Memorial Service Held for Rev. Paul M. Hasvold


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On Saturday, January 24, a Celebration of Life for Rev. Paul M. Hasvold (1933-2015) was held at Good Shepherd, with Rev. April Ulring Larson presiding and Karl Knudson assisting.  Rev. Hasvold was pastor at Good Shepherd for 24 years retiring from the ministry in 1998. Peter and Thomas Hasvold were bearers of the Baptismal Pall. Music was supplied by organist Brooke Joyce and members of the Good Shepherd Band and Luren Singing Society. Remembrances were offered by Irene Hegge Guttormsen, Kao Vang, Tom Hasvold and Peter Hasvold.  Greetings were extended from the Synod Bishop and the Office of the ELCA Presiding Bishop. Many area pastors participated in the service.  The committal will be in the Jefferson Prairie Lutheran Church Cemetery in rural Popular Grove, IL, at a later date.

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Memorial Service for Rev. Paul M. Hasvold, Saturday, January 24

The memorial service for the Rev. Paul M. Hasvold, former pastor of Good Shepherd, will be held at the church on Saturday, January 24, at 11:00 am with Rev. April Ulring Larson officiating.  Visitation begins at 10:00 am Saturday, one hour before the service.  The committal will be in the Jefferson Prairie Lutheran Church Cemetery in rural Popular Grove, IL, at a later date.  Rev. Hasvold was the pastor of Good Shepherd from 1974  until his retirement in 1998.  He was well known for his work as a Lutheran pastor and teacher and his advocacy for ecumenical projects, mentally challenged persons, and re-settlement of Southeast Asian refugees.  He is survived by his wife, Carol, and sons, Peter and Thomas, and their families.  Full obituaries may be found at, and in the January 22 Decorah Journal.  

Print Version of the New Directory Available

Print versions of Good Shepherd’s web-based Directory, ‘hot off the press’ in mid-December, are provided at no charge to those who do not have email addresses and internet access.  Copies also are available to anyone upon request.  A free-will donation of $5.00 is welcome. IMG_1536The print version of the Directory, inserted in a plastic report cover, is in three parts: 1) Color photo pages with captions; 2) Contact information in alphabetical order; and 3) Birthday List arranged by months and days of the year.  Directory updates will be published in Good Shepherd’s monthly newsletters for the use of those with print versions.
Contact Jeri Laursen by phone or email (563-382-5069; if: You have updates for your entry; wish to receive a copy of the print version; or need any help with the web version. The New Directory Project is complete!  The Ad Hoc Directory Committee has ‘gone out of business’; Directory issues have become part of the duties of the Communications Subcommittee.

Annual Meeting, January 18

The Annual Meeting for Good Shepherd will be held Sunday, January 18, immediately following the service.  Packets for the Annual Meeting containing the agenda, reports from committees, the 2015 budget proposal and ballots for new Congregation Council and committee members will be mailed to members during the preceding week.  All members are urged to attend this important event in the life of the Good Shepherd congregation.

Mark Your January Calendars!

Important dates for January 2015 at Good Shepherd are listed here as we prepare for the Annual Meeting.

Sunday, January 4 and January 11 – Adult Forums

Two Adult Forums have been scheduled to precede the Annual Meeting that will address two agenda items. First, the Budget Committee will be prepared to share a preliminary budget and receive responses. Second, the Call Committee will be on hand to provide a listening opportunity concerning the Ministry Site Profile summary, printed in the January Newsletter.

Tuesday, January 6 – All reports for the Annual Report are due in the church office

Tuesday, January 13 – Church Council meeting

Sunday, January 18 – Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting will immediately follow the Sunday worship service. Coffee will be served in the Narthex.