This Week at Good Shepherd
Reading Other People’s Mail
Lifelines is what we call our Sunday morning adult ed class. It meets between services at 9:30. The top for this Sunday is God With Us: An Introduction to the Gospel of Matthew.
Third Friday Book Group Meets on December 14
Third Friday Book Group will meet on the second Friday in December (i.e. December 14) at 9:30 a.m. in the Conference Room. We will enjoy a group poetry reading. Bring your favorite poetry whether it is a classic, ancient or historic literary selection.
Good Shepherd Advent Calendar
Family or personal devotions during Advent can be enriched using Good Shepherd’s Advent Calendar. Each day, read a Bible verse, say a prayer and put one item of food or a personal hygiene item in a grocery bag. Bring it to church at Christmas, and we’ll make sure it gets to Community Emergency Service, where it will be shared with hungry people. Copies are available at church or online.
Advent Devotional Books for Families
Advent devotional books for children and families, titled The Christmas Story Composition, are available at the Welcome Desk or online – written by authors throughout the ELCA and underwritten by the Good Shepherd Foundation.
Year End Giving Reminders
There are a variety of ways to give at Good Shepherd, including giving online. Learn more!
2019 offering envelopes will be available for pick-up beginning this Sunday, December 9. They will be located near the Welcome Center. (Packets were not ordered for those who regularly give online.)
In order for a contribution to be credited to the 2018 tax year, it must be received on our premises or postmarked by December 31, 2018. (The Good Shepherd office and building will close at 12:30 p.m. on December 31.)
Thank you to all those who turned in 2019 Pledge Cards. Pledge cards are still being accepted. They are located at the Welcome Center, or you may complete a form online.
Contact Laura Stein with any questions.
Faith & Health Blog
Parish Nurse, Dorothy Ellerbroek, updates the Good Shepherd Faith & Health Blog. Check out the newest entry, titled “Are you ready for Christmas?”
Your Love Brought to Life
Thank you to those who shopped for gifts for the Plymouth Christian Youth Center Gift Sale: Will Brandt, Lilly Halvorson, Mark Halvorson, Gus Johnson, Ella Krafve, Hoken Opsahl, Mia Opsahl, Amanda Sykora. Thanks to those who supplied gifts through the Christmas Giving Tree. Thanks also to those who helped shoppers at the gift sale: Martin Burg, Jason Davenport, Mark Halvorson, Erienne & Henrik Nelson, Amanda Sykora, Denise Sykora, Ben Williamson, Judy Williamson, Logan Williamson.
Bell Choir Recital
The Bell Choir performs a recital in the Sanctuary on Sunday, December 16, at 9:30 a.m.. Come, hear lovely Christmas music.
Sign up to Volunteer at a Christmas Worship Service (or Bring Treats)
Help make our Christmas services welcoming by serving as an usher, greeter or communion assistant. We also need volunteers to bring and help with Christmas treats! Learn more or sign up here.
Order a Poinsettia
Order your Christmas Poinsettia in honor or memory of someone. Order forms are due Sunday, December 16.
ELCA Good Gifts
An animal can make a world of a difference for a family in need. Animals provide food to eat, fertilizer to grow crops and offspring to sell at the market. With one gift, you can help a family escape the cycle of hunger and poverty for good.. Bring your gift to Good Shepherd by Christmas or give online.
Play in the Christmas Orchestra
Christmas is fast approaching, and we are once again looking forward to having the Good Shepherd Christmas Orchestra add its magical musical sounds to our Christmas Eve services! All Good Shepherd instrumentalists (members, families and friends of all ages) are invited to come and play some wonderful – but not too difficult – Christmas music for either our 5:00 or 10:30 p.m. services (or both, if you wish) on Christmas Eve. We will have one rehearsal on Saturday, December 22 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary. On Monday, December 24 (Christmas Eve), we will meet at 4:45 p.m. (for the 5:00 service) and/or 10:00 p.m. (for the 10:30 service) and play during the prelude. Please contact* Ralph Johnson to give your name, your instrument, and which service(s) you wish to play.
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