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Worship & Education
THIS SUNDAY
On March 17, Pastor Ellen Dozier will preach and preside at both services. During the 10:30 a.m. service, the Brevard Belles will offer hand bell music. 
DELVING INTO GOD'S GRACE (DiGG) CLASS
Sundays from 9:10 to 10:00 a.m.,  Conference Room

God's Word and the Lord's Supper are tangible gifts given by God to all Christian disciples. As we continue our Lenten study of Living Our Baptism, we will discuss the ways in which these gifts offer both consolation and challenge. Bill Johnson will lead the class. 

INTERSECTIONS CLASS
On March 17, and 24, Bill Moore will continue 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 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 in Room 6 at 9:30 a.m. for the discussion or come earlier to chat and enjoy refreshments.  
WEDNESDAYS AT GOOD SHEPHERD DURING LENT
On Wednesday evenings 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 upcoming services: 
  
1. To hear the word of God and share in the Lord's Supper (March 20 - 
    Laurie Johnson)
2. To proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed 
    (March 27 - Bill Johnson)
3. To serve all people, following the example of Jesus Christ (April 3 - 
    Susan Whitaker)
4. 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 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
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
After the second service on Sunday, March 31, we will hold a congregational meeting. Sandra Cline of the NC Synod Bishop's office will guide the congregation through the first step in creating a Ministry Site Profile (MSP) of Good Shepherd. The MSP is an essential document in the call process in which our congregation will describe, through answers to questions proposed by Sandra, our church and ministry. The answers will be the basis of the MSP to be drafted by members of our Church Council. The MSP will be used during the training of the Call Committee and will be shared with all potential pastoral candidates who express an interest in serving at Good Shepherd. A summary of the MSP will be made available on the ELCA website for any who wish to view it.  

Per section C13.05 of our LCGS Constitution, the Call Committee shall be elected by the congregation. If the recommended selection of the six Call Committee members has been completed by March 31, members of the congregation will be asked to vote on accepting the recommended candidates during the meeting.  These are very important steps in the call process and all church members are encouraged to attend.
PLANNING FOR EASTER SUNDAY BRUNCH IS UNDERWAY!  
The Fellowship Committee will be hosting the annual Easter Sunday Brunch between the early and late services on April 21st. Congregation members are asked to support the brunch by providing breakfast sweets (for example, coffee cake, muffins, pastries, etc.) and fruit for the brunch. Please use the signup sheet on the bulletin board by April 14th to let us know what you plan to bring.  Thank you!
NAMI FAMILY-TO-FAMILY PROGRAM
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Transylvania County will present this free 12-session educational series at Good Shepherd. This evidence-based series is intended for family and friends of people living with mental health issues, and will be led by lay and professional leaders. The series will run on Mondays and Thursdays from April 8 through May 16, between 5:30 and 8:00 p.m. Please register by April 3 to Janice Kimball (877-2806 or namitransy@gmail.com) if you'd like to attend. 
BOOK CLUB MEETING

Good Shepherd's Book Club will next meet on Tuesday March 19 to discuss The Orphan's Tale. Our book for April will be Where the Crawdads Sing. Come to Broad Street Wines at 5:00 p.m. if you'd like to join in the conversation. 
COMING SOON AT GOOD SHEPHERD . . .

Sunday, March 17
  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. 

Former Good Shepherd member and friend of Mike and Karen Anderson, Sherry Murphy, died suddenly on March 12. Cards and condolences can be sent to Sherry's husband, Richard, at 5 Lincolnshire Loop, Asheville, 28803.

The sister of Nancy Reuter, Carol Garro, passed away earlier this month.

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

Jameson Courtine , age 9, died suddenly on February 27 after a brief illness. Some of our children knew Jameson, whose parents are both fifth grade teachers at Transylvania County Schools. Jameson also leaves behind an eight-year-old brother. We pray for Jameson's family and friends at this time of loss. 
SERVING THIS SUNDAY

Ministers ...................................................................... The People of Good Shepherd
Guest Pastor & 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 ............................................................Linea Warmke / Lorel Durlak
Reader ......................................................................................PJ Larson / Isa Emaus
Cantor...................................................................................................................TBD
Ushers........... Bonnie Clark, Jody & Bob Schuld /  Ken Aarsund, Hal Galloway, Abey Emaus
Acolyte........................................................................ Linea Warmke / Sophie Dunbar
Greeters .....................Susan & Mike Becker /  Heidi Bullock, Parker Dickens, & Yuri Emaus
Child Care during Sunday School........................................................Debbie Cooper
Elementary Sunday School Teacher.....................................................Zia McConnell
Elementary Sunday School Door Person................................................ Heidi Bullock
Child Care during Worship ......................................................................Barb Jackson
Altar Care...................................................................................................Sue Barrett
Communion Bread .....................................................................................Sue Barrett
Tellers ...............................................................................Paul Onnink & Kate Reinke
Doorkeeper of the Day......................................................................Robert McKeown
Coffee Hour (8:00 a.m.) ................................................................. Jody & Bob Schuld
Coffee Hour (10:30 a.m.)..........................................De Carlson, Kate & Tom Reinke,  
                                                                                                          & Aggie Romans
                                                                                 
World & Community
BAKERS, UNITE! -- AND DELIVER!  

Cookies, muffins, cupcakes, brownies, breakfast breads, dinner rolls... They're all special treats for the residents of The Haven, and our church will be preparing food for The Haven for the weekend of March 22-24. If you're willing to do some baking that will surely help others, please wrap up the goodies and deliver them to the Fellowship Hall by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, March 22. If you have questions, please contact Annette Blum, blumay1@gmail.com or 885-2376.  Thanks in advance for your sweet generosity!
NOISY OFFERING ON MARCH 31
Our next "noisy offering" will take place on Sunday, March 31, when the children will collect your pocket change in metal buckets (hence, the noise ). The purpose of these offerings is two-fold: to support worthy programs and to promote their understanding of and participation in Christian stewardship.
 
Our children and Children's Ministry Coordinator, Heather Merritt, have decided the Noisy Offering on March 31 will be in memory of a 3rd grader at Brevard Elementary, Jameson Adair Courtine, age 9, who passed away suddenly on February 27. Donations will be given to The Jameson Courtine Memorial Service Fund. A Ninja Warrior Course will be built in his memory "to show Jameson's heart and give back to the community." 

Jameson's parents are both fifth grade teachers at Transylvania County Schools. Jameson leaves behind other family members, including an eight-year-old brother. Read Jameson's full obituary here.

Start rounding up your change now! If your change jar happens to be low, bills and checks will be gratefully accepted by the children. Thank you!
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 these relief efforts, please make your check payable to LCGS and indicate "LDR - U.S. Tornadoes" on the memo line. You can also make a donation online, through Good Shepherd's website. Choose "ELCA Disaster Relief" and indicate "U.S. Tornadoes." Gifts  will be used to help those affected by the tornadoes until the response is complete. Together, we can support those who are on the long road to recovery. 
SPELLING BEE
Our LUDICROUS LUTHERAN team is a little more than half-way to our fundraising goal of $1,000. (This is in addition to the $250 we needed to raise to cover our registration fees). We have $539 in our "account." We need more donations and we need them NOW!  Please make out checks to ALP-Brevard and be sure to put "Ludicrous Lutherans" in the memo line. Put these in Jackie Jenkins' mail box.  OR, donate online here.
 
If you have questions about the event or Augustine Literacy Project, contact Team Captain, Jackie Jenkins, at  revjjenk65@gmail.com.
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 and place them in the large bin on the pew in the commons. Thank you! Here is the collection schedule (although donations will be gratefully accepted throughout Lent):
  • 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)
SOAP COLLECTION FOR THE PHILIPPINES


Here is one of the families in North Samar, Philippines, that will receive soap when the donations are shipped at the end of March. This is Rolly, in front of the home that he shares with seven other siblings. Florence Nightingale Global Health staff have been able to arrange for Rolly to have surgery for his cleft lip in Manila next month though Smile Train. 

Remember - 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 marked box in the commons. Thank you!
NEWS FROM A YAGM IN SENEGAL
The following is part of an email from one of the Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) in Senegal, who is serving under YAGM Coordinator Pastor Kristin Engstrom, whose work Good Shepherd helps to sponsor. Pastor Kristin will visit our congregation on April 7 to tell us more about her work. More details about her visit will be in next week's newsletter. 

Hey y'all!

I can't believe I've been in Senegal for going on seven months now! The time is flying by and I am constantly learning and growing through this experience! As usual, I can't possibly consolidate two months worth of news into a 2-page newsletter, so please check out my blog: rheckroth94.wixsite.com/senegal if you're curious to hear more about my journey! 
 
I really couldn't do this journey without all of your walking alongside me and supporting me during this year! Thank you so much for all of your thoughts and prayers!
 
Rachel Heckroth
In Our Community
LAUNDRY DAY PROJECT
St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Brevard has been coordinating with Sharing House for almost two years to provide laundry services to some of Sharing House's neighbors. Through this program, volunteers from St. Philip's not only help provide a needed service to others in our community, but they also have the opportunity to get to know people who they likely wouldn't otherwise know. Volunteers chat with neighbors, help them with their laundry, and provide transportation when needed. 

St. Philip's is inviting members from other local churches to find out more about this program by stopping by at their next Laundry Day: Thursday, March 21 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Outreach Ministry Coordinator Kimberly Dunbar visited Laundry Day in February and plans to visit again next week. If you'd like to join her, please let Kimberly know (883-3680 or kimberlylcgs@comporium.net). 
ELCA, NC Synod, & LWF News
SHARING SPACE, GROWING IN FAITH
Here is another story from Stories of Faith in Action 2018-2019, this one focused on vital congregations. 

A growing, new worship community-ELCA Batak-is sharing space with First Lutheran Church in Redlands, Calif., and leaders say both groups are enriched by the experience. "It's working," said Kamser Siahaan, president of Batak's council. "We have a good relationship." 

The partnership began last fall, and members even celebrated Christmas together. Siahaan's faith community, with about 60 people, is awaiting a new pastor from ELCA companions in Indonesia, where the Batak have their roots. They have been worshiping together in Southern California for more than 10 years, originally part of a larger Batak group, said Tom Goellrich, director for evangelical mission in the ELCA PaciĀ­fica Synod. 


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