Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church of Holmen was established as a preaching station and then dual parish with Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church of Galesville. Services in Holmen began in July of 1976, and were held in the basement of the bank of Holmen (now Park Bank). Initially area pastors and Luther High staff conducted services under the coordination of Pastor James Mumm of St. Paul’s Onalaska who was instrumental in achieving the exploratory status for the two congregations.
On May 17, 1977, Pastor Donald Swartz received the call to serve the dual parish. Other pastors who have since served the congregation include Rev. Joel Suckow, Rev. Andrew Bauer, Rev. Daniel Schoeffel, Rev. Nathan Strutz , Rev. Joe Christina, who was the first pastor called to solely serve Good Shepherd and Pastor Shaun Arndt. We started the 2018 year with the Installation of Pastor Jonathan P. Kruschel, whom currently serves Good Shepherd.
Today Good Shepherd is located on approximately three acres of property at 1500 Sand Lake Road in Holmen, Wisconsin. The property was purchased in 1983. A parsonage was constructed in 1985 and in 1986 the construction and dedication of a Worship/Education/Fellowship building took place. At the time of the construction the congregation’s membership consisted of 83 souls. In September of 2000, the congregation began construction of a new sanctuary for worship, education wing, offices and expanded fellowship hall incorporating the original building. In July of 2007, the congregation celebrated 30 years of God’s blessings with a worship service focused on our Good Shepherd, the Lord Jesus Christ who laid down his life to save the lost sheep (John 10). As of January 2011, membership at Good Shepherd was 418 baptized souls, 313 communicant.
A pre-school program originated in the fall of 1992 and continues to this day serving both members and non-members as a tool of proclaiming Christ and reaching the un-churched. Little Lamb Preschool is now a state certified preschool that runs full time with four sections of three and four year olds. Mrs. Lisa Carlson is the certified preschool teacher. Children from Good Shepherd attend the Lutheran elementary schools of St. Paul’s, Onalaska and First Lutheran, La Crosse. Good Shepherd is also a member of the Luther High School Federation.
Some of God’s Wonderful Truths and Promises
- God is the creator and giver of all good things. God created a perfect world at the beginning of time.
Genesis 1:1 & 31 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. God saw all that He had made, and it was good. Psalm 124:8 Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
- Mankind, all people, has fallen into sin. Sin is a lack of perfect faith in, love and respect for, and gratitude to God. Sin is the breaking of God’s teachings and commandments. Sin destroys individuals, families and nations.
Proverbs 14:34 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.
- God still loves mankind. He wants to forgive us our every sin. God loves us and wishes to give us the gift of eternal life in heaven. God forgives and saves everyone who repents of his or her sins and trusts in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. Acts 16:30, 31 What must I do to be saved? Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved you and your household. 1 John 1:8, 9 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar and His word has no place in our lives.
- Forgiveness of sins and eternal life in heaven has been earned for all people by Jesus Christ. People are forgiven and saved from death and damnation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus as their personal Savior and Lord. Out of love for God and mankind, believers strive to believe and live according to all of God’s teachings and commandments.
Ephesians 2:8-10 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this not from yourselves, it is a gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
John 15:17 This is My command: Love each other.
1 John 5:3 This is love for God: to obey His commands.
- God wants us to believe in him as the Father, our Creator and Preserver; and as the Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; and as the Holy Spirit, our faith-giving counselor. God wants everyone to be baptized in his sacred name and to be taught to believe and obey all of his teachings and commandments.
Matthew 28: 19, 20 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
Mark 16: 15, 16 Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
- Jesus suffered and died in payment for our debt of sin, rose from death in victory, and ascended back into heaven to prepare an eternal home for all believers. Jesus will return on judgment day to take his believers home to live eternally with him in heaven.
John 14: 2, 3, 6 In My Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
Questions? E-mail Pastor Jon Kruschel