Our Pastor interviewed on Issues Etc.

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On Nov 25, 2014, our pastor  radio host, Todd Wilken, interviewed our pastor on the Christian radio program, Issues Etc. The topic of the interview was “It’s a relationship, not a religion.” You can hear the interview by clicking here.

It’s not a Religion but a Relationship (not quite!)

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This is our pastor’s newsletter article for the December 2014-January 2015 edition of our congregational newsletter: The Shepherd’s Voice.   We’ve all heard others say it. Maybe, you’ve even said it: “Christianity is not a religion but a relationship with Christ.” Yes, we live in the age of the sound-bite, where “truths” are distilled into small, […]

Funeral for Bobbie Hansen

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The funeral service for Bobbie J. (Rawls) Hansen will be held at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home, 1947 East Seminole, Springfield, MO on Friday, November 21, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Richard Futrell officiating.  Visitation will be on Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home.  It will be a closed-casket funeral […]


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This is an article by Pr. Burnell Eckardt, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Kewanee, Illinois. Looking back on how his congregation dealt with the flu epidemic of 1918, he reflects on the reality of the Ebola virus having made its way on to our shores. Although everything he writes does not apply to […]

Infant Communion and the CTCR’s Response

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This is a theological paper that our pastor originally presented at his circuit winkel in November 2011.  It looks at infant communion from the Scriptures and also from within the history of the Church.  To open or save the Word document, click on the link below. Infant and Early Communion, with Appendix On September 13, 2014, the Lutheran […]

Pr. Richard Peckman to preach and teach on October 5 and 12

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Pastor Richard Peckman will be our guest adult Sunday School teacher and preacher in the Divine Service on October 5 and 12, 2014. Pr. Peckman recently retired and moved to Springfield, MO after serving as pastor at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Coffeyville, KS. He is the son of missionary and pastor, Reverend Henry F. […]

Dealing with Our Culture’s Sexual Standards

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This is our pastor’s article for our October, 2014 newsletter.   Dealing with Our Culture’s Sexual Standards By Pr. Rich Futrell An older person may feel out of step because he has spent much of his life living in another culture–the culture that once was. Think back to when you were a child. Do you […]

Making a Faithful Confession

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Instead of an article that I normally write, I put in its place an article written by Pr. Matthew Harrison, assistant pastor at Village Lutheran Church in Ladue, Missouri and also Synod President of the LC-MS. This is a short article that he wrote about what we can do concerning the specific and targeted Christian […]

New Adult Sunday School Class Starting in September

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Beginning in the first Sunday of September, the adult Sunday School will focus on specific questions that some have had about the Christian faith or parts of Lutheranism that may seem weird. These lessons will be from questions that some have asked, and will ask (we’ll get to the “will ask” part in a moment). […]

Pastor Futrell will continue serving at SOTHLC

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Our pastor has declined the call the serve at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Thermopolis, Wyoming.  Here is his letter that he read to our congregation on Sunday, July 20, 2014.  Note: the specific reasons for him declining the call are excised from his letter below.  He thought it was best not to list the specific reasons for […]