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Worship & Education
THIS SUNDAY

Joint Worship Service
This Sunday, December 30, we will all come together for one worship service at 10:30 a.m., followed by coffee hour.

No Sunday School Classes
Also this Sunday, no Sunday School classes will meet. 
DiGG CLASS UPDATE
The Delving into God's Grace adult class will be on hiatus in January. We will let you know about the classes for February when information is available. 
INTERSECTIONS CLASS UPDATE

The Intersections Class will meet in January. Here is the schedule for the next couple of weeks: 

January 6 - "Uplifting Christmas Gifts" 

 

January 13 - Godly Play demonstration by Heather Merritt

NOISY OFFERING ON JANUARY 6
Our next "noisy offering" will take place on Sunday, January 6, when the children will collect your pocket change in metal buckets (hence, the 
noise ). The purpose of these offerings is two-fold: One is to support worthy projects. Two is to promote their understanding of and participation in Christian stewardship.
This time, the offering will benefit Rise & Shine, which  provides programming to economically disadvantaged and racial minority children that focuses on enriching children, empowering parents, and encouraging community.  The grant will support Rise & Shine's after-school and summer programs, which include guided reading instruction, one-on-one tutoring, STEAM activities, and lessons in African-American history and culture. A team of several people from Good Shepherd offers tutoring assistance each month at Rise & Shine. 
 
Start rounding up your change now! If your change jar happens to be low when that Sunday rolls around, bills and even checks will be happily accepted by the children. Come be a part of making a joyful noise!
At Good Shepherd
POINSETTIAS

If you ordered a poinsettia plant to help decorate the sanctuary for Christmas, you are now welcome to take your plant home. Thank you!
COMING SOON AT GOOD SHEPHERD . . .

Sunday, December 30
10:30 a.m.  Worship Service (Sanctuary) 
11:30 a.m.  Coffee Hour (Fellowship Hall)

Membership & Evangelism
COMMUNITY CARE CORNER
The "Community Care Corner" feature in the weekly newsletter allows us to update you on people for whom 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. 

Roy Larson  is recovering at home after receiving treatment for a pulmonary embolism.  

On December 23, Hank and Mary Shore's nephew, Zach Lantelme, and his wife, Anna, welcomed a very little baby, Micah, after Anna experienced dire complications in her 28-week pregnancy. Contrary to the earliest reports, Micah is a boy! Baby Micah remains in the NICU and is doing well. Anna is home from the hospital.

Tracey Propst , Sid Propst's daughter-in-law, is experiencing ongoing complications from diabetes.

Grace Rehme, Marci Kuhlman's mother, is continuing to recover from pneumonia.

Dan Bergen, long-time college friend of Dave Kuhlman, is suffering from several serious ailments.

Hampton Schulz, grandson of friends of Robert and Jane McKeown, has kidney cancer. Hampton has had surgery to have the tumor and one kidney removed and is now undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

Mark Glaeserfriend of Karen and Mike Anderson, has learned that his cancer has spread into his lymph nodes.

Carol Maquire, Arthur Raynolds' cousin, has been diagnosed with cancer of the bile duct which is considered inoperable. 
ANNIVERSARIES AND BIRTHDAYS

Anniversaries
  Lisa & Matthew Busche ...........................................  January 02
Ann Farash Onnink & Paul Onnink .......................... January 03
Linda & Terry Moore ................................................. January 14
Susan & Mike Whitaker ............................................ January 14
 
Birthdays
Debbie Cooper ......................................................... January 02
Debi Drake ............................................................... January 03
Marilyn Sheehan ...................................................... January 06
Isa Emaus ................................................................ January 09
Beverly Martin .......................................................... January 09
Arthur Raynolds ....................................................... January 11
John Swancara ........................................................ January 11
Sandy Ostermeier ................................................... January 13
Lois Bollini ............................................................... January 14
Sheila Swancara ......................................................January 15
Randy Stinson ......................................................... January 16
Jim Durlak ............................................................... January 20
Sophie Dunbar ........................................................ January 23
Roy Larson .............................................................. January 26
Bobo Van Horne ...................................................... January 30

SERVING THIS SUNDAY 
Ministers ......................................................................... The People of Good Shepherd
Pastor.................................................................................................Mary Hinkle Shore
Minister of Music.....................................................................................David Gresham
Organist......................................................................................................Vance Reese
Coordinator of Outreach Ministries.......................................................Kimberly Dunbar
Children's Ministry Coordinator................................................................Heather Merritt
Assisting Minister.........................................................................................Bill Johnson
Reader........................................................................................................Heidi Bullock
Ushers.............................................................................................. Jody & Bob Schuld 
Acolyte....................................................................................................Sophie Dunbar
Greeters.................................................................................... Larry & Marilyn Fogdall
Child Care during Worship......................................................................Zia McConnell
Altar Care............................................................................................Sheila Swancara
Communion Bread......................................................................................Kate Reinke
Tellers..............................................................................Larry Fogdall & Jane Madsen
Doorkeeper of the Day..............................................................................Wayne Drake
Coffee Hour......................................................................LCGS Fellowship Committee 
                                                        
World & Community
GOOD SHEPHERD'S GIVING TREE
Good Shepherd's Giving Tree will be in the  commons through this Sunday, December 30.  You can still s ponsor a gift to benefit ELCA World Hunger, which will be matched up to $110,000. Just place a check in the offering plate made out to LCGS, indicating ELCA World Hunger on the memo line. Thank you!
HURRICANE RECOVERY

The ELCA's Lutheran Disaster Response continues to collect donations to help with 
hurricane recovery efforts  in the southeast.  Thrivent will match your donations up to $1 million  or until December 31.  You can make a donation online through Good Shepherd's website (choose ELCA Disaster Relief and indicate Hurricane's Florence and Michael)  or place your check in the offering plate on Sunday, made out to LCGS with "Lutheran Disaster Response - Hurricanes Florence and Michael" indicated on the memo line. 
GETTING AHEAD SERIES AT SHARING HOUSE
Sharing House is offering another Getting Ahead series beginning on Wednesday, January 16. The class is designed to help people imagine and create a more stable financial future for themselves and their children, and will meet on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Brevard Wesleyan Church. If you are willing to provide snacks for the class, please see the bulletin board for more information and to sign up. Questions? Contact Kimberly Dunbar in the church office (kimberlylcgs@comporium.net or 883-3680). Thank you!
In Our Community
HLAA RESCHEDULED HOLIDAY LUNCHEON
Our annual December holiday luncheon was snowed out as were so many activities in the area. Our next meeting will be the rescheduled luncheon to celebrate the Holidays and completion of another successful year for the Brevard Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America. This luncheon is a social event and will not have a formal program.
 
The luncheon will be Saturday, January 12, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. in the Carlson Room at the Transylvania Regional Hospital in Brevard. The room will open at 12:30 p.m. so people can sign in, browse the free literature available, and meet others interested in discussing hearing problems and solutions.
 
Chapter members, hearing professionals, persons who have attended a meeting in the past, and anyone interested in learning about hearing loss and hearing solutions are welcome. However, we do need a head count so we can adequately prepare. If you plan to attend, please confirm your attendance and the number of attendees with Kathy Borzell at 828-743-0150 or kborzell@gmail.com no later than Monday, January 7.
SUPPORT THE BAND GOING TO PLAY AT CARNEGIE HALL
The Brevard High School Band has been invited to perform at the 2019 New York Invitational Music Festival next spring. This festival offers young musicians the opportunity to play in one of the world's greatest music venues, the Isaac Stern Auditorium/Ronald O. Perelman Main Stage in the famed Carnegie Hall. One of the band members is our own Joe Smith. 


In order for every band member to be able to have this once-in-a-lifetime experience, the band needs to raise $150,000. This can only happen with considerable support from the community. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation payable to "Brevard Band Association" and mailing it to BHS-Bands, P.O. Box 1491, Brevard, NC 28712. Thank you!
ELCA and NC Synod News
LIVING LUTHERAN READER CALL  
Living Lutheran magazine is seeking submissions from readers for an upcoming article. They want to know: 

What draws you into God daily? Where do you see glimmers of God's presence in ordinary moments? By January 7, send your 300-word reflection to  livinglutheran@elca.org , subject line: God.

The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
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