Funeral for Viola Steward

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Viola Steward (nee Clark) died peacefully in her home on Tuesday, December 16, 2014.  Her funeral will be held on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church at 3:00 PM. Friends and members are invited, not only to remember Viola, but also to confess the faith she confessed and lived her […]

Internment and Committal of Don Zimmerman

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Former member of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Donald John Zimmerman, died in his sleep on December 12, 2014.  His interment and committal of the body will be at Pine Crest Cemetery in Lampe, Missouri on Thursday, Debember 18, 2014, at 1:00 PM.  Members are invited to this short, but meaningful, funeral rite of the Church. His […]

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Luke 15:1-7: Joan Botthof’s Funeral Sermon

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Jesus told a parable to those who thought they had sealed the deal with God. They didn’t need to repent–they were God’s people. So Jesus told them a parable, a story to make a point. But in that parable, Jesus also makes a point for us. But what is that point? Ah, Jesus sneaked it […]

Joan Botthof’s Memorial Service

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On Wednesday, December 3, 2014, Joan Botthof died and was transferred from the Church Militant to the Church Triumphant.  Her memorial service will be on Saturday, December 6, at 6:00 PM, at Stumpff Funeral Home, here in Kimberling City.

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. […]