To our new or prospective members-
We welcome you in Jesus' name to our spiritual
family here at Shepherd of the Grove. Our congregation has been serving God's
people in this area with Word and Sacrament since 1973. We would like to
serve all your spiritual needs too. We have prepared this brief summary of
our congregation's beliefs, practices, and programs so that you might get
to know us better.
Shepherd of the
Grove is a congregation affiliated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri
As Missouri Synod Lutherans we believe -
one God who has revealed Himself to us in three Divine Persons-God
the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit;
this Triune God has caused His Word to be perfectly recorded in the Old and
New Testament Scriptures by inspiration of the Holy Spirit; therefore, the
Bible has no mistakes or errors of any kind and can be absolutely trusted
yesterday, today and forever;
by His almighty Word, God created a perfect world in six (24-hour) days,
but that this perfect world was ruined by Adam and Eve's rebellion. Their
sin has corrupted all humanity so that all people are now conceived and born
dead in sin and under God's wrath;
out of pure, undeserved love God sent His eternal Son into our sinful world
to assume our flesh and to satisfy God's anger against our sins by His perfect
life and His innocent suffering and death on the cross;
this same Son of God, Jesus Christ, not only died for the sins of humanity,
but that He rose bodily from the dead after three days;
for Jesus' sake God has graciously pardoned the entire world and this is
the good news or "Gospel" which Jesus wants His Church to proclaim to all
God distributes His forgiveness and is present today among His people through
the "means of grace" (His Word and Sacraments);
Baptism is one of these "means of grace" through which God, by
water and His Word, calls people (including infants and little children)
into His Church or family, gives them the new birth of faith, and forgives
them all their sins;
the Lord's Supper is another "means of grace" in which our risen Savior
gives His true body to eat and His true blood to drink hidden in, with, and
under the outward forms of bread and wine for the forgiveness of all their
since those who do not believe in the bodily presence of Christ Jesus in
the Sacrament also receive Jesus' true body and blood with the bread and
wine, we ask those who are uninstructed or who do not agree with the doctrines
of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod to refrain from receiving the
Lord's Supper ("closed communion") until they are properly instructed;
finally, that our risen Savior Jesus will return visibly to this world on
the last day and as He has promised to assign all unbelievers to eternal
punishment in hell but to take all true believers to live with Himself in
As a unified
family, we expect all our members to actively participate in:
WORSHIP SERVICES are regularly held every Sunday morning at 8 AM - Traditional
and 10:30 AM - Contemporary. Other worship services are conducted during
the year to celebrate special events in the life and ministry of our Lord;
these service times are announced in the church bulletin.
LORD'S SUPPER At the Reformation the Lutheran Churches celebrated the Lord's
Supper "every Sunday and on other festivals" (Apology XXIV, 1). We
follow this fine custom and so offer the Lord's Supper every Sunday alternating
weeks between services. Individual glasses and the common cup are offered
at each Divine Service.
- Since we believe
that our Lord wants people to agree in faith and doctrine before joining
at the Communion Table (see 1 Corinthians 1:10; 10:17; Romans 16:17), we
respectfully ask those who are not members in a congregation affiliated with
the LCMS and not in complete agreement with the teachings and practices of
our congregation to make arrangements to consult with the Pastor or one of
the Elders before participating in the Lord's Supper.
- We ask those
attending the Sacrament to register their attendance by filling out a white
Communion Card in the pew. We also encourage communicants to prepare themselves
to attend our Lord's Supper by reading Luther's "Christian Questions and
Answers For Those Who Intend to Go to the Sacrament" (see the Small
Catechism, pages 39-42 or Lutheran Service Book inside cover).
EDUCATION has always been a top priority at Shepherd of the Grove Lutheran
Church. Jesus commanded, "Make disciples of all nations baptizing them…and
teach them to keep everything I have commanded you" (Matthew 28).
SCHOOL is held for all age groups every Sunday morning at 9:30 AM from September
- May, staffed by qualified and dedicated teachers.
BIBLE STUDY our Pastor conducts a Bible Study year round on Sunday mornings
during the Sunday school hour (9:15-10:15). A Thursday morning Bible class
is also offered from 9:30-11:00.
CARE CHILDCARE CENTER is a ministry that supports families with young children
by building strong bonds of friendship, gently guiding the children as they
grow and helping them learn about Jesus by celebrating the wonder of God's
love for us. Shepherd's Care accepts children from infancy to school-age.
The Lord urges us, "Bring up your children in the training and instruction
of the Lord" (Ephesians 6). For more information or enrollment, contact
Susanne Herrlin or Aislinn Anderson, co-directors, at firstname.lastname@example.org or
to confirmation, classes are offered to children in grades 4 - 8. Midweek
(grades 4-5) and Confirmation (grades 6-8) Classes are held Wednesday evenings.
The Bible and Luther's Small Catechism are taught. We expect all children
to attend these classes regularly and faithfully in preparation for confirmation.
Specific dates and times of the classes are determined at the beginning of
each school year and announced both directly to parents and in the Sunday
CATECHESIS OR DISCIPLESHIP 101 classes are held twice a year, both for members
who wish to review our Lutheran doctrine and for non-members who wish to
learn more about the doctrines and practices of the Lutheran Church or who
wish to become members of Shepherd of the Grove Lutheran Church.
ENVELOPES are available to all our members so that they might, in a tangible
way, express their gratitude to God for all the gifts of His love and grace
and confess before others that they recognize His generosity and benefits.
Electronic giving is also available. We encourage
all our members to give-
- regularly (1 Corinthians 16:1-2),
- proportionately as God has blessed you (2 Corinthians 8:3 & 12),
- cheerfully out of gratitude for His blessings,
- trusting the countless promises in His Word (2 Corinthians 9:6; Malachi 3:9) and
- remembering the
grace, which our Lord Jesus has shown us, that "though He was rich, yet for
our sakes He became poor, that we through His poverty might become rich"
(2 Corinthians 8:9).
GROUP MINISTRIES Shepherd offers several group ministry opportunities such
Women's Missionary League (LWML) Women who are finding avenues to
use their God-given talents as they meet the challenges to share the Gospel
SERVANTS Making disciples of Christ through baking treats for Sunday morning
IN CHRIST Realizing that happiness is a healthy habit and God's gift to the
IN CHRIST Focusing on a variety of parenting issues discussing all the joys
and stresses in raising children in the faith.
CONSTITUTION provides for a Congregational Assembly, which meets at least
twice a year, our Evangelism Council is charged with planning and implementing
the congregation's mission, and various other working boards to serve in
fulfilling the Great Commission. All communicants 18 years and older are
encouraged to become members of the Congregational Assembly.
- The Board of Elders
is made up of male communicants (see 1 Timothy 3:8) in good standing. The
Board of Elders meets monthly or as needs dictate. Any concerns members have
should be brought to the attention of the Elders. Each Elder is assigned
to serve a portion of the congregation. Please get acquainted with your Elder
and feel free to discuss with him any matters of interest or concern you
Small Catechism urges that all baptized members "shall daily recall the
significance of their Baptism and daily, by contrition and repentance, drown
the Old Adam with all sins and evil desires so that the New Man will daily
emerge and arise to live before God in righteousness and purity forever."
Further our congregation urges that all "communicants shall-
attend Divine Services and Bible classes and attend the Lord's Supper regularly;
support the extension and promotion of Christ's Kingdom in this congregation
with their time, talents, and treasures as God so blesses them;
a sober Christian life (Galatians 5:19-21);
hold membership in any religious organizations which maintain principles,
doctrines, or conduct conflicting with God's Word and sound Lutheran doctrine
submit to and support the Constitution and By-Laws of this congregation;
support and pray for the Pastor of the congregation, give him the honor
and respect due his office, and insofar as he faithfully preaches the Gospel
and administers the holy Sacraments and teaches God's Word purely; (Small
Catechism; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13; Hebrews 13:17);
support and pray for all Professional Church Workers in the congregation,
and for all elected and appointed officers and workers in the congregation;
all the various educational programs of the parish including the support
and maintenance of Shepherd's Care Childcare Center."
ACTIVITIES The Board of Parish Life plans various activities during the year,
such as, canoeing, picnics, golf outings, cooking contests, Bunko nights,
bingo, hayrides, and we especially enjoy our co-ed softball team during the
summer months. You are welcome to join us in any activity that is offered
- and please feel free to bring a friend or two...
Our Pastor is always happy to serve you in any way he
can. Feel free to contact him if you ever have any personal or family concerns.
Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the
others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us" (Romans