This is our pastor’s newsletter article for the October edition of our newsletter.   At our last Voters’ Assembly, I said it was dangerous for a pastor to reveal too much personal information about himself.  Why?  Some in their “empire building” use such information to hurt and harm the pastor to achieve some goal.  It’s […]

Understanding Alzheimer’s


This is our pastor’s article for the September issue of our newsletter.   We are defective copies of imperfect copies of flawed copies.  Humanity’s fall into sin introduced, not only death but also physical decay and disease.  We admit as much every Sunday in our Confession of Sin: “We are by nature sinful” (LSB 151, […]

Jackie Roschi’s Funeral Sermon

Jackie Roschi2

2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9 Hebrews 11:1-2, 35, 39-12:1-2 Luke 15:1-7   Jackie was an enigma to me.  I don’t mean as a friend but as a pastor.  We met a few years ago, and the specifics of our first meeting are now forgotten memories to me. Jackie was a neighbor and our paths often crossed.  […]

Thursday’s Bible Class on Esther is at 1:00 PM


For July 7, the Thursday Bible Class will meet at 1:00 PM.  Pastor will be officiating a funeral and so the class time is meeting an hour earlier. Next week, July 14, the class should meet again at the normal, 2:00 PM time.

Memorial Service for Jackie Roschi

Jackie Roschi

Jackie Roschi’s memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. at the Kimberling City Senior Center, Pastor Richard Futrell officiating. Jacqueline Roschi, of Kimberling City, MO was the daughter of Arthur and Wilhelmine (Berner) Roschi.  She was born on August 11, 1931 in Milwaukee, WI and departed this life on […]

Our Take on Purgatory, Pt. 2

Refining Fire

This is the concluding article on the Lutheran view of the Roman-Catholic doctrine of purgatory.   Continuing our look into the Roman-Catholic doctrine of purgatory, Rome teaches: All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death, they undergo purification, so as to achieve […]

The Lutheran Church and Purgatory, Pt. 1


This is our pastor’s newsletter article for the June 2016 issue of our congregational newsletter. Last month, we looked the body’s resurrection and the intermediate state of our souls being in heaven until Jesus calls forth our bodies on the Last Day. The Roman-Catholic Church also believes in an intermediate state of existence for heaven-bound […]

“Garage” Sale on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14

Garage Sale

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church is having a “garage” sale in our multipurpose room on Friday, May 13, from 8:00 A.M.-4 P.M. and Saturday, May 14, from 8:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.  We have lots of household items, clothes, antiques, and more. Extra Bonus: Our Ladies Auxiliary will have a bake sale and will serve lunch. […]

Action, Reaction… Overreaction?

Resurrection of the Body and Eternal Life

This is our pastor’s newsletter article for May 2016 on the resurrection of the body. We speak of this reality: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.  In Church history, however, this may be an understatement.  For what happens if you define yourself by what you are not, instead of who you are? […]

John 3:5, 16: Donna Defferding’s Funeral Sermon

Believe and Baptized

We face death as we face life—with our eyes fixed on Jesus.  We cling to the promises of His Word, which, when facing death, seem even more incredible and powerful.  We find one of our Lord’s most beautiful promises in John chapter 14: “In My Father’s house are many rooms; if that were not so, […]