Welcome To Our Weekly Sheep Buzz Newsletter

September 23, 2022

Sunday, September 25, 2022

The Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost

The Installation of Rev. Rosalina Rivera

Sunday, September 25th

9:00 AM


Pastor Johnathan Hemphill

Assistant to the Bishop for Congregational Life Presiding


Celebratory Brunch will follow the service.

Please sign up for items to share at:


Please print your bulletin from home if you are able.

Worship Bulletins9:00 AM 

Sunday School will not be held this Sunday.

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The service will be livestreamed at facebook.com/gslcwoodstock

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Following the service we will post the recorded service to our YouTube channel and our website on the sermon page gslutheran.org/sermons.


Next week we will livestream a special outdoor service at 9 AM

on our Facebook Page.

You do not need a Facebook account to view our livestreamed services.

Pre-packaged communion will be available for anyone interested in participating in the sacrament of Holy Communion while watching a livestream/taped service. Please stop by during normal office hours, or contact the church office if you need help in obtaining these sacraments for your at home use. Pastor Rosy has offered to deliver it to anyone in the area. 

We give thanks to God for the opportunity to gather together and celebrate as the Good Shepherd community.

From Pastor Rosy's Desk

Click here to read a letter from Pastor Rosy

October 2, 2022 at 9:00 AM

Bring a lawn chair for an outdoor service

in the front parking lot.

Please enter on Eagle Dr. and park in lower lot. Once you set up your chair, ushers will hand out bulletins and individual prepackaged communion elements (wine or grape juice). During the service, we participate in a simultaneous communion together.

Following the service

Plan to stay for a German food harvest festival, sponsored by our Stewardship Committee.

Use the button below to sign-up for your favorite German Food/Fall side dish or dessert items to share.

The Stewardship Committee is providing bratwurst, hot dogs and drinks.

We have a need for a limited amount of worship servants and parking attendants. Please consider signing up for one of these roles.

This service will be livestreamed at 9 AM to our Facebook page, access that page here.

I would like to bring a dish to share.
I will be a worship servant on Oct. 2nd


At the September meeting Council voted on:


  • Combining the Emergency and Benevolence dedicated accounts and reallocating the funds as follows: a Congregational Assistance fund, a Community Assistance fund (for individuals who come to the church in need of financial help), a fund designated to support organizations in the community (e.g. MUST, Cherokee Family Violence Center, etc..), and funds for the existing Congregational Care account.


 Council discussed:


  • The upcoming Congregational meeting, which is scheduled for Nov 13. There will be 1 service at 9 am, with the meeting immediately following. At the conclusion of the meeting, we will have our annual Thanksgiving meal.

  • Harvest Sunday worship and celebration- This will be an outdoor service at 9 am, with bratwursts and more afterwards.  

Council lifted up for accolades:


  • All the staff and members who worked so diligently on the new member directories
  • Melina for planning and directing the activities for God's Work, Our Hands Sunday. 


Maureen Harkins, our Office Coordinator, will continue to work with us on Monday's while we continue to search for someone to serve as our Office Coordinator. If you can assist while we search for our new staff member, please contact Pastor Rosy. A background check will be required.

If you know someone who would be perfect for the job, have them send their resume to Pastor Rosy or Jenny Champion.

Click here to email Pastor Rosy

Click here to email Jenny Champion, Head of Personnel


You May Have Been Assigned a Servant Role in October

The Sunday Servant Worship Schedule can be found by clicking the button and viewing on our website. There is a link on our home page under "Quick Links."

We have very limited servants signed up for Assisting Minister, Acolyte and Crucifer for both services.  Please prayerfully consider if you are willing to serve in one of these roles.

If switching to a new role, please email our Office Coordinator so she can add you to our schedules. Also, please let the office know in advance if you are scheduled, or future plans have you going away and cannot serve. Thank you.

October Schedule 


The Fellowship Committee has placed NEW RECYCLE CANS in Fellowship Hall in conjunction with Caring for Creation’s Hefty Orange Bag Recycling Program. By recycling the appropriate items, we both save the church money and saves our environment. Please do your part to participate by placing the correct items in the right place. Thank you.



Oct 2nd, is Two-Can Sunday and Hefty Orange recycling bag day.


The fashion industry produces 100 billion garments annually—for 7 billion people on earth.

We send approximately 40 million tons of textiles to landfills or to be incinerated every year.

60% of all clothing is made of synthetic fibers such as polyester, which is an oil derivative containing high levels of microplastics. Washing synthetic clothing releases microplastics and contributes to 35% of all ocean microplastic pollution.

As you shop, ...   click here to continue reading.


The Bells of Good Shepherd rehearse Wednesday nights at 6:30 PM If you are interested in joining this group, contact Thomas Eisnor or email him using the link below.

The Celebration Ringers rehearse Tuesdays at 6 PM.  This is our beginner handbell group.  Contact Thomas is you are interested in joining using the link below.  

Click here to email our Director of Music

The Praise Team rehearse Thursday evenings from 7-9 PM. Contact Pam if you are interested in being in our Praise Team. The group will continue to meet on Saturday’s but only the first Saturday of each month.

Click here to email Pam, our Praise Team director

News from the ELCA


Available for any and all ages!!

All Classes begin at 9:45 AM

Visit our Sunday School page for detailed information.

A Bible Study opportunity on Sunday Mornings for parents with youth in Sunday School. Come join us and check it out! Rm. 120.

A new Thursday Morning Bible Study will begin on Thursdays, September 29th, with Pastor Rosy, at 10 AM. “The Psalms in Color” coloring book is the basis for our discussion and is available on Amazon. We will color as we meditate and study the Psalms.


Remember to use the word "smile" and a period before the word Amazon in the website address and designate Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Woodstock GA as your preferred charitable organization. GSLC will receive a portion back from Amazon when you make any Amazon purchases this way.



Starts this Wednesday!

Have you ever had a tough question about faith/church/religion that you maybe don’t feel comfortable asking in church? Still seeking answers? Come join us for an adult beverage (you don’t have to drink!) and inquisitive conversation. Pastor Rosy will lead a discussion on various topics each time we meet. We will meet every other Wednesday at 7PM, at Donovan’s in Woodstock, on the patio beginning Wednesday, September 28th. Come join us for fun dialog! 


Yarn angels will meet at Linda Rowell's home on October 10th from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Light refreshments will be served.

Bring your sewing projects, come and learn something new. We are currently working with "The Encouragement Project" to make items to give to children and families in need, cancer patients, foster children, the homeless, the elderly in nursing homes, and anyone else in need of winter warmth.


Current most needed items from MUST Cherokee:

Food items: Jelly, salt, pepper, grits, ramen, oil, mustard, mayonnaise, flour, corn , carrots, yams, broth, cereal, stew, dressings, ketchup, coffee, instant potatoes, snacks, spaghetti noodles, canned potatoes, mixed vegetables, cornbread, cream of mushroom, cream of chicken, mac & cheese, spam, sugar.

Non-food items: Diapers size 4, 5, 6, Pull-ups size 4t-5t, baby wipes, conditioner, razors, Chapstick, towels, grocery bags.

MUST Ministries is currently experiencing an increase in families that are in need of food. The organization is looking for supporters to try unique ways to obtain supplies for their food pantry initiatives.

With many thanks, from your donations, Good Shepherd was able to donate to MUST in Cherokee County $1,700 in both check and gift cards.  This gift of your generosity will help offset some of the needs that individuals and families have been experiencing in our area.

Thank you to Pastor Rosy, and Jenny Truesdale, our new Outreach Chairperson, for bringing these gifts to MUST.  Another big thank you goes out to Pat Bull who has been working behind the scenes since the pandemic started, to deliver all the collected grocery items from the barrels on our front porch on a weekly basis.


You might want to organize your own food drive in your neighborhood, or if you are having an event at your home, ask your guests to bring items that MUST needs.


We continue to collect food items on our front porch. Please consider a way to help your neighbors. 

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us - Ephesians 5: 1-2a.

Must Ministries Website

GSLC Children’s Clothing & Shoes Drive-Last Sunday to Donate

Good people of Good Shepherd – how can we help children in our community who are in need?? If you are a parent who is still wondering what to do with the clothes your child/children have outgrown. MUST Cherokee can use your children’s slightly worn or brand new CLOTHES and SHOES. 

We will be collecting in season Clothes (including coats) and Shoes for infants, toddlers and school age children to age 18 as well as NEW socks and underwear.

Won’t you help?? Beginning this Sunday until September 25th there will be a shopping cart in the Fellowship Hall and on our front porch for these much needed items. Please prayerfully consider giving of your gifts for those in need.


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Put this date on your calendar. Good Shepherd will be sponsoring a "Trunk or Treat" event in our lower parking lot on October 26th, from 6 PM - 8 PM. We need people to tastefully decorate trunks for our young trunk or treaters (nothing too spooky please). If you are unable to decorate a trunk, please consider a donation of candy or small toy giveaways. A bin for candy and a sign up sheet for trunk decorators is at Sign-up Central in Fellowship Hall or using the button below. Please note all trunks will need to be battery operated, as we will not be able to provide electricity to power decorations.

I will help decorate or provide candy
Looking for all the news for our Youth? Be sure to read your Wednesday, Weekly Lamb Buzz Email. Some exciting things are happening at GSLC for all ages of our youth. Access each week on our website under the Youth Tab, the button below or sign-up to be on the e-mail list. Let Mel know at youthfamministry@gslutheran.org if you want to be included in the email blast. 
We will continue to list important youth activities in our worship bulletins.



This is our e-mail address for you to submit prayer concerns. Prayers will be posted to the Prayer Circle, via e-mail, during normal business hours. You can also drop us an e-mail at this same e-mail address if you would like to be a part of the Prayer Circle.

Current Prayer List

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