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Worship & Education
HOLY WEEK AND EASTER SCHEDULE
We hope you can join us for these remaining special worship services during Holy Week:

Good Friday Worship: April 19 - 7:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday Worship with Holy Communion: 
April 21 - 8:00 and 10:30 a.m.

Also on Easter Sunday, please join us for breakfast between 8:45 and 10:00 a.m. No Sunday School classes will be held on Easter Sunday. 
EASTER EGG HUNT!
Toddlers through middle school youth are welcome to participate in the LCGS Easter Egg Hunt. Here is the schedule for children and youth on Easter:
 
8:45: Breakfast for all in the Fellowship Hall
9:15-9:30: Choir Youth will warm up in the choir room
9:35: Easter Egg Hunt (meet in the Elementary Sunday school room)
10:25: Choir Youth meet back in the choir room
 
This egg hunt does include some foods with peanuts, but foods do not include artificial dye. Extra baskets will be available .
SCHEDULE ON SUNDAY, APRIL 28
On April 28, the Sunday following Easter, Good Shepherd will hold one worship service at 10:30 a.m.  As usual, Sunday School classes will take place at 9:10 a.m., and coffee hour will follow the worship service. 
NEW SERIES IN DiGG CLASS (DELVING INTO GOD'S GRACE)
Have you ever felt a slight discomfort while saying the Apostles Creed - as though you were for the moment stepping out of the 21st century back into the fourth century? Or have you ever wondered if the Christian faith could be rephrased in thoughts appropriate to our Scientific Age, as the words of the Nicene Creed were phrased in thoughts appropriate to the Roman Empire?
 
Come and encounter the theology of the Scientist/Mystic Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, whose understanding of evolution allows faith to be informed by science, and science to be transformed by faith. See yourself as a participant in the grand procession from the Big Bang to Point Omega (what an earlier age called the Kingdom of God). In three sessions we will: (1) be introduced to Teilhard's thought, (2) explore that thought more fully and deeply, and (3) consider its implications for how we live and what we appreciate today.
 
The three sessions will be in the three weeks following Easter: April 28, May 5, and May 12. Dr. Ed Barrett, who first lectured on Teilhard more than fifty years ago, will preside. Come early (9:10 a.m.) so as not to miss the introduction, or disturb the thought of others. The sessions will end at 10:00 a.m. promptly, out of consideration for choir rehearsal.  
INTERSECTIONS CLASS
The Intersections Class discusses a variety of topics that connect faith and life. Come s hare your perspectives and hear from others.  On Sunday, April 28, Heidi Bullock will lead the class in a visio divina study, that uses artwork to illustrate a Bible passage. Please join us in Room 6 at 9:30 a.m. for the discussion, or come at 9:10 to chat and enjoy refreshments. 
At Good Shepherd
THANK YOU
I would like to thank all of the committees and individuals who hosted or contributed to our Lenten Soup Suppers. The soups were delicious and it was such a treat to get to sample so many varieties! I would like to offer special thanks to Leigh Ann Stinson for providing the salads each week and for all of the time she spent on getting the dinners set up. I would also like to thank all of those who helped set up before and clean up after the meals. It was a wonderful time of fellowship!

Marilyn Carlson & the Fellowship Committee
HIKING CLUB
A group from Good Shepherd will hike in the John's Rock area on Wednesday, April 24. If you'd like to join them for this two-mile, easy hike, meet at church at 9:30 a.m. No dogs are allowed.  
CALL COMMITTEE UPDATE

The Call Committee will have an initial organizational meeting after the second service on April 28. The congregation will be updated on the call process as information is gathered. 
GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER?
It's not too late to sign up for the next round of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" which starts in May! 
This is such a great way to get to know new church members and learn more about members we've already met. Those who sign up are divided into groups that will get together monthly in May, June, July and August. There is a "convener" assigned for each group who makes the initial contact and serves as the first host. Then each person or couple takes turns being the host.  We welcome singles to sign up either individually or with another single as a couple.
 
Typically, groups take turns meeting in each other's homes with the host providing the entrée, bread, and beverages, with others in the group providing the appetizer, salad, and dessert. However, groups have the flexibility to decide together whether they want to stick with this tradition or do something different - such as have dinner at a restaurant or meet for brunch or lunch instead of dinner. Making new traditions is highly encouraged! Plus, based on feedback from past participants, we are now providing the option to sign up for groups of 6 or 8 participants.
 
Please sign up on the bulletin board ASAP to be included in this opportunity to make new friends and connect with existing friends. Groups will be announced in late April/early May. In the meantime, contact Donna Brim (donnambrim@gmail.com) or Marilyn Carlson (884-2756) with any questions.
COMING SOON AT GOOD SHEPHERD . . .

Sunday, April 21
  8:00 a.m.  Worship Service (Sanctuary)
  8:45 a.m.  Easter Breakfast (Fellowship Hall)
  9:35 a.m.  Easter Egg Hunt (meet in Room 3 of the Education Wing)
10:30 a.m.  Worship Service (Sanctuary) 

Membership & Evangelism
COMMUNITY CARE CORNER
The "Community Care Corner" feature in the weekly newsletter allows us to update you on people forwhom we are praying or to submit a new prayer request. If you have an update on someone or a new prayer request to share in the Corner, please email or call the church office (lcgs@comporium.net or 883-3680) by noon on Thursday. 

Gene Shonka passed away on April 17. Please keep his family and friends, especially wife Jacky, in your prayers. A memorial service will be held at Good Shepherd on Monday, April 22 at 11:00 a.m., followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall. If you would like to contribute food for the reception, please contact Barbara Meyer (blmeyer@comporium.net or 885-5135). 

Dan Bollini, son of Lois and Jim Bollini, has been suffering from severe headaches due to a loss of spinal fluid. Doctors are working to discover the source of the fluid leak.  

Tynne Karas recently had successful knee surgery and is recovering nicely at home.

Sue Sena is undergoing cancer treatment and is doing well. 

Heidi Bullock has requested prayers for her colleague, Elizabeth, and Elizabeth's son, Sam. 

Carol Larson, friend of Elaine Raynolds, is in hospice care in Minnesota. We pray for Carol and her family at this time.

Dan, friend of Elaine Raynolds, was recently hospitalized after a car accident.

Maree Rankin was recently hospitalized for pneumonia. 

Darrin Rumph, 12-year old grandson of Don and Jean Rumph, had successful open heart surgery in Houston on April 12. The surgery was more complicated than expected and he needed a pacemaker, but is doing well. 
SERVING THIS SUNDAY

Ministers ...................................................................... The People of Good Shepherd
Interim Pastor .............................................................................Rev. Dr. Richard Graf
Minister of Music..................................................................................David Gresham
Organist...................................................................................................Vance Reese
Outreach Ministry Coordinator...........................................................Kimberly Dunbar
Children's Ministry Coordinator.............................................................Heather Merritt
Assisting Ministers ....................................................Annette Blum / Robert McKeown
Readers ........................................................................Lauren Weed / Sophie Dunbar
Ushers.................. Debbie & Paul Cooper  /  Wayne Drake, Lamar Propst, Yuri Emaus
Acolytes...............................................................................Annette Blum / Jia Emaus
Greeters ........Lauren & Fred Weed / Marilyn Carlson, Snookie Henson, Abey Emaus
Child Care during Worship........................................................................Lisa Busche
Altar Care & Communion Bread...............................................................Kate Reinke
Tellers .........................................................................Tom Reinke & Nancy Cummins
Doorkeeper of the Day..............................................................................Don Rumph
Easter Breakfast (10:30 a.m.)...................................................Fellowship Committee
                                                                                 
World & Community
MISSION TRIP TO EL PASO

Ellen Dozier will be in El Paso, TX, from April 28 through May 11, providing hospitality through Annunciation House to refugees who are coming from Central America into the USA. M ore deeply understanding accompaniment as a way of being in community with others is part of our current strategic plan. Through this mission trip, o ur congregation has the opportunity to accompany Ellen with our prayers, interest in the people she will be serving, and financial support.  Some funds to cover the cost of the trip have been given by the Presbytery of Western North Carolina, but additional funds are needed. Funds received above the cost of the trip will be used to purchase items to provide hospitality to refugees (i.e. food, toiletries, cleaning supplies, diapers, underwear, tote bags). If you would like to contribute, please make your check payable to LCGS and write "El Paso mission" on the memo line. 

The Volunteer Coordinator at Annunciation House writes that the children they serve enjoy having chap stick. Ellen hopes to fill a basket which is in the Commons area with chap stick that she can take with her to El Paso. You can add your chap stick to the basket by Wednesday, April 24.

On April 28, a booklet with Scripture readings, prayers, and other information about immigration will be available to the congregation. On May 19, Ellen will talk about her experiences on this trip during the Sunday School hour in the Fellowship Hall. 
PERSONAL CARE KITS FOR LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF

A big thank you to everyone who gave donations to make personal care kits for Lutheran World Relief during Lent, and to everyone who helped assemble the kits last Sunday. We made a total of 65 kits, which  will be distributed to people around the world as needed.
FAIR TRADE PALMS
Last Sunday, we remembered Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem with real palm leaves - "eco-palms" purchased through a partner of  Lutheran World Relief.
                                                                                  
Have you ever wondered where those palm leaves come from? Over  300 million palm fronds are consumed in the United States each year. This can have damaging effects on valuable rainforests, and can exploit local people who produce the palms. The  eco-palm project aims to ensure that churches can purchase palm fronds in a fair and environmentally friendly way.                                                                                                                        
The eco-palm fronds come directly from forest communities in Mexico and Guatemala. Purchasing eco-palms fairly compensates workers for their labor, giving communities five to six times the normal payment per frond. It also avoids middlemen because the communities do the gathering, sorting, packaging, and selling themselves, and are therefore in control of their income and can employ more people. It also supports sustainable harvesting, which protects the forests and the communities' livelihoods for generations to come.
SOAP COLLECTION UPDATE

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the soap collection for people in North Samar, Philippines, organized by Ann Farash. Pisgah Forest Rotary, Brevard High School, BHS Interact and Good Shepherd contributed to the collection.  A total of 120 pounds was gathered!
LIVING WATERS NEWSLETTER

Here is the April Newsletter from our friends at Living Waters Lutheran Church in Cherokee, NC. 
NEWS FROM THE GOOD SHEPHERD CRECHE
Good Shepherd members and friends help to financially support this nursery school in southern India. The school serves 50 children, providing them with education, safety, health care, food and clothing. If you would like to make a donation to the Good Shepherd Crèche, make your check payable to LCGS and indicate Good Shepherd Crèche on the memo line. Thank you. 

The Weekly Hospital Visit


Every Thursday morning James, the crèche driver, goes around to Helping Hearts and Good Shepherd Crèches to collect children who need to see the doctor at the regional hospital clinic. Regina, the crèche nurse, and the head teacher at Helping Hearts, Jayanti, go with the children. Respiratory problems are common as most homes lack ventilation for cook fires. Children often have skin conditions, colds, pneumonia, or eye and ear problems.

Not enough doctors cover this area. The wait in the crowded hallway is always long. When their turn finally arrives, they go in as a group with Regina and Jayanti. The doctor spends very little time with each child, a quick check-up, a prescription maybe, and he's on to the next case.

Regina fills the prescriptions at the pharmacy window outside the hospital while the children wait. James gets them back to their crèches in time for lunch, and they're on the road to improved health.
In Our Community
COMMUNITY EVENT TO FOCUS ON 
IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEE CRISIS   
How is the immigration and refugee crisis impacting our Latino neighbors and what can we do to support them?  These and other questions will be the focus of an Immigration and Refugee Information Fair in the parish hall of St. Philips Episcopal Church on Wednesday, April 24, from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
 
After people have had a chance to sign in, have some refreshments, browse the information tables, and take their seats, the program will begin.  Judy Nebrig and Ellen Dozier, both Presbyterians working in solidarity with the people of Guatemala for several decades, will make brief presentations on what's happening at the border today and why young people and families are fleeing Guatemala (as well as Honduras and El Salvador) in such great numbers. They will suggest how we might support groups in Central America that provide job opportunities for youth.
 
Bobby King, a long time Christian activist who works primarily with refugees, will talk about what's going on with immigration detention at this time. Mark Montgomery of St. Philip's will provide an overview of the Community ID card project now underway in Brevard and other parts of the state and nation.  Shoshanna Fried, an immigration lawyer with Pisgah Legal Services, will reflect on the legal challenges facing the immigrant and refugee populations. Several local members of the Latino community in Transylvania County will talk briefly about their experiences.  Episcopal ministers Diane Livingston and Carter Heyward are coordinating the event and will facilitate a brief question and answer period at the end.  Information will be available for people to take home, and sign-up sheets will be available for those who wish to become more involved in various projects.
RISE & SHINE OFFERS "GUEST TUTOR DAYS" AGAIN
Wednesday, April 24, and Thursday, May 2
Rise & Shine invites members of our community to join us in tutoring our scholars so that they can see the great things that are happening in our program. If you are interested in  learning more about Rise & Shine, meeting other tutors and scholars, and/or spending a day tutoring, please sign up for one of these tutoring opportunities. Contact Laura Leatherwood (828-506-2480 or  laura@riseshine.org) for more information or to sign up.
ELCA, NC Synod, & LWF News
A N EASTER MESSAGE
The following is a message from ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton. 

Getting a phone call in the middle of the night is never a good thing. I remember the second time my father had open-heart surgery. It was a long procedure and a difficult one, and after it was done the doctor called us to his office and said, "There's been some bleeding. We'll let you know, but you should go home now and rest." And so going home that night, I listened for a phone call in the middle of the night and was awakened only to find out it was morning and it was birds singing, not the phone ringing. My father had made it through the night, and in fact he did recover from the surgery. 

This is the joy we feel at Easter, but magnified. All of the hope that had been dashed on Good Friday, the terrible pressure of grief, the terrible pressure of knowing there was no future in the world, only on Sunday to be greeted not by the ringing of a telephone announcing death but the loud clear singing of alleluias.  This is the joy we have, and it's a promise so strong that even when we do die, even when we do confront death, we have the hope and the assurance of eternal life. 

Easter makes it possible for us, even at the grave, to sing alleluia. Christ is risen. Alleluia. 

Happy Easter, dear church. 
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton 

The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
(828) 883-3680     lcgs@comporium.net     lutheranchurchbrevardnc.com
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