“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” Acts 2:42

Pastor’s Perspective

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One of my all-time favorite hymns is Gather Us In.  It’s really no surprise because the hymns composer is Marty Haugen and I thoroughly enjoy most of Marty Haugen’s hymns and liturgies.  Gather Us In was the hymn I chose for my ordination over 13 years ago.  It was sung at my installation at First Lutheran in Onalaska, Wi, at American Lutheran in Bourbonnais, and here at Good Shepherd. The hymn begins:

Here in this place the new light is streaming, now is the darkness banished away (ELW 532)

Lately, I’ve thought a lot about this hymn and the first verse seems to echo in my mind. Maybe it’s because in a world full of so much hurt, pain and intolerance, here in this place — Good Shepherd Lutheran Church — we can boldly sing a new light is shining.

Church staff is blessed on a daily basis to see new light shining here at GSLC. Allow me to share a few stories of new light shining here, in this place.

Sometime ago, the Davis family gave the church a power wheel chair. Staff made a call to Sister Karen, one of our ministry partners at Community Resources. Just days earlier, Sister Karen had been in contact with a man looking for such a chair for his mother. We charged the chair’s battery and within a few days the man took the MTD bus to church to pick the chair up for his mom.

A few days ago, we received a call again from community resources. Sadly, Sister Karen shared with me the story of a young woman who had given birth to a stillborn baby. The funeral home was willing to perform services at cost; however, the young woman did not have the $348 to cover that bill. We were asked to help and after conversation with the funeral home the owners were very gracious and agreed to cover the entire cost.

Without question, here, in this place, a new light is shining. It’s the light that conquerors darkness. The light of goodness, truth, and love. It’s the light of Christ.

Thank you for your support of our shared ministries.

God’s peace,

Pastor Tom Hillertz

 

 

 

Church Picnic

September 2011, Champaign IL

Our youth enjoying the dunk tank during the annual church picnic.

Baby Sunday

August 2011, Champaign IL

A celebration of the all our families with children ages 3 and under.

Apple Festival

October 2011, Champaign IL

Pie-making for our annual Apple Festival, hosted by WELCA. 

Easter Egg Hunt

April 2012, Champaign IL

Children celebrate Easter together during our breakfast & egg hunt.

El Salvador Mission Trip

2011, El Salvador

Good Shepherd members work in El Salvador to rebuild a church.

Christmas

December 2011, Champaign IL

Our young ones sharing the joy of Christmas during worship.

Trunk or Treat

October 2011, Champaign IL

After trunk or treating, our costumed kids play games in the fellowship hall.