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 […]

Unnoticed Connections in Scripture

On Thursday, April 19, at 2:00 PM, we will begin our new midweek Bible study.  The theme for these lessons will be “Unnoticed Connections in Scripture.”  These series of lessons will explore ideas weaving themselves throughout the Bible, which many of the Bible writers expect us to know, but which many of us may not […]

The Subversive Message of Easter

This is our pastor’s newsletter article for the April edition of our newsletter.   Unlike Christmas, when did Easter stress you out like crazy?  Though eggs, a bunny, and pastel colors are part of celebrating Easter in our society, a risen Jesus isn’t.  Strange.  For an over-commercialized Christmas still retains a vestige of its original […]

Our 2018 Lenten Midweek Theme: “Christ Concealed in the Old Covenant”

The theme for our Lenten midweek services this year is “Christ Concealed in the Old Covenant.”  Service times will be 1:00 and 7:00 PM each Wednesday.  Maundy Thursday and Good Friday service times will be at 7:00 PM. Each service will explore how God pointed forward to His Messiah for the world even while He […]