"Help!"
 
This Sunday, we will hear readings related to Jesus as the Good Shepherd, and we will hear this word, "help," two ways:

1. A cry for help. We rejoice in Jesus' promise to respond when we are in need. We give thanks that he watches out for us, guides us, protects us, helps us, even lays down his life for us. This is a great comfort and an indescribable gift. 
2. A calling to help. On Good Shepherd Sunday, Jesus call us to BE good shepherds too. Jesus gives us a model for leadership that is different than what we see, most often, from our world's powerful leaders. We, too, are called to care for those who are most vulnerable, to search for those who are lost, to give ourselves in service to others. This week, I heard theologian Stanley Hauerwas speak, and he summed it up in a few short words, "Jesus has a body. We're it." 
 
A calling and a cry. We help others, shepherd others, as we are able, knowing that when we falter or fail or fall, Jesus our Good Shepherd will be there for us, every time. May this week be green pastures and still waters for you, friends, and if you find yourself in a valley, may the Shepherd be your guide, this week and always.
 
Peace be with you,
Pr. Marsha

Sunday's Readings
Acts 4:5-12
Psalm 23
1 John 3:16-24
John 10:11-18

Penny Wars have begun!  Bring in your pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, bills and checks to support the orphans of Mnene parish. Remember to put only the pennies in the jar of the team that you are pulling for; all other donations go in the jar of the team you are pulling against.

While it may be hard to believe, our summer sermon series starts in just over a month. Check out this year's topics and resources.

Via de Cristo Community Gathering (Ultreya) - Saturday, April 21, 12:00-3:00 pm in Fellowship Hall  - If you have not been to a Via de Cristo (VdC) weekend but want to learn more, this is a great opportunity. If you have been on a weekend, you are invited to bring a dish to share. All are welcome!  Contact Jeff Dozer  with questions.

Worship on Wednesdays (WOW) - Wednesday, April 25, 5:15-6:00 pm, Fellowship Hall - This monthly worship service is geared towards families with small children, but all are welcome! Join us for pizza at 5:15 pm followed by a family-friendly worship at 5:30-6:00 pm.

GSLC Coffeehouse - Friday, April 27, 7:00-8:30 pm, Fellowship Hall -New volunteers are needed at this evening of live music, dinner and fellowship for adults of all abilities since many of our regular helpers are out of town. No experience required. To sign up, email coffeehouse@gslchurch.org.

Baptismal Seminar -  Monday, April 30, 6:00-7:00 pm, Library -  If you are considering baptism at Good Shepherd, make plans to attend this seminar. For more information, contact Pr. Tim.

Mark Your Calendars: Charitable Giving & the New Tax Law - Sunday, May 6, 12:00-12:45 pm, Underwood West -  Join Kristen Hoyle, CPA for an overview of the impact of the new tax law on charitable donations. Kristen will share helpful tips and will be available to answer your questions. Sponsored by the Stewardship Team; refreshments will be provided.

Acolyte Training & Refresher - Sunday, May 6, 12:00-1:00 pm, Sanctuary -  Get ready to be trained or refreshed on the responsibilities, movements, and all things acolyte! Anyone 6 years and older is welcome, including parents who are interested in serving with their youth. Pizza will be provided, so let the church office know that you are coming.

OWLs (Older, Wiser Lutherans) Feedback Wanted   The ministry formerly know as SAM has been renamed OWLs. Everything that SAM supported will continue under OWLs as it is simply a change-of-name. Whether you consider yourself a senior adult or not, if you identify as a "older" and/or "wiser," you are welcome to participate in any of the offerings. The OWL team would like your feedback about fellowship events. Take the survey  HERE

More information about upcoming events is available in  this week's bulletin announcements .

Health and Healing  for Marge Franck, mother of Bruce Franck; and Camille Franck, uncle of Bruce Franck.

For the Orphans of Mnene Parish, including Zaranyika Zhou and Lindiwe Maseko.

Zaran is 25 years old and is enrolled at Midlands State University, working towards a degree in Geography & Environmental Studies.  Last winter he completed his attachment (internship) and is back at MSU working to complete his degree.  He and his brother Zvido joined our support program several years ago when their father was killed in an accident.  Last summer he spent time with our 2017 mission team.  His Mail For Mnene partner is Rosalind Bowling.
 
Lindiwe will be 23 this summer.  She was one of our first Mnene support program college graduates, receiving her degree in Theology & Religious Studies from Midlands State University!  She is applying for a Master's Degree scholarship at a theological school in South Africa.  She visited with our 2017 mission team and expressed her gratitude to GSLC with these words, "I did not know it but there was something missing from my life. It was Good Shepherd.  After entering the GSLC support program, my rise was so fast.  Our lives (the orphans') are a testimony - unbelievable!"  Her Mail For Mnene partners are the Sloman & Rivera families.


Visit the Wittenberg Information Center in the Narthex for photos of this week's orphans and  more information on the Mnene Ministry.

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