All Saints Sunday
On November 3rd we celebrate All Saints Sunday. On this day we remember all those who have died and now live in the promise of the resurrection to eternal life. We especially remember those who have died this past year by lighting a candle as their name is read during our worship service. During our service, everyone has the opportunity to light a candle in memory of their loved ones.
Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service
Good Shepherd Church will be hosting the Ecumenical Thanksgiving service on Sunday evening, November 24th at 6:00 p.m. As always, the offering from this service will go to benefit the PEM Food Shelf. Everyone is invited to attend this “service of thanksgiving” so put it on your calendar now.
Sunday School Blessing
Talking about wall of Jericho
November 9 & 10
We will build our real life skills for building friendships and helping see the needs of others. Everyday Samaritans help young people support and care for peers through faith and Bible stories. Of course the best part is always building community by being together and having fun.
November Education Meeting
Want to help plan and share input on Good Shepherd’s education programs? Your input is valuable! The November education meeting is at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, November 12th at Kim’s. Contact Karla Appel or Carole Joyce for more information.
Christmas Program December 15
Mark your calendar now for the Sunday school Christmas program. It will be presented during the worship services on Sunday, December 15th. This year’s program is called Arrest These Merry Gentlemen and speaking parts are being given out now. You won’t want to miss hearing the story of Jesus’ birth as told by our Sunday school children!
A big thank you to everyone who has helped and contributed to the wonderful new expansion and renovations at church!!! The new Gathering Space, kitchen and offices are already being enjoyed by staff and congregation members. This fall we look forward to using the kitchen even more and having new Sunday school rooms available. The congregation's generosity has helped to make all of this possible. We will be closing on our loan in August. While we were approved for a million dollar loan, right now we are looking at closing the loan at $840,000.
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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)
This is a community event, so anyone from the community is encouraged to make their special homemade chili or chicken noodle soup and join us for this fun event. Please invite family
and friends to join us.
If you have donations for the Silent Auction, plese bring them to church no later than November 3rd. If you have questions about the suitability of an item, please feel free to discuss it with Karla Appel, Deb Weinrich, or Sue Tangen.
Cookie, Cookies & More Cookies
Do you know what you plan on baking for the cookie walk? If not, start planning now, as it is only about a month away.
We ask each family to donate between 12-15 dozen Christmas cookies. They can all be of one recipe or a variety of recipes. Please concentrate on cookies. Breads, candies, fudge and
other treats don’t seem to sell as well as cookies; however, we won’t turn any of these items away.
We need the cookies delivered between 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday evening, December 5th so we can have them all placed on the tables and ready to go by 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning.
The doors don’t open until 7:30 a.m., but it seems like every year we have buyers waiting at the door by 7:00 a.m.
Summer Trip Meeting
Good Shepherd offers different summer high school experiences every year. This is our year for an outdoor adventure. On November 20th, we will have an informational meeting about backpacking in CO—your choice--and what we will experience and do. Come to ask questions, find out more, and help choose our activities. Parents are encouraged to come too.
GOD'S WORK, OUR HANDS
Writing & Coloring for our Veterans
Making goodies in our new kitchen
Personal Care Packages
Making tag blankets for our babies
Packing Lutheran World Relief personal care kits.
Thank you to all who participated in the God’s Work-Our Hands service on October 20!
We packed 63 LWR personal care kits for those experiencing disaster due to hurricane, earthquake, floods, and war. We sent notes to veterans and active military members. Made goodies for the Chili Cook-Off. Made tag blankets for babies baptized at Good Shepherd. Wrote notes for our Operation Christmas Child boxes and extra LWR supplies were added to the boxes. Thanks to all who brought supplies and to Thrivent for the action team moneys which increased our outreach this year.
The Sunday school offering this fall is going to Good Earth Village Bible Camp. Every summer kids from Good Shepherd spend time at this camp. Our confirmation students enjoy retreating their too. How awesome to support GEV ministry with our offerings.
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.
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,