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Worship & Education
INTERSECTIONS CLASS
The Intersections Class discusses a variety of topics that connect faith and life during the Sunday School time (9:10 to 10:00 a.m.). The program part of the class runs from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m., but people are welcome to come early and stay late to chat and enjoy refreshments. Please come join us in Room 6 to share your perspectives and hear from others. Here is the remaining January schedule: 

January 13 -  What Is Godly Play? Come and See .  The  Education Committee has been looking into using the Godly Play curriculum in our pre-K and elementary Sunday school. The curriculum includes three years of lessons to introduce Bible stories and elements of the liturgy to children. The stories are acted out with materials that help the children remember the lesson and retell it in their own words. Parents, prospective teachers, and any others who would like to learn more are invited to this demonstration. 

January 20Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus  - a look at Michael B. Curry's book.

January 27 - Sabbath Rest - a look at the book Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now by Walter Brueggemann and "Those That Cry Out for Rest and Relief" article from Women of the ELCA's Café.
PASTORAL CARE
Pastor Mary and Hank are on vacation through Monday, January 14.  Pastoral care will be provided by Pastor Ellen Dozier (828-403-3988 or ellendozier@hotmail.com), who will preach at both services on January 13.
DiGG CLASS
The Delving into God's Grace adult class is on hiatus in January, but will return in February. More details will be coming soon!
At Good Shepherd
NEW MEMBERS CLASSES
Are you interested in exploring membership at Good Shepherd? Our next series of New Members classes will begin after the 10:30 a.m. worship service on January 27 and run for the next three Sundays at that time. Contact volunteer coordinator, Jody Schuld (937-644-2029 or jwstichr@yahoo.com) or the church office (828-883-3680 or lcgs@comporium.net) for more information or to sign up.
BOOK CLUB

The Book Club will meet next Tuesday, January 15 at 5:30 p.m. at Broad Street Wines. The group will be discussing The Alice Network by Kate Quinn.  Please join us!
CHRISTMAS DECORATION REMOVAL

Thank you to everyone who helped to undecorate Good Shepherd earlier this week. Your time and efforts are much appreciated! 


CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
On Sunday, January 20, at 12:00 p.m., please join us for our annual congregational meeting and to vote on the proposed 2019 budget. We will be holding a potluck luncheon. If you are able to bring a dish, please sign up on the sheet on the bulletin board. Thank you!
100 VOLUNTEERS - ONE SLEEPING MAT
Editor's note: The kids from Good Shepherd who attended this event made some of the plarn that was used to make this mat!

The 2018 Youthquake participants learned to make "plarn" (plastic yarn) with plastic shopping bags. All that plarn was then assembled by the Bags to Beds Ministry at Advent Lutheran Church in Charlotte, to make a sleeping mat for someone in need. Check out the finished mat which has already been delivered to its new owner! Thanks to the NC Synod Youthquake participants and Bags to Beds Ministry members for this important outreach.

2018 END OF YEAR STATEMENTS
2018 End of Year Statements are in your mail slots.  Please take a moment to pick yours up in order to save postage on mailing.  If you have any questions, please contact Jane Madsen at 828-489-7667 or jane265@yahoo.com.
MORE CONTAINERS NEEDED
The elementary class is working on labeling containers to put in classrooms at local schools to recycle dried out markers. They need more containers! Examples of potential containers needed: peanut, peanut butter, shortening, oatmeal, powdered Gatorade, round kleenex boxes for cars, etc...(any containers made of plastic or cardboard of comparable size). Please leave the containers in the children's Sunday school classroom.  Don't forget to bring your own dried out markers to church  for recycling.

PICK UP YOUR DISHES
Please see the back table in the Fellowship Hall for any dishes that you may have left behind.  The items will remain on the table until January 20, at which time, if they are not claimed, we will donate them.  Thank you.
JOIN THE TRASH TEAM
Needed - four exceptional people (men or women) to join the TRASH TEAM. This is one of the church's oldest and most revered working groups.

Duties - On Mondays, for one month collect trash all throughout the church and take it to the curb by 9:15 a.m.  Office and kitchen recyclables go to the recycle bin. Working time is 30 to 40 minutes depending on the amount of time you spend talking with the office staff. Months open are February, September, October, and December.

Outstanding training provided!

Contact Fred Weed ASAP and choose your month. 828-877-6154.
COMING SOON AT GOOD SHEPHERD . . .

Sunday, January 13
  8:00 a.m.  Worship Service (Sanctuary)
  9:00 a.m.  Coffee Hour (Fellowship Hall)
  9:10 a.m.  Confirmation Class (Pastor's Office)
  9:10 a.m.  Intersections Class (Room 6)
  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
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  has been in physical therapy for a shoulder injury he sustained a few weeks ago. He will likely need surgery if his shoulder continues to not improve. 

Rita Black has been diagnosed with shingles and is resting at home.

Patti Cannady, a friend of Kate & Tom Reinke, has recently learned that her cancer has returned.

Don Hansen, Dave Carlson's uncle, is in the hospital and undergoing testing.

Gale Misiora, Carol Barrett's sister-in-law, has been diagnosed with the return of stomach cancer.

One of Nora Johnson's caregivers is in need of a new home.  Her trailer is in terrible condition and is not safe to live in.  

Erin Whiteaker, Debra Whiteaker's daughter, who is expecting a baby boy in February, is experiencing some rather painful times as a result of a cyst.   

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. 
SERVING THIS SUNDAY 
Ministers ......................................................................... The People of Good Shepherd
Guest Pastor................................................................................................Ellen Dozier
Minister of Music.....................................................................................David Gresham
Organist......................................................................................................Vance Reese
Coordinator of Outreach Ministries.......................................................Kimberly Dunbar
Children's Ministry Coordinator................................................................Heather Merritt
Assisting Minister.................................................................Lauren Weed / Bill Johnson
Cantor....................................................................................................Karen Anderson
Reader....................................................................................Annette Blum / Sue Sena
Ushers.............. Henry Dixon & Darrell Dixon / Jane & Robert McKeown, Abey Emaus 
Acolyte...................................................................................Lauren Weed / Joe Smith
Greeters.................J ody & Bob Schuld / Heidi Bullock, Parker Dickens, & Yuri Emaus
Child Care During Sunday School...........................................................Zia McConnell
Elementary Sunday School Teacher..................................................Leigh Ann Stinson
Elementary Sunday School Door Person............Raegan Eggleston & Rodney Stinson
Child Care during Worship.......................................................................Carolyn Smith
Altar Care.....................................................................................................Sue Barrett
Communion Bread.......................................................................................Sue Barrett
Tellers........................................................................Mike Anderson & Jane McKeown
Doorkeeper of the Day...........................................................................Mike Anderson
Coffee Hour......................................... Caroline Smith /Heidi Bullock, Bobo Van Horne, 
                                                                                                  Zia & Frank McConnell 
                                                        
World & Community
NOISY OFFERING UPDATE
Thank you to everyone who participated in and contributed to last Sunday's Noisy Offering for Rise & Shine, a local after-school and summer program that serves 
economically disadvantaged and racial minority children, focusing on enriching children, empowering parents, and encouraging community.  A total of $630 was collected, which will help to fund math resources for the children and new carpeting. 
THANK YOU FOR SCHOOL SUPPLIES
Editor's note: This article is from Living Waters Lutheran Church's January 2019 newsletter.

The Women's group school supply drive was a huge success! Thanks to the help of many people, the women were able to help teachers at both Swain and Cherokee Central with new supplies. Thank you to everyone who participated in this event to help the teachers and children in our community.
UPDATE FROM THE PHILIPPINES
The 2018 Brevard High School book drive reaches the remote island of N. Samar, Philippines.

Last year, Brevard High School held a book drive to benefit the community of North Samar in the Philippines. Our own Ann Farash and Paul Onnink are involved with the North Samar community through Florence Nightingale Global Health. You may recall that Good Shepherd has collected funds and tangible items (i.e. toothbrushes, packs of tuna) for the people of this community in the Philippines last year.
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.ne
t 
or 883-3680). Thank you!
In Our Community
VANCE REESE, ORGAN RECITAL
Brevard College will present music professor Dr. Vance Reese in a faculty organ recital on Sunday, January 27 at 3:00 p.m. Vance will be playing the Jaeckel organ in the Scott Concert Hall of the Porter Center on the college campus. The recital is free of charge and open to the public, and lasts approximately one hour. The concert will be a musical representation of six decades of life, and will feature music of composers Ernst, Howells, Bach, Messiaen, Lewandowski, Franck, and Freund.  
NAMI OPEN HOUSE
Our local National Alliance on Mental Illness chapter is holding an open house on Wednesday, January 16 from noon to 2:00 p.m. in the Carlson Room of Transylvania Regional Hospital. The community is invited to come by and find out more about their organization. NAMI provides support groups, education, advocacy, and public awareness around mental health issues. 
Please RSVP by January 13 to Janice (577-5824 or 877-2806) or Kay ( 577-3576 or 883-4603), if you'd like to attend. 
HLAA HOLIDAY LUNCHEON POSTPONED
There are predictions for more snow on Saturday, January 12, so reluctantly we have decided to postpone the HLAA Holiday Luncheon until February 9. 
We will send out a reminder announcement of the date, time, and location. We apologize if this presents a difficulty for anyone.
ELCA and NC Synod News
TODDLERS ARE RENEWING MY FAITH
Those who follow me on social media will realize that I am obsessed. It's our grandchildren--all four of them who have arrived in the past three years, and three of whom arrived in July of 2016 within a span of eight days. Honestly, I used to secretly believe that all the grandparenting hype--sharing pictures and telling stories ad nauseum--was way over the top. But now I, a past president of the Anti-Sentimentality Club, am in a whole new place. A bit of an uncomfortable yet wonderful place, to be honest.
STORIES OF FAITH IN ACTION
Editor's note: This is a story from the ELCA's 2018-2019 Stories of Faith in Action.

Global Church: Filled with the Malagasy Spirit
On her ­first night in Fianarantsoa, Madagascar, Minnesota native Erika Storvick felt overwhelmed by her decision to serve there through the ELCA's Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program.
 
"It's probably the place that is most different from Minnesota," she said of Madagascar.
 
Through YAGM, Storvick answered a call to spend a year volunteering alongside Malagasy companions teaching English to primary, secondary and deaf students, and growing in faith. But that night she asked herself, "Why have I chosen to live on the other side of the world for an entire year?"
 
Though she didn't have an answer at the time, Storvick knows now that the experience helped her become more open-minded.
 
While teaching was ful­filling, the Malagasy spirit-being intentional with others, to the point where time and schedules take a back seat as one focuses on relationships-really ­filled her heart.
 
"I was a very overscheduled, overinvolved person before, so at ­first, my life felt empty if I didn't have something scheduled for every minute of every day," she said. "[But] you have so many more opportunities to grow if you don't schedule every minute."
 
The challenges of living alone, walking an hour one-way to the deaf school where she taught arts and crafts, and overcoming a language barrier were at times daunting, Storvick said.
 
But she stuck with it, said Kirsten Laderach, an ELCA pastor and YAGM country coordinator for Madagascar. Laderach's work with YAGM is primarily funded through Mission Support.
 
"She ... just kept doing the work that you do when life's not easy, which I really appreciate about her," Laderach said.
 
Storvick said the community spirit she was shown by people she met helped make her year abroad one of lasting importance.
 
"I think I'm a better person because I did YAGM," she said. "It's taught me that [from] the places and people I least expect, you can grow friendships, and even in very humbling situations ... [when] you know nothing or none of the answers-those are the places I saw God."

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