The Annual Congregational meeting will be held on Sunday, January 29th. We will start with a potluck meal in the fellowship area 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!
We are trying something new and we hope you will check it out. Starting Wednesday, January 4th we will be offering a worship experience on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM. The Wednesday services will have a different message from those on Sunday, less singing, more active participation, sometimes including activities and other times including video clips. Come check it out and tell your friends. Worship on Wednesday will be approximately 30 minutes in length.
Telling the story of Jesus. Please check out the Christmas Program pictures. Thank you to the amazing preschool and elementary Sunday school students (and their teachers and parents) for the wonderful message about Jesus’ birth: “The Manger Tale”. What a gift to have you share the Christmas story in this meaningful way.
CARE PACKAGE SUNDAY:
JAN. 29 AT 9:15 AM
Who doesn’t like to give or receive a box full of love? Join us on January 29th 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
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 29th at 9:15 am!
Together In Faith
Parents & Infants, 2 & 3 year olds (not in Sunday school): Sunday, January 8th at 9:15 a.m. We want to remember your child’s baptism in worship on January 8th! Bring your child’s baptismal candle if you can find it to whichever service you prefer to attend.
Then we will have a Baptism Splash 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 15 and 22
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 15th and 22nd.
NOW is the time to sign up for the summer Boundary Waters canoe trip. There is nothing more awesome—full of awe—as spending a week in God’s glorious creation. We are so blessed to have the pristine Boundary Waters so near.
We need your deposits in by January 10th (or sooner) so we can reserve 1 or 2 groups. One group has potential to include additional adults, so let Carole know if you are interested.Contact Carole Joyce at email@example.com or 269-9374 to join the trip.
Approximately $2600 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 and an anonymous donor for providing all the lefse this year.
Lights for Life was coordinated by Marget Christison this year. These lights celebrate those who have fought with cancer -- the money donated goes to the American Cancer Society to help with their research. Thank you for the opportunity to remember and honor those walking with cancer! It is especially meaningful to the Confirmation and high school students who decorated the bags.Thanks for your artwork.
Thank you to everyone who donated gift cards that were then delivered to the Food Shelf and distributed with the goodie bags. Darlene Goergen informed me that approximately $1400 in gift cards were donated by Good Shepherd people. Once again you have proved what caring people you are!
Good Shepherd fills PEM food backpacks in Jan. Come at 6 pm on Wed nights if you would like to help.
BUILDING RENOVATION AND EXPANSION UPDATE - JAN 2017
During the month of December the Building Committee and Kitchen Committee met with the architect and general contractor. Updated design plans are currently on display at the church in the Gathering Space. In addition, an assessment was made of our current kitchen and what will be able to be used in the new design. The current commercial dish washer, three basin sink, beverage table, hand washing sink, as well as dishes and carts will all be incorporated into the new kitchen design. The committee looks forward to sharing the updates on the design and plans for renovation and expansion at the Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 29th.