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This Sunday
WELCOME, PASTOR KEN!
Our new pastor, the Rev. Kenneth Albright, joins us in worship for the first time this Sunday, February 2. Pastor Ken, as he prefers to be called, received his BA in Christian Education at Lenoir-Rhyne University in 1990 and a Master of Divinity at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC in 1994. Ordained in 1994, he has served as a parish pastor for 25 years, most recently at St. Thomas Lutheran church in Palmetto Bay, Florida. Pastor Ken and his wife Charlotte have two adult daughters, Julia and Meredith. He calls himself a "south paw" who enjoys hiking, biking, birding, tennis, photography, gardening, archery and finding new jeep trails. Please join in welcoming Pastor Ken on Sunday and help him in getting to know everyone by wearing your name badge.
SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY IS FEBRUARY 2!
This year, our children and youth, with guidance from a few adults, will be making neck warmers to help neighbors at Sharing House stay warm. (The scraps of fleece that will be used are representative of several football teams!)

The children and youth will also collect cans of soup and other non-perishable food items to give to Sharing House. Please bring your food donations to Good Shepherd on February 2 and place them in the labeled bins under the mailboxes in the hallway. Thank you!
FAIR TRADE SALE THIS SUNDAY
A fair trade sale will take place this Sunday, February 2, during both coffee hours in the Fellowship Hall. A variety of goodies, including chocolate, coffee, tea, nuts, dates, and olive oil, will be on sale. Every purchase helps small-scale farmers. Thank you!
SUNDAY CLASSES
Classes begin at 9:10 a.m.

Elementary School children will begin with music in the choir room, then return to Room 3 for a Godly Play story. 

On February 2, the confirmands will continue learning about the Old Testament with Pastor Rich Handschin in the loft. 

In Room 6, Intersections will look at and discuss an article from Living Lutheran magazine entitled  "Freed in Christ to Serve the Neighbor." 
Worship & Education
WOMEN OF THE ELCA
Our next meeting is Tuesday, February 4.
At the meeting, 10:30 to 11:00 a.m., we'll determine the ministries to support with contributions given in 2019 and will hear about World Day of Prayer and 2020 WELCA events.  Bible Study starts at 11:00 a.m. We are studying the ELCA Book of Faith Series, Ruth, through May. 
SOULSHOP FOR CONGREGATIONS
On Wednesday, February 12, Mark Merritt and Outreach Ministry Coordinator Kimberly Dunbar will present a suicide awareness and prevention workshop for our congregation. The curriculum looks at the prevalence of suicidal desperation in faith communities, reflects on suicide in the Bible, and teaches basic skills for accompanying someone who is having thoughts of suicide or is concerned about someone who is. Everyone is invited to attend this 1.5 to 2-hour workshop, which will be held in the Fellowship Hall beginning at 10:00 a.m. Light refreshments will be provided. 
LENTEN DEVOTIONAL BOOKLET 2020
Members and friends of Good Shepherd are invited to write brief devotionals to share with our congregation and others during Lent. This year, we will focus on the passage from Philippians known as the Christ hymn (2:5-11). You are asked to share a brief story (300-400 words) from your life that relates to one of the five themes pulled out of the Philippians text. (Click here for more information.) Y ou can include a question that prompts the reader to further reflection and/or a prayer. Please send in your story contributions to Kimberly Dunbar in the church office ( kimberlylcgs@comporium.net ) by Friday, February 21 , or contact her with any questions. Thank you.
At Good Shepherd
PG'S PEN
Shirley and I are so grateful for all the cards, comments, gifts and personal expressions of love you have drowned us in. Our last Sunday was wonderful. Thanks for being the best congregation I could have had for my last one. And for accepting the responsibility, honor and joy of serving all of God's children, old and young, through God's Church.
 
I know you will give Pastor Ken the support and love you gave me. I am thrilled to know that such a caring and competent shepherd will be with Good Shepherd Church in my place. Be faithful, true and generous with the gifts you have been given by a gracious God. Keep the first thing, grace, "The First Thing." Always remember who you are, a sinner-made-saint by that Cross, before deciding who "they" are, whoever they may be. Choose to be a church that LOOKS like Christ as you see him in his actions and words in the Gospels. And never forget how much Jesus loves you.
 
Shirley and I know we'll meet again... and we really look forward to that!
 
Love you all!

Pastor Graf
2020 BUDGET VOTE  
Congregation members overwhelmingly approved the 2020 budget presented by Finance Chair Hal Galloway at the January 26 congregational meeting with only 3 dissenting votes. The meeting was called in accordance with LCGS Constitution Chapter 10, and the required quorum of members was in attendance.
2019 ANNUAL REPORT CORRECTION
Apologies to Michelle Peterson, whose name was inadvertently omitted from the list of 2019 Congregational Council members in the 2019 Annual Report. The error has been corrected in the copy of record held in the church office and posted on our web site at http://lutheranchurchbrevardnc.com/about/2019-annual-report/ .
SPECIAL APPEAL FOR CHORAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM
Did you know that our own David Gresham was once a Choral Scholar??? David says that the experience was "pivotal" to his life. Few would disagree that David's considerable experience, coupled with his dedication to LCGS (along with a whole lot of patience with the choir members!) have been just as pivotal to our extraordinary music program. Current Choral Scholars Cory Earp and Anthony Zuniga not only have found meaningful work with us that enriches their music studies at Brevard College, they have also become welcomed and valued members of our church family, especially our choir family. The exuberance and joy they add to every practice and worship service cannot be overstated.
 
Although the choir is large for a congregation the size of Good Shepherd, there are only two full-time tenors. This would typically limit the variety of anthems that could be considered for any given Sunday. Being able to augment the choir with Choral Scholars significantly broadens the choir's capacity for selecting more complex and varied music pieces throughout the year.
 
The Choral Scholars program is also one of our few connections to Brevard College, which is intrinsic to Good Shepherd's community outreach goal to attract younger members into the congregation. Pastor Ken commented that the program "is fertile soil where church and college students can work creatively and foster faith and vocational aspirations." Further, it is good for individuals who may be "church shopping" in the local area to see not only how involved our youth are in worship services, but also young adults singing in the choir.
 
Unfortunately, as was discussed during the January 26 congregational meeting, funding for our Choral Scholars program was one of the items that had to be cut in order to balance the 2020 budget. The Congregational Council recently approved a request, submitted in accordance with the LCGS Financial Policy, for a special appeal for the $2,250 needed to fund the Choral Scholars program through the end of the Spring semester. Please contemplate how our music program enriches your personal worship experience at Good Shepherd and whether you can make even a small donation toward sustaining the Choral Scholars program. Every little bit helps, as the saying goes. Designated gifts may be made by making your check payable to the church with "Choral Scholars Program" noted on the memo line. Thank you for your consideration.
MINISTRY 2020 COFFEE HOUR CHANGES
There has been considerable discussion around the "trusteeship" aspect of Ministry 2020 and the need for congregation involvement in the care of our church community from a "service to and with others" perspective, as well as the financial perspective. Bill Johnson reminded us of this again during the congregational meeting held last week with his "Remember the Alamo" analogy.
 
To support this, a plan approved by the Council is in place to feature each LCGS committee/ministry team for a full month during 2020 through whatever channels they choose, including, but not limited to, newsletter features, Temple Talks, visual/video displays in the Fellowship Hall, etc. The intent is to give the different groups the opportunity to advertise the good work that is being done - sometimes behind the scenes - to support the daily operation of the church and perhaps recruit some new members in the process.
 
The members of the "Ministry 2020 Focus Team of the Month" will also host the weekly 10:30 service coffee hours during their adopted month(s), including deciding what will be served (for example, the committee may opt to serve only coffee one Sunday or may choose to provide only donuts with coffee). A very wise member of our congregation says, "It's not what's on the menu that's important; it's who's around the table that's important," which is a really nice way of saying, "sometimes simpler is better." If you are not a member of a specific church committee, consider offering to lend a hand to the designated team of the month. Fellowship is the responsibility of every congregation member and "help" could be as simple as offering to provide some cookies or vegetables to augment whatever the team has planned for a particular Sunday and would be greatly appreciated!
GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER
Another round of this fun fellowship activity will begin in March. Please see the bulletin board to sign up and for more information.  If you have questions, contact Donna Brim (884-5055,  donnambrim@gmail.com ) or Marilyn Carlson (884-2756, ( cacarlson@comporium.net ).
HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION MEETING
The next meeting of the Brevard chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America will be  Saturday, February 8, beginning at 1:00 p.m., at Good Shepherd.  The program will be presented by Ms. Tzena Keyes, who retired from working as a manager in the NC Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing - Asheville Regional Center in 2018. She continues to work as an adjunct instructor in the Interpreter Training Program at Western Piedmont Community College.

All are welcome.  The room will open at 12:30 p.m. so people can sign in, browse the free literature, grab a snack, and meet others. Captions will be provided. Questions? Please email HLAABrevard@gmail.com.
COMING SOON AT GOOD SHEPHERD . . .

Sunday, February 2, 2020
  8:00 a.m.  Worship (Sanctuary)
  9:00 a.m.  Coffee Hour & Fair Trade Sale (Fellowship Hall)
  9:10 a.m.  Elementary Children's Sunday School (Education Wing)
  9:10 a.m.  Confirmation Class (Loft)
  9:10 a.m.  Intersections Class (Room 6)
10:30 a.m.  Worship Service ( Sanctuary)
11:30 a.m.  Coffee Hour & Fair Trade Sale (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. 

Ruth Ann Fullner, aunt of Jody Schuld, had spinal surgery two weeks ago and has since had a respiratory infection and other medical issues. Please pray for Ruth Ann and her family. 

Dennis Rogers, friend of Jody Schuld, was  diagnosed with cancer last April. He has undergone treatment that has not been successful, and is returning home under hospice care this week. Please pray for him and his partner, Charlie.

Debbie Cooper had successful eye surgery on January 29 and is recovering at home. 

Paul Cooper will have cataract surgeries on February 6 and 13. 

Ellen Dozier (pictured below, speaking) is in Guatemala working with a microloan program she has been involved with for 25 years. She will return on February 3. 

SERVING THIS SUNDAY

Pastor................................................................................................Pastor Ken Albright
Minister of Music ..................................................................................... David Gresham
Organist ......................................................................................................Vance Reese
Outreach Ministry Coordinator..............................................................Kimberly Dunbar
Assisting Minister ............................................................Lauren Weed / Laurie Johnson
Readers.................................................................................Caroline Smith / Bill Moore
Ushers .....................Henry Dixon & Darrell Dixon / Wayne Drake, Lamar Propst, & Ian Merritt
Acolytes ..........................................................................Lauren Weed / Laurie Johnson
Greeters ............................. Jody & Bob Schuld / Zia & Frank McConnell, Victor Emaus
Elementary Sunday School Teacher...........................................................Heidi Bullock
Doorperson for Sunday School...............................................................Heather Merritt
Nursery Care during Worship...................................................................Jackie Jenkins
Communion Bread ....................................................................................Barb Jackson
Tellers ...................................................................................Paul Onnink & Kate Reinke
Doorkeeper of the Day ........................................................................Sandy Ostermeier
Coffee Hour..............................Linda Goethe & Caroline Smith  / Fellowship Committee
                                                                                                                     
World & Community
GIVE FIVE, READ FIVE CAMPAIGN
Rosman Elementary School (RES) is collecting new and gently used books through May 29. Their goal is to give five books to each of their 325 students at the end of the school year, to help them maintain their literacy skills during the summer months. Please place your book donations on the counter in the Children's Sunday School Room. Heather Merritt will deliver the books to RES. Thank you!
FABULOUS FRIDAY FUNDRAISER FISH FRY!
The annual Fish Fry sponsored by our Fellowship Committee to benefit Sharing House will be held on Friday, February 28 at Good Shepherd from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. The menu includes fish, fries,
mac and cheese, slaw, hush puppies, and dessert. Entertainment will be provided by the Russ Martin Ensemble.  All LCGS congregation members and their guests are invited.  Tickets are $12 per person and will be on sale in the church office and during coffee hours in February. Please also bring at least one item to donate for Sharing House or a cash donation. 
UPDATE ON NOISY OFFERING FOR OUR YOUTH
The noisy offering held on January 5 that will support four of our youth attending the Lutheran Youth Organization (LYO) Assembly in Greensboro in February was a great success! A total of $1,109.79 was collected!! Thank you so much to everyone who participated in these efforts or made a financial contribution.
In Our Community
NATIONAL LUTHERAN CHOIR CONCERT
Saturday, February 22  7:00 p.m.
Christ Lutheran Church -  4519 Providence Road,  Charlotte, NC 28226
Admission is free, but please 
c onsider bringing a donation of new or gently used clothing for Crisis Assistance Ministry. See the bulletin board for more information. 
ELCA, NC Synod, & LWF News
50 YEARS OF ORDAINED WOMEN
With gratitude for those who have gone before and hope for the future, the ELCA gives thanks to God for the ministry of women. In 2019 and 2020 we celebrate 50 years of Lutheran women being ordained in the United States, 40 years of women of color being ordained, and 10 years of LGBTQIA+ individuals being able to serve freely.  Read more here.  

The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
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