Welcome for Pastor Amy Zalk Larson

head shot 2Pastor Amy Zalk Larson is planning to start her schedule as the new pastor at Good Shepherd on Monday, August 10. The formal Installation service is still in the planning stages. Interim Pastor April Ulring Larson’s last Sunday will be celebrated with a special festival service and potluck following on Sunday, July 26. Supply pastors will serve the two weeks between the end of Pastor April’s service and the beginning of the pastorate of Pastor Amy.

Continual updates on the transition and the welcome for Pastor Amy will be posted on the Good Shepherd website with a link under the “About” tab on the homepage and on the blog plus Facebook and Google+.

Good Shepherd Sign Being Repaired

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The Good Shepherd sign was removed today by Erik Berg and Jim Fritz.  It will be pressure washed and repaired by Erik Berg using redwood remnants and pressure treated wood.  The Winona limestone cap will also be pressure washed before the repaired sign is replaced.  A temporary sign will be installed in its place.  The newly repaired sign is expected to be finished in August.  The sign was donated by the Sunde family in memory of their son, David Sunde.

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Photos from Special Congregational Meeting

On June 21, a special congregational meeting was held to confirm the call of Pastor Amy Zalk Larson to become the new pastor at Good Shepherd.  These photos are a visual record of that significant meeting in the life of Good Shepherd.

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Photos of Our New Pastor and Her Family


Thanks to Clara Knudson, we have excellent photos of our new pastor and her family taken on Sunday, June 21.  On the homepage, we feature Pastor Amy Zalk Larson who is joined by her husband, Pastor Matt Larson, and their children, Nathan and Abby, standing in front of the Good Shepherd sign.  They also are shown in photos outside the Fellowship Hall and standing with President Jim Fritz.


Amy Zalk Larson Is Called to Good Shepherd

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Pastor Amy Zalk Larson has accepted a call to become the next pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Her call was confirmed at a special congregational meeting held on Sunday, June 21. Her first day of service will be August 10, 2015 and become the fifth pastor to serve the church since it was founded in 1958.

For the past ten years, Pastor Amy has served as campus pastor at Luther College where she worked with the Luther Student Congregation as well as students, faculty and staff. Previously, she was the Pastor of Education and Family Life at First Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls, MN and the Intern Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ottawa, IL.

Pastor Amy graduated from Luther College with a BA in Religion earned in 1996 and received an MDiv degree from Luther Seminary in 2000.

She is married to Pastor Matt Larson, who is pastor of Burr Oak-Hesper Lutheran parishes in the Decorah area. They have two children, Nathan (11, entering 6th grade) and Abby (7, entering 2nd grade).