Church building closes at end of the service; reopens Friday, 8:00 a.m.)


Friday, December 25 – Christmas Day
9:30 a.m. – Worship Service with Holy Communion; Low Brass Ensemble offerings

(Church building closes at Noon; reopens on Sunday, December 27, 8:00 a.m.)

Sunday, December 27 – Service of Lessons and Carols
9:30 a.m. – All are welcome to join the pick-up choir at 8:45 to rehearse for the Offertory, “Good King Wenceslas”


Decorating the Christmas Tree


This Advent, a new tradition was begun at Good Shepherd with the decorating of the Christmas tree for the sanctuary. No tree was present on the first Sunday in Advent.  On the second Sunday in Advent a tree had been set up but not decorated.  By the third Sunday, lights had been added.  After the service, the Sunday School children and several adults hung ornaments.  The fully decorated tree will be in place throughout the remainder of the Christmas season.








News and Events, December 14-20

News Events

Tuesday, December 15
6:00 pm – Sons of Norway – Fellowship Hall
6:00 pm – Council Meeting

Wednesday, December 16
7:30 am – Men’s Breakfast
11:00 am – CNA class orientation – Narthex
1:00 pm – Prayer Shawl Ministry
5:30 pm – Evening Worship
6:15 pm – Simple Supper provided, intergenerational faith conversation
7:00 pm – Choir Rehearsal
7:45 pm – Band Rehearsal

Thursday, December 17
10:00 am – Adult Bible Study
5:00 pm – Community Meal

Sunday, December 20
8:45 am – Choir Warm up
9:30 am – Worship – Fourth Sunday of Advent
10:30 am – Fellowship Hour
10:45 am – Christmas Program Practice for all ages
10:50 am – Adult Forum – Building Good Shepherd’s Newest Ministry
5:00 pm – Christmas Program; Refreshments following.

We will share Holy Communion and light the Advent Candles on the Advent Wreath at all services

Path to Citizenship Annual Newsletter

The Path to Citizenship 2015 newsletter has recently been issued.

Path to Citizenship 2015 Annual Newsletter

The Good Shepherd congregation has supported this organization since it was founded.   A brief summary from their newsletter describing this organization is quoted below.

PATH TO CITIZENSHIP is a northeast Iowa organization whose mission is to aid people who need help navigating the complicated path to legal status. Founded by a coalition of Decorah area faith groups and working in partnership with Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON), a national ministry of the United Methodist Church, Path to Citizenship provides free legal advice on the immigration process. With the help of JFON immigration attorneys, we hold quarterly legal aid clinics and have no­interest microloans available to assist low income families with legal fees and associated costs.