Please find some important information on our current COVID protocols at GSLC by clicking here.
We are starting back passing the offering plate during the Sunday service. It may be a trial and error for the first month trying to figure out which way works best. We feel this is an important part of our service and we are excited to have it included back in the service.
Join us after church on Sunday, September 25 for celebration Sunday. We are welcoming new members Tim Bettinger and Ashlie Weyhrauch, as well as celebrating the September birthdays and anniversaries. We will have light refreshments in the Narthex.
Parking Lot Communion will be offered on the 3rd Sunday of the month from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm. September 18 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
Quilts & Kits – Ingathering
Good Shepherd is the InGathering location for Southwest/Central Ohio, parts of Northern Kentucky and Indiana. We are the drop-off point for hundreds of boxes filled with Quilts & Kits collected over the past year by churches, groups, and businesses. Our InGathering is a big event that utilizes many hands and good hard work. Volunteer to help, and join us Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8 as we work together to fill a semi with gifts that will touch the lives of people around the world. Sign-up sheets are in the Narthex.
Fall Craft Fair – November 5 at 9:00 pm
Good Shepherd is proud to host our annual Fall Craft Fair! Our Fall and Spring Craft Fairs have become well-attended events in our community. This is a BIG event with all proceeds going toward local GSLC supported ministries. Our craft fair would not be successful without our dedicated volunteers and the many talented crafters who rent a space from us. Consider volunteering your time to help with this fun and amazing event. Your gift of time will not only help support our ministries, but will also afford you an opportunity to meet many wonderful people and be an ambassador for Good Shepherd. If you would like to know more about volunteering or how to be of service, please contact Rich Kellstrom. There is a Volunteer Sign-up Sheet in the Narthex.
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.
With school having started back up, we are getting ready to also start our Homework Club back up. This program is for 4th and 5th graders at Oakview School. Starting September 6, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm we help them stay on task and finish their homework. We meet in the Chapel and generally have around ten students. If you would like to help the students with their homework or if you would like to provide healthy snacks for them once or twice a week, please contact Don Bennett.
Jeremiah’s Letter – September 18
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 of August totaled 150 items Thanks for your continued faithfulness to this important ministry. Food was delivered to two food pantries on September 6 and helps support their efforts to provide food for families in these difficult economic times. As one of the food pantry volunteers said: “THIS IS AWESOME. THANK YOU, ALL SO, MUCH. In the first three quarters of this fiscal year (since October 1, 2021) we have donated over 4050 food items. You can bring donations at any time, and next FOOD PANTRY SUNDAY is October 2. 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 or brand name Chunky soups or Progresso soups – if on sale – are especially useful because they can be stretched by adding pasta and making a casserole meal).
THRIVANT – Learn 4 Truths About Long-term Care
Let your family care about you rather than for you. If you’re thinking “it won’t happen to me” when it comes to needing help as you age, you aren’t alone. But the need for care often comes anyway. Attend a free workshop, 4 Truths About Long-term Care, and learn how best to prepare for the kind of care you want. Reserve your spot for this special event on Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 10:30 am at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Guest speaker Jennifer Gibbs, Executive Director from Traditions of Beavercreek will discuss senior living transitions. Jennifer Gibbs is not affiliated with or endorsed by Thrivent. The views expressed in this presentation by Jennifer Gibbs are her own and not necessarily those of Thrivent or its affiliates. Please contact the church office at 937-298-0136 or email@example.com if you are interested. These sessions are hosted by Terry Powers.
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: ALL YOUTH are WELCOME! Our youth meet in the chapel from 9:00 – 10:00 am on Sunday morning. ALL youth K – 8 are invited. The Whirl curriculum is designed to connect the lessons in the church service with the discussions and projects in the classroom. For more information, talk with Karin Haroldson or Sandy Rosholt.
SUNDAY MORNING ADULT BIBLE STUDY
Topic: Earthbound: Created + Called to Care for Creation
Facilitator: Roger Bauser
Time: 8:50 am – 9:50 am
Place: Comfort of your own home – connect and discuss with others online!
Climate change. Stewards of the earth. The care of our earth is a hot topic in many arenas. Cultivating the Christian practice of caring for creation involves a a dynamic process of both acting and reflecting. We have encountered practices of caring for creation in our lives. We may reduce, reuse, recycle. We may turn off lights when we leave a room. We may choose cloth napkins over paper ones. This DVD supported study will encourage us to reflect on the daily actions we take on behalf of creation. It is the intent of this study to inspire each of us to act as a witness to God’s love as we care for the world.
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. If you experience any difficulty, please contact Roger at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 937-299-5186.
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 – Jesus and nature: Teachers of faith
This study by Rev. Sara Olson-Smith connects Scripture to our beautiful world over three months this fall.
Session one: Trees on Wednesday, September 28
Session two: Soil on Wednesday, October 19
Session three: Creatures on Wednesday, November 9
All sessions will be offered in a hybrid format allowing both in person and virtual participation.
Facilitator: Pam Bauser
Time: Wednesday, September 28 at 10:30 am or 7:30 pm
Place: Meeting in Fellowship Lounge or via Zoom at either time.
Bring your Bible.
The same Zoom link will work for both morning and evening session in all three months.
Our three-session Fall 2022 Bible study will allow nature to be our teacher through the words of Jesus and other parts of Scripture. The trees, the soil and the creatures will offer us new perspectives on the character of God. This study will challenge us to deepen our stewardship of God’s precious creation.
Our September study on “Trees” will tap into Biblical images of trees. It will explore why planting and protecting trees is important. The intent is to root us in models of interdependence and mutuality. Come discover what God is teaching us through Scripture and the trees.
Contact Pam Bauser at email@example.com or call 937-602-8385 with any questions. ALL are truly WELCOME. Bring a friend!
Good news! Good Shepherd is hosting a fall session of GriefShare. This ministry offers biblical, Christ-centered teaching on topics associated with the death of a loved one. The DVD seminar features nationally respected grief experts and real-life personal stories, followed by a small group discussion about the weekly topic and personal grief experiences. Good Shepherd will offer the 13 week GriefShare program in person and online from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Sundays began September 11. It’s not too late to join. If you or someone you know is interested, please register online at www.griefshare.org or call the church office. When registering on the GriefShare website, there are two GSLC GriefShare classes listed (one online and one in person) to allow us to offer a hybrid option. Choose the class method you prefer. No prior registration is required for folks coming in person. If you have any questions, contact Kathy Seim (937-901-0532) or Pam Bauser (937-602-8385).
Stewardship Snippets – September 18
Luke 16:13 – Jesus teaches, “No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” A contemporary theologian calls it “the Great American Heresy” – that folks believe that we can really serve God and wealth. Jesus says we will hate the one and despise the other. How does Jesus’ teaching apply to you and your family?
NEW 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
A PLACE FOR NEWS
Praying and Learning Together – An Interfaith Perspective on Immigration
Sponsored by The Southern Ohio Synod, ELCA, and Catholic Diocese of Columbus
Date: September 27, 2022
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Location: Gloria Dei Worship Center at Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University
2199 East Main Street, Columbus, OH 43209
COMMUNITY EVENTS AND NOTICES
Optimist Club Bingo Night
Help support Kettering Noon Optimist Shoes for Kids Fundraiser.
Location: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Date: September 24, 2022
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am with Shopping and Snacks from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Bingo
$10.00 donation for one card. Bring a snack to share and get an extra card. Purchase from a GDSA vendor and get an extra card.
2022 Biennial Convention: Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Southern Ohio Synod
Location: St. Paul Lutheran Church, 125 N. Eastwood Avenue, Lancaster, OH
Date: September 17, 2022
Time: 8:00 am – registration, breakfast, and vendors with gathering at 8:45 am
Registration Fee: $25.00 (make checks payable to Women of the ELCA. Registration form here.
Deadline: September 9, 2022 (walk-in registrations welcome)
Nomination forms for Southern Ohio Synodical Women’s Organization Board are available here.
Nomination forms for Voting Members are available here.
“Hope for the Future” – WELCA will be electing voting members to the 2023 Triennial. Speakers on topics include Ukrainian Crisis, Human Trafficking. Learn more at Katie’s Fund 2122. Two offerings will be made to Lutheran Disaster Response to the Ukrainian Crisis and to Women of the ELCA Churchwide. The closing communion service will include a remembrance of SOS women who have passed in recent years and an offering in their memory can be made to support Katie’s Fund 2122. Fair trade items will be available for purchase. In-kind gifts will be Diapers and wipes for “Bottoms Up” Diaper Bank of Lancaster. Ohio Glass-Blowing Museum at 124 W. Main in Lancaster will have a tour and demonstration at 2:20 pm on Friday, September 16 for $4.00. Items from the Glass Museum will be available to purchase at the Convention on Saturday. Send your forms and fee to Kathy DeLong, SOS WELCA treasurer to 4178 Bayberry Ct., Hamilton, OH 45044 or firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 513-893-0069.
Anything is Pawsable Chicken Dinner Fundraiser
Location: Drive Thru pick up at 5335 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, OH 45429
Date: September 23, 2022
Time: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Fee: $10.00 per ticket
Meal includes: ½ BBQ chicken, chips, applesauce, roll with butter, and dessert.
All proceeds go towards the Anything Is Pawsable Training Program and will make it “pawsable” for us to raise, train, and donate fully trained service dogs to those who cannot afford the overwhelming expense of an assistance animal.
Tickets must be purchased by September 14 at www.cognitoforms.com/KellieGravitt/DriveThruChickenDinnerAnythingIsPawsableFundraiser
Have questions: Contact Kellie Gravitt at 937-478-0100
Want to learn more about Anything is Pawsable Inc.? Contact at 419-300-5925 or email@example.com or at www.AnythingIs Pawsable.org
Dayton Right to Life Society is hosting their 50th Anniversary Golden Gala featuring Rachel Campos Duffy. The event will be held on September 22, 2022, at the Dayton Marriott. Tickets are limited. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit daytonlife.org.
House of Worship: Safety and Security Training
Date: September 24, 2022
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church at 106 Maple St., Reading, OH 45215
Registration: $40.00 for OCPA Members and $50.00 for Non-Members
Topics to be covered will include: Active Shooter Threat, CCW Considerations, Crime Prevention, Physical Security, Critical Incidents, Risk Management, All Hazards Approach for Safety Teams, CPTED for Houses of Worship, and Organizational Protocol for Safety Teams. This will be presented by the Ohio Crime Prevention Association at www.ocpa-oh.org.
Addiction and Faith Conference – Join the 4th Conference either in person or online
Date: October 6-8, 2022
Location: Airport Hilton – 3800 American Blvd East, Bloomington, MN 55425 or online
Registration: for complete schedule, pricing, and registration visit the website at www.addictionandfaithconference.com
This event is open to all who have been touched by addiction, with a special focus on leaders who provide spiritual care. Come and hear experts in the fields of Mental Health, Addiction, Faith, Science, Justice, Trauma, and more. Keynote speakers include: Johann Hari, Rev. Dr. Monteic Sizer, Rev. Dr. Que English, Timothy McMahan King, Harriet Rossetto, and guest preacher Rev. Chares King. These are the building blocks of their mission to Awaken Faith Communities to fully become places of welcome and healing for persons with addiction and those who love them.