Eblast 4/25

Eblast 4/25


In-person Worship! 
Good Shepherd is continuing to meet for in-person worship on Sundays at 10:30 am.  Please come and fellowship with us, we are looking forward to seeing more familiar faces!

Worship With Us Online! 
Good Shepherd 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 click here: Facebook
YouTube click here: Youtube

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 click here:  Facebook
YouTube click here:  Youtube

Save The Date!  Delco Park Worship Service 
On Sunday, July 25 is our annual picnic!  This year we will gather at Delco Park at 10:30 am (located at 1700 Delco Park Dr., in Kettering). After the service we will share in a carry in picnic.

Altar Flowers  
I am going to wait until May of 2021 to re-evaluate Altar flowers.  With our home bound not being able to have visitors we have no one to bring flowers to.  If you want flowers for the Altar we will gladly order them, you are welcome to take them home/give them to whoever you would like. Or we will dispose of them for you.  When we do start back up we will contact folks from the 2020 flower chart. If you have questions or concerns please feel to contact me at mweyhrauch@woh.rr.com or 937-510-4264. Michele Weyhrauch, Worship Commissioner


Food Pantry News 
The definition of Generosity- the quality of being kind and generous. Well done generous and kind parishioners.  We delivered 308 items to the food pantry!!  You guys rock!! Thanks for your support for many needy families in our area who are serviced by the Neighbor to Neighbor Food Pantry.
The food pantry donation bin has been moved back to the narthex; so if you are coming to church on Sunday morning you can bring your donations and place them there. During the week, if you are going by church, you can still place your donations inside the fellowship hall as we have been doing. Monetary donations may still be made by placing a check in the offering or mailing it to the church office payable to Good Shepherd with “food pantry” in the memo line. Recently we have been able to make generous donations to several other area food pantry ministries:   Harmony Creek United Church of Christ Food Pantry; Marshall Rd. Church of God Food Pantry; South Community “Caring Hands” Food Pantry.

Volunteers Needed 
Our church is responsible for preparing and serving a breakfast meal, to guests of First Lutheran Church in Downtown Dayton, on the second and fourth Sundays of each month. We have a group of dedicated volunteers who have been faithfully helping for many years. We are looking for some more to join our team. We can use volunteers to occasionally shop for food, help prepare food (on Saturday and/or Sunday) and deliver the grab-n-go meals on Sunday morning. Please consider volunteering and help feed those less fortunate in Downtown Dayton.  Please contact Lisa Connelly at 937-435-6721 for further information. Thank you very much!


Amazing Grace Daycamp  July 19-23, 2021
Summer is just around the corner. Soon it will be time for Amazing Grace Daycamp. Circle July 19-23 on your calendars! Those are the important dates to remember.  We will have a team from Lutheran Memorial Camp to lead the programming. We will need lots of volunteers to help with the campers, serve meals, provide support, and house the LMC staff. Hold this important outreach ministry in your prayers.

Lifelong Learning
Learn more about God’s Word for us. Join us ONLINE to learn together. 

Our ADULT Lifelong Learning Classes are ONLINE! Everyone is welcome! 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 to join us now. 

Our YOUTH classes (Kindergarten – 6th grade) are now IN PERSON meeting in the chapel.  Times are 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  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. 

This study resumes on Saturday, May 1, 2021.
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:  Hungering for Justice:  Luther and the Economy
Facilitator:  Roger Scott
Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Place: comfort of your home – connect online
Date: April 25 Session 3:  Economy of Vocation
Martin Luther emphasizes vocation. Luther believed that our vocation whether in the world or the church is a sacred calling from God. He believed that the church should teach people that God calls us to service to advocate for the dignity of all workers because God loves all the people of God. What does this mean for us today?
We are using the resources from the ELCA World Hunger:  Hungering for Justice: Luther and the Economy, study guide click here.  
Participants do not need to print the study guide. All information needed will be provided in the Sunday morning sessions. This is available for your information. 

his study resumes on Thursday, April 29, 2021
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 at 9:00 am Thursdays
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.

Topic: Journeys with Angels: Comfort Angels  (April Bible Study from Gather Magazine)
Leader: Pam Bauser
Time: 10:00 am OR  7:30 pm  (same content for each session – choose time that is best for you on that date)
Place: Your choice – connect online!
It’s time to rejoice! The angels tell the women “He is not here. He is risen!” Matt 28:6a In January’s session, we practiced “Looking UP!” to notice God’s angels. In February we discovered angels that cause us to “Turn AROUND”. In March we felt the incredible comfort of angels. Now we celebrate with the feasting alleluia angels! On this adventure with heavenly messengers sent from God we move into the fullness of live. Celebrate. Laugh. Sing. Be ALIVE! Bring an angel (friend or neighbor) to the meeting! Let everyone rejoice in the Lord. 
If you need a copy of the study, please contact Pam Bauser at psbauser@me.com or 937-602-8385. 

Financial Peace University  
Stop and think about this for a second. Imagine what the people of God, could do for the Kingdom of God, if they were debt free. What would you be able to do if you were debt free?  Imagine what it would feel like to be able to give freely and generously toward needs you feel passionate about, whenever God leads you to. Financial Peace University will walk you through the process that will get you there and make it incredibly practical in your daily life. And if you know anything about Dave Ramsey you know it’s going to be a lot of fun!
To learn more about the class, visit the Financial Peace University website at www.daveramsey.com or register for the class. The FPU class will meet in the Fellowship Hall for the next 9 Tuesdays from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm starting last Tuesday. If you have any questions, contact Martin Pierce at 287-4021 or Kathy Seim at 294-1145.  


Offerings for last week:  $3,259.82
The amount reported applies to contributions used towards the annual ministry plan which requires contributions of $5,243 every week.

Calling for all Graduates Graduation Weekend – May 23, 2021
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 23. 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. 

Memorial Committee 
We are in need of a chairperson for the  Memorial Committee if you are interested feel free to call the church office and talk to Pr Jamie at (937) 298-0136. Attached below is more of a description of the responsibilities of the committee and the chairperson as you discern serving in this way. Click here:  Memorial Committee Description

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 or Denise Wilson (513) 913-0133. 


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, 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!


ELCA Disability Ministry God’s work. Our hands. Click here.
Lutheran World Relief Sustainable Development. Click here.
ELCA Global Links.  Click here
ELCA World Hunger Links.  Click here.

A Note from Bishop Dillahunt
Grace and Peace be with you in the name of Jesus Christ, our risen Lord.

The Easter message of Christ is risen, though it seems silent 2-1/2 weeks after we heard and read the resurrection message of promise and hope, IS NOT silent. I know what we hear and see is a world that hurts. Continued shootings, continued death, continued senseless killings, continued unease, continued unrest, continued pandemic weariness, continued hopes destroyed. And yet through it all, we proclaim Christ crucified and risen for the sake of the world.

I was asked the other day what Scripture might someone read during this Easter season when people around us are hurting, tired and know that change must happen. What Scripture can be lifted up when sometimes we don’t know what to say or pray for. Take time to read, dwell, and ponder Romans 8:26 “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.” Let the Spirit work in and through you as sharers of the Gospel. Sighs are prayers and God hears those sighs when life swarms around us. Share the news that what we believe is hope…Jesus lives!

We pray with sighs too deep for words for calm and peace, healing and health, patience and understanding, care and grace. We pray for neighbor, friend, colleague, stranger, enemy, for those who believe differently, for the Church, the nation, the world, for the synod, for congregations, for each other that the love of Jesus Christ may show forth in what we say and do and that we may be Christ’s presence.

As you prepare for worship online or in-person for the weekend of April 24-25, I am asking all congregations, campus ministries, worshipping communities throughout this mission territory to pray together the following prayer from All Creation Sings Evangelical Lutheran Worship Supplement, a prayer for Peace:

Holy God, out of your great love for the world, your Word became flesh to live among us and to reconcile us to you and to one another. Rekindle among us the gift of your Spirit so that we seek to live in unity with all people, breaking down the walls that divide, ending the hostility among us and proclaiming peace to those who are near and to those who are far away; through Christ Jesus, in whom we all have access in the one Spirit to you, both now and forever. Amen

The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, the love of Christ that guards our hearts and minds, and the joy and consolation of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

In Christ,
Bishop Suzanne Darcy Dillahunt


Vaccines Available  You can now go to vaccinespotter.org to search around on each pharmacy’s website, in your area, and it will show you any available appointments for COVID19 vaccines.  Click on your state and available appointments will be in green.

Vaccines Available You can now go to the Kettering Health Network website where you can submit your name to be contacted for a vaccine appointment when your age group comes up.

Click here: Kettering Health  if you are interested.  When you click the Kettering Health link you will go to their coronavirus information page, at the bottom there will be a link to schedule your appointment.  Anyone 16 and up can schedule an appointment for a vaccine.