The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd        

  7800 W. McCarthy Road

Palos Heights, IL  60463



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Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd

7800 W. McCarthy Rd., Palos Heights, IL  60463


February, 2018

 Lent is the “springtime” of the church.   Out of the darkness and cold of sin’s winter emerges a people — the church — reborn in their Lord’s resurrection.  On the journey of repentance, we are led to Holy Week’s bitter story and ultimately Easter’s fulfilling joy!  These 40 days are the first half of a large rainbow which leads to the 50 days of Easter and the celebration of our rebirth in Christ.


 The worship of this month reflects the moods, the passion and the hope of the season.  This year’s mid-week Lenten services entitled “Thy Will Be Done” will include presentations of Biblical characters who sought to follow “God’s Will” in their lives.  Each drama is designed to draw us into the reality and significance of our Savior’s death, leading us to the miracle of our salvation.  Services are at 10:00 AM and 7:30 PM, and the late service will include the “Witness to the Faith” as presented by the members of our eighth grade confirmation students.


    Come and join the journey, beginning with Ash Wednesday services on February 14 at 10:00 AM and    7:30 PM, as we gather for Holy Communion, reflect on our mortality and hear God’s word of promise. The    10:00 AM service will be followed by our annual luncheon honoring our members who are 65 or more years young.  This year the Adult Activities Committee, chaired by Shawn Erickson, has planned a “Valentines” theme.    Volunteers are needed to help serve this luncheon from 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM.


   The Wednesday evening Lenten Suppers will begin on Wednesday, February 21 and will occur on the five Wednesday evenings in Lent.  Dinner will be served promptly at 6:15 PM.  A free will offering will be collected to help support our youth who will be participating in this year’s ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston in June.  Come out for a light supper consisting of soup, salad, and sandwiches and enjoy the friendship and fellowship of your fellow church members before attending the midweek Lenten Services.  If anyone would be willing to donate soup, a salad, or dessert for any of our Lenten Suppers, please sign up on the bulletin board or see Ron.



    You may notice something missing from this year’s mailing.  Due to cost effectiveness, we are not sending “Lenten coin folders” to everyone.  We have ordered, however, a sufficient number of folders for those who find this Lenten discipline meaningful.  Please pick up a coin folder in the narthex or church office and use this as a devotional aid in embracing this Lenten season as a time for prayer and repentance.


    Lent is the season in the church year in which we prepare for the celebration of  life; the new life of  spring, the new life of the resurrection.  May your journey through the cocoon of Lent lead to the joy and beauty of Easter’s butterfly.


People of Good Shepherd – January 2018 Report


New Parents

Katie and Alex McVicker, a daughter, Zoey


Known to have been hospitalized

Joanne Borner, Ray Borner, Cindy Gansel, Carol Gliwa, Harold Harrington, Virginia Jones, John King, Char Mathis, Terry Minnaut, Bill Petritsch, Maxine Piha, Georgene Podewell, Dolores Radtke, Wally Ross, Bill Teigeler, Tom Thoss


Known to have Experienced Bereavement

The Sabatino family upon the death of Judy’s sister, Nancy Domzalski

Jan Nelson and family upon the death of her aunt, Sue Scott

The Pempek family upon the death of Gail’s cousin, Elaine Rigan

The Nelson family upon the death of Craig and Scott’s mother, Lillian

The family and friends of Carole Bateman



      Clara Irene Scheibel — December 27, 2017

      John H. Stedwell — December 31, 2017 — After a brief illness, “Jack” joined the love of his life, Mary Jane in eternal bliss and celebrated Christmas in Heaven.  Our prayers and love are with his daughters, Janet Tuma and Linda Stevens and their families.

      Robert Steven Sprinkle — January 3, 2018 — With suddenness, Steve died during the holidays.  We pray that the song of the angels and the message of peace embraces Steve’s sister, Sue Withers and the entire Sprinkle family.



Blood Drive . . . The annual blood drive will be held on Sunday, February 25 from 8:15 to 12:45.  You will be able to register for an appointment starting Sunday, February 4 in the narthex or please check the bulletin  board.   Please consider taking some time to give the gift of  blood—it’s a gift of life!

Easter Lilies, Tulips and Hyacinths will add to the beauty of our sanctuary on      Easter Sunday, April 1.  Forms will be available in next month’s newsletter and a sign-up sheet will be posted on the bulletin board.  All orders will be due the week of  March 12. 



Save the date for Pastor Basch’s Retirement Celebration on Sunday,       July 29, 2018. There will be a  Cake and Coffee Reception immediately following the 10:00 service in the Family Life Center.  A  Luncheon will be held at Tuscany Falls in Mokena from 1:30-5:30 PM.  Tickets for the luncheon will be available in April, 2018.


Witness to the Faith Topics 2018


Wednesday, Feb. 21                          “I Believe in God the Father” – Jonathan Castor

7:30 PM                                               “I Believe in God the Son” – Matthew Kuban

                                                              “I Believe in God the Holy Spirit” – Jersey Merrick


Wednesday, Feb. 28                          “Jesus the Teacher” – Jennifer Rizzo

7:30 PM                                               “Jesus the Miracle Worker” – Christian Finnegan

                                                              “Jesus the Savior” – Madison Stromsky


Wednesday, Mar. 7                           “Christmas:  the Gift of God” – Connor Janik  

7:30 PM                                               “Easter:  the Gift of Life” – Linnea Marsh

                                                              “Pentecost:  the Gift of the Spirit” – Joshua Walsh


Wednesday, Mar. 14                       “Martin Luther:  Man of Faith” – Erik Nelson

 7:30 PM                                             “What It Means to be a Saint” – Karsyn Williams

                                                              “Holy Communion and My Life” – Daniel Boudreau                                      

Sunday, Mar. 18                                “Psalm 23” – Annika Spoerl

11:00 AM                                             “Romans 8:31-39” – Nick Fabish


Wednesday, Mar. 21                        “Being a Disciple of Christ” – Madison Drebing

7:30 PM                                               “What the Church Means to Me” – Jacob Collins

                                                              “Making Decisions of Faith” – Karson Rosello


Thursday, Mar. 29                             “How God’s Grace Comes to Us” – Emily Aurelio

7:30 PM                                               “Holy Baptism and My Life” – Sawyer White


Friday, Mar. 30                                  “Why We Call Good Friday Good” – Joshua Talluto

12:30 PM                                             “The Ten Commandments and My Life” – Emma Zednick



Reaching out to those less fortunate!  The next cooking date for the homeless is February 13 at 9:30 AM.  We continue to take food to the Palos Food Pantry.  February request includes:  Spaghetti O’s, canned ravioli, canned meats, canned fruit, crackers and baby food.  The need continues and donations of any other items are always appreciated.

Once again, the Missions Committee will be sponsoring the “Easter Blessings Bag” collection which will benefit clients of the Palos Food Pantry.  More details will be provided in the March Newsletter.

The Missions Committee encourages you to read the numerous thank you letters we have received from those ministries we were able to support this past year.  The letters are posted on the church bulletin board.  We continue to focus our mission efforts in support of the many worthwhile efforts of Christian care and service with which we have come in contact.  The Committee reminds you that great care is used to insure that our gifts are used for the purposes we intend.  We encourage everyone to continue to use their white monthly mission’s envelope in care of others.  Please help us in aiding the relief efforts of our church in support of these needy causes.  Thank You!

Faith Discussion...Dropping off your young person for Confirmation?  Think about sticking around for fellowship and make some new friends. On Mondays, at 7:00 PM, a group of adults meets in the Conference Room to share in prayer, partake in a video, and have discussion. During February, we will meet every Monday except February 19 (Presidents’ Day).

1The Tuesday Groups  are back in action! The 9:30 AM Prayer Group is discussing “Goliath Must Fall” by Louie Giglio. The 10:30  AM Bible Study is studying the words of “Exodus.”   Consider coming to the church for the Tuesday, 4:00 PM Discussion Group if you’re interested in discovering new viewpoints on the Bible. We are having lots of fun with Rob Bell’s new book, “What Is The Bible?” and this month will continue, and possibly finish this one before moving on to a new one. We meet weekly to discuss an assigned reading (or whatever else comes up) and contemplate how we live according to our faith. Contact Chris Buresh (708-448-4170 or for more information.

The Thursday Evening Bible Discovery Group continues their study of  “Revelations.”  Study begins at 7:30 PM with a half hour of prayer before class for those interested in devotional prayer.  This group will be taking a Lenten break after the February 22 class. 

All groups are always open to new participants as we seek to continue to grow in knowledge and faith.  Come and join us!

Do you have questions about the faith we share? Do you like food and drink? If so, join us at Theology Pub as we eat, drink, and enjoy some discussion around questions of the faith we share. We meet again at 7:00 pm on February 27 at Joe Daniels’ (12218 S. Harlem Ave.). Any and all are welcome. Contact Chris Buresh (708-448-4170 or for more information. Hope to see you there.

The “OFF Club” started the New Year off with their “New Year’s Party.”  Everyone enjoyed fellowship while dining on the great appetizers and desserts brought by the members.  What a spread!  This was followed by a great presentation on Hamilton’s Women which was very informative.  For our February lunch, we will be having a spaghetti dinner with salad and dessert.  And for our fun we will be playing the dice game LCR...Left, Center, Right.  It is a very fun game so we hope that you will come and join us; bring about $1.00 worth of dimes.  The “OFF Club” meets every third Wednesday and is for everyone over the age of 55.  You are welcome to come and visit with us two times and then we hope that you will decide to become a member.  Dues for the year are just $15.00 and we pay $5.00 at each meeting.

Body and Soul,” our men’s group, continues to play basketball every Monday evening at 8:00 PM.  Come and join this fun group!

Are you looking for a treat for your family or someone special?  To help raise funds for our trip to Houston in June, the High School Youth Gathering participants are hosting a spaghetti dinner and dessert auction immediately following the 11:00 AM service on Sunday, February 11.  There will be a free will offering for the dinner.  At approximately 12:45 PM, we will begin the dessert auction.  For those of you who haven’t attended a dessert auction before, it is an entertaining and fun way to bid on homemade desserts for you to take home and share with your family.  Please come and enjoy an afternoon of good food and fellowship while supporting the youth of our church.  As the Pillsbury Doughboy says, “Nothing says lovin’ like something from the oven.”

Do you enjoy baking?  Desserts are needed for the dessert auction on February 11.  If you would be willing to provide a homemade dessert to be auctioned off, please sign up on the bulletin board or see Ron.  Desserts should be brought to church on the 11 and dropped off in the kitchen or Family Life Center between 8:30 and 11:15 AM.


There will be a Youth Gathering meeting on Sunday, February 18 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM for all trip participants.  Details about this meeting will be mailed to all trip participants before the meeting.  Please let Ron know if you will be unable to attend this meeting.

The Confirmation Basketball League continues play on Saturday mornings.  Games are at 9:00 AM.  All Confirmation Students and their friends in grades 6-8 are welcome.  Please see Ron Skoglund, Pastor Buresh, or Pastor Basch if you have any questions about the league.

The High School Basketball League continues play on Tuesday evenings.  Games are at 7:00 and 8:00 PM.  Team schedules are posted on the bulletin board across from Lori’s office.

Thinking about cleaning out your basement, or attic?  The annual Garage Sale is tentatively scheduled for May 4—5.  More details about item drop-offs and pick-ups will be available in the April and/or May Parish Papers.

Home Baked goodies for sale!  The Sunday school children will be hosting a bake sale on February 4 in the Narthex between services.  The funds raised will support Palos Food Pantry.  Please be sure to stop by the bake sale and fulfill your sweet tooth as well as the Sunday school’s mission to help feed those that are hungry.

Vacation Bible School 2018 Planning . . . is in the works!  We will have a planning meeting on Tuesday, February 27 at 7:00 PM.  Volunteers from last summer and those who would be interested in helping to brainstorm for the 2018 VBS are welcome to join the meeting.

. . . February 16 – February 17   Please plan to arrive between 6:45 PM and 7:00 PM on February 16.    Our evening begins promptly at 7:00 PM on February 16 and ends on February 17 at 8:30 AM.  The lock-in will include the mission task of grocery shopping, with the money raised from the Sunday school bake sale, to purchase food for the Palos Food Pantry.  We will need parent volunteers to help provide transportation to the local Jewel Food Store and back, as well as chaperone a group while shopping.  All 5th Grade Sunday school students will receive paperwork and permission forms.  Please have these permission forms returned to Mrs. Lori by February 11.

February’s Fellowship Event . . . an outing to LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Schaumburg on Sunday February 25 still has openings available for you to join us!  All those wishing to attend must sign-up by February 4.  Families will meet at the Center by 1:50 PM and gather at the entrance.  Mrs. Lori will confirm our group at check in and we will have from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM to enjoy the 2 floors of LEGOLAND.  They have a café on site for snack purchases and a Lego retail store as well.  Parking is free in the lot located across from the AMC Loews theatres.  Children 2 and under are free.  Ticket price is $7 per person attending. 

            Hockey Anyone?  March’s Fellowship Event will be spent cheering on the Chicago Wolves to victory!  ALL ages are welcome to join us for a Sunday afternoon of great fun on March 18 at 3 PM.  Tickets will be $10 per person and ticket reservations must be made by March 4.  All participants will meet at the AllState Arena in Rosemont.  Reserve your tickets on the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board or email/call Lori Puttkammer today!

It’s that time of year again — to update our annual church directory.  Please notify the office of any change in address or telephone number as soon as possible.  Thank you!!

The 2018 Flower Chart is posted on the bulletin board outside pastor’s office.  Donors may use this opportunity to celebrate anniversaries, weddings and birthdays or to remember a loved one.  The cost of the flowers is $40.00 and checks should be made payable to Good Shepherd Chancel Guild.


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