Advent at Good Shepherd

Advent Worship
Sundays, December 2, 9, 16, 23
Sundays at 8:15 am, 10:45 am and 5:30 pm, hear stories anticipating Jesus as Savior from the Gospel of Mark.
Bluegrass Christmas at Sola
Thursday, December 13 at 7:00 pm
Join Good Shepherd's bluegrass band, Break Even, for an evening of Advent and Christmas songs!
The Longest Night
Sunday, December 23 at 5:30 pm
Christmas can be difficult for those who are grieving. This service honors them and gives hope in the season.
Mid-Week Advent Vespers
Wednesdays, December 5, 12, 19 at 7:00 pm
Each Wednesday, join us for Holden Evening Prayer followed by a time of gathering and refreshments.
Gingerbread House Making
Sunday, December 16, 1:00-2:00 pm
Children of all ages will not want to miss this sweet fun!
Decorating Party
Sunday, December 23 after the 10:45 am Worship Service
All ages will decorate the Sanctuary for Christmas Eve and enjoy refreshments together!
Christmas Eve
Monday, December 24
5:00 pm - Come celebrate the birth of Christ with our family service.
7:00 & 9:00 pm - Come celebrate the birth of Christ at one of our candlelight worship services.

Beginning November 30, a daily Advent devotion written by Pastor Tim and Pastor Marsha will be available on Good Shepherd's blog. A limited number of hardcopies will be available at the Welcome Center outside the Sanctuary.
This Sunday's Readings
Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14
Psalm 93
Revelation 1:4b-8
John 18:33-37

Sunday Morning Education (SME) for children and youth is taking a break for the Thanksgiving holiday.  For adults, the Community Class will be meeting in E-9; all are welcome! Card games will be available in the narthex during the SME hour for cross-generational engagement.

Worship services as usual at 8:15 am, 10:45 am and 5:30 pm.

Good Shepherd's church office is closed on Friday, November 23 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

It's not too late to pledge your financial support for Good Shepherd in 2019. Pledge online with Realm (i nstructions for pledging online can be found  here) or place your pledge card in the offering plate or mail slot. 

Celebrating 15 Years of Helping Families in Transition through Family Promise  
Good Shepherd will be hosting guests in our church November 25 - December 2. Learn more and sign up to serve at  bit.ly/GSLCFamilyPromise,
password: homeless.

Magi Tree in the Narthex 
Provide gifts for children in the LFS Foster Care Program, survivors of Hurricane Florence, and our adult friends with developmental disabilities this Christmas! Check out the tree in the Narthex on Sunday.

Mnene Christmas Greetings & Gift Collection
Send Christmas greetings  to our orphans and friends in Mnene. Blank Christmas cards can be picked up in the Narthex. Return cards by Sunday, December 2.
The Mail For Mnene table for collecting Christmas gift packages  will be in the Narthex Sundays through December 2. Donations marked "Mnene Postage" can be dropped in the collection plate or Narthex mail slot. 

More information about upcoming events is available in  this week's  
Health and Healing for Esther Fleagle; Cheryl Kruse; Courtney McLaren, family of Sue Ragone; and Rylee Greer, friend of Sully and Ellie Sabastian.

Sympathy to Arlie McLaren and family at the death of her grandmother. 

For the Orphans of Mnene Parish , including Siphathisiwe Sigono and Memory Zhou.

Sipha, 21, is a cheerful, energetic, outgoing young lady.  She has begun taking a course at Zvishavane Vocational School.  We haven't yet received news as to which course of study she is pursuing.  She visited with our 2017 mission team at Vic Falls in Zimbabwe.  She and her 4 siblings are all in the GSLC support program.  Her Mail For Mnene partners are the Caudill, Valenti and Houze families.
 
Memory is 24 and happily married.  We received news that she and her husband and young child did acquire visas and have moved to South Africa.  She is no longer in our support program.   Through support from GSLC & her "adoptive" family, Randy and Lori King, she gained confidence and important life skills that she carries with her in her new life journey.  We will continue to hold her and her family in our prayers as they work to create a better life for themselves.



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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