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Worship & Education
WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY
On February 24 , Rev. Bill Johnson will be our guest preacher and presiding minister. We will also welcome guest clarinetist, Aaron Lipsky. He is a sophomore at A. C. Reynolds High School in Asheville, and recently won the competition ASO Spotlight on Young Musicians and Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra competitions.
JOINT DiGG & INTERSECTIONS CLASS
On 
February 24,  Ellen Dozier will share pictures, stories and reflections about her walk on the Camino de Santiago in October of last year. Ellen and a friend walked the last 118 kilometers of this ancient pilgrim path which leads through small villages, farm lands, and cities as pilgrims make their way to Santiago de Compostela in north eastern Spain. Everyone is invited to come to the Fellowship Hall at 9:10 a.m. for Ellen's presentation.
MID-WEEK LENTEN SERVICES
On Wednesday, March 6, we will hold an Ash Wednesday service at 5:30 p.m. 

On Wednesdays from March 13 through April 10, join us for Lenten suppers at 5:45 p.m. and Lenten worship at 6:30 p.m. There is no need to sign up for the dinners - just come and enjoy!
LENTEN MID-WEEK SPEAKERS
What does it mean to live out your faith in daily life? In the Affirmation of Baptism liturgy, the daily walk of faith is described this way:
  
1. To live among God's faithful people. 
2. To hear the word of God and share in the Lord's Supper.
3. To proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed. 
4. To serve all people, following the example of Jesus Christ.
5. To strive for justice and peace in all the earth. 
  
Do you have a story from your life related to one of these five themes? Maybe you could talk about a time when it mattered that you "lived among God's faithful people," or maybe you see a direct connection between being Christian and the work you do for justice. 
We are looking for five people to speak at our mid-week Lenten services, each for about five minutes on one of the themes above as it relates to your own life and experience.  

The dates are Wednesdays between March 13 and April 10If you sense a nudge to try this assignment, or you think you might know just the right person to recommend be asked, please contact Whitney (lcgs@comporium.net) in the church office. 
KOINONIA COMMUNITY LENTEN SERVICES
Once again this year, the congregations that form Koinonia are hosting a 30-minute noon worship service, followed by lunch, during the Lenten season. As a part of the service, a local charitable organization is invited to speak briefly about its work, and participants have an opportunity to contribute to a free will offering that is given to the charity. Each year, the Koinonia Lenten series raises more than $3,500 for local causes, and people from different faith communities - or no faith community - come together for worship and fellowship with one another. 

This is the 2019 schedule of Thursday* services:

March 7 - St. Timothy United Methodist Church ( Backpack Buddies)

March 14 - Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church ( El Centro)

March 21 - Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd (SAFE)   

March 28 - Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Transylvania County 
(The Haven)

April 4 - Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Brevard Jewish Community (Bread of Life)

April 11 - First United Methodist Church ( Sharing House)

April 19, *Good Friday - Bethel "A" Baptist Church (Rise & Shine)
At Good Shepherd
PASTORAL TRANSITION UPDATE #2

The interim pastor who was recommended by NC Synod Bishop Tim Smith has met with Church Council and staff, and has been approved. Pastor Richard Graf (pronounced Groff), will begin his work at Good Shepherd on March 1, and will preach on March 3.  
LUTHERAN YOUTH ORGANIZATION ASSEMBLY
Some of our youth, Joe Smith, Forrest McConnell, Forrest's friend Riley Burton, and Isa, Yuri and Jia Emaus, along with Zia McConnell, will be traveling to Greensboro, NC, today for the LYO Assembly. The theme of the assembly is:  This is Me! Broken and Loved, Rooted in Christ, Living in the Light. The group will return home on Sunday afternoon.
"DON'T EVER FORGET" LYRICS
This past Sunday, Raegan Eggleston presented a song to the congregation that she'd written. A few people requested the lyrics to the song. Here they are:

Time flies so quickly. 
Everyday is a mystery.
You decide how it goes.
You decide who's friend or foe. 
Everyone makes their mistakes.
Everyone has a bad day.

Refrain
Don't ever forget what God gave to you. 
Don't ever forget that he will come through. 
He gave you this life so you can live.
Jesus died for our sins.
Don't ever forget what God gave to you. 
Don't ever forget that he will come through. 

Refrain

Everyone knows that life is hard.
Keep going cause one day you're gone.
God put you here for reasons.
God put you here for lessons.
There's questions in life that we'll find out,
but not 'til we leave this ground. 

Refrain

On Earth as in Heaven, 
I believe in you no question.
Through the mountains and the churches
you're the one I worship.
Every year and every month, every week and everyday,
I will never forget to pray. 
PASTORAL CARE
Ellen Dozier will be available for any pastoral care needs until Pastor Richard is in place. Ellen may be reached at 828-403-3988, 828-862-3995, or ellendozier@hotmail.com. You may also reach her through the church office (828-883-3680 or lcgs@comporium.net).
COFFEE HOUR - BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

During both coffee hours this Sunday,  February 24 , we will have a birthday cake to celebrate all members who have a February birthday. Please join us!
LOST AND FOUND

Please check the lost and found box on the book shelf by the coat rack in the hallway for any items that may be yours. Any items not claimed by February 24 will be donated to SAFE. Thank you. 
SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER RETURNS!
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 5  at 5:00 p.m.  After last year's success, the Church Council will once again be cooking for a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, hosted in conjunction with the Fellowship Committee. Please sign up on the bulletin board if you plan to attend! 
SPELLING BEE
LCGS has a Spelling Bee team! Debbie Cooper, Bill Moore, Julia Kennerly, and Jackie Jenkins will represent the Lutherans at the March 30 Spelling Bee, held at the DFR Room at 5:00 p.m. This is a fundraiser to support the work of the Augustine Literacy Project volunteers working in Brevard schools. We need donors to help with the $250 team registration fee and LOTS of supporters to come cheer for us (tickets are $10). If you would like to help with the registration fee, please make your donations out to LCGS with Augustine Project Spelling Bee in the memo line. Click here for details and plan to attend!
EDUCATION COMMITTEE
The Education Committee provides many opportunities for members and guests to grow in their faith through several diverse groups and settings. The committee typically meets once a month to plan the various programs for ages five and up.

We have six areas to provide education beginning with our elementary age children. Our Children's Ministry coordinator, Heather Merritt, has developed a solid interactive curriculum that includes the students and several church members who assist. The program not only introduces the Bible stories, but also embodies prayer practices and spiritual growth. We are hoping to introduce a new curriculum in September called Godly Play, which is Montessori-based. With each Bible story, wooden figures are incorporated so the children can have first-hand experiences with what was happening at the time of the story and then relate those experiences to today's world. 
   
Catechism classes are provided for ages 12-14 to prepare them for confirmation. Currently, the high school students do not have a formal program. However, they participate in the LYO and do service projects.

We have two study opportunities for adults. One is a conversation-style class, Intersections, which touches on a variety of topics where our faith and life intersect. The other adult class, Delving into God's Grace, (DiGG) has a typical format of three- to six-week topics, such as Paul the Apostle, Mental Health, The Five Promises of our Baptism, Spirituality and others. Interspersed are one-week Lectionary studies which give insight on the Sunday readings, thus giving one a "heads up" for the Sunday sermon. Both classes offer stimulating and insightful discussions.

From time to time we also offer community forums. Last summer Bill Moore offered a discussion on Toni Morrison's book, Home. Look for what we will be offering in the coming months.

This summer we look forward to having once-a-month co-ed Bible studies around a pot luck dinner. If you would be willing to host one of these groups, please contact Linea Warmke ( linea@frontier.com).

Our committee members are: Bill Moore, Kimberly Dunbar, Heather Merritt, Zia McConnell, Tom Brim and Linea Warmke (Chair). We encourage you to participate in the opportunities provided so your faith can grow. We welcome you to join our committee if you have a passion for Bible study and faith formation.
COMING SOON AT GOOD SHEPHERD . . .

Sunday, February 24
  8:00 a.m.  Worship Service (Sanctuary)
  9:00 a.m.  Coffee Hour (Fellowship Hall)
  9:10 a.m.  Joint Intersections & DiGG Class (Fellowship Hall)
  9:10 a.m.  Elementary Children's Sunday School Class (Rooms 3 & 4)
  9:10 a.m.  Nursery/Preschool Class (Room 1)
10:30 a.m.  Worship Service (Sanctuary) 
11:30 a.m.  Coffee Hour  (Fellowship Hall)

Membership & Evangelism
CONGRATULATIONS, BRIGHTON!
The William Randolph Hearst Foundation has announced the finalists selected in the 2018-2019 Journalism Awards Program's radio news and features competition, and our own Brighton McConnell is one of them! Brighton received the second place award, $2,000, and his school UNC-Chapel Hill, will receive a matching grant. The top five radio winners also qualify for the National Radio Championship this June, along with qualifying television, writing, photojournalism and multimedia finalists. Congratulations! 
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. 

Rivers Smith will have neck surgery on February 25. 
ANNIVERSARIES AND BIRTHDAYS


ANNIVERSARIES

Laurie & Bill Johnson........................................................... March 5
Ginny & Bob Landwehr...................................................... March 20
Kate & Tom Reinke............................................................ March 20

BIRTHDAYS
Janice Liebe ......................................................................... March 1
Elaine Ehmann..................................................................... March 3
Brighton McConnell.............................................................. March 4
Carly Onnink......................................................................... March 4
Eric Peterson........................................................................ March 8
Donna Brim......................................................................... March 13
David Gresham.................................................................. .March 15
Dave Kuhlman.................................................................... March 15
Lynn Secosan..................................................................... March 15
Marie Bowker..................................................................... .March 16
Bob Landwehr..................................................................... March 16
Lisa Rodke.......................................................................... March 17
Jane O'Shea.........................................................................March 19
Sandra Wilson..................................................................... March 20
Nancy Cummins.................................................................. March 21
Carol Stone......................................................................... March 21
Barbara Weyrauch.............................................................. March 21
Judy Caldwell...................................................................... March 23
Maree Rankin...................................................................... March 23
Andrea Boccanfuso............................................................. March 24
Forrest McConnell.............................................................. .March 28
SERVING THIS SUNDAY
Ministers ......................................................................... The People of Good Shepherd
Guest Preacher and Presiding Minister.......................................................Bill Johnson
Minister of Music....................................................................................David Gresham
Organist.....................................................................................................Vance Reese
Outreach Ministry Coordinator.............................................................Kimberly Dunbar
Children's Ministry Coordinator...............................................................Heather Merritt
Guest Musician..........................................................................................Aaron Lipsky
Assisting Minister.............................................................Ellen Dozier / Laurie Johnson
Reader....................................................................................Jody Schuld  / Bill Moore
Cantor................................................................................................Deb Kelly-Greene
Ushers...........Lauren & Fred Weed  / Frank McConnell, Paul Onnink, & Hadley Merritt
Acolyte....................................................................... Ellen Dozier / Raegan Eggleston
Greeters.......................... Jody & Bob Schuld   / Patricia & Hal Galloway, Victor Emaus
Child Care During Sunday School..........................................................Jackie Jenkins
Elementary Sunday School Teachers................................Heather Merritt & Bill Moore
Elementary Sunday School Door Person..................................................... Sue Barrett
Child Care during Worship..........................................................................Lisa Busche
Altar Care............................................................................................ Sheila Swancara
Communion Bread......................................................................................Kate Reinke
Tellers.......................................................................Walt Schneider & Marilyn Carlson
Doorkeeper of the Day..............................................................................John Colflesh
Coffee Hour.................................................................................Fellowship Committee
                                                                                      
World & Community
KITS FOR LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF
This Lenten season, Good Shepherd will make personal care kits for Lutheran World Relief. Each week in Lent, we'll collect items to make these kits that help people around the world stay healthy in difficult situations, like natural disasters and displacement due to violence. On Palm Sunday, we'll assemble the kits during the coffee hours in the Fellowship Hall. 

Please bring your donations in starting on February 10, and place them in the large bin on the pew in the commons. Here is the collection schedule:
  • March 10:  Bars of Soap (4 - 5 oz, any brand, in original wrapping)
  • March 17:  Bath Towels (light-weight, maximum 52" x 27", dark color)
  • March 24: Toothbrushes (adult size, individually wrapped in original packaging or sealed individually in a paper envelope)
  • March 31:  Combs
  • April 7:  Nail Clippers (metal, attached file optional)
SOAP COLLECTION FOR THE PHILIPPINES
Florence Nightingale Global Health is collecting bars of soap to send to their friends in the Philippines. As you may know, FNGH, and our own Ann Farash and Paul Onnink in conjunction with them, have been working in partnership with the people of North Samar, who commonly live on
 less than $2 per day, and cannot afford soap.

Any size bars of soap will be accepted, even the small bars found in hotel rooms.  Please drop off your bars of soap in the box on the pew in the commons. The soap will be shipped to the Philippines at the end of March. Thank you!
In Our Community
AN EVENING WITH TENNESSEE WILLIAMS
This weekend, the Brevard College Theatre Department will present  An Evening with Tennessee Williams.  Anthony Zuniga, one of our Brevard College choral scholars, will be in the show. The performances will take place at 7:00 p.m. on February 22 & 23, and at 2:30 p.m. on February 24, in Morrison Playhouse of the Porter Center.  Buy tickets here.
MOMS DEMAND ACTION
This community group will next meet on Tuesday,  February 26 , from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. at St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Brevard, in the Youth Activity Center room downstairs. 

For their first group meeting of 2019, they will discuss the roll-out of their Gun Violence Survivor Network. One of their major survivor outreach projects planned for this year will be a film screening on Saturday, April 20, the 20-year anniversary of the mass shooting at Columbine High School. On February 26, learn how you can help with the event in April. If you can't make the February meeting but want to be involved, please email chapter leader Emily Walthall.

ELCA, NC Synod, & LWF News
BISHOP TIM'S REFLECTION..."WE DIDN'T FOCUS ON DEBT..."
Imagine being called as an associate pastor to a thriving, suburban congregation with a thousand members, an average worship attendance of 300; a congregation with a passion for serving the community and plenty of staff and resources. Then, imagine being called as a solo pastor to that same congregation some thirty years later. The congregation has completed an almost $2 million dollar renovation and is over $1 million dollars in debt. The local industry has closed its doors, members have left because of the local economy, and the congregation is spending about $12,000 each month to pay towards their debt. They have little left for ministry and mission. Welcome, the Rev. John Futterer to Kimball, Kannapolis, in 2016!

WILD WOMEN WEEKEND
March 8 - 10
Are you tired of the winter blues? Have cabin fever? Wanna just have some time to laugh and deepen your spiritual life? If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, then you are ready to experience a wonderful women's retreat at Lutheridge - only 35 minutes from Brevard. Adult women of all ages will gain fresh vision and strength in the beauty of our rustic, but very comfortable, retreat center. There will be Bible study and creative worship which will focus on God's promise in transition times. How do we move from one season to another without fear or regret. Where does Jesus offer JOY at every stage? Thoughtful reflection, laughter and fun make for an unforgettable retreat. Cost is $223 for overnight accommodations and $210 for commuters. Scholarships are available. Contact Linea Warmke ( linea@frontier.com  or 740-707-1822) for more information, or to register call 828-209-6329 or  click here.

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