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Worship & Education
GUEST PREACHER THIS SUNDAY
Pastor Ellen Dozier will preach at both worship services this Sunday, June 2. Pastor Graf is at the NC Synod Assembly this weekend, and will return to the  office on Monday, June 3. 
OFFERING OF LETTERS CAMPAIGN 2019
This Sunday, we will hear about Bread for the World's Offering of Letters campaign 2019 during worship. Everyone is invited to join in this annual campaign of writing letters to our congressional leaders, urging them to support legislation to end hunger. W rite postcards to your congress people during the coffee hours on Sunday, or use the sample letters in your bulletin as a starting point. (Click here for a sample letter to Representative Mark Meadows. Click here for a sample letter to Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr. Bring your letters to worship on June 9 and turn them in as an offering. Thank you for using your voice to speak for others. 

Bread for the World
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. By changing policies, programs and conditions that allow hunger and poverty to persist, we provide help and opportunity far beyond the communities in which we live.
 
Offering of Letters Campaign
Bread for the World's annual  Offering of Letters campaign engages churches, campuses, and other faith communities in writing letters to Congress. Each year, for the focus of the campaign, they choose specific legislation or a legislative emphasis that can make a real difference to people struggling with hunger and poverty. Hundreds of Offerings of Letters are held each year, resulting in tens of thousands of letters to Congress. Supported with prayer, these letters are a bold witness to God's justice and mercy. They have, and continue to have, a significant impact on the decisions made in Congress.
INTERSECTIONS CLASS THIS SUNDAY

On June 2, the Intersections class will meet to discuss the blessings of diversity. We will look at some of the biblical narratives that talk about diversity, including those on creation, the Tower of Babel and Pentecost. All are welcome to gather in Room 6 at 9:30 for the discussion, or come beginning at 9:10 a.m. to chat and enjoy refreshments.  The DiGG class will not meet this Sunday. 
PENTECOST FESTIVAL
On June 9, we will hold one worship service at 10:30 a.m. Before worship, there will be an inter-generational Sunday School time beginning at 9:00 a.m. Please join us!

To help with the festivities, we need donations of ribbons: solid colors in red, orange, yellow, gold. Pieces need to be at least 5/8" wide and 12" long. Please bring your ribbon donations to the church office.
  VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL...FOR GROWN UPS!
Remember how much fun you had at Vacation Bible School when you were young? We have lots of good memories from those times. So let's have VBS for adults! 

We will meet at Barb Jackson's house on the corner of Minor and Maple Streets (166 Maple) on Tuesday, June 25 at 5:30 p.m. (Extra parking is available at the library.) Please bring your memories and a potluck dish. Kool Aid and adult beverages will be furnished! Our theme this year is the same as our youth program: "Who Is My Neighbor?" Yes, we will also make a fun, simple craft. Please sign up on the bulletin board in the hallway. If you'd like to attend and need childcare, please contact the church office ( lcgs@comporium.net or 883-3680) by June 17. Questions? Contact Linea Warmke (740-707-1822).
GODLY PLAY
You may have heard talk around Good Shepherd about Godly Play over the past several months. This is a curriculum that we will begin using in the fall. Here is an article from Christian Century with more information. 
At Good Shepherd
CALL PROCESS UPDATE
The draft Ministry Site Profile (MSP) was reviewed by the Church Council members at a special meeting on May 24.  Council feedback was addressed in a revised draft that has been turned over to the Call Committee to be used during their upcoming training. Any feedback from the Call Committee will be resolved following the training and a revised version of the MSP will be sent to the Council for final review and formal approval prior to submission to the Synod. The final MSP will be made available to all congregation members following final Council approval.
ANNUAL CHURCH PICNIC WILL BE ON JUNE 23
The annual LCGS picnic will be held Sunday, June 23, at Lake Atagahi Park in Connestee Falls. Worship services that day will take place at Good Shepherd as usual, at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. The picnic will immediately follow the 10:30 service.
 
Pulled pork (along with buns and sauce), chicken, lemonade, water, plates, cups, napkins and eating utensils will all be provided. Congregation members are asked to provide BBQ-type family-sized (8 - 10 servings) side dishes/salads and desserts. Also, please feel free to bring other beverages of your choice.

Besides bringing a dish to share with your church friends and family, please also bring along a can or box of non-perishable food to share with your friends and neighbors at Sharing House. Cash or checks will also be welcome. Thank you!
 
Please sign up on the bulletin board no later than June 17 so that Connestee Falls security can have visitor passes available for everyone. Questions may be directed to Leigh Ann Stinson, De Carlson or Donna Aiken-Colflesh.
DIRECTORY UPDATES
Good Shepherd staff will soon update our congregational directory. Please give any changes in your contact information to Whitney in the church office ( lcgs@comporium.net) by June 2. Thank you.
COFFEE HOUR HELPERS
It's that time of year again! We need everyone to look at their schedules and please sign up to help with Coffee Hour for the next six months. We are trying to keep from asking you more then twice a year.  The July through December sign up calendar is now available on the bulletin board.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact De Carlson (828-885-5206 or deanncarl@gmail.com) or Aggie Romans (828-776-6761 or aggieromans@hotmail.com).  Thank you.  
REMINDER FROM THE FELLOWSHIP COMMITTEE
Please do not remove food from the refrigerator or freezer in the church kitchen unless it is yours or you have asked Leigh Ann Stinson or De Carlson (Fellowship Committee Co-Chairs) whether it is OK to do so. LCGS is typically very generous in sharing our leftovers with Bread of Life or The Haven, but there are times when there are plans to use specific items for upcoming events. So please ask before taking something from the refrigerator or freezer.  Thank you!
SCHEDULING MEETINGS AT LCGS
As the number of outside organizations using our facilities continues to grow (which we encourage), the need for proactive planning and careful scheduling of meeting rooms is also growing. All LCGS ministry teams, committees, Council, etc. are reminded to please check with Whitney in the church office (lcgs@comporium.net or 883-3680) to confirm the availability of space when scheduling your meetings. By doing so, we can avoid the inconvenience of accidentally double-booking a room. Thank you!
AAUW BOOK SALE DONATIONS

The yellow AAUW book box in the entry area by the coat rack will be removed after church on June 2. If you have been intending to drop off books for the AAUW book sale, please do so by June 2. Thank you!
HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION OF BREVARD
Dr. Beth Fountain will present the next program for the Brevard Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America on the topic of safety for hearing aid and cochlear implant users. 
Dr. Fountain has enjoyed a long career in audiology and deaf education, most recently being a manufacturer's representative for two hearing aid companies and a cochlear implant company. Her early career was spent in various audiology clinical settings and teaching hearing impaired children.
 
Dr. Fountain has two Master of Science degrees (Deaf Education and Audiology) from Lamar University in Texas. Her doctorate in audiology is from A.T. Still University in Arizona. To date, she has participated in 10 audiology/deaf education related mission trips from Nepal to Kenya. Not quite ready for full retirement, she is thrilled about working part time at WNC Hearing and Audiology, continuing to answer her calling to help people hear and connect with others through better hearing.
 
Everyone is welcome to attend this meeting on Saturday, June 8, at 1:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Good Shepherd. The room will open at 12:30 p.m. so people can sign in, browse the free literature available, grab a snack, and meet others.  Please d irect any questions to  HLAABrevard@gmail.com .
BATTER UP!
The Fellowship Committee needs your help to determine how many people would be interested in attending the afternoon Asheville Tourists home game on Sunday, July 14. With a group rate and other applicable discounts, the estimated ticket price would be only $10 - $12 per person, and we would carpool from the church parking lot following the 10:30 service coffee hour. It will be a great afternoon of fun and fellowship for LCGS members and guests of all ages!  Please sign up on the bulletin board by June 16 if you would like to attend. 
COMING SOON AT GOOD SHEPHERD . . .

Sunday, June 2
  8:00 a.m.  Worship Service (Sanctuary)
  9:00 a.m.  Coffee Hour & Fair Trade Sale (Fellowship Hall)
  9:10 a.m.   Intersections Class (Room 6)
  9:10 a.m.  Elementary Children's Sunday School Class (Rooms 3 & 4)
  9:00 a.m.  Nursery/Preschool Class (Room 1)
10:30 a.m.  Worship Service (Sanctuary) 
11:30 a.m.  Coffee Hour & Fair Trade Sale (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. 

Grace Rehme, the mother of Marci Kuhlman, is in declining health. Marci has traveled to Charleston, SC, to be with her and other family there.  

Carol Maquire, Arthur Raynold's cousin, has cancer and is nearing the end of her life. She is receiving care in a nursing home.  

Marite Currier  had successful back surgery on May 28 at Mission Hospital, and is now at CarePartners Rehabilitation Center at 68 Sweeten Rd. in Asheville.

Laurie and Bill Johnson's new granddaughter was born earlier this week, weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces. Her name is Genevieve Scotta Shields, and her parents are Becca and Ben Shields of Durham. Congratulations, all!

Beverly Martin passed away earlier this week. A service will be planned for a later time.  Please pray for comfort and peace for Beverly's family and friends during this difficult time.  Cards may be sent to Beverly's son, Larry  Leverette, at  60 Whispering Pines Drive,  Pisgah Forest 28768.
SERVING THIS SUNDAY

Guest Preacher and Presider...........................................................Pastor Ellen Dozier
Minister of Music .................................................................................... David Gresham
Organist .....................................................................................................Vance Reese
Outreach Ministry Coordinator.............................................................Kimberly Dunbar
Children's Ministry Coordinator..............................................................Heather Merritt
Assisting Minister ...............................................Richard Handschin / Robert McKeown
Reader ...........................................................................Richard Handschin / Bill Moore
Ushers ........................Lauren & Fred Weed / Dave Carlson, Bill Essig, & Abey Emaus
Acolyte ..........................................................................Richard Handschin / Jia Emaus
Greeters ..............Henry Dixon & Darrell Dixon / Zia & Frank McConnell, & Kia Emaus
Child Care during Sunday School..................................................Margarette Kennerly
Elementary Sunday School Teacher.......................................................Jackie Jenkins
Elementary Sunday School Doorperson........................................................Jia Emaus
Child Care during Worship ...................................................................Kimberly Dunbar
Altar Care. & Communion Bread.................................................................Kate Reinke
Tellers ........................................................................Hal Galloway  & Barbara Hotaling
Doorkeeper of the Day.................................................................................Bob Schuld
Coffee Hour................................ Sue Engstrom & Caroline Smith /  Karen & Mike Anderson,                                                   Margarette & Ike Kennerly,   Gloria Larson, & Sue & Russ Sena                                                      
World & Community
FAIR TRADE SALE ON JUNE 2
On June 2, a fair trade sale will be held in the Fellowship Hall during both coffee hours. A variety of food items will be for sale, including coffee, tea, olive oil, chocolate and nuts. Each purchase supports the work of small-scale farmers. 


What difference does buying fair trade products make? Here's a short video about fair trade chocolate.
LUTHERAN DISASTER RELIEF: U.S. TORNADOES
Here is information from ELCA's Lutheran Disaster Relief about the recent spate of tornadoes, storms and flooding in the central U.S. 

The situation
A series of powerful and destructive tornadoes has ripped through parts of the central U.S., leaving destruction in its wake. In Missouri, at least three people have been killed and homes and businesses have been destroyed. In Ohio, at least one person has died. Tornadoes have also been reported in Oklahoma, Iowa, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Indiana, and there is a threat of additional severe weather in some locations.

Our response
Lutheran Disaster Response is working with those in the impacted states, including partnering with local synods, congregations and social ministry organizations to respond with immediate relief.

What you can do

Pray
Please pray for the communities that were impacted by these destructive tornadoes. May God's healing presence give them peace and hope in their time of need. Pray that God will deliver comfort to those who mourn the loss of loved ones and strength to those who are working diligently to care for affected communities.

Give
Gifts to " U.S. Tornadoes" will be used entirely (100%) to assist those affected by tornadoes until the response is complete. You can make a donation via a check in the offering plate (made out to LCGS and indicating "U.S. Tornadoes" on the memo line), or through LCGS's website (choose ELCA Disaster Relief and indicate "U.S. Tornadoes". Thank you. 
In Our Community
BALLET PERFORMANCE THIS SATURDAY

On Saturday, June 1, at 5:00 p.m., Brevard Ballet will present  Flower Festival and Other Works  at Brevard High School. One of our youth, Eliza Hislop, will be performing. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online
ELCA, NC Synod, & LWF News
NC SYNOD ASSEMBLY
The NC Synod Assembly is taking place this weekend (May 31 and June 1) in Greensboro. Pastor Graf is in attendance, along with many ELCA leaders across the state. The event will include a report from Bishop Tim Smith, a focus on congregational vitality, elections, ministry stories, budget discussion and worship. Some parts of the conference will be available via live stream, which you can access here

 A GLIMPSE OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
The Christian Century magazine asked pastors and writers to tell about a book that has helped them envision what it means to live the Christian life. Ten writers responded including L. Gregory Jones, Sara Miles, Austen Hartke, and Sarah Hinlicky Wilson.  See what they recommend and add one or two to your summer reading list!

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