Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd seeks to proclaim to all people the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our mission is to provide a welcoming and caring environment where all people can experience the help, strength, hope, and love of Jesus Christ.
The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd was established in Hastings, Nebraska by the Division of American Missions of the American Lutheran Church. The American Lutheran Church chose to organize a new church in Hastings because the Church saw Hastings as a progressive, growing community and the American Lutheran Church was not represented in Hastings.
The first worship service was held March 4, 1962, at the National Guard Armory. Services were held there until the building was finished. The ground-breaking ceremony was held in August of 1962 at 14th and Saunders.
We are still in our original location. In 1982 an addition that included a kitchen, fellowship hall, and classrooms was completed. More recently a prayer garden and a labyrinth have been added. We are a member of the ELCA and Nebraska Synod.
Pastor Steven Peeler
Pastor Steven Peeler was born and raised in Salisbury, North Carolina and has been serving as Pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Hastings since September 2008. Prior to joining Good Shepherd, Pastor Steven served at St. Peter‘s Lutheran Church in Pilger, Nebraska and St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Stanton, Nebraska. Pastor Steven holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina and graduated from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina. Pastor Steven and his wife Courtney have one son.
The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd Experience
When a job opportunity offered a chance to move from Wisconsin, my wife and I were filled with mixed emotions. We were excited for the new adventure and worried about moving so far away from family. From the moment we first stepped into Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, we felt at home. Members of the congregation introduced themselves, welcomed us to the church, and invited us back. Over the last year, we’ve enjoyed building new relationships with other church members and look forward to deepening them in the years to come.
I joined Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd when my family moved to Hastings back in 1979. My husband, Dee, joined me at worship a few years later. Our two children were confirmed here in the late 1980’s and early 90’s. In the early years, LCGS was affiliated with the Lutheran Church of American (LCA), which became the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). I have been happy with the philosophy, liturgy, and teachings of both synods.
Over the years, I’ve been very active, teaching Sunday School when my kids were young, taking and then teaching the Bethel Bible Study, serving on the Church Council as President, Trustee, and Deacon, reading the lessons and doing some lay preaching on Sunday mornings, and planning activities when several students from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago came to spend twelve days in a rural immersion program. More recently, I’ve taught a Bible Study based on my book, Simple Faith, Mighty Faith, and I’ve joined a Church Circle. Through all of these activities, I’ve found great satisfaction in sharing in the ministry of a small, friendly church. In a large church, there are not as many opportunities for involvement.
Pastor Steven Peeler and his wife, Courtney, are young and enthusiastic. Pastor Steven gives a good sermon and has a loving, caring way of ministering to church families when there is need for a funeral service. Worship at LCGS has a nice mix of traditional and contemporary music. Through regular Sunday attendance I am able to “fill my spiritual bucket” and live a fulfilling life the other six days of the week.
At LCGS, I have received much more than I’ve given to a variety of activities, but the best part of belonging to this church family is the love congregation shows for each other. This love is manifested in our many mission projects and the sharing of our time, talent, and treasure.
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