Making our “faith active in love,” as Martin Luther suggested, is how we serve others. “I come not to be served, but to serve” (Matthew 20:28) is the touchstone Scripture verse which sums up this commitment. There are countless opportunities to serve others, but some local options are listed below with descriptions and contact information. Anyone can serve according to their abilities and interests.

Needs at Good Shepherd

Altar Guild


The Altar Guild at Good Shepherd is the designated lay group of men and women responsible for the preparation of the sanctuary for all worship settings. Co-chairs are Elizabeth Kaschins and Jeri Laursen.

Choir, Band, and Cantors


Music is of utmost importance at Good Shepherd with a choir, band, and cantors who provide special music regularly. Volunteers are welcome in all these groups.

Lawn and Landscape Volunteers

The Property and Management Committee is responsible for arranging volunteers to mow the lawn at the church.  A subcommittee of that group, the Landscaping Subcommittee, manages the garden beds.  Landscaping volunteers are especially needed for weeding and watering tasks.

Ministry Teams


Ministry Teams at Good Shepherd play an essential role in worship services and related activities. The Stewardship Committee organizes lists of people to participate by quarter.   Click on the link Ministry Teams for a full explanation of how these teams function and access the online software tool SignUpGenius to sign up online for tasks.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl Ministry, co-chaired by Jeri Laursen and Connie Buresh, gathers from 1:00-3:00 pm on the third Wednesdays of the month, except during the summer months, to knit and crochet Prayer Shawls, Prayer Scarves, Prayer Squares and Chemo Caps. The group asks God to bless a completed project before it is given to someone who will benefit from its solace. A full description of this ministry is provided under the Ministries tab.

Community Needs

Community Meals at First Lutheran

Community Meals are served the first and third Thursdays of every month in the fellowship hall at First Lutheran Church. Good Shepherd is one of the sponsoring groups for these meals; David Judisch is the Good Shepherd contact person for the event. In rotation with other organizations, members provide salads and desserts and help with set-up and clean-up tasks. Everyone is invited to attend the meals and volunteer to work.

Decorah Community Free Clinic at First Lutheran

The Free Clinic offers health care and information for children and adults who either don’t have insurance or adequate insurance coverage. Clinic services are free. Doctors, nurses and other staff are volunteers. Hours are posted.

Food Pantry at First Lutheran

The Food Pantry, located in the Parish Hall of First Lutheran Church, was created to provide food, personal care, and household supplies to people in the community who lacked these resources. It is open to anyone who requests its services. Hours are posted.