Eblast 7/4

Eblast 7/4


Face Masks  
Face masks are needed only for those who choose to wear them and those who have not been vaccinated.

Parking Lot Communion 
Holy Communion will be held in the parking lot of Good Shepherd from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm on the 2nd Sunday of July (July 11).

Holy Communion 
GSLC has already begun having Holy Communion around the communion rail again. Spaces will be marked around the communion rail for individuals or families to commune. Anyone distributing communion will be fully vaccinated. The Pastor and Assisting Minister will be wearing masks to distribute the hosts as well. If someone is not comfortable coming forward to the communion rail they can still commune in their pew with the prepackaged communion we have been using throughout the pandemic.

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  
Ginny and I are working on flowers for the Altar.  We will be starting with those who donated last year.  As we weren’t able to do Altar flowers due to covid.  If you would like to donate please contact Ginny Herbeck at 937-298-8876 or Michele Weyhrauch at 937-510-4264. There will also be a new flower chart put up in the Narthex. Thank You! Michele Weyhrauch, Worship Commissioner


First Lutheran Breakfast Update 
When the weather gets cooler, the First Lutheran Breakfast  will return  to providing pre-pandemic hot meal indoor meal. (The anticipated change will be sometime in September or October). In order to continue serving meals twice a month (the first & third Sundays), we will need more people to volunteer. We need a minimum of 5 people, on each Sunday, to prepare and serve the meals. Would you please consider helping with this important mission, which serves approximately 100 guests each time? Please contact Lisa Connelly for further information or to volunteer.   Thanks so very much!  Sincerely,  Lisa Connelly

Medicine Bottle Update
Paula took 410 prescription bottles and 35 non-prescription bottles to Matthew 25 Ministries on 6/30. 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 inside as well.
  3. Replace bottle caps.

*Thank you for your partnership in this important ministry.

Food Pantry News
Please remember that Sunday, July 4, is our next dedicated Food Pantry Sunday. 
Thanks for your on-going 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 doors 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. 
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who donated food during the month of May. We were able to donate 426 food items – one of our best months in a long time.
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).


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.
Helpers needed – We need some more helpers for our upcoming Amazing Grace Day Camp this July and you needn’t work directly with the campers. We will need helpers to sanitize things after the campers leave for the day. We will need helpers to assist with screening campers when they arrive. We will need helpers to call campers parents when the campers are absent to check if they are ill. And we will need helpers to assist in preparing meals and snacks for the campers. If you can help in any of these ways or perhaps others, please contact Don Bennett at 937-475-9445.

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. 

Topic: Lectionary for Sunday worship 
Facilitator: Roger Bauser
Time:  9:00 am – 10:00 am
Place:  comfort of your home – connect online!
This session is taking a break. The sessions will resume on Saturday, July 3
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:  Challenging QUESTIONS in Scripture
Facilitator:  Roger Bauser
Time: 8:50 am – 9:50 am   ***Please note the change of time to accommodate travel for those attending church in person. ***
This class will resume on Sunday, July 4th. 
For more specific information, contact Roger Bauser at rebauser@me.com or call 937-299-5186.

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.

Topic: The Book of Jude
Leader: Paula Bennett
Time: 10:30 am on Tuesdays  
Dates: June 8 – August 3
Place: In PERSON in the GLSC Lounge.
This small, easily overlooked book in the New Testament still speaks to the church today. 
This group meets at GSLC. If you need a ride, please contact the church office. We will be glad to make arrangements for all to attend. 


New Bookkeeper 
It is with great sadness that Good Shepherd is losing Jim Copeland as a Bookkeeper to help his daughter through a difficult time.  Jim and I have worked closely and very well together over the last 5-ish years and I’ve enjoyed every minute.  I’d like to thank Jim for all his hard work and enthusiasm he brought with him as our Bookkeeper.  The great contributions he has made to GSLC are many and significant.  We are sad to see him “retire” and he will be missed. It is with great joy to report that the Executive Committee has hired a new Bookkeeper, Ronda Stanoikovich, to replace Jim Copeland.  We are very excited about bringing her on!  Her work experience, where she is right now, and her future goals are a natural fit for GSLC.  I truly believe she was the best candidate of the 140+ that viewed the Indeed job posting, the 18+ that expressed interest, and the 3 candidates that we extended invitations for an interview.  Indeed.com was a wonderful hiring tool. I would like to thank the Executive Committee for their support through this difficult process and particularly to Jim Copeland & Jeff Wehmeyer for their hard work.   Please welcome Ronda when you meet her and we look forward to working with her for many years to come!  

Offerings for last week:  $3,573.06
The amount reported applies to contributions used towards the annual ministry plan which requires contributions of $5,243 every week.

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. 


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!


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The Kettering Civic Band Announces First Public Concert for the Summer of 2021
The Kettering Civic Band will perform on July 8th at the Polen Farm off Bigger Road in Kettering.  The concert begins at 7:00 PM.  The band is Directed by Catherine Keener, daughter of former Good Shepherd Choir Director, David Keener.  The ensemble traditionally plays marches, show tunes and classical arrangements familiar to many.  While Polen Farm has some outdoor seating, most attendees bring a lawn chair to enjoy the concert in the shade.  The band has played in Kettering and neighboring communities for more than 60 years.  Past and current Good Shepherd members participated over the years as part of the ensemble.  The concert is free to all!