WELCOME TO GOOD SHEPHERD in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Large-print worship folders and printed liturgy are available from the ushers. Ushers will also be able to help with hearing assist devices for your audio needs. The cry room is located in the northwest corner of the sanctuary for your convenience. Please turn off all cell phones and do not bring food or drink into the sanctuary. If you have other questions or needs, please stop at the information center. You are invited to stay for coffee, juice and goodies in the fellowship hall following the 8 am service. The free-will offering at the window is used to support youth activities at Good Shepherd. Refreshment time will be followed by Sunday School (check at the information center for locations) and Bible study in the fellowship hall. Offerings gathered during Bible study will be given to Lutherans for Life. May God richly bless our time together and please come again.
BIBLE STUDY TODAY: Pastor Maronde will be leading the Bible study today entitled, “Justifying Christmas.” This study dovetails with the Formula of Concord study, Article VIII, the person and work of Christ. As a part of the LCMS Reformation 500, this study was written and prepared by several LCMS theologians, including our own Matt Phillips.
STEWARDSHIP MOMENT: I Corinthians 4: 2 “Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.” A steward manages the property of the owner for the owner’s purposes. We are stewards of all that God has given us. So we are called to use all that we are and all that we have for God’s purposes. How do we know what these are? Consider your vocations, your callings from God, in the home, the church, and society. How should you be using the gifts He’s given you to fulfill those roles?
LIFE MOMENT: Defending life involves declaring the dangers of using death as a solution. As intimidating and discouraging as it sometimes seems, God finds His own greatest joy in the Gospel message. He guarantees that His Wordof life in Christ alone will yield abundantly.
REVISED COMMUNION SCHEDULE: Requests have been received which have prompted the pastors and elders of Good Shepherd to make changes in the scheduling of the Lord’s Supper. Beginning today (Dec. 3rd) Holy Communion will be offered at both services on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays of the month and at the 8 am service on the 2nd Sunday of the month and at the 10:30 am service on the 4th Sunday of the month. Questions can be directed to one of the pastors or an elder.
ADVENT MEALS: Our fourth Advent meal will be served by the KNNA radio staff on Wednesday, Dec. 20th. The menu is ham & potatoes, green beans, and desserts.
OFFERING ENVELOPES for 2018 are available in the narthex until Sunday morning, Dec. 24th. Please note that your number may have changed this year. Envelopes should be in alphabetical order. Please pick up yours and take them with you to use in 2018. Remember not to use them until January 1, 2018. Also, please dispose of your 2017 envelopes at the end of 2017. We are not able to track your contributions if you use your old envelopes. If you are missing envelopes and would like some, please contact Tina in the church office.
LUTHERAN WOMEN IN MISSION meetings are being held on the 3rd Monday of the month at 7 pm (note the correction from last week).
COOKIE DOUGH is ready to be picked up by those who placed an order. The dough is in the refrigerator in the kitchen.
2018 ESTIMATE OF GIVING: Thank you to all who have submitted an Estimate of Giving for 2018. This information will aid in a more proactive approach to budgeting and will be used solely for this purpose. It’s not too late to participate. The basket will be at the information center until Sunday, December 17th or you can bring your estimate to the church office.
KNNA CLOTHING is available to order. Check out the table by the church office window. A purple folder holds the catalog and order forms. You may fill out a form, place it and a check in the KNNA envelope, and place the envelope in the KNNA box on the table. If you would like to pay by another method, please contact KNNA via the website.
CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 17:
Mon. 8:15 am Chapel
7:00 pm Alcoholics Anonymous
Tues. 6:00 am Men’s Bible Study
8:15 am Chapel
Wed. 5:00 pm Advent Meal—KNNA
5:30 pm Midweek Classes
6:30 pm Midweek Advent Service
7:30 pm Bible Study
7:30 pm Choir
Thurs. 8:15 am Chapel (School is out at 11:30 am)
1:00 pm LifeLight Bible Study
7:00 pm Sewing/Quilting Group
Fri. NO SCHOOL
8:00 am Volunteers for Christ
Sun. 8:00 am Matins
9:20 am Sunday School & Bible Study
10:30 am Divine Service/Communion
4:00 pm Christmas Eve Service/Communion
7:00 pm Christmas Eve Service/Communion
Mon. 9:00 am Christmas Day Service/Communion
ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICES AND SERVICE:
Elder: Curt Christiansen
Organist: Connie Stauffer
Acolytes: 8:00 am: Randall Roblyer
10:30 am: Walter Schnell
Greeters: 8:00 am: Tom & Joy Barefoot
10:30 am: Dennis & Reva Von Busch
Coffeemakers: Tim & Jenny Higgins
Information Center: Vicki Hughes
Ushers: 8:00 am: Bryan Prenosil, Allen Wilkens, Anna Wilkens
10:30 am: Eric & Lisa Klutz, David Perrin, Aaron Williamson
Communion Set-up: Corie Christiansen
Communion Clean-up: Corie Christiansen, Shirley Green (Carolyn)
Please contact the church office if the following prayer requests have become outdated. If you have a prayer request for the News & Notes, please contact the church office at (402) 423-7639.
- Lois Goeres, recovering at Tabitha.
- Mark Simnitt, recently diagnosed with cancer and considering treatment options.
- Kaitlyn Radebaugh, recovering from ACL surgery.
- Scott Schlatter, beginning chemo again for returning cancer.
- Rollie Victor, recovering from surgery.
- Connie Swenson, for continued healing following knee surgery.
- Vivian Pohlmann, friend of Maureen Marshall, for healing.
- Aiden Jazwick, recovering from a severe allergic reaction.
- Pastor Luke Russert, for blessings on upcoming medical procedures.
- Deverne Malchow, father of Joy Barefoot, that his new medication will be successful.
- Kaity Schneider, friend of Tina Schellenbach, having medical issues.
- Marge Kelly, recovering from surgery at home.
- Lavonne Myers, scheduled for an appointment at Mayo Clinic in January.
- Diane Bolin, friend of Katy Williamson, receiving treatment.
- Noel and Carol, sister and brother-in-law of Darla Posner, facing difficult life and medical choices.
- Charlotte Luethje, grandmother of Violet Kirk, for physical healing.
- Celeste, niece of Joe Velasquez, struggling with cancer.
- Del Meints, for healing of his eye.
- Ed Velasquez, brother of Joe Velasquez, dealing with health issues.
- Marjorie Victor, recovering from hip replacement surgery.
- Anna Eisenmann, struggling with lupus and in treatment.
- Sherrie Neubaum, friend of Sharon Burke, battling cancer.
- Bonnie Gyberg, dealing with several medical issues.
- Warren Zakapco, friend of Dale & Marilyn Meyer, diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in his lungs and brain cancer.
- Ralph Humphrey, Jr., having multiple health problems.
- Desi Kessler, recovering from surgery and anticipating additional surgery.
- Cleo Kessler, hospitalized.
- Harper, a good friend of Good Shepherd Lutheran School and her family as they battle to find answers and treatments for her FPIES disease.
- Greg Garison, nephew of Joe Velasquez, undergoing intense chemo.
- Martha Rochel, friend of Joe Velasquez, recently diagnosed with cancer.
- The people of Venezuela and other countries where chaos reigns.
- The family of Gary & Myrna Heckman’s daughter, Louisa, as they are dealing with the health of one of their children.
- John Reigle, recovering from surgery at home.
- Mildred Humphrey, recovering at home from knee replacement.
FOR PEACE AND COMFORT: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.” John 14: 27
- the family of Pat, daughter-in-law of Leola Krehnke, who was taken to her eternal home this week.
IN THANKSGIVING: “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 136: 1
FOR EXPECTANT MOTHERS:
FOR OUR SHUT-IN MEMBERS: Francine Poppe
Lois Herpolsheimer Lynda Mahloch Arlene Hadenfeldt
Leola Krehnke Dr. Bob Heins Mary Ann Goeschel
Anita Armitstead Lois Goeres Don & Darlene Wiese
FOR THOSE IN THE MILITARY:
Ron Van Valkenburg Beth (Eisenmann) Burnette
FOR THOSE IN LONG-TERM CARE: Dorette Kleinkauf
Victoria Sample Betty Bluhm Rollie Victor
Cindy Fox Sheryl Chism Lynn Poppe
Anne Nelson Susanna Cantarero Zoe Groff
Willis Legband Welden Duer Nevaeh Kessler
BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS TO:
Dec. 17 Ginger Borneman, Marge Kelly
Dec. 18 Carol Marsh
Dec. 19 Mark Wimmer
Dec. 21 Anne Duchek, Ellliana Meyer, Bob Rathjen
Dec 22 Jerry Garris
Dec. 23 Angie Schroeder
ANNIVERSARY BLESSINGS TO:
Dec. 19 Allen & Sharon Wilkens
Dec. 20 Michael & Michelle Schnell
Attendance: Sunday: 281
SOUP COOK-OFF: Our reigning champion for the annual soup cook-off is Adam Mankin. Cooks, try out some new recipes and give him some stiff competition. Our soup cook-off will be on Sunday, January 21st at noon. Come and test all the entries and vote for your favorites.
BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION: Please collect these from the packages of food and sundry items from your grocery store and bring them to Good Shepherd. There is a nylon bin in the fellowship hall beside the bulletin board to collect these for Good Shepherd Lutheran School & Preschool. These coupons are worth $ .10 each toward items needed for our schools.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the Dine Out to Donate at Runza on 33rd & Hwy 2. This activity is also a fundraiser for our school and preschool.
PANCAKES FOR PCAN will be coming up soon. Mark your calendar for February 6th to come to Good Shepherd for dinner. There will be music provided by the string ensemble of the homeschool orchestra and, of course, pancakes. More details to come.
RESERVE THE DATE for the fundraiser auction for the school. Coming—Friday, March 9th.