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Worship & Education
CLASSES THIS SUNDAY
Sunday School classes begin at 9:10 a.m. Child care is available for children five and younger in the nursery.
 
Elementary School Children
Each week, the class begins with music, followed by a lesson using the Godly Play approach.  

Confirmation Class
The class is currently talking about the sacrament of baptism. 

Intersections Class
All high school youth who have been confirmed and adults are welcome to attend this class. Through November 10 ,  the class is discussing the book  8 Habits of Love: Overcome Fear and Transform Your Life . This Sunday, we will look at the Habit of Community. Even if you haven't read the book, you are welcome to join the class; we will be using a handout with the main points from the chapter. 
SECOND TUESDAY WELCA MEETING AND BIBLE STUDY

November 12 
Sharing in community at 10:30 a.m.; Bible study at 11:00 a.m. 
 
In our third focus on God's creation, we shall look at new beginnings - new creations, as God continues in steadfast love with the earth and its inhabitants.
  • Jeremiah 31:31-34 speaks of a New Covenant written on the heart.
  • 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 declares that those "in Christ" see the world in a new way; it is a New Creation.
  • Revelation 21:1- 5 envisions "a new heaven and new earth," "the new Jerusalem."
Join us to consider how this newness is with us now and again, as well as a future hope.
A COMMUNITY SERVICE OF HOPE & ASSURANCE

Good Shepherd will host a community Service of Hope and Assurance on Sunday, November 17 at 7:00 p.m.  The service, which is jointly sponsored by the Reimaging Health Collaborative and Worship and Music teams, will focus on providing quiet, uplifting accompaniment for those who may have difficulty facing the impending holiday season. Longer winter nights and the upcoming holidays can amplify feelings of grief, loss, sadness, stress, and anxiety. The gathering will be a time to acknowledge personal and community struggles and to receive hope, comfort, and strength from God and one another.  Refreshments and time for fellowship will follow the service .
At Good Shepherd
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
The annual Congregational Meeting is scheduled for  Sunday, November 17, in the Fellowship Hall following the 10:30 service. Lunch will be provided by the Fellowship Committee. One of the items on the agenda will be voting on our revised constitution, which you can access here
CALL PROCESS UPDATE

The call committee is interviewing additional pastoral candidates as we seek to find our next pastor. Please continue to pray for God's guidance in our search. We thank each of you for your encouragement and prayers.
CARE OF CREATION
Thank you for helping us recycle at LCGS. We hope you choose to recycle at home as well. The City of Brevard has a curbside recycling program available. For more details, see cityofbrevard.com/209/recycling. If you live outside the city limits in Transylvania County, please check out the details regarding the local county recycling centers at transylvaniacounty.org/departments/solid-waste. Together, let's do our part to help care for God's creation.  
THANK YOU!
LCGS Choir members want to say a heartfelt "thank you!" for the lovely brunch we had between the services this past Sunday. We truly appreciated the special treatment we received and the opportunity to relax and enjoy delicious food and fellowship before the 10:30 service started. It's amazing how ravenous singing can make a person! A special thanks to Sandy Ostermeier for leading the effort, the Fellowship Committee members who supported setup and cleanup, and everyone who contributed wonderful food for the meal. We appreciate your support!
COMING SOON AT GOOD SHEPHERD . . .

Sunday, November 10
  8:00 a.m.  Worship Service (Sanctuary)   
  9:00 a.m.  Coffee Hour (Fellowship Hall)
  9:10 a.m.  Sunday School Classes  (Education Wing)   
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. 

Lisa Rodke's brother, Tom , is in critical condition in an El Paso hospital. Lisa traveled to Texas to be with him. 

Nora Johnson is inpatient at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System after a recent surgery in Hendersonville.  

Rita Black is recovering at home following surgery at Mission Hospital last week. 

Ben Karas was hospitalized for a blood infection last weekend and is recovering at home. 

Jean Rumph's brother, Rev. Dr. Edwin Stock, died last weekend at Duke Hospital. 

Deb Kelly Greene's brother-in-law,  George Chappell, was hospitalized at Mission last weekend. 

Carol Barrett's sister-in-law, Gale Misiora, is doing better after treatment for cancer. 

Ginny and Bob Landwehr's son, Doug Landwehr, has been hospitalized and is being evaluated for a heart condition.

Marilyn Carlson's cousin, Margaret Irish, passed away last weekend.

Marilyn's Carlson's friend, Linda Froelich, passed away last weekend.

Marilyn Carlson's friend, Melissa Oppermann, is suffering from severe spinal problems and is most likely facing surgery in early December.
SERVING THIS SUNDAY

Interim Pastor.................................................................................Rev. Dr. Richard Graf
Minister of Music ..................................................................................... David Gresham
Organist ......................................................................................................Vance Reese
Outreach Ministry Coordinator..............................................................Kimberly Dunbar
Assisting Minister ...........................................................Jody Schuld /  Karen Anderson
Readers.................................................................................Jody Schuld / Bob Milligan
Ushers ..................... Bob Schuld, Bonnie Clark / Frank McConnell, Paul Onnink, & Isa Emaus
Acolyte ....................................................................................Jody Schuld / Yuri Emaus
Greeters ........................PJ & Bruce Larson / Heidi Bullock, Parker Dickens, & Jack Gresham
Child Care during Sunday School............................................................................TBD
Elementary Sunday School Teacher..........................................................Barb Jackson
Elementary School Doorperson......................................................Margarette Kennerly
Child Care during Worship ....................................................................Kimberly Dunbar
Altar Care & Communion Bread ...........................................................Suzanne Barrett
Tellers .............................................................................Tom Reinke & Nancy Cummins
Doorkeeper of the Day ..................................................................................Tom Reinke
Coffee Hour.....................Ruth Lentz / Judy Caldwell, Barbara Hotaling & Carol Barrett
                                               
World & Community
MISSION PARTNER MEETING AND COLLECTION
FOR LIVING WATERS
On  Wednesday, November 13 , a group from Good Shepherd will be in Cherokee for a meeting of mission partners of the Living Waters Lutheran Church. We look forward to this meeting as we continue to develop a relationship with sisters and brothers of Living Waters, and other congregations in the NC Synod and beyond who serve as mission partners.

We would like to take some much needed items for the Food Pantry at Living Waters with us. Lisa Russell, Coordinator of the Food Pantry, says that the two most needed items at this time are toilet paper and dish soap (which is used for dishes, laundry and personal hygiene). If you would like to donate either or both of these items, please bring them to Good Shepherd by Sunday, November 10, and place them in the labeled bins under the mailboxes. 

These donations are one small way that we accompany the Living Waters congregation in their ministry to their community.
NEWS FROM LIVING WATERS
Here is the November newsletter from our friends at Living Waters Lutheran Church in Cherokee. As you will see, Living Waters is a lively place of ministry! 

Living Waters needs a few items for their food pantry: patio umbrellas, patio umbrella stands, and a garden/utility wagon. If you have any of these items to donate, please contact Kimberly Dunbar, Outreach Ministry Coordinator (883-3680 or kimberlylcgs@comporium.net). Also, on page five, there is an idea for a reverse Advent calendar you might want to try. 
SHIPMENT FOR LWR ON ITS WAY
Good Shepherd's shipment for Lutheran World Relief (31 quilts, 65 personal care kits and four school kits) has begun its journey. Dave Kuhlman and Sue Barrett delivered the boxes to Grace Lutheran in Hendersonville on November 6. From there, they will go to a site in  Hickory and then on to an international shipping center in New Windsor, MD.  There they will join other shipments from all over the United States and will be sorted to send to LWR centers throughout the world, ready for emergency needs when tragedy strikes.
 
Thanks to all who contributed to making these gifts possible!
SNACKS FOR GETTING AHEAD ON DECEMBER 4
Sharing House needs snacks and drinks for their Getting Ahead class on December 4.  The class is comprised of 17 people and meets from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Brevard Wesleyan Church.  If you'd like to help, please contact Outreach Ministry Coordinator Kimberly Dunbar (kimberlylcgs@comporium.net or 883-3680).   Thank you! 

Do These Classes Make a Difference? 
You may have wondered what difference these Getting Ahead classes actually can make in someone's life. Many of the participants of the journaling and discussion small group that Kimberly has been offering at Sharing House are Getting Ahead graduates, and they've mentioned how helpful the Getting Ahead series was for them and how they appreciated the snacks. Providing refreshments may not seem like a worthwhile thing to do, but it is a meaningful and tangible way to accompany others. 
In Our Community
PACK THE PANTRY FOR SHARING HOUSE!
Sharing House will hold a Pack the Pantry event on Saturday, November 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  You can drop off food and monetary donations at the Courthouse Gazebo that day. Volunteers will also be at local grocery stores to accept donations. 
CELEBRATION OF DIVERSITY: SHARING OUR ROOTS
On Tuesday, November 12 at 6:00 p.m., all are invited to Ingram Auditorium at Brevard College for a celebration of diversity in our community. Music, readings and finger foods from around the globe will be offered. 
COMMUNITY GATHERING AT ST. PHILIP'S LABYRINTH
All are invited to gather on  Thursday, November 14 , 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., at the outdoor labyrinth behind St. Philip's Episcopal Church (256 E. Main Street, Brevard).  The Rev. Thomas Murphy, Rector of St. Philip's, and Susan Lefler will share reflections.  If you are feeling overwhelmed by gun violence or simply in need of a space for reflection, the newly constructed St. Philip's labyrinth is an outdoor healing space open to the public. This gathering will be a follow-up to our October Peace Tree Art Project -- a coming together with neighbors to affirm our care for each other and resolve to end gun violence.
SEEKING 3/4 -1 ACRE WOODLOT
STEP WNC is a non-profit organization that works to provide free home repairs to low income, elderly and/or disabled homeowners in Transylvania, Henderson and Jackson counties. We also have a firewood ministry for home heat. Currently, STEP is seeking a 3/4 acre - 1 acre woodlot to store and process firewood that is accessible by pick-up trucks. STEP WNC is fully insured, and the lot would only be accessed by qualified volunteers of the organization. If you or anyone you know has a lot for rent, contact Carolyn Smith at carolyns@stepwnc.org. Thank you!
NEWS FROM THE HAVEN
The Haven will host an Open House on  Saturday, November 23 , from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., featuring live music with Cody and Jonlyn Siniard and Barrett Davis. All are welcome to stop by! 

Currently, The Haven is in desperate need of volunteers, specifically overnight volunteers (8:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m.), but also daytime volunteers (4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.). Volunteers fill out paperwork and then shadow another volunteer before being given their own shift.

Check out their Fall Edition of Brick by Brick to find out more about what has been going on at The Haven!
ELCA, NC Synod, & LWF News
FUNDS TO ELCA CHURCHWIDE MINISTRIES BEING MATCHED


The ELCA recently announced that they are matching donations up to $50,000 for churchwide ELCA ministries. These include:  
  • ELCA World Hunger
  • Lutheran Disaster Response
  • Global Mission
  • Missionaries
  • Young Adults in Global Mission
  • International Women Leaders
  • ELCA Fund for Leaders
  • New and Renewing Congregations
  • Special Needs Retirement Endowment Fund
  • Lutheran World Federation Endowment
  • Lutheran Schools in the Holy Land
  • AMMPARO
  • or you can give an undesignated gift that will be used where needed most
If you would like to make a donation, please make your check payable to LCGS and indicate to which program you would like the donation to go. You can also donate online through LCGS' website. Thank you!
YAGM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Interested in applying for a year of service with Young Adults in Global Mission? Applications are now being accepted through February 15, 2020, with priority given to those who apply by January 15. Spread the word to young adults you know! Learn more at  ELCA.org/YAGM.

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