About Us

Who We Are

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Georgetown, Indiana, is a fellowship of  God's people serving Him by proclaiming the Good News of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ for all people.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast.  
Ephesians 2:8

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church was founded in 1970 by the efforts of faithful Lutheran Christians from neighboring congregations of St. Johns Lutheran in Lanesville, Indiana and Grace Lutheran Church in New Albany, Indiana. The first worship service was held in 'Polly's Freeze' on January 4, 1970 across the highway from the present church location.

Property for the church structure was purchased on March 1, 1970 and a new sanctuary was dedicated on May 1, 1971. The congregation grew steadily annexing the sanctuary in 1979. Preschool classes were begun in 1999 and a new Family Life Center and offices with an expanded sanctuary was dedicated on August 5, 2001.




Mission Statement

By Faith in Jesus Christ, We proclaim God's Word, Encourage one another in Faith, and Witness to God's love through Outreach and Education to all People.




Vision Statement

  • We are a Church that is fully committed to meeting the needs of individuals and families.
  • We seek to increase our community outreach through our on-site preschool, educating students and families about God's word and grace.
  • We by God's grace plan to expand the use of our facilities to reach the community with family and youth programs and community events so that we can share God's word.
  • We want to engage our community and serve in a way that we may share God's Word so that unbelievers might come to saving faith in Jesus Christ.




What We Believe

What We Believe, Teach, and Confess

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church is a fellowship of Christians who confess faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the Savior of mankind. We are Christ's Holy Church identified by the following foundational principles.

-We are a Biblical Church
-We are a Christ-centered Church
-We are a Confessional Church 
-We are a Sacramental Church
-We are a Liturgical Church 
-We are a Mission Church


 

Biblical: We believe the Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God and the only source and standard for Christian doctrine. God communicates His truth to people through His Word.

Christ-centered: Jesus Christ is true God and true Man who came down from heaven to fulfill God's plan of salvation by paying the price required for sin by offering Himself as the atoning sacrifice on the cross and proclaiming His victorious fulfillment of His mission by rising bodily to life on the third day. Jesus Christ is the central message of both the Old and New Testaments.

Confessional: We publicly proclaim our faith through the use of the historic Creeds (Apostles, Nicene, and Athanasian) and the Confessional writings (compiled in the Book of Concord) which provide a thorough and precise summary of the doctrines contained in the Holy Scriptures. These confessions anchor the church in God's Word, unite the church in doctrine and practice and provide the foundation for unity with all Christians.

Sacramental: We believe that God reaches down to people by means of His Holy Word and by the Sacraments which He has instituted for that purpose. We understand Scripture to teach that Jesus has instituted two sacred acts, Holy Baptism and the Lord's Supper through which He comforts His people with His Real Presence offering forgiveness of sins, and strengthening of our faith, fulfilling God's prophetic promise as 'Emmanuel' meaning, 'God with us.'

Liturgical: We believe that worship should be conducted decently and in good order as Holy Scripture directs. To this end we follow the form of the historic liturgy which guides God's people through the Scripturally- directed worship themes which include; confessing our sin and receiving absolution, remembering God's baptismal covenant, coming into God's presence with respect and humility, receiving God's grace through the Lord's Supper, praising God through the Psalms, and receiving God's Word through Scripture readings and sermons. The liturgical form serves to unite the Church around the world and across the centuries.

Mission: Jesus gave His Church the Great Commission to go into the world and make disciples of all nations by baptizing in the name of the Triune God and teaching all that Christ has commanded. We believe the church exists to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ to the entire world.

 

 

The above logo celebrates our life of faith together in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

Here is a brief explanation of its message:

The themes of WITNESS, MERCY, and LIFE TOGETHER, interlock around the cross.

Our LIFE TOGETHER, our (koinonia) or fellowship, flows from Christ who received our sin and death on the cross so that He might give us His holiness and righteousness.

We bear WITNESS (martyria) to all He has done, confessing His saving truth before the world.

Sent out in His name we show His MERCY (diakonia) serving others in His love.

However you may order WITNESS, MERCY, or LIFE TOGETHER, each interlocks with the other two, all of them flowing from the cross and into each other.  

As WITNESS grows, it leads to more works of MERCY in the world and draws us closer in our LIFE TOGETHER.

The church's work of MERCY increases opportunities for WITNESS and strengthens our LIFE TOGETHER.

Our fellowship in the Gospel, our LIFE TOGETHER draws us into God's Word to forgive, renew, restore, and send us out in WITNESS and MERCY.

These themes of WITNESS, MERCY, and LIFE TOGETHER help us to keep our bearings as we work together to restructure our Synodical Structure and national offices, keeping us united in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 




Pastor

Mark Darnstaedt

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Office: (812) 945-2101     Home: (812) 951-0005

Pastor Mark Darnstaedt has served in the pastoral ministry since 1981. He is a graduate of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri and has served as the pastor of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Farmers Retreat, Indiana for 19 years and at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Georgetown, Indiana since 2000. When not working at church, Pastor and his wife Linda enjoy traveling, sightseeing, and camping. He states that the pastoral ministry is both a joy and a challenge to proclaim the Good News of salvation through faith in Jesus to our constantly changing world.  

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Preschool Director

Linda Darnstaedt

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Office: (812) 945-3046

 

 




Secretary

Sandy Duley

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Office: (812) 945-2101 

Sandra (Sandy) Duley is serving as our church secretary.  She is from Georgetown, Indiana, and began serving in April of 2016.  She's available Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 12:00noon by calling or stopping by the Church Office.




 
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