Worship:
Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School 10:45 a.m.
     September-May


118 East Mason Street
Lena, IL 61048
goodshepherdlc@mediacombb.net
815-369-5552



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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?

Go and Cheer!
We, as the Good Shepherd family, will go and cheer our members! Here is the schedule in September:
November 8th (Friday)
     Band & Orchestra Concert
     @ Highland Community College, 7pm
November 8th (Friday) and (Saturday) November 9th
     Fall Play “A Suessified Pride and Prejudice”
     @ Le-Win, 7:30pm.
November 25 (Monday)
     Jr. High Boys Basketball game @ Lena,
     5:30pm/6:30pm
December 2 (Monday)
     Jr. High Boys Basketball game @ Pearl City, 5:30pm
December 8 (Sunday)
     HCC Choral & Youth Holiday Concert @ Highland, 2pm
If you know upcoming games/meet/concert/etc., please let the church office know.

Collection for the Veterans
In the month of November Lena Lions is collecting gloves, socks, stocking caps, and scarves for the veterans in our area. Collection box is in the Washington Street entrance. Help our veterans those who have served.

Christ the King HAT Sunday: Nov. 24
Wear your hat to the church on Christ the King Sunday, November 24th.

Looking for Favorite Christmas Carols for Christmas Services
Want to sing more Christmas carols? We have 5 Christmas worship services (Dec. 24, 25, 29,January 5) this year. You can help to plan! Please submit your favorite Christmas carols to the church office (or place it in the offering plate) by November 3. Submit the name of the carol, hymn number and hymnal: ELW or WOV.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Christmas Parade and Advent Fun

Lena Area Church Cooperative Thanksgiving Baskets: Now Accepting Monetary Donations
Last year the LACC handed out 51 baskets to families and individuals in need. We are planning for 55+for this year. The LACC is able to purchase food baskets for $16.00each from the Northern Illinois Food Bank. There is a table in the fellowship hall with a basket for your monetary donations now through November 24. Questions? Please contact Shirley Fox or Mary Lloyd. Thank you! “If you can't feed a hundred people, feed just one.” Mother Teresa

Order Poinsettias for Christmas!
Click here to download the order form.

Christmas Program at Good Shepherd
Sunday, December 15th 2019 at 9:30am
Join us for festive worship led by our children and youth.

GSLC in Downtown Lena
Helper & Riders Needed! Friday December 6; 6:00 pm
Interested? Contact Kristy or Pr. Miho.

Waiting for Jesus Through Advent
Advent starts on December 1st. As you wait for Jesus during Advent, you may try the "Nearness Advent Study 2019" and/or an Advent calendar. Both are resources from ELCA World Hunger and will be available in church.

A Journey through Addiction and Recovery
On Friday, November 8th, from 6:00pm-8:00pm
Monroe Clinic will present Vicar Michelle Knight. She will tell her own story of addiction and recovery. She has begun sharing her testimony of God’s redemptive work in her own life as a recovering alcoholic/addict along with practical tips for clergy and congregations in providing non-judgmental spaces for spiritual care and accompaniment to thos who suffer from addiction. Presentation will be at Stephenson County Farm Bureau, 210 W. Spring Street, Freeport. Light snacks will be served. Please RSVP to Stephanie Farrar at 608-324-1512

Fall Craft & Antique Show
Saturday, November 9th
Harmony United Methodist Church of Freeport will have their 60th annual Fall Craft and Antique Show from 9:00am-2:00pm at UMC, 2600 W. Pearl City Road. Free admission, a variety of exhibitors along with door prizes, lunch stand and bake sale.

NIS 2019 Fall Gatherings
Bishop Jeffrey Clements invites you to one of three gatherings around the synod this fall to join in a continuing conversation together about the synod’s new mission statement and corresponding synod goals. Your input is vital as we discern how we will best walk together and live out this mission and these goals at the synod level and in your congregations.
•  Sunday, November 17, 2019,at New Life Lutheran
    Church, Bolingbrook, 2:00-3:30 pm

Please Pray for Our Friends in Pine Ridge
From Pastor Kay (facebook.com/PineRidgeRetreatCenter)
Hello Friends,
We need your help! The Lutheran/Lakota Job Corps has expanded and is vital to the ministry of the Pine Ridge Retreat Center. Employing them has allowed the ministry to thrive! They are an integral part of everything from Kids' Time to sandwich making, upkeep of the Center, as well as service projects in the community. If you are wondering how you can help the Lakota People, the Job Corps is a great opportunity. You can send your donations to the Pine Ridge Retreat Center at PO Box 862, Pine Ridge, SD 57770, please designate "Job Corps" in the memo. We are blessed to have you as partners in this very important ministry!
Please check their Facebook page (click here) and continue to pray for our siblings in Pine Ridge.

Pine Ridge Retreat Center
Check out their new video and cover photo on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PineRidgeRetreatCenter.

     
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