Eblast 7/7

Eblast 7/7


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Lingering with the Lord 
Do you need some time away from the busyness of life? On the 4th Wednesday of the month come join us at GSLC to linger with the Lord followed by a time of prayer.   Enjoy the chance to come together in singing and praying, while also getting a moment to spend with the Lord in prayer by yourself.  There will be “stations” to help you focus on open different parts of our life if you need that, you can stay in your pew and pray, or you can just walk around the Sanctuary if that is what helps you enter some prayerful space for the Lord.   Come join us Wednesday, July 24 at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. All are welcome to join us!


Jeremiah’s Letter  July 21
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.

Backpack Blessing
We are doing something a little different this year with Blessing of the Backpacks. We will be blessing the backpacks of our children and school officials. We will also be providing details of what supplies are need for backpacks at Oakview Elementary and making backpacks full of school supplies to give to needy children at Oakview. We will have that list available soon so you can take advantage of the tax-free school supply week coming up at the end of July. We will have the backpack blessing at the beginning of August.

Food Pantry News  
Our JUNE food was delivered to four local food pantries and two mini-pantries – totaling 200 food items. Thank you for remembering the families who are served by the food pantries in our community. As you make your food purchases, consider adding a few items for these families.  It will be a wonderful way to help those around us. It is very helpful to avoid donations of food in glass containers so that nothing can be broken. 
If you would like to volunteer on a Thursday at the Feeding Friends Pantry on Bigger Road near the former Victoria’s Secret Building, go to https://signup.com/go/FjrnKGb

Helping Hands 
Helping Hands is taking time off for the summer months of July and August.  The next official date will be September 1st.  Our Property and Facilities Commission will have a recurring “Helping Hands Service Initiative” to help maintain and keep our church grounds and facilities in optimal shape as we strive to make it an inviting place.  We will have a monthly event on the third Saturday from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM to work on timely projects and seasonal tasks.   If you have some time to lend a hand in a rewarding and beneficial way, please come join in the fun.  Chris, Del, Wayne, and John will have a list of inside and outside projects along with the necessary supplies and tools on hand to make this time a productive, beneficial, and rewarding service opportunity for our church.  Additionally, if you have ideas or recommendations on areas to improve, please send them to the Office Manager at office@goodshepherdkettering.com or to one of the commissioners.  Thank you.

ReNew Day Camp  
Thank you to everyone who contributed in some way to our day camp.  You responded to our request with a LOT of toilet paper rolls, which the youth used to make seed planters. We received enough gently used blankets to make three double layer blankets for the homeless this winter. We had 13 volunteers ranging in age from 15 to 91. and we worked with 21 total campers, learning about how God plants seeds of plants and of faith. This could not have happened without your support.  Please find the ReNew Day Camp Newsletter here.

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.

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.


Lifelong Learning    
Regular educational sessions for our youth will resume in the fall. 

Sunday morning studies will resume July 21st. 

Thursday morning studies will resume in mid-July.             

Friday morning studies will resume in mid-July.

Women’s Bible Study for SUMMER
“After Certainty: A biblical Guide” by the Rev. Dr. Meghan Johnston Aelabouni
The Summer 2024 Bible study is available on the Gather website for ALL – women & men; Lutherans and nonLutherans; young & old; all who wonder about the uncertainties of our times! There are three sessions: Curiosity, Community, Compassion. The videos and resources are accessible online at www.gathermagazine.org. Take a moment to explore these Bible studies on your own or with others. 

June 2024
After Certainty: Curiosity
Download the study.

July 2024
After Certainty: Community
Download the study.

August 2024
After Certainty:  Compassion
Download the study.

The NEXT in person session will be on Wednesday, August 14th in the GSLC Lounge! There will be a morning and an evening session.  Mark your calendars now. 


OWLs Luncheon 
The next luncheon will be on Saturday, July 13 starting at 12:00 pm at Marion’s pizza in Town and Country shopping center. A sign-up sheet will be posted in the narthex. Call Eileen at 937-654-5588 with any questions.

We are looking for at least 2 Council Members for council this year. We are also looking for a Life Long Learning Commissioner, a Parish Life Commissioner, and a Worship Commissioner. Commission details are available in the Narthex.

Mutual Ministry Committee  
This is a group of members from Good Shepherd who meet with Pr Jamie about every 6 weeks. It is Mutual Ministry because the committee helps to give the pastor confidential feedback from them or other members of the church, and supports the pastor and his family. Members stay on for 2 years, but can decide to stay on as long as they want. If you would like to join the team, feel free to speak to Pr Jamie or Jen Kellstrom. 

For May YTD, the financial results are as follows:
·         Offerings are $165,561 vs a budget of $177,733, including Harmony Creek
·         Harmony Creek is below budget by $2,500 (June will catch-up)
·         Budgeted Offerings are $9,672 less than budget.
·         Expenses $172,199 vs budget of $178,797
·         Net Loss of $6,637 vs a budgeted net loss of $1,064.

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. 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.


Save the Date!   
New Hope Lutheran Church will be hosting a gathering sponsored by the Women of the ELCA to be held Saturday July 27, 2024, from 10:30 am – 2:00 pm. The speaker is coming from the Alzheimer’s Association and will give a talk on this most timely and important subject. Included in the event with be informal worship, a brief business meeting, lots of pleasant conversation and a tasty box lunch.  All women are invited, and you can bring some men too.  
Location: New Hope Lutheran Church, 2000 Catalpa Drive, Dayton, OH 45406
Contact: Marcia Calhoun, Dayton Conference Women of the ELCA at (937) 546-2024.

The Kettering Civic Band to perform a free Summer Concert on July 11.  
The Kettering Civic Band is pleased to announce its July Summer Concert at 7:00 pm on Thursday, July 11. The concert will be held in Kettering at Polen Farm (Address: 5099 Bigger Road).  The band is directed by Catherine Abner, daughter of former Good Shepherd Choir Director, David Keener.  The ensemble traditionally plays marches, show tunes and classical arrangements familiar to many. The July Concert will feature direction by Tom Jacobs, Assistant Director, and member of the band’s trumpet section. It is free to all, and ice cream will be available as a fund raiser for a local Boy Scout Troop. Since the concert is held outside on the lawn, please remember to bring a blanket or lawn chair, water, and sun protective hat. (There are some shade trees in the area where the audience sits.) The band ensemble, with approximately 65 members, has performed in Kettering and neighboring communities for more than 60 years.  Past and current Good Shepherd members have participated over the years as part of the ensemble.

Dayton Conference Women of the ELCA Gathering
When: SATURDAY, July 27, 2024
Where: New Hope Lutheran Church, 2000 Catalpa Dr. Dayton, OH  45406
Time: 10:30 am – 2:00 pm
Join us for an informative and meaningful session with devotions, prayers, networking, fellowship, a brief overview of Women of the ELCA business* and lunch**.
TOPIC:  Defining Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s and the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s. The speaker is from the Alzheimer’s Association in Dayton.
In addition we encourage you to bring in-kind items to donate to the Memory Unit of Mary Scott Nursing Center such as: Play doh, beads to string, kids puzzles and board games, matching games, baby dolls and accessories, bottles, stroller, old phones, buttons or watercolor paints.
**LUNCH – – box lunches from Charlie’s Deli will be served. Your cost is $6.00 (The Dayton conference will subsidize the balance) Plan to pay at the door (Correct change is helpful. YOU MUST RSVP TO ASSURE WE HAVE LUNCH FOR YOU. 
*If you are interested or willing to serve on the Dayton Conference Board, please contact Marcia C for more information.
RSVP by Monday July 22.  Marcia Calhoun 937-546-2024 call/text/voicemail.  lgcalhoun@yahoo.com

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