A Reminder: We will have one morning worship service at 9:30 am this Sunday since it is Rally/Raleigh Day.  Following the service, you are invited to purchase lunch from the food trucks in our parking lot, and then we will get to work at Good Shepherd and in our community using our hands to do God's work. Peace worship will be held as usual at 5:30 pm.

Greetings Partners in Ministry,
For the month of September, the Stewardship Team  was  going to invite you all to what's called a "Principal Party."  Yes, we know, it sounds like a party for educators (which we all agree should probably be a thing).  But this is a little different. A few facts you may not know:
*Every month the church pays $17,000 on our loan from the Sanctuary renovation back in 2001. 
*Of that $17,000, $15,000 of it goes to principal to pay off the debt and $2,000 goes toward interest. 
*In roughly 3.5 years we'll have it paid off at this pace.
Hosting a few "Principal Parties" is one way to pay the debt faster.  We've secured an anonymous donor to help pay for a portion of the interest of September's debt, and the Stewardship Team is taking the first step in picking up the rest of that $2,000 payment.  Therefore, the entire $17,000 that we pay toward a month's loan will go toward the principal and get us even closer to being debt-free.  In addition to that $17,000, we want to invite you to make a special donation toward the principal.  A few of these over the next three years will cut half a year or more off our loan!
We were going to do this in September...but now we're not.  We're going to wait. 
We're going to wait because we've seen the pictures of Houston, and we're anticipating more carnage in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, and we do not feel we can ask you to pay on our church loan when we're seeing people's loans and lives literally underwater.
Instead of giving a special gift to our loan this month, we want to invite you to take whatever you might have given ($20, $50, $100, $250, whatever it may have been) and give it directly to Lutheran Disaster Relief so that we can be the answers to prayers.  You can give online through  this link
 or you can give a check on Sunday to Lutheran Disaster Relief with "Hurricane Harvey" or "Hurricane Irma" in the memo line.  100% of your gift will go to direct aid.
We're grateful to partner with you here at  GSLC to change the lives inside and outside of our doors.  Our Autumn Stewardship campaign will kick-off in October!  Last year we received 180 pledge cards.  This year we're going for 215 to go along with our Rally/Raleigh Day verse, Revelation 21:5 "Behold, I make all things new!"
In God's grace,
Pastor Tim Brown
Yvette DeSilva
Aaron Lindsay
Michael Sebastian
P.S. Wonder why we want to pay off the debt early? A special team from the Council has been working on some inspiring plans for further renovation:
* a  new building off the south end of our campus that will have more flex space for church groups and guest organizations
*some updated classrooms for our growing Good Shepherd Lutheran Preschool so we can reach more children with education and the love of Christ
*a true entrance for our school and Sunday School so it can be as hospitable as our God
*a chaplet for smaller church gatherings to pray and praise in a more intimate space,
*a greatly expanded Narthex for our church entrance so that we can host some gathering in that space and welcome people in a way that is even more open and inviting, as we feel God calls us to be. 
The plans are exciting; we can't wait for you to see them.
So, we're going to throw our Principal Party in February, around the time when we'll be able to unveil these plans, and we can't wait to invite you into this neat way to move our mission along.

This Sunday's Reading
Revelation 21:1-6
Rally/Raleigh Day - We are ready to get to work as a community serving God's people with our hands! 
  • We will only have one morning worship service - 9:30 am.
  • Food trucks will be available with lunch to purchase immediately following worship.
  • If you have not signed up to serve but want to participate in Rally/Raleigh Day, you can either join the Downtown Prayer Walk team (check in at the Information Table in the Narthex) or go to the Fellowship Hall at 12:00 pm to participate in one of the activities there.
  • Not available to serve but still want to help? Donations of book bags and school supplies are needed for foster care gift bags. Drop them off at the church anytime before 12:00 pm on Sunday.
Summer: The Green Season Bring in flowers from your garden to decorate the Sanctuary each Sunday this summer. Vases are available in the Narthex.

Fall Worship Schedule begins next Sunday, September 17  Worship at 8:15 am, 10:45 am and 5:30 pm; Sunday Morning Faith Formation at 9:30 am. (See the  bulletin announcements  for class information.)
Get Ready to Sing with the Choir This Fall!  Check out the rehearsal schedule here. Come to rehearsal if you are interested or  contact Clifford Badgley for more information.
Save the date: Fall Church Picnic sponsored by Way of the Shepherd - Tuesday, September 26, 6:00-8:00 pm

BYG Weekend at Camp Agape  All 3rd-5th graders are invited to this fun-filled weekend, October 20-22! More information is available  here

More information about upcoming events is available in this week's  bulletin announcements.
Health and healing  for Rosalind Bowling; Rachel Cooper, mother of Tom Cooper; and Paul Hynes, family of Resovskys.

Safekeeping  for all those struggling after Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma; Emily Graff's deployment; Megan Hutzenbuhler on mission in Madagascar; Bryan Lester on mission in Mexico; Lt. John Gibson  III ; and Major Anthony Coulter.

For the Orphans of Mnene Parish , including Robert Mpofu and Mutokozisi Sigono.
Robert will be 21 next month. He spent time with our 2017 mission team. He had asked to take driving or welding classes, but his reading and writing skills are inadequate. One of the staff in Mnene suggested a combination of a homestead and income-generating project. If Robert agrees, he could return to Attachment for Building Skills, and then he could do small projects for people in rural areas. Robert's Mail For Mnene partner is Katherine Hrivnak.
Mutho is 20 and in Form 3 at Musume Secondary School. He is one of five Sigono grandchildren in the Good Shepherd support program. He works hard in school, wanting to follow the example of his older siblings! He spreads cheer, always finding things to smile and laugh about. He spent time with our 2017 mission team. His Mail For Mnene partner is the Lavery family.
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