Eblast 9/4

Eblast 9/4

Please find a copy of the announcements via the link to view this week’s information. Click here: September 3/4 Announcements

NEW  New Members Congratulations to Tim Bettinger and Ashlie Wehyrauch on becoming new members of Good Shepherd. We look forward to growing in our faith with you. 

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, 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 pmSeptember 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


Consider Joining!  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.

NEW Homework Club 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 July totaled 450 items Thanks for your continued faithfulness to this important ministry. Food was delivered to three food pantries on August 15 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 SEPTEMBER 4.

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).

Holiday at Home Labor Day will be here before we know it (September 5), and instead of our booth being a moneymaker for the youth, it will instead be used to serve the public and as a marketing device. Instead of selling hotdogs, pop, water, and candy, we will be giving away hotdogs and water. The water bottles will be labeled with our church name and information and we will have information about Good Shepherd available. If the people receiving the hotdogs and water wish to donate money in exchange, we will suggest they donate to the Kettering Backpack Program instead. In order to keep our costs down, we are asking that the congregation donate money to purchase the items we need. Any money that doesn’t get spent will be put into the First Lutheran Breakfast fund. Money donations can be dropped off any time from now until September 4 in the office. Thank you!


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 office@goodshepherdkettering.com if you are interested.  These sessions are hosted by Terry Powers.

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 will resume meeting in the chapel from 9:00 – 10:00 am on Sunday, September 11, 2022. 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. 


ELCA Churchwide Assembly Devotions:  Embody the Word

Facilitator:  Roger Bauser

Time: 8:50 am – 9:50 am

Place: Comfort of your own home – connect and discuss with others online!

Join Zoom Meeting

Select this link:  Zoom

Meeting ID: 925 4541 1956
Passcode: Learn

The ELCA Churchwide Assembly met in Columbus August 8-12. There was a series of four Bible studies to support the participants in the challenging work of being church together. The Bible studies focused on the assembly theme, Embody the Word, using Luke 24:13-35, the walk to Emmaus. Join in Sunday morning discussions based on the ELCA Bible studies to grow our hearts and minds. Come read the Word. Hear the Word. Reflect on the Word. Consider how WE can BE the Word in our world. There’s much to consider. Don’t miss these meaningful opportunities to allow the Word to speak to your heart and mind. 

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.  


Topic: Gospel Lectionary Reading for 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 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 rebauser@me.com or call 937-299-5186.


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   

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.   


NEW Stewardship Snippets September 4

Luke 14:33 — Jesus told his followers, “So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.” 

Yikes! Give up ALL our possessions? The disciples were probably as stunned to hear Jesus say this as we are to read it. What does it mean for us? God calls us to look at our wealth and relinquish the power it has over us. What does it mean for you?

NEW Offerings for last week:  $2,255.00

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. 


AmazonSmile  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



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.


Community Festival

Location:  Zion Lutheran Church at 5550 Munger Rd., Dayton

Date: Saturday, September 10

Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm (Rain or shine!)

Contact: (937) 434-9422 or www.zionelc.org

Come reconnect, make new friends and celebrate our local community!

Free prizes, kid’s activities, live music, free food, family games, and $1.00 bingo for a 50/50 raffle (cash only).  Special guests include Premier Health, CareFlight, Miami Valley Fire, Miami Twp. Police, and SICSA.  Please find the flyer here

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 info@k9to5doggydaycare.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.

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 rkdelong71@aol.com or call at 513-893-0069.