Eblast 10/29

Eblast 10/29


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5th Sunday Carry-In 
Please join us for our 5th Sunday carry-in meal after service on the 29th of October.  It is our tradition to have a carry-in after the service. Please plan to come and bring your dish to share. Drinks and table service will be provided.  We have also invited the Harmony Creek congregation to join us. Come and Dine with your friends and family at Good Shepherd!

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, November 22 at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. All are welcome to join us!

All-Saints Sunday 
On November 5 there will be a 4:00 pm service for ALL SAINTS. It is Holden Evening with special music by the Choir.  It is a beautiful service and GSLC highly encourages everyone to come and worship together.   If you have a loved one who has passed away in the last year and would like their names added to the All-Saints Sunday service, please let the office know at (937) 298-0316 or email to office@goodshepherdkettering.com or you can pick up a form in the Narthex. 


Meal Train
Our friend Lanae Scott said goodbye to her sweet mom Winnie on 10/5. Anyone who knows Lanae, knows how much she loved her mom. The last thing she needs to worry about right now is what to eat so a Meal Train has been set up to provide small meals for Lanae & Roger Scott. They are so grateful for your support and love! Please go to the link for further details https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/zkkkyy

Food Pantry News  Next Food Pantry Sunday is NOVEMBER 5.
Your generous donations for the month of September totaled a whopping 180 items. It is always an amazing site to see all that food filling the donation bin.  Thanks for your continued faithfulness to this important ministry.  On October 2, food was delivered to four different feeding ministries (Feeding Friends, Neighbor-to-Neighbor, South Community, and Marshall Road Church of God) and helped support their efforts to provide food for families in these difficult economic times.  We are also providing some additional support to the “Little Food Pantry” project at Oakview Elementary School.  The food pantries have 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). It would be very helpful to avoid food in glass containers so that nothing can be broken.

Jeremiah’s Letter November 19
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.

Fall Craft Fair – November 4 at 9:00 am
Good Shepherd is proud to host our annual Fall Craft Fair!  Our Fall and Spring Craft Fairs have become well-attended events in our community. This is a BIG event with all proceeds going toward local GSLC supported ministries.  Our craft fair would not be successful without our dedicated volunteers and the many talented crafters who rent a space from us.  Consider volunteering your time to help with this fun and amazing event.  Your gift of time will not only help support our ministries, but will also afford you an opportunity to meet many wonderful people and be an ambassador for Good Shepherd. If you would like to know more about volunteering or how to be of service, please contact Rich Kellstrom.  There is a Volunteer Sign-up Sheet in the Narthex.

Are you a member and want to serve at GSLC? 
Well becoming a Commissioner is a great way to be involved in the day to day ministries at Good Shepherd. We are looking for several commissioners to take over on October 1, 2023. Specifically, we are looking for a Finance and Administration Commissioner, a Parish Life & Response Commissioner, and a Worship & Celebration Commissioner. If you have any questions about these positions feel free to talk with Pr Jamie, Roger Bauser, or the current commissioner serving in that position. This is a great way to get involved as GSLC continues to carry out its mission to the community and the world.


YOU TRULY ARE INVITED!  If you have not joined yet, we can and will make room for you at the table of your choice! Join a fellowship study on Louie Giglio’s book, DON’T GIVE THE ENEMY A SEAT AT YOUR TABLE: It’s Time to Win the Battle of your Mind. This study is based on Psalm 23.
Email lifelonglearning@goodshepherd.com or contact Pam Bauser (937-602-8385) to request information. 
If you are interested in joining an online group that will meet via Zoom, please let Pastor Jamie or Pam Bauser know. 
Coming up:
Mondays at 4:00 pm starts on October 30
November schedule:
Thursday, November 9 at 1:30 pm
Wednesday, November 15 at 10:00 am 
Sunday, November 19 at 6:00 pm
Tuesday, November 29 at 7:00 pm

Lifelong Learning   
Our ADULT Lifelong Learning Classes are available online. 

IT’S HAPPENING!  Don’t miss out!
IN PERSON ALL our youth K – 9 are welcome to come!
Meet in the Chapel! 
Gather at 9:30 am 
Lessons from 9:40 am – 10:20 am
Teachers Karin Linch and Sandy Rosholt. 

Current Topic: Biblical Stewardship: Our Duty and Delight
Facilitator:  Roger Bauser
Time: 8:50 am – 9:50 am
Place: Comfort of your own home – connect and discuss with others online!
Stewardship means “belonging to God” – ALL that we are and ALL that we have comes from God. We are grateful to God for it ALL, and responsible to God for how we use it. There is a connection between stewardship and spirituality: generous giving as a spiritual discipline helps us to grow in Christ. Dr. Powell suggests that while we may not be able to think ourselves into generosity, we can act ourselves into a spirit of generosity that overflows. Come discover the “Good News” of Biblical giving. 

Topic: Gospel Lectionary Reading for worship 
The Men’s Bible Study is ONLINE on Thursday mornings at 9:00 a.m.  Bring your own coffee along with your BIBLE.  The focus is on the Lectionary’s Gospel Lesson for the upcoming weekend.  Come join the discussion. This is a chance to go deeper before hearing the lessons on Sunday. 
Facilitator: Roger Bauser
Time:  9:00 am – 10:00 am
Place:  comfort of your home – connect online!
If you experience any difficulty, please contact Roger at rebauser@me.com or call 937-299-5186.

Topic: Gospel Lectionary Readings for worship 
Come on FRIDAY mornings! Bring your own coffee along with your BIBLE. The focus is on the Lectionary Lessons for the upcoming weekend. Come join the discussion. Everyone is welcome! No prior experience is needed. Each week the study relates to the Scripture lessons for Sunday’s worship. Drop by and learn what’s behind the message on Sunday.
Facilitator:  Roger Bauser
Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am   
For more information, please contact Roger at rebauser@me.com or call 937-299-5186.  

ALL Women’s Bible Study
Living in the Holy Land TODAY
Rev. Dr. Meghan Johnston Aelabouni is the author of our current Bible study on HOLY PLACES. She serves the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) along with co-pastor Rev. Sallly Azar at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, an international congregation in Jerusalem. She also serves as the ELCA Theologian in Residence for the Midlle East and North Africa desk. She and her family, spouse the Rev Gabi Aelabouni and their 3 children, live in Jerusalem. 
Please read this excerpt from the worship service on Sunday, October 15, in the midst of the current conflict.
During their congregation’s October 15 worship service, Azar and Johnston Aelabouni led the singing of an Advent hymn, “Come Now, O Prince of Peace,” that spoke to the current realities. “These are such heavy, terrible days in Jerusalem,” Johnston Aelabouni said in her sermon that day. “Such unthinkable violence against children, parents, grandparents, young people. So many lives ended—and every one of them a human being with a name, a story, a place in this world. They are Jewish, Muslim, Christian; Palestinian and Israeli. Dancers in the desert, families huddle together, moving from house to house, finding no place is safe. And now in Gaza, there is a war—a war not against Hamas only, but a war against 2.3 million people who have nowhere else to go. Half of them are children whose water, food, electricity and medicine are running out.” Yet death and violence will not have the last word, Johnston Aelabouni said. “The last word belongs to the God who will swallow up death forever. To that hope may we cling, even as we mourn, and pray, and wait. May it come soon, O God. May it come now.”
Read more at www.gathermagazine.org 
Our next study Holy Places: Pilgrimage is on Wednesday, November 8th at 10:30 am or 7:30 pm.
The next Bible study will be available in the November/December issue of Gather Magazine. The video to accompany the study is online at www.gathermagazine.org 
Contact Pam Bauser at psbauser@me.com or call 937-602-8385 with any questions. 

This fall Good Shepherd is offering GriefShare 4, the updated version of the grief support we trust. The video content and the participant guides are all new.   
Our Fall Series is underway. Come and see what a loving, supportive community can provide in the midst of loss. We meet in the Lounge at 1:00 pm.   GriefShare is a place for anyone dealing with the loss of a loved one to find support and comfort in the company of others who are also experiencing loss. This ministry offers biblical, Christ-centered teaching on topics associated with the death of a loved one. The video seminar series features nationally respected grief experts and real-life personal stories, followed by a small group discussion about the weekly topic and personal grief experiences. Good Shepherd offers the 13-week GriefShare program in person and online from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Sundays.  If you or someone you know is interested, please register online at www.griefshare.org or call the church office. No prior registration is required for folks coming in person. If you have any questions, contact Kathy Seim (937-901-0532) or Pam Bauser (937-602-8385). 


Trunk or Treat 
All children are welcome to a Trunk or Treat hosted by Harmony Creek Church and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in the parking lot.  Make sure to bring a candy bucket for some treats on October 29 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.

August year to date offerings are as follows:
Offerings $221,660 vs budget of $221,895 excluding Harmony Creek contribution.
Harmony Creek receipt of $26,250 vs budget of $22,500
Expenses $232,506 vs budget of $235,497
August monthly offerings $19,601 vs. budget of $22,672, including Harmony Creek

Electronic Giving
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. 


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


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.


Spring Valley Academy will be having a Vegetarian Tasting on November 5 with the doors opening at 12:15 pm and a meal and lecture starting at 12:30 pm. Location for the event will be at 1461 E. Spring Pike in Dayton due to their construction project.  You can sample 30+ vegetarian recipes.  Click on the link to register today!  https://forms.gle/C6ztpMRja5ki6Abg8

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