People of God!

We enter May with our Confirmation Sunday right away on May 2nd in our second service! We have 8 outstanding 8th Graders this year: Jack Bailey, Riley Mulder, Isaiah Towne, Brianna Bentz, Delaney Hopma, Kendal Rachow, Paige Ramthun, and Reese Tryska! They have learned much to reach this spiritual milestone in their lives as followers and disciples of Jesus Christ. Our prayer for each of them is that they will continue to grow in their faith and love for Jesus and that they will stay involved in His Church and participate in all our Youth activities. I thank their Dads and Moms, and some grandparents, too, who walked along side their children or grandchildren throughout their Confirmation instruction and served as strong faith examples for them.

We also look forward to celebrating and thanking God for our Moms on Mother's Day, Sunday May 9th. For those of you whose Mom is still living, treasure her, spend time with her, love her. That day will come when you will painfully miss her presence.

Kathi Strahl Open House will be held in our Youth House on Saturday, May 15th, from 2-4 pm. Refreshments will be served. Please come and thank Kathi for her 34 years of service as our Good Shepherd Preschool Aide! She has been such a blessing and has ministered to a couple generations of children now adults with their children attending!

Our 150th Anniversary Committee under the leadership of Keith Ramthun is doing an excellent job planning our celebration events for next year! We have five out of six months filled with visiting Pastors -- sons of our congregation who have entered the ministry -- Pastor Tom Block, Pastor Russ Johnson, Pastor Shayne Jonker, Seminarian Micah Brooks, and our former Vicar Paul Gaschler, now an ordained Pastor. We have a logo picked by you our members: "Faith of Generations" by Chris Rogers! Well done, Chris! Now we are asking for you to design the logo to go along with the slogan. You can drop your entry off at the Church Office. Once all are received, the congregation will vote for the winning logo. The designer will be awarded a $250 gift card.

At the time of this writing the Brooks Family is anxiously awaiting son Micah's Vicarage Call Service on Monday, May 26th to see where he will be placed for the next year under a mentoring pastor and caring congregation! Deb and I will be going down to Fort Wayne to attend the Call Service. What is very nerve wracking about all this is that no one knows where these young men will be placed until their name is called out with their assignment during the service! Very exciting! We trust the Lord will place him where he needs to be.

It is encouraging to see more of our members coming back to worship in God's House as many of them have received their Vaccinations. I had my second Maderna shot on April 16th. I encourage you to return when you are ready. And if you are not yet ready to return but will worship with us online, I would be delighted to give you private Communion by appointment either in your home or at church. Just let me know.

God is good!

  ~ Pastor Brooks