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.  
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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.
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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 starting on July 10 running through September 8. 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: Sept. 6 & 20
-Contemporary Service: Sept. 13 & 27
-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
8/30: $7,890
9/6: $7,076

You can mail in your tithes to 822 Belvoir Ave., Chatt. TN 37412 or give online. Deposits are made when possible.
 
Fiscal YTD as of Aug. 31, 2020
Offerings: $92,621
Expenses: $78,646
There are several ways you can give online!
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--Just a reminder--
Verbal requests during church services are not placed on the prayer list unless the church secretary, is notified of the prayer request by a written note, an email (click button above), or phone call (423-629-4661).
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 SEPT. 11, 2020
 
GSLC CONGREGATION
NEW: Donna Henson- good results from biopsy, Randy Mauritzen- for healing from infection, Katie Abercrombie- healing; 2nd knee replacement surgery, Myra Steele- healing, Barbara Dautrich- healing; Bob Twomey- healing
 
SHORT-TERM: Fred Schert, Tom Bright, Laura Polley & Family, 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, Pattie Henze, Desiree Humphrey, Leona Hunter, Theresa Johnson, Penny Jordan, Dave Mietzner, Doris Morris, River Polley, Bob & Roberta Robinson
 
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, Jackson, Jacob, Kaitlynn, Kirsten, Lexie, Mary Catherine, Megan, Miranda, Sara, Sophie, Tabitha, Taylor, Tyler
 
FAMILY MEMBERS
NEW: Family of Tracy French- (Ron Morris's cousin; Doris Morris's niece) - Tracy passed away. Jeanette Davis & Family- Her mother, Claire Oakes, passed away.
 
SHORT-TERM: Troy & Cari Martin & Family, Kathy Smith, Philip Wagner, Family of Isolde Loew, Martha Cross, Gary Avans, Carol, Ken, Sue Hundt, Lindsey Kyle, Barbara Denton
 
LONG-TERM: Bud Adkins, Melissa & Jeff Austin, Linda Baldwin, Joanne Barney, Jeanie Buckingham, Bernice Celick, Carl Charlton, Samuel Charlton, Sharon Coleman, Devin, Karen Diehm, Lee Ewton, Rhonda Gilliland, Lee Hane, Beth Ann Johnson & her family, Jerry & Nancy Lee, Bethany M., Duane Mann, Christina Miller, Kim Morris, Ryan Satterfield & his family, Corinne Sheets, Melanie Skelton, Diane Smith, Myra Slaten, Kaitlynn Suyak, Arnold Torkelson
 
COMMUNITY & FRIENDS
NEW: Lacy Rollins- single mom lost her job, Family of Claire Oakes- passed away. Family of Fontaine P.- She passed away.
 
SHORT-TERM: Family of Floy Wang, Mark Sailer, Robert Witt, Family of Tracie Behlau, Sandra J., Family of Chipper Lee Mixon, Family of Kelly Paul, Tom Morton, Isaiah Jones
 
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, Jerry Gann, Charles Geter, Donna Gobert, Leslie A.H., Kerwin Hetzler, Michelle Iffert, Ron & Carolyn J., Patricia K., Bob Kennedy, Werner Kierschberg, Barney Larry, Vicki Leibeck-Owsley, 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
Crossways! Class meets @ 2 pm

TUESDAYS:
Bible Study with Pastor Sheets @ 10:30 am.
ONLINE BIBLE STUDIES!
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Theme: "Joseph Forgives His Brothers"
Scripture: Genesis 50:15-21
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
We will again be preparing
breakfast for the homeless
on
Sunday,
Sept. 13th
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 needs list for the Community Kitchen for August include: 
Bug Spray, Sunscreen, Paper or Cloth Masks, Disinfectant Spray, Paper Lunch Bags.

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.
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.
SEPTEMBER
FLOCK IS NOW AVAILABLE!
September Events from Thrivent
(click on photo for large pdf)
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

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