Face Masks Love your neighbor as yourself. – Mark 12:31
Please wear your mask to keep you and your neighbor safe from the spread of COVID19. Please wear your mask when you are inside the church building. Masks are required for worship at GSLC. GSLC leadership monitors the health advisories for our area. Under the current conditions, health officials recommend wearing a mask indoors for everyone’s safety. This includes people who are fully vaccinated. Given the current rise in COVID19 cases in our area, we are requiring MASKS during worship at GSLC. You may remove your mask for Holy Communion and then put it back on to return to your seat. If you prefer not to wear a mask, please join us for worship online. From the CDC website: To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission. Montgomery, Greene, Preble, Butler and Warren counties are all areas with substantial transmission.
Parking Lot Communion will be offered on the 3rd Sunday of the month from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm. November 21 will be the next time we have it.
Worship With Us Online! Good Shepherd will continue to offer online worship on Sundays and our parking lot Holy Communion on the third Sunday from Noon – 1:00 pm.
Please use the following links below to connect online to the Sunday Church Service:
Facebook click here: Facebook
YouTube click here: Youtube
Advent Midweek Services On December 1, December 8, December 15, and December 22 there will be Advent Midweek Services in the Sanctuary at 7:00 pm.
We will be streaming all our Advent Midweek Services on YouTube & Facebook:
Facebook click here: Facebook
YouTube click here: Youtube
Please pick up an Advent Calendar available in the Narthex before the start of Advent which is November 28th. If you are unable to pick one up, please call the office and I’ll make sure you get one. They go along with the Advent study that the Pastor will be doing midweek through Advent. The calendars have songs, bible verses, and prayers to help make the study and the season more meaningful. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or cell phone 937-510-4264.
OUTREACH AND SERVICES
Food Pantry News
Thank you to everyone for the 260 food items donated in the month of October and delivered on November 1. 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 Chunky soups or Progresso soups – if on sale – are especially useful because they can be stretched by adding pasta and making a casserole meal).
Jeremiah’s Letter is on November 21. 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. Thank you to all who generously support this ministry!
Annual Poinsettia Project
To raise money for ELCA Good Gifts we are asking for donations to the Poinsettia Project. Donations can be made “in honor of” or “in memory of” in ANY amount. Order forms are available in the Narthex. If you would like to take a Poinsettia home, there will be a place on the form to check, and we will make sure enough poinsettias are purchased. All donations in honor or memory of a loved one will be acknowledged by a card on the poinsettia Tree in the Narthex and listed in an insert in the Christmas Eve bulletins. You can use an envelope from the pew and make checks to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and indicate the Poinsettia Project. All forms need to be submitted to the office by Sunday, December 19. Click here to fill out the form: Poinsettia Project
Learn more about God’s Word for us. Join us ONLINE to learn together.
Our ADULT Lifelong Learning Classes are ONLINE. Everyone is welcome! 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 have returned to the chapel on Sundays at 9:15 am. ALL youth are welcome!
FRIDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY DISCUSSION for ALL
Topic: Gospel Lectionary Readings for Sunday worship
Continuing on FRIDAY mornings! Bring your own coffee and treats along with your BIBLE. The focus is on the Lectionary Lessons for the upcoming Sunday. Come join the discussion facilitated by Roger Bauser. 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 email@example.com or call 937-299-5186.
SUNDAY MORNING ADULT BIBLE STUDY
Topic: Letter to the Ephesians
Facilitator: Roger Bauser
Time: 8:50 am – 9:50 am
Come discover the nuggets of inspiration in the Letter to the Ephesians. This Biblical study will be an in-depth exploration of Ephesians. If you haven’t tried our Sunday morning discussions before, this is an excellent time to join in the discussions that continue through November 14.
THURSDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY for Men
Topic: Gospel Lectionary Reading for Sunday worship
Facilitator: Roger Bauser
Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Place: comfort of your home – connect online!
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 Sunday. Come join the discussion. This is a chance to go deeper before hearing the lessons on Sunday. If you experience any difficulty, please contact Roger at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 937-299-5186.
Mourning to Joy – Good Shepherd is hosting a fall session of GriefShare. 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 is offering 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. If you have any questions, contact Kathy Seim (937-901-0532) or Pam Bauser (937-602-8385).
GriefShare sessions continue this fall through Sunday, December 5. There will be no GriefShare session on Sunday, November 28.
The winter/spring session will begin on Sunday, January 9. We will continue to offer hybrid class sessions, both in person and online. The spring sessions will conclude on Sunday, April 8.
November Stewardship Snippets – November 14, 2021
Psalm 16:11 – You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore. As we grow in spiritual maturity, steward/disciples learn ever more deeply the difference between the fleeting, shallow happiness the world offers and the rich, satisfying joy and pleasures of our life in God.
Offerings for last week: $
The amount reported applies to contributions used towards the annual ministry plan which requires contributions of $5,243 every week.
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
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!
A PLACE FOR NEWS
Roger and Pam Bauser are pleased to invite our Good Shepherd family to view the Installation Service of their son David as Senior Pastor of Lord of Life Lutheran Church, The Woodlands, Texas. The service is Sunday, November 14 at 4:00 pm CST. David has been serving this congregation for 4 1/2 years as the associate pastor. He and his family are honored to be called to this ministry. Please join us in prayer and rejoicing.
There are three options for viewing the service which will be at 5:00 pm our time (4:00 pm Texas time).
1) watch online: www.lolonline.org/sermons-2
2) watch through the Boxcast app for smart TVs (Roku, Apple TV, etc.). Search for Lord of Life Lutheran Church.
3) watch on Facebook by following Lord of Life Lutheran Church, The Woodlands TX page.
Even if you are not able to watch online, we ask that you keep David and Amanda, Sophia and William in your prayers as they begin this new call to service.
Living Our Faith Together
Registration Form click: LOFT
The second Free 2021 Fall Event is Saturday, November 13 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Lounge at GSLC.
Title: “Healthy Functioning in a Pandemic World”
A self-supported program of the Southern Ohio Synod The Rev. Suzanne Dillahunt, Bishop Living Our Faith Together “LOFT” is the new name for the former Lay School of Theology. The goal of Living Our Faith Together– “LOFT”- is to provide opportunities to grow and strengthen our faith to live in love and community with each other and with our Lord Jesus Christ. In Fall 2021, LOFT will be offering two FREE events. Registration is required for each event. Participants can choose from the location for in-person attendance, or attend virtually from home. Questions may be directed to the LOFT registrar, Nancy Hoffman by phone: 740-654-3602, or by email: put LOFT in the subject line email@example.com or to Pr. Larry Novak, LOFT chair. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
COMMUNITY EVENTS AND NOTICES
On Saturday, November 13 from 9:00 am – 7:00 pm and Sunday, November 14 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm St. Francis of Assis at 6245 Wilmington Pike in Centerville will have a Holiday Bazaar. Homemade crafts, religious items, gently used items, handmade wreaths, bakery items, and a basket raffle will be a part of the bazaar. Available for carryout lasagna meals which includes salad and bread (available on Saturday only).