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Heirs

As families we are heirs of the lives of those who have gone before us. This is true for our individual families, as well as our families of faith. It has certainly been true lately at Shepherd. A few weeks ago Brian, our Elementary Age Ministry Coordinator was able to more fully live into the […]


The Spirit is Alive at SOTH

When I woke up on the morning of Pentecost Sunday, I knew it was going to be an intense day for me and the closer I got to the church, the more nervous I was becoming. I must have played dozens of scenarios out in my head to mentally prepare myself for any and all […]


Partnership, Prayers, Tapestry, Tragedy and Real Presence

It’s my worst nightmare for something to happen to one of my children and I know I’m not alone. Sometimes, my friend Molly and I will talk about it together and we almost can’t say the words aloud. We whisper, “I don’t know what I would do if anything happened to…” and then fill in the […]


Miracles

This is an entry from Pastor Melissa’s blog written before her son Christopher was found on May 4th, 2017 in the Mississippi River. I share it with all of you because Melissa’s faithfulness and ability to proclaim hope in Christ shines through her writing. Throughout all of her heart-break over Chris’s death Melissa keeps reaching […]


The Gift of the Reformation

On Tuesday afternoon I was back at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey for my 20th class reunion. It was humbling and wonderful to be back on campus. The topic of the panel discussion on Tuesday was the 500th anniversary of the reformation being celebrated around the world this year in October. The best […]


Engagement Appeal

May 8, 2017 Dear Friends at SOTH: Our church council is launching a new strategic planning process we are calling an “Engagement Appeal.” The goal of our appeal is to create a connected family of faith through listening sessions that will culminate in a new strategic plan with broad-based input and support. You and your […]


What Month Is it?

Every month it seems has its many assigned observances and related activities. May’s most recognized is perhaps breast cancer awareness which has a huge walk/ fundraiser and free mammograms for those who need it. Men’s health awareness has few shaving in November, etc. While this is great in highlighting and adding awareness and education to […]


Loving our Neighbor: Living our Faith

We went to Chicago last weekend and while we walked by a number of people who were begging for money on the streets, one man in particular stood right in the middle of our path and directly asked us for money. “No, I’m sorry.” I muttered. I actually didn’t have any cash on me at […]


Seeing Faith through New Eyes

This past Lent we took a decidedly different approach to Wednesday evening worship services. We invited guest speakers to join us asking them to reflect on our Christian faith through the lens of our Muslim brothers and sisters. We heard from two Luther Seminary professors, the Program Director of Refugee Services at Lutheran Social Services, […]


Finding Common Ground – A Panel Discussion

Who we are: One of the things I hope for our family of faith is to be relationally connected enough to have difficult, honest conversations and remain brothers and sisters in Christ. Our vision statement indicates that we desire to be a “connected family of faith, inspired by God to positive influence our community and world.” […]