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Worship & Education
MINISTRY 2020  
Last month, we began our focus on ministry taking place at Good Shepherd, and each Sunday we hear about one of those ministries and what they mean to those who are involved.  We believe that God is calling us to change people's lives. We want to see and hear how we are doing that, and how God might be calling each of us to participate.  This Sunday, we will hear about fellowship.  

Ministry 2020 will celebrate Commitment Sunday on Sunday, October 20. Next week you will receive information about making your commitment to the work of this church during the next year and beyond - a ministry of love, care and service. This commitment will involve your prayers, your presence, your participation, and your financial support. Following our two services on that Sunday,  we will have a celebration dinner. Meat and beverages will be provided. You are asked to bring a side dish, salad, or dessert to share with others. Sign up sheets will be on the bulletin board to indicate your intentions to attend and what food you will bring. Make your plans now to be present for this important event in the life of our church as we initiate our ministry for the next year.
SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES
Sunday School classes begin at 9:10 a.m. Child care is available for children five and younger in the nursery.
 
Elementary School Children
This class begins with music, followed by a lesson using the Godly Play approach.  

Confirmation Class
There will be no formal class on October 13. Instead, members are encouraged to participate in the Brevard CROP Hunger Walk that afternoon.

DiGG Class (Delving into God's Goodness)
This month, representatives from various organizations in our community are visiting us to talk about the services they provide, all of which are forms of accompaniment, one of Good Shepherd's focus areas.  Here is the schedule: 

October 13: Crossnore School & Children's Home (Angela Bollo)
October 20: STEP WNC (Carolyn & Rivers Smith)

Intersections Class
There will be no formal class on October 13. Instead, class participants are encouraged to join in the Brevard CROP Hunger Walk. On October 20, the class will continue a study of the book 8 Habits of Love: Overcome Fear and Transform Your Life
INQUIRERS' CLASS ON THE LUTHERAN CHURCH
In October, Pastor Graf is offering classes on the Lutheran Church: where Lutherans came from, who Lutherans are, and what Lutherans teach, preach and believe. The class is for those life-long Lutherans wanting a "refresher course" in our church, persons who are interested in joining our church, or those just curious about what being a Lutheran is about. The class will be held in Pastor Graf's office from 9:15  to 10:05 a.m. on Sunday mornings, beginning October 13. Grab a cup of coffee between worship services and join us for one or all of these informal opportunities to learn, or just be reminded, of what being Lutheran means. 
WORSHIP AT LIVING WATERS
As our congregation at Good Shepherd lives into a relationship with our mission partner, Living Waters Lutheran Church in Cherokee, we want to continue the practice of small groups from LCGS worshiping with the Living Waters congregation on Sunday mornings in Cherokee.  All who have worshiped at Living Waters have been blessed by this experience.

If you would like to be part of a group traveling to Cherokee for Sunday morning worship in the next several months, contact Ellen Dozier ( ellendozier@hotmail.com or 828-403- 3988) or Kimberly Dunbar ( kimberlylcgs@comporium.net or 828-883-3680). There is also a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board.
At Good Shepherd
HOLD THE DATE!
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. Additional details, including the official notification of the meeting agenda, will be sent out soon.
CARE OF CREATION
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Part 1 - Plates  
The church has a large place setting service of reusable plates, both large and small. If possible, please consider using these for coffee hour and dinners rather than paper or plastic. Our dishwasher is commercial grade equipment with a sanitizing temperature. We certainly understand that not everyone can lift the trays out (they are heavy) and for whatever reason it may not always be feasible to run the dishwasher (disposable is quick and convenient). But we ask that you be aware of the larger environmental issues and whenever possible, take advantage of the table service available.  In our "burger in a bag" fast food culture, it can be a pleasurable experience to dine from a real plate.
CONTRIBUTION REPORTS
3rd Quarter Contribution Reports for end of September are now in mail slots for you to pick up. If your mailing address is South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, or other outlying states, your statement was mailed unless we know you are in town. For tax purposes, please note that 2019 End of Year Contribution Reports will all be mailed. Please make sure your mailing address is up-to-date with the church office before December 20. If you have any questions, contact Jane Madsen (jane265@yahoo.com or 828-489-7667).
CALL PROCESS UPDATE
The LCGS Call Committee continues to interview, request information and contact references in our quest to identify a primary pastoral candidate. Once a primary candidate is identified by the Call Committee, we will submit that pastor's name to Council. If Council agrees with the recommendation after meeting with the candidate, information about the candidate will be shared with the congregation.  A meeting of the congregation will then be called and the voting members of our congregation will vote whether or not to extend a call to this candidate to be our next pastor.

We request your continued prayers, asking for our Lord's guidance in our search.
BOOK CLUB
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, October 15, at 5:00 p.m. at Broad Street Wines. We will be discussing Out Stealing Horses. November's read will be The Chaperone, and our book for December will be Island of the Sea Women.  
COMING SOON AT GOOD SHEPHERD . . .

Sunday, October 13
  8:00 a.m.  Worship Service (Sanctuary)
  9:00 a.m.   Coffee Hour (Fellowship Hall)
  9:10 a.m.  DiGG and Children's Sunday School Classes 
                                                                              (Education Wing)
10:30 a.m.  Worship Service (Sanctuary) 
11:30 a.m.  Coffee Hour (Fellowship Hall)
  2:00 p.m.  Brevard CROP Hunger Walk  (begins and ends 
                                                         at Brevard Middle School parking lot)

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. 

Mark Hauser, brother-in-law of  De Carlson, recently suffered a stroke which left him unable to speak or swallow. He is beginning therapy to regain those abilities.
SERVING THIS SUNDAY

Interim Pastor.................................................................................Rev. Dr. Richard Graf
Minister of Music ..................................................................................... David Gresham
Organist ......................................................................................................Vance Reese
Outreach Ministry Coordinator..............................................................Kimberly Dunbar
Assisting Minister ..............................................................Ellen Dozier / Laurie Johnson
Reader ...............................................................................Lauren Weed / Jane Madsen
Ushers ................. Lauren & Fred Weed / Wayne Drake, Lamar Propst, & Victor Emaus
Acolyte ...............................................................................Ellen Dozier / Sophie Dunbar
Greeters .............................Susan & Mike Becker / Linda & Terry Moore, Hadley Merritt
Child Care during Sunday School............................................................Debbie Cooper
Elementary Sunday School Teacher........................................................Heather Merritt
Elementary School Doorperson.................................................................Barb Jackson
Child Care during Worship ........................................................................Zia McConnell
Altar Care.....................................................................................................Kate Reinke
Communion Bread.....................................................................................Barb Jackson
Tellers ............................................................................Debra Whiteaker & Lorel Durlak
Doorkeeper of the Day .........................................................................Robert McKeown
Coffee Hour.(8:00)....................................................................................................TBD
Coffee Hour (10:30).......Patricia Galloway, Jane & Robert McKeown, & Barbara Meyer
                                               
World & Community
CROP WALK THIS SUNDAY!
Brevard CROP Walk 2019, an event organized through Church World Service that raises money to alleviate hunger locally and worldwide, will take place this Sunday, October 13, beginning and ending at Brevard Middle School. Sign-in time is 1:30 p.m., and the walk will begin at 2:00 p.m. The walk itself is a relatively easy three miles around town, with friends from other churches and organizations in our county. 
An information table will be set up during coffee hour after the 10:30 worship service for questions, sign-up info, donations, etc. Online donations to "Team LCGS" can also be made  here .

Last year, Brevard had over 150 walkers of all ages, and raised about $15,000, with several thousand of that going to our local Sharing House.  Please join our team, in person or with your contribution -- and also invite your friends to join us in this fun, important event.
NEWS FROM SENEGAL
Pastor Kristin Engstrom, whose work we help to financially support, is the country coordinator for the ELCA's Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program in Senegal. The current YAGMs in Senegal arrived in August and are settling in. Pastor Kristin tells us a little bit about who they are and what they are doing in her October newsletter
NEWS FROM LIVING WATERS
Here is the October newsletter from our friends at Living Waters Lutheran Church, with whom we are a mission partner. Hard copies of the newsletter are available on the table in the commons. 
LWR QUILT & KIT SUNDAY
This past Sunday, we dedicated the quilts, personal care kits, and school kits our congregation made during the past year which will soon be sent to Lutheran World Relief for distribution around the world. A total of 30 quilts, 65 personal care kits, and several school kits were made. Thank you to all who contributed their goods, time, money, and talents to these efforts. 
In Our Community
LABYRINTH AT ST. PHILIP'S

St. Philip's new sacred labyrinth is ready to be walked and they want to share it with the community. A dedication and blessing of the labyrinth will take place on Thursday, October 17, at 3:00 p.m., and all are invited. Please help spread the word about this new resource. 
PEACE TREE ART PROJECT
October 17, drop-in from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Brevard Housing Authority - 133 W. Morgan Street
In response to gun violence, we will gather at the Willow Oak tree at Brevard Housing Authority to create a community art project. Together with our neighbors and community partners, we'll be painting prayer flags and creating sidewalk art that will, respectively, be saved and photographed to feature at the 6th annual "Faces of Freedom" exhibition at the Community Arts Council this January. Please join us, rain or shine, for renewal, healing, creative expression, and peace. Music and refreshments will be provided. 


The October 17 art project is the first of three fall 2019/winter 2020 gatherings focused on building our community fabric and creating outlets for healing in response to gun violence. Stay tuned for details about the November 14 labyrinth gathering outside of St. Philip's Episcopal Church and the January 2020 "Faces of Freedom" exhibition at the Community Arts Council. 
Questions? Email us at  brevardtcmoms@gmail.com .
COMMUNITY SUICIDE AWARENESS TRAINING
Thursday, October 24, 2019
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
106 E. Morgan St., Brevard (Dept. of Social Services, Conference Room)
 
If you can use the word 'suicide' in a sentence, you can save a life.  
 
Many people in our community are impacted by suicide. Due to stigma, most suffer alone. We can make our community safer for everyone. This training will provide attendees with basic conversational skills to help 
someone considering suicide. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.
 
Speaker Fe Anam Avis is a nationally known figure in suicide prevention work and has trained thousands of people in suicide awareness and intervention skills. He is the creator of Soul Shop™, an international movement which trains clergy, ministry  leaders, and community members to care for those impacted by suicidal desperation as a regular aspect of their life together.
 
For more information, please contact Kimberly Dunbar, Outreach Ministry Coordinator at  Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd (828-883-3680 or kimberlylcgs@comporium.net).
BHS MARCHING BAND DINNER
Would you like to help feed the BHS Marching Band before a home football game? Joe and Carolyn Smith are looking for volunteers to help buy and serve 45 students and the band staff a baked potato bar at BHS on Friday, October 25 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board if you're interested in helping out!  
POWER UP DINNER FOR SHARING HOUSE
Did you know that in 2018, Sharing House gave $147,000 in heating assistance to over 870 families in Transylvania County?! This is the organization's biggest expense in serving our needy residents.

To help meet this need, St. Philip's Episcopal Church, in partnership with the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Transylvania County and our local Jewish community, is hosting its annual fundraising dinner, POWER UP, for Sharing House and is inviting our entire community to attend. There is no charge to attend, but we are urging folks to donate generously that evening with cash, check, credit card, or through Pay Pal. In addition to the wonderful food, there will be a wine bar and plenty of opportunity to socialize.

The event will take place on Sunday, November 3 beginning at 5:00 p.m. at St. Philip's. An RSVP is required by October 28; please contact Bobby King  (678-592-4068 or bobbyaking48@yahoo.com) or Polly Averette (828-553-1870 or pollycaverette@gmail.com). 

Please extend a helping hand so that our neighbors will be warm this winter!!
GERMAN LANGUAGE TUTOR NEEDED
Möchten Sie helfen, bitte?  Local high school student seeks tutoring to regularly complement his online study of German II.  Please contact Heidi Bullock ( hbullock@tcsnc.org).  Vielen Dank!
BHS EXCHANGE STUDENT
A current BHS exchange student from Mexico needs a new host family, as his current host family is beginning the adoption process. If you would like to find out more or are interested in hosting this student, please contact  Chelsea Dozier with Education Travel & Culture (828-329-1197 or  cdozier@edutrav.org). 
CHILDCARE WORKERS NEEDED
The Family Place is offering a free Dads and Kids jiu-jitsu program on Mondays from 6:45 - 7:15 p.m. and they need childcare volunteers.  The program takes place in Brevard, and is part of their Dads in Action program.  If interested in helping, please contact Nikki Parker ( npfamilyplace@gmail.com  or 828-883-4857). 
ELCA, NC Synod, & LWF News
ELCA CAMPAIGN COMPLETED
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's (ELCA) first comprehensive campaign,  Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA , has concluded after more than five years with a total impact of $250 million, including $195 million in cash gifts and gift commitments, as well as $55 million for planned gifts to campaign ministries.  

ELCA JOINS WITH OTHERS ON CLIMATE COMMITMENT
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America joins the Church of Sweden and The Episcopal Church in a commitment to work together to advocate for national and international policies that address the urgency of the climate crisis and help create resilient communities while leaving no one behind. This statement is a renewal and update of the commitment made by the three church bodies in 2013.


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