2014 Moravian Daily Texts

The Moravian Daily Texts offer an inspirational connection to the Holy Scriptures every day. Each entry in this beloved daily devotional includes “watchwords”—Old and New Testament verses to accompany readers throughout the day—combined with beautiful hymn texts and heartfelt prayers.

The Moravian Daily Texts are available in the following versions: English ($10.50), English Large Print ($13.00), German ($10.50), Spanish ($12.50). These are the regular prices and do not include shipping. As usual, there is a 15% discount for ordering early. Pastor Mau will be ordering the Moravian Daily Texts for 2014 during the first week in August. If you would like a copy, please let her or the church office know by Thursday. (Call: 382-3963)


Egg-palooza: Kids with Pastor MauFor many years, the GSLC youth (current & alumni) have gathered on Good Friday to decorate eggs for Easter Sunday. The eggs are given to people as they leave worship as a reminder of new life in Christ.

We had a GREAT group of GSLC youth and friends get together on Friday, March 29. We decorated eggs, caught up with each other, and enjoyed some time running around outside on a beautiful day.

This tradition was started years ago by Elizabeth Kaschins and friends and it’s been a fun one to continue each Holy Week.

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Become More Energy Efficient & Save Money!

On July 14th during fellowship hour, Chrisann Zuerner and Evan Neubauer, the Greening Churches interns from Luther College, will be discussing the various ways Good Shepherd has taken steps to become more energy efficient and reduce their impact upon the environment.

Come join the conversation of what Good Shepherd has done, and explore what you too can do at home to become more energy efficient and save money!

Middle Mash Backyard Bash 2013

Parachute GameThe first annual Middle Mash Backyard Bash was a huge success! 25+ middle schoolers from Decorah (and beyond!) and a number of adults gathered in the Good Shepherd “backyard” on Sunday evening to celebrate the start of summer.

The evening started with a fun time of singing and playing silly games with Luther graduate Karsten Snitker. The activities then shifted to a variety of games such as parachute games, beanbag toss, frisbee golf, and soccer.

During this time, kids and adults also enjoyed refreshments consisting of popcorn, apples, doughnuts, s’mores, and lemonade. It was good!

In closing, Karsten led the youth in a fun Middle Mash Backyard Bash rap!

It was a perfect evening.

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Day of Pentecost Celebration

Barbara Berg and Red ParamentsThe Day of Pentecost, a principal festival of the church year occurring fifty days after Easter, celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit to the crowd gathered in Jerusalem. It was celebrated at our services of Holy Communion on Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19. Red, symbolic of the fire of the Holy Spirit, is the liturgical color for this festival and visible in the gates of our weavings on the south wall of the sanctuary and new red paraments.

Several symbols of fire and wind were displayed in the sanctuary and outside the church for this celebration. A significant event during the Sunday service was the dedication of a new set of red altar and pulpit paraments, designed and woven by congregation member and professional weaver, Barbara Berg. They are a gift to Good Shepherd from Jane Kemp and Anna (Kemp), Russell, Maggie, and Jack Norris in memory of Don Kemp (1940-2003). The paraments depict the Holy Spirit in wind and flames against a red background; an abstract dove appears on the altar parament; water, woven in shades of blue along the bottom edges of both paraments, represents Baptism. Bouquets of red gladiolas, symbolizing tongues of fire, flanked the altar and pulpit; red ribbons representing tongues of fire replaced the door wreaths; and red and silver pinwheels, ‘planted’ by our Sunday School, lined the entry sidewalks and twirled in the wind.