Worship With Us Online!
Good Shepherd will continue to offer online worship on Sundays.
Please use the following links below to connect online to the Sunday Church Service:
Facebook click here: Facebook
YouTube click here: Youtube
4th Wednesday Monthly Prayer Service
Do you need some time away from the busyness of life? On the 4th Wednesday of the month come join us at GSLC for a prayer service. Enjoy some time together singing and praying, while also getting some time to spend with the Lord in prayer by yourself. There will be “stations” to help you focus on open different parts of our life if you need that, you can stay in your pew and pray, or you can just walk around the sanctuary if that is what helps you enter some prayerful space for the Lord. Come join us Wednesday, June 28 at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. All are welcome to join us!
On Sunday, May 28 we will be holding a Pentecost/ Graduate Sunday/ New Member Sunday. All are invited for these special events.
OUTREACH AND SERVICES
All Hands-on Deck!
We will be having a beautification day on Saturday, June 10 with GSLC and HCC at 9:00 am. Wear your sunscreen and bring your gloves and hats!! We will be weeding, laying mulch, trimming bushes, and possibly doing some planting. If you have any questions, please contact Wayne Weyhrauch or Chris Connelly.
Last year we had our culmination celebration for the SOS Thrive Campaign on Pentecost weekend. Thanks to the generous response to support God’s work in the SOS, we received over $43,000 in pledges. To date we have already given $29,000 to the SOS for the important ministries outlined in the five campaign goals.
Homework Club Just in case you ever wondered how important ministry is at Good Shepherd, please read the following note to our Homework Club Staff. It came on a card with the following message and hand-written note.
“Sometimes all it takes is a single ray of sunshine to make the whole world seem
lighter. And sometimes that ray of sunshine is a person – each of you! Thanking God for you always.”
Dear Mr. Bennett and the Homework Club Teachers, I could not believe when my daughter came home from school saying she wanted to go to a place called “Homework Club.” I had no idea how much the program would mean to us. As a single working mom, it gave me two extra hours to work – which was priceless because it allowed me the time to create my own business at a massage therapy clinic. I had worked so hard to get here after my schooling and boards exams. Now my life was thriving. Homework Club is even more valuable because of all my daughter has learned. HC really helped her grades AND her confidence. On top of all these good things I remember my disbelief that there was “NO COST.” Free? How could that be? It felt too good to be true. I’ve always heard the best good deeds are done anonymously. This is exactly what each of you has done . . . for years, without fail. You show up and work for the best for our kids and our community – without even thank yous!!! You are truly being the Light by giving the most. We will always remember. Love, Homework Club Mom and Daughter.
Many thanks to Don Bennett, Duane Tackis, and Judy Oldham who have staffed Homework Club this school year and to Patty Biddle and Ferne Relich who have been strong supporters in the past. To see how you might be able to help with Homework Club, contact Don Bennett.
Click here for our Operation Restoration brochure!
Good Shepherd is hosting a Day Camp called Operation Restoration: Mending God’s World. During this exciting weeklong program, kids learn to be menders of the universe as they explore the daily themes of Feed, Heal, Forgive, Pray, and Rest. Operation Restoration is scheduled over the dates from June 26 through June 30. Each daily session starts at 9:00 am and ends at 3:00 pm.
If you enjoy working with children, we invite you to help them grow in faith, learn, sing and work to be members of God’s creation and universe. We will need lots of helpers in lots of areas! You can find volunteer forms on the table in the Sanctuary or by clicking here. Click here for our Day Camp Volunteer Request List and daily schedule.
We also invite anyone who wants to send their kids to Daycamp. All kids who have completed grades K-5 are invited to grow in faith as they play, learn, sing, and work to be members of God’s creation and universe. Registration is open and limited to 30 campers. Registrations for Day Camp can be picked up at the church office or download a copy here.
Calling For all Graduates
Each spring Good Shepherd honors our graduates from high school, college, and graduate programs. This year our graduate recognition will be the weekend of May 27/28. We need your help identifying this year’s graduates. Please submit the names of those members of your family who are graduating this spring to the church office as soon as possible. This will help us plan for the event. Please indicate the graduate’s full name, the name of school, and the degree earned, including the field of study. Thank you for helping us gather this information! It is a blessing to honor those graduates who are special to our congregation
Food Pantry News
Your generous donations for the month of April totaled 275 items Thanks for your continued faithfulness to this important ministry. Food was delivered to four different feeding ministries on April 8, and helps support their efforts to provide food for families in these difficult economic times. The feeding ministry staffs and patrons are always so deeply appreciative. You can bring donations to church any time during the month of May. Next Food Pantry Sunday will be June 5.
The primary food pantry donation bin is in the narthex; so, if you come to church on Sunday morning you can bring your donations and place them there. During the week, you can still place your donations inside the fellowship hall doors. Monetary donations may still be made by placing a check (payable to Good Shepherd with “food pantry” in the memo line) in the offering or mailing it to the church office.
The food pantry has told us that the following items are among the most needed and useful for donation: noodles and pastas, cereals, canned fruits and vegetables, kids’ canned pastas, boxed “helper” meals, canned meats, chicken and tuna, instant potatoes, canned soups (Campbell’s or brand name Chunky soups or Progresso soups – if on sale – are especially useful because they can be stretched by adding pasta and making a casserole meal).
We Need Volunteers!
GSLC is in need of four new Commissioners (Commissioner for Finance, Parish Life and Response, and Worship and Celebration). If you would like to volunteer for these positions, please let Pr. Jamie, Roger Bauser or Wayne Rosholt know.
Jeremiah’s Letter – June 18
The mission of Jeremiah’s Letter is to bring congregations together from the greater Dayton community so that together they can enhance the daily lives of individuals and families of the inner-city who find themselves in need. To help support the works of Jeremiah’s Letter, Good Shepherd will be collecting bath and bedroom linens, personal hygiene products, canned foods and cleaning/laundry supplies.
Our ADULT Lifelong Learning Classes are ONLINE. Everyone is welcome! Use the links below to join in the conversations. Discover the quality adult education we have at GSLC. Our Bible studies are open to ALL near and far. If you haven’t checked any of these out, please consider this invitation to join us now.
Sunday School for K-8 youth: Our YOUTH Sunday morning classes are on break for the summer. Please watch for classes to resume in the fall.Many thanks to our faithful Sunday School staff, Sandy Rosholt and Karin Linch, for their service.
SUNDAY MORNING ADULT BIBLE STUDY
Our Sunday morning classes will resume in July. Watch for further information.
THURSDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY for Men
Topic: Gospel Lectionary Reading for worship
This Men’s Bible study is currently on break. Watch for emails when the study resumes.
FRIDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY DISCUSSION for ALL
Topic: Gospel Lectionary Readings for worship
The Friday Morning Bible study is on break. Watch for emails when the study resumes.
WELCA (Women of the ELCA) Bible Study
The May Devotional: Love in action: The art of Intergenerational hospitality by Sarah Carson is available for all to view. Consider using this for your own personal devotions or share with a friend!
The Summer 2023 Bible Study is Salvation Now by the Rev. Dr. Anna Madsen. More details can be found here https://www.gathermagazine.org/summer-2023-bible-study-salvation-now-by-the-rev-dr-anna-madsen/
This study has three sessions. The first session Promised Salvation Now: Jesus brings wellness is currently online and in the May/June issue of Gather Magazine.
All the Bible studies are accessible online at www.gathermagazine.org
Contact Pam Bauser at email@example.com or call 937-602-8385 with any questions.
The previous communications on weekly offerings were misleading due to the exclusion of on-line and monthly giving. Going forward the financial information will be shown as monthly and YTD totals:
March monthly offerings $18,993 vs. budget of $20,172, excluding Harmony Creek contribution
March YTD offerings $116,285 vs budget of $121,034, excluding Harmony Creek contribution
March YTD Harmony Creek $13,750 vs budget of $10,000
March YTD expenses $123,208 vs budget of $128,453
Don’t forget to send in your weekly tithe/offering to the church at 901 East Stroop Rd, Kettering, OH 45429 or go to our online Electronic Giving:
Electronic Giving Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is now offering the option of electronic giving for regular offerings and special offerings. Giving is done using the company Tithe.ly which is the only one endorsed by the ELCA. There are three ways to give:
1. Via smartphone using the Tithe.ly app (download via the App Store or Google Play)
2. Online at Tithe.ly
3. Via the GSLC Website which has a link to the Tithe.ly website to give directly to GSLC
The process to create an account and give is simple because it is tied to a debit or credit card. There is also a processing fee of less than 3% that you can choose to cover if desired. Benefits of Electronic Giving:
1. Ability to give from anywhere including other countries – you only need an internet connection via smartphone or computer.
2. Ability to give 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
3. Ability to choose from a variety of options where your gift goes.
4. Can give more than one gift at a time with the “Add Gift” option.
Questions: Contact Martin Pierce (937) 287-4021.
CHURCH PROGRAM DONATIONS
GSLC Lutheran Youth Corps (LYC)
Gift Card Program Did you know there is a way that you can financially support Good Shepherd at no cost to you? Through the LYC, you can order gift cards from a variety of merchants and restaurants at face value and a portion of each purchase is donated to the church to support youth programs and the First Lutheran Breakfasts. Although the percentage donated to the church may seem small, a few percent of our collective purchases can add up to a significant donation to Good Shepherd over time. Order forms are available in the Narthex. Orders placed on the weekend are normally available for pick up the following week, with the exception of some holiday periods and weeks where we do not reach the minimum threshold for placing an order. Please contact Don Bennett if you have any questions. What a great way to be faithful stewards of our resources! Click here to fill out the form: Gift Card Order Form
A PLACE FOR NEWS
ELCA Good Gifts. Click here.
Lutheran Disaster Response. Click here.
Lutheran World Relief. Click here.
ELCA Global Links. Click here.
ELCA World Hunger. Click here.
ELCA Disabilities Ministry. Click here.
COMMUNITY EVENTS AND NOTICES
Kid’s Fishing Derby
The City of Kettering will be celebrating kids with a Kid’s Fishing Derby at Delco Park on Saturday, June 2 from 10:00 am to Noon. Registration will be from 9:00 am to 9:45 am. Free lunch and awards will be from Noon – 1:00 pm. Parents or guardians must remain with their children during the event, 87 loaner poles with be available, wax worms will be provided, and the event will be held rain or shine. For more information call Ron Labatzsky at 937-689-1021.
Dayton Right to Life is hosting the annual Tee Up Fore Life golf outing on Monday, June 5, 2023. Can a round of gold save lives? Yes, when you tee up for the Dayton Right to Life. Located at Sycamore Creek Country Club. Register at daytonlife.org.
Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser
On Saturday, June 10 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church located at 470 S. Gebhart Church Road in Miamisburg. The fundraiser supports Miamisburg Helping Hands Food Pantry. The menu will be spaghetti with tomato-based sauce, meatballs, breadsticks, salad, homemade desserts and drinks. Price is $8.00 per adult and $4.00 per child (10 and under). Eat in or order online for take out visit www.stjohnsmiamisburg.org for more information or ordering online.