Eblast 9/19

Eblast 9/19

Good Shepherd Annual Meeting 
Our Annual Meeting was held Sunday Sept. 12. in person and streamed over Zoom.  That meeting was recorded and can be found here:   Good Shepherd 9/12/2021 Annual Meeting Recording  https://youtu.be/ZVPUgkmAUnY
Voting began September 12 and ends September 26 to tally and report the results.  Ballots were mailed out last week.  To vote, please mail, drop off at church, or drop off your ballot at a service in the ballot box.  Please place your completed ballot in a sealed envelope and place your name on the outside of the envelope.  Pastor Jaime will use your name to mark your name off the roster.  You will be voting on 3 Council nominees and the Annual Ministry plan.  Here are the specifics:

  • Council Nominees:
    1. Becky Cook
    2. Judy Treadway
    3. Lisa Donovan
  • FY 2021-22 Ministry Plan:  Also attached in this email.

Please be sure to have all ballots back by September 26.  If you have any questions, contact Pastor Jaime or Martin Pierce, Council President. 

Church Council
The Good Shepherd Church Council is looking to fill four vacant council positions.  If you would be interested, please contact Cindy Grove at chippy330@gmail.com or 937-371-5905.

Face Masks  Love your neighbor as yourself. – Mark 12:31
Please wear your mask to keep you and your neighbor safe from the spread of COVID19. Please wear your mask when you are inside the church building. Masks are required for worship at GSLC.  GSLC leadership monitors the health advisories for our area. Under the current conditions, health officials recommend wearing a mask indoors for everyone’s safety. This includes people who are fully vaccinated. Given the current rise in COVID19 cases in our area, we are requiring MASKS during worship at GSLC. You may remove your mask for Holy Communion and then put it back on to return to your seat. If you prefer not to wear a mask, please join us for worship online.  From the CDC website: To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.  Montgomery, Greene, Preble, Butler and Warren counties are all areas with substantial transmission from July 21-July 27.


Saturday Worship Service is BACK!! 
GSLC is look forward to serving our congregation again at our Saturday worship service starting Saturday, September 4th at 4:00 pm.  We will continue to have Sunday service at 10:30 am on Sunday mornings.    If you have questions, please feel free to contact me at 937-510-4264 or by email at micheleweyhrauch6832@hotmail.com  With much excitement, Michele Weyhrauch – Worship Commissioner

Parking Lot Communion will be offered on the 3rd Sunday of the month from 12:00 pm -1:00 pm. September 19 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

Altar Flowers Price Increase 
Due to an increase in transportation and difficulty in getting flowers our Altar flowers are increasing to 45 dollars.  We have not had an increase in the 8+ years I have been doing this commission.  This is a meaningful way to remember a loved one, an anniversary, a birthday etc.  If you want to sign up for a week, I have put a new flower chart in the narthex.  All you have to do is put a check or money in an envelope drop it in the offering plate and mark it as weekly flowers, or mail it into the office.   If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at 937-510-4264. Michele Weyhrauch, Worship commissioner


Jeremiah’s Letter Sunday, September 19 is Jeremiah’s Letter Sunday. Please consider donating any of the following items to Jeremiah’s Letter: sheets, bath towels, blankets, toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant (full size or trial size), toothpaste, tooth brushes, feminine hygiene products, Depends, razors, shaving cream, denture cleansers and adhesives, back packs, sleeping bags, broth based soups, canned goods, cereal, laundry or cleaning supplies.

Food Pantry News 
The primary food pantry donation bin is 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. 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).  Thank you to everyone for the 526 food items donated in the month of August and delivered on September 8. We had so much food that we were able to share with three different pantries: Greenmont Neighbor to Neighbor, Marshall Road Church of God, and Harmony Creek United Church of Christ.Next Food Pantry Sunday is October 3, but you can bring your donations in any time during September. Watch for those bargain purchases and stock up the pantries.

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 1 and Saturday, October 2 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 6 at 9:00 am 
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 2 hours of 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.


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! 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 has begun meeting in the Fellowship Hall on Sundays at 9:15 am. ALL youth are welcome!

ONE WEEK BREAK = NOT meeting Friday, September 17
Topic: Gospel Lectionary Readings for Sunday worship 
Come on FRIDAY morning! Bring your own coffee and treats along with your BIBLE. The focus is on the Lectionary Lessons for the upcoming Sunday. 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   
Join Zoom Meeting
Click Here: Zoom  
Meeting ID: 919 8599 1808
Passcode: GSLCstudy
For more information, please contact Roger at rebauser@me.com or call 937-299-5186. 

ONE WEEK BREAK = NOT meeting Sunday, September 19
Topic:  Letter to the Ephesians
Facilitator:  Roger Bauser
Time: 8:50 am – 9:50 am    
Join Zoom Meeting
Click Here: Zoom  
Meeting ID: 925 4541 1956
Passcode: 669887
Come discover the nuggets of inspiration in the Letter to the Ephesians. This Biblical study will be an in-depth exploration of Ephesians for the next 8 weeks. If you haven’t tried our Sunday morning discussions before, this is an excellent time to join in the discussions.   

ONE WEEK BREAK = NOT meeting Thursday, September 16
Topic: Gospel Lectionary Reading for Sunday worship 
Facilitator: Roger Bauser
Time:  9:00 am – 10:00 am
Place:  comfort of your home – connect online!
Join Zoom Meeting
Click Here: Zoom  
Meeting ID: 999 1506 4557
Passcode: GSLCmen
The Men’s breakfast 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 Sunday.  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 rebauser@me.com or call 937-299-5186.

Topic: The Gift of the Holy Spirit: a divine wild goose chase (September Bible Study from Gather Magazine)
Leader: Pam Bauser
Time: 10:30 am
Join Zoom Meeting
Click here: Zoom
Meeting ID: 974 7588 3505
Passcode: Praise

OR 7:30 pm (same content for each session – choose time that is best for you on that date)
Join Zoom Meeting
Click here:  Zoom
Meeting ID: 956 4626 7000
Passcode: Thanks
Place: Your choice – connect online! If there is an interest in meeting in person, we will do a hybrid session so everyone can be present. 
Sara Olson-Smith, the author of our fall studies shares, “The goal of this study is to deepen our understanding of the Holy Spirit’s actions in Scripture and in our lives. … the Spirit has done — and is still doing — amazing things. … We’ll spend time looking at Jesus’ farewell discourse, where he says that the Spirit is a way for Jesus’ truth, teaching and presence to be with us even after his ascension. … Finally, we’ll explore I Corinthians and claim the truth that the Spirit is given to each of us.” What an amazing opportunity to delve into the Spirit portion of the Trinity! Come with questions. Come with experiences. Come. Be open to the presence of the Spirit in our midst. If you need a copy of the study, please contact Pam Bauser at psbauser@me.com or 937-602-8385.   

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 is offering the 13 week GriefShare program in person and online from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Sundays. 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). 


September Stewardship Snippets – September 19, 2021
James 4:1, 2 – Those conflicts and disputes among you … do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you? You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts. James puts his finger on the pulse of human misery. We drive ourselves crazy by craving the things we don’t have and envying those who have more than we do! Spiritual maturity and practicing steward/discipleship help bring us sanity.

Offerings for last week:  $3,050.49
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. 


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!


Estate Planning and Taxes Event at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 
On Saturday,  October 16, 2021 from 10:30 am to Noon, please join us in the Fellowship Hall for a special educational event at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.  Controlling and Preserving Your Assets: Basic Estate Planning and Financial Concepts to Reduce Taxes and Transfer Wealth. Bob Emerson, a former Financial Advisor, will discuss the necessary estate documents required and flow of estate assets.  We’ve asked Thrivent Financial Advisor Terry Powers to discuss various topics including Tax Efficiency, Roth Conversions, Qualified Charitable Contributions, and Wealth Transfer Efficiency. Light snacks and drinks will be served.  Please contact the church office at (937) 298-0136 or office@goodshepherdkettering.com by Noon on Thursday, October 14 to reserve a spot for this important event.


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Dayton WELCA Gathering
Date: September 18, 2021
Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: Irelan Park Shelter at 4532 Marshall & E David Road in Kettering
Light refreshments and good fellowship.  More information to come. Let’s get to being together again.