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Worship & Education
THIS SUNDAY
Lord's Prayer in German at Pater Noster Church on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. One of over 100 panels of the prayer in different languages.
During both worship services on July 28, Robert McKeown will be filling in for Pastor Graf.
The focus of the services is prayer: specifically, Luke's version of the Lord's Prayer, but more broadly, the role of prayer in our daily lives. 

One of the themes will be that of the disciples asking Jesus how to pray because they feel they don't know how. The services will begin with a soloist confessing we do not know how to pray and asking the Spirit of God to pray in us. As the congregation follows the words, we will have time to reflect on that plea. 

Other music reflects that extended meditation on prayer and on the Lord's Prayer (Our Father, Pater Noster, Vater Unser , Notre Père ), as well as the ELCA's commemoration of Johann Sebastian Bach and Heinrich Schütz. At the 10:30 service the choir will sing Durufl é's "Notre  Père," a beautiful rendition of the Lord's Prayer in French. At both services, Vance will provide musical settings based on the tune to our Sending Hymn (Vater Unser), with text based on Martin Luther's theological reflection on the Lord's Prayer.

Also, at both services, Jane McKeown will give a temple talk about plans to expand member care at Good Shepherd. 
SUMMER PROGRAMMING FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH
This summer the children and youth have been taking part in events comprised of the theme: Who is my neighbor?
 
On Tuesday, July 9,  the youth toured Sharing House and through authentic discussion learned the difference between toxic charity and accompaniment. Even if the vocabulary is not remembered, the concept was. The youth gathered back at the church to make homemade deodorant to give to Sharing House. They worked hard and had fun! 

On Thursday, July 11,  the youth caravanned to the home of Jackie Jenkins and Bobby King. They appreciated God's creation through a King special bird and turtle tour and creative craft time with Jackie. Another enjoyable day!
 
Coming up next:
 
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
Wednesday, July 31 - 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.   
Children and youth will work alongside the LCGS Carpenters on projects around the church. Afterwards, the youth and adults will enjoy a lunch provided by the Fellowship Committee.
ASSISTING MINISTER AND ACOLYTE TRAINING
On Sunday, August 11, at 9:30 a.m., Pastor Graf will hold a training for assisting ministers in the Sanctuary. Acolytes are invited, too. Everyone who currently serves as an assisting minister or is interested in serving as an assisting minister is encouraged to attend.
 
On the same day after the 10:30 service, Pastor Graf will hold a training for acolytes in the Sanctuary. Everyone who currently serves as an acolyte or would like to serve as an acolyte is encouraged to attend.
At Good Shepherd
CALL PROCESS UPDATE
The Call Committee met on July 24 and was joined by Sandra Cline from the NC Synod. The committee has been presented with three pastoral candidates and will begin the interview process.
EDUCATION COMMITTEE UPDATE
Linea Warmke has stepped down as the Chair of the Education Committee at Good Shepherd. We thank her for her faithful and thoughtful work and for her energy and enthusiasm. 

In her absence, we are in need of a chair for the committee. If you are interested in this position, or know of someone who you think would be a good fit for the position, please contact Bob Schuld ( RAScase64@gmail.com), Council President, or Jody Schuld ( jwstichr@yahoo.com), Volunteer Ministry Coordinator. Thank you. 
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE JULY LCGS COUNCIL MEETING
Roy Larson, chairperson of the call committee, updated council on the committee's work. The training has been completed and the MSP is being uploaded to the synod. Roy also outlined some possible costs that could be incurred throughout this process.

While income improved somewhat in June when compared to May, we remain under budget on year-to-date giving. Effective July 1, we will be using only the ICON financial system.

At the current time, several volunteer committee chairperson positions remain unfilled or in search of a new chair. Anyone interested in working on a team in education, evangelism, mutual ministry, or world & community should speak to any member of council. Additionally, the paid position of director of children's ministries is open. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact a council member or the church office.
 
The next regular meeting will be Monday, August 19, at 4:00 pm.
AARP'S HOMEFIT PROGRAM
HELPS YOU SAFELY AGE IN PLACE
AARP's HomeFit program is a self-help tool that enables people to know what the potential safety issues in their home are and provides solutions to make homes more livable according to one's desires.
 
The program will be offered on Monday, August 5, from 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. at Good Shepherd. Light refreshments will be served. If you'd like to attend, please sign up on the bulletin board or contact church office staff by August 1 (883-3680 or lcgs@comporium.net). Thank you. 
COMING SOON AT GOOD SHEPHERD . . .

Sunday, July 28
  8:00 a.m.  Worship Service (Sanctuary)
  9:00 a.m.   Coffee Hour (Fellowship Hall)
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. 

Nora Johnson, is scheduled to undergo urostomy surgery at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center on Tuesday, July 30. The surgery was previously postponed. She is expected to remain in the hospital for 5-7 days and then move to The Oaks nursing facility to complete her rehab. Well-wishers are welcome to call Nora on her cell phone at 828-384-9062.

Brenda Allen, friend of Elaine Raynolds, has been admitted to Hendersonville Rehab with kidney failure. Brenda's husband reports that "she is not doing well."

Pat Cunningham, friend of Linda Goethe, recently had to have a kidney removed due to her battle with cancer.

Terry Moore's friend, Don, died suddenly last week after suffering a heart attack while driving. 

Snookie Henson's friend, Vicky, was recently treated for cancer. 

Deb Kelly Greene asks for prayers for her daughter and husband
FROM SANDRA OSTERMEIER
I chose Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd as my new church home even before I purchased my home here in November 2014. The welcome I received that cold Sunday in January 2014 was warm and gracious, bespeaking of an involved, caring church who really did receive a "stranger as a friend!"
 
My decision has proven to be a gift from God: I bask in God's love shown to me in so many ways through you ... first, with "holding " my hand through scary health tests. Later, as I was held up in loving  prayer and thoughtful cards, gifts, and phone calls throughout the two year illness and ultimate death of my daughter, Miranda. And, now, as I've been recovering from serious injury, I once more am surrounded by your care and concern and much needed prayers. 
 
Everyday I thank God for your presence in my life. I am honored to be a member of a church that so completely embraces me - and others. Thank you for your prayers. Thank you for your visits and calls. Thank you for your friendship. May God continue to bless and keep us all.
 
-Sandy Ostermeier 
ANNIVERSARIES & BIRTHDAYS


Anniversaries
Jim & Lois Bollini...............................................................................................08/06
Peggy & Walt Schneider.................................................................................. 08/08
Frances & Gene Beck...................................................................................... 08/11
Marilyn & Larry Fogdall.................................................................................... 08/22

Birthdays
Tex Parish........................................................................................................ 08/01
Nancy Reuter................................................................................................... 08/01
Peggy Schneider.............................................................................................. 08/01
Ruth Anne Weisenauer.................................................................................... 08/02
Barbara Jackson.............................................................................................. 08/05
Bob Schuld...................................................................................................... 08/06
Henry Dixon..................................................................................................... 08/07
Rodney Stinson............................................................................................... 08/09
Marci Kuhlman................................................................................................. 08/10
Lamar Propst................................................................................................... 08/14
Kathye Gresham.............................................................................................. 08/18
Rheanna Jones................................................................................................ 08/23
Jody Schuld..................................................................................................... 08/24
Walt Schneider................................................................................................ 08/25
Wanda Stephan............................................................................................... 08/25
Linea Warmke.................................................................................................. 08/29
Carl Ehmann.................................................................................................... 08/30
Rik Emaus........................................................................................................ 08/31
SERVING THIS SUNDAY

Guest Pastor ..........................................................................Rev. Dr. Robert McKeown
Minister of Music .................................................................................... David Gresham
Organist .....................................................................................................Vance Reese
Outreach Ministry Coordinator.............................................................Kimberly Dunbar
Children's Ministry Coordinator...............................................................Heather Merritt
Assisting Minister ...........................................................Lauren Weed / Laurie Johnson
Reader ..............................................................................Lauren Weed / Barb Jackson
Ushers ....................................................Jody & Bob SchuldJane & Frank McConnell 
Acolyte .................................................................................Lauren Weed / Yuri Emaus
Greeters ................................................Susan & Mike Becker / Zia & Frank McConnell
Child Care during Worship .....................................................................Heather Merritt
Altar Care....................................................................................................Barb Meyer
Communion Bread.....................................................................................Kate Reinke
Tellers .......................................................................Mike Anderson & Jane McKeown
Doorkeeper of the Day ...........................................................................Mike Anderson
Coffee Hour ( 8:00) ................................ ..............................LCGS Fellowship Committee
Coffee Hour  (10:30). ............................................................... LCGS Fellowship Committee
                                                     
World & Community
LIVING WATERS
A group from Good Shepherd will be visiting with the Living Waters Lutheran congregation in Cherokee, NC on Sunday, August 11 to talk about officially forming a partnership between the two congregations. We would like to take some food items for the Food Pantry at Living Waters Church as a way of accompanying the Living Waters congregation in their efforts to offer much needed food to people in their community. The following items are especially needed at this time: ketchup, mustard, canned ravioli, canned meat, cereal, shampoo, paper towels, and dish soap. Please bring any of these or other food items by the morning of Saturday, August 10 and place them in the labeled box on the pew in the commons.  We also ask for prayers for this visit and meeting between the two congregations on August 11.

-World and Community Committee
COLLECTION FOR CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES
Last spring, Good Shepherd collected items needed by children who are involved with our local Department of Social Services' Child Protective Services (CPS) unit. Robert McKeown and Kimberly Dunbar recently met with one of the program managers, who let us know what items are currently needed. If you can donate any of these items, please place them in the bin on the pew in the commons: 
  • socks (new, all children's sizes needed) 
  • underwear (new, all children's sizes needed)
  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • deodorant
  • hairbrushes, combs and picks
  • body wash or soap (if bars, individually wrapped, please)
  • sanitary pads
  • tampons
Why Are We in Partnership with CPS?
The Reimagining Health Collaborative (RHC) team at Good Shepherd has been focusing on mental health and building community partnerships since its inception two years ago. One of our areas of focus is trauma and resiliency, and being in partnership with CPS is one way that we can accompany those who have experienced trauma. 
GOOD SHEPHERD CRECHE UPDATE  
On Sunday August 4, Pastor Graf will hold a brief information forum in the Conference Room at 9:45 a.m. to share developments about the Good Shepherd  Crèche in India that some members in our congregation have supported financially. Pastor Graf will explain why Good Shepherd will no longer act as a conduit of donations for the Good Shepherd  Crèche, and will answer any questions. All are welcome to attend.
DID YOU KNOW...
...that the LCGS "Road Warriors" have been around for over 25 years? It's true! Twenty-six (26) years ago, LCGS became part of North Carolina's Adopt-A-Highway program.
 
The dedicated team of congregation members meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the church to clean a one mile stretch of Asheville Highway between Lowe's and the plaza where GO Grocery Outlet is located. They meet at 9:00 a.m. in the summer and 10:00 a.m. in the winter.
 
Depending on how much trash has been left along the highway, the weather and ground conditions, a minimum of four people can usually accomplish the job in about an hour. Having more than four volunteers, however, makes the work easier and quicker for everyone.
 
The amount of trash collected, number of people involved, and time spent is reported to the local and state Department of Transportation (DOT) offices, and then DOT workers pick up the trash bags.
 
The next time you're in the Education Wing at the church, stop into the conference room and check out the plaque recognizing LCGS's 25 years of volunteer service to this important statewide program. And be sure to send up a prayer of thanksgiving for our volunteers for keeping "our" stretch of Asheville Highway litter-free as you drive through that area.
 
The Road Warriors are always looking for help, so contact Lauren Weed if you're interested in joining the team.
NOISY OFFERING UPDATE

Earlier this month, we reported the results of the noisy offering held on June 30 to benefit the new Transylvania County Children's Advocacy Center. More money has since come in and now the total amount collected is $422.37. Thank you! 
SOAP FOR THE PHILIPPINES

Do you remember when Good Shepherd collected bars of soap during the spring to ship to the Philippines? The soap was to benefit the community of North Samar, that is connected with Florence Nightingale Global Health. Well, the box has arrived. And new sinks have been installed, too! Here is a picture. 
SMALL GROUP AT SHARING HOUSE
This week, Outreach Ministry Coordinator Kimberly Dunbar led a journaling and discussion small group at Sharing House that was focused on the theme of peace. A total of eight people attended the group, which was offered in response to Sharing House's invitation to local organizations to offer small groups focused on health to their neighbors. At Sharing House's request, an additional session is being planned for August. Members of Good Shepherd are welcome to attend. Please talk to Kimberly if you'd like to do so  ( kimberlylcgs@comporium.net or 883-3680).
ELCA, NC Synod, & LWF News
WE BELONG TO THE TRUTH
Here is ELCA Bishop Elizabeth Eaton's reflection for July. 

"Let your word be 'Yes, Yes' or 'No, No.' "(Matthew  5:37 )

When I was a girl, dinner table discussions in our family were lively. We could state our position on an issue, but then we had to be ready to back up our argument with facts. In that pre-Google time, the 
World Book Encyclopedia  was often our source. Out came the dark blue volumes. Their very weight and color brought gravitas. One's presentation could be critiqued, but not the facts-they were printed in the World Book Encyclopedia after all!


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