November Church Library Book Drive

November Church Library Book Drive

Ways to Donate The Good Shepherd Church Library will hold a drive for new books from November 1-18, 2016. If you would like to donate to this wonderful ministry, please consider a financial donation or purchasing a new book or dvd for the library. Need ideas for what to purchase? Visit our Amazon.com Wishlist where you’ll find titles for children, teens, adults, bible studies, and large print books to purchase.   Book Bag Drawing Donors to the Good Shepherd Church Library book drive can enter their names into a drawing to win a beautiful book bag sewn from the same fabrics used in the library makeover. Entries are located on the donation table in the library. Please fill out one entry per book or $5 donation. The drawing will be held at the library movie night on November 18. Thank you everyone for your support of the church library!...
Church in Society: Discerning God’s Will

Church in Society: Discerning God’s Will

Over the last couple months, the Social Ministry Committee (the one that oversees the Crib Ministry, Sharing Tree, Dorothy Day House, and Minnesota FoodShare month) has had multiple smaller conversations about our role and calling in a world of increasing racial and religious tension, tensions that only often make worse the trials of economic instability. Many people at Good Shepherd Church know us historically as a community that serves. While the need to serve is still great, we must ask how we can build relationships with those not like us. How do we form relationships built on mutual appreciation and concern for our world and neighbor? How might we serve with and alongside a community that becomes more and more not like us every day? As part of embracing these questions, our committee is entertaining a return to old language that more fully speaks to our call and hopes of what God is doing. What does it mean to you to know that we are “Church IN Society?” To this end we encourage you to participate in this conversation. Help us discern what God is calling us to do and how we should put this call into practice. Our next meeting is Thursday, October 20, 2016, at 6:00pm. We hope to build from this first meeting into other opportunities as we look to the future and new pastoral leadership. If you cannot attend but wish to contribute to the conversation, please be in contact with me. In peace, Pastor Carl-Eric...

Palm Sunday Intergenerational Event

The Sunday School students invite members of the congregation to an event on Sunday, March 19, 2016, from 9:15-10:15am. We welcome attendees to bring donated items for the Ronald McDonald House. We also plan to make cards for the residents of the house to help brighten their stay. This event will take place instead of Sunday School. All are welcome! The following items are currently on the needs list for The Ronald McDonald House: K cups (regular and decaf) Individual sweetener packets Healthy snacks (wrapped individually) Fruit snacks Dry cereal Disinfecting wipes 3 and 5 oz Dixie cups 13 gallon garbage bags re-sealable sandwich bags plastic food storage containers plastic spoons...
Interests & Skills Assessment

Interests & Skills Assessment

Share With Us Your Skills & Interests In lieu of Time & Talent sheets this year, we have created a survey to assess the interests and skills of our congregation members and regular attenders. This survey reflects roles and skills necessary for our ongoing efforts in worship, music, volunteering, etc. Selecting a skill or interest does not necessarily imply that you will serve, or that you will be asked to serve. You can discuss availability and specifics at any time. What Are My Spiritual Gifts? If you are unsure of your spiritual gifts prior to taking our assessment, use either of the following resources to help you identify or clarify your spiritual gifts: Spiritual Gifts Assessment Tool – an electronic survey; complete online and see results immediately Gifts For You: Opening Your Spiritual Gifts – a PDF of the same survey; print, complete, and tally your own answers Making Connections Beyond the desire to know and identify skill sets within our congregation for our day-to-day needs, we also want to connect our members through existing or newly developed interests and skills. The results of this survey will be incorporated into our Simple Church database, so that any member can search for anyone who has expressed a particular interest. Imagine wanting to start a service opportunity around animals. Now imagine being able to search our database to quickly find people interested in animals—and then directly contact them by email or phone. Up-to-Date Interests change or develop over time. You can submit new answers to the survey. We will periodically update the database to more accurately reflect the changing interests of our congregation. The Sum of...

Calling All Volunteers!

Volunteers Already in Action Do you volunteer your time outside of Good Shepherd? Do you help at Mayo, or the schools, or other community organizations? If so, we want to know about it. Service Opportunities During Lent We are preparing a service blitz during Lent, but before we create new opportunities we want to know about what you already do. We are particularly interested in those of you that volunteer on a regular basis. We want to know what you do and when you do it. We also want to know if its an activity that would welcome people joining you even if its only one person. Contact Pastor Carl-Eric to share where you volunteer, and stay alert for upcoming announcements about our Lenten...
3rd Annual Bake Sale to Benefit Rochester Women’s Shelter – 2015

3rd Annual Bake Sale to Benefit Rochester Women’s Shelter – 2015

Join Good Shepherd members Amber and Amanda Torvund on November 21 (5-7:30pm) & 22 (8am-12:30pm), 2015, for a bake sale to benefit the Rochester Women’s Shelter. Amber and Amanda are looking for volunteers willing to donate baked goods. A sign-up sheet will be posted in the narthex. Please drop off baked goods on Saturday, November 21, by 4:00pm, or on Sunday, November 22, between 7:30 and 8:00am. If you are unable to make either of these dates but would like to donate please contact Rhonda Torvund to make arrangements. Please support this great cause and get some wonderful treats for your Thanksgiving Day...

Sunday School Offering

Children will have an opportunity to offer help to those in need this year through the purchase of farm animals to support families and communities served by ELCA World Hunger and the ELCA Good Gifts program. Collections will be taken during the Sunday School opening session. You can learn more about these Good Gifts...

September Interfaith Home Building & Visual Arts Project

In support of Habitat for Humanity’s plan to bring teams of people from different faith communities together to assist in a September Interfaith home building and Visual Arts project, please consider sharing your time and skills in a faith-based response to poverty and substandard housing. In collaboration with People of Hope Church, we are looking for several volunteers who are willing to help with framing, foundation work, and build day meals. Other gifts in support of this event, like money and visual art, are also requested. In memory of 9/11, interfaith home building will be done on three days in September specifically: Tuesday September 8 Thursday, September 10 Saturday, September 12 There will be two overlapping 4-hour shifts per day: 9am-1pm 12pm-4pm At the conclusion of the build event a potluck celebration involving volunteers and the Habitat Families will feature visual art contributions that illustrate how our faith traditions encourage service to those in need and/or that reflect the impact of interfaith collaboration. If you want to help, or need more information, please add your name to the Interfaith Build Sign-up sheet at the activities desk in the GSC narthex by August 9, 2015, or contact Tim...

Pop Tabs for the Ronald McDonald House

Just a reminder that Maddie Sheehan is still collecting pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald house as a part of her confirmation process. If you are able to help Maddie out, just bring your tabs to the church and drop them off in the small house labeled “Ronald McDonald...
May Book Drive

May Book Drive

During the month of May, our Social Ministry Team is sponsoring a Book Drive to support Ben Franklin Elementary School‘s summer reading program. The donated books will allow Ben Franklin staff to provide summer reading materials to children who may not otherwise have access to books. See the display in the Narthex. We will collect new or gently used books until May 23, 2015. Suggested kinds of books: reading grade level K-5th grade early chapter books comic books even picture...