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!
The Early Learning Center needs volunteers for homework help, story time, and to teach weekly classes in arts & crafts, painting, or music. A background check is required for all volunteers. Call the Preschool for more information or to volunteer.
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.
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.
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.
Much thanks to those who worked so hard to improve and beautify the Early Learning Center’s playground and to spread the multiple cubic yards of mulch given us by Lowe’s. Thank you also to Lowe’s for the generous donation.
A big Thank You to Peggy and Lary for donating to the church a popcorn machine and all its supplies!
We still need coolers, bags of ice, and cases of water; please let Joel or Amber know if you can lend coolers or bring ice and/or water the day of the picnic.
If you have the following and can lend them for the Community Picnic on Saturday, June 10th, please let Joel Gilchrist know:
- Commercial-sized popcorn machine
- Pop-up canopies
We also need volunteers to help with booths and games, cases of bottled water, and bags of ice to cool them.
.Please bring wrapped Easter candy* and baked goods and desserts for the $Easter Breakfast and Egg Hunt on April 9th. The candy must be brought in by Palm Sunday (April 2nd) for egg-stuffing. Filled eggs must be brought in by April 8.
The baked goods may be left in Shepherd’s Hall before Sunrise Worship.
* Pastor requests the candy all be “good stuff.”
If you are able to watch the Narthex and help late-comers during worship, please see Joel Gilchrist.
Do you make the best chili ever? If so, bring it to church Feb. 26 and compete against other chili cooks for the title “2023 Best Chili of Good Shepherd.” Sign-up sheet for competitors is in the Narthex.
Everyone else: come join us for a great competition, good fun, and yummy chili. Money raised from voting for the best chili will go towards two new and much-needed computers.
Saturday, January 7, volunteers will take down the Christmas decorations. If you want to help, please arrive at 9:30 a.m.
Decorating will be Saturday, December 10, at 9 a.m.
Volunteers accompanying the float need to be at the Titusville High School staging area by 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. Parking is at Sand Point Park; there is no parking at the high school. To carpool, be at the church before 4:30 p.m.
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
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.
We would like another meeting on Monday, April 11 at 6:30 pm for anyone who couldn’t come to Friday March 4 meeting. It will be in the meeting room in the Sanctuary for all the ladies in the congregation who would like to get a “Women’s group” together. We will talk about things that we can do at church. It will be about an hour long. Please come and help us organize some activities. Contact Shirley Kaiser or the church office for more information. If you have a suggestion for a more convenient day and/or time, please let us know.
Help make the church grounds look great for Easter Saturday, April 16 from 9 a.m. to noon. Bring your work gloves and your favorite lawn tools.
A huge thank you to all who helped install the new speakers in the sanctuary on Wednesday, February 16 and to all who helped set up the Hibiscus Show in Shepherd’s Hall on Friday, February 18, and early Saturday, February 19. We are grateful for your hard work.
“We’re putting the band back together…” so let Pastor know if you can sing, play an instrument, or can help in any way by returning the survey in the January 27th bulletin or by calling the office or Pastor.
Junior Confirmation class is cancelled for Saturday, January 8th. Class will resume on Saturday, January 15.
Weekly Worship with Communion will resume Sunday, January 9th at 9:30 a.m.
Adult Class will resume Sunday, January 9th after Worship (around 11 a.m. when all the bacon has been eaten.) The topic is The Papacy and the Antichrist.
We will be taking down the Sanctuary Christmas tree and decorations this Saturday. Everyone is invited to help. Come Enjoy some good fellowship and fun!