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 A church CAN be casual and worshipful! You will find inspiring music, understandable sermons and the joy of Christ in the hearts of the people at Our Shepherd.

The Word of God is accepted as true, reliable and applied to contemporary issues.

You will find contemporary, traditional and "blended" worship services, giving you variety in worship.

Seasonal artwork behind the altar brings spiritual themes to life!

Child care is provided for your younger children during worship (ask for a silent pager to stay in touch with the nursery).

The monthly "Prayer of Healing" and "Prayer of Thanksgiving" give opportunity during worship to acknowledge God's working in our lives.



Pastor Doug relates: "I once was at a church service where a member of the congregation was sitting ahead of me. She turned around during a sermon that was obviously boring to her, and made eye contact with a woman sitting adjacent to me. She rolled her eyes and shrugged slightly, indicating, 'I have no clue what he's talking about -- and IT'S BORING!' I vowed that I would do as best I could as a leader that no one would ever feel that way at Our Shepherd!"

"Zombie-itis"”is the term Pastor Doug has given to the semi-comatose state that can set in when worship becomes boring. At Our Shepherd, we strive to keep worship balanced between reverence and respect for God and a "relaxed" atmostphere. It's not about entertainment value, nor a purely emotional experience. It's about connecting with God in a meaningful way that's not boring.

People come to Our Shepherd looking for different "flavors" of worship: traditional, contemporary and a blend of the two. We try to accommodate these preferences by having all three types of worship. Come consistently to a service in any time slot such as 10:30am Sunday, and you'll experience over the weeks all three flavors. You'll get enough of your favorite flavor of worship and grow to appreciate the others, too.

All of our services have the same "Reverent and Relaxed" atmosphere. Worship is a time for serenity, introspection, celebration and togetherness. It's a time for being comfortable but also contemplative. We seek to be informal, but respectful toward God.


  Join Pastor Doug on an unforgettable tour of the Holy Land that will expand your knowledge of the Bible and this sacred land!   This trip will only occur every three or four years, so take advantage of it now!  The trip flyer and information about being safe in the Holy Land can be found here.

The trip is scheduled for October 9 -18, 2018.  The trip cost is starting at $3,796.00 from Chicago. Register early and save!  


Membership at Our Shepherd is defined by a person's calling Jesus Christ their Lord, an active Christian lifestyle, and developing as a disciple (student) of Christ. While expectations are not placed on visitors, members are expected to be committed; to worship regularly, commune (receive the Lord's Supper), give meaningful offerings, have a desire to grow in faith through fellowship and Scripture study, and to witness to others about Jesus.
When Jesus calls us to be his disciples (modeling ourselves after him) he challenges us to make a commitment. We take seriously the need to grow in faith and to stay "active" in the Christian lifestyle. God committed fully to saving us, so we should not be half-hearted in our commitment to Him!

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