The bins outside in the church parking lot will be removed soon. Please make sure to find another recycling location for your paper. Thanks!
Face Masks are Optional
Masks are no longer required in the Good Shepherd facilities. The COVID case numbers are trending now. We feel this is a safe option. Those who prefer to wear a mask are welcome to do so.
THRIVE: Equipping a Vibrant Church Together
Coming to Good Shepherd April 23 – June 5, 2022.
There will be no Altar Flowers during the Lenten Season. Our first Sunday for flowers is Easter Sunday.
Parking Lot Communion will be offered on the 3rd Sunday of the month from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm. April 17 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
OUTREACH AND SERVICES
Spring Craft Fair on Saturday, April 30 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Over 40 Crafters and Vendors will be set up on the GSLC Campus! Some of our vendors are local favorites and many creative and unique products will be featured! Come out and shop, buy a raffle ticket, and enjoy lunch – this is a fun event with something for everyone. We look forward to seeing you! Craft Show Help Needed Good Shepherd will be having a Spring Craft Show with local vendors. This is a BIG event! We need your help to run the show. To volunteer please contact Rich Kellstrom or sign up in the Narthex.
Sunday, April 17 is Jeremiah’s Letter Sunday. Please consider donating any of the following items to Jeremiah’s Letter: sheets, bath towels, blankets, toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant (full size or trial size), toothpaste, tooth brushes, feminine hygiene products, Depends, razors, shaving cream, denture cleansers and adhesives, backpacks, sleeping bags, broth based soups, canned goods, cereal, laundry or cleaning supplies.
Food Pantry News
Thank you to all who faithfully continue to support the food pantry with your donations. On April 4, we delivered 375 food items to help support the clients at 4 local food pantries. Next food pantry Sunday is May 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).
Call for GSLC Scholarship Applications – 2022-2023 Academic Year
Applications will be accepted until April 25. Anyone who is a member of Good Shepherd pursuing a 2 year degree, 4 year degree, or ELCA rostered leadership is eligible to apply. Those who are interested in applying for scholarships from the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Scholarship Fund may review the requirements on the church webpage, www.goodshepherdkettering.com. Applications may be found on the webpage or requested from the church office. Completed applications must be submitted by April 25.
Graduation Weekend – May 28/29, 2022
Each spring Good Shepherd honors our graduates from high school, college, and graduate programs. This year our graduate recognition will be the weekend of May 28/29. We need your help identifying this year’s graduates. Please submit the names of those members of your family who are graduating this spring to the church office as soon as possible. This will help us plan for the event. Please indicate the graduate’s full name, the name of school, and the degree earned, including the field of study. Thank you for helping us gather this information! It is a blessing to honor those graduates who are special to our congregation.
Financial Peace University
Tell your money where to go instead of wondering where it went! Join our Financial Peace University class and learn to make a budget you’ll actually stick to. We’ll meet at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in the Lounge at 7:00 pm for 9 weeks. Visit fpu.com/1148266 to sign up for our class and start your 14-day free trial of Financial Peace! Classes have already started. Contact Martin Pierce at 937-287-4021 with any questions.
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: Our youth will meet in the chapel on Sundays at 9:15 am. ALL youth are welcome!
SUNDAY MORNING ADULT BIBLE STUDY
Adult Crossings: God’s Journey with Us!
Facilitator: Roger Bauser
Time: 8:50 am – 9:50 am
Place: Comfort of your own home – connect and discuss with others online!
Life is a journey – one we measure in passages of time, accomplishments, transitions in education and vocation, and relationships. In all circumstances, God journeys with us! The Bible tells us so! The Word of God is filled with powerful stories of God’s presence in the lives of individuals and communities. God keeps the promise to be present in the Bible. God keeps the promise to be present in our lives. The Adult Crossings explores the Bible through eight core stories: God’s call; the Exodus; Sinai covenant; Promised land; Davidic rule; Jesus’ life; the Cross; Resurrection life. These stories will carry us through Lent and into the Easter season. Use this time to grow your relationship with God as God keeps the promise to journey with you! The format is online to provide a safe, healthy way to connect. The sessions are designed to allow folks to come to one or all of the conversations.
THURSDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY for Men
Topic: Gospel Lectionary Reading for 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 weekend. 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.
FRIDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY DISCUSSION for ALL
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 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.
April WELCA Bible Study on the Kingdom of God will be on Wednesday, April 27 at 10:30 am or 7:30 pm Mark your calendars now. Join us as we talk about eternal life in God’s kingdom.
APRIL BIBLE STUDY for Women
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2022
Mark your calendars NOW for this wonderful study in April. This is a gathering of women who are curious. If you are curious about the kingdom of God, come! All are welcome. No prior experience needed. Bring an open heart and a Bible. THE KINGDOM of GOD is a big deal to Jesus. We are part of God’s Kingdom – now and for eternity. The KINGDOM OF GOD is a big deal for us, too. Come find out more about what Jesus teaches us in the Gospel of John about living forever with God!
Topic: The Kingdom of God: Living Forever with God (March/April 2022 issue of Gather)
Leader: Pam Bauser
Time: 10:30 am OR Time: 7:30 pm
The study is available in the March/April 2022 issue of Gather for Faith and Action, the magazine from the Women of the ELCA. If you need a copy of the study, please contact Pam Bauser at firstname.lastname@example.org or 937-602-8385.
Stewardship Snippets – April 17, 2022
Luke 24:9, 11 – And returning from the tomb, [Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women] told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. The Gospel today can still seem like an “idle tale” for people outside the church. But like the women who found the tomb empty, we can only tell what we know and invite people to see Jesus for themselves.
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.
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