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.
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Spiritual Life Inventory
Good Shepherd is one of a small number of congregation’s in the ELCA who has been invited by Luther Seminary, the Lily Foundation, and the Western North Dakota Synod to complete a “Spiritual Life Inventory.” This survey will help leaders of our church better understand our members spiritual life and importance of church engagement. It can be taken online at the link below or completed from the printed surveys in the Narthex.
Singers and Musicians Welcome to Join the Christmas Cantata Choir
Preparation has begun for the Christmas Cantata. Weekly choir rehearsal will begin Tuesday, November 6 in the Sanctuary. Rehearsals will occur weekly from 5:00-6:00 pm. The choral books and voice specific rehearsal CDs are in the rack outside the office. The Christmas Cantata will be shared with the congregation Saturday, December 8th during the 5:00 pm service and Sunday, December 9th during the 8:30 am, 9:45 am and 11:00 am services. Come join the fun!
Fall Social on Sunday, November 18
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm in the Lynne Center
Stop by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church for the Fall Social THIS Sunday. We will have movies playing, games available, and delicious soup and chili. A free will donation will be accepted, and volunteers are needed (sign up on the youth ministries web page). We hope you can join us – and don’t forget, cinnamon and caramel rolls will be for sale that morning to support our youth ministries!
Support the Youth Silent Auction THIS Weekend!
Our confirmation families have donated beautiful baskets to be shared in a silent auction at this Saturday and Sunday’s worship and Fall Social. These baskets include gift cards and all kinds of goodies! You are welcome to place a bid on any item you may be interested in. The top bid will be chosen for the basket, with all proceeds supporting Good Shepherd Youth Ministries.
Donate A Poinsettia
Honor a loved one this Christmas by purchasing a poinsettia in their honor. To purchase, please bring a check to the church office and specify how you would like your greeting or remembrance worded in the bulletin. After the service on December 25th, you may take your poinsettia home with you. The deadline to purchase is December 14th with a cost of $8 per poinsettia.
Valley View Heights Christmas Project
Valley View Heights (VVH) Assisted Living at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center is seeking donations for a special Christmas project for its tenants. VVH staff provides gifts for each tenant in a stocking every morning on the twelve days leading up to Christmas. Some potential ideas include: hot chocolate packets, eye glass cleaning clothes, hand sanitizer, lotions, decks of cards, etc. Please contact Stephanie Hayden or Kaitlyn Green at 701-221-3018 if you would like to contribute or have any questions.
WELCA Christmas Event
WHEN: November 29th at 11:30 am
WHERE: Lynne Center
WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO: Fun, Fun, Fun
-Bring a Salad and Salad Recipe (Salad Luncheon & Recipe Exchange)
-Decorate the Lynne Center Tree
-Arts and Crafts – Demonstrations
-Bring Christmas Wrapped Gift for Missouri Slope Residents
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church members will be given the opportunity to give back to the local and global communities during this 2018 Advent Season. A Christmas tree will be in the Narthex beginning Saturday, November 24th with angel tags. Members are asked to select a tag, purchase what you choose from the angel tag, gift wrap what you purchase unless tag otherwise stated and return to the church office no later than Friday, December 14th at 3:00pm. Members may also choose a Good Gift Ornament. The ornaments represent gifts of ten dollars for chicks up to five hundred dollars for a cow. These gifts are examples of work being done in projects and programs supported by funds from the ELCA. To give to The Good Gift Ornaments project go online @ www.ELCA.org/goodgifts or request an order form from Wendy in the church office.
Even if you are not a Stephen Leader or a Stephen Minister, you play an important role in our Stephen Ministry. Our Stephen Ministers need your prayerful support as they confidentially meet with their care receivers every week. Our Stephen Leaders also need your help in identifying people who might benefit from a Stephen Ministry relationship. If you see a friend, co-worker, neighbor, relative or someone else who could use some extra Christian care, tell that person about our Stephen Ministry and get their permission to refer him or her to a Stephen Leader. (Claire Lorinser 595-1292, Toni Daede 426-5685, Mark Kamphuis 471-1979, or Beverly Sandness 527-6001).
Do you want to stay in touch with GSLC while you are away? Stop by the office, or give us a call, and share your location and the dates you will be gone.