Eblast 2/4

Eblast 2/4


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Ash Wednesday Service and Ashes
This year, Ash Wednesday takes place on February 14at 7:00 pm.You can see the service in person or online. There will be drive through ashes from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm, with a meal at 5:30 pm“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return. You are sealed by the Holy Spirit, marked by the cross of Christ.”

Ash Wednesday Lenten Soups Supper
Our traditional Lenten soup supper will be at 5:30 pm on Ash Wednesday, February 14, prior to service. We will need soups, salads, and servers. A sign-up sheet will be placed in the narthex to sign up for the rest of Lent.

“You Shall Love the Lord Your God”
The churches involved:
·         Faith Lutheran Church – FLC
      3315 Martel Dr., Dayton, OH 45420
·         Good Shepherd Lutheran Church – GSLC

Feb. 14            Ash Wednesday
            In-Person & Online
Ashes & Holy Communion in the GSLC parking lot from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
             Meal 5:30 pm          Worship service 7:00 pm

Feb. 21            Mid-Week 1  In-Person & Online
            7:00 pm Lenten Worship @ GSLC
            Meal at 5:30 pm

Feb. 28            Mid-Week 2  In-Person & Online
            7:00 pm Lenten Worship @ FLC
            Meal at 5:30 pm

March 6           Mid-Week 3   In-Person & Online
            7:00 pm Lenten Worship @ GSLC           
              Meal at 5:30 pm

March 13         Mid-Week 4   In-Person & Online
            7:00 pm Lenten Worship @ FLC
            Meal at 5:30 pm

March 20         Mid-Week 5  In-Person & Online
            7:00 pm Lenten Worship @ GSLC           
            Meal at 5:30 pm

March 28         Maundy Thursday
                        In-Person & Online
7:00 pm Lenten Worship @ FLC

March 29         Good Friday  In-Person & Online
7:00 pm Lenten Worship @ FLC

March 30         Easter Vigil   In-Person & Online
                       7:00 pm Lenten Worship @ GSLC


Gathering 24 News 
Rowan Linch is attending the Lutheran National Youth Gathering in July 2024.  She travels by bus with 30 other youth from Epiphany Lutheran and other churches to New Orleans for a week.  They are camping in churches and sightseeing along the way.  All participants are raising funds with Epiphany Lutheran.  We are asking for your support for this faith journey.  The National Youth Gatherings have been important to youth faith formation at Good Shepherd for over 60 years.
How Good Shepherd can help:
·         Put her and all participants in your prayers.
·         Help by attending fundraising events at Epiphany Lutheran Church in Centerville.
·         Ask how her events and the group-building activities are going.

Save the Dates
On February 26, 2024 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, there will be a fundraiser at Epiphany Lutheran Church for the Gathering.  What we will be doing will be revealed soon.

Mardi Gras Dinner – Mid Lenten
Dining, Silent Auction Items, Child Activities and more on March 16, 2024.  More details to come.  

‘Soup’er Bowl Sunday 
Good Shepherd’s annual “SOUP”er BOWL has begun. Souper Bowl is our opportunity to collect non-perishable food items for local food pantries in Kettering.  After three rounds of playoffs, it has come down to the 49ers for the NFC spot in the Super Bowl, and the Chiefs for the AFC spot. 
We have had three weeks of food donations and the results are as follows:
NFC 96 food items AFC 146 food items         Commercials 138 food items Total 380 food items
Please bring in items and place them in the marked bins in the narthex for your choice: “AFC”, “NFC”, or “Commercials.“  We will tally the items and let you know Good Shepherd’s choice.  Items will be collected each for two more Sundays until Super Bowl Sunday, February 11. Thanks for your help supplying the food pantries. Go, team!!

Who likes Chili?
I have exciting news!  On Sunday, March 3, 2024, GSLC and HCC will team up to host a Chili Cook Off!!!  We would love to have it be a fundraiser.  But instead of raising money for our churches, we thought it would be good to use this opportunity to raise money for the Lesotho Nutrition Initiative Event which will be held on Saturday, March 30. 5 people from GSLC will make chili and 5 people from HCC. It is free to eat and you can vote by putting money in the chili you want to win. There will also be gifts baskets and other ways to raise money for Lesotho. Come join us for some chili on March 3 and then come together on March 30 to assemble meals. Between these 2 events there are ways for everyone to participate and have fun. 

Jeremiah’s Letter February 28
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 December totaled 525 items. The response to the Advent Calendar Giving List was very positive, and the donation bin was overflowing. 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 December 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. In addition, we provided significant groceries for our two adopt-a-family families.  It would be very helpful to avoid donation of food in glass containers so that nothing can be broken.  Click here for a picture of the food pantry donations being shared with families at the Feeding Friends Pantry which is helping between 90-100 families every week.

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.


DON’T GIVE THE ENEMY A SEAT AT YOUR TABLE: It’s Time to Win the Battle of your Mind. This study is based on Psalm 23. Our online and in-person groups are underway. We can and will make room for you at the table of your choice! Let Pastor Jamie or Pam Bauser know the day/time you prefer. 

Our January groups have met. Mark your calendars for February times!
All groups meet in the GSLC Lounge unless otherwise noted.
Tuesday, February 6 at 7:00 pm (off site)
Tuesday, February 13 at 9:30 am 0NLINE
Wednesday, February 14 at 10:00 am 
Thursday, February 15 at 1:30 pm
Sunday, February 18 at 6:00 pm 
Monday, February 26 at 4:00 pm
Email lifelonglearning@goodshepherd.com or contact Pam Bauser (937-602-8385) to request information. 

Lifelong Learning    
IT’S HAPPENING!  Don’t miss out!
IN PERSON ALL our youth K – 9 are welcome to come!
Meet in the Chapel! 
Gather at 9:30 am 
Lessons from 9:40 am – 10:20 am
Teachers Karin Linch and Sandy Rosholt. 

Current Topic: Discipleship
Facilitator:  Roger Bauser
Time: 8:50 am – 9:50 am
Place: Comfort of your own home – connect and discuss with others online!

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 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.  

Winter/Spring session  January 7 – April 7  
Meeting in the Fellowship Lounge on Sundays from 1:00 – 3:00 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. If you or someone you know is interested, please register online at www.griefshare.org, call the church office, or come. If you have any questions, contact Kathy Seim (937-901-0532) or Pam Bauser (937-602-8385). 

Women’s Bible Study
Scripture and nature: Teachers of Faith by Rev. Sara Olson-Smith
Who? Everyone is welcome to join.
What?  Creatures: Our siblings in praise and trust from the January/February issue of Gather Magazine
When? Wednesday, February 7 (a week early because Ash Wednesday is February 14!)
10:30 am in the Lounge OR online
7:30 pm online ONLY
Where? Fellowship Lounge OR online (choose the time and place that works best for you!)
Looking ahead:
March 13 – Rivers, springs of life and hope
April 10 – Food, daily bread for the health of the world
These studies are offered in the morning or in the evening so folks can choose the time that is most convenient for them.  Studies available online at www.gathermagazine.org or in the January/February and March/April 2024 issues of Gather Magazine. Contact Pam Bauser at psbauser@me.com or call 937-602-8385 with any questions. 


For November YTD (Oct/Nov), results are as follows:
Offerings $41,254 vs budget of $39,433 excluding Harmony Creek contribution.
Harmony Creek receipt of $7,500 vs budget of $5,000
Expenses $37,727 vs budget of $43,179
Net Income of $11,025 vs a budget of $1,254.

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. 


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.


Feeding Friends Food Pantry
If you would like to volunteer at the Feeding Friends Food Pantry (sponsored by Harmony Creek, Fairhaven, and St. Charles Churches, you can use the link here to sign up. We help support this ministry with our monthly food donations and several members have been volunteering on Thursdays – generally from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm.  Feeding friends is located on Bigger Road in the strip mall near the old Victoria’s Secret complex.

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