DEDICATION OF STAINED GLASS WINDOWS

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...

GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN FINANCE UPDATE Year to Date (thru end Nov 2018)

2018 YTD Offerings = $408,182 2018 YTD Expenses = $413,513 (2018) Total Budget = $477,122 GSC faithfully anticipates offerings of $46-$47,000 in Dec to meet our 2018 projected expenses (which are under budget). Our average monthly offerings for 2018 have been $37,107. Additional offerings of $12,288 have been sent directly to local and global hunger...

SOCIAL MINISTRY HAPPYNINGS!! THE CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE

Social Ministry Happynings!! THE CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE effort was greatly supported by this congregation. Zumbro Valley Mental Health and Lutheran Social Services thank you for your love and generosity. THE CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE . . . continues in a new way. You may have noticed this tree is re-decorated with new ornaments. Each ornament names one volunteer opportunity that our ministry needs a little more help with. Take a look at the new decorations and consider if any of these roles are ways you would like to make a gift of yourself to your church. These ornaments are in addition to the many green Time & Talent forms given in...

“Blue Christmas” Sun Dec 16th at 7:00pm

Good Shepherd Church offers a special “Blue Christmas” service on Sun, Dec 16th at 7:00pm. Christmas can be a painful time for some. It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died; it may be a time that has always been difficult. The constant refrain on the radio and television, in shopping malls and churches, about the happiness of the season, about getting together with family and friends, reminds many people of what they have lost or have never had. The anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill health, the pain of isolation – all these can make us feel very alone in the midst of the celebrating and spending. We need the space and time to acknowledge our sadness and concern; we need to know that we are not alone. Our spirits sink, as the days grow shorter. We feel the darkness growing deeper around us. We need encouragement to live the days ahead of us. Come out, and join with us in sharing and hearing prayers, scripture, and music that acknowledge that God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who struggle – and that God’s Word comes to shine light into our darkness. Everyone, regardless of church background (or lack of it) is welcome. The short service will be followed by a brief time for light refreshments and...

UPDATING OUR SYNOD CONSTITUTION

Our Synod Council has been working on updating our Synod Constitution. There will be changes or corrections brought to the 2019 Synod Assembly. A proposed change to a Constitutional Provision needs a 6 month notice to go out to all congregations prior to the assembly for it to be voted on at assembly. The following statement from the synod’s constitution explains this process: “The Synod Council may propose an amendment, with notice to be sent to the congregations of this synod at least six months prior to the next regular meeting of the Synod Assembly.  The synod council is proposing the following change: S8.55 Should the vice president, secretary, or treasurer die, resign, or be unable to serve, the bishop, with the approval of the Executive Committee of the Synod Council, shall arrange for the appropriate care of the responsibilities of the office until an election of a new officer can be held or, in the case of temporary disability, until the officer is able to serve again. The term of the successor officer, elected by the next Synod Assembly, shall be four...

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:...

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