Eblast 12/6

Eblast 12/6

* Online Option to Worship Only

Good Shepherd is going back to worshiping online until further notice.  We will continue to offer online worship on Sundays and our parking lot Holy Communion on the first and third Sundays from Noon – 1:00 pm. 

Please use the following links below to connect online to the Sunday Church Service:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/goodshepherdkettering/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFjr6taytoTncrtHVY9TGQw


GSLC now has the bulletin on our website. It’s set to go live on our website under the “Worship” and the “More” menu tabs at 10:00 am on Sunday mornings.  We hope this makes the worship service more meaningful to you now that you will be able to follow along.

Online Events Information

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will be doing a Streaming Devotional with Pr. Jamie Vannoy every Wednesday at Noon. We will also be including Read Aloud Stories with Don Bennett every weekday, Monday – Friday, at 2:30 pm.  Please come, connect, and enjoy.

Please use the following links below to connect:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/goodshepherdkettering/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFjr6taytoTncrtHVY9TGQw

Offerings for last week:  


Christmas Eve Service 

Good Shepherd will be having our annual Christmas Eve service, but it will look a little different this year.  We will have only one service on Thursday, December 24at a time to be determined and it will be all online. The service will be taped ahead of time and will not be live. Even though our Christmas Eve service is going to be done differently, we hope you can still come and celebrate with us Jesus’ Birth on Christmas Eve.

Please use the following links below to connect to the online Sunday Church Service:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/goodshepherdkettering/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFjr6taytoTncrtHVY9TGQw

Many Thanks

I would like to thank all that came out and helped get the Sanctuary ready for the Advent season.  You all did a beautiful job!!  Blessings, Michele Weyhrauch, Worship Commissioner


This year GSLC is again doing an Adopt-a-Family.  If you’d like to help someone out, this is a great opportunity.

Good Shepherd Members – My school resource officer gave me a family in need of help this Christmas. She is a single working mother with a 3 year old daughter and a 4 year old son.  They need food, clothes, and age level books, toys, or games. If you are able to help, I encourage you to shop online to have items delivered to your door or purchase gift cards.  The sizes for the children are as follows; size 4/5 (small) for the boy and size 5T (extra small) for the girl.  When you receive them, please wrap them or I would be happy to wrap them for you.  

Marty and I will be in the church parking lot on Saturday, December 12 from 9:00 am – 10:00 am and Friday, December 18 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm to collect your gifts or gift cards directly from your trunk to keep everyone safe.  Please indicate if the gift is for the girl (Jade) or the boy (Jordan) when you wrap them.  Please call me if you have any questions, Mary Pierce (937) 657-6899.  If you can’t be at church at one of those times and would like to donate, please drop off your donation to our house, 3574 Strathmoor Dr. Kettering.  Thanks, Mary Pierce

GSLC Staff Christmas Gifts

As we enter the season of Advent and prepare to celebrate the birth of our savior, it is appropriate to recognize the staff and show our appreciation for their dedication and service through a Christmas Gift.  Please prayerfully consider making a contribution for our wonderful staff.  A copy of this letter will also be coming in the mail for your convenience.  Also, please consider taking a moment to personally encourage our six staff members verbally or with a short positive note:

·         Jamie Vannoy – Senior Pastor
·         Don Bennett – Director of Youth & Family
·         Alisha Minamyer – Office Assistant
·         Mark Shoemaker – Music Director
·         Rich Kellstrom – Custodian

There are three ways you can contribute toward a Christmas Gift:  You may use the return envelope to mail it to the Church, you can use the new Tithe.ly app, or you may use the return envelope to drop off at the office during business hours.  The target date for contribution collections is by Sunday, December 20 to allow time to prepare the gifts for our staff. Thank you for your continued generosity and have a blessed Advent season!  Martin Pierce, Congregational Council President

Advent Midweek Services

On Wednesdays from December 2, December 9, December 16, and December 23 there will be Advent Midweek Services at 7:00 pm via GSLC Facebook and Youtube channels. 

Please use the following links below:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/goodshepherdkettering/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFjr6taytoTncrtHVY9TGQw

Advent Wreaths

To help us all feel connected while we are worshiping from home during Advent, GSLC thought it would be fun for us to do our own Advent Wreaths.  You can use any candles you have around the house; it doesn’t matter if they match. And if you are lucky enough to have an Advent Wreath then by all means use it!! I used 4 tea light candles and one larger candle.  They weren’t the right colors, but it made me feel like I was included and part of the service by doing the Advent Wreath.  When they light the candles in church that will be your opportunity to light your candle at home. 


Please take a photo of your wreath and email it to Don Bennett at bennett@goodshepherdkettering.com.  He will create a photo gallery on our website of the photos that get sent in as another way for us to feel connected. Many Blessings to you all during this Joyous Season, Michele Weyhrauch, Worship Commissioner

Please click the link to view our gallery of wreath photos: https://goodshepherdkettering.com/good-shepherd-advent-wreaths/ 

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 e-blast and in the church office. If you would like one mailed to your home please contact the office. If you would like to have a Poinsettia delivered to your 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 Sanctuary, listed in an insert in the Christmas Eve bulletins, and shown on the screens before worship.  Make checks to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and indicate Poinsettia Project. All forms need to be submitted to the office by Sunday, December 13.  Please see the link below to get the Poinsettia Order Form:


Medicine Bottle Update

Paula took 391 prescription bottles and 87 non-prescription bottles to Matthew 25 Ministries last week. These bottles will be used on mission trips to supply people with desperately needed medicine. Please continue to save your bottles and place them in the marked tub in the narthex, remembering the guidelines:

  1. Remove all labels and all glue (“Goo Gone” -found at automotive stores- works great for this.)
  2. Wash in hot water and dry, being sure to clean the dust from the inside as well.
  3. Replace bottle caps.

*Thank you for your partnership in this important ministry.

Food Pantry News

This Sunday, November 6, is Food Pantry Donation Sunday. Many thanks to the Good Shepherd members and our generous neighbors for continuing donations each month. With Congress and the President currently unable to reach an agreement on economic assistance for pandemic victims our donations now are more important than ever. As you are doing your grocery shopping, please remember the food pantry recipients for these life-sustaining gifts. If you prefer, you can send a check, (payable to Good Shepherd and marked for food pantry) to the office. You can drop off food or checks during church office hours during the week by ringing the fellowship hall entry bell and placing items in the donation box immediately inside the door.

Need a Treasurer

Denise Wilson resigned from being Treasurer after serving faithful and we are in need of a Treasurer. Please pray that we fill this crucial position on the Council will be filled quickly.  If you are interested in knowing more information about the position feel free to call the Church Office and ask to speak to Pr. Jamie.

Live Streaming

Our Audio Visual team has been working hard getting our live streaming capabilities up and running.  They are now in need of folks to train.  If you are willing to help and love being able to volunteer you are the ones we want. The more volunteers we have the less times you have to do it per month.  We will be streaming one service a week and it will be a rotating schedule.   Don has assured me it is not difficult, you just have to be able to pay attention!!  Please, if you are on the fence about this come and see what it is all about. In other words, no obligation, try before you “buy” in.  Any questions contact Don Bennett at don.bennet@goodshepherdkettering.com or call the church at 9237-298-0136.  ~ Michele Weyhrauch, Worship Commissioner

Lifelong Learning   

ADVENT. Advent is a time to prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of the Christ Child. Come join us as we hear and study God’s Word together. 

Our ADULT Lifelong Learning Classes are ONLINE! Everyone is welcome! Please contact the church office for the links below to join in the conversations. Many holiday traditions have to be set aside for the health and safety of our community. Take this opportunity to “zoom” in and 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. Begin your ADVENT with us! 

Our YOUTH classes (Kindergarten – 6th grade) are online. The WHIRL curriculum is based on the weekly lectionary for the church year that allows our students to connect what they learn in class with what they hear in worship. Karin Linch and Sandy Rosholt are the teachers for our youth classes. 

CATECHISM is being offered online this year. Catechism is for our 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in preparation for confirmation, affirming the baptismal promises.  If you have an interest in our studies of the Bible, Luther’s Small Catechism, and Lutheran heritage, please contact the church office for more information. Pastor Jamie and Don Bennett teach our catechism classes. 

The December Devotional offers a series of practices that may bless the uncertainty of this advent season. As you light each candle on your Advent wreath to ponder God’s presence in these tumultuous times, try these rituals for the season. Read the Scripture. Pray about the ritual. Ask the Holy Spirit to bless your practice as you try to grow each of these familiar practices. Consider keeping an Advent Journal of your experiences. We will gather to hear God’s Word and share our rituals on Tuesday, December 22

Rituals for ADVENT 2020
Sunday, November 29 – December 5
HOPE, the Prophets’ candle
Gratitude – Luke 1:41-45 ~ What goodness can you “magnify” when you ponder all God provides for you?

Sunday, December 6 -12
PEACE, the Bethlehem candle
Moving – Luke 1:39 ~ What movements, however large or small, can help you glorify God?

Sunday, December 13-19
JOY, the Shepherds’ candle
Singing – Luke 1:46-55 ~  What Advent hymns and holiday songs bless your faith and trust in our Almighty God?

Sunday, December 20-24
LOVE – the Angels’ candle
Connecting – Luke 1:26-58 ~ Who are the people who bless your soul with love and laughter even when you haven’t been in touch for years?

TOPIC:   Advent Rituals for Uncertain Times
WHEN:  Tuesday, December 22 at 10:00 a.m. OR 7:30 p.m.
The same material will be offered in the daytime and again in the evening to allow more women to participate. 
LEADER:  Pam Bauser
WHERE: Online from the wherever you have internet access
HOW:  from your home via ZOOM 
Singing, writing, moving, connecting: Advent rituals for uncertain times is the December Bible study in GATHER for Faith and Action, the monthly magazine of the Women of the ELCA. If you have the magazine, the study is on pages 20-25. IF you do not have the magazine and want a copy, please contact Pam Bauser (937-299-5186).  

This study will meet EVERY Saturday through December.
Topic: Lectionary for Sunday worship 
Facilitator: Roger Bauser
Time:  9:00 am – 10:00 am
Place:  comfort of your home – connect online!
Join Zoom Meeting Saturdays at 9:00 a.m.
Bring your own coffee and breakfast along with your BIBLE. The focus is on the Lectionary Lessons for the upcoming Sunday. Come join the discussion facilitated by Roger Bauser. Use the Zoom meeting link to join the conversation. Everyone (ALL ages and genders) 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. If you experience any difficulty connecting, please contact Roger at rebauser@me.com or call 937-299-5186.

Topic: ACTS of the Apostles:  a Biblical study on The Book of ACTS! 
Facilitator: Roger Bauser
Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Place: Comfort of your home – connect online! 
Bring your coffee. Have your Bible handy. COME BE RENEWED by the power of the Holy Spirit! COME LISTEN to God speak to each of us through the Book of ACTS.  This week read and ponder Acts chapters 12-13.Hear more of God’s providence as King Herod brings persecution to James and Peter before Barnabas and Saul set out on the first missionary journey.  If you experience any difficulty connecting, please contact Roger at rebauser@me.com or call 937-299-5186.

This study will meet every Thursday including Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. 
Topic: Lectionary for Sunday worship 
Facilitator: Roger Bauser
Time:  9:00 am – 10:00 am
Place:  comfort of your home – connect online!
The Men’s breakfast Bible Study is ONLINE on Thursday mornings at 9:00 a.m. Bring your own coffee and breakfast along with your BIBLE. The focus is on the Lectionary Lessons for the upcoming Sunday. Come join the discussion facilitated by Roger Bauser. Use the following link to join the conversation. If you experience any difficulty, please contact Roger at rebauser@me.com or call 937-299-5186.


In 2018, we received $15.95 in donations from AmazonSmile. In 2019 we received $19.64. Would you like to help go over those amounts for 2020? It’s easy to do. Go to our website for Youth Donations, https://goodshepherdkettering.com/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!

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 https://tithe.ly/give?c=329631  
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 or Denise Wilson (513) 913-0133. 


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