Good Shepherd Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Its Expansion

“A Celebration of Gathering: 25th Anniversary of the Expansion of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church’s Building and Mission” will take place on Sunday, November 17, at 9:30 am with a special worship service, brunch and program. When Good Shepherd expanded in 1988, the goal was to provide additional space not only for church programing but also for the use of community groups. Besides the new sanctuary, additional rooms were constructed for church administration, Sunday School classes, and community activities. The old sanctuary was repurposed into a Fellowship Hall with a new kitchen.

Throughout the morning and during the program at the brunch, the artisans and craftspeople who designed and created the unique furnishings for the new sanctuary and narthex area will be recognized. The shepherd’s cross and weavings that hang on the south wall; the pulpit, baptismal font, and altar rail on the chancel; liturgical season paraments; and the wood carving hanging on the narthex wall are gifts of talent and funds that honor members, past and present.

Information about the day and invitations to attend have been sent to the 1988 Confirmation Class, 1988 First Communion Class, the Building Committee, 1988 congregation officers, committee and Council members, and Pastor Thiem Baccam, who as a seminary student from the congregation returned to participate in the Service of Dedication, Sunday, November 20, 1988.

To honor the occasion, Good Shepherd members have selected two agencies to be recipients of funds from the outreach portion of the 25th Anniversary Gift Fund. A local gift will be made to the Decorah Community Free Clinic while a global gift will be donated to Lutheran Immigration and Relief Services. The Gift Fund will also be used to refresh spaces and furnishings within the church building.


Weavings: John Skaare
Baptismal Font and Pulpit: John Kjome
Shepherd’s Cross: Construction and Design by Stanley (Slim) Maroushek, Hung Van Pham, Reg Laursen
Paschal Candle Holder: Harley Refsal
Altar Rail: Design by Orville Running

Baptismal Font Interior

Tiles designed and installed: John Kjome

Wood Sculpture

Jesus, the Good Shepherd: Nils Kjome

New Addition

2013: Sanctuary, Sunday School Rooms, and New Entrance

1988: New Sanctuary seen from the west

Good Shepherd Before Addition

1958: Original Good Shepherd Church Before Expansion

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