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Worship & Education
THIS SUNDAY IS REFORMATION SUNDAY!  

October 27 is Reformation Sunday. We will celebrate with a joint worship service at 10:30 a.m., followed by Coffee Hour. Sunday School classes will be held at their regular time, beginning at 9:10 a.m. Please plan to join us and
remember to wear red!
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
This class begins with music, followed by a lesson using the Godly Play approach.  

DiGG Class (Delving into God's Goodness)
On  October 27 , Dr. Paul Cooper will lead the class,  "Christian Spirituality and Everyday Mindfulness."   The discussion will focus on Centering Prayer as a Christian meditation, the Mindfulness idea of meditation, and a comparison of the two.

Intersections Class
Through November 10 ,  the class is discussing the book  8 Habits of Love: Overcome Fear and Transform Your Life . On October 27, we will look at the Habit of Forgiveness. Even if you haven't read the book, you are welcome to join the class. 
ALL SAINTS SUNDAY
On 
Sunday, November 3 , Good Shepherd will remember with thanksgiving loved ones who have died. If you would like your loved one to be included by name in the prayers during worship that day, please contact Whitney in the church office (883-3680 or lcgs@comporium.net). There will be an opportunity to light candles in remembrance of loved ones during both worship services. 

Also at both services, the choir will present Mozart's Missa Brevis, which translates to "short mass."  Because the mass highlights themes of mercy, grace, faith, and ends with "dona nobis pacem" (grant us peace), it fits nicely into All Saints worship where we will honor the departed and take comfort as we continue our earthly journey.  

To honor our choir, we will enjoy a potluck brunch between the services. The congregation is asked to bring dishes to share. Additional information and a sign-up sheet are on the bulletin board. Contact Sandra Ostermeier with any questions ( sandyko49@gmail.com ; call or text 828-384-2444).
At Good Shepherd
CALL PROCESS UPDATE
The call committee recently identified a strong pastoral candidate who for various reasons declined our offer to become the primary candidate. The search for our next pastor continues as we receive new names from the NC Synod.
WANTED! ADVENTUROUS INDIVIDUAL(S) 
TO COORDINATE 2020 LYO PARTICIPATION
The Synod has announced that registration is now open for the Lutheran Youth Organization Assembly scheduled for February 21-23 in Greensboro. We do not want our LCGS youth in grades 6 - 12 to miss out on this amazing faith-forming event while we continue the search for a new Children & Youth Ministry Coordinator. Per the Synod announcement, "At this youth-planned and youth-led event, participants spend time with each other in small groups, singing with the band, and growing in faith." 

There is an opportunity to share your time and talent in support of our Ministry 2020 objectives by volunteering to lead (or partner with another individual to lead) LCGS efforts to enable our youth to participate in this event. The effort would include determining who among our youth wishes to attend and completing the required registration; estimating and obtaining Council approval for any associated costs; arranging for transportation and chaperones, as needed; and accompanying our participants to the assembly in Greensboro.  Please consider how you can support this one-time commitment to our youth ministry and contact the church office (lcgs@comporium.net or 883-3680) to volunteer or obtain additional information.
HIKING GROUP
The group will meet at the church at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 30, for a hike on Headwaters Road (forest service road). The hike is approximately two miles long and rated easy. There will be lunch out afterwards for anyone who would like to attend. Please join us!
ASSISTANT TELLER NEEDED IN 2020
We are looking for a new assistant teller starting sometime in 2020. The time commitment is usually two months of the year, and the assigned months are normally about 6 months apart. The assistant opens general giving and pew envelopes, checks all information provided, adds envelope numbers where needed, and stamps the back of all checks for the bank. The process takes about 45-60 minutes immediately following the late service. Training is provided. Please contact Jane Madsen, Financial Secretary, at  jane265@yahoo.com or 828-489-7667, for more information.
FEEDBACK REQUESTED - CHURCH SIGNAGE
You may have noticed that some new, temporary signage has been added around the church building in the past week. This was the result of an initiative by the LCGS Safety and Security Committee to improve signage to 1) make things more welcoming for worship visitors and outside groups that use LCGS for meetings, and 2) to support effective and orderly evacuation in case of emergency. To this end, the temporary signs were put in place on a trial basis to determine whether they are effective and where permanent signage should be added in the future. What do YOU think about the signage locations and content? Please send your feedback directly to Council Vice-President John Colflesh at 
jac_ou1972@reagan.com .
CARE OF CREATION:  IS THIS RECYCLABLE?
We've had some positive feedback and really appreciate your input and willingness to participate in this ministry. 

When it comes to what is or is not recyclable it can seem complicated. But we'll try to clarify. Our standard for what can be recycled is what is accepted by the City of Brevard. The disposable cups with the triangle recycle logo we have available at the coffee hours are recyclable and should be put in the large "Care of Creation" recycling bin in the fellowship hall after being emptied. Clean paper should go in the small box in the narthex or in the office. USED NAPKINS AND USED PAPER PLATES ARE NOT RECYCLABLE - Please place in the labeled trash bin. Plastic plates (even with the triangle logo) are NOT RECYCLABLE IF DIRTY. Unless you wash them first, they should go in the trash bin. Thank you for caring for creation.  
COMING SOON AT GOOD SHEPHERD . . .

Sunday, October 27
   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. 

Bev Ketsenberg, friend of Barbara Hotaling, died earlier this month from cancer. Please keep her family, especially husband Al, in your prayers. 
ANNIVERSARIES & BIRTHDAYS

Anniversaries
Donna Aiken-Colflesh & John Colflesh......................................................November 07
Susan & Mike Becker.................................................................................November 10
Gloria & Roy Larson...................................................................................November 15
Elaine & Arthur Raynolds...........................................................................November 21
Phyllis & Wil Wiederaenders......................................................................November 24

Birthdays
Michelle Peterson .......................................................................................November 02
Dave Carlson ..............................................................................................November 05
Hadley Merritt .............................................................................................November 07
Rivers Smith, Jr. .........................................................................................November 07
Shelly Webb ...............................................................................................November 07
Patricia Galloway ........................................................................................November 09
Laurie Johnson ...........................................................................................November 10
Mark Madsen ..............................................................................................November 10
Dwight Meyer .............................................................................................November 10
Jim Cole .....................................................................................................November 12
Yuri Emaus .................................................................................................November 13
Rita Black ...................................................................................................November 17
Nora Johnson .............................................................................................November 18
Betsy Propst ...............................................................................................November 20
Kia Emaus ..................................................................................................November 27
Tynne Karas ...............................................................................................November 30
Terry Moore ................................................................................................November 30
SERVING THIS SUNDAY

Interim Pastor.................................................................................Rev. Dr. Richard Graf
Minister of Music ..................................................................................... David Gresham
Organist ......................................................................................................Vance Reese
Outreach Ministry Coordinator..............................................................Kimberly Dunbar
Assisting Minister ...................................................................................Karen Anderson
Reader ........................................................................................................Heidi Bullock
Ushers .................... .....................................Wayne Drake, Lamar Propst, & Yuri Emaus
Acolyte .............................................................................................................Joe Smith
Greeters .......................................................................Gloria & Roy Larson, Isa Emaus
Child Care during Sunday School...........................................................Debbie Cooper
Elementary Sunday School Teacher.........................................................Zia McConnell
Elementary School Doorperson......................................................Margarette Kennerly
Child Care during Worship .......................................................................Zia McConnell
Altar Care.....................................................................................................Kate Reinke
Communion Bread.....................................................................................Barb Jackson
Tellers ............................................................................Debra Whiteaker & Kate Reinke
Doorkeeper of the Day .............................................................................................TBD
Coffee Hour (10:30).............................Frances & Gene Beck, Kathleen & Bob Milligan
                                               
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.
In Our Community
DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE
Join us for a movie double-feature celebrating the light and dark, life and death, in all of us that appear most visibly at Halloween. The evening will begin with the 1925 comedy movie short, Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pryde, starring Stan Laurel.  Then, sit back and experience the 1920 silent film, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, starring John Barrymore and accompanied by Dr. Vance Reese on the (appropriately named) Jaeckel organ, and Dr. Scott Eggert on percussion.  
 
The performance will take place at the Porter Center this Sunday, October 27, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Tickets will be available at the door: Adults - $10, Students - $5 (but free if you come in costume!).
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!!
ELCA, NC Synod, & LWF News
BISHOPS URGE RELEASE OF FUNDS FOR HOSPITALS

The presiding bishop and Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) have issued a letter to President Trump urging the administration to restore funding to Augusta Victoria Hospital (AVH) and other hospitals in East Jerusalem.

TALLADEGA RACE RETREAT
Agapé-Kure Beach Ministries and Lutheranch are co-sponsoring a great weekend of NASCAR racing, fellowship, and spiritual renewal at Talladega, April 24-27, 2020. Everyone needs to pay a $300 per person deposit by November 1 to get group tickets to the races. Each day will be spent at the racetrack, with time in the evening at Lutheranch. Our Spiritual Guides will be the Rev. Phil Tonnesen and the Rev. John Propst. If you have questions or need more information, please call Randy at (919) 552-9421. Get more information; register today!


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