Good Shepherd Informational Meeting
On Sunday, January 21st at 9:15 a.m., there will be a Congregational Informational Meeting to discuss the budget and building plans. Please plan on attending.
Annual Congregational Meeting
The annual Congregational meeting will be held on Sunday, January 28th. We will start with a potluck meal in the fellowship hall at 11:30 a.m., followed by the meeting at 12:00 noon. Please plan on bringing a dish to pass. We hope you can join us!
Sunday School Christmas Program
Thank you to the amazing preschool and elementary Sunday school students (and their teachers and parents) for the wonderful message about Jesus’ birth: “The Night Before Christmas”. What a gift to have you share the Christmas story in this meaningful way. Thank you to director Pastor Krista and all who learned lines and solos. Thanks to Karen Anderson, Tom Anderson, Lynn Eversman and all the Sunday school teachers for their help. Thank you! Here is the link to watch the program. Merry Christmas.
"Every Day Samaritans". We learned about friendship, listening, supporting and caring for others--as we build community by being together and having fun together. For more photos click here.
Milestone Blanket Work Day
Spend a cold winter day Friday, January 5th with Good Shepherd friends sewing blankets for our graduates and baptisms! Meet at church for sewing, fellowship, fun, and of course food (warm soup and bread). We will start at 8:00 am and stop sometime in the afternoon. Come when you can and leave when you must.
Sewing skills are helpful, but not required. So, if you can’t sew, come anyway to cut, pin, and most of all have fun. Bring any of the following items that you have: sewing machine, scissors, pins, and needles. Questions, contact Carole Joyce.
2018 ELCA Youth Gathering
Where: Houston, TX
When: June 26 - July 2, 2018
Good Shepherd will be sending 10 youth and 2 adults to the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Houston, Texas. We look forward to learning more about the community, serving, hearing amazing speakers, and worshipping together with 30,000 other Lutherans.
Because of the distance we need to travel, this is the most expensive of our summer impact trips. Watch for opportunities to get involved with fundraisers to help our youth learn and grow on this adventure.
High School Learning Night: High School Learning Night is Wednesday, January 3rd at 7:30 pm. Pastor Krista is leading the studies around important justice and life issues in our studies this year. All are welcome, including friends.
January Coffee Shop: Thanks to the high school youth, we have flavored coffee, hot chocolate and cinnamon rolls between services once a month. Look for these tasty treats on January 21st. Join us for wonderful fellowship. Thank you to the congregation for your support of high school ministry.
Youth Group Decoration Sale brought in over 500 dollars. Thank you very much to everyone who donated items, set up, priced, and worked the sale ,and of course, purchased items. All the funds raised will go for the youth trip to the National Youth Gathering this summer. Thank you for your continued support of our youth!
We have both Simply Giving and On-Line Giving systems all set up for easy and free access – just let us know how we can assist you. Please feel to contact the church office or Tom Anderson directly (507-993-8326)
January 28th at 9:15 AM
Who doesn’t like to give or receive a box full of love? Join us on January 28th to share God’s love through care packages for Good Shepherd’s post high school youth and military. We will work together making Valentines, gorp, and other goodies to include. Sunday school students, parents, youth, and ALL adults are invited to help. You can even add personal notes to as many boxes as you want and we will send them for you.
Treats for Valentines Care Packages
Would you like to donate items like microwave popcorn, hot chocolate packets, fun sized candy, post- its, or other little items our post high school and military might enjoy? Put items in the box in the narthex. Then come help pack on January 28th at 9:15 am!
A Good Shepherd tradition--students decorate luminary bags for Old Fashioned Christmas and pray for all affected by cancer.
Good Shepherd 8th
Annual Chili/Chicken Cook-Off
Chili Cook Off winners. Joe Suntken (chili) and Carole Joyce (chicken soup) were the winners. Professional winners were Mark from BJ's chili and Subway (chicken soup).
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Chili Feed and Silent Auction. Approximately $1400 was raised for the Food Shelf and $1900 for Good Shepherd’s Building Fund. Click here for more photos.
Together in Faith
Parents & Infants, 2 & 3 Year Olds (not in Sunday School): Sunday, January 7th at 9:15 a.m. We want to remember your child’s baptism in worship on January 7th! Bring your child’s baptismal candle if you can find it to whichever service you prefer to attend.
Then we will have a Baptism Beach party during the education hour. Parents and infants/toddlers/ and those too young for Sunday school, come warm up your winter at the baptism party! We will play beach games, remember our baptism, and have time for adults to talk. Break out summer hats and sunglasses for some mid-winter fun!
Second Grade: “What’s Fair?” -- January 14th and 21st
We are looking forward to seeing you and your child at the special class for second graders and their parents, “What’s Fair?” This will be a time of serious fun, where we will face one of our children’s greatest frustrations – that life isn’t fair! Discover together how to cope with life’s unfairness and learn what God considers the fair facts. We will meet in the 2nd grade classroom from 9:15 –10:15 a.m. on January 14th and 21st.
God’s Work, Our Hands
Many Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes were sent this year. Thank you for putting together 75 boxes to give hope and joy to children! Boxes will be shipped to 100 different countries around the world.
THRIVENT ACTION TEAMS
Thrivent Financial gives seed money for groups to make an impact through service, education, and community projects. The money is to make a difference in our community and world. Any Thrivent member can sign up for money for up to two projects each year. Thanks to Good Shepherd members, Thrivent supported the cookie walk, Vacation Bible School, youth coffee shops, care packages, Palm Sunday breakfast and blanket ministry during 2017.
Let’s create even more action teams…for the Food Shelf, for community projects, for Good Shepherd projects. Talk to Carole Joyce, Jake Thompson, or call the church office if you are a Thrivent member and are willing to help. It isn’t hard, and think of the impact we can make together!
Ebeneezer Sunday Worship
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN UPDATE - GROWING TO SERVE, GROUNDED IN FAITH
As of the August council meeting, pledges for the capital campaign total just over $350,000. Thank you to everyone who is participating! If you haven’t had time to make your pledge yet, please do so by September 24th. By the end of September we will need to make a decision on how to best proceed. Our goal for the capital campaign is $500,000 in pledges in order to accomplish the needed repairs of the building, as well as setting up our physical space to provide actual rooms for Sunday School, a kitchen for potlucks as well as making meals for others, a large enough gathering space for us to build community, a fellowship space to be utilized by both the community and church and that can be used during the Sunday School time. Take a look at the website for details or contact the church office.
Attached are pdf files to download:
Thank you for your continued support and dedication to make Good Shepherd a great place to worship and the opportunity to build lasting relationships in a place with people we call our church family! Godspeed!
The Capital Appeal Campaign Committee,