The doors of Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church are now once again open.  Attending worship is your choice. If you choose to attend, we ask that you follow a few simple guidelines:

1.  Please be respectful of others already in church by maintaining a minimum distance of 6 feet from anyone who is not family or a companion (if you rode to church with someone, that is considered a companion).

2.  Wearing masks will not be mandatory, but if wearing one makes you, or others with you, more comfortable, then wearing one is strongly recommended. Wearing gloves falls into the same category.

3.  If you are experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms, please do not attend worship until your symptoms are gone, and you are confident you are no longer contagious.

Also understand there will be no formal fellowship in the community room for the foreseeable future, but we are discussing other options as the weather warms. The sanctuary has been modified to video record services, which we shall do for the foreseeable future as some will not feel comfortable gathering for some time yet, if ever. We will celebrate Holy Communion, but how we do that has changed a bit which will be explained prior to the start of the service. For those who do not wish to attend the service, but would like to receive the sacrament, Bill Wendorf LLM will be available following the service until 11 AM to serve sacrament to any and all who wish to come to the church after the service has concluded.

 

May God bless us all in the days, weeks, months, and years to come.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 25:25
[As] cold waters to a thirsty soul, So is good news from a far country.

Ministries

Education

Children and Youth

  • Wednesday Church School: 3:45-5 p.m.
  • Faith Adventures (Confirmation) Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m.
  • Summer Day Camp  (watch for dates and times)

Adults

  • Text study Thursdays, 9 a.m. (studying Sunday’s lessons)
  • WELCA Evening Bible Study, 2nd Thursday each month, 6 p.m.

Scholarship Program

  • Scholarships are available to all members of the congregation, young and old alike, who are attending Fortune Lake Camp, college, lay school, or other educational programs.

Outreach

  • Backpacks Program - filling backpacks for local needy school children with food for the weekend!  See pictures on Facebook!
  • Caritas... offers financial assistance with utility bills, gasoline, food and clothing vouchers, and helps navigate the "system" to meet other needs.  Supported by all churches in the local communities, based in Eagle River, WI.

Care Ministries

  • Prayer shawls
  • Avanti (nursing home) worship
  • Avanti bingo
  • Home visitation
  • Christmas Caroling
  • Care packages for service men & Women
  • Mats for the Homeless

Worship and Music

  • Altar Guild
  • Assisting ministers, ushers, readers
  • Choir
  • Fellowship following worship, brunch 2nd Sunday every month
  • Counting
  • Lenten Prayer around the Cross Wednesday evenings during Lent, 5:30 p.m. soup supper, 6:30 service

Small Groups

  • Men’s Fellowship
  • WELCA (Women of the ELCA) 
  • Text study
  • Prayer Chain

Health and Wellness

  • Flu Clinic: Annually in the fall, usually October
  • Blood Drives: Four per year (Feb, May, Aug, and Nov)
  • Home Visits: Scheduled on an as needed basis.

Special Events

  • 4th of July Popcorn Fest – free popcorn giveaway during 4th of July fireworks
  • Summer Social/Picnic – held the first or second Saturday after the 4th of July, featuring lunch and homemade pies
  • Christmas caroling
  • Lenten Soup suppers
  • Octoberfest - First Sunday in October
  • Brett & Frisk Concert - Last Sunday in August

Missions We Support
  • Sight for the Children (sponsoring a medical missionary to Zambia and Namibia)
  • World Hunger
  • Fortune Lake Bible Camp
  • Synod Endowment Fund
  • Local food pantries
  • ELCA Disaster Relief
  • Lutheran Social Services
  • Seasons of Life Hospice House
  • Tri-County Domestic Violence Program
  • Vital Links (sponsoring a ministry to Viet Nam)
  • Gospel House (sponsoring children at an orphanage in Viet Nam)
  • NATH (Frederick House)... homeless shelter in Rhinelander
  • Other local organizations serving the community.

 

News

Calendars

If you are looking for a calendar of events at Shepherd, please go into the latest newsletter, you will find two months' worth of calendars in each newsletter ...the current month and the upcoming month!  You will also find all kinds of information regarding upcoming events within the newsletter.  Enjoy....

Evening Worship Services

In addition to our regular year round Sunday Morning Services, we host Saturday Worship Services at 5:30 pm for the Summer months.  The first service of the year is the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend (the end of May) and the last service is the Saturday before Labor Day weekend.  Starting in January 2020, we will also have twice monthly Wednesday evening services at 6 pm.  These will be on the first and third Wednesday of each month, from January through May and then again from September through December each year.

Daily Golden Verse

1st Corinthians 15:58
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not vain in the Lord.

Mission Statement

Empowered by the Holy Spirit and rooted in the Good News of Jesus Christ, we are a loving community that follows Jesus and seeks to hear the Word of God and practice it in our daily lives.