Intergenerational Event Faith Chest Building Event Sun Dec 2, 2018 12:30-4:30 PM

Good Shepherd Church provides Faith Chests for each individual baptized at GSC. You are welcome to join the group to help build another batch of Faith Chests. All the materials, equipment and dinner are provided, please join us; no experience necessary and all ages are welcome to attend. Please contact Bart Hanson; 990-1234; hansonbartg@gmail.com if you are interested or have questions. Building location is Chris Anderson’s workshop at 1148 23rd Ave...

Intergenerational Event Family Retreat – Save the Date Feb. 2-3

The date for our 3rd annual Family Retreat is set for Feb 2 to 3. It is a great 24 hr experience to grow in faith as a family, as individuals, and a community at Good Earth Village. Send questions to Pastor Carl-Eric and look for details in the December...

Social Ministry Sharing Tree Nov 24th through Wed Dec 13th

Once again this Advent, Good Shepherd Church will have a Sharing Tree in the narthex. The tree was placed on Nov 24th and is “decorated” with tags that suggest gift wishes for our friends at Zumbro Valley Mental Health and Lutheran Social Services. All gifts should be delivered to the church by Wed, Dec 13th. In past years our GSC family has been very generous and we thank you in advance for your continued...

Intergenerational Event: Mary’s Having a Baby! Baby Shower on Sun Nov 25th!

The Sunday school students invite all members to an event celebrating the first Sunday of Advent on Nov 25th from 9:15 to 10:15 am. We plan to throw a baby shower for Mary and baby Jesus. We are asking attendees to donate new or gently used baby items that we will donate to the Women’s Shelter. We ask that you bring the items unwrapped so that the kids and adults can have fun wrapping and decorating the packages before we present them to Mary. The following are some items the Women’s Shelter is in need of: Diapers (sizes 4,5, and 6),Pull ups (all sizes), Wipes; Sippy cups, bottles, bottle brushes; Baby powder, shampoo, lotion, thermometers; Infant and toddler toys, duplos. This event will take place in lieu of Sunday school that day. Hope to see you all...

All Saints Day Worships

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 the 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 our church office by Fri, Nov...

November Social Ministry Happynings!!

• Channel One Volunteer Day is Sat Nov 3rd. If you want to help others, join this effort by sorting and packaging food for the food bank, sign up now! • SALVATION ARMY Bell Ringing for Christmas begins soon and Good Shepherd Days are Nov 16-17 at two locations. Some time slots are still open and we need to fill all of them. The sign-up clipboard is at the Welcome...

Pastor’s Messenger Letter Nov 2018 – Workout Progress Report

I wrote in the September newsletter that we wanted to give the Word of God a workout, that the Body of Christ needed an exercise plan. To do that we tried something new. We committed to actually talking to each other during worship. We began a practice on discerning together what God was leading us to pray for from our experience of God’s Word in worship. It hasn’t always been fun. I am one who highly doubts that anyone ever really enjoys exercising. I, for one, have never run far enough to feel a runner’s high. But, the more and more we pray together, I am starting to believe such things are possible. Like any exercise routine, it is always encouraging when you start seeing results like lost weight, new range of motion, renewed energy, or reduction of pain. So here is a non-exhaustive list of the results I am seeing from our work together: 1. People openly sharing the struggles and ambiguity of Christian life and finding acceptance and empathy. 2. People praying for unity and civil discourse, then actually acting it out as they discern together what to pray for. 3. My own kids think worship doesn’t seem so boring anymore. 4. Long time members discovering people they’ve never talked to and making faith connections. 5. Visitors walking away feeling connected to our community after one visit. 6. Children offer their prayers right alongside adults. 7. People carrying their prayer conversations into the narthex and out the door and throughout the week. 8. Members who rarely speak or participate in other facets of GSLC, finding a voice...