This Sunday, we celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday with worship at our usual times - 8:15 am, 10:45 am and 5:30 pm. We will be blessing our mission trip participants and the school supplies - an amazing number of school supplies - that you have donated for our friends still recovering from last year's hurricane in Eastern NC. 

Then, next Sunday, we will be shaking things up! It's time for our annual Kicknic.
  • 8:15 am - Worship at Good Shepherd 
  • 10:00 am - Worship at Williams Park (next to Lynn Road Elementary School)
  • 11:00 am - Potluck Picnic
  • 12:00 pm - Kickball Games
  • 5:30 pm - Peace worship will not take place; it will resume the following Sunday.
All are invited to the Kicknic as we celebrate our wonderful life together in the Good Shepherd's amazing grace, so get ready to have some crazy fun! Whether you want to play or just cheer on your team, come out to Williams Park.  Bring a friend, a chair, and a dish to share. 

The kicknic is also the culmination of our annual Mnene Orphan Fund Drive. Here's how you can support the orphans of Mnene Parish in Zimbabwe:
  • Get Your Wristbands! Sundays through May 19, purchase your GSLC/Mnene wristbands (for $5 each) in the Narthex. This year, we will have 4 teams to give everyone more chances to play! As in years past, each team will have a different color wristband, but you won't know which is which until the big game! 
  • Join the Penny Wars! To support the orphans of Mnene Parish, drop your pennies into the bucket for the team that you are pulling for. Place all other coins, bills, and checks in the bucket for the team you are pulling against
See you in church.

Sunday Readings
Acts 9:36-43
Psalm 23 
Revelation 7:9-17
John 10:22-30

Happy Mother's Day to all mothers and mother figures!

Sunday Morning Education classes will resume in the fall. 

How Can You Help with GSLC's Hurricane Relief Efforts?   The mission team is collecting funds to offset the cost of meals and purchase additional supplies as necessary. Every dollar helps!  You can donate by picking up an envelope near the mail slot in the narthex or  online here . Additionally, registration for the June 23-26 mission trip to help with home repairs and reconstruction following the hurricane in Eastern NC last year is still open. Learn more at gslchurch.org/hurricanerelief .

Memory Café - Monday, May 13, 4:30-6:00 pm - Individuals experiencing dementia and their caregivers who wish to socialize with others in similar circumstances while enjoying an evening out are invited to join us for Memory Café. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more, contact memorycafe@gslchurch.org.

Summer worship schedule begins May 26. Mark your calendar! During the summer, our worship services are held at 8:15 pm, 9:45 am, and 5:30 pm.

More information about upcoming events is available in   this week's bulletin announcements. 
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Meet Some of Our Newest Members
 
Elizabeth Graham:   We extend our warmest welcome to Elizabeth as she makes GSLC her home.  Elizabeth is currently living in Durham, NC but is transferring her membership from First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Longmont, Colorado.  Our Adult Education was a draw for her.  We look forward to seeing your smiling face in SME!

Janet & Gary Carlson:   The Carlsons are transferring to us from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Cary where they were involved with youth groups, ushering and Finance & Property committees.  Ballroom dancing is a shared hobby!  Both say our services, pastors, calendar & church members are what drew them to GSLC.  

Whitney, Bowie & Anthony Folden:  Parents to a handsome young son, Bowie, Whitney and Anthony enjoy the outdoors, attending music concerts, breweries and exploring the Triangle.  GSLC appealed to them for several reasons -- our size, location, many young families and opportunities to get involved.  Plus...they have always felt welcome here.  We're glad to have you!  

Nichole & Jason Smith:   We are happy to welcome the Smiths who are transferring from St. Philip Lutheran Church here in Raleigh.  Both were active in their former churches with IT, grounds maintenance & Rise Against Hunger.  They enjoy the outdoors (camping, fishing, golf, boating & scuba) as well as photography & travel.  They were attracted to GSLC by the congregation, activities/volunteer opportunities, music and sermons.
 
Health and Healing  for Alison Meseck and Mickey Neubaum.

Safekeeping for the participants in the Hurricane Relief Mission Trips: Sharon, John, Darlene, Jerry, Ray, Monica, Eric, Bryan, John, Johanna, Barb, Ann, Ken, Allen, Andrew, Lisa, Adam, Alex, Jeff, Charlotte, Dick, Becky, Jim, Emily, Jeff, Margaret, Kathryn and Lisa;

For the Orphans of Mnene Parish , including Robert Mpofu and Mutokozisi Sigono.

Robert is 22 and had been living with Dean Sibanda, helping around the house.  His reading skills had limited his educational path.  We have been informed that he left Dean's house, possibly lured by the gold panning craze in that area of Zimbabwe.  He is 1 of 6 siblings in the GSLC support program.  We continue to hold him in our prayers.  His Mail For Mnene partner is Katherine Hrivnak.

Mutho, 22, is 1 of 5 siblings in the GSLC support program.  He was to attend vocational school to study motor mechanics but did not attend classes. Mnene staff will look in to other options for him.  Three of his siblings are doing well in post-secondary education. His Mail For Mnene partner is the Lavery family.

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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