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Worship & Education
THIS SUNDAY
Daylight Saving Time begins.  Please remember to set your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed on Saturday night! 

Five new members will join our church family on Sunday: Linda Goethe (8:00 a.m. service) and Heather, Mark, Ian and Hadley Merritt (10:30 a.m. service). Welcome! 
REMEMBER TO WEAR YOUR NAME TAGS
Please remember to wear your name tags while at Good Shepherd, especially on Sunday mornings. This helps everyone get to know each other and is a way to show welcome and hospitality to visitors and our new Interim Pastor, Richard Graf. 

If you don't have a name tag in your church mailbox, please let Whitney in the office know (883-3680 or lcgs@comporium.net). There are also write-in name tags on the table in the commons. Thank you!
DELVING INTO GOD'S GRACE (DiGG) CLASS
Sundays from 9:10 to 10:00 a.m.,  Conference Room
Martin Luther taught that we are to daily renew our baptism. Whether we are old or young, this daily renewal of baptism leads to a practicing of faith and deepening of discipleship. This year during Lent, the DIGG class will study the ELCA Lenten series "Living our Baptism." Each week we will study one phrase of the covenant which we make at the time of our baptism. This first week we will explore the faith practice "living among God's faithful people." Bill Johnson will lead the class discussion.
INTERSECTIONS CLASS

On March 10, 17, and 24, Bill Moore will lead a series of discussions that he calls "The One and the Many: Is this Christianity's biggest tension?"  We will try to identify 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 March 10, the class will look at tensions within the self (i.e. being individually inspired or participating in a spiritual community); on March 17, we will look at tensions in the Church (such as differences among denominations); on March 24, we will discuss tensions in the world (such as Christianity's relation to other religions). Please join us!  

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. 
WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY
The next WELCA meeting is Tuesday, March 12. The general meeting begins at 10:00 a.m., followed by Bible study at 11:00 a.m. Please feel free to bring snacks or your lunch.  Join us!
WEDNESDAYS AT GOOD SHEPHERD DURING LENT
On Wednesday evenings from March 13 through April 10 , join us for Lenten soup suppers at 5:45 p.m. There is no need to sign up for the dinners - just come and enjoy!

After supper, join us for Lenten worship at 6:30 p.m. At each service, one of our members or friends will reflect on a promise of baptism, and how it impacts their life. Here are the promises of baptism and who will be speaking at each service: 
  
1. To live among God's faithful people (March 13 - Rachel Kahl)
2. To hear the word of God and share in the Lord's Supper (March 20 - 
    Laurie Johnson)
3. To proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed 
    (March 27 - Bill Johnson)
4. To serve all people, following the example of Jesus Christ (April 3 - 
    Susan Whitaker)
5. To strive for justice and peace in all the earth (April 10 - Ellen Dozier)
KOINONIA COMMUNITY LENTEN SERVICES
The congregations that form Koinonia are taking turns hosting a 30-minute noon worship service, followed by lunch, during the Lenten season. As a part of the service, a local charitable organization is invited to speak briefly about its work, and participants have an opportunity to contribute to a free will offering that is given to the charity. Each year, the Koinonia Lenten series raises more than $3,500 for local causes, and people from different faith communities - or no faith community - come together for worship and fellowship with one another. 

This is the 2019 schedule of Thursday* services:

March 14 - Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church ( El Centro)

March 21 - Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd (SAFE)   

March 28 - Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Transylvania County 
(The Haven)

April 4 - Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Brevard Jewish Community (Bread of Life)

April 11 - First United Methodist Church ( Sharing House)

April 19, *Good Friday - Bethel "A" Baptist Church (Rise & Shine)
At Good Shepherd
BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION
Did you know that the schools in our county collect Box Tops for Education? If you don't have young children or youth, you may not think about how helpful these items are to our community's schools, but they typically help to fund school equipment and other needed resources. And  teachers and school administrators will tell you - every little bit counts! 

Good Shepherd is now collecting box tops. So if you don't have a child whose school collects them, you can turn them in here (look for the box on the table in the commons) and World and Community Committee members will distribute them to our local schools. Thank you!  
HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION MEETING
This group's next meeting will be on Saturday, March 9 at 1:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall at Good Shepherd. The room will open at 12:30 p.m. so people sign in, browse the free literature available, and meet others interested in discussing hearing problems and solutions. All are welcome.
 
Our program will feature Francisca Hernandez, MA LSLS, Parent Educator/Hispanic Outreach for BEGINNINGS for parents of children who are deaf and hard of hearing.  BEGINNINGS is a non-profit that helps parents and families understand hearing loss and the diverse needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing from birth to age 22 years. They provide impartial support to families regarding early intervention services, school age support, resources and modes of communication. BEGINNINGS parent educators also provide support to the professionals who serve these families. 
 
For more information about HLAA, contact Kathy Borzell (828-743-0150 or kborzell@gmail.com).
COMING SOON AT GOOD SHEPHERD . . .

Sunday, March 10
  8:00 a.m.  Worship Service (Sanctuary)
  9:00 a.m.  Coffee Hour (Fellowship Hall)
  9:10 a.m.  Delving into God's Grace Class (Conference Room)
  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. 

The sister of Nancy Reuter, Carol Garro, passed away last Sunday.

Jesse, Donna Aiken-Colflesh's niece, is going through a difficult time. 

Gloria and Roy Larson were in a serious car accident last week. They were banged up, but sustained no broken bones. They are recovering at home. 

Rivers Smith is recovering from successful neck surgery on February 25. 

Wanda Waters is recovering from hip surgery on February 26.  She will spend a few days in the hospital and then transfer to a rehabilitation facility to complete her healing.

Sandy Taylor, friend of Barbara Hotaling, is experiencing breathing problems. 

Lindsay Batson, daughter of Jamie Lancaster, is recovering from successful surgery last Friday.   
SERVING THIS SUNDAY

Ministers ...................................................................... The People of Good Shepherd
Interim Pastor .............................................................................Rev. Dr. Richard Graf
Minister of Music..................................................................................David Gresham
Organist...................................................................................................Vance Reese
Outreach Ministry Coordinator...........................................................Kimberly Dunbar
Children's Ministry Coordinator.............................................................Heather Merritt
Assisting Minister .......................................................Lauren Weed / Karen Anderson
Reader ..............................................................................Ellen Dozier / Heidi Bullock
Cantor...................................................................................................................TBD
Ushers............... Bonnie Clark, Jody & Bob Schuld /  Ken Aarsund, Hal Galloway, Ian Merritt
Acolyte............................................................................... Lauren Weed / Yuri Emaus
Greeters ....................Henry Dixon & Darrell Dixon /  Marilyn & Larry Fogdall, Hadley Merritt
Child Care during Sunday School..............................................Margarette Kennerely
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 ................................................................................Paul Onnink & Kate Reinke
Doorkeeper of the Day............................................................................Wayne Drake
Coffee Hour (8:00 a.m.) .................................................................. Sandy Ostermeier
Coffee Hour (10:30 a.m.)...............................................Elaine Raynolds, Barb Meyer, 
                                                                          Heidi Bullock, Zia & Frank McConnell
                                                                                 
World & Community
TORNADO DISASTER RELIEF
On March 3, powerful tornadoes hit Alabama, Georgia and Florida, causing widespread destruction. At least 23 people have died in Lee County, Ala., and others are still unaccounted for. More than 1,000 homes have been damaged. Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) is working with those in the impacted states, including partnering with congregations in the Southeastern Synod to respond with immediate relief.

If you would like to contribute to the relief efforts, please make your check payable to LCGS and indicate "LDR - U.S. Tornadoes" on the memo line. Gifts  will be used to help those affected by tornadoes until the response is complete. Together, we can support those who are on the long road to recovery. 
KITS FOR LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF
This Lenten season, Good Shepherd will make personal care kits for Lutheran World Relief. Each week in Lent, we'll collect items to make these kits that help people around the world stay healthy in difficult situations, like natural disasters and displacement due to violence. On Palm Sunday, we'll assemble the kits during the coffee hours in the Fellowship Hall. 

Please bring your donations in starting on February 10, and place them in the large bin on the pew in the commons. Here is the collection schedule:
  • March 10:  Bars of Soap (4 - 5 oz, any brand, in original wrapping)
  • March 17:  Bath Towels (light-weight, maximum 52" x 27", dark color)
  • March 24: Toothbrushes (adult size, individually wrapped in original packaging or sealed individually in a paper envelope)
  • March 31:  Combs
  • April 7:  Nail Clippers (metal, attached file optional)
SPELLING BEE
Friends at LCGS,

Debbie Cooper, Bill Moore, Jackie Jenkins, and Julia Kennerly NEED your support for our team, The Ludicrous Lutherans, as we participate in the Adult Spelling Bee, held March 30 at the DFR Room at 5:00 p.m.
 
We have two contribution needs:

1. Make a check to LCGS, and write "The Bee" on the memo line to help recoup the $250 registration fee for our team (it has been paid in advance).
2. Make donations to the Augustine Literacy Project through Google Pay, a secure online site. Our team goal is $1,000 and we have only a few weeks to raise this amount! Go HERE and BEE generous!
 
If you have questions about the event or ALP, contact Team Captain, Jackie Jenkins, at revjjenk65@gmail.com.
SOAP COLLECTION FOR THE PHILIPPINES
Florence Nightingale Global Health is collecting bars of soap to send to their friends in the Philippines. As you may know, FNGH, and our own Ann Farash and Paul Onnink, in conjunction with them and Pisgah Forest Rotary Club, have been working in partnership with the people of North Samar, who commonly live on  less than $2 per day, and cannot afford soap.

Any size bars of soap will be accepted, even the small bars found in hotel rooms.  Please drop off your bars of soap in the box on the pew in the commons. The soap will be shipped to the Philippines at the end of March. So far 59 pounds of soap have been collected. Thank you!
LIVING WATERS NEWSLETTER

The March edition of Living Waters Lutheran Church's newsletter is available here. You can also pick up a paper copy of the newsletter on the table in the commons. 
In Our Community
 CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT AT FUMC
The Dead Eduards Chamber Society will be performing a concert of chamber music this evening,  March 8 ,  at 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in  Brevard The group features Andrea Pettigrew, violin, Jim Lestock, cello, Brian Seaton, oboe, and Vance Reese, piano. All are musicians in local orchestras and other ensembles, including the  Brevard  Philharmonic and the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. Reese is assistant professor of music at  Brevard College .

The Chamber Society offers this as a true chamber music experience with the listeners sitting close by the musicians, and the performers sharing something of their lives in intersection with the music and the composers.  The composers represented are Henry Purcell, Joseph Haydn, J. S. Bach, Charles Loeffler, Joaquin Turina, and Joshua Burel. The music spans 325 years and covers a wide range of expressions and nationalities.  The concert is free. Audience members are welcome to make a "love offering" at the door for the experience. 
WHY LUTHERAN IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA?
Date: Saturday, March 16 from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Asheville
 
Join Vicar Matt Hoffman and his internship congregations, St. Mark's in Asheville and Shepherd of the Hills in Sylva, for this engaging conference on Lutheran identity in Western North Carolina. There will be time for fellowship, worship, and breakout conversations. Lunch will be provided. Join us for this opportunity to share wisdom and learn from our siblings in Christ.
14TH ANNUAL EMPTY BOWL SOUP LUNCH
Saturday, March 16, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

All are welcome to attend this fundraiser at First United Methodist Church in Brevard to benefit the Bread of Life. The cost is $20 for lunch and a handmade bowl from Mud Dabbers Pottery, or $5 for lunch only. The event will include live music. Call 577-0477 for more information. 
TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY TRIAD MEETING
Triad is a national partnership among law enforcement, older adults, and those providing services to older adults. Triad's focus is to reduce the criminal victimization of older citizens, decrease unwarranted fear of crime, and improve the safety and quality of life for older adults.
 
The next Transylvania County Triad meeting will be held on Monday, March 25, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., in the DSS Building Downstairs Conference Room. They will discuss upcoming Triad events for 2019, so bring any ideas you may have. All are welcome. For more information, contact  LeeAnne Tucker with Land of Sky ( leeanne@landofsky.org ). 
ELCA, NC Synod, & LWF News
PEACE AND RECONCILIATION IN COLOMBIA
Here is another story from the ELCA series, Stories of Faith in Action 2018-2019.

At the House of Peace and Reconciliation in Medellín, Colombia, Lutherans strive to bring peace to a community torn by conflict for many years. Founded by Misión Luterana Emaús, a mission start of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia (IELCO), the House focuses on equipping people in the Comuna 13 neighborhood to resolve conflicts peacefully. The IELCO receives grants from the ELCA to support this work through Mission Support. 

Since 1964, armed conflict in Colombia has left more than 600,000 people dead and has displaced nearly one of every 10 Colombians. While the recent peace agreement between the government and the main guerilla group holds promise, former combatants need to be reintegrated into everyday life. 

"Our vision is not only to preach the gospel but to live the gospel in our community," said John Hernandez, pastor of Emaús. "The gospel gives us a special language to talk not only about peace but also reconciliation. Generally, in the Comuna 13, the need is to learn to coexist, to accept those that think differently." 

Last year, the House of Peace and Reconciliation hosted a multi-session certificate program on peace and reconciliation that attracted 25 students from Comuna 13, and other faith communities and human rights and peace-focused organizations in Medellín. Students committed to replicating at least some of what they learned in their communities and organizations. 

In the House's theater group, young participants use theater as a creative tool to process experiences and heal. This year they are preparing to perform an adaptation of the Bible story of the feeding of the 5,000 throughout the neighborhood and for the national IELCO education gathering.  They hope to send a message "that we can abandon the presumption of scarcity and begin to trust in the abundance of resources around us," Hernandez said.
INDIA: SHARING THE GOSPEL AND
WORKING FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE IN TAMIL NADU
This article is from the Lutheran World Federation. Tamil Nadu is the same area where the Good Shepherd 
Crèche  (GSC) is located. Members and friends of Good Shepherd have helped to financially support GSC since it began in 2010. 


The Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church (TELC) is marking two major milestones this year - its 100th anniversary as an independent church body in India, and the consecration of a newly elected leader Bishop Daniel Jayaraj.

Its constitution as TELC on 14 January 1919 emerged from a joint venture by the Danish Halle Mission, the Leipzig Evangelical Lutheran Mission and the Swedish Mission. But it's a church with a three-century mission history, dating back to 1707 when German Protestant missionaries dedicated the Jerusalem Church, the first chapel to be set up in the coastal town of Tranquebar, at the time a Danish colony. This was followed by the first Tamil translation of the New Testament in 1711 and its printing two years later.

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