Category Archives: News

Food Pantry Thanksgiving Meal Bags

Thanksgiving Meal bags will be given on Tuesday, Nov. 22 during the regular pantry hours. To help, please donate the following foods:

  • Small Canned Hams
  • Dressing Mix
  • Dried Mashed Potatoes
  • Canned Cranberry Sauce
  • Gravy
  • Canned Sweet Potatoes or Yams

LERT Chainsaw Training Class on Saturday, 01/14/2023

Mark next year’s calendar now for Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) Basic Chainsaw training class. Date is Saturday, January 14, 2023 at5 Abiding Savior Lutheran Church (9700 W. Newberry Road, Gainesville, FL 32606) from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (

You must have previously completed the LERT basic training class to participate in this class. To be authorized to use a chainsaw on LERT disaster responses as an LCMS LERT Chainsaw Operator, you must attend BOTH the morning classroom lecture and the afternoon “hands-on” session.

Click here for the training information page

Women’s Retreat at Hope Lutheran Brevard

Link to sign up: (you may need to disable your ad blocker to see this page)

  • 8:30am Breakfast
  • 9:00am Opening Devotion
  • 9:15am Session 1
  • 10:15am Break
  • 10:30am Painting
  • 12:00pm Lunch
  • 1:15pm Session 2
  • 2:30pm Closing
    Registration is $20 and attendance is limited to 50 women.
    For more information: Jackie Fernandez ( ) or Linda Miller ( )

Help Replace Shepherd Hall’s Refrigerator

Now that the Hall’s A/C is installed and working, it’s time to check a new item off the list: replacing the broken commercial refrigerator in the kitchen.

Just like the old one except it works

Refrigerator, reach-in, two-section, (2) stainless steel doors, (6) PVC coated adjustable wire shelves, interior lighting, stainless steel front, aluminum sides, aluminum interior with stainless steel floor, 4″ castors, R290 Hydrocarbon refrigerant, 1/2 HP, 115v/60/1-ph, 5.4 amps, NEMA 5-15P, cULus, UL EPH Classified, Made in USA, ENERGY STAR®

We need $ 5,250 to buy this True General Food Service Model T-49-HC. Please prayerfully consider this need.

August Lunch Bunch

This month, the Lunch Bunch will meet at New York/New York restaurant at NOON on August 25th. The restaurant is at 5401 River Edge Drive in Titusville. The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the Narthex and you can call Gary or Barb Gullikson for more information

Again, the time for this month’s Lunch Bunch is Noon on Thursday, August 25.

Restaurant website

Restaurant location

Food Pantry News

Good Shepherd’s Food Pantry served 198 people with 74 bags of groceries and prayed for 58 requests and concerns. Thanks to Leo, bread was given, and also bananas donated by the Love Restaurant.

Kingdom Seeds/Good Shepherd Tee Shirts for Sale

If you are interested, please fill out an order form (found in the Narthex) and turn it into the church office. The cost is $10.00 for small thru X Large and $12.00 for XX Large & XXX Large. We would like to have orders for at least 10 shirts or more. Please turn in the money with the order form. See Joel Gilchrist if you need more information, Thank You! (FOR HIS KINGDOM).

Bon Voyage, Ms. Anne

Thank you, Anne Dobbins, for giving nine years to the Early Learning Center as its Director and more years as a child yourself at the preschool. Your tireless leadership brought us from a great school to an outstanding school. Your love for the children and your devotion to making sure that each and every child learned about Christ’s love, is what stood out so clearly under your leadership. May you be blessed as you continue to bless the children and families at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and Preschool in Orlando. Please pray for Anne as she begins her new adventure. We will miss your smile!

Welcome, Ms. Heather

Welcome, Heather Coleman, as our Interim Director. Heather’s son Sam joined the ELC when he was two and is still with us in Summer Camp and the Aftercare program. Ms. Heather has worn many hats at the ELC for the past several years, first as a teacher of the three-year-old class and then as the VPK teacher. She has all of the credentials to take over as our Interim Director and we are pleased to welcome her into her new position at the Early Learning Center. Please pray for her and for the continued success of Good Shepherd Early Learning Center.

New topic for Pastor Bruce’s Sunday Adult Bible Study

Beginning June 26, Pastor will be using the book Awake & Alive to Truth: Finding Truth in the Chaos of a Relativistic World by John. L. Cooper for his Sunday Bible Study.

From “John L. Cooper is the lead vocalist, bassist, and songwriter/producer for Skillet, one of the best-selling rock bands of at the 21st century…. John and his wife Korey have been touring together for the entirety of their 23 years of marriage and live in Kenosha, WI with their two children. John and Korey are passionate about sharing the truth of Christ to the world through music, the Cooper Stuff Podcast, two Skillet graphic novels entitled Eden and Eden: The Aftermath, and now through his debut book, Awake & Alive to Truth.”

Kingdon Seeds Meeting June 30 at 6 p.m.

Good Shepherd’s outreach effort Kingdom Seeds will meet in the sanctuary meeting room on Thursday, June 30. at 6 p.m.  On the agenda is discussion of the concert on June 24 and finding people to support our future concerts and events.  If you are interested in this outreach, want to help with the concerts, or just want to help plan, please join this meeting.

Food Pantry Sunday July 3

Next Sunday, July 3 is Food Pantry Sunday.

Please continue to help this ministry with either cash donations or the following items: Tuna, Tuna Helper, Dried milk-quart packages, canned fruit, canned meals-beef stew, chicken & dumplings, spaghetti & meatballs, ravioli; peanut butter, jelly, cereal, small packages of pancake mix, syrup-small bottles, crackers, small bags of rice, pasta/pasta sauce. Please no substitutes, Thanks.

Thank you to all who have made donations to this ongoing ministry.

Interested in a Community Garden?

There’s been discussion about starting a community garden at Good Shepherd, possibly as an Early Learning Center project with space for church members or as a full community effort with our neighbors. If you have experience with community gardens or gardening in general and are interested in managing or helping, please let Pastor Bruce know.