The Shepherd's Voice
What's Happening Today
As We Gather
Today is the Last Sunday of the Church Year. This Sunday is traditionally filled with themes of Christ’s roles as King and Judge. But consider these words from Psalm 95: “We are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand.” We are God’s chosen sheep. He is our Shepherd. We follow Him as He goes to seek the lost, bring back the stray, and bind up the injured.
O.T. Ezekiel 34:11–16, 20–24 (God will search for His sheep.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/ezekiel/34/11-16 https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/ezekiel/34/20-24
N. T. 1 Corinthians 15:20–28 (The last enemy to be destroyed is death.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/1-corinthians/15/20-28
Gospel Matthew 25:31–46 (The separation of the sheep and the goats) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/matthew/25/31-46
Today’s Altar Flowers are Given to the Glory of God
by Charlotte Visbeck, in honor of Ray’s birthday.
November Mission of the Month
You are invited to make a gift to St. Gregory’s Pantry, a local food pantry helping to feed those in need. This Christmas alone, St. Gregory’s will distribute to over 300 needy families and have gifts for children. Through generosity and commitment, St. Gregory’s Pantry provides temporary aid to approximately 10,000 individuals annually. Please make your check out to Good Shepherd and memo it “Mission of the Month”. Thank you!
to Rev. Roy Minnix, Pastor Emeritus of Village Lutheran Church in Lanoka Harbor, for filling in for Pastor Schonberg today while he continues his recovery. May God bless Pastor Minnix as he brings us God's Word and leads us in worship.
Our Fall Voters Meeting will be held today, immediately following our 10:00 AM Service. It will be livestreamed, just like our October 4 Voters Meeting. The main items on the agenda are the election of Church Council members (see below) and an initial look at the 2021 budget. After the Meeting, our Deacons would like to provide a light lunch, with individually wrapped items (subs, etc.), to enable us to have some socially distanced conversation and fellowship.
Nominations and Elections
Every Fall, we elect or re-elect people from our church to serve on our Church Council. Each of our four Boards has at least one opening: Executive (Vice President), Elders, Deacons, and Trustees. The Vision Team also has at least one opening, and the Nursery School Board has several openings. (See below for a listing of responsibilities.) Please consider serving Jesus and our church in this way. You can volunteer yourself or nominate someone else to Ed Mohlenhoff, our Nominating Committee Chair. Thank you!
To help you in your consideration, here are the areas of responsibility for our Boards:
Executive: Administrative, Financial, Legal
Elders: Worship, Education, Christian Care
Deacons: Fellowship, Outreach, Christian Service
Trustees: Buildings, Grounds, Maintenance
Vision: Seeing and adapting to the Future
Nursery School: Supporting our school
Please consider where your interests and skills coincide with these responsibilities. Thank you!
Free Stuff Table
Located in the narthex/foyer we have a table set up with free items, mostly books. Pastor just added a whole new bunch of stuff. Please check it out and take whatever you think you or someone you know would like.
What's Happening Soon
Thanksgiving Eve Service Cancelled
The Thanksgiving Service for this year has been cancelled. We felt it was safest giving the current rise in COVID cases.
It is that time again! Once again, we will be placing poinsettias around our altar area. The cost per plant remains $8, cash only. Please see an Altar Guild member in the narthex/foyer to place your order. Your plant(s) may be taken home after Christmas morning Service.
Operation Christmas Child Cancelled
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Good Shepherd cannot accept any Operation Christmas Child drop offs. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. To find a new drop off location near you please visit: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/buildonline/.
What's Been Happening
The Open Door thanks our Lydia Circle for its generosity in giving and extends God’s blessings.
Good Shepherd Nursery School -Update
The Nursery School would like to thank the Church Congregation for all the wonderful donations! Thanks to your generosity we have an ample supply of napkins, bleach and hand sanitizer!
In addition, we have been able to fill the position for Teachers Assistant in the Pre-k classroom. Thank you all for your continued prayers for a healthy, happy school year for our children and staff! Please support our school in your prayers; through direct donation to the school or through the Scholarship Fund; or by donating items below that will be needed this year due to the extra cleaning and sanitizing that is required (regular supplies, if donated, will help keep our operating costs down):
Clorox or Lysol Anti- Bacterial wipes
Goldfish Crackers (individual packages only, please)
Pretzels (individual packages)
Dixie cups (smallest size)
If the school should have to close this year due to a spike in infections, we will store and use any donated items as soon as we re-open. Thank you for your support. Donations can be brought in on Sunday mornings or during the week from 10 am to noon.
This Week at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
In Our Prayers
To add someone to our list, please fill out a pink Prayer Request Form and submit it to Pastor or the Church office. Also, please let us know when we can remove names. Prayer requests submitted without a pink form are removed after one week. If we have removed a name in error, please resubmit the name and accept our apologies. Thank you.
Rev. Dale and Suzanne Kaster, Prague
Pastor Matt Lytikainen and the Kairos Network
Under Doctor’s Care:
John Aldarelli Barbara Bellamy
Alice Blaze Sheryl Borkowski
Kieran Dillane John Eckna
Leah Farina Vicky Forte
Paul Giannantonio Garrett Gruendling
Punna Khanna Jeanie Lyness
Daniel McCallum Linda McKelvey
Erna Meyerle Susan Rentas
John Shand Dennis P. Smith Jr
Harler Jean Visbeck
Special Needs: Doris Mingay, the Murray family, Ilona Poitras, and the Zupanc family. All who serve to keep us healthy, fed, and supplied.
Armed Forces: All who serve to keep us safe.
Christopher Garrigan Justin Gruendling Kate Gruendling
Kelly Handy Travis Harvey Jonathan Kaster Matthew Orgill
Mason Remondelli David Schauer
Readings for Next Sunday
Isaiah 64:1–9 (Rend the heavens and come down)
1 Corinthians 1:3–9 (Thanksgiving)
Mark 11:1–10 (The triumphal entry)