Thank you Pastor Krista and Vicar Nicole for your leadership.
Passing on Faith Ministry
Sunday school is up and running with 14 awesome teachers and helpers.
Three year olds and third graders received Bibles and are learning how to use them.
Parents and 7th/8th graders have kicked off Confirmation and 4 awesome adult mentors are joining us every week.
Milestone Learning for
Parents and Students
Sunday, October 8th - Playing with Fire for 5th-6th Graders
These students are old enough to be worship leaders and we’ will explore ways for them to get involved at 9:15 am. Parents come too. We are never too old to learn about worship!
Operation Christmas Child
Now is the time for thinking about our fall service project, Operation Christmas Child, which provides a shoebox full of useful and fun items for a child in a 3rd world country. Why do we start with this project now? The answer: school supplies! As you buy school supplies for your own children, please consider buying the following items that are in short supply in our Operation Christmas Child “stores”: pencil sharpeners, pointed scissors and crayons. Any items are gladly accepted though, except liquid glue (no liquids allowed). If you have questions, contact Ginny Mielke @ 534-3357 or check out the list.
God’s Work: Our Hands Service Opportunity October 22nd
The whole congregation (Sunday school kids, youth, and adults) will join together during the education hour on Sunday, October 22nd to do service projects.
Pack personal care kits for Lutheran World Relief. These kits will go around the world to where people are suffering from natural disaster or violence. See article below for the list of what we need. A collection box is located in the narthex.
Operation Christmas child—learn more about this ministry
Kindness rocks-One message at just the right moment can change someone’s life. We will decorate rocks with art and messages to be found or given to someone who needs a spark of hope.
Food For All Project—decorate grocery bags to distribute food.
Tying fleece blankets for children with limited hearing.
Want to help coordinate a station? Talk to Carole Joyce or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope through Soap!
Lutheran World Relief Personal Care Kits
Personal Care Kits are shared with people who have lost everything from a natural disaster or life-threatening violence. Give hope through a bar of soap. Put any items from the list below in the box in the narthex.
We will sort and pack these on October 22nd during the education hour.
Your hands and help are needed!
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
Sign up with Pastor Krista or Carole Joyce by September 10 for the Youth Gathering.
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)
Praying for the World!
There will be a congregational meeting on Sunday, October 15th at 9:15 am to provide an update on Growing to Serve, Grounded in Faith capital campaign and building project and also to vote on obtaining biddable plans.
Come Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of Luther and the Reformation
Sunday, October 15th, 4:00 - 5:30 pm – All are invited
What was it like to live in Luther’s day during the Middle Ages with the Plague and church and government almost united as one?
Was Luther angry with God? (Yes, he was. Come find out why)
Did Luther really want to leave the Catholic church?
Does Luther and the Reformation make a difference for us today?
Sunday, October 29th, 8 AM and 10:30 AM Reformation Sunday Worship
Festival Worship with Holy Communion celebrating the Reformation and singing “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” (one of Luther’s hymns).
7th & 8th Grade
No confirmation Wednesday, October 18th (due to MEA).
Confirmation trip to the Nursing Home on Wed. They led BINGO.
God’s Work, Our Hands
One of Good Shepherd’s traditions is giving our 3 year olds and 3rd graders Bibles as they start Sunday school in the fall. This year parents of 14 children placed the Bible in their child’s hands. Please pray for these children and parents as they read the Bible together.
* Bible study 1st Tues each month at 1 pm "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World"
* Sunday morning 9:15 am "And Who Is My Neighbor?" starting 9-24
* Book group 3rd Wed each month at 6:30 pm "All the Lights We Cannot See" by Doerr
Driveway, Parking Lot Spaces, Culvert and Lighting
Good Shepherd has a new culvert and wider driveway into the parking lot. The old culvert was too small and not handling the rain and water run off. The work with the culvert and driveway provides us with a wider driveway and will help maintain a better driveway and parking lot. In addition, the light pole on the North side of the driveway was taken down and a new light pole with security light was put up on the South side of the driveway/parking lot.
Thank you to Joe Suntken and Steve Fenske for donating their time, labor and machinery to get this work done!
Ebeneezer Sunday Worship
Good Shepherd 8th
Annual Chili Cook-Off
November 15, 2017
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will once again be hosting our 8th Annual Chili/Chicken Noodle Soup Cook Off & Silent Auction fundraising event. This event will be held in the Good Shepherd Fellowship Hall on Wednesday, November 15th, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Under the leadership of Vicar Nicole, Good Shepherd will provide a meal to those in need. Contact the church office to help prepare meals or to share the name of someone who could use a meal.
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,