PASTOR’S LETTER JANUARY 2019

O sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. Psalm 96:1-2 (the underlined verbs are our actions) Dear Friends in Christ, Since my arrival two years ago to serve as your Lead Pastor, I’ve learned much about the Good Shepherd culture of adapting worship liturgies from season to season. My faith is strengthened by the freshness that comes with beginning new seasons of the church year with changed gathering litanies, communion liturgies, responsive singing, varieties of music, and melodramas (in the past). It is encouraging to experience the creativity, thoughtfulness and intention given to how we worship together at Good Shepherd Lutheran. When I arrived, I told you that I would first love you, then I would listen to you, followed by learning from you, and then begin to lead you. Let me say this: I love you, I love to listen to you, and I am learning every week from you that I may more effectively lead. This is sometimes a challenging approach, but one that I feel honors the ministry that is Good Shepherd Lutheran; a faithful ministry which yearns for a faithful future. So, where does this lead us as we enter 2019? Throughout 2018 your Leadership Council has been busy with our Visioning process. You will hear more about this at our annual meeting on January 27th , but for now this is what I see within our visioning: a desire to find ways to deepen our faith and more fully engage our children, each...

THE GSLC 2018 ANNUAL MEETING: SUN JAN 27th 10:45 am

The following matters are included on the agenda for this meeting: Approval of our 2019 Budget* Election of President, Vice President, Secretary, Council members. Decision to establish an Endowment Fund (a vote to adopt a Bylaw to our constitution). * Decision to establish a Good Shepherd Lutheran Gift Policy. * *copies to review will be available one week prior to...

FAMILY RETREAT: Living with Scripture Feb. 2-3rd GEV

Join other GSC families for a Saturday to Sun retreat filled with fun and spiritual growth for the whole family. Parents get adult time, Children get kid time, families get family time, and everyone gets God time. This year’s theme will be Living with Scripture. Together we will explore how to build a relationship with scripture as a living presence and not a thing to be used and abused. Cost is $75 per family. Covers three meals, lodging in hotel-like accommodations, and recruitment of Good Earth Village counselors. Sign-up is on the welcome...

MONDAY NIGHT WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY

The Monday Night Women’s Bible Study will resume on Monday,  Jan 21st, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. We meet the 3rd Monday of the month. All women of GSC are invited to attend and bring a friend. If you would like more information, please contact: Mary Christiansen at gsc-mec@usfamily.net or Lynda Hyberger at...

GRIEFSHARE: LOSS OF A SPOUSE

This is a two-hour outreach seminar designed to: Draw grieving spouses together to receive care and practical teaching on dealing with their tremendous loss; Encourage individuals to attend a GriefShare group beginning in February. This is a faith based program and is being held at Assembly of God Church, Sun, 1/13, 2-4pm. A video will be shown along with some discussion time. Each attendee will receive a booklet with information to help guide them during this time of loss. For more information contact Jan Butorac at janmbutorac@yahoo.com or...

HILLTOP SLEDDING AT GOOD SHEPHERD CHURCH Jan 18th 1pm

Join us for sledding. We’ll enjoy a day off from school together sliding down the hills followed by some hot chocolate. Bring a sled and a friend. If there is not enough snow, there will be indoor games provided.

ADULT ED: WORSHIP IN CHANGING TIMES

2019 will begin with an exploration of worship through the lens of those things that never change and those things that always change. By exploring how we have faced change in the past, we hope to enlighten our conversation about our current worship practices. This weekend we are holding community conversations on our current worship practices immediately following worship. We will meet in the Fellowship Hall where members of our Worship & Music Committee will facilitate the conversation with questions. The schedule of classes is as follows: Jan. 6 The Word in Worship Jan. 13 Worship as Living Theology Jan. 20 Community Conversations on GSC Worship...

SPECIAL ADULT ED: Theology, The Cross and The Lynching Tree with Rev. Dr. Gentes

Thurs Jan. 17th-Feb. 20th 9:30-11am or 7-8:30pm Zumbro Lutheran Church Martin Luther says that one deserves to be called a theologian when they “comprehend the visible and manifest things of God seen through suffering and the cross.” Despite this, Lutherans, along with the whole of white American Christianity, has done little to connect the dots between the suffering of their savior and the suffering of their black neighbor. This failure, according to James Cone, puts in jeopardy “the credibility and promise of the Christian gospel and the hope that we may heal the wounds of racial violence that continue to divide our churches and our society.” Join Rev. Dr. Carl-Eric Gentes for 6 weeks as he guides you through a reading of James Cone’s The Cross and the Lynching Tree in conversation with Luther’s Theology of the Cross. This journey will lead from necessary truth-telling to resurrection hope as we grapple with our racist past and seek healing for ourselves and our communities. This class is being offered in collaboration with Zumbro Lutheran Church. The book can be ordered from any online...

HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER TRIP: WE ARE GOING TO MONTANA! JULY 21-26

Info Meeting: Jan. 6 @ 9:00am Current 8th-12th graders are invited to go on an adventure! Join Pastor Carl-Eric for a week at Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp near Glacier National Park in Montana. We will spend the week doing a backpack overnight, serving others, and whitewater rafting. Preliminary deposits of $100 will be due at the end of Jan. There will be a brief informational meeting preceding worship at 9:00 am on Jan. 6th to learn more about the trip and discuss travel plans...