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Worship & Education
SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES BEGIN SEPTEMBER 8!
Beginning this Sunday, four classes will meet each week.  During the Sunday school time, child care will be available for children five and younger in the nursery.
 
Elementary School Children
This group will begin with music in the choir room at 9:10 a.m. This year, the Godly Play approach will be used in this class, and Heather Merritt will give an overview of it on September 8

Confirmation Class
This class, led by Jackie Jenkins, will begin looking at the 10 Commandments. 

DiGG Class
For four Sundays, September 8-29, Bill Moore will lead the group (Delving into God's Goodness adult class) in a study dear to his heart that he is calling "The Power of Paradox to tell the Good News." Great  Christian writings have used the phrasing of paradoxes to express some central understandings of our tradition, in and outside Scripture. One particular form of writing in paradoxes has been the English sonnet, including some of the most powerful Christian sonnets over several centuries.  

In the first session, we will try to remember the best-known expressions of Christian thought that have been phrased as paradoxes and discuss how they may have affected us.  In the second session on  September 15 , Bill will analyze how their paradoxes work in some extremely thoughtful and intensely felt sonnets.  In the third session on  September 22 , we will share our own reading experiences with a set of further sonnets that Bill will provide for reading after September 15.  In the fourth session on  September 29 , we will probe the question, "Why is paradoxical expression important to Christianity?"

Intersections Class
The Intersections Class welcomes high school youth who have been confirmed and adults to talk about a variety of topics that connect faith and life. On September 8, we will look at plans for the year and use an interactive activity entitled "Spirit Nudges and Heart Tugs." On September 15, the class will begin a study of the book 8 Habits of Love: Overcome Fear and Transform Your Life
WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY ON SEPTEMBER 10
Genesis 1-2:4  God speaks a good creation into being. 
Humans are created "in God's image."
Mark 12:13-17  Jesus said, "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's 
and give to God what belongs to God."
Psalm 24:1  The earth is the LORD's and all that is in it; 
the world and those who live in it.
 
Join us to investigate and discuss the wonder and goodness of God's speech and what it means to be created in God's image. Come at  10:30 a.m. for fellowship and sharing. The Bible study will run from 11:00 a.m. to noon. 
LIVING COMPASS SMALL GROUP
Good Shepherd's Reimagining Health Collaborative team will offer a small group to friends and members of Good Shepherd beginning on Tuesday, October 1. The group will focus on wellness that encompasses the whole person and will meet for six consecutive weeks, ending on November 5. The group is scheduled from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., but the time will be adjusted, if needed. 

What is Living Compass?
As we seek God's holy intention for us-wholeness of heart, soul, strength, and mind-we discover God's presence in our life's journey. Life is a journey, and like any journey, it requires intentional preparation. Living Compass is a program that creates the opportunity for people to pause and check their bearings, to figure out "where they are" and "where they are headed," and then to adjust their course as necessary.

The Living Compass curriculum is based on these core beliefs:
  • The fruits of wellness and wholeness emerge from the seeds of faith in our lives.
  • Each of us is responsible for the decisions we make to nurture our own wellness/wholeness.
  • Wellness must encompass the whole person (heart, soul, strength, and mind).
  • Individual wellness does not exist in isolation but is connected to ALL our relationships.
If you'd like to join this group, please sign up on the bulletin board. Contact Lorel Durlak ( ldurlak@aol.com) or Kimberly Dunbar ( kimberlylcgs@comporium.net) with questions or for more information.
At Good Shepherd
PG'S PEN
The story goes that several centuries ago a wealthy nobleman wondered about what legacy he should leave to his townspeople. He made a good decision. He decided to build them a church. No one was permitted to see plans or the inside of the church until it was finished. At its grand opening, all the people gathered and marveled at the beauty of the new church. "It's magnificent!" "It's a treasure!" "It's a masterpiece!" Everyone was bursting with pride and delight in their new church.
 
But then someone said, "Wait a minute! It's dark in here! Where are the lamps? How will our church be lighted?" The nobleman pointed to brackets on the walls, then he gave each person a lamp. "YOU are the light of the world," he said. "Bring these lamps with you each time you come to worship. Each time you are here, the place where you are will be lighted, and this church will be beautiful. When you are not here, or if you come without your lamp, that place will be dark. It will be because of YOU that the church and everything about it will be what it is intended to be."
 
The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd is a beautiful place. And all that it is - and can be - is BECAUSE OF YOU: your being here, your support, your involvement, the light that God has given to you. God is TRUSTING me and you, by the power of God's Spirit, to change lives; to SAVE lives through this church! Because of you, and through you, God lives and acts and shines here. 

Next week you will receive a special mailing from our Trusteeship Team Chair, Bill Johnson, and myself. I think you will find the contents of that mailing informative, challenging, new and different. And I pray you will experience a rekindling of the light and fire of the Gospel of Christ that God has entrusted to us all! 
 
Live it up!
PG
NEW CHOIR ROBES - FINALLY!  
The LCGS Choir is happy to report that the last of our new robes have finally been delivered! Given our growing numbers, this will hopefully end the weekly Sunday morning challenge we like to call "Who Has My Robe Today?" The new robes complement those worn by our Assisting Ministers, are accented with a simple wooden cross, and are also a little more "breathable" than the existing gold ones (which will be cleaned and donated to a church in need as identified by the Synod office). Look for the new robes this Sunday, September 8. The robes will be dedicated during worship on September 15. We thank all the congregation members who, to date, have generously funded approximately 70% of the total cost of the robes - we could not have done this without your support!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Three persons are needed to be part of the nominating committee which will come up with a slate of candidates for church council in 2020. Additionally, numerous positions are open on the mutual ministry and education committees. If you would be willing to serve in any of these capacities, please contact the church office. "God's work. Our hands." Thank you.  
CELEBRATE HELPING PEOPLE WITH HEARING LOSS
The next meeting of the Brevard Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) will celebrate the accomplishments of this chapter during the seven years of its existence. There have been many meetings, lots of information has been distributed, lots of questions have been answered, and lots of people have been helped as they struggle to deal with loss of hearing. Some people have come to a meeting to learn about hearing aids, cochlear implants, bone implants, and various electrical and mechanical devices to make life easier. Some people come knowing they have a hearing loss and are looking for advice. Some people come because they have hearing aids or implants and want to talk to others who have faced the same challenges. Sometimes people with normal hearing come as partners to a person with hearing loss, or because they occasionally deal with customers, employees, clients, patients, co-workers, neighbors, or friends who have hearing loss and they want to better understand how to communicate with them. 
During the meeting we will review the many programs that have been presented over the years as a reminder of how the chapter members have helped each other and the people of western North Carolina, and how we can continue to do so.

The meeting will be Saturday, September 14, at 1:00 p.m. in Good Shepherd's Fellowship Hall. The room will open at 12:30 p.m. so people can sign in, browse the free literature, grab a snack, and meet others interested in discussing hearing problems and solutions. Captions will be provided.

Chapter members, hearing professionals, persons who have attended a meeting in the past, and anyone interested in learning about hearing loss and hearing solutions are welcome. Direct any questions via email to: HLAABrevard@gmail.com
MEALS FOR THE HAVEN
LCGS will be preparing meals for the Haven as well as baked goods for the weekend of September 27-29.  You are invited to take part as we accompany our neighbors and share God's love with them through food. Please consider volunteering to help prepare the meals in the church kitchen on Friday, September 27 at 2:00 p.m. or donating baked goods and delivering to the church kitchen by Friday, September 27 at 2:00 p.m. Thank you.
COMING SOON AT GOOD SHEPHERD . . .

Sunday, September 8
  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. 

Hermine Mood, sister of Frances Beck, is overwhelmed and exhausted after two recent falls and other health issues. 

Nora Johnson has been moved to Accordius Health (formerly the Brian Center) at  155 N. Country Club Road in Brevard for follow-up care after having surgery on August 18. She is in room 119 and would welcome cards, visits, or phone calls. Nora's cell phone number is 828-384-9062.
SERVING THIS SUNDAY

Interim Pastor................................................................................Rev. Dr. Richard Graf
Minister of Music ..................................................................................... David Gresham
Organist .....................................................................................................Vance Reese
Outreach Ministry Coordinator..............................................................Kimberly Dunbar
Assisting Minister .................................................................Lauren Weed / Lorel Durlak
Reader ...................................................................................Bob Schuld / Barb jackson
Ushers ...........Henry Dixon & Darrell Dixon / Dave Carlson, Bill Essig, & Hadley Merritt
Acolyte .......................................................................Lauren Weed / Raegan Eggleston
Greeters .................Susan & Mike Becker / Heidi Bullock, Parker Dickens, & Ian Merritt
Child Care during Sunday School.............................................................Zia McConnell
Elementary Sunday School Teacher........................................................Heather Merritt
Elementary School Doorperson......................................................Margarette Kennerly
Child Care during Worship ....................................................................Kimberly Dunbar
Altar Care.................................................................................................Barbara Meyer
Communion Bread.......................................................................................Kate Reinke
Tellers ...................................................................................Paul Onnink & Kate Reinke
Doorkeeper of the Day ..................................................................................Tom Reinke
Coffee Hour ( 8:00) ................................ .................................................Sandy Ostermeier
Coffee Hour  (10:30) ...... Kate & Tom Reinke, Karen Anderson, Donna Aiken-Colflesh & John Colflesh 
                                               
World & Community
HURRICANE RELIEF
Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas with devastating force, leading to major damage and a growing number of reported deaths. The storm has moved up the southeastern coast of the U.S. and has made landfall on the North Carolina coast, threatening our neighbors with dangerous winds and life-threatening storm surge. Lutheran Disaster Response is in communication with the Florida-Bahamas Synod, the South Carolina Synod, the North Carolina Synod, Lutheran Services Carolinas and other partners who are preparing to respond.

With your support, Lutheran Disaster Response can provide survivors of this hurricane and others like it with immediate relief, and accompany them on the long road to recovery. Your gifts will be used entirely (100 percent) for direct response until it is complete. If you would like to make a donation, please make your check payable to LCGS and indicate "LDR - Hurricane Response" on the memo line. You can also make a donation online through Good Shepherd's website. Choose ELCA Disaster Relief and indicate Hurricane Response. Thank you.   
LIVING WATERS NEWSLETTER

Here is the September newsletter from our friends at Living Waters Lutheran Church in Cherokee, NC. 
SNACKS FOR GETTING AHEAD CLASSES
Sharing House has begun offering another 15-week Getting Ahead series,
 which is designed to help people imagine and create a more stable financial future for  themselves and their children. The class is comprised of 17 people (15 participants and two leaders), and meets on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Brevard Wesleyan Church. 
 
Sharing House needs help providing snacks and drinks for the class (i.e. breakfast or lunch foods such as casseroles, fruit, coffee cake, sandwich trays, cheese and crackers, soups and  salads, chips and dip, brownies, cookies, etc.). Sharing House will supply the paper goods and utensils.  If you'd like to help, please sign up on the bulletin board or contact Outreach Ministry Coordinator Kimberly Dunbar (kimberlylcgs@comporium.net). Deliver the snacks around 9:45 a.m. to Brevard Wesleyan Church on the scheduled day (enter the second door down in the parking lot and go up a few stairs into the  fellowship hall). 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
TRH TO HOST OPIOID TAKE BACK DAY ON SEPTEMBER 7
On Saturday, September 7, Transylvania Regional Hospital will be one of 65 medical facilities in 14 states that will participate in the first national "Crush the Crisis" opioid take back day. Unused or expired opioids (tablets, capsules, and patches) can be dropped off anonymously at the main entrance of TRH between 9:00 a.m. and noon. The collected medications will be properly disposed of by the Brevard Police Department. Thank you for helping to make our community safer for everyone. 
STEP WNC
STEP WNC is a new non-profit organization founded by Rivers and Carolyn Smith. The mission of STEP (Serving Together Empowers People) is to provide free basic home repairs for low income, elderly and/or disabled homeowners in Transylvania, Henderson and Jackson Counties, and to collect and distribute firewood for home heat. Since it is a new organization, STEP is looking for volunteers to help run the day-to-day operations as well as serve on work projects. If you are interested in learning more about this exciting ministry, contact Carolyn ( carolyns@stepwnc.org) or Rivers ( riverss@stepwnc.org) or go to our website at www.stepwnc.org. We hope to help our Western North Carolina neighbors get a STEP up by providing warm, safe and secure housing. Will you join us?
OUT OF THE DARKNESS COMMUNITY WALK
On Sunday, October 6, the Asheville chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will host a community walk to bring awareness to the growing issue of suicide in our society and to raise funds to support research, educational programs and survivors of suicide loss. The walk will take place in Asheville's Carrier Park beginning at 1:00 p.m. Outreach Ministry Coordinator Kimberly Dunbar will participate in the walk. Please contact her if you'd like to attend ( kimberlylcgs@comporium.net or 883-3680). 
ELCA, NC Synod, & LWF News
INSTALLATION OF PASTOR MARY AT LTSS
All are invited to the installation of The Reverend Dr. Mary Hinkle Shore  as Rector and Dean of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary of Lenoir-Rhyne University on Tuesday, September 10 at 10:30 a.m. in Christ Chapel in Columbia, SC.  The Rev. Dr. Herman Yoos will preside at the rite of installation, the Rev. Kevin Strickland will preside at the Eucharist, and the Rev. Dr. Mark Fitzsimmons will preach. The day's events also include a lecture from Shore at 1:00 p.m. titled, "Christ Is Risen: Proclaiming the Gospel in a Culture of Fear."
SANCTUARY
"Lord prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true. With thanksgiving I'll be a living sanctuary for you."

I wonder how many hundred times I've sung those words at camp, on retreats, and in contemporary worship services of the early 2000s. I'll bet a lot of you know it and have sung it too.

THURSDAYS IN BLACK
The 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly voted to support the Thursdays in Black Campaign along with other churches of the World Council of Churches. The idea is simple but profound: wear black on Thursdays; wear a pin to declare you are part of the global movement resisting attitudes and practices that permit rape and violence. Encourage others to join you. Share your Thursdays in Black photos on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, using hashtags #WCC and #ThursdaysinBlack. Learn more.


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