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The Vocation of Singleness


Did you know that being single is a God-given vocation?  The world and our sinful flesh want us to see and live our singleness apart from God’s good and gracious will.  What does God have to say about singleness?  What does it mean to be single in the church?  How do we live out our vocation as a single person?  These are all questions that we will seek to answer during our retreat.  This uplifting retreat is open to all single individuals—single, divorced, or widowed. 
DATE: October 12-13, 2018 
LOCATION: Divine Shepherd Lutheran Church and School           7308 Wedgewood Drive           Black Hawk, SD 57718 
PRESENTER: Rev. Tony Oliphant, Pastor, Redeemer Lutheran            Church, Elmhurst, IL 
Event information and registration form can be found at: 
CONTACT PERSON: Rev. Randy Sturzenbecher   


Fundraiser for Playground



Divine Shepherd Lutheran School is doing a That's My Pan!® Fundraiser to raise funds for a new playground system! They are known for their great quality and personalized products.

If you have a birthday, holiday, wedding, or other occasion you need a gift for coming up, we have just the gifts for you! Visit our Customer Ordering Website to take a look at these personalized gifts we are selling:

What a great way to get the perfect gift for someone and support our fundraiser at the same time! We will be taking orders until September 30, 2018. You can place orders online or between church services with one of the school board members! Orders will be delivered to the church mid-October and then delivered after that! Please contact Sara Delaney at (701) 361-3955 or the school to order or with any questions!

Thank you,

Sara Delaney, Dana Reiprich, Terry Goff, Greg Rolling, & Suzanne Mayer

Divine Shepherd Lutheran School Board




Wednesday Meal Teams

 September  5 LeFebre/Geidel LeFebre/Geidel Severson
  12 Severson Becky & Daren LaFebre Tim & Peggy Severson
  19 Burg Ruth Sperlich Pastor Al & Sarah Sutton
  26 Reynolds Kim Geidel Sandi Davis
      Ardela Berg Alan & Heidi Aker
October  3 Wilburn Megan Mitzel  Joni Rohrbauch
  10 Sturzenbecher Darla Senger  Maria Kitchens
  17 Seifert    
  24 Hurdle Reynolds Wilburn
  31 Rathert Ruth Reynolds Lois Wilburn
      Leota & Gordon Quam
Dawn & Scott Haskell
November 7 McKinstry / Ristau Mary & Walt Ricker Bev Johnson
  14 LeFebre/Geidel Kellie Hanson Mike & Dana Reiprich
  21 Severson LaDel Jankord Marjorie Bittner
      Seifert Hurdle
December  5 Reynolds Lynn Seifert Tom & LeAnne Hurdle
  12 Wilburn Randy & Linda Kramer Becky Eisenbraun
  19 Sturzenbecher Mel & Bobbi Geidel Red & Loreeta Pepper
  26 McKinstry/Ristau Doug & Max Hill Wayne & Lori Marks
      Tom & Lou Schroeder Lori Cookston
        Tanya Knapp
      McKinstry / Ristau  
      Earl & Janell McKinstry  
      Steve & Dawn Ristau  
      Jay & Ruth McKinstry  
      Kathy Swan  

Quilters and Sewers Wanted!

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Yes, we have a quilting group at Divine Shepherd Lutheran Church and we would invite everyone to join us on Wednesdays at 1 p.m.  We are an extension of the LWML (Lutheran Women's Mission League) at our church and ouro opurpose is to make quilts for the Orphan Grain Train, which distributes these quilts overseas to be used as bed coverings, wall dividers, and even possibly floor coverings.  We use donated material and make the quilts nice but not beautiful, as the beautiful ones are confiscated and sold on the black market!

Our other purpose is to make a quilt top for each confirmand every year.  These are nicer quilts and incorporate Christian symbols, a Bible verse for the confirmand, and some personal information.  We display these quilts on confirmation day and for a few Sundays folowing and hthen they are put away until the confirmand graduates from high school.  At that time, we finish the quilt and present the quilt to the senior.  We hope that wherever they go after that, the student is covered with a quilt from Divine Shepherd Lutheran Church to remind him of God's love through the Christian symbols and his/her confirmation verse.

You do not have to be a good seamstress or quilter to join us! 

We need people to cut out squares with the help of our tools and even ironers! This is not a serious group by any means, either.  We have a lot of fun and love the idea of creating things whether for a mission quilt, or for our students! So, come and join us any Wednesday!  Need more information? Talk to Leota Quam, Loretta Rohrbauck, Janell McKinstry, Bev Johnson, Kelly Hanson or Connie Rathert!!


Fall Choir Schedule

   We would love it if you could join us for practice every Monday at 6:30pm.  You don’t need to know how to read music, we’ll help you with that. 

We have new choir risers (thanks to Mike) and it will be so wonderful to fill them with singers. Below is a list of other events besides Monday rehearsals.


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  • Sunday, October 14th just for fun
  • Wednesday, October 31st for Reformation
  • Wednesday, November 21st for Thanksgiving
  • Sunday, December 2nd for 1st Sunday in Advent
  • Wednesday, December 12th for Advent service
  • Wednesday, December 19th for Advent Service
  • Monday, December 24th for Christmas Eve
  • Tuesday, December 25th for Christmas Day

In Christ,
Diann (431-1593)


Chimers to Begin Ringing!


null  Yep, it’s that time of year---“BACK TO CHIMING!!”

Ten of the 11 ringers will be returning again this year to pick up their chimes on Monday, September 10th at 5:30.

In looking at my notes, the chimes were donated by Pastor Schwan several years ago and we began using them in 2011.

Ringers who have played since the beginning are Leota Quam, Cheryl Brandt, Vonda Sturzenbecher, Diann Dobbs, Judy Uecker, Randy Wombold, and Rick Rathert. Kathy Roling also played then and has since become our permanent sub!! Over the past couple of years, Brenda Price, LeAnne Dyer, and Kathy Swan have joined us. Kayla Thompson played the past few years and opted to drop out this year, her senior year in high school, and we will miss her young enthusiasm!! Madison Dyer will be stepping in and we welcome her youth as well!

Music choices this year will include:
  • “Just As I Am”
  • “We Gather Together”
  • “O Holy Night”
  • “Canon of Grace” and
  • “What A Friend We Have In Jesus”.

As usual, we don’t have a schedule of Sundays we will play, as it all depends on what Sunday all the ringers (and the director) will be here. But, I’m blessed to have these dedicated ringers and we look forward to praising God with our music!

Connie Rathert, Director 

Lutherans for Life

Standing Out in the Life Field:  How to Be a Life-Minded Congregation and Community

Why are Lutherans For Life?

What distinctive voice can we bring to cultural conversations about life issues?  How is the sanctity of human life connected directly to the Gospel of Jesus Christ?  What can we do to bring the joy and hope of God's "Yes!" to life-or-death situations?  We'll explore finding motivation, getting education, and taking action to change hearts and save lives.


Rev. Michael W. Salemink began serving as executive director of Lutherans For Life in January 2016.  He received a B.A. in Theology from Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Ill., in 1999 and a Master of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., in 2003. He has served as pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Webster, Minn., (2003-2005) and as associate pastor of St. James Lutheran Church and School in Lafayette, Ind. (2005-2015). Pastor Salemink and his wife, Heather, have been married 18 years and reside in St. Louis, Mo., where they attend Immanuel Lutheran Church, Olivette, with their three sons: Christian, Nathan, and Luke.  Pastor Salemink writes regularly and speaks nationwide equipping Lutherans to be Gospel-motivated voices for life.

Join us September 26th at 6:30 pm at Divine Shepherd Lutheran Church.