Join us for Worship!
Grace Place Service
every Saturday @ 5 pm in the Sanctuary!

Traditional Service
every Sunday @ 9 am in the Sanctuary!

Contemporary Service
every Sunday @ 11:15 am in the Fellowship Hall!

Live-Streaming will be on Facebook as well.
Links below!
Click on buttons below to be directed to our
Facebook Group and online bulletins.
MASKS: To Wear or Not to Wear, That is the Question...
Concerning Masks During Worship:
As you may have heard, the county mayor did issue an edict calling for people to wear masks in public. Now extended through November.) This was done in response to the recent spike in new COVID-19 cases. The same edict does say that the mayor cannot command the churches to do this based upon the constitution.

However, as has been the case for us all along as we try to cooperate with the governing authorities that God has placed over us according to Romans 13, the leadership team of the church is asking people who attend worship to wear masks for the sake of both yourself and those worshipping with you.

We do understand there are those who cannot wear masks for various reasons. We are asking those people to please sit up front. Just as the distance between the pastor and the people in the front is great enough that the chances of spreading the virus are reduced significantly, so people sitting on the front row are facing forward into a large space that significantly reduces the chance of spreading the virus.

If we follow these guidelines, everyone is giving a little with the thought of trying to help our neighbors hear about Jesus. We just want everyone to hear the Word, the most important concern of all. We pray that the same love that led our Lord to the cross where he gave up all for us leads each to sacrifice for our neighbor to help them receive the gift of Jesus.
THE SERVING OF HOLY COMMUNION

Communion will be served during the worship services on the following dates:
-Traditional Service: Oct. 4 & 18
-Contemporary Service: Oct. 11 & 25
-Grace Place: Every Saturday

DRIVE-THRU COMMUNION
Pull your car around to the designated area. Only 1 car at a time.
Communicants are to bring their own bread and grape wine. Just enough for communion. Please make sure it is grape wine.
GSLC uses Mogen David Concord Grape.
The pastor will consecrate the elements.
-Every Saturday: 3:00 - 3:45 pm (narthex/front door drop-off)
-Every Sunday: 12:30-1:30 pm (fellowship hall entrance)
To receive the sacrament worthily, a baptized Christian who is able to examine themselves in accord with the Word of God must be able to say yes to the following questions:

  • Am I sorry for my sins and repent of them intending to amend my sinful life?

  • Do I believe that Jesus died for my sins and forgives me?

  • Do I believe I am receiving the true body and blood of Jesus under the bread and wine for the forgiveness of my sins?
OFFERINGS & BUDGET
Weekly Need: $7,764
9/27: $8,199
10/4: $11,838
10/11: $8,659
You can mail in your tithes to 822 Belvoir Ave., Chatt. TN 37412 or give online at gslflock.org/give
 
Fiscal YTD as of Aug. 31, 2020
Offerings: $92,621
Expenses: $78,646
There are several ways you can give online!
Click the button below!
--Just a reminder--
Prayer requests posted on social media or verbal in-service requests are not placed on the prayer list. You must notify the church office of the prayer request by a written note, an email, or phone call (423-629-4661). Thank you!
Weekly email prayer chain goes out with the announcements on FRIDAYS. If you have a prayer request, let us know by Thursday.
Click the Prayer Requests button below to send your prayer request.
PRAYER REQUESTS AS OF OCT. 16, 2020
 
GSLC CONGREGATION
NEW: Randy Mauritzen- healing from successful hip replacement surgery.

SHORT-TERM: Paul Ruud & Family, Cindy Bandstra & Family, Sue & Tom Manthey, Jan Loscudo, Barbara Dautrich, Mark Steele & Family, Fred Schert,Frances Mayfield, Katie Abercrombie, Karin Hubby, Chris Futrell, Kevin Skidmore
 
LONG-TERM: Rick & Karen Brines and Kaitlin, Joanne Brownlee, Makala Bumgarner, Debi Cate, Karen Colbert, Hope Crawford, Kay Dintsch, Bertie Fann, Joan Hearn, Donna Henson, Pattie Henze, Desiree Humphrey, Leona Hunter, Theresa Johnson, Penny Jordan, Bernard Meinert, Dave Mietzner, Doris Morris, River Polley, Bob & Roberta Robinson, Bob Twomey
 
OUR HOMEBOUND: Sheila Arnold, Sandy & Wayne Babb, Gloria Bevill, Connie Foster, Arlene Feinauer, Betty Frischmann, Bob & Sara Newman, Hilda Ramsey, Virginia Smith, Jane Williamson
 
PRAYERS FOR OUR COLLEGE STUDENTS: Adam, Andrew, Alex, Brenley, Brogen, Chloe, Christopher, Cole, Edna, Evan, Grayson, Hamilton, Jackson, Jacob, Kaitlynn, Kirsten, Lexie, Mary Catherine, Megan, Miranda, Sara, Sophie, Tabitha, Taylor, Tyler
 
FAMILY MEMBERS
SHORT-TERM: Kelley Johnson, Family of Carl Charlton, Denton, Saunders, & Love Families
 
LONG-TERM: Bud Adkins, Melissa & Jeff Austin, Linda Baldwin, Joanne Barney, Devin Brady, Jeanie Buckingham, Samuel Charlton, Sharon Coleman, Karen Diehm, Lee Ewton, Rhonda Gilliland, Lee Hane, Beth Ann Johnson & her family, Lindsey Kyle, Jerry & Nancy Lee, Bethany M., Duane Mann, Christina Miller, Kim Morris, Ryan Satterfield & his family, Corinne Sheets, Melanie Skelton, Diane Smith, Myra Slaten, Arnold Torkelson
 

COMMUNITY & FRIENDS
NEW: Valerie Downey- healing; had a stroke, in hospital. Barbara Eades- healing; total hip replacement. Friend of Fred Schert—re-enlistment in US Army Medical Corps, Friends of Fred Schert—Grandparents ministering to non-believing family about Jesus.

SHORT-TERM: Chuck Elmes & Family, Kaiti B.,
 
LONG-TERM: Michael Armbruster, Mary Baba, Kyle Baker & Family, Janet Bean, Susan Bettinger, John Brown, Joyce C. & Family, Celeste Caroland, Harold Cash, Rob Chadwick, Cherry, Elizabeth Deal, Hazel Dorsey, Kent Dungan, Jerry Gann, Charles Geter, Donna Gobert, Leslie A.H., Kerwin Hetzler, Michelle Iffert, Ron & Carolyn J., Patricia K., Werner Kierschberg, Barney Larry, Lindsey, Jim Lopko, Phil M., Maria Martinez, Dean Matthew, Ricky McConnell, Matthew McGraw, Melissa, Kevin O’Brien, Dewayne Rose, Amy Rossi, Betty S., Gene S., Phil & Carol S., Marlene Schiavon, Jan Stutzman, Eddie Tallent, Bob & Linda Thompson, Trish, Olivia Weatherford, Carolyn White
 
WE ALSO PRAY FOR
All teachers and students this school year, All those in active duty dealing with the current violence and protests, etc. Our Pastors, All those who are homeless. All marriages & families. All those unemployed. All those battling addictions. All those persecuted. All those actively serving in the Military–Wes Morris, Matthew George, Corey Brown, Christian Warnock. Israel & our Political Leaders. Missionaries around the world- Rachel Meyer in Uganda. Josh Woodrow– Bridge City Church. All unspoken prayers in our hearts. 
ADULT BIBLE STUDIES ARE BACK!!
SATURDAYS:
Bible Study with Pastor Rosser @ 3:45- 4:35 pm before the Grace Place service in the sanctuary.

SUNDAYS:
Bible Study with Paul Henze @ 10 am
New Member Class with Pastor Sheets @ 10 am

TUESDAYS:
Bible Study with Pastor Sheets @ 10:30 am.

THURSDAYS:
Men's Group/Bible Study @ 6:30 pm.
ONLINE BIBLE STUDIES!
from Lutheran Hour Ministries! LHM LEARN. FREE!!
OCTOBER IS PASTOR APPRECIATION MONTH!
Click the link to color a special thank you for our Pastors.
Theme: "THE REFORMATION"
Next Sunday, Oct., 25, is Reformation Sunday! Reformation Day is Oct. 31. Many of us do not know why we celebrate "The Reformation" or why it is so important to us, as Lutherans.

Ever heard of Martin Luther? In a nutshell, he was the one who began the Protestant movement, breaking away from the Catholic church, which allowed us to learned that we are saved by GRACE, and not by how many good things we do! The Lutheran church we belong to is based on Luther's sound doctrinal teachings of the Bible. He wrote Luther's Large and Small Catechisms. (which was broken down into a Small version, and that is what Pastor Sheets uses to teach Confirmation class.
Visually teach the story of the Reformation in the classroom or the living room! Through five stories—Luther as a Child, Luther as a Monk, Luther Posts Theses, Luther at Wartburg Castle, and Luther’s Rose—students can use this flannelgraph to create each scene. Great for iPads, tablets,laptops, desktops, and classroom whiteboards.
Tour the cradle of the Lutheran Reformation with LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison. In The Luther Mile, President Harrison narrates a tour of historic Reformation sites. Along with historical facts, Harrison provides informative anecdotes during this tour of Lutherstadt, Wittenberg, Germany.
WE NEED VOLUNTEERS to lead Children's Sunday School and W.O.W. groups when these begin. Please contact Wendy Wade for more info or to sign-up to volunteer. Call/Text: 423-421-1487 or Email: deedle215@aol.com
LWML NEWS!

The LWML meets every second Tuesday of the month.

Chattanooga Zone Fall Rally!!
October 24th @ 9:30 am
Athens Lutheran Church
710 Forrest Ave., Athens, TN.
Theme: “ The Lord Comforts ”

Theme Bible Verse:
Psalm 34:18- "The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit".

Program/Speaker:
Mental Health/Suicide Awareness. Rachel Gearinger of TN Suicide Prevention Network.

Offering:
Susan Peglow, c/o McMinn County Veteran's Service.
Susan Peglow, McMinn County Veteran's Service Officer will also be in attendance! 

Ingathering:
"Can in Hand"-non-perishable food items: McMinn County Veteran's Service

Come join us!
We will be practicing Social Distancing. The Athens LWML will provide packaged pastries and bottled water. Please plan to bring a brown bag lunch.
URGENT!!
Special Appeal on Behalf of
Lutheran Institute in Madagascar
Over the last several years, ministries of the Mid-South District have been blessed to get to know and support the Lutheran Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship (LIME) in Madagascar. Led by the Rev. Dr. Joseph Randrianasolo, who addressed the delegation of our District's 2018 Convention, LIME offers Malagasy adults (both lay and clergy) the opportunity for advanced studies as part of a three-year curriculum which includes Biblical courses. But like many organizations, businesses and individuals, LIME has been hit especially hard by the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Graduating its last class in January of this year, the Institute's doors have now been closed for six months. With no tuition coming into the school, Rev. Dr. Joseph Randrianasolo has shared that the six staff members of LIME and their families now face a dire situation: the very real possibility of starvation.

In a recent message to Mid-South District President Rev. Dr. Roger Paavola, Rev. Joseph noted that the staff have stretched their resources as far as they can, but that the coming month will be marked by extreme hunger—or worse—without the help of outside aid. In response to this critical need of our Lutheran brothers and sisters in Madagascar, the Mid-South District is sending support and inviting ministries and individuals across the district to do the same. Donations to benefit the staff of LIME and their families can be made on the Mid-South District website (mid-southlcms.org, “Give Now” link) or by check. When making an online gift, choose the "Restricted Gift" field and designate the funds for "LIME Staff COVID-19." Gifts by check should be made payable to the Mid-South District with "LIME Staff COVID-19" in the memo line. Please mail any check donations to: The Mid-South District LCMS, 1675 Wynne Road, Cordova, TN 38016. All funds directed to the Mid-South District will be wired promptly to LIME in Madagascar.

The six families impacted by the economic crisis of COVID-19 include a total of 13 children. In the past, ministries and individuals across the Mid-South District have shown tremendous support for LIME, its staff and students by funding significant technology and facility upgrades at the Institute. We pray for another overwhelming show of support to help our Lutheran friends in Madagascar face this new difficulty.  
October 2020 Flock
We will again be preparing
breakfast for the homeless
on
Sunday,
Oct. 11 & 26
immediately after
the late service. 
(Around 12:30 pm)

We are doing this every other Sunday for the time being. 

It takes 4-5 people to
prepare breakfast sandwiches
for 150 people. 
FILL THE TRUNK and THE WHEEL BARREL!

Help us by donating items for the Chattanooga Community Kitchen.

The immediate needs list for the Community Kitchen: 
Disposable coffee cups, Paper Lunch Bags, sandwich bags (fold over or zip), deodorant, rain ponchos.

Ongoing needs include: Individual Fruit Cups, Small Canned Items that you would take camping or hiking, such as Pork & Beans, Beanee Weenee, Vienna Sausage, Cheese & Crackers. Bottled water is always a need.  
DONATE!
Can't attend? That's okay. You can donate to our Homeless/Outreach Ministry online!
Click the box to donate online OR you can send a check to: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church,
822 Belvoir Ave., Chatt., TN 37412. Put Homeless Ministry in the memo line.
If you have any questions about any of our homeless ministries,
please contact Debi Cate dgcate@vol.com, or call/text 423.488.9710.
YOUTH FUNDRAISER!
Help us upgrade our Youth Area!
Our Youth room is in great need for renovation. We have done a lot already, but there are still things that need to be upgraded or purchased to make the Youth room inviting for the future of our Youth. You can make your donation(s) by sending a check to the church or give electronically through Givelify. Now is an excellent time to support our Youth!
GOOD SHEPHERD’S PRAYER QUILT MINISTRY STARTED meeting in 2010.

Because of the support of many, we have been able to gift to date 474 had made prayer quilts to those with serious medical or other issues. 85% of the quilts have been sent to non-members, with some being sent as far as Malaysia and Bolivia. 
HOW TO REQUEST A QUILT: Any member of Good Shepherd, or the quilting group, can request a quilt at no cost for a family member or friend. The recipient of the quilt does not need to be a Good Shepherd member. You can request a quilt by calling the Brownlee’s at 423.893.7184 or Debi Cate at 423.892.4031. With your request, we will need 1. Your name and phone number, 2. The recipient’s name, 3. If the recipient is a member or non-member, 4.reason the quilt is being given, 5. City and State the recipient lives in. You will need to pick the quilt up at Church or at the Brownlee home. Because of the cost and labor (About 15 hrs per quilt) needed to make each quilt, Quilts are intended for only those with serious medical or other issues.
The LWR CARE-VAN
The LWR CARE-VAN will pick up the items congregations have donated and collected. Destinations may be refugee camps, hospitals, orphanages, villages and sites of natural disasters. Date: Friday, Nov. 6th, 2020. Drop Off time: Before 12noon. Drop off location: Cross of Christ. Address: 3204 Hixson Pike, Chattanooga, TN 37415.
(if another time on Friday or Saturday would work, please contact Eunice Timm to make arrangements)
Organizer: Eunice Timm (Cross of Christ)- Let Eunice know when you’ll be arriving. Phone: (cell) 423-227-1127 can call or text.


Items accepted: Quilts (https://lwr.org/quilts), Baby Care Kits (https://lwr.org/kits/baby-care-kits), Personal Care Kits (https://lwr.org/kits/personal-care-kits), School Kits (https://lwr.org/kits/school-kits). 

*Please note that fleece blankets are not accepted.
BCA SCHOOL NEWS
BCA Helping Others - In an effort to help our BCA families who have been financially affected by the virus, our Parent-Teacher League President and music teacher, Dr. Sarah Harr, has started a Go Fund Me page to benefit our BCA families who may need financial help during this time. If you would like to donate to the fund, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/covid19-benevolence-fund-for-bca-families/donate
LCMS Mid-South District News
Update from Rachel Meyer in Uganda
Update from Pastor Josh @ Bridge City Community Church

Download Newsletter Here
GSLC "Live" Calendar
This is an active calendar that is updated 2-3 times a week. Check on it often to stay up to date.
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