Our annual congregational meeting will be on Sunday, September 10 after the service. Voting for our ministry spending plan and council candidates will be available on September 10, September 16 & 17, and September 23 & 24. Please keep our ministry plans and our congregational leadership in your prayers.
The family of Denise Wilson will have a Memorial Service at Faith Lutheran Church at 3315 Martel Dr, Dayton, OH 45420 on Saturday, September 30, 2023, at 11:00 am followed by a luncheon to visit with the family.
Worship With Us Online!
Join us now in worship online!
Connect with us on Sundays for an encouraging Word from God and a time of worship. Are you ready to worship together?
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, September 27 at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. All are welcome to join us!
Stewardship Snippets – September 10, 2023
Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. –Romans 13:8. Paul reiterates the law of Christian love. All we are and all we do springs from the love we have for God and neighbor. Through prayer and scripture study we cultivate love and weed out hatred, and this helps us become stewards of God’s love in all our relationships.
OUTREACH AND SERVICES
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the ELCA Disaster Relief Fund Project to aid in the relief effort for the victims of the Maui wildfires. The total gifts given amounted to $3065.00. As always, our Good Shepherd Community is very generous in the work of God’s Kingdom. Thanks for responding positively to the invitation to be involved.
Food Pantry News
Your generous donations for the month of August totaled a whopping 675 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 September 4, 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. Food pantry donations can be placed in the donation box in the narthex and monetary donations can be placed in the offering plate or mailed to the church office. 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 – September 17
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.
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.
A Study on Civic Life and Faith
REMEMBER there are SIX surveys that can be completed to voice your opinions on the sessions for Civic Life and Faith. Pr. Jamie has copies of the surveys that can be submitted to the ELCA Task Force on Studies for Civic Life and Faith. These surveys are available for individual reflection and response. The information gathered will help guide the task force in developing a social statement about religious liberty and the proper role of the church in relation to government along with other critical topics. Surveys must be completed by mail or online by October 15, 2023.
From the ELCA: Your participation matters as part of the work toward a social statement on civic life and faith. Social statements address the great social systems or most controversial issues of contemporary life. The ELCA does not have a comprehensive teaching and social policy document on civic life and faith.
To learn more about the task force and its work, visit elca.org/civicsandfaith.
For further information, please contact Pr. Jamie.
UPCOMING OPPORTUNITY for ALL
In September we will launch a small group 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 is a six session study based on Psalm 23. You are invited to be part of a small group (8-12 folks) who agree to meet once a month for fellowship and study. Then follow up between group sessions with individual reading and discussions with a prayer partner. The groups will meet in October, November, December, January, February/March, and April. Watch for opportunities to sign up! To learn more about the author check out: https://louiegiglio.com
Our ADULT Lifelong Learning Classes are available online.
Our YOUTH Sunday morning classes are on a break through August. YOUTH will resume on Sunday, September 17!
(Please note this has been pushed back a week. Youth will meet in the chapel at 9:30 am on Sunday, September 17. If you know anyone who may be interested, please let us know. Karin Linch, Sandy Rosholt, Pam Bauser)
SUNDAY MORNING ADULT BIBLE STUDY
Our Sunday adult class will resume on September 17th.
THURSDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY for Men
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 email@example.com or call 937-299-5186.
FRIDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY DISCUSSION for ALL
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 937-299-5186.
WELCA (Women of the ELCA) Bible Study
The fall study is called Holy Places prepared by the Rev. Dr. Meghan Johnston Aelabouni
September is here. We begin exploring HOLY PLACES together on the second Wednesday of September, October, and November.
Holy places: Home
Home can be the place we lay our head and the people we call family. Home can be our community or homeland. Home is also found wherever we truly and fully belong. This month, we consider the complexity and the promise of “home” through the stories of Israel’s exile, the ministry of Jesus, and the promises of Revelation.
Facilitator: Pam Bauser
Time: Wednesday, September 13 at 10:30 am or 7:30 pm
Place: Meeting in Fellowship Lounge or via Zoom at either time.
The morning session will be offered in a hybrid format allowing both in person and virtual participation.
The evening session will be offered via Zoom ONLY.
Bring your Bible, your questions, and your thoughts!
The Bible study is available in the September/October issue of Gather Magazine or online at www.gathermagazine.org
Contact Pam Bauser at email@example.com or call 937-602-8385 with any questions.
This fall Good Shepherd is offering GriefShare 4, the newly updated, revised version of the grief support we trust. The video content and the participant guides are all new.
THIS SUNDAY IS THE FIRST SESSION OF THE FALL SERIES. JOIN US. 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. This fall GriefShare: Your Journey from Mourning to Joy will be available on Sundays from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm September 10 through December 3. 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).
July year to date offerings are as follows:
Offerings $207,059 vs budget of $201,723, excluding Harmony Creek contribution.
Harmony Creek receipt of $21,250 vs budget of $20,000
Expenses $211,938 vs budget of $214,088
July monthly offerings $23,335 vs. budget of $22,672, including Harmony Creek contribution.
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.
A program and service project will be held Saturday, September 16, 2023 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at New Hope Lutheran Church in Dayton. Our emphasis will be on gathering and supplying items for children entering FOSTER CARE. Watch for more details to come and spread the word. ALL are invited and welcome. SAVE THE DATE!!! Marcia Calhoun, SOS representative. Sponsored by Women of the ELCA, Dayton Conference
God’s Love Made Real
Dear siblings in Christ, You may have recently seen the new video from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton — Future Church: God’s Love Made Real. We have an unprecedented opportunity to learn about our church — to listen to and learn from YOU! Will you lend us your voice?
We want to learn more about our church, about what is strong and good, and about where we need to grow in Christ together. This information will help us learn how to better serve our congregations, synods, ministry partners and the world around us. It will help us lean into the vision and do our part in creating a world experiencing the difference God’s grace and love in Christ make for all people and creation. But we need your voice to do it. We need the voices of your colleagues and friends.
There are two distinct opportunities for you to lend your voice to the future of our church:
We hope you will do both, but if you have to choose, please do the survey and encourage those around you to do the same.
These two steps will help us become “Future Church: God’s Love Made Real” and move together, as a church, in the directions the Spirit is calling us to go.
Sincerely, Louise Johnson
Executive for Administration, Office of the Presiding Bishop
COMMUNITY EVENTS AND NOTICES
Help Kids in Foster Care
Saturday, September 16 from 10:00 am -2:00 pm
New Hope Lutheran Church
2000 Catalpa Drive, Dayton, OH 45405
Often children enter foster care by Children’s Services without warning. They are placed in a new setting with minimal possessions and supplies. Join our group of women for morning devotions, offering (foster care & Women of the ELCA,) a brief message/overview of foster care, and a service project. Enjoy lunch and fellowship. PLEASE bring a $10 registration fee to defray cost of the box lunch. We also ask you to bring: Toothbrush-soft; adult; individually packaged & Toothpaste- medium size. Other items will be provided. Together we will assemble items we have gathered into kits to be donated to Children’s Services. Please join this worthwhile project. Spread the word! Invite friends! ALL WELCOME!!
RSVP is ESSENTIAL for the planning:
Please RSVP by September 11 to Marcie. Cell/text at 937 974 8894.
Co-sponsored by Dayton Conference, Women of the ELCA and a Thrivent Action Team.