Good Shepherd News
Check in often to read about the latest happenings and upcoming events at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. For information about youth events, please the Youth Ministries section.
Prayers Of God’s People
SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
The Church Council of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church hereby calls for a SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CONGREGATION to be held on Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 12:15 p.m. in the Lynne Center for the purpose of extending a call to Rev. Dr. Julie Anderson to serve as Associate Pastor of Congregational Life & Pastor Care.
Thank You Call Committee!
As we look forward to our upcoming Special Congregational Meeting on September 30, 2018, we celebrate the work of our Call Committee. Please thank them for serving on our congregation’s behalf during the call process. Dr. Brian Jesperson (Chairperson), Vanessa Hoines, Duane Bergeson, Toni Daede, Stephanie Falcon, Greg McDonald, Peder Gulleson (staff liaison), Kathy Torske, and Claudia Kubal (Church Council liaison).
Calling Those Passionate About Serving Others!
We are looking to host another Financial Peace University in late September – early October! It has proven to be successful, well received, and an important part of our mission. The class meets once a week for about 2 hours and runs for 9 weeks. If you are interested in becoming a coordinator, but need additional information, you can call the office and talk to Melanie, 701-255-1001 or email Melanie@goodshepherdbismarck.com.
Anyone interested in preserving history? The WELCA Board is looking for someone to organize and preserve the history of WELCA and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. The pay and benefits aren’t good, but the WELCA ladies will be forever in your debt. Please contact Pollie Reule at 220-7327 if you would like to help with preserving the history of the church.
Ruth Circle will be putting together school kits for those in need overseas. Because of your support, we have been able to send hundreds of school kits! We are asking for the congregation’s help once again!
Each kit we send includes:
*4 spiral notebooks (wide or college ruled)
*1 blunt scissor
*1 ruler with centimeter on one side, inches on the other.
*5 new unsharpened pencils (we have a lot of those as of now)
*5 ballpoint pens
*1 box of 16-24 crayons
*1 pencil sharpener
*1 2 1/2 inch eraser
Thank you for your past support!! Children all over the world appreciate you!
New Member Classes Coming
There are two options for new member classes. The first will be on Thursdays, September 27th and October 4th, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm and the second will be Saturday, October 6th, 9:00 am to noon in the Lynne Center. Attendance is encouraged. The classes cover church history, beliefs, mission, opportunities for involvement, information sources, introductions to program staff, pastors and a tour of the church. Classes are unique to Good Shepherd whether you have been a Lutheran your whole life or new to the faith. For more information, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Wendy at 701-255-1001. New Members will be received the weekend of October 13th and 14th or Wednesday, October 17th at the worship service of your choice.
Good Shepherd will be hosting The Banquet on Tuesday, September 25. There are sign-up sheets in the Narthex for workers and donation of bars. A new feature to the sign-up sheets includes Prayer Partners: one male and one female. This opportunity is provided for anyone attending The Banquet who wants someone to pray with. The only spots available on sign-up sheets are Prayer Partners. These volunteers are as important as workers and the donation of bars. If this is one of your gifts please consider signing up. Thank you for your continued support in this ministry. Good Shepherd will be serving one more Banquet this year, the Thanksgiving meal on November 15. If you have any questions, please call Wendy at the church office 255-1001 or Sharon Heilman at 425-3761.
Prayer Partners Needed at the Banquet
The Banquet is hosted each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday with many weeks over 900 meals being served. We are a growing ministry and expect to add many more meals each week as cooler weather approaches. As The Banquet continues to grow, our need to consistently have people assisting with prayer needs becomes more apparent. We are presently looking for prayer individuals or teams for each serving day at The Banquet. Please keep The Banquet in your prayers and consider serving during the months of September and October. Please contact Jim Barnhardt, Board Chairman of The Banquet, at 701-226-4524 if you would like to be a part of this ministry.
Banquet Serving Dates:
Tuesday, Sept. 25 5:30-7:00pm
Thursday, Sept. 27 5:30-7:00pm
Saturday, Sept. 29 11:30am-12:30pm
We are searching for musicians to help with music on Sunday mornings during church school sessions 9:45am and 11:00am. If you are interested in helping, please contact Nicole Fehr, Children and Family Ministry Coordinator, at 701-255-1001 or email@example.com.
Little Free Pantry
September is National Feed the Hungry month. The Good Shepherd Little Free Pantry is in need of supplies. The pantry is located outside the north-west doors. All non-perishable food items, personal care and hygiene products, and other necessities are welcome. Stop by anytime you’re in the neighborhood and contribute to this ministry that is grounded in neighbors helping neighbors.
Missouri Slope Bingo!
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is helping with Bingo at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center. We are looking for Bingo prizes for this event. Some ideas of things that could be used as a prize are: lotion, greeting cards, candy, little picture frames, jewelry, etc. Please bring Bingo prizes before October 10th and place them in the Bingo box located in the Narthex.
Free Dental Care Event
If you know anyone needing dental care, free care is available Sept. 28-29 at the Bismarck Event Center. Hundreds of dental professionals are volunteering at the first Mission of Mercy to be held in North Dakota. Care will be provided to anyone who needs it on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 5:30 am both days. The event is hosted by the North Dakota Dental Association and the North Dakota Dental Foundation. Learn more at: smilenorthdakota.org.