The Value of Patient Endurance

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This is our pastor’s newsletter article for the December 2015-January 2016 edition of our congregational newsletter.   Recently, we’ve had some discussion about singing Christmas hymns during Advent. Advent is from the first Sunday after Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve. Christmas is from December 25 to January 6. So, we’ll still let Advent be Advent, a season […]

Comfort, even in the Darkest Valley

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This is our pastor’s newsletter article for the October 2015 edition of our congregational newsletter.   In our midweek Bible class, we are studying the New Testament book of 2 Timothy. It’s a letter that the Apostle Paul wrote to (you guessed it!) Pastor Timothy. Although it’s written for a pastor, it still contains many […]

1 Corinthians 15:51-57: Funeral Sermon for Ruby Kintzinger

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Ruby Kintzinger was a long-time member of Shepherd of the Hills.  She passed away on August 20, 2015 and her funeral was on August 24.  This was her funeral sermon.   Listen, I tell you a secret. We will not all die as Ruby has died. But all of us, those who have died and those who live, […]

Misreading Scripture Alone

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This is an article that pastor came across last autumn. The author, Matthew Block, writes how many have succumbed to ancient heresies that the Church has long ago refuted. He also explains why he thinks this is the case.  When the author uses the word “evangelical,” he means Protestant Christians who do not consider themselves […]

Guest Pastor, Duane Maas, to Visit on May 31

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On May 31, 2015, our guest adult Sunday School teacher, preacher, and celebrant for the Lord’s Supper will be the Reverend Duane Maas.  Until recently, he served as associate pastor at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Springfield, Missouri (that’s how our pastor got to know him).  After “retiring,” he chose to focus his efforts in bringing the saving […]

Understanding Five Bible Verses in a Better Way

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This is our pastor’s newsletter article for May, 2015.   We each have our favorite Bible verses, which we quote, which may even help us get through dark times. But, sometimes, the way we use a verse can cause us see God or events in ways that the original writer of that verse never meant. […]

Holy Week Services

On Thursday, April 2nd, is our Maundy Thursday service at 7:00 PM, which will focus on the epicenter of Christ’s New Covenant for us: His Supper.  In this service, we will use parts from the oldest liturgies in the Church, even including the liturgy of St. James (the New Testament Church’s first liturgy used in […]

How We Got the New Testament

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This is our pastor’s newsletter article for April, 2015.  It follows last month’s article, “How We Got the Old Testament,” which you can read by clicking here. ——— The Early Church Last month, we looked at how we got the Old Testament.  The Church met in council to state which books were Scripture because three traditions […]

Lenten Services for March 4 are cancelled

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The Lenten midweek services for March 4 are cancelled.  Accumulating sleet, ice forming on the roads, and the projected forecast have led us not to have our Lenten services. But the long-term forecast for next week is all above freezing!

Church Cancelled for Sunday, March 1st

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All church activities for Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church on Sunday, March 1st are cancelled. With the below-freezing temperatures and projected snow, possible flurries, and forecasted freezing rain up to the time our Divine Service, church cancellation was the prudent choice.  Please stay indoors until the roads are again safe for travel.