Christmas Message from ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton shares her 2018 Christmas message. We are free to greet this holy season knowing that Christ’s cradle defeats the grave. Life and healing and hope come to us in the child in the manger. (Text available under video.) “Christmas comes at a descending time. The old year is coming to an end, the new year is not yet here. It is too late to accomplish goals set on the previous New Year’s Day, and just enough time to realize that whatever shape or state you are in will be the shape or state in which you end the year. There is a hefty dose of “what-might-have-been.” In the Northern Hemisphere the trees are bare, fields are barren, birds have migrated, animals are hibernating, the days are short and the nights are long. The earth’s colors are muted, and when there is snow the world becomes silent. Sometimes during these short days and long nights I find myself thinking about the brevity of life. This conflicts with my tendency to believe that the possibility of self-improvement and renewal is limitless: there is always another day, more time, another chance. I remember watching our first child as she slept in her cradle, thinking about the future before her and, at the same time, the reality that there would be an end. The Ash Wednesday declaration, “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return,” became more pointed and more poignant. The cradle-to-grave progression is our path; the inevitable decline of our strength. “As for mortals, their days are like grass; they flourish like a...

This Christmas Give the Good Gift and All Year Long

ELCA Good Gifts provides more than 50 different gift-giving options that grow the church, fight hunger and transform lives. These gifts, starting at just $10, provide direct support for the churchwide ministries of the ELCA. The resources below – from catalogs to coin banks, bulletin inserts to planning guides – make it easy (and fun!) for your family, your congregation and your community say “goodbye” to traditional gift-giving and “hello” to meaningful gifts that really make a difference in the world. Ready to shop now? Visit the ELCA Good Gifts store and print or order cards to tell loved ones about gifts given in their...

ADVENT & CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS

To enhance our worship experience during Advent and Christmas, GSC will again be adding poinsettias to our seasonal sanctuary décor. You may purchase a poinsettia for this purpose and bring it to your own home after the Christmas Eve service. Many members buy a poinsettia to honor or in memory of a loved one. The price of a plant is $13 and can be placed in the mailbox outside the church office or given to Mike Thilges during his office hours. Please indicate that it is for a poinsettia and include the name of the individual(s) you would like to honor. Your name: _____________________________________________________________________________ # of Poinsettias ________ In memory of: ___________________________________________________________________________ In honor of:...

GRANDPARENT SHOWER FOR PASTOR CHARLIE&CINDY – TUES DEC 18

Please join us as we celebrate first time grandparents, Pastor Charlie and Cindy with a Grandparent Shower on Tues Dec 18th from 4-6 pm in the Fellowship Hall. The program and meal is being hosted by the Monday Night Women’s Bible Study and is open to the congregation. Please contact one of the following via e-mail, phone or text if you plan to attend (helps in planning for the meal) and/or if you would like to contribute to a group gift: Gaylene Ryan at imryan1@charter.net or 507-951-2065; Lynda Hyberger at 507-951-7306; or Mary Christiansen at gsc-mec@usfamily.net or 507-259-7127 (phone #...

DEDICATION OF STAINED GLASS WINDOWS – SUN 12/23

Join us Sun Dec 23rd after the 9:30am service for fellowship, sweets, and coffee as we celebrate the dedication of the beautiful stained glass windows in memory of our special friend, Paul Mainz. Joleen and family will be present and look forward to the opportunity to share memories and visit with...

REG OPEN! Intergenerational Event Third Annual Family Retreat Sat-Sun Feb 2-3

Join other GSC families for a Sat-Sun Feb 2-3 retreat filled with fun and spiritual growth for the whole family. It is a great 24 hr experience to grow in faith as a family, as individuals, and a community at Good Earth Village. Parents get adult time, children get kid time, families get family time, and everyone gets God time. Cost is $75 per family. Covers three meals, lodging in hotel-like accommodations, and recruitment of Good Earth Village counselors. Contact the church office to sign...

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...

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...

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