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Strategic Planning Committee News and Survey

The members of the Strategic Planning Committee ask you to complete the survey included in the bulletin for November 19th. The purpose is to co9llect historical information from the congregation based on memory of past events. You may remain anonymous or include your name and contact information.

If you did not receive a survey, there are extra copies in the Narthex or you can download it here.

Please return the surveys to the church at your earliest convenience. Thank you.

Shepherd’s Daughters/LWML December Meeting

Shepherd’s Daughters will meet in the Adult Bible Study Room of Shepherd’s Hall on Saturday, December 16 at 11:30 a.m. Please bring your lunch and drink. Agenda items include approval of the revamped by-laws, gifts for the students of the Early Learning Center and the Sunday School, and (if we can find a good one) video of current LWML mission projects,

Shepherd’s Daughters is for all women of Good Shepherd.

Advent dates for 2023

Advent this year begins Sunday, December 3 and ends December 24, the fourth Sunday in Advent and Christmas Eve. Good Shepherd will have Midweek Advent worship on December 6, 13, and 20. (times to be announced.)

Sunday, November 26, is the last Sunday of the church year and Pastor Bruce will preach on the end of the world (his traditional end-of-the-year message.)

2024 Offering Envelopes

These will be distributed soon. If you do not receive offering envelopes and wish to do so, please contact Susan Ritchie or Christine in the church office.

Thanksgiving Meal Donations for Food Pantry

Please have all donations in by Sunday, Nov. 18 for the Holiday Bags, which will be handed out on Tuesday, Nov. 21st. Needed food items are listed below; please put them in the basket in the Narthex.

1-2 pound canned hams (Aldi’s has them)
Dressing Mix
Dried/Instant Mashed Potatoes
Canned Cranberry Sauce
Canned Gravy or Dry Gravy Mix
Canned Sweet Potatoes or Yams

Tree Trimming on Garden Street

The trees north of the sanctuary will be trimmed the week of November 13; dead tree elsewhere on the property will be removed. Take care if you’re on the property while the arborists are working.

Dr. Marshall’s Mission trip to Colombia

Dr. Marshall, a member of Park Avenue Church, is planning a medical mission trip to Colombia next March. Park Avenue Church is a major supporter of Good Shepherd’s Food Pantry so Bob Minor is asking us to repay their generosity by donating supplies needed for this trip.


Gloves: sizes medium and large
Bandaging: gauze, paper tape, Coban, nonstick dressings, bandages
Neosporin and Bacitracin
Benadryl, Votaren, hydrocortisone
Clotrimazole or other antifungal cream
Zyrtec, Claritin, Allegra, Benadryl
Pepcid, Prilosec, Tums
Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Tylenol, aspirin
Multivitamins for children and adults
Toothbrushes and toothpaste
Any unopened antibiotics

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LWML update

The reorganizational meeting for Lutheran Women In Mission (LWML) went very well. Ten women attended and they voted to renew this group at Good Shepherd.

LWML will meet monthly on the third Saturday of the month at 11:30 a.m. in the Adult Bible Study Room in Shepherd’s Hall. The November 18th meeting will decide on group structure, officers, service projects, and fund-raising efforts. Please bring your lunch and a drink.

If you are interested, contact Wendy Green or Linda Baker for more information.

Food Pantry date changes and clarification

The Food Pantry days will change in November and December due to holiday conflicts. The new dates are:

Tuesday, November 5 & 21 and Tuesday, December 5 & 19

Although Bob and Paula Minor are stepping down as leaders of the Food Pantry, they are not leaving the pantry. if anyone wants to serve the community by taking their place, let them or a Food Pantry member know.

LWML (Lutheran Women’s Missionary League) meeting Update: meet in classroom

October 28 at 11:30 a.m. in Shepherd’s Hall Classroom (to stay out of the way of those setting up for Oktoberfest)

All Good Shepherd women invited to help restart the Lutheran Women in Mission (LWML.) We’ll discuss monthly meeting times, structure of group, project both for LWML and for Good Shepherd, the Spring Rally, women’s circles, and more.  Please bring your lunch and drink; there will be sheet cake for dessert.  Talk to Wendy Green or Linda Baker for more information.

If you can’t attend this meeting, let us or the church office know and we’ll keep you in the loop.

Oktoberfest Sunday, Oct. 29th (UPDATED)

Sunday, October 29, after worship, is Good Shepherd’s Oktoberfest Potluck in Shepherd’s Hall. Bring your favorite German side dish or dessert; the Men’s group will provide bratwurst and hot dogs. Come for the fellowship, the food, and the polka music.

Trunk or Treats at Good Shepherd

We’re joining the Titusville Community Trunk or Treat at Lowe’s (t (4660 South Street) on October 19 from 5-7 p.m. and hosting our own event with a Harvest Hayride on October 21. Times for our event are 4:30 p.m. for the hayride and 6 p.m. for the trunk and treat.

Decorate your car’s trunk and join us at Good Shepherd on the 21th and help us make Hallowe’en a safe and fun celebration for our local kids.

If you have candy to donate, we still need lots of it. Please leave it in the basket in the narthex.

Rummage Sale Thank You

Thank you to all who helped make the rummage sale a success. Many volunteers put long hours into sorting, tagging, arranging, boxing, etc. This was truly a joint effort by many, many people. The results were astonishing. Now only was money raised for some special projects, but the community was blessed. Additionally, there was much fellowship and comradery. Good job, church!

Much Candy Needed for Trunk or Treat on 10/19 & 10/21

Good Shepherd is participating in not one, but two Trunk or Treat activities this year. *

WE NEED CANDY!. There is a box (probably not big enough) in the narthex for your donations of bags and bags of candy. Please be generous and bring lots of candy. **

* Oct. 19 at Lowe’s on South Street from 5-7 p.m. and Oct. 21 at Good Shepherd with our famous Haunted Hayride.

** I’m not exaggerating–we need a tremendous amount of candy.

Food Pantry also needs a few good people

Good Shepherd’s Food Pantry is seeking volunteers who have a heart for those in need. If you can spare 4-6 hours each month helping to fill food bags, receive prayer requests and pass them on to Pastor Bruce, maintain the catalogue of family size of those served, and to help them with lists of open jobs, then we have the spot for you.

Those who come for help are treated with the utmost respect and care; the goal is to fill the gap until they are able again to afford to feed their families. See Bob Minor for more information.

Voter’s meeting Sunday September 10

There will be a voter’s meeting for the Good Shepherd congregation on Sunday, September 10 in the sanctuary after worship. The main agenda item is the approval of the budget for next year. Copies will be available in the narthex; it is also posted on the Board of Directors’ bulletin board by the church office.

August Monthly Potluck this Thursday, August 17

All are welcome to the August Potluck in Shepherd’s Hall at 6 p.m. Bring a dish to share. A birthday sheet cake will be served after we sing “Happy Birthday” to with August birthdays. A short prayer time will follow the meal.

Sponsored by the Men’s and the Women’s Thursday Bible Studies, which meet Thursdays at 6 p.m. on weeks when there is no potluck.

Pocket Cross Ministry

Bob Minor has ordered 500 pocket crosses for people to hand out to those who need encouragement or prayer. He is looking for people to participate in this ministry. Talk to Bob for more information.

Do you have piles of unwanted paper?

Community Credit Union is hosting three Shred Events in the area for free shredding of your unwanted forms, receipts, and documents. Registration is required and all paper must be free of staples, paper clips, string or rope, coins, binders, and other debris.

To register and for other information, go to and scroll down to ” Shred Events.” Shredding is provided by East Coast Paper Stock.

Quilters also need a few good people

Due to people moving away, the Quilting Group is seeking quilters to join them Mondays from 9 a.m. to noon. This group makes quilting for mission projects. If you are interested, call Betty Kogok or Christine at the church office.

Altar Guild needs a few good people

Stained glass depicting the elements of Communion on Thursday, March 5, 2020, at Heavenly Host Lutheran Church, Cookeville, Tenn. LCMS Communications/Erik M. Lunsford

The Altar Guild is a special ministry that serves the church by preparing the sacraments for communion. Betty Kogok, who has led the Guild for years, is stepping down and other members have moved away. This leaves us with openings to serve Good Shepherd in this ministry.

Please prayerfully consider joining the Altar Guild and being part of this unique and sacred service community. Call Betty Kogok or Christine in the church office for more information.

Food Pantry Low on Food

Stained glass depicting Jesus Christ at Martini Lutheran Church in Baltimore on Thursday, March 27, 2014. LCMS Communications/Erik M. Lunsford

Good Shepherd’s Food Pantry served 184 people last Tuesday and the shelves need replenishing before the next Pantry Day on August 11th. Please consider a donation of money or food items from the list below.

  • canned meals of beef stew, chicken & dumplings, spaghetti & meatballs, or ravioli
  • Tuna Helper
  • canned tuna
  • dried milk in quart packages
  • canned fruit
  • peanut butter
  • jelly
  • boxed cereal
  • pancake mix in small packages
  • pancake syrup in small bottles
  • crackers
  • small bags of rice
  • pasta
  • pasta sauce
    Please, no substitutions

AA Batteries for Pastor

We need lots of AA batteries for the headsets used during worship by Pastor, Bill Kaiser, and the children’s choir. If you have a package or more to spare, please bring them to church on your next visit.

A Big Thank You!

Thank you to all who helped with the Good Shepherd Community Unity Picnic on June 10. It was a lot of hard work, but the picnic was a great success.

Also, thanks to Pepsi for donating all the canned drinks.

We are blessed by everyone’s work and generosity.