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Worship & Education
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 9, the confirmands will learn about poetry and songs in the Old Testament with Pastor Linea Warmke. 

In Room 6, Intersections will look at and discuss life in community, using an article from Living Lutheran magazine and Dietrich Bonhoeffer's book, Life Together.
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. 
At Good Shepherd
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.
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 ).
COMING SOON AT GOOD SHEPHERD . . .

Sunday, February 9, 2020
  8:00 a.m.  Worship (Sanctuary)
  9:00 a.m.  Coffee Hour (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 (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. 

Paul Cooper had cataract surgery on February 6 and will have a second one on February 13. 

Kris Hanson, friend and former colleague of Jane Madsen, fell on the ice and broke and dislocated her shoulder.

Linda Uhler, friend of Barbara Meyer, passed away peacefully on February 6, after a battle with cancer. Please pray for comfort for Linda's family and friends during this difficult time. 
SERVING THIS SUNDAY

Pastor................................................................................................Pastor Ken Albright
Minister of Music ..................................................................................... David Gresham
Organist ......................................................................................................Vance Reese
Outreach Ministry Coordinator..............................................................Kimberly Dunbar
Assisting Minister ................................................................Ellen Dozier / Carolyn Smith
Readers.....................................................................Heidi Bullock / Sandra Ostermeier
Ushers ...............Henry Dixon & Darrell Dixon / Wayne Drake, Lamar Propst, & Jack Gresham
Acolytes ..............................................................................Ellen Dozier / Carolyn Smith
Greeters ....................... ...Mike & Susan Becker / Patricia & Hal Galloway, Yuri Emaus
Elementary Sunday School Teacher ..........................................................Barb Jackson
Doorperson for Sunday School..................................................................Heidi Bullock
Nursery Care during Worship...................................................................................TBD
Communion Bread ....................................................................................Barb Jackson
Tellers ...................................................................................Paul Onnink & Kate Reinke
Doorkeeper of the Day ..................................................................................Donna Brim
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 or in the labeled bin under the mailboxes in the hallway. Heather Merritt will deliver the books to RES. Thank you!
UPDATE ON THE MICROLOAN PROJECT IN GUATEMALA
Yasmin receiving her diploma as a graduate of the microloan project

Last year, Good Shepherd's Mission Endowment Fund was able to give $4,000 to a microloan project in Guatemala that Ellen Dozier has been involved with for 25 years. Ellen just returned from a trip there and shares this information with us: 

Here are two photos of one of the women in the micro
Yasmin in her restaurant's kitchen
loan project in Guatemala who was able to receive a loan because of the grant from the Mission Endowment fund. Her name is Yasmin, and she lives in San Felipe,  REU, Guatemala. We visited with her today in her small restaurant where she prepares and sells a variety of snacks and fruit drinks. Yasmin is very grateful for the loan that made it possible for her to realize her dream of opening a restaurant, and I am grateful for your prayers and financial support for the micro loan project.

Ellen Dozier
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. 
In Our Community
ANTHONY ZUNIGA - VOICE RECITAL
You're invited!  Sunday, February 9 at  3:00 p.m. in the Scott Concert Hall of the  Porter Center for Performing Arts. The concert is free and open to the public!

Senior Music and Theatre Major Anthony Zuniga, known to Brevard audiences for his roles in productions including Into the Woods, The Liar, and Boeing, Boeing, will present a classical voice recital, accompanied by faculty pianist Susan Kincaid.

Anthony's program will include art songs by Gabriel Fauré, Robert Schumann, and Thomas Arne, an aria from The Pirates of Penzance, and two Spanish songs. A student of Dr. Kathryn Gresham, Mr. Zuniga has been a featured soloist on several choral concerts and has received multiple music program awards, including the Outstanding Freshman Award, the Music Theory Award, and the Music Ambassador Award. 
"THE LIFE OF GALILEO" AT BREVARD COLLEGE
Brevard College will present this play by Bertold Brecht beginning on Thursday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the Porter Center's Morrison Playhouse. The production looks at the life of scientist Galileo Galilei, whose revolutionary ideas challenged those in power. The play will also be presented on February 14 and 15 at 7:00 p.m., and on February 16 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets ($10 for adults and $5 for students) can be purchased here or at the Porter Center box office one hour before each show. One of our choral scholars, Anthony Zuniga, is in the cast. 
OUR CHEROKEE HERITAGE
As our congregation lives into our partnership with Living Waters Lutheran Church in Cherokee, we have an opportunity here in Brevard to learn more about our Cherokee Heritage. Blue Ridge Community College is again offering the course, "Our Cherokee Heritage," which will be taught April 8 through May 27 and another session, June 17 through July 22. Both sessions are on Wednesday mornings, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Transylvania County Campus. Registration is $65.00. If you would like additional information about this course, speak with Fred Weed, Sue Barrett or Barbara Hotaling, who have all taken the class in previous years. There is also a catalog of Blue Ridge courses with registration information in the church office.
ELCA, NC Synod, & LWF News
OIL AND A BLESSING

Greetings, partners in ministry across the North Carolina Synod! Since Bishop Tim Smith is currently on part one of his sabbatical, I have the opportunity as the acting bishop to share this month's reflection. - Pastor Phil Tonnesen

Chrism Mass with Affirmation of Vows. 
What is it and why are we doing it in the North Carolina Synod? Chrism refers to the oil used for healing, baptism, confirmation, and commendation of the dying. Mass is an old word for worship. The roots of Chrism Mass are in the ancient Roman church when priests would gather on Maundy Thursday to receive the oils that had been blessed to anoint the catechumens before their baptism and on the newly baptized after their baptism. To this was added the oil for the anointing of the sick. This Mass was celebrated on Maundy Thursday so that the oils would be ready for use in the rites of Christian initiation at the Easter Vigil.

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