On Christmas weekend:
    • Christmas Eve worship at 5, 8 & 11 PM
    • Christmas Day worship at 10AM.
    On New Year’s weekend:
    • No Worship on Saturday evening, Dec. 31
    • New Year’s Day worship at 10 AM, only

    Please mark your calendars with that scheduling so that you don’t miss worship.


    Good Shepherd is now equipped with a hearing loop in both the Worship Space and the Gathering Space!  If you have a hearing aid that can connect to the loop, please make sure you have made the accommodation, enabling you to better participate.  If you don’t have a hearing aid but need hearing assistance, we have system devices that you can use.  Please see the folks at the tech board and they will supply you with one.


    Do you craft?  We’d love to have your crafted items for our Christmas Bazaar and Café!  We would also love your gently used items for the sale.  Items can be placed on the pallets in the basement.  Please NO computers, printers, keyboard, TV’s or broken items.  Please make sure your donations are clean and have all the necessary parts.  Watch the bulletin for more details!


    Calling all bakers!  Tuesday, November 8th is Election Day and we will be holding a bake sale to raise funds for our Christmas Baskets.  We will likely have a lot of people coming through our doors to vote, so let’s really fill the tables with goodies!  Please also consider signing up to help. 


    Fall is here and it’s time to start thinking about Advent Devotion Booklets.  Everyone is invited to write a short devotion. The subject could be your thoughts about the season, a favorite carol, Christmas memories, etc. Feel free to write more than one. Invite your friends and relatives to help, too. The more the merrier! Devotions must be in by Sunday, November 13. Sign up on your connection card or contact Kathy Chapman at KathyLChapman@


    This fall, you are invited to join in an all-church read of the book Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren.  We hope to learn what it means to be “Everyday Disciples.”  Through our readings and sermon series, we will become aware of God’s presence in everyday practices.  The plan is to read half the book this fall and then finish it during lent, so we’ll get double use out of one purchase!  Please sign up on your connection card for your copy of the book to be ready for the big fall read.  We’ll begin the second weekend in October.  We’ll also offer growth groups


    Thanks for the overwhelming response to our request for OCC shoeboxes!  Now we can begin collecting supplies.  There is a list of needed items on the shelf in Mission Central, in the coatroom.  You’ll also find a bin for gathering OCC supplies.   Anything you can contribute will make a big difference to a child somewhere in the world and he or she will also hear about Jesus! 

    On your connection card, you can write in an item you are willing to purchase and tell the number you are willing to purchase.  The following items are still needed: solar calculator, pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners, pencil bags, erasers, colored pencils, markers, rulers, plain colored t-shirts, washcloths, bars of soap, soap holders, toothbrushes, toothbrush holders, hairbrushes/combs, small balls or toys.

    **Our goal is to fill 100 boxes.  For a list of what we still need and to track our progress, check out our Operation Christmas Child page.  Thank you.


    If you have been waiting for the Tuesday morning Bible study to resume – wait no longer!  Beginning Tuesday, September 13 the group will meet each Tuesday from 9:30 – 11 AM in Teen Room.  They will study the book of Daniel.  If you are interested in joining this group, please call Charlotte Chrysler, 394-5779 so that she knows how many people to prepare for.


    The Education Team would like to try a new idea this coming school year.  We would like to connect kids and adults in partnerships called “Faith Friends.”  We want to teach our kids how important they are to God by showing them how important they are to us!  Faith Friends would check in with each other on Sundays, share stories of their week, and exchange prayer requests.  “Faith Friends” will encourage one another to become better disciples of Jesus.  If you are willing to be a “Friend” to one of our kids, please indicate that on your connection card.  “Faith Friends will be connected at our opening breakfast on Sept. 25th at 9:30 AM.



    “A Disciple after God’s own Heart”

    Bob Smith and Pastor Don will lead an adult Bible class studying the life of King David as found in the book of 2 Samuel.  The class is entitled “A Disciple after God’s own Heart.”  Acts 13:22 tells us that “God removed Saul and replaced him with David, a man about whom God said, ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart.’”  We will be exploring the meaning of that verse by studying aspects of David’s life and applying them to our own lives as disciples.  This is a new class and doesn’t require any previous participation, nor do you have to be knowledgeable in Bible study to be able to participate.  All you need is a willingness to read the Bible with the group and participate in our class discussions.  Please join us in this exciting application of God’s word to our lives as disciples of God.

    “Life Lessons in Hebrews” by Max Lucado

    Sandy Voigt will start the new year with a 12 week study in “Life Lessons in Hebrews” by Max Lucado. Books will be required and are on order. The cost is $11.Please reserve your copy.  

    How do we grow, everyday, as disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ?

    Scholars are still uncertain as to who the author was of Hebrews. What we DO know is that he was called to write this account to the Jewish believers in Jesus, who were struggling with their old ways and rituals and this NEW relationship .The Author presents the case that then and now, that Jesus IS better in every way.

    Key Themes

    • Jesus opened the way to a “never before” means of connecting with and following God.
    • Jesus is OUR Compassionate High Priest- the ONLY One we need.
    • Faith and our journey as disciples is the bridge between this life and our eternity.

    Come join us on the journey.