Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Carthage, Missouri

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Shepherd’s Own News

The Shepherd’s Own will be singing the National Anthem at the Northwest Arkansas Naturals baseball game Saturday, Aug. 1, at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale, Arkansas.  The game starts at 6:05 pm.  They are playing the Springfield Cardinals.

Discounted group tickets are available for $7.  The first 1,500 fans will receive a complimentary Royal Blue Natural’s jersey.

They will also be singing the National Anthem at the Springfield Cardinals baseball game Friday, Aug. 7, for Lutheran night at the ball park.  The game starts at 7:10 pm.  The Cardinals will be playing the Arkansas Travelers.

Discounted group tickets are     available for $7 in the reserved section on the third base side.  Friday night is fireworks night at the Springfield Cardinal’s stadium!

Sign up sheets are on the Information desk in the narthex and the ticket money will need to be given to Jim Garoutte by July 12 for the Arkansas game and July 19 for

Immanuel Lutheran Bell Choir

On Sunday, January 18, Immanuel Lutheran’s Bell Choir, from Joplin, played in both of our services.  It was wonderful to have them here and it was a beautiful addition to our worship.


Unfamiliar Hymns? Let’s Get Acquainted!

One of the things we have been trying to accomplish this past year is to become more acquainted with a variety of Christian music. A Music Committee was formed to help in this process. For the most part, it has gone very well. We have wonderful musical talent in the congregation and it has manifested itself in The Shepherd’s Own, The Shepherd’s Strings, various singing and instrumental solos, and some smaller groups of singers and instrumentalists such as the Worship Ensemble just getting formed. Most of the special music of late has been of a more contemporary style, which helps us expand in that direction.As we look at all the music available to us as Christians, we do not want to forget about our rich heritage of music in the Lutheran Church, which is found in our own hymnal. We are fortunate to have in our congregation a member whose expertise is the music and liturgy of our hymnal. The Rev. Dr. David Johns has played, taught and studied the hymns and the liturgical services of our church most of his life.So, while on the one hand, we are expanding our musical
experience into the contemporary field, we, with Dr. Johns’ help, will also mine deeper into the treasure that is our hymnal. Starting in September, Dr. Johns will take some time each month before one of our worship services to introduce us to some of the many wonderful hymns in our hymnal that we may be unfamiliar with or a part of the worship service we may not know very well. Music is a wonderful gift from God and the more we can
grow in it the wonderful it is.


Sunday January 13 evening at 6:00 in the Conference Room. Everyone is welcome.