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Worship & Education
THIS SUNDAY
On January 27, guest musician Patti Black will provide piano music at both worship services. At the 10:30 a.m. service, guest soloist 
Natalee Highman will join us, and the Children's Choir will sing. Also, we welcome Brevard College freshman Cory Earp as a new choral scholar. 
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. 

January 27 - A  look at the book Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now by Walter Brueggemann.

February 3 - 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. Heather Merritt will present a demonstration of the curriculum which 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.  
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 continue on  February 3 and February 17 at the same 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.
DiGG CLASS
The Delving into God's Grace class will restart regular meetings in February, with a series of discussions organized by Bill Moore, who entitles it "The One and the Many: Is this Christianity's biggest tension?"  We will try to remember and identify a certain large set of tensions that Christians have felt, in the present and the past. Bill is proposing that there is a fundamental similarity among all these tensions between a preference for an individual person, group, or idea -- or else for some larger variety or structure. Some of these tensions may block God's grace; some may spread God's grace. On February 3, we will look at tensions within the self (such as being individually inspired or participating in a spiritual community); on February 10, we will look at tensions in the Church (such as differences among denominations); on February 17, we will discuss tensions in the world (such as Christianity's relation to other religions). Please join us!

Sunday morning, 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.
WOMEN OF THE ELCA BIBLE STUDY
In February, the WELCA meeting and Bible study will be held on the first Tuesday of the month, February 5. The meeting will begin at 11:00 a.m. followed by bible study at 12:00 p.m. Please feel free to bring your lunch and join us for a time of fellowship before class!
WOMEN OF THE ELCA ONE-DAY RETREAT AT LCGS
Love as God Loves: Unconditionally
Rev. Shelly Webb, Executive Director of Sharing House

As we learn to love ourselves as God loves us, 
we are better able to love others with the heart of God.

S aturday, February 16 
(Snow date: February 23)
Check-In: 9:00 a.m.
Program: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m.

Please send your registration form and fee ($10) to Lisa Philback at the address on the form. Additional information, forms, and a sign up sheet are available on the bulletin board. You may also register and pay at the door.  Projects completed at the retreat will support various organizations, including Bread of Life and Sharing House. 
DIVERSITY TRAINING WORKSHOP
The NC Synod of the ELCA is offering a "Diversity Training" workshop to "prepare leaders for healthy intercultural and interracial interactions for the sake of the world." The workshop will be on Saturday, February 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Asheville. There is no cost and lunch will be provided. Pastor Jack Russell from Living Waters Church in Cherokee will lead this workshop, so it is a great opportunity for members at Good Shepherd to be with Pastor Jack and learn about his ideas as to how we might best relate to our neighbors in Cherokee.

If you would like to attend this workshop, please contact Kimberly in the church office (828-883-3680 or kimberlylcgs@comporium.net) and she will register you for this event. We will plan to meet at Good Shepherd on the morning of February 16 and carpool to St. Mark's Church in Asheville.
At Good Shepherd
THANK YOU!
The Fellowship Committee thanks everyone who brought side dishes and desserts on short notice for the Congregational Meeting luncheon last Sunday. We appreciate your support!
COFFEE HOUR - BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

During both coffee hours this Sunday, January 27, we will have a birthday cake to celebrate all members who have a January birthday. Please join us!

HOLD THE DATE!!
The LCGS Fellowship Committee is sponsoring a "Fabulous Friday Fundraiser Fish Fry on February 22 (Featuring Frank!) in the Fellowship Hall on Fisher Road!"  

Proceeds from the dinner (along with donated items to stock their shelves) will benefit Sharing House. The fish fry will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., with entertainment to be provided by Frank McConnell. The menu will include fish, fries, mac and cheese, slaw, hush puppies and dessert. Dinner is $10 per person (tickets sold in advance) PLUS at least one nonperishable item donated for Sharing House at the door on the day of the dinner. Tickets will be sold during coffee hours on January 27, and February 3, 10 and 17. Contact De Carlson, Leigh Ann Stinson or Donna Aiken-Colflesh with any questions.
DO YOU KNOW...
Do you know how the possum lost his beautiful tail? Or do you know the origin of strawberries that you enjoy every summer? Last Sunday our children at Good Shepherd heard Cherokee legends that offer one, of many, explanations of these mysteries. So if you would like to know about the possum's tail or strawberries, ask one of them! Bill Moore shared these stories with the children and then involved them in activities that will help them remember the stories. Story telling is the way the Cherokee people passed on their knowledge of the world around them to their children. As we live into our partnership with Living Waters Lutheran Church in Cherokee, Bill Moore and Barb Jackson will share other legends and stories from the Cherokee people with our children to help them learn about our neighbors who live in Cherokee. Later we will have some of the books with these legends available so that members of the congregation can also enjoy them.
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: 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 in the box in the commons. 

COMING SOON AT GOOD SHEPHERD . . .

Sunday, January 27
  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)
11:30 a.m.  New Members Class (Conference Room)

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. 

Kate Reinke underwent hip replacement surgery on Thursday afternoon and things went very well. She is expected to return home on Saturday evening if all things go as planned.

Earlier this week, Hank and Mary Shore's grandnephew,  Micah Lantelme , tipped the scales at 3 pounds! He is a month old now and continues to do well in the hospital.

Richard Beckwitch, brother-in-law of Ruth Unger's daughter Chris, is in the hospital with pneumonia as well as other ailments. 

Ruth Leopold, Ruth Unger's friend, suffered a fractured hip and punctured abdomen when she fell on the ice this week. 

Peggy Riddle
, Donna and Tom Brim's good friend and their daughter Ashley's mother-in-law, has been diagnosed with a tumor at the base of her neck and will be undergoing radiation over the next three weeks.

Bob and Joann Poston, friends of Barbara Hotaling. Bob had kidney stone surgery on Friday, January 11.

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

Anniversaries
Bob & Ginny Landwehr.................................. February 21
 
Birthdays
Mike Whitaker................................................ February 01
Kimberly Dunbar............................................ February 02
Ruth Unger..................................................... February 05
Frances Beck................................................. February 08
Leigh Ann Stinson.......................................... February 10
Barbara Meyer............................................... February 17
Jim Trefz........................................................ February 18
Karen Anderson............................................ February 19
Robert McKeown........................................... February 19
Mike Becker................................................... February 23
Heather Merritt............................................... February 23
Jack Gresham................................................ February 26
Ike Kennerly................................................... February 28
SERVING THIS SUNDAY
Ministers ......................................................................... The People of Good Shepherd
Pastor.................................................................................................Mary Hinkle Shore
Minister of Music.....................................................................................David Gresham
Organist......................................................................................................Vance Reese
Outreach Ministry Coordinator..............................................................Kimberly Dunbar
Children's Ministry Coordinator................................................................Heather Merritt
Assisting Minister..........................................................Linea Warmke / Laurie Johnson
Reader..............................................................................Bonnie Clark  / Barb Jackson
Ushers.................. Henry Dixon & Darrell Dixon / Jane & Robert McKeown, Isa Emaus 
Acolyte.................................................................................Linea Warmke / Jia Emaus
Greeters...........Henry Dixon & Darrell Dixon  / Zia & Frank McConnell, Parker Dickens
Child Care During Sunday School..........................................................Laurie Johnson
Elementary Sunday School Teachers......................................................Zia McConnell
Elementary Sunday School Door Person......................................... ......Heather Merritt
Child Care during Worship......................................................................Zia McConnell
Altar Care..................................................................................................... Sue Barret t
Communion Bread.......................................................................................Sue Barrett
Tellers........................................................................Mike Anderson & Jane McKeown
Doorkeeper of the Day...........................................................................Mike Anderson
Coffee Hour................................................................................ Fellowship Committee  
                                                        
World & Community
SUPER BOWL SUNDAY IS FEBRUARY 3
We're trying something new this year. Tying into the "foot"ball theme, we want to concentrate on helping keep feet (and people) warm by requesting donations of new socks. We will also collect new underwear and other new or gently used warm items (scarves, gloves,
sweatshirts, sweatpants, sweaters, blankets, etc.) as well as cash and checks.
 All donations will be divided between Sharing House (our local financial crisis assistance agency) and The Haven (our local homeless shelter). Place your non-monetary donations in the collection bin in the commons. On February 3 , you can "vote" for your Super Bowl champion team by turning in monetary donations. Please dress casually and wear your team colors on February 3. (Any team colors will do!) 
THANK YOU FROM BREVARD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
In 2018, Good Shepherd members and friends supported the Giving Closets of Transylvania County Schools by collecting needed items in the spring and through the Noisy Offering in September. After the Noisy Offering, some of our children and youth helped shop for and delivered the needed items to the various schools. Here is part of a thank you letter received  from Brevard Elementary School last week:
 
This year at Brevard Elementary, with the support of our community partners, we have been able to provide our at-risk students and families with some much needed resources.
 
To list a few of the many ways we have been able to provide outreach to our student body community: clothing provided to over 54 children, extra snacks for every classroom, over 450 backpack buddies (weekend food bags) distributed since September, and over 45 family referrals made for assistance with food, utilities, and/or housing.
 
We appreciate you, our donors and volunteers, and all that you do so very much!!!
 
You can read the full thank you letter on the World and Community section of the bulletin board. Find out what the current needs are at Transylvania County Schools here
In Our Community
VANCE REESE, ORGAN RECITAL
Brevard College will present music professor Dr. Vance Reese in a faculty organ recital this  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.  
ELCA and NC Synod News
THE GIFTS OF ALL GOD'S PEOPLE
This story is from the NC Synod's website, nclutheran.org.

It's been more than 50 years since Martin Luther King, Jr. led the Montgomery Bus Boycott and delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech at the March on Washington. Yet, it doesn't take long to figure out that we still have lots of work to do. Any scroll through today's news offers stories related to racial or cultural inequality.

It follows then that our synod's new vision statement explicitly commits to growing and caring for whole and healthy leaders - which includes the promise to develop culturally-sensitive leaders. We stand ready to celebrate and lift up the gifts of all of God's people and to learn together how to best reflect God's beautiful creation in the body of Christ that is the NC Synod.

A BAR OF SOAP SAVED HER LIFE...
Editor's note: This article was written by Sarah Carson for  Gather
, a magazine of Women of the ELCA.

Amanda was in a Detroit motel room when she found herself at a turning point.
The man she was with had begun to beat her.  "I was scared for my life, so I ran into the bathroom with my cell phone and locked the door," she says.  On the counter she found the resource she needed to escape her situation and begin a new life.  "I saw a bar of soap with a red label and called the number on it. The police rescued me, and I got into a recovery program," she says. "It saved my life."
 
The bar of soap was one of nearly 1 million that women across the country - including members of Women of the ELCA synodical women's organizations and congregational units - have wrapped with the number of the human trafficking hotline.
 

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