eblast 5.22.15

Friday May 22 2015
May Services
May 23   Saturday 5:00 pm
May 24   Sunday Service 10 am
May 30   No Saturday Service – Fifth Sunday
May 31   Sunday Service 10 am
GSLC Council Meeting Synopsis May 14, 2015
  • A new GSLC Procedures and Guidelines Document has been completed.
  • Lin Baker, our new office manager has completed her first week of work on her own and is doing a fine job getting in sync with all of her duties.
  • Safety & Security Taskforce presented a proposal for some updates to GSLC.
  • New WiFi will be installed soon throughout the church with the help of the Technology Taskforce.
  • Stewardship Stories will be presented at services throughout the summer.
  • Council is seeking a Project Manager to lead a proposal for a sanctuary renovation including screens, sound, lighting, worship space and a personnel group to run the new technology once it is approved and work is completed.
Let’s Help We Care Arts! 
For the month of May, the Dayton Mall is supporting We Care Arts through their Big Heart campaign. When you buy a Love Lock for $5, 100% of your donation goes to  Wee Care! You will be entered in a Grand Prize drawing for a Private Painting Party for up to 10 people, compliments of Pinot’s Palette. On May 30, you can paint your own design of love on your padlock, thanks again to our partner, Pinot’s Palette!
Car Concern
One of our Christmas Adopt a Family participants called to ask if any one in the congregation would know of a full size car/SUV that she could buy for very little money.
If anyone knows of an available vehicle call Mary Ann Sauer.
Graduation Sunday
Good Shepherd is proud of each graduate honored last Sunday. Congratulations Graduates!  Well Done!
High School
Kelly Hartmann ~ Fairmont
Allison Leatherman ~ Fairmont
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College
Aimee Connelly ~ Capital University
Amy Hartmann ~ Capital University
Kate Hufnagle~Bowling Green State University
Kevin LaVoy
Benjamin Newell
Coming This Summer to Good Shepherd
Amazing Grace Daycamp!
Sunday July 26 through Friday July 31
At  Amazing Grace Day Camp, campers (grades 1-7) learn about Jesus, meet new friends, make crafts, play games, and more – all within a fun and safe environment. Day Camp is free.  Lunch and Snacks are provided.  We need you to join us in this a exciting Ministry!  As a volunteer, you will be part of a joint effort between the Southern Ohio Synod and Lutheran Outdoor Ministries in Ohio (LOMO). Together, we can provide an excellent resource for outreach where there is little summer programming for children, many of whom have no church affiliation.  This may be the best (or often only) opportunity for them to hear the message of Jesus. Prayerfully consider volunteering whether you’re available the entire week, a few days, or just a few hours.  You will make a difference!  Interested in helping?  Contact Don Bennett.
More information about this ‘Amazing’  camp coming soon!

eBlast 4.2.15

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
    MAUNDY THURSDAY – TONIGHT – St. Paul – 7:00 pm
GOOD FRIDAY – Good Shepherd Lutheran Church – 7:00 pm
    EASTER VIGIL – Lutheran Church of Our Savior – 7:00 pm

EASTER SUNDAY SCHEDULE
 8:30 am            Traditional Service
 9:00-10:30 am  Pancake Breakfast
11:00 am           Contemporary Service
Easter Pancake Breakfast – Please join us on Easter Sunday between services for a hearty breakfast and a chance to continue your Easter Sunday celebration. We will serve breakfast from 9:00 and 10:30 am. We will be using Paula Bennett’s “scratch recipe” – so the pancakes should be delicious!
Neighbor-to-Neighbor Food Pantry THIS Sunday – Be generous with your donations of food to the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Food Pantry this Sunday April 5. Any type of non-perishable food items, or a cash donation, is very much appreciated. This food pantry serves a large area of Kettering and is always in need of your support.
Thank You from Pastor! Thank you all for the birthday wishes and the cake at last week’s carry-in. It was a wonderful weekend of celebration. Thank you for helping me go into this last year of my 30’s with a lot of celebration.
Pastor On Vacation Next Week – Pastor Jamie will be on vacation from Monday April 6 through Tuesday April 14. Contact the church office or Don for any needs that may arise in Jamie’s absence.

Passion & Palm Sunday 4.29.15

Have you ever noticed how difficult it is to imagine a future all that different from the past? We somehow get stuck in patterns of behavior and eventually come to believe that our past performance isn’t simply a predictor of our future behavior but rather its guarantee. And so the older we grow the less open the future seems and more ominous the past looms in our lives.

The key to all of this, recent psychological research tells us, is story. Because the past isn’t simply the past, it’s our interpreted past. The past, in short, is the story we’ve told ourselves about the past. Which is why two siblings can have the same alcoholic parent and yet interpret that fact – and their similar pasts – quite differently and thereby walk into distinct futures.

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eBlast 3.27.15

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAMIE!!!! Saturday March 28
Combined Service THIS Sunday – There will be one combined worship service at 10:00 am on Passion/Palm Sunday March 29 followed by a Fellowship Meal. There will be no Saturday Evening Service on March 28. There will also be no Saturday Evening Service on April 4 because of the Easter Vigil Service at LCOS at 7:00 pm on that day.
 
Carry-in Luncheon – Be sure to stay for lunch after the Palm Sunday service Sunday March 29. Bring a dish to share. Drinks and table serve will be provided. 
 
Lenten Schedule – LCOS – Lutheran Church of Our Savior – GSLC – Good Shepherd Lutheran Church – St. Paul 
April 2 Maundy Thursday – St. Paul Worship 7 pm
April 3 Good Friday – GSLC Worship 7 pm
April 4 Easter Vigil – LCOS Worship 7 pm
 
Easter Sunday Schedule – April 5
 8:30 am     Traditional Worship Service
 9:00-10:30 am – Pancake Breakfast
11:00 am    Contemporary Worship Service
 
Easter Pancake Breakfast – Please join us on Easter Sunday between services for a hearty breakfast and a chance to continue your Easter Sunday celebration. We will serve breakfast from 9:00 and 10:30 am. We will be using Paula Bennett’s “scratch recipe” – so the pancakes should be extraordinary!

Being Involved or Being Committed 3.22.15

INTRODUCTION
When thinking about all this covenant talk through Lent and formulating an intro for today. I have a few weddings coming up and been meeting with the couples which also had me thinking about the difference between being involved in a relationship and being committed in a relationship.

I remembered a conversation my brother and I had last fall when he was going through his divorce. He was telling me he wished his wife had the commitment that he had when he got his tattoos.

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Being Involved or Being Committed 3.22.15 Podcast

Find out how tattoos help us understand the difference between being involved vs. being committed.

eBlast 3.20.15

Wil Johnston’s 90th Birthday – Please join us on Sunday March 22 as we celebrate Wil’s 90th birthday. We congratulate Wil on a wonderful, long life and hope for good health in the years to come.
Lent Schedule for 2015
March 25 Mid Week 5 – LCOS Soup 6 pm – Worship 7 pm
April 2 Maundy Thursday – St. Paul Worship 7 pm
April 3 Good Friday – GSLC Worship 7 pm
April 4 Easter Vigil – LCOS Worship 7 pm
Easter Sunday Schedule at GSLC
8:30 am     Traditional Worship Service
11:00 am    Contemporary Worship Service
Easter Pancake Breakfast – Please join us between services for a hearty breakfast and a chance to continue your Easter Sunday celebration. We will serve breakfast from 9:00 and 10:30 am.
Combined Service on March 29 – There will be one combined worship service at 10:00 am on Passion/Palm Sunday March 29 followed by a Fellowship Meal. There will be no Saturday Evening Service on March 28. There will also be no Saturday Evening Service on April 4 because of the Easter Vigil Service at LCOS at 7:00 pm on that day.

“Jesus Saves” Sermon 3.15.15

INTRODUCTION
Good vs Evil/ God vs Satan, why does God allow evil things to happen? One thing our Scripture tells us is that God does not remove evil. God offers a solution to the crisis of evil, a means of salvation. God did not save the Israelites by taking the serpents away. The Israelites were saved by faith in God’s ability to save them. Some people face enormous hardship in life. It is faith that sees them through such struggles.

Speaking of faith, I want to start today with another man named Abraham that was not in the Bible…Abraham Lincoln. History records:

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eBlast 3.13.15

Lent Schedule for 2015 – LCOS – Lutheran Church of Our Savior – GSLC – Good Shepherd Lutheran Church – St. Paul
March 18 Mid Week 4 – St. Paul Soup 6 pm – Worship 7 pm
March 25 Mid Week 5 – LCOS Soup 6 pm – Worship 7 pm
April 2 Maundy Thursday – St. Paul Worship 7 pm
April 3 Good Friday – GSLC Worship 7 pm
April 4 Easter Vigil – LCOS Worship 7 pm
 
Jeremiah’s Letter – THISSunday March 15 is Jeremiah’s Letter Sunday. Please consider donating any of the following items to Jeremiah’s Letter: sheets (all sizes, especially queen/full), bath towels, blankets, toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant (full size or trial size), toothpaste, tooth brushes, feminine hygiene products, Depends, razors, shaving cream, denture cleansers and adhesives, back packs, sleeping bags, broth-based soups, canned meat, spaghetti/meatballs, canned fruit or vegetables, cereal, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, and dish soap.
Wil Johnston’s 90th Birthday – Please join us on Sunday March 22 as we celebrate Wil’s 90th birthday. We congratulate Wil on a wonderful, long life and hope for good health in the years to come.

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Rules and Relationships 3.8.15

INTRODUCTION
Whenever I hear people debating the 10 Commandments, and where they belong in our world, I think of the movie Bruce Almighty where Morgan Freeman plays God who gives his power over to Jim Carrey’s character (Bruce) because Bruce is critical of the job God is doing and thinks he can do better.

It starts with Bruce having a midlife crisis. He feels like he’s not being rewarded for the work he does giving the News. Through the beginning of the movie Bruce recognizes God for who he is, in this movie appearing as a janitor, and acts like being God would be easy. So God gives Bruce the power to make all the decisions. This doesn’t start out well and Bruce is abusing his power to move up in the News world to be anchor like he thinks he deserves.

At one point in the movie Bruce is having trouble keeping up with everyone’s prayers; first he tries paper files and he can’t move in his apartment, then he tries post-it notes and everything is covered over including the dog, and then he decides to make a prayer email system called “Yahweh”. He makes a valiant effort to answer them that way but they just keep coming in. So he decides to reply to all of them at once and grant everyone’s prayers and wishes.

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