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2020

Missing Body Parts

You have heard me say, “The church isn’t a building; it is a people.”

That’s true, but I really miss the people who haven’t been able to make it back into the building. I am looking forward to the time when people feel safe to come back to church again. Right now we are worshipping in person about 70 people and over 200 streaming the services.

The church hasn’t really been “closed,” even though we didn’t have in-person worship for nine weeks. Live-streaming church services are nothing new. A lot of members said that we should have started doing live stream years ago. I agree. Maybe that is the silver lining. I think that streaming is a great ministry tool to reach those who can’t physically be here in person, and we will continue to stream into the future.

Looking back I think we did the right thing by postponing in-person gatherings due to COVID- 19. And I think we re-opened to in-person worship at the right time. We can be the church without worshipping in person for a while, but like everything else it has a negative side.



Calendar September 2020

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Newsletter August 2020

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August
2020

What would change if you immersed yourself in the words spoken by Jesus for 40 days? How would Jesus shape your life if you began to more intentionally put His words into practice? Beginning Sunday, September 13th, we at Good Shepherd will embark on a 40-day journey through the Gospels, hearing and doing the words of Jesus, that are sometimes printed in red letters. It’s called THE RED LETTER CHALLENGE.

What is The Red Letter Challenge?
The Red Letter Challenge is a 40-day discipleship challenge, a 7-week sermon series, and a 7-week Sunday morning adult Bible study all rolled into one!



Newsletter July 2020

July
2020

Dear Good Shepherd Family,
I am saddened by what is taking place in our country. Our focus goes back in forth on a daily basis from Covid 19 to Racism. Instead of writing a newsletter article I decided to re-print an article sent out this past week to all pastors of the Southern District on the subject of Racism. It is a long article but worth the time to read. Don’t just read this article; put it into practice.
In Christ, Pastor Ray



Newsletter June 2020

June
2020

A Divine Reset

The current COVID-19 crisis has been a wakeup call. It has grabbed our attention to the point that literally every time you listen to the news it is the lead story.

In response to Covid-19 a National Emergency was declared and it happened right in the middle of the season of Lent.

For some, the Lenten season involves the act of giving up something to help them focus on Christ who gave up His life to pay the penalty for all of our sins. Little did we know what we
would be giving up due to the coronavirus.

Lent is a time of repentance; a time of starting over. And like the season of Lent I believe the coronavirus pandemic is a “Divine Reset.”



Asher Newsletter June 2020

June
2020

Confirmation 2020
May 31 was a great day for us at Kaiserslautern Evangelical Lutheran Church. After eleven weeks of worshipping online, we were finally able to bring back a small number (30) of our members for worship in the sanctuary. Even better than that, it was a special occasion in the lives of six of our young people - their Confirmation Day!
On this Pentecost Sunday, we joyously listened as these young people confessed their faith in the Triune God and promised to remain steadfast in their confession until death. Whether watching at home or sitting in a pew, the members of KELC rejoiced “with thankful hearts that (our confirmands) have been baptized and have received the teaching of the Lord. (They) have confessed the faith and been absolved of (their) sins” (Lutheran Service Book p. 273)....



Newsletter May 2020

May
2020


Dear Good Shepherd Family,

Thoughts and Prayers

Whenever a tragedy, like covid-19 strikes, national leaders will often announce that they are sending what has become a much- maligned offering of “thoughts and prayers.” Many people not only question the sincerity of these offerings, but their effectiveness. “Does prayer do anything?” “Does anyone hear?”

During the month of May we will be exploring the amazing gift of prayer and why every circumstance - whether it is joyful or tragic - ought to be informed and formed by prayer.



Asher Newsletter May 2020

May
2020

Frightened Hearts
“Hohenecken - Let not your hearts be frightened! Believe in God and also in me! Jesus Christ” John 14:1
That’s the translation of a giant banner hanging outside an independent protestant church in Hohenecken (our village). What a witness to a country whose largest single religious group (34%) is non- believers, with another 6% being Muslim! Even in the second-largest group (Christians) most do not attend church, except for Christmas and Easter. So this witness is vital during this pandemic.
Our streamed worship services (see facebook.com/KELC1985) are also a witness during this pandemic. We are finding that we have “visitors” in our worship every week. We thank God that His Word is still being proclaimed, in spite of the pandemic, and that we can see the Lord using this witness. Here in Germany, when people consider that they could die, the mind often goes to end of life thoughts like, “If God exists, maybe I should give some thought to Him.” And when this happens, then a discussion about God is possible!



Newsletter April 2020

April
2020



Dear Good Shepherd Family,

As I write this we are in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. Florida governor Ron DeSantis just minutes ago issued a “stay at home” order for the whole state. We are told that things are going to get worse before they get better. What does this mean? How are we to respond?

Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33b He wasn’t kidding!

Last week I preached on Matthew 14; it’s the story of Peter walking on the water with Jesus. When Peter started looking at the wind and took his eyes off of Jesus he began to sink.

Jesus immediately reaches out his hand and catches him. Jesus’ question to Peter is not, “Why are you afraid?” He understands why Peter is afraid. Jesus asks him, “Why did you doubt?” “Peter, why did you doubt that I can get you through this?”

I know that things are tough right now but don’t look at the wind, keep your eyes on the Savior.



Asher Newsletter April 2020

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April
2020

Staying Safe
Just like the evening news or your daily newspaper, this newsletter’s “top story” is about the COVID-19 crisis. Many of you have asked how we’ve been doing and what life is like here in Germany right now, so we want to give you an update.
Germany has been very proactive about both preventive measures and care for those who are ill. Testing sites were set up quickly and hospitals prepared to receive the sick. But most people, like us, have been most impacted by the preventative measures put in place.
Our restrictions on gatherings have become increasingly strict, with the law now stating that no more than two people (except immediate family members) can gather at any time or place (including in one’s own home). We recently had to turn down an invitation to a member’s home for dinner because gathering with another couple would have meant we were breaking the law!




Newsletter March 2020

March
2020

What Are You Giving Up For Lent?

Giving up some small pleasure for Lent, like chocolate or coffee, can be a nice way to remind ourselves throughout Lent that it is Lent. When we reach out for those things we remember that we are denying ourselves in commemoration of Our Lord’s suffering.
This isn’t meant to please God or gain His favor. Nor can such a small denial make Lent more meaningful or increase faith. It is simply an attempt to keep ourselves mindful throughout the day that it is Lent. That is a valid Christian desire and discipline.

Curbing the flesh is always good. Cutting calories is probably appropriate for almost everyone reading this, and (though I hate to admit it) cutting caffeine would probably hurt few of us either.



Newsletter February 2020

February
2020

EYES ON JESUS

Our Lenten series this year, Eyes on Jesus is based on Passion according to St. Mark. We will examine how the various people around Jesus viewed Him—and how we should view Him. We will “fix our eyes” on what Jesus has done to save us from our sins by His holy, precious blood and innocent sufferings and death, and celebrate what God sees on account of His work: our justification for His sake.

With Eyes on Jesus as our theme this Lent, we will continuously focus on Jesus Christ and Him crucified, buried, and risen for our justification. This is a vision that will never disappoint, for by trusting in Jesus, He promises that we will gaze upon His beautiful face now by faith and forever in Heaven!



Asher Newsletter January 2020

January
2020

Military Prison News

Many of our prayer and financial supporters have been fervently petitioning God to “open doors” to the military prison system so that Joe can have access to the day room. The day room allows him to interact with prisoners in a more relaxed setting - like while watching baseball or playing chess. This allows him to be more approachable since he’s not just seen as a pastor, but also as a real person.

This has not occurred. Due to prison rules, the US Army (which runs the prison to which Joe volunteers) believes that this allows too much risk for him, and also could put them in a legal bind should something like a fire occur - or a riot, etc. The risks to him are extremely remote, but the institution must protect itself.



Newsletter January 2020

January
2020

COME JOIN US IN 2020
AS WE STUDY THE BASICS OF OUR FAITH:
OUR FOUNDATION

Theme Verse: “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 3:11

January 5th - The Story: God’s Big Story
Romans 5:12, 15-19 The story of the Bible moves from God’s Creation to Our Fall to Christ’s Redemption to the Final Restoration. In the introduction to this series, we look at how Christ undoes the curse of our Fall into sin by becoming cursed on a cross.

January 12th - The Word: God’s Word
Matthew 7:24-29 Jesus gives us words in His teaching and He is the Word made flesh. Thus, it is vital that we hear and practice His words. In this message we talk about the nature and character of Jesus’ words - how they are perfect - and how they call us both to faith and to action.

January 19th - The Gathering: Worship
John 4:5-7, 9-10, 13-14, 19-20, 23-24 Worship is the natural and inevitable response of people who have faith in God to a good God. In this message, we look at the nature of worship, the location of worship, and the focus of worship in the Christian life.



Newsletter December 2019

December
2019


SPECIAL SERVICES
ADVENT 2019
“CHRISTMAS LIGHT”

Mid-week Advent, Wednesdays at 6:30 PM
(Advent Dinner before each service at 5:30 PM) December 4th, 11 & 18

Christmas Eve
Tuesday, December 24th - 6:00 PM

Christmas Day
Wednesday, December 25th - 10:00 AM with Communion

New Year’s Eve
Tuesday, December 31st - 5:30 PM with Communion



Asher Newsletter Dec 2019



Fröhe Weihnachten!

Merry Christmas! Like most congregations, the past two months have been a whirlwind of activity for us. From preparations for our celebration of our Lord’s birth to the events of Christmas week, the time has flown by. And so, our wish for a Blessed Christmas comes in the season of Christmas. 

This Advent season found Joe, like most pastors, spending lots of time writing sermons and Jennie spending lots of time in the kitchen. This year we hosted our in-home midweek Advent services twice. The second week of Advent, we had 22 people around our dining tables for a soup supper and then crowded into our living room for a Vespers service. The following week we hosted 13 people for more soup and more of God’s Word!





Newsletter November 2019

November
2019

GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH
PRESENTS...LOIS HENRY
ORGAN DEDICATION RECITAL
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH 3 - 4 PM 1 MEIGS DRIVE SHALIMAR, FLORIDA

FREE ADMISSION

Lois Henry, recently retired Professor of Music at Northwest Florida State College, directed the Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale, which performs with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, and Belle Voci, the College’s select women’s ensemble. She taught music theory, ear training, piano and voice. Ms. Henry performs frequently as a solo pianist, having presented numerous faculty recitals over the last 10 years. She has performed as a solo pianist and organist with the NFSO, and also served as NFSO’s interim conductor and music director for the 2006- 2007 season. Presently Ms. Henry plays piano in the NFSO. Twice she has served as the conductor for Okaloosa County’s high school All-County choir. An experienced collaborative pianist, Ms. Henry serves as the pianist for Florida All-State choirs as well as All-County choirs, and she frequently performs with vocal and instrumental musicians. A composer, Ms. Henry has written works for treble and mixed choruses which have been performed at colleges and churches. She is currently working on a piece that will be premiered in Pensacola November 2019.

Ms. Henry is the music director at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Shalimar, where she serves as Choir director and organist. Before moving to Niceville, Ms. Henry taught at Eastern Nazarene College in the Boston area. She spent 17 years working as the piano and chorus master for Boston’s Chorus pro Musica, where she had the opportunity to prepare that ensemble for performances with the Boston Pops.



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Thank you for your prayers & support

To support the LCMS through the work of Joe and Jennie Asher, you may send a tax-deductible gift to:


The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
P.O. Box 66861
St. Louis, MO 63166-6861


Make checks payable to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod or LCMS. Include “Asher-Germany” in the memo line.





Newsletter October 2019

October
2019

Coming Soon—Bearing Fruit for Jesus

Fruit trees are one of the many wonders of God’s creation. To see the beauty of the tree and its fruit, to enjoy its taste, and to realize that it all came from a tiny seed is almost beyond our comprehension. An apple seed is planted in the ground, and, with water and sun as nourishment, miraculously a seedling surfaces that develops into a fruit tree. After a period of time, the apple tree fulfills its mission by bearing apples.

We, as Christians, are like that apple tree. We, too, have been fed and nourished by God so we can bear fruit. “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last” (John 15:16). Jesus tells us“I am the Vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). The life and power of any plant is found in its vine. The vine uses the branches to produce its fruit. The branch is simply a growth of the vine, produced by it, and appointed to bear fruit. The branch exists only because the vine makes it possible.…



Newsletter September 2019

September
2019

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES:

Basic Christianity (Joe Staton)
Ideal for people who are interested in what the Lutheran Church teaches and believes

Faith Lessons (Tom Cox)
Experience the Bible in historical context.

Missional Church (Pastor Ray)
We are empowered by the Holy Spirit for ministry. Congregations are meant to enable the empowered by providing systems and norms to best facilitate action. Together with church leaders, this course examines our local church culture for obstacles in our missional path and then seeks ways to overcome them.

Pericopes (Ross Binkley)
Dig deeper into the week’s three Scripture readings used on Sundays from the lectionary series. The lectionary series is a list of readings that were not a randomly select but compiled with forethought and purpose. Identify and explore the common theme in this week’s pericopes.

Genesis (Family Life Minister Curtis)
The purpose of the Bible is to point us to Christ Jesus. This study seeks to understand the world from a biblical perspective while highlighting the redemptive work of God through Christ revealed to us in Genesis.



Asher Newsletter August 2019

August
2019

MEET DEACON JOE STATON

Good Shepherd Welcomes Joe and Karrell Staton!

Joe is a deacon in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.

Joe’s path to become a licensed Word and Sacrament Deacon of the Southwest Pacific District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, started in the spring of 2012 when he started the training to be a Stephen Minister. In the next four years of lay ministry/Deacon training he took college level courses in the Bible, Homiletics, Church Polity, Church History, Lutheran Church History, Doctrine, Evangelism, Preaching the Word, Leadership, Teaching the Word, and finally Leading Lutheran Worship



Newsletter August 2019

August
2019

MEET DEACON JOE STATON

Good Shepherd Welcomes Joe and Karrell Staton!

Joe is a deacon in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.

Joe’s path to become a licensed Word and Sacrament Deacon of the Southwest Pacific District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, started in the spring of 2012 when he started the training to be a Stephen Minister. In the next four years of lay ministry/Deacon training he took college level courses in the Bible, Homiletics, Church Polity, Church History, Lutheran Church History, Doctrine, Evangelism, Preaching the Word, Leadership, Teaching the Word, and finally Leading Lutheran Worship



Newsletter July 2019

July
2019

It’s July and it’s time to celebrate!

Independence Day is celebrated on the 4th of July which is the anniversary of the publication of the declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1776.

How we love our celebrations. We celebrate what’s important to us like Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, birthdays, wedding anniversaries, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day, and even Ground Hog Day. But there is one anniversary that we often forget: our baptismal birthday.

Children love birthdays. They get excited for the presents, the cake and ice cream. Many families plan big celebrations. The reason we celebrate birthdays is because we are thankful to God for creating our children in the first place.



Newsletter June 2019

June
2019

Charles Dickens begins his classic, A Tale of Two Cities, saying, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” This is not only a synopsis of the time before the French Revolution, it is a synopsis of all history. Every time carries with it good and bad. The book of Genesis explains why this is the case. Ever since sin entered the world, the best and the worst have locked horns. The book of Genesis looks at the tension between the best and the worst and offers hope that the best is yet to come.

This Summers Sizzling Sermon Series will be based on the book of Genesis.



Newsletter May 2019

May
2019

Living In the Light of the Resurrection

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me will live even if he dies...”

DO YOU BELIEVE THIS?
Your eternal life doesn’t start when you die, if you are a believer your eternal life has already begun. So are you living your life in light of the fact that you are going to Heaven



Newsletter April 2019

April
2019

Saturate Shalimar

For the past few weeks we have been walking the streets of Shalimar distributing 5,000 DVDs of the JESUS FILM and invitations to our Easter Sunday Services and Activities. Thanks to all who have taken part in this project!

Do you remember the radio commercial for McCaskill and Company? “McCaskill and Company the elegant host on the Emerald Coast.” That would be a good motto for the church. Easter Sunday is just around the corner and as our Lenten
Sermon Series Love Is has taught us, we have an opportunity to show God’s love to our visitors. It’s our opportunity to be hospitable; an elegant host, as we welcome visitors to Good Shepherd



Newsletter March 2019

March
2019

Lenten Devotions available in the Narthex

The human ensemble in Jesus’ Passion is a diverse cast and far older than the period of Jesus’ ministry.

In People of the Passion, you’ll see God at work—from the fall of man to the first century—slowly, steadily, unfolding, His master plan of love and redemption.

Lutheran Hour Ministries Lenten Devotions - 2019



Newsletter February 2019

February
2019

I would like to thank everyone who participated in the KEYS FOR THE KINGDOM fundraiser held on January 26th. The event was a huge success with the proceeds going to the Church Organ Replacement Fund. We raised just over $9,000.

I especially want to thank our Music Director Lois Henry for putting together an outstanding program for the evening. It was truly world class! And thanks to all who performed. Thanks also goes out to our donors: The Bud Day Family, Jim and Sandee Baughman, Betty and Buddy Johnson, Lee and Jean Grieve, Playground Music, Piano Technician Greg Pollard, Sealand Restaurant, Blacksuit Graphic Design, Image Printing, Frames by Sharon, Vivian and Bob Moser, Linda Babiak, and Linda Swanson.

Many thanks to the behind-the-scene volunteers who contributed to the event’s success; before, during and after the fundraiser.

Thank you again,
Pastor Ray



Newsletter January 2019

January
2019

As many of you may already know, our church organ is in dire need of replacement. It has been in the sanctuary since it 1988 and has outlived its normal life expectancy by 10 years. Thanks to the generosity of some anonymous donors, we currently have just over $20,000 in our GSLC Organ Replacement Fund.

To help us raise additional funds, “Lois Henry and Friends” will be putting on a spectacular evening of classical music at the Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium on Saturday, January 26, 2019, beginning at 7:00 PM.

Tickets for the event are $25 and will be available for purchase prior to the event and at the door. As an added bonus, there will be a Silent Auction featuring George “Bud” Day Memorabilia, a George Rodrigue Blue Dog Painting, as well as other items. All proceeds from the event will benefit the GSLC Organ Replacement Fund.



Newsletter December 2018

December
2018

Advent Services
Wednesdays at 6:30 PM December 5th, 12th, and 19th
Dinner is served at 5:30 before each service. The Fellowship Board is providing desserts, they will be served after dinner.

The Fellowship Board is hosting a Christmas Breakfast on December 23rd at 9:30 AM Everyone is invited and encouraged to fellowship and celebrate the birth of our Savior.

CHRISTMAS EVE Monday, December 24th at 6:00 PM *
*Please note we are having ONE evening service

CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE Tuesday, December 25th at 10:00 AM With Holy Communion...



Newsletter November 2018

November
2018

Saturate Shalimar

Netflix is coming out with a superhero series called AMERICAN JESUS. The story is about a 12 year old boy who discovers that he has the power to turn water into wine, make the crippled walk, and even raise the dead! The boy discovers that he is Jesus re-incarnated: an American Jesus who has returned to save mankind.

Research by Bara Research shows that most Americans believe that Jesus was a real person, but they are not sure that He was God. Americans are divided on whether Jesus was sinless and are conflicted as to whether Jesus or their good deeds are the way to Heaven.

So how do we get the truth out about Jesus? We are going to SATURATE every household within the Shalimar Zip Code, 32579, with a door-hanging packet containing a personalized invitation to Good Shepherd.



Asher Newsletter October 2018


Teaching the Word
jennie.asher@lcms.org
We are well into the school year, and that means that the Christian Education programs at Kaiserslautern Evangelical Lutheran Church (KELC) are in full swing.

We began the school year on September 8 with our second annual Sunday School teachers’ fall workshop. Nearly 15 teachers and substitutes attended to learn more about God’s Word and how to communicate it effectively to children. Joe led discussions on teaching Law and Gospel. Besides working with a member to organize the event, Jennie taught sessions on “Teaching the Way Jesus Taught”, faith development in children and questioning techniques. This year a member also led sessions as we seek to get more members involved in

leadership.


Newsletter October 2018

October
2018

Saturate Shalimar

Netflix is coming out with a superhero series called AMERICAN JESUS. The story is about a 12 year old boy who discovers that he has the power to turn water into wine, make the crippled walk, and even raise the dead! The boy discovers that he is Jesus re-incarnated: an American Jesus who has returned to save mankind.

Research by Bara Research shows that most Americans believe that Jesus was a real person, but they are not sure that He was God. Americans are divided on whether Jesus was sinless and are conflicted as to whether Jesus or their good deeds are the way to Heaven.

So how do we get the truth out about Jesus? We are going to SATURATE every household within the Shalimar Zip Code, 32579, with a door-hanging packet containing a personalized invitation to Good Shepherd.



Newsletter September 2018

September
2018

In 2018 Good Shepherd began a discipleship process called 24 to Double and it will take two years to complete.

We have just finished our seventh session. As part of the process we were asked to write out a short memorable vision statement that points out why we exist. After four months of discussing different ideas we came up with this: Our mission as a church is to Gather, Grow and Go!

We GATHER on Sunday mornings like the first disciples did on the first day of the week; the day of Jesus’ resurrection, to hear God’s Word, confess our sins and receive His forgiveness, and receive the Lord’s Supper



Newsletter August 2018

August
2018

A Sizzling Summer Sermon Series:
Things That Go Bump in the Night!


This summer we are dealing with real life issues that keep people awake at night (i.e. worry, stress, hopelessness, crisis of faith, fear of failure, death, uncertainty of the future, etc). Join us as we rediscover the hope and peace we find in God’s Word.



Newsletter July 2018

July
2018

A Sizzling Summer Sermon Series:

Things That Go Bump in the Night!

This summer we are dealing with real life issues that keep people awake at night (i.e. worry, stress, hopelessness, crisis of faith, fear of failure, death, uncertainty of the future, etc.). Join us as we rediscover the hope and peace we find in God’s Word.



Rabe Newsletter June 2018


Seeing the Fruits

It has been a real joy to work with the Masters students these past two years at Mekane Yesus Seminary.

But what brings a lot of joy is to see the fruit of your labors among your students. This past month brought to completion the students’ studies and their Master Thesis defense in the MA II class. These are the students that my colleague, Rev. Eric Stinnett, and myself have been teaching for the last two years.

Asher Newsletter June 2018


Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Greetings from Germany! We pray that this finds you all well and enjoying summer activities. We are enjoying some sunshine here in Southwest Germany!

Please find attached our latest newsletter to keep you informed of some of the activities happening here. We are keeping very busy and enjoying the Lord's service in this place. Thank you for your continued prayers and support which makes it possible for us to remain here.

As always, if you have any questions or comments on the newsletter (or if you just want to let us know how YOU are doing!), we would love to hear from you.

Blessings in Christ,
Joe and Jennie

Newsletter June 2018

June
2018

A Sizzling Summer Sermon Series:
Things That Go Bump in the Night!

Join us this summer as we deal with real life issues that keep people awake at night (i.e. worry, stress, hopelessness, crisis of faith, fear of failure, death, uncertainty of the future, etc.) and rediscover the hope and peace we find in God’s Word.



Newsletter May 2018

May
2020

A Sizzling Summer Sermon Series:
Things That Go Bump in the Night!

When you were a child maybe you clutched at your covers at night, firmly believing that there was SOMETHING just waiting to get you hidden under your bed or in the closet. You thought that you would out grow your fears, but now as an adult there are monsters still in lurking in the shadows...



Newsletter April 2018

April
2018


What Easter Means to Me

Has it sunk in yet? The message of Easter; He is Risen! He is alive!

When I ponder what Easter means to me, the first word that comes to my mind is FREEDOM!



Newsletter March 2018

March
2018

At the 2017 Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) Fall Leadership Conference, LCMS President Matthew C Harrison predicted that the LCMS will decline over the next 10-15 years by over 500,000 members.

So what can we do to make sure it doesn’t happen here at Good Shepherd?

Read on!



Newsletter February 2018

February
2018

The Gospel in Seven Words

The season of Lent is a time to reflect and repent. It’s a time to confess our sins as we prepare for Holy Week. But it’s also a time to confess our faith. It’s a time to prepare to give a reason for why Holy Week is so important. That’s what this Lenten Series tries to do. It aims to equip us to confess our faith before a lost and dying world...



Newsletter January 2018

January
2018

The Good News!

As I write this another year is coming to a close; 2017 is history; one year is gone and another has begun. It’s that time of the year when many people make resolutions. So what improvements and goals have you set for yourself for the New Year?



Newsletter December 2017

December
2017

Advent Services
Wednesdays at 6:30 PM December 6th, 13th, and 20th (Dinner is served at 5:30 before each service)
The Innkeeper Elizabeth and Zechariah The Shepherd...



Newsletter November 2017

November
2017

500 on the 500th

More than 500 people attended Good Shepherd’s REFORMATION FESTIVAL on Sunday, October 29th at the Ft. Walton Beach Landing. What an exciting commemoration it was! A big THANK YOU to all of you who made this event a great success! And give thanks to the Lord for He is good! Pray that the seeds of God’s Word that were planted will grow!

To the Glory of God



Newsletter October 2017

October
2017

You can cook this goose, but within a century a swan shall arise who will prevail.” - Jon Huss, 1415 AD

The origin of the expression “Your goose is cooked” is from Jon Huss’s last words before he was burned at the stake for espousing that Scripture alone is the basis for spiritual authority and not councils nor traditions. An hundred years later in 1517, Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. Luther was the swan to Huss’s goose...



Newsletter September 2017

September
2017

Love for One Another

By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:35

1975 Eloise - 1995 Erin - 1995 Opal - 2000 Helene - 2001 Barry - 2004 Ivan - 2005 Dennis

These are the names of just some of the hurricanes that have hit our area. Help poured in from our neighbors...



Newsletter August 2017

August
2017

Jesus lived in an agricultural society where most people would have lived on a farm, worked with crops, or owned livestock. His audiences would have included shepherds, vine growers, farmers, and orchard workers.

Jesus often used stories to teach spiritual lessons. It is an effective way to teach because people remember stories.

This summer I will be sharing the STORIES AND LESSONS FROM THE FARM I grew up on in Texas, and what it taught me through them...



Newsletter July 2017

July
2017

Jesus lived in an agricultural society where most people would have lived on a farm, worked with crops, or owned livestock. His audiences would have included shepherds, vine growers, farmers, and orchard workers.

Jesus often used stories to teach spiritual lessons. It is an effective way to teach because people remember stories.

This summer I will be sharing the STORIES AND LESSONS FROM THE FARM I grew up on in Texas, and what it taught me through them...