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This Sunday
PASTOR KEN WILL VISIT
Pastor Ken Albright will meet with the congregation on Sunday, January 5, after each service.  Council has called a special congregational meeting to be held on Sunday, January 12, when members of our congregation can decide, via written ballot, whether or not to extend the call to Pastor Ken.

Pastor Ken has worked in ministry for 25 years in four congregations. His wife is Charlotte and they have two adult daughters who live in NC.  More detailed information about Pastor Ken has been mailed to members and friends of Good Shepherd. 
NOISY OFFERING
Our next "noisy offering" will take place on  Sunday, January 5 , when the children will collect your pocket change in metal buckets (hence, the noise!) to help fund four of our youth attending the Lutheran Youth Organization (LYO) Assembly in Greensboro from February 21 - 23. The youth who would like to attend are Yuri and Isa Emaus, Joe Smith, and Forrest McConnell. 

Start rounding up your change! If your change jar happens to be low, bills and checks (made out to LCGS and indicating LYO Assembly) will also be gratefully accepted. Thank you!
FAIR TRADE SALE THIS SUNDAY

A fair trade sale will take place this Sunday, January 5, during both coffee hours in the Fellowship Hall. A variety of chocolate, coffee, tea, nuts, and oil will be on sale. Every purchase helps small-scale farmers. Thank you!
At Good Shepherd
WELCA EPIPHANY PARTY
The Women of the ELCA will enjoy an Epiphany party in the home of Barbara Meyer on Tuesday, January 7, at 12:00 p.m.  Barbara will provide the meat and drinks. Guests are asked to bring a side dish to share.  Sandra Ostermeier will be offering a devotional and there will be a collection of unwrapped men's clothing to be donated to Living Waters Lutheran Church in Cherokee. All women and their spouses are welcome!  Please contact Barbara Meyer (blmeyer@comporium.net) with any questions.
UN-DECORATING GOOD SHEPHERD

On Wednesday, January 8, beginning at 2:30 p.m., helpers are needed to remove decorations from the church. Please come and help if you can. Many hands make light work! Thank you! 
ATTENTION QUILTERS
Weekly quilting for Lutheran World Relief will begin again on Tuesday, January 14, from 9:30 am. - noon. All are welcome; no sewing skills required, though are helpful.

Quilt tops made at home would be greatly appreciated. Speak to Barbara Hotaling for details (884-7308).  Cotton fabrics and sheets of dark colors or prints (not solid light colors) are always welcome as backing. 
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

On Sunday, January 26, at 12:00 p.m., please join us for our annual congregational meeting and to vote on the proposed 2020 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!
SANCTUARY FLOWERS

If you would like to help brighten the sanctuary by sponsoring flowers, please sign up on the schedule on the far right panel of the bulletin board. Many dates in 2020 are available. Each bouquet costs $30. Thank you!
A TRASH TEAM THANKS...
to Robert and Jane McKeown and Henry Dixon for taking trash collection months. Two months remain open. Don't let this opportunity pass you by! Contact Fred Weed at 828-877-6154 if you are interested in helping keep the church clean.  
HVAC SERVICING
The last two days of 2019, MAC Heating and Air Conditioning serviced all seven of our heating and air conditioning units and associated air handlers.  Several recommendations were made. One was setting the thermostat to 60 degrees instead of 50 degrees when leaving the Education Wing. The thermostats have been marked with the new settings.  The settings for all of the other thermostats remain the same as in the past.
COMING SOON AT GOOD SHEPHERD . . .

Sunday, January 5, 2020
  8:00 a.m.  Worship (Sanctuary)
  9 :00 a.m.  Coffee Hour & Fair Trade Sale (Fellowship Hall)
  9:10 a.m.  Confirmation Class (Loft)
  9:10 a.m.  Elementary Children's Sunday School (Education Wing)
10:30 a.m.  Worship Service ( Sanctuary)
11:30 a.m.  Coffee Hour & Fair Trade Sale (Fellowship Hall)

Membership & Evangelism
SERVING THIS SUNDAY

Interim Pastor................................................................................Rev. Dr. Richard Graf
Minister of Music ..................................................................................... David Gresham
Organist ......................................................................................................Vance Reese
Outreach Ministry Coordinator..............................................................Kimberly Dunbar
Assisting Minister ................................................................Ellen Dozier / Carolyn Smith
Readers.............................................................................Lauren Weed / Jane Madsen
Ushers ..........................Debbie & Paul Cooper / Ken Aarsund, Hal Galloway, & Victor Emaus
Acolytes .....................................................................................Ellen Dozier / Joe Smith
Greeters ..............................Ginny & Bob Landwehr / Marilyn & Larry Fogdall, Jack Gresham
Elementary Sunday School Teacher ........................................................................TBD
Elementary Sunday School Door Person.................................................................TBD
Child Care during Worship .......................................................................................TBD
Altar Care & Communion Bread ...........................................................Suzanne Barrett
Tellers ..........................................................................Mike Anderson & Jane McKeown
Doorkeeper of the Day .............................................................................Mike Anderson
Coffee Hour.......................................................Caroline Smith / Fellowship Committee                                                                                                                        
World & Community
GOOD SHEPHERD'S GIVING TREE

Thank you to everyone who sponsored one or more gifts through our Giving Tree in December. The total donations received are: $395 for Brevard Middle School's Angel Tree, $410 for ELCA Good Gifts, and $45 for Sharing House's Christmas Blessings. 
JOYEUX NOEL
Here is a blog post written by a YAGM (Young Adult in Global Mission) in Senegal, Charlie Williams, who is serving under the leadership of Pastor Kristin Engstrom.

Charlie is in blue, second to right.
Christmas is a unique and special time all over the globe, and Senegal is no different. Although a majority Muslim country, there were still touches of holiday cheer to be found: billboards wishing a "Joyeux Noël" [Merry Christmas], a small nativity scene in the church, and Christmas advertisements on the television. However, it felt totally different being away from the complete holiday overload we have in the States. No Christmas music that started in November. No pressure to buy the biggest/best gift. No mall Santas to be seen. At first I missed these touches of American Christmas tradition. But after spending the holiday here, I came to appreciate the meaning of the Senegalese version of the holiday: family.

REFRESHMENTS FOR GETTING AHEAD CLASSES
Sharing House is offering another Getting Ahead series,  designed to help people imagine and create a more stable financial future for themselves and their children. The class will meet on Wednesdays, beginning on January 15, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Brevard Wesleyan Church, and will include about 12 people. 
 
Sharing House needs help providing snacks and drinks for the class (i.e. breakfast or lunch foods such as casseroles, fruit, coffee cake, sandwich trays, cheese and crackers, soups and salads, chips and dip, brownies, cookies, etc.). Sharing House will supply the paper goods and utensils.
 
Providing refreshments may not seem like a worthwhile thing to do, but it is a meaningful and tangible way to accompany others, and is always greatly appreciated by class members.

Consider providing snacks with a friend. If you'd like to help, please sign up on the bulletin board or contact Kimberly Dunbar (883-3680 or kimberlylcgs@comporium.net). Deliver the snacks around 9:45 a.m. to Brevard Wesleyan Church on the scheduled day (enter the second door down in the parking lot and go up a few stairs into the fellowship hall). Thank you! 
In Our Community
FOSTER HOMES NEEDED IN TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY
The following article is from our local Department of Social Services' December newsletter. 

As we all prepare for the start of a new year, take a moment to think about our children who were not able to celebrate the holidays around familiar places, friends, and family for the simple fact of availability of foster homes in our county. Transylvania County Department of Social Services averages 50 to 60 [children] in custody, and about 20 of those children are placed outside of the county. It is possible to bring those children back to their hometown with more foster homes in Transylvania County.

We invite you to join us on  January 7, 6:00-8:00 p.m.  in the Transylvania County Election Center conference room to learn more about how you can make an impact on Transylvania County foster care. Special guest speakers include guardian ad litems, foster parents, and children who have aged out of foster care. There are many ways to support Transylvania's children. Join us for an evening of conversation and dinner to find out how you can make a difference in 2020. Attendees will have the chance to win prizes! RSVP to Angie Gillespie at 884-1632. Also, please  share this with anyone you know who might be interested in learning more about foster care in Transylvania County. Thank you!
JOIN THE JOURNEY TO MONTGOMERY
St. John's Lutheran Church in Salisbury is planning a Civil Rights tour of Montgomery and Selma in March 2020, and you're invited! The tour includes the Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, as well as Freedom Rides Museum, the Rosa Parks Museum, and the Civil Rights Memorial Center and more. Join this journey of history and learning. Learn more here.


Barb Jackson is interested in going on this tour. If you would like to join her, please speak with her (barbandmark@comporium.net or 553-4771). 
ELCA, NC Synod, & LWF News
SYNOD STORYTELLERS
Here is a story of ministry taking place within the NC Synod, which illustrates an aspect of our synod's vision statement: God calls the NC Synod of the ELCA to cultivate & celebrate vital congregations, identify, equip, and nurture whole & healthy leaders, embrace & engage in collaboration, and proclaim the promise of the resurrection with a prophetic voice.

Whole & Healthy Leaders: "I'm always surprised"
"The mountains are calling and I must go." Perhaps you've seen a shirt, mug, or other item printed with this quote from naturalist and preservationist John Muir. It's actually a shortened version of a sentence in a letter written to Muir's sister in 1873: "The mountains are calling & I must go & I will work on while I can, studying incessantly." For many of the church leaders from across the NC Synod, the mountains call each fall and we must go-specifically the mountains call us to Fall Convocation at Lutheridge from Monday to Wednesday sometime each fall.


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