Celebration of Donna Harte’s Life
A Celebration of Life for former member Donna Harte will be at 10:30 am on August 13, 2022 at Epiphany Lutheran Church, Far Hills Chapel. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 9:30 am to 10:30 am until the time of service with a fellowship lunch to follow.
Save the Dates!
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church’s Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, September 11 following our Sunday worship. Our annual Informational Meetings will be on Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28 and Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4, all following the worship services. Please make sure to mark your calendars for those dates.
Parking Lot Communion will be offered on the 3rd Sunday of the month from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm. August 21 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
“Backpack Blessings” – Sunday, August 21
August is here! For many families that means school is just around the corner! Here at Good Shepherd, we want to celebrate and bless the beginning of another school year. During the service we will lift up children and students of all ages, dedicating them to God’s glory as we begin a new school year. Additionally, teachers, aides, principals, administrators, secretaries, cooks, librarians, janitors, and bus drivers… we want to bless and affirm you in your vocation, and pray for your encouragement as you serve children and families in your daily work!
OUTREACH AND SERVICES
Leadership positions need to be filled. We need 2 new Council Members and 3 Commissioners (Finance & Admin, Parish Life & Response & Worship & Celebration). If you would consider serving in one of these positions and have any questions feel free to contact Pr Jamie Vannoy, Roger Bauser, or Wayne Rosholt.
Jeremiah’s Letter – August 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.
Food Pantry News
Your generous donations for the month totaled 250 items Thanks for your continued faithfulness to this important ministry. Food was delivered on Wednesday, July 6, and helps support four local food pantries’ efforts to provide food for families in these difficult economic times. In the first three quarters of this fiscal year (since October 1, 2021) we have donated over 3600 food items.
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).
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 are not meeting during the summer. Please watch for dates when classes resume in the fall.
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!
This is the FINAL week for our study of God’s Journey with US! The core story for this week is living the Resurrection life! Join the discussion this week! No prior sessions are needed to consider the wonders of the resurrection in our faith journeys. It’s easy to participate from wherever you are. Click the Zoom link and find folks who are listening, questioning, exploring, and discovering that God loves us on our journeys!
The Adult Crossings allowed us to explore the Bible through eight core stories. Now we will be living those stories in our lives as God continues to journey with us.
The format is online to provide a convenient 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 937-299-5186.
WELCA BIBLE STUDY – NEXT session is WEDNESDAY, August 17
Mark your calendars now for Wednesday, August 17 on Crafted in Christ: Ties that bind by Rev. Katie Hines-Shah
This summer we are meeting in person in the GSLC Fellowship Lounge while keeping the Zoom option available for folks to connect near and far. Come learn how God pieces the fabric of our lives into works of beauty. The morning session will be at 10:30 am and the evening session will begin at 7:30 pm. ALL are welcome to join us for these lively discussions.
Stewardship Snippets – August 14
Hebrews 12:1 – Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us. The insatiable desire for more clouds our vision and impedes faithful and fruitful living. Who has modeled faithful resource management in your life? May the witness of others provide hope and encouragement for you to “stay the course” and say NO to “the lie of more.”
Offerings for last week: $3,500.00
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
A PLACE FOR NEWS
COMMUNITY EVENTS AND NOTICES
Leaving a Footprint in the Future
The Impact of Planned Gifts on Neighbors in Need Around the World
You are invited to an exciting virtual event!
August is National Make a Will Month and LWR is inviting you to an interactive virtual event focused on how you can reach brothers and sisters in need long into the future through a gift in your will.
When: August 31
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Speakers: Jorge Huapaya, Country Director for Peru LWR; Cindy Aegerter, Senior Gift Planner Thrivent Charitable Impact & Investing
RSVP: by August 29 to Lee Grant at email@example.com.
Oakview School is in need of two volunteers to serve as lunch aids. The aids would help Monday – Friday from 10:30 am – 11:30 am, beginning August 18 and continuing for three weeks. The duties would be helping Kindergartners and 1st graders with their lunches, helping open milk boxes and the like. If you are interested, please contact Don Bennett.
Classical * Jazz * World
David’s United Church of Christ (170 W. David Road, Kettering, OH 45429) will be presenting a free-will offering benefit for Ukrainian relief on August 14 at 2:00 pm. The Rule of Three group will hold a concert in the Sanctuary playing mostly classical pieces, but will add some ragtime and rock and roll for good measure. Please come and enjoy this free event! Rule of Three is a unique string trio whose experiences range from concert halls in Europe and South America to the dining room of The Mississippi Queen, from the symphony to the main stage at the DAI Oktoberfest. Shelbi Wagner, cellist, is Professor of Cello at the University of Dayton and a regular performer with the Dayton Bach Society. Harpist Jessica Schaeffer has made two albums with “The Harpoons” and maintains an online teaching studio. David’s organist, Lyn Morton, began teaching keyboards at the age of thirteen and has played in a local rock band for twenty years.