It's here! This Sunday, Good Shepherd will recognize the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Half a century ago, in his attempt to reform the Catholic Church, Martin Luther (and others) changed everything!
We take a lot of pride in the Reformation, especially for a denomination often poked fun at for fearing change.
How many Lutherans does it take to change a light bulb? Change?!

But we can't just look at the Reformation as something that only happened "back when". If the last month-and-a-half of learning about "reformers" in worship has taught me anything, it's that the Reformation never really ended. In fact, it's probably still happening right now. Sometimes reformation is quick and painful like a Church-dividing vote. Other times it's slow and quiet like the droves of emerging adults who are, for many reasons, identifying as religious "none" and keeping their distance from organized religion.
The church is in constant reformation. It always has been and always will be.
"Cross-generational" is very much a buzzword. I'm the only staff "Director, Cross-Generational Ministry" in the North Carolina synod of the  ELCA; however, there are now enough of us in the U.S. to justify having a yearly conference! We're a new breed, kind of like the professional youth minister was back in the 1980s and the Sunday school teacher in the early twentieth century. While Cross-generational ministry may be the "hot new thing," it aims to reclaim traditions and practices that are in fact, quite old.
The study of youth and religion that came out in the mid 2000s showed that modern youth ministry wasn't working. Children and teens were being quarantined from the rest of their congregations and the "professionals" were taking responsibilities away from the parents. Did you know Luther designed the Small Catechism for parents, not confirmation teachers, to teach the faith to their children?
It turns out that was actually quite effective. So we live, we learn, we re-form.
In the spirit of the Reformation, we will reform this Sunday, yet again, like we do every Sunday. Will you be part of the new formation? Maybe you'll be in the choir, which, at the 10:45 am service will span five generations. Or perhaps you'll join a table at the cross-gen  SME and make some new connections. (Emerging adults, I'm looking at you). Maybe you're making a chili for the chili cook-off supporting our youth ministry. Or just maybe, your family will re-form around the dinner table Sunday evening and pray together, serve one another, and share in caring conversation. However you honor the Reformation, may it be not just for one weekend, but something you live each and every day.
- Andrew Buck

This Sunday's Readings
Psalm 46
Matthew 22:34-46

It's Reformation Sunday, so wear red (or other fire colors) to church!
Reformation Sunday Morning Education (SME) at 9:30 am in Fellowship Hall  4th-12th grade students and adults are invited to gather and celebrate this momentous occasion together!
3rd Annual Weenie Roast & Chili Cook-off at 12:00-2:00 pm in Fellowship Hall  Come for the hot dogs and chili and to support our high schoolers and adults headed to the 2018  ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston.
Autumn in the Sanctuary  Bring in pumpkins and gourds to decorate the Sanctuary each Sunday. Plastic plates will be available.
Joint Catholic-Lutheran Worship Service - Friday, October 27, 7:00 pm   at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 940 Carmichael Street, Chapel Hill
Halloween Coffeehouse at GSLC - Friday, October 27, 7:00-8:30 pm in Fellowship Hall 
Viewing of Rick Steves' Luther and the Reformation movie - Monday, October 30, 6:30 pm in Fellowship Hall Bring a movie snack to share.
All Saints Day Service - Wednesday, November 1, 12:00-12:30 pm in the Memorial Garden Join us for a brief worship service to celebrate the saints that have gone before us.
Viewing of Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World
Tuesday, November 7, 11:30 am-1:30 pm  at Park West Village 14 in Morrisville  Triangle area churches have contracted with this theater to show this movie made by  PBS, but we need to pre-sell tickets for the event to happen. Order your tickets online at (case sensitive).
The following people have been elected by members of Good Shepherd to serve in 2018. We are thankful for all the nominees and for all that voted.
Church Council - Claudia Rivera and Andrew Ballard
NC Synod Assembly - Michele Lee, Joyce Yount, Ed Lee and Royall Yount
Endowment Ministry Team - John Alis, Ed Johnson and Paul Phillips
Families Together Board - Katie Kingsbery
More information about upcoming events is available in  this week's bulletin announcements.
The October edition of The Shepherd's Voice is available  online.
Health and Healing  for Brian Kutner.
Safekeeping for Jake Edwardson; Nathan Anderson; Emily Graff; Megan Hutzenbuhler; Bryan Lester; Lt. John Gibson  III ; and Major Anthony Coulter.
For the Orphans of Mnene Parish , including Blessing Chipa and Handman Shumba.
Blessing , 24 years old, has gained much self-confidence while attending Midlands State University.  She is in her final year of classes, taking her "attachment" (internship) in Agriculture & Economic Development.  Her sisters, Happiness and Tatenda are also in the Good Shepherd support program.  Blessing was at Vic Falls with our mission team.  Her Mail For Mnene partners are the Buff and Trimmer families.
Handman  will be 23 in November.  He is taking supplemental ("O" level) classes to be able to qualify to attend University.  He was having issues with his prosthetic leg.  While at Vic Falls with our mission team, he spoke with Dean Sibanda about his concerns.  Handman and Dean went together to shop for new shoes which better fit his artificial leg/foot.  He will return to Bulawayo to have any adjustments made so that his leg fits and functions properly.  His Mail For Mnene partners are Carolyn Shankland and the Cooper family.

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