On Sunday, January 13th at 9:15 a.m., there will be a Congregational Informational Meeting to discuss the budget. Please plan on attending.
Sunday January 27th
The annual Congregational meeting will be held on Sunday, January 27th. 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!
Thank you to the Sunday school children for their presentation of "Out of the Box" Christmas. They did a great job under the direction of Linda Theisen and Pastor Krista.
God's Work: Our Hands
Once again THANKS for your generosity in giving to the Sharing Tree. Bonnie McMillin reported that the Plainview-Elgin Food Shelf received $1420 in gift cards and the family we were helping out will receive $300 in cash and $100 in gift cards. This truly will make a better Christmas for many people.
Lights for Life Luminaries
Thanks to all who donated to Lights for Life luminaries. It is always meaningful to the Confirmation students as they decorate the bags. Thanks for their artwork. These lights celebrate those who have fought with cancer. Money donated goes to the American Cancer Society for cancer research.
66 LWR health kits, 30 Ronald Mc Donald lunch bags, letters to Operation Christmas child, pretzel sticks for local first responders, and cards for Camp Noah. What an awesome day! Thanks to your hands and donations and for Thrivent's participation.
Approximately $2000 was collected through our Cookie Walk – that’s just a few cookies sold. Thanks to everyone who contributed in any way towards the success of this event. Also, thank you to Thrivent Financial for providing the lefse this year.
Thank you to everyone who took part in any way in the 9th annual Chili/Chicken Noodle Soup Cook-Off. We raised $1119 for the Plainview-Elgin Food Shelf.
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During the summer months with weekend events and family vacations, we know church attendance tends to slip. Even if you are unable to make it to church, you can still help us meet our monthly expenses through your continued giving. Offerings can always be mailed to the church or dropped off during the week. 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 Adult Education
9:30 A.M. Sunday Mornings
Starting January 6th we will be studying the book of Daniel. The book of Daniel takes place during the Babylonian exile. Daniel and three other young people are forced to leave Jerusalem and live in Babylon. In the first half of the book we find the famous stories at Daniel in the Lion's Den and the story of the 3 Men and the Fiery Furnace. The second half of the book includes visions about what many think are the end times. Throughout the book we discover that when human kingdoms forget God they become less than human and become like wild beasts. However, in the end God ultimately reigns and hope and patience is encouraged. Come join us as we read through the book and discuss what's in the book as well as what we might learn from these writing for us today.
Spend a cold winter day Friday, January 4th with Good Shepherd friends sewing blankets for our graduates and babies! Meet at church for sewing, fellowship, fun, and of course food (warm soup and bread). We will start at 8:00 a.m. 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. If you have any questions, contact Carole Joyce.
Beach Party for Infants Age 3 & Parents
January 13 worship at 9:15
Beach Party for parents and their infants, babies and toddlers up to age 3 (and not in Sunday school yet). Remember your baptism as you pray and play together at worship & 9:15 am.
PreK-2nd Grade sing
January 13 at 10:30 am worship
The first coffee shop will be held on January 20th. Enjoy fellowship, flavored coffee, hot chocolate, and sweet rolls. Money raised will support the youth trip and other youth ministry.
January 21, 2019
All high school and middle school youth are invited to a fun ski day at Coffee Mill on January 21st. Adult leaders are needed too! Please contact Carole Joyce to reserve a ride, to help and to drive. Children accompanied by parents are invited to come too. We will have a fun day on the slopes (or in the lodge where Carole will be hanging out)!
Service Sunday All Age Care packages
January 27 at 9:15 am
Who doesn’t like to give or receive a box full of love? Join us on January 27th to share God’s love through care packages for Good Shepherd’s post high school youth and military. We will work together making Valentines, snack mix, and other goodies to include. Once again Thrivent will be sponsoring the shipping costs!
Treats for 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 music room. Then come help pack on January 27th at 9:15 am!
High School Mission Trip
July 28th - August 2nd, 2019
Youth often say the service trip is the most meaningful of the summer trips. You will see the world and your faith in a totally different way as we meet new people and reach out in service and love in Chicago. Sign up is going on NOW. Make a deposit to reserve your spot. Friends are welcome too. Contact Carole Joyce at email@example.com to get a registration form.
Coming up in February
- 2nd graders and their parents will learn about "It's Not Fair" on Feb 3 and 10 at 9:15 am. 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.
- Kindergartners and their parents will learn about the Lord's Prayer on Feb 17 and 24 at 9:15 am
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN UPDATE - GROWING TO SERVE, GROUNDED IN FAITH
County commissioners approved the conditional use permit. The County Commissioners voted on Good Shepherd's standing for a conditional use permit. Currently, CMS is reviewing our plans for their approval. Once we have approval on these two things, we plan to start the renovation and construction project. We will keep the congregation informed by email. Please be aware that during much of the renovation and construction project the front doors will not be available for use. The back door to the church will be our only handicap entrance, and we will move the handicap parking close to that back door. During some of the project, the kitchen door will not be accessible and all will need to use the back door. If the kitchen door is accessible you may use that door. For the safety of everyone, during the construction project we are asking parents to bring their children into the building and pick up their children inside the building. If you have any questions, please contact the church office.
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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,