A “Onesie” Sunday School Lesson on Bad Things Happening to Good People

Early Saturday morning, a tree fell in our pastor’s yard, only a few feet away from crushing him and part of his house.  a minute later, our church building suffered significant damage.  The question that always pops into our heads is, “Why does God allow this to happen?”  This will be the topic of the lesson, […]

Church to meet in the multipurpose building on December 2

Because of wind damage, Church will meet in the multipurpose building on Dec 2.  The older structure of our facility is still declared unsafe.  All are to enter through the side entrances, not the main front entrance. Both Sunday School and Service times are unaffected. The inside of our sanctuary is almost completely unscathed.  We […]

Thanksgiving Eve Service

Our Thanksgiving Eve service will be at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, November 21. Included will be many favorite hymns centered on being thankful, including “Now Thank We All Our God,” “O Worship the King,” “O Bless the Lord, My Soul,” and “Savior, Again to Thy Dear Name We Raise.” Not only will this service give time and place to […]

Making Sense of God when Our World Doesn’t

This is our pastor’s newsletter for November 2018.   In our grief, we sigh, “Why, Lord?”  Such words formed in my mouth when Dean Webb died, with Sandy, his wife, a short time later.  Today, as I write this article, I still am grappling with losing them both.  Though I am a pastor, God sends […]

Our Annual German Dinner is Now Here!

Our annual German Dinner is here! When: Saturday, October 20. Time: 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Where: Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church’s multipurpose building, 71 Kimberling Blvd, Kimberling City.  (The first building you’ll notice when driving into our church parking area.) For your culinary delight, the menu includes: Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, Potato salad, Apple rings, Bread, Drinks […]

Donna Kind-Gappa’s Memorial Service

Donna Kind Gappa’s Memorial service will be held at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Kimberling City, Missouri on Friday, September 21, at 2:00 PM. She was born January 26, 1932, in Elkhart, Indiana, daughter of Milton Raymond Lotz and Iler Bessie Badman Harmon Lotz and died on September 6, 2018. Her family moved to […]

Sandy Webb’s Funeral and Memorial Service

Sandy Webb passed away September 3, 2018, from complications of breast cancer.  Her services will be held at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church on September 15, 2018, at 11 am.  Pastor Richard Futrell will be officiating with Nancy Heine as the organist.  A graveside service will be scheduled at a later date at the Immanuel […]

Psalm 68:6, Dean Webb’s Funeral Sermon: God Brings Those in the Prison House to Where?

“The two ways—one of life and one of death, and a vast chasm exists between the two” (Didache 1:1).  So begins a 1st-century document, meant for Gentile converts entering a Church filled with Jewish Christians.  Such are the subjects Dean delighted in learning during my time as his pastor. Today, you will not find yourself […]

Dean Webb’s Memorial Service

The memorial service for Dean Webb will be on Saturday, August 11, 2018, at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Kimberling City, Mo. Roy “Dean” Webb, 81, of Branson West, died Saturday, June 30, 2018.  Born on March 28, 1937, in Independence, MO, as the son of Clarence and Carol Crawford Webb, he later […]

Ascension: Jesus is Gone into Heaven.  Now What?

This is our pastor’s article for the May edition of our newsletter.   This year, Ascension Day falls a May 3rd.  Such a neglected and almost-forgotten festival.  Consider how few congregations celebrate this day on Thursday, its actual day.  For Jesus going to heaven’s throne almost lacks a sense of the heroic victory of a […]