Sunday, April 10, 2016


On Sunday, April 10 Carszn Johnathan and Jazlee-Jo Jacquelynn, the two children of Josh and Courtney Hedeman of Waukon, were baptized at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Lansing. Carszn's baptismal sponsor is his aunt, Lindsey Hedeman. Jazlee-Jo's sponsor is her aunt, Jordyn Alberts. Pictured left to right are Carszn Hedeman, Lindsey Hedeman, Pastor Laura Gentry, Jazlee-Jo Hedeman, Josh Hedeman and Courtney Hedeman.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016


It has been ten years since Our Savior's Lutheran started celebrating Holy Hilarity on the Sunday after Easter. So for the service this year, a big celebration was held. The Waukon Standard printed this article about the event. Special T-shirts were printed up for the occasion, banners were hung along with helium balloons and an original Holy Hilarity song by Paula Rathbun and Pastor Laura Gentry were unveiled. The song is in the video below.

It was, indeed, a spectacular celebration of the resurrection of Christ. Below are pictures. If you post your own pics on social media, please use the hashtag: #ourhappychurch to help us share the joy of the Lord.

The pastor and children leading the opening songs

Jack looking great in a chicken hat 

The congregation playing kazoos and other fun instruments

Carol in her frog hat

Song leaders Lori and Nancy, who came from out of town to help lead the new song

Banners made by Kathy Hay

Kim and Zoey ready for the big Sunday 
Pastor Laura leading music

Acolytes Laurel and Kai

Passing the peace with joy and laughter

Kathy Hay, her mom, sister and friend who joined us for the celebration

Pastor and the confirmation boys Austin and Emilio

Pastor passing the peace

Renee and Shelley 
Pastor and Zoey

Rick, who emceed the joke open mic part of the service

Susan in her laughter hat

Pastor with Chloe and Maya

Paula's son, Steve, and his girlfriend

Don and Mary

Jack trying out another hat

Pastor, Zoey and Taylor

The new song was unveiled

Rick reading scripture

Adrian reading scripture

Paula and her family

The sanctuary was decorated in banners like this one made by the Sunday school students

Barb and Gus

The confetti throwers

Taylor showing off her great tshirt

Vern and Kai

The decorating crew

Pastor, Emilio, Kai and Zoey


Jack and Ethan



Clowning around

Paula and Don

Paula's funny gift to Pastor

Barb and Chuck

The visit to the nursing home after the service (to bring balloons)

Florence and her great granddaughter, Laurel

Pastor with the gift from Paula