Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School 10:45 a.m.

118 East Mason Street
Lena, IL 61048



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Meetings and Events

Piece Corps: Material Needed
Join us Wednesdays from 8:00 to 11:30 am
Quilting Material Needed

“Piece Corps” Quilting is in need of backs for quilting. Any size (twin, full, queen or king) flat sheets or blankets are welcome as well as material of any size. Quilts are given to those in need locally and throughout the world.

Youth Group Nights at Good Shepherd!
7th-12th graders, come join in the Fun and Connection on Wednesday nights at 7pm! Prayer, Games, and Conversation. Let’s grow together! Feel free to invite friends! Who will you invite?

Lent is forty days of journey of discipline, renewal, and new life. This year’s Lenten seasons starts on February 26th. Lenten devotion for 2020, Wondrous Love explores Jesus' journey from baptism to the cross and the empty tomb, as depicted in Matthew. We have large print and regular print available at the rack.

Ash Wednesday Joint Worship
Wednesday, February 26
1:00 pm at Lena UMC and 7:00 pm at Good Shepherd
Ash Wednesday is a solemn day of prayer that begins the season of Lent. Ash Wednesday worship service includes confession of our sin in a litany of repentance, imposition of ashes, and communion. You are welcome to join this year’s Ash Wednesday joint service with Lena UMC. Afternoon service will be at 1pm at Lena UMC, and evening service will be at 7pm at Good Shepherd. All are welcome.

Lenten Luncheon at Good Shepherd
Wednesday, March 4th at Noon
Hannah Circle is coordinating the soup and sandwich meal. We will meet at 9:00am on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 to set up and prepare the meal. If you would like to help with set-up and preparation before , or clean-up after the meal, or both, please contact Rene’ Johnson at 815-369-2818 or just show up. We welcome all who would like to participate. Come and enjoy a Lenten Message along with soup and a sandwich.

Le-Win Ministerial Association
Lenten Lunches
Theme: Pictures of Bread

February 26 at Lena UMC (hosted by Lena UMC/McConnell UMC)
March 4 at Good Shepherd
March 11 at Lena E-Free
March 18 at Synergy Church (hosted by Synergy/Beloved)
March 25 at St. John’s
April 1 at St. Joseph
April 8 at Lena UMC (hosted by Salem UCC)

Luncheon starts at 12pm. It’s free and everyone is welcome. *Freewill offering will be accepted at the luncheon.

Food Pantry Volunteers Needed
Good Shepherd helps at the Food Pantry on 4th Saturday of the even months. Feeding the people is an important ministry. If you can help this year, please put your names and phone number in the sign-up sheet at the ramp. If you can be a sub, please let the office know. Thank you.

Hannah Circle
We will resume our Bible Study and meetings on Thursday, March 5, 2020.

Friendship Club at Good Shepherd
Second Thursday of Each Month at Noon
The Lena Friendship Club is a non-denominational club sponsored by the Lutheran Social Service of Illinois and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. The club started October 21, 1959. We meet the 2nd Thursday of each month at 12:00pm (noon) for potluck lunch and entertainment by local musicians. No dues. Free will offering only. We invite and welcome all older folks to our club for fun, food and fellowship. For more information: contact the church office. Phone: 815-369-5552 or E-mail: goodshepherdlc@mediacombb.net.

Hymn Sing at Lena Living Center
Join us the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 9:45am at the Lena Living Center for a Hymn Sing. It is a great chance to serve others by helping them find their page numbers, to encourage others, and to sing praises to God! All youth, family, and friends are invited and welcome to join in this fun, relaxing, and rewarding sing along.

Join Choirs at Good Shepherd
Choir Rehearsal Has Begun
Come and make joyful harmony to the Lord! Chimes/Bells will start next Sunday, September 15 at 5pm. If you are interested in singing and/or playing chimes/bells, talk to Janis or just show up to rehearsal.

                Youth Owl Night and Christmas Program

Lenten Devotion Book—Wondrous Love
Wondrous Love provides a devotion for each day from Ash Wednesday to the Vigil of Easter (traditionally known as Holy Saturday). Devotions begin with an evocative image and a brief passage from the Gospel of Matthew. The writers then bring their unique voices and pastoral wisdom to the Matthew texts with quotations to ponder, reflect, and prayer. (p3 Wondrous Love) Both regular print and large print editions are available at the rack.

Worship Volunteers
We are setting up the Worship Volunteer schedule for the new year starting February 2020 If you are interested in assisting in any capacity with the services, please contact the office or put a note in with your offering. New volunteers are welcome! If you have been signed up to do something in the past, you will stay on the list unless you request to be taken off. We are looking for people to do all tasks, such as: Lector, Assisting Minister, Worship Assistant, Communion Ushers, Communion Set-up and Clean-up, Communion Assistants, Greeters, Ushers, Special Music, Sound System, Video Camera and Power Point Operators. We would like to thank all the volunteers who have helped in the past. You make this church work and we really appreciate all your help.

Derinda Trinity Lutheran Chili Supper
Sunday, March 1; 4:00-7:00 pm
Come celebrate heritage and fellowship with the handmade filled noodles and homemade chili, salads, and fresh baked desserts that will be at Trinity’s annual Chili and Filled Noodle Supper. Come dine in or pick up from 4-7 pm on Sunday evening, March 1st at Trinity Lutheran Church, 8393 Derinda Road, Elizabeth, IL. Adults $8; children 5-12 $6; children under 5 eat free! There will be fun for all ages with the snack/cake walk as well! We hope to see you then!

Stirring Chai
Newsletter from the Msseemmaa ECLA Regional Representatives in East Africa is available. Included in the newsletter is a short biography about their family and when they started serving as regional representatives for the ECLA in East Africa. To read the newsletter it is posted in the library on the bulletin board.

Souper Bowl of Caring Thank you
Thank you for your donation to Souper Bowl of Caring last Sunday. We raised $152.53 (KC $58, SF $94.53). Your donation will go to Le-Win Food Pantry and Lutheran World Relief. Thank you for your support.

Devotion Books for 2020
We have new devotion books for you to start a new year! Christ in Our Homes and The Word in Season provide daily readings and prayers. Pockets has fun easy reading, puzzles, and recipes. They are free and for your spiritual growth. Pick your copy at the rack today.

Greetings from Pine Ridge Reconciling Center
(Excerpt from Fall 2019 newsletter)
The Holy Spirit is moving mightily in Pine Ridge! We have seen transitions through new staff, improving and expanding ministries, and evolving ministries. Your partnership has been an integral part of the ministry and work we have we do in Pine Ridge. Thank you for your partnership, you have blessed us.

Children & Youth ministry has grown. Kid’s Time attendance has been steadily growing, and Pre-Teen Time is for the 9-12 years meets weekly. Takoje Wachi Oyate (Grand-children’s Dance Society) continue to grow with younger children are eager to learn.

One important thing to note that our name has changed from “Retreat” to “Reconciliation” Center. As we imagined the possibilities of the ministry here in Pine Ridge, it became clear that the word “retreat” is not representative of the ministry we have been called to do. The desired overarching outcome of all our ministry efforts is one of reconciliation. It is our aspiration and hope that everything we do will help to build trust, respect, and understanding among all people so that through love we may be reconciled to God and each other.

Read the newsletter on the bulletin board  and check Facebook: facebook.com/PineRidgeReconciliationCenter/

My Friend’s Closet Thrift Store
We are dependent on volunteers and always looking for more willing hands. If you or anyone you know are interested in helping us at the store, please call Fawn Nolan at 815-369-4035 during the day. We are open 9 am to 4 pm, Monday through Saturday with extended hours on Wednesday evening until 8 p.m. We offer servant hours to students also. Check us out!

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