We are updating our church directory. Please check the Master Directory located in the Narthex to ensure your contact information is correct. After the corrections have been made, we will have directories available in the New Year! Thank you for helping us keep our records straight.
Welcome Harmony Creek
Please join us in welcoming Harmony Creek Church after services on December 11 in the fellowship hall with light refreshments. We are blessed and excited to have them share in our facilities and to see other ways we can work together to praise our Lord’s name.
Parking Lot Communion will be offered on the 3rd Sunday of the month from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm. December 18 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 14 and December 21 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. This year’s theme for Advent Midweek is Holy Darkness.
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. Anyone donating can have the opportunity to purchase a specific gift (i.e., pig, goat, chickens, honeybees, etc.). If a specific gift is requested, please indicate this on the Poinsettia order form. 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 Poinsettia Project. All forms need to be submitted to the office by Sunday, December 18. You can also find the poinsettia forms here.
Christmas Eve Services
Please join us on Christmas Eve at 4:00 pm for Christmas Carols and 4:30 pm for service, our Praise Team will be leading the service. We will also have a 7:00 pm Christmas Carol and 7:30pm service lead by our Chancel Choir along with the choir from Harmony Creek. Both services will be candle light services. We are excited and blessed to be having a combined Christmas Eve service with Harmony Creek. Hope to see you at one of our Christmas Eve services.
OUTREACH AND SERVICES
Sharing a Little Christmas Love
GSLC will be serving a First Lutheran breakfast on Christmas this year. We would like to include a little extra love in the “grab & go” meal by including some homemade Christmas cookies. We will gladly accept your holiday treats! If you would like to donate cookies, please have cookies, individually bagged in zip-loc baggies, & sent to church by Friday, December 23. Questions? Please talk to Lisa Connelly (937-361-9127 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
First Lutheran Breakfast Update
Since Covid, GSLC volunteer crews have been preparing “grab & go” meals for the guests, twice a month (the second & fourth Sundays) at First Lutheran Church in downtown Dayton. First Lutheran would like to begin serving a small meal (cereal & pancakes) inside prior to giving guests a grab & go meal when leaving the building. The GSLC crews need additional volunteers to make the inside meals possible. A few volunteers are needed, on Saturdays, to prep the grab & go meals. In addition, several volunteers are needed, on Sunday’s morning (approximately 6:30 am- 9:00 am), to help prep & serve the inside meal. Please contact Lisa Connelly (937-361-9127 or email@example.com) if you have any questions.
Once again, it is time for our Adopt a Family at GSLC. For those who may not know, the Adopt a Family program is our opportunity to help bring Christmas joy to families who otherwise struggle financially. This year, we have two families we will support. One family is a retired couple, who have custody of their 13-year-old grand-daughter. The second family, a couple, both with severe health concerns, who have 3 daughters (ages 1 year, 9 years, and 17 years). Please select a Christmas tag (or 2) off of the tree in the Narthex. Please return the gift, with the gift receipt included, already wrapped and place it under the tree. All gifts need to be placed under the tree, by Sunday, December 11. Thank you for supporting this important ministry. Lisa Connelly, Outreach Commissioner.
We Need Volunteers!
GSLC is in need of four new Commissioners (Finance and Administration, 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 –December 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.
Food Pantry News
Your generous donations for the month of September totaled 130 items Thanks for your continued faithfulness to this important ministry. Food was delivered to three food pantries on October 6 and helps support their efforts to provide food for families in these difficult economic times. As one of the food pantry volunteers said: “THIS IS AWESOME. THANK YOU, ALL SO, MUCH. In this fiscal year (since October 1, 2021) we have donated almost 4200 food items. You can bring donations at any time, and the next FOOD PANTRY SUNDAY is January 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 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).
FAITH FORMATION: Luther’s Small Catechism
Our first “household” study was warm and welcoming!
Fifteen folks spanning the ages from 11 – 89 gathered for food, fellowship, and a lesson focused on baptism last Saturday.
Baptism is a gift from God. God does it all! We become a CHILD OF GOD, sealed by the Holy Spirit and marked with the cross of Christ forever.
What have you ever wondered about baptism?
Martin Luther’s Small Catechism highlights The Ten Commandments, The Apostles’ Creed, The Lord’s Prayer, The Sacrament of Holy Baptism, and The Sacrament of Holy Communion. 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.
This year in conjunction with our middle school youth, all folks at GSLC are invited to come and discover the gems of Luther’s Small Catechism. We are inviting the congregation to join our “household” as we study Luther’s Small Catechism once a month on the second Saturday November through April. Curious about this? Contact Pastor Jamie or Don Bennett.
Second Session: Communion on Saturday, December 10. Dinner and Discussion. Dinner served at 5:30 p.m. If you are interested in coming, please let Don Bennett know.
Learn more about God’s Word for us. Join us ONLINE to learn together.
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.
SUNDAY MORNING ADULT BIBLE STUDY
This Bible Study will resume in December. Watch for details to come.
THURSDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY for Men
Topic: Gospel Lectionary Reading for worship
Facilitator: Roger Bauser
Next session in December.
FRIDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY DISCUSSION for ALL
Topic: Gospel Lectionary Readings for worship
This online Bible Study will resume in December.
WELCA Bible Study
Thank you to ALL who joined in our fall study Jesus and Nature: Teachers of faith.
In January 2023 we will begin the study of The Ten Commandments prepared by Rev. Christa von Zychlin. Check out the overview HERE
Good Shepherd offers 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 offers the 13 week GriefShare program in person and online from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Sundays. Our winter 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).
Stewardship Snippets – December 11
James 5:8 – You must also be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. Patience is good stewardship! We know that Jesus is coming, not only in our celebration of Christmas, but also in the “kin-dom” of God both now and forever.
Offerings for last week: $3,855.00
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! Click here to fill out the form: Gift Card Order Form
A PLACE FOR NEWS
NEW 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
The Kettering Civic Band to perform a free Christmas Concert
The Kettering Civic Band is pleased to announce its annual Christmas Concert at 7:00 PM on Monday, December 12. The concert will be held at the Kettering Middle School auditorium located near the Kettering Recreation Center (Middle school address: 3000 Glengarry Drive). The band is directed by Catherine Abner, daughter of former Good Shepherd Choir Director, David Keener. The ensemble traditionally plays marches, show tunes and classical arrangements familiar to many. To celebrate the season the band also will feature some Christmas favorites. The concert is free to all. The ensemble, with approximately 65 members, has performed in Kettering and neighboring communities for more than 60 years. Past and current Good Shepherd members have participated over the years as part of the ensemble. www.ketteringcivicband.org
Hear the Bells Concert
The Centerville Community Chorus Featuring the Jubilate Handbells will present a holiday concert, “Hear the Bells” on Sunday, December 18 at 3:00 pm at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 6430 Far Hills Avenue in Centerville in the Celebration Center. Please join them for an assortment of both food and beverage, and a variety of bell-themed holiday music! Admission is free. Donations taken at the door. For more information about the chorus, and all of our social media links, visit us at: https://linktr.ee/centervillecommunitychorusohio