Lenten Bible Study Series – ‘Going Deeper’


You are invited! Join Pastor April’s Lenten Bible Study Series, “Going Deeper”, on Thursday mornings during Lent. The sessions begin on February 26 and extend through Thursday, March 26. They will meet from 10:00–11:30 am in Good Shepherd’s Fellowship Hall. Each session is an in-depth study of the upcoming weekend’s worship service texts. Participants are welcome to come early for coffee.

Lenten Sunday School Project


The Sunday School would like to invite you to contribute to this year’s Lenten Project:  Mutuelle Matters.  Last year, member Julie Jensen connected us to Partners in Health and their work in Rwanda.  We will again be supporting Rwanda by helping individuals who can’t afford Mutuelle de Sante, their public healthcare insurance (sample insurance card above).  Five dollars provides healthcare coverage for an individual for an entire year! Let’s see how many people we can help – drop your donations into the doctor’s bag up front during offering.  The Mutuelle Matters project will extend from the weekends of February 21/22 through March 28/29.  It will be a blessing for us all to mutually Reach Rwanda once again as we collect for our project, Mutuelle Matters!

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Lenten Services and Events



Good Shepherd’s mid-week Lenten services begin on Wednesday evening, February 25, and continue at 5:30 each Wednesday through March 25. Pastor April Ulring Larson will preside; the service will follow the worship setting of Marty Haugen’s Holden Evening Prayer. At each service, a congregation member will share a brief reflection on the ways their Christian faith impacts their understanding and practice of Christ’s call to “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31). Those sharing faith stories are Luther Snow, February 25; Matt Tapscott, March 4; Wanda Diefelt, March 11; Sarah Wicks, March 18; and Barbara Berg, March 25. In addition, several Luther College ensembles are scheduled to perform at these services: Cantorei, February 25; Collegium Musicum, March 4; and Aurora, March 11. Good Shepherd’s traditional ‘Soup Suppers’ will follow each service at approximately 6:00 pm.  Updates to the schedule may be found under the “Worship” tab on the homepage.

The congregation welcomes all to share these evenings of worship and fellowship at its Lenten Services and Soup Suppers. Pastor April Ulring Larson and the Worship and Music Committee offer special thanks to the speakers, Luther musicians, and Soup Supper hosts.

Organ Recital Series     Good Shepherd Organ

In addition to its schedule of worship services and soup suppers, Good Shepherd is offering it’s third noontime Organ Recital Series on four Wednesdays during Lent. Each performance begins at 12:15 and lasts about a half-hour. The organists performing on Good Shepherd’s historic Hook & Hastings organ are Christine Skogen, March 11, Aaron Burmeister, March 18, Mike Reiter, March 25, and Rev. Marion Pruitt-Jefferson, April 1. This recital series is open to the public. Coffee and light refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall after the performances; attendees are welcome to bring their lunches.

Lenten Season Paraments and Colors


Lent, the penitential forty-day season of preparation for Easter, begins with Ash Wednesday, February 18 this year, and extends through Holy Saturday, April 4. The liturgical color for this season of the church year is purple – the color of penitence as well as in remembrance of the royalty of Christ who reigns from the cross. Visible in Good Shepherd’s sanctuary, purple is the primary color of the altar and pulpit paraments, the woven pieces that hang in the ‘gates’ of the weavings, and the drape on the Shepherd’s Cross.

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This set of altar and pulpit paraments was designed and woven by congregation member and professional weaver, Barbara Berg. They were completed and dedicated in 2013 in memory of Charter Member Angeline Jacobson (1910-2011). The altar parament design depicts hills and valleys, a road leading us on a journey of faith, and a stream of life-giving water in shades of blue appears toward the bottom edge. Scarlet, the color for Holy Week, is introduced in some of the hills. The colors and design of the pulpit parament repeat those on the altar piece on a smaller scale. The three woven pieces that hang in the ‘gates’ are purple with scarlet crosses. The purple drape on the Shepherd’s Cross is in the tradition of the Lenten Veil sometimes used to cover statues, pictures, and crosses in the sanctuary. A further reminder of Lent can be seen on the grapevine wreaths decorated with purple ribbons, hanging on the entry doors.


Richard Dinger Honored with a Quilt of Valor



At a reception at Aase Haugen on Monday, February 16, charter member Richard Dinger was honored by receiving a Quilt of Valor from the Decorah branch of that organization.  Richard was a member of the Air Force and combat veteran of World War II, who flew 30 missions over Europe in a B-24 bomber.  Richard and his wife Millie, both residents of Aase Haugen, are the parents of two sons.  The B-24 bomber was used in World War II by several Allied air forces and navies, operating in Europe, the Pacific, and the Mediterranean area as well as China, Burma and India.   Marie Freerking, a Quilts of Valor member, was the creator of the quilt.  The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to “cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.”