There's a viral post going around about some fake bullying at a Burger King intended to gauge how people will respond when they witness something terrible going on.

You can see it here.  (Seriously, watch it.  If the link doesn't work, copy and paste this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnKPEsbTo9s)

The sad (and prophetic) point of the exercise is that people are more likely to complain about their beat-up burger than they are engage bullying that happens person-to-person.

If you didn't view the video above, you should know that while most people sat by and watched someone else be bullied, they were all too ready and eager to complain about their hamburger arriving broken, torn, and disheveled.  The claim there, of course, is that they paid for that item, and it should arrive as promised.

Economics wins out over people all too often in our world.

And that is one of the points of this Sunday's Gospel lesson, though you rarely hear it talked about like that.

Before we go on, take a gander at Mark 12:38-44.  You can click here to find it, or Google it (if the link doesn't work).

Read it? Ok. Let's go on...  Read more.

This Sunday's Readings
1 Kings 17:8-16
Psalm 146
Hebrews 9:24-28
Mark 12:38-44

The Family Promise Response to Homelessness - 9:30 am in Fellowship Hall -  Danielle Butler, Executive Director of Family Promise, will help us get to know how this organization walks with homeless families and explore ways that the congregation is part of the efforts. 

Thank You for Your Generous Donations to the Food Bank!
In October, the Good Shepherd community donated over a ton (2,295 pounds to be exact!) of food to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC.  This translates to 1,930 meals for Hurricane Florence survivors, an incredible show of love and support during this time of great need.

Hospice 101 presented by Stephen Ministry
Tuesday, November 13, 7:00-8:00 pm, Sanctuary   Brian Ballantine, board certified Chaplain for Heartland Hospice and husband to our own Pastor Marsha Anderson, will explore the history of the hospice movement, myths and misconceptions, who is eligible for hospice, the different roles of the interdisciplinary team and the theological issues hospice patients struggle with so that we can support them.

Shop the Preschool Book Fair Online
Get a jump on your holiday shopping and support our preschool! Shop books for infants through adults at www.scholastic.com/bf/gslp through November 20. Join us for Pizza in PJs Storytime on Thursday, November 15, 5:30-7:00 pm. Bring your children, their grandparents, and friends. Kids will enjoy storytime and pizza while you shop.

Agape + Kure Beach Trail Run, Walk, and Basket Raffle
Saturday, November 17, 8:30 am  Come to Camp Agape to run the 5-K, walk the Trail-K, participate in the basket raffles, and enjoy a delicious brunch to support Agape + Kure Beach Ministries! Register online.  All ages and abilities are welcome!

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

Advent Festival
Sunday, December 2, 12:15-3:00 pm in Fellowship Hall  $15/household includes catered lunch, wreath making and a chance to explore how we can let our light shine in the lives of others this Advent season. Register online now or at the registration table in the Narthex this Sunday.

More information about upcoming events is available in  this week's  
Health and Healing for  Orv Melcher; Ron Frank, Bruce's father; and Marci Bishop, Roxanne Deter's sister.  

Sympathy to the family and friends of Hilda Stutler.

For the Orphans of Mnene Parish , including Sheunesu Ndlovu Zhou and Aleck Mpofu  Moyo.

Sheunesu, 20, is taking Form 5 classes at Mnene boarding school.  He failed two of his subjects and will write for them again next term.  A bit of good news is that he finally receive his birth certificate.  Birth certificates are required before a student can take "O" level classes, needed to pursue post secondary education.  He is tall, has a deep voice and enjoys singing in the church choir.  His Mail For Mnene partners are Cheryl and Ed Johnson and Jarod Betts and family.
 
Aleck, 20, enjoys all of his subjects and is hoping to begin taking Form 5 classes at Musume boarding school.  He is motivated to do well in school!   He also enjoys soccer, volleyball, basketball and other sports.  A letter that he wrote to his "adoptive" family was published in our church bulletin.  He wrote "I thank all members of Good Shepherd with the support that helps me."  His Mail For Mnene partner is Kathy and John Hrivnak.

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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