8:00 am Worship
9:15 am Education Hour
10:30 am Worship
COOKIES, COOKIES, AND MORE COOKIES!!
Thank you to all who baked and bought cookies! Thanks to all who volunteered at the cookie walk and ornament sale.
December Coffee Shop
Thanks to the high school youth, we have flavored coffee, hot chocolate and cinnamon rolls between services the 3rd Sunday of each month. Look for these tasty treats on December 17th -- Christmas program day. Join us for wonderful fellowship. Thank you to the congregation for your support of high school ministry.
Rehearsal for all age groups will only be during the education hour this year. Plan to be at Good Shepherd by 9:15 am every Sunday in December (if at all possible). Watch your email for words for songs so you can practice together at home. Dress for the program in nice church clothes.
The Sunday school Christmas program will be presented at the 10:30 am worship service on Sunday, December 17th. You won’t want to miss hearing the story of Jesus’ birth as told by our Sunday school children! Pastor Krista is directing the program called “The Night Before Christmas” with our 1st - 6th graders. Preschool and Kindergartners will also be presenting a short program. Invite your family and friends to join us that day. The back-up-date in case of snow or ice will be Wednesday, December 20th at 7:00 pm.
November 11th and 12th
"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
Who’s invited: All students in grades 8-12 during the 2017-2018 academic year
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)
Good Shepherd 8th
Annual Chili/Chicken Cook-Off
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.
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.
Backpacks for Kids
During the month of December, Good Shepherd will be filling the Backpacks for Kids on Wednesday nights. Read the article in the newsletter to see how you can get involved.
Blue Star Mothers
Approximately $244 was raised through our November noisy offering for the Blue Star Mothers. This group is made up of mothers who have children serving in the military, guard or reserves, or children who are honorably discharged veterans. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
December 3rd - Join Vicar Nicole for a study of the prophets in the Old Testament
December 10th - We will conclude our study of "And Who is My Neighbor" (exploring the issues of racism) with a speaker from ISAIAH.
December 17th - No adult education - Come for coffee shop!
December 24th and 31st - worship at 9:00 AM - no adult education
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,