Eblast 1/29

Eblast 1/29


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:
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YouTube click here: Youtube

5th Sunday and Carry-In 
Sunday, January 29 is the 5th Sunday this month.  It is our tradition to have a carry-in after the service. Please plan to come and bring a dish to share. Drinks and table service will be provided.  Come and Dine with your friends and family at Good Shepherd!


Souper Bowl Sunday  Who will win this year’s Super Bowl?
The Bengals? The 49’ers?   The Chiefs?   The Eagles?
These are the 4 teams remaining after week #2.  
You can vote for your favorite Conference by participating in our ANNUAL SOUPER BOWL FOOD DRIVE where everybody wins – especially the families who are served by the four food pantries we support with our food donations each month.
After the second week the scoreboard reads as follows:  
AFC 100, COMMERCIALS 46, and NFC 58. Total 204
Last year we had almost 1000 food items for the Super Bowl Competition; so, we have a ways to go to meet or exceed that effort.
Please remember your food donations each Sunday from now thru February 12.

Food Pantry News 
Your generous donations for the month of December totaled 220 items Thanks for your continued faithfulness to this important ministry. Food was delivered to three food pantries on January 10 and helps support their efforts to provide food for families in these difficult economic times. As one of the food pantry volunteers said: “THANK YOU, ALL SO, MUCH. Blessings to your congregation for your on-going support.”  You can bring donations at any time. 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).

Matthew 25 Ministries 
At the end of the year, there were 262 medicine bottles and some medical supplies donated to Matthew 25 Ministries. The bottle will be used to distribute medicine on medical mission trips. Please continue to clean the bottles and bring them to the tub in the narthex. Cleaning involves getting the label and glue off (Goo Gone works) and washing them inside and out with hot water. Please dry them and place the lids back on. Thank you for your help in this important ministry. Read more about what Matthew 25 does here: https://m25m.org/

We Need Volunteers! 
GSLC is in need of four new Commissioners (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 February 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.


FAITH FORMATION:  Luther’s Small Catechism 
CATECHISM for EVERYONE! Save the date for February NOW!
YOU are invited to join our “household” as we study Luther’s Small Catechism on the second Saturday of the month.  Next month is the Apostles’ Creed. Curious about this?  Contact Pastor Jamie or Don Bennett. 
Fourth Session:  
The Apostles’ Creed
Saturday, February 11  
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Dinner served at 5:30 pm. If you are interested in coming, please let Don Bennett know.
In conjunction with our middle school youth, all folks at GSLC are invited to come and discover the gems of Luther’s Small Catechism. Luther believed that being connected to God and one another in faith grew from common practices and understandings. Lutherans still value the roots of faith that are shared through God’s Word and Luther’s Small Catechism. 

Lifelong Learning  
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:   ALL YOUTH are WELCOME!  Come! Explore! Discover!  We would like to make all our youth welcome in our learning experiences. Come share what works for you and your child. Our youth meet in the chapel from 9:30 – 10:20 am on Sunday morning. ALL youth K – 8 are invited. The Whirl curriculum is designed to connect the lessons in the church service with the discussions and projects in the classroom. For more information, talk with Karin Linch or Sandy Rosholt. 

Topic: Romans:  Living Faithfully
Facilitator:  Roger Bauser
Time: 8:50 am – 9:50 am
Place: Comfort of your own home – connect and discuss with others online!
Romans, the letter of the apostle Paul to the Christians in Rome, was a central focus in the Lutheran Reformation. Martin Luther wrote in his introduction to Romans that “this epistle is in truth the most important document in the New Testament, the gospel in its purest expression…It is a brilliant light, almost enough to illumine the whole Bible.”
Join us this Epiphany season as we explore this letter and know more deeply the true light, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. No prior Bible knowledge is required. This is a chance to explore, wonder, and learn together. 
The format is online to provide a convenient way to connect. The sessions are designed to allow folks to come to one or all of the conversations. If you experience any difficulty, please contact Roger at rebauser@me.com or call 937-299-5186. 

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 and treats 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. 

WELCA Bible Study
For the winter study, there are four sessions on The Ten Commandments. Check out the overview HERE  Included on the website are links to the January and February studies along with the video overview by the author, Rev. Christa von Zychlin. The January/February 2023 issue of the Gather Magazine arrived in the mail this last week. Take a moment to appreciate God’s abundant love for us in the giving of the Ten Commandments. 
We covered Commandments 1 and 2 in January. There was much to consider and fill our hearts with God’s abundant love for us. We will meet on the second Wednesday:  February 8, March 8, and April 12. Mark your 2023 calendars now! 
February 8 Session TWO: Commandments 3 and 4:  Rhythms and respect Same study is available in the morning at 10:30 am and in the evening at 7:30 pm. We meet in person in the Fellowship Lounge or online.     

Good Shepherd offers GriefShare, a place for anyone dealing with the loss of a loved one to find support and comfort in the company of others who are experiencing loss either in person or online.  This ministry offers biblical, Christ-centered teaching on topics associated with the death of a loved one. The DVD seminar 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.   Our winter/spring GriefShare Mourning to Joy will be available on Sundays from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm from January 8 – April 2.  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). 


Owl luncheon at Noon on Saturday, January 28 at Gee’s pub and grill at 5841 Far Hill Avenue.  A sign-up sheet will be in the Narthex.

Read the Bible in a Year  
One of the best things we can do to strengthen our beliefs is to spend time in the Word. Oftentimes we don’t know where to start or how much to read. In your bulletins today, there is a “read the Bible in one year” plan. This can be used to keep you on track if you want to try it. If you don’t care for this plan, there are others available on the internet. If you’d like a larger print version of this one, please contact Don Bennett.

Church Offering envelopes have been ordered but due to lack of employees, production has slowed down. Our order is expected at the end of January.  Our bookkeeper, Ute, is doing the financials offering statements starting the church year (October of 2022).  Brenda Thieman will assist but questions should be emailed to bookkeeper.goodshepherd901@gmail.com

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Offerings for last week:  N/A
The amount reported applies to contributions used towards the annual ministry plan which requires contributions of $5,243 every week.

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. 


It’s easy to do. Go to our website for Youth Donations, Good Shepherd Youth Donations, scroll down and you will see a little graphic labeled amazonsmile.  Click on that and follow the directions. Once you’ve done that, instead of going to amazon.com to make an online purchase, go to smile.amazon.com and for every purchase you make, we will get 0.5% of that price donated to us. It’s still Amazon, with all the features of the normal site, we just get a small cut. Over time those 0.5% donations add up. Please consider supporting us in this way. The proceeds go to help with youth events. If you have any questions, please contact Don Bennett.

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.


Lutheran Marriage Encounter
From March 3rd to March 5th come and Refresh, Re-energize and Reconnect on a virtual Marriage Encounter Experience!  Participate online from the comfort of your own home or anywhere your privacy can be ensured.  It is a full weekend “unplugged” from your daily routine to enhance your couple communication skills.  Apply now at GodLovesMarriage.org.  You’ll like the difference a Marriage Encounter experience can make.  To learn more, contact Randy and Jill Sigler at randjsigler@allophone.com or 402-560-3475