Pastor’s Letter Messenger Oct 2018 Part I – Lessons & Promises

Lessons for Life and Promises from the Gospel That’s the title I would assign to our 2018 Fall Stewardship emphasis.  Lessons and promises sound like more than traditional preaching, and in all actuality, it is. Preaching is about being filled with promised grace, lessons are part of a deeper learning to accompany these promises. This fall we have experienced a different form of preaching in worship, a format that calls upon us to engage more deeply with the promises of the gospel.  Yes, it has meant a slight change in our liturgy, but it’s meant to enhance engagement with the gospel promises through learning and responding.  I pray it is, or becomes, a meaningful reception of grace for you as we continue through the fall. Our Stewardship plan this fall has folded into five Sundays of lessons and promises. This combination is occurring through readings, singing, a video, preaching, meditation, sharing, and praying.  The Lessons and Promises topics for these 5 weeks are: Promise Legacy Ambition Capacity Essence Come ready to learn, to engage your hearts and minds, and to receive grace. In worship on November 3rd and 4th we invite you to celebrate this grace, perhaps with new meanings by looking ahead to 2019 with God’s promises deeply embedded in our hearts. See you in worship, Pastor...

Pastor’s Letter Messenger Oct 2018 Part II – Retirement Social Group

Something Newer for Our Loved Ones – Older I have a dream for something new at Good Shepherd Lutheran for those living in the age of retirement. My dream is a gathering of people during the day to eat together, to be enlightened together, to play together, and to be blessed. If you look at the attached calendar you will find on October 18th, at 12:00 noon A GATHERING WITHOUT A NAME.  I encourage you to put this date and time on your calendar if you are retired and looking for a reason to get together with your church friends (I need your help to discover a NAME for this group and gathering). Why?  Because I hear people asking for a middle of the day social gathering for folks who don’t work and don’t like to drive after dark to evening church events.  I’ve also received several requests to discuss faith related topics that pertain specifically to the lives of folks beyond retirement age. There are numerous options for topics to discuss and I’m eager to hear from you, and to plan future gatherings with all those who can come. I’ll provide sub sandwiches and beverages for our first gathering along with a program to enjoy. And one last thing, think about a name for this group, because we don’t want to confuse ourselves or others as THE GROUP WITHOUT A NAME. I hope to see you here, Pastor...

Time and Talents Fair Nov 3&4

Our Stewardship committee is asking for your help to join us on Pledge Weekend (November 3&4) by being a part of a “Time and Talents Fair.” What we are envisioning is each group putting together a display and/or demonstration of what your group does and be available to answer questions both Saturday night and Sunday after worship and hopefully get interested members to sign up. We hope this will be something fun — use your imagination and creativity to get attention. As an added incentive, (and to make it a little more interesting) two anonymous donors have committed to awarding a first and second prize for the two best displays. This award is in the form of a contribution to a local charity in honor of your group. If your group is willing to participate, let me know by October 20th so we can plan a layout of tables or spaces for your displays. We hope as many of you as possible will be willing to participate. If you have questions you can contact me by return e-mail or give me (Judy Wasser) a call at 507-285-0953.Your Stewardship Committee,Jen Woodford, Joleen Mainz, Gene Harnack, Dave Jasperson, Judy Wasser, Pastor Charlie...

IHN Hosting Oct 14-20

An opportunity for you to help homeless families staying at GSLC as they proceed toward self-sufficiency and into their own home. To be good hosts for these guests, volunteers are needed to Drive, Cook, Be Social Hosts, and help Set Up and Take Down of the guest rooms. Sign up is in the Narthex or contact Rudy...

All Saints Sunday Nov 4th

We will celebrate All Saints on Sat Nov 3rd and Sun Nov 4th at all worship services. Each member of our church who has died to Christ in this past year and all those baptized into Christ will be remembered by calling out their name and ringing of a bell. This is a special day to remember all saints in God’s light. If you wish to have a loved one who is not a member of our church named, please contact the church office by Fri Nov...

GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH WORSHIP ON THE GO! september 1-2, 2018

Welcome to Worship on the Go! It is Summer and we at Good Shepherd Luther Church know that this means many of our community may be traveling. But just because you are traveling doesn’t mean you can’t worship with us. Wherever you are and whenever you can find the time, we encourage you to take 15 min to worship God and speak the good news of God’s gracious love into the world. Things you will need: Water, this Bulletin (digital or paper), optional candle (real or app). Following the practice of good order, if there is more than one worshiper, divide the parts of the service up amongst those gathered. Use the bulletin as a resource and follow the worship order below. Songs of your choice can be added as the Spirit moves you. After you are done take a selfie and tell us where you worshiped and any other news you’d like to share about your worship by posting it to Facebook. You can either post it to the GSC Facebook site or tag GSC by writing in your post “@Good Shepherd Lutheran Church” Light the Candle      Thanksgiving for Baptism    ELW p. 97 With the water get wet either by dipping your finger in the water or splashing each other. Blessed be the holy Trinity, + one God, the fountain of living water, the rock who gave us birth, our light and our salvation. Amen. Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism, we are clothed with God’s mercy and forgiveness. Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism. We give you thanks, O God, for in...