The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd        

  7800 W. McCarthy Road

Palos Heights, IL  60463



Home Up



Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd

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

Rev. Dr. Wayne A. Basch, Pastor

Rev. Chris Buresh, Associate Pastor

(708) 448-4170

June 2017




Appreciation Sunday was a glorious celebration of music and faithfulness.  God has truly blessed us with wonderful musicians and dedicated Sunday School staff.  The church staff very happily has gifted the membership with a “Eucharistic” tree which will be planted on the church grounds very soon.  Look for it as a reminder of our spirit of gratitude and love as God’s family in this place!

SPECIAL REMINDER — Worship hours change during the summer.  Beginning June 4, our Sunday morning worship will start at 8:30 AM and 10:00 AM.  This change allows worshippers more time to enjoy the activities of summer and helps us in dealing with the heat during services.  These hours will be observed through Labor day.  We will return to regular worship hours on September 10. 

Summer Vespers begin Monday, June 5 at 7:30 PM . . . a worship alternative for those whose Sunday mornings find them involved in other activities or endeavors or for those who enjoy a more informal service.  Holy Communion will be celebrated the last Monday of the month.


Summer Sunday School begins on June 4 during the 10 AM service.  We are in great need of volunteers to lead on Sundays throughout the summer.  Sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board and you can sign up once or more as you’d like.  For those that volunteer to lead, all supplies are prepped and ready to go for you to guide our children through the summer Sunday School experience.


The Deacon District Picnics are back!  Due to wonderful responses over the years, the Deacons will  continue their tradition of fellowship picnics at the parsonage.  The dates which have been designated  are June 27, 28 and 29.

You will be receiving a letter inviting you to your district gathering, but if you cannot attend on your designated date you are encouraged to join us on another date.  Picnics are potluck, with us providing hamburgers and hot dogs and they begin at 6:30 PM.  Water balloon participation is optional!  Come, relax and have fun and fellowship with your church family.  Please call the church office if you plan on attending—708/448-4170.  Thanks!


The 2017 graduates include:      



Ryan Sadowski

Ryann Scanlan


Bradley Bourbonnais

Austin Coughlin


Brother Rice

John Farano


Chicago Agricultural

Kaitlynn Pudowski


Chicago Christian

Abigail Joritz


Evergreen Park

Nicole Baldwin


Lab School

Averie Miller


Lincoln-Way East

Hunter Sweeney

Madelyn Zednick



Emie Choquette

Samantha Schoell

Adam Scribano

Gianna Tunzi



Kevin Schwenn



Joseph Bennett

Robert Ekhart

Natalie Modelski


Minooka Community

Max Meneou


Mother MacAuley

Sara Birmingham


Mount Carmel

Cameron Hupe


Oak Forest

Alexander Fitzgerald

Kaylee Lorenz           



Charles Brobst

Troy Jones

Jacob Kolodziejczyk

Matthew Kolodziejczyk

William Kretzer



Jackson Bergman

Jack Carberry

Jack Cody

Brian Maty



Olivia Bronson

Eric Kruszynski

Drake Wolan


St. Laurence

Brett Ladewig

Timothy Ladewig


A special salute to Nathan Klein as he has graduated with his Masters of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. We look forward to Nathan’s ordination into the pastoral ministry in the near future


Allison Atkenson, Millikin University with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre.

Rachel Baldwin, University of IL-Champaign-Urbana with a Masters in Library Science

Kiera Bennett, SUNY Purchase College with a B.F.A. in Theatre Design/Technology Stage Management

Emily Bronson, Elmhurst College with a B.A. in Education

Kelly Cody, Roosevelt University with a Masters in Counseling                    

Kelly Collins, University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Materials Science/Engineering

Brian DeWolf, University of Illinoi with a B.S. in Recreation Management

Chris Dowling, University of Kentucky with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

Emma Husar, University of Iowa with a B.A. in English

Ronald Luce, Saint Xavier University with a Bachelor of Business Administration—Accounting

Michael McIntyre, Valparaiso University, Bachelor of Business—Accounting

Timothy McIntyre, Valparaiso University, Bachelor of Business—Accounting

At present, it is difficult to accurately list all of our College and University graduates due to the changing of majors or extension of programs which frequently occurs. While we list a few graduates, we ask that any not identified inform Pastor Basch, Ron Skoglund or the Church Office, so that we can properly salute them as well.


The People of Good Shepherd – May 2017 Report


Lindsey Strand and Kevin Dolezal  — May 20, 2017


The Holy Baptism

Mabel Kate Spencer  — May 7, 2017

Preston Matthew McConahy — May 21, 2017


New Grandparents

Steven and Janet Adams, a granddaughter, Stella Naomi


Known to have been Hospitalized

Joanne Alsip, Joanne Borner, Beverly Burrichter, Ron Choquette, Barbara Crowl, Russell Crowl, Diane Flodin, Lisa Gibbs, Carol Gliwa, Bob Huiner, Debbie Jacques, Bill Kocanda, Guy Manning, Barb Marasovich, Derek Morg, Georgene Podewell, John Postweiler, Sylvia Rodriquez, Leah Simmonds, Eleanore Snow


Known to have Experienced Bereavement

The Borner family upon the death of Kathy’s friend, Elizabeth Kay

The Wachholz family upon the death of Erica Wickart

Sheryl and Tom Germany and the Tri-State Disposal family upon the death of Joe Heldt.

Glenda and David Klaas upon the death of Glenda’s sister, Cheryl Featherstone



Dorothy K. Robson — May 20, 2017  — Dorothy, “one special lady” died peacefully with her  

family at her side.  With motherhood as her calling, passion and joy in life, Dorothy filled every   

       day with God’s  love and care.  Our love and prayers are with her family, especially her daughter

       Lori Innocenti and family.



Congratulations to all of our High School Graduates.  We will be recognizing each of you at the 8:30 and 10:00 services on June 4 and presenting you with a small gift.  Please plan on attending one of these services.  If you are unable to attend a service on this day, please stop by the church office to pick up your gift.

Congratulations 8th Graders on your Confirmation and First Communion.  One of your new roles as an adult member of our church family is that you get to serve as acolytes.  This is an exciting and meaningful way for you to participate in the life of Good Shepherd.  There will be an acolyte training session on Sunday, June 11 at 9:30 AM.

Congratulations to Hunter Sweeney for completing his Eagle Project at Good ShepherdHunter helped refurbish, organize, and provide storage in the High School Youth Room (which is the old choir loft in the original sanctuary).  Hunter wanted his Eagle Project to make a difference for members of his church family and he has done just that.  Thank you Hunter!  Once all of the required paperwork is complete, Hunter should become an Eagle Scout this summer.

Thank you to everyone who helped with the Garage Sale this year.  More than 60 volunteers helped with the sale this year, not to mention all the people who donated items. Over $11,600 was raised to help support our High School Mission Trip to Benton Harbor in June.  Without the help of our many volunteers, this sale wouldn’t have been possible.  So, whether you donated items, helped sort or price, picked-up furniture, cleaned, fixed, or folded items, cashiered, wrapped, carried, supplied treats for your fellow volunteers, helped pack-up, and everything in between, your help was greatly appreciated.  Thank you to everyone for your help.


Thank you to the 2016-2017 Sunday school Staff! We appreciate all the dedication and hard work you put towards Sunday school this past year.  The children greatly reflect all of your efforts!

Nursery Teachers: Chris Hassel and Wendy Kraiss

Preschool Teachers:  Nicky Davies and Beth Bort

Kindergarten Teachers:  Caroline Aurelio and Adam Scribano

First Grade Teachers:  Melinda Moore and Kristen Schmidt

Second/Third Grade Teachers: Jen Anderson and Sue Markel

Fourth/Fifth Grade Teachers:  Joanne Aurelio and Lisa Jarmoszka

Classroom Assistants: Emily Aurelio, Sophia Scribano, Linnea Marsh, Ashley Rauch, Joyce Grochowski, Alexa Tunzi, Gianna Tunzi, Lauren Yazumbeck, Samantha Ekhart, Annie Swanson, Jada Tomes, Lauren Pengiel, Olivia Good, Welby Moore, Isabella Podewell, Matthew Yazumbeck, Leah Pengiel, Isabella Markel, Caroline Huttner, Amanda Niemeier, Jersey Merrick, Madison Stromsky, Matthew Aurelio, Ray Scribano

Support Staff: Jamie Ekhart, Michelle Bendoraitis, Michelle Ladewig, Lindsay Harrah

Music Director: Michelle Podewell

Accompanist: Lauren Pengiel

Guitarist: Kyle Gansel

Good News Gang Puppeteers: Jan Nelson; Director, Javion Ausec, Samantha Ekhart, Jessica Ekhart, Mari Jarmoszka, Donovan Pierce, Isabella Podewell, Victoria Schlange, Nick Slager, Gordon Stroobosscher and Harrison Stroobosscher.


Special Thanks to…..

……our wonderful church Nursery Volunteers: Katie DiMambro, Cassie Facko, Joanna Bergmann, Christina Gansel, Jamie Canvin, and Becca Sweeney! You are truly a blessing and we are grateful for the care that you give so faithfully to the littlest members of our church family.

…the members of the Youth and Education Committee for putting together such a wonderful luncheon for the Sunday school staff. 


The Palos Pantry has a large number of families requesting food.  The Good Shepherd family continues to help with much needed donations.  While any food item is ALWAYS appreciated, special requests for June include:  tuna, canned meats, rice and noodle dinners, jello, baby food and crackers.  Personal size toiletries are always welcome.  Sincere thanks for your ongoing support.

Homeless Cooking is reaching out to those less fortunate!  The next cooking for the homeless is Tuesday, June 13 at 9:30 AM.


Our Tuesday Groups wrap up another year of faithful growth and discussion with a closing service and luncheon on June 6 at 11:00 AM.  All participants are encouraged to celebrate our call to grow in our understanding of God’s word as God’s family in this place.


Tuesday afternoons offer a nice time to gather and explore God’s work in our own lives and the lives of others. This group, open to anyone, just started reading, Half Truths: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves and Other Things the Bible Doesn’t Say by Adam Hamilton. Feel free to come even if you’ve not read the book. Contact Chris Buresh (448-4170 or for more information.  June 6 is our last class before the summer break.


Theology Pub is a relaxed gathering of people having conversation around the intersections of faith and practical life. No preparation is necessary. Come to listen and share your thoughts as the Spirit moves you. Our next gathering will be on June 13  at 7:00 PM at Hackney’s (12300 S. LaGrange in Palos Park). Contact Chris Buresh (448-4170 or for more information.


*PATIENCE PLEASE*  McCarthy Road from Harlem to LaGrange is being resurfaced.  We have been assured that access to church will not be hindered and look forward to completion of the project some time this month.  Thank you for your understanding!


“OFF” Club meets on June 21 this month for a fun get together of hot dogs and a movie.  We will also test your film knowledge with some questions about films, performers and interesting trivia about the entertainment genre...with prizes!  Then we'll move to Bethany Hall to enjoy our movie.  Come and join a welcoming group of ladies and gents who like food, fun and fellowship!  We start at 11 AM in the Family Life Center.    


“Body and Soul,” the men’s group that includes time for recreation and reflection, has become a close group of support and friendship for men in our congregation.  The group meets in the summer for basketball only at 8:00 PM on Mondays.


Six Flags, here we come! All High School and Confirmation Students are invited to attend a day of fun at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, IL on Tuesday, July 18.  The cost for this trip is $25, which includes transportation and a ticket into the park (please note that group tickets no longer provide admission to Hurricane Harbor, so if you want to go to the waterpark, you will need to pay an additional fee). Please sign up on the bulletin board, or call Ron Skoglund at (708) 448-4170 to reserve your spot.  Any youth who has a season pass or another ticket is welcome to join our group for $5, to help cover the cost of our adult volunteers.  Adults are needed to drive our group to and from the park, so if you are willing to have a fun day with a group of young people, please see Ron.  All adults receive a free ticket as thanks for volunteering to spend the day with our group.  All Junior Choir Members who participated in the musical are invited to join us as well at no cost.  Please sign up on or before July 14, if possible, so the correct number of tickets can be ordered.


A meeting for all of the High School Mission Trip participants and their parents will be on Tuesday, June 13 at 7:00 PM.  At this meeting we will go through all of the specific details of our trip as well as turn in all forms.  If you cannot attend, please call Ron to schedule an individual meeting.


Take Good Shepherd out to a Ball Game reminder…Reserve your tickets now (by June 18) to join us at a Windy City Thunderbolts Baseball Game on July 8. The game begins at 6:05 PM and there will be fireworks after the game.  The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.  Payment and reservations are due by June 18.   Tickets are $5 per person.  Babies and Toddlers age 3 and under are free as long as they sit on a parent’s lap.  If they need a seat…a ticket is needed.  Please plan to pick up your tickets on June 25.  Everyone meets at the baseball stadium.  Parking is $2.  Plan on joining us for a fun evening!


Join us for an imaginative and impacting adventure!  Maker Fun Factory…Created by God*Built for a Purpose Vacation Bible School  July 10th – 14th  9:00 AM – 12 Noon

VBS Registration is now taking place!  Sunday mornings between the services beginning with June 4th and on Wednesday and Thursday mornings beginning June 1st from 10:00 AM 12 Noon.  Early registration is strongly recommended.  VBS fee is $10 per student.


HELP! More VBS Volunteers are needed  to run a successful week of Vacation Bible School.  The following help is needed:  teachers (PreK 3’s, PreK 4’s, and 3rd Grade), class group assistants, and a Kid Vid Cinema Assistant.  The sign-up sheets are posted on the bulletin board, please take a look to see where your gifts and talents can be put to use.  We’d love to have you join in!

VBS Volunteers, please take note and mark your calendar for the ALL STAFF MEETING on June 26 at 7:00 PMIt is an important meeting to attend.  If you are unable to make it please contact Mrs. Lori via email ( or phone and let her know.


VBS set up/decorate dates are July 3 and July 5-7.  We need many volunteers!  Please, if you can spare any time during the week, come over to the church and we will put your hands to work.  We will need help with coloring, basic painting, tracing, cutting, setting up and covering tables, counting, sorting, and constructing.  On Wednesday, July 5, we will serve pizza at 12:30 PM to those who are there to help.  Set up and decorating sheet is on the bulletin board or call the church and let Lori know that you would like to help.

VBS mini décor constructing sessions will be available this year.  If you would like to help out we would love to have you join in on any of the following dates June 15, 20, 21, 27, 29 from 10 AM 12 Noon.  Wear clothes that can get messy.

Vacation Bible School has a wish list of items that would help with décor, crafting, and for general use during the week.  If you are able to donate any of the following items for VBS it would be greatly appreciated.  Items needed are: tubs of baby wipes, paper towels, empty gallon WATER jugs with caps, baking parchment paper, Sharpie Markers (black), glue sticks, markers (washable), cardboard boxes-all sizes; especially large appliance size, Large blankets, throw pillows, Mega Blocks building blocks, Legos, and gift cards to: Walmart, Target, Menards, Lowes, Jewel, or Michaels-Hobby Lobby-Joanne Fabrics (craft supply stores).

VBS has a wish list for snacks, too.  You are able to view that list and sign up for items to donate at the VBS registration table on Sunday mornings or during the week.  Please feel free to stop by.

BOWLERS are needed to fill our next year’s Good Shepherd Bowling League.  If you would like to join our once a month on Saturday starting at 4:00 PM League, please call the church office or sign up on the bulletin board.  This year’s officers Lori and  Tony Puttkammer are excited to get things rolling.  By the way, they are officers by virtue of being this year’s champions!  Thank you to Gail and Ron Jurkovic for serving as officers last year.


Think Spring and Help!  The Landscape Team is looking for additional volunteers in the coming season.  Pick your own personal plot of landscape around our church from the chart we’ll have on display in the church narthex during the month of May.  Just be responsible for maintaining your plot by pulling weeds, cultivating and removing spent flowers.  We’ll do the watering.  Sign up for your choice.  You’ll be working on your own schedule; whenever is convenient for you and as the work is needed.  Thanks for volunteering.


Speaking of needing help...wonderful senior member is looking for a Sunday companion to take her to church and enjoy the day.  This paid position will be rewarding in many ways!  If interested, please contact Pastor Basch (448-4170).


Enclosed in this mailing please find the most recent directory of our membership provided by Cathedral Publishers.  This directory is done at no cost to the church because of the generous individuals who purchased advertisements exhibited in the directory.  Please support these businesses in appreciation of their support of our community.  If you would be interested in supporting this Directory with an ad, please contact the church office.

A greeter schedule is posted on the bulletin board. Please sign up on the bulletin board to serve as a greeter and extend a warm welcome to your fellow members and visitors.



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