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?

Lena Area Lenten Luncheon Schedule
March 27th at St. Joseph, 410 W. Lena Street
April 3rd at St. John’s 625 Country Lanepril 10th
     at Lena UMC, 118 W. Mason
April 17th at Lena UMC hosted by Salem and
     Beloved Churches.
Luncheon starts at
noon followed by a short devotion. A free will offering will be accepted. All are welcome!

Mid-week Lent Supper and Service
5:30 pm Supper; 6:30 pm Worship
This year’s mid-week Lenten service will be on Psalms. We will use Lenten devotion book, Lasting Hope to deepen our prayers and faith journeys. No preparation is required. Come and center our hearts in God together. Supper starts at 5:30pm, and the service starts at 6:30pm.

Lenten Devotion Books

There are two Lenten devotion books this year. One is "Lasting Hope: Devotion for Lent 2019" which contains daily readings which is accompanied by a photo, a quote to ponder, a reflection, and a prayer. This accessible and colorful format makes it easy to incorporate a simple Christian observance into your Lenten journey. The other is "Lenten Study Guide: ELCA World Hunger’s 40 days of Giving" which contains short weekly readings with questions for reflection of conversation. Each sessions draw on stories from projects supported by ELCA World Hunger and each questions help deepen our Lenten journey by reflecting on what the Lenten practice of repentance, prayer and fasting, sacrificial giving and works love means for us today. Both are available at the rack.

It is time to order Easter Lilies
Lilies will be $12.00 per plant and can be ordered by using the envelopes provided in the pews. Please place them in the offering plate or you can drop them off at the church office. Orders must be in by April 7th. Lilies may be picked up after the 9:30 am Easter Sunday Service

Scholarship Applications
can be picked up at the church office starting April 1st. Applications must be filled out and returned by April 30th

Rocky Boy Indian Reservation Servant Immersion Trip
August 24-31, 2018; Box Elder, MT
Imagine learning and experiencing the history and culture of the Chippewa Cree including bead work, dancing and drumming. Imagine visiting and archeological dig and buffalo jump, a historical battlefield or a Lewis and Clark interpretative center. You can do this and more when participating in a cross-cultural exchange experience coordinated by Women of the ELCA.

The next cross-cultural servant/immersion experience will take place August 24th-31st, 2019, on the Rocky Boy Reservation of the Chippewa Cree Tribe in Box Elder, Montana. The host congregation, Our Savior's Lutheran Church, has been working with the people of the Chippewa Cree Tribe since the early 1920’s. Registration is $375 and includes most meals, sleeping accommodations and activity fees. Men are also welcome to join the trip. For additional information, contact the church office at 815-369-5552 or goodshepherdlc@mediacombb.net.

Friendship Club at Good Shepherd
Second Thursday of Each Month at Noon
This outreach program sponsored by Good Shepherd has been serving seniors in the Lena community for over 30 years. Join us! Visit with friends, eat delicious food, and enjoy great programs planned by Fern Harnish. It is a potluck meal, but you can just come.

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.

Christmas Parade and Advent Fun

Bluegrass Gospel Concert
Nora Community Baptist Church
Saturday, April 6th at 7:00 pm
Featured performers will be "The Hunt Family Band" from Kansas City, Missouri and "Bluegrass Express" from Stockton, Illinois. There is no admission charge for this event and the public is invited to attend, a free will offering will be collected. Nora Community Baptist Church is located at the corner of Main & Chestnut Streets, just off Stagecoach Trail in Nora, IL. For more information, please call 815-297-5540 or 815-947-9110.

Tyler’s Justice Center
Saturday, April 6th;  5:00-8:00 pm
Freeport Masonic Temple from

Fund Raising Event Tyler’s Justice Center for Children will be holding their Fifth Annual Men Who Cook fundraiser on  Tickets may be purchased ahead of time for $20.00 or at the door for $25.00, children under 12 are free. There will also be a silent auction, raffles and plenty to eat. Local men will be preparing bite sized samples of their favorite dishes. For more ticket information please contact Missy Lyons or Kendra Mosley at Tyler’s Justice Center at 815-947-6030

Stephen Ministry – Learning About Active Listening Skills Workshop
March 23; 9am-1pm; Rockford
Stephen Ministry is a lay led ministry for caring for God’s children through listening and praying. There will be an introductory workshop at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Rockford on Saturday, March 23rd from 9am-1pm. We would like to go as a group (We need at least 4 people.). If you are interested, please contact the church office by Monday, March 18th so that you will be registered.

The Art of Healing
Art Reception featuring Mia Rudolph will be held Thursday,
March 21st from 5:00pm-6:30pm at the Freeport Branch of Monroe Clinic at 1301 S. Kiwanis Drive, Freeport, IL. Refreshments will be served. Gallery Talk will be at 5:45pm. Ms. Rudolph studied art at Western Illinois University, later studies nursing and art at Highland Community College. She and her husband Charles reside in Freeport with their three young daughters.

Installation Service at Prince of Peace
The Rev. Karen E. Tews has been called to serve as pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. She will be installed on
Sunday, March 24th at 2:00pm. The Rev. Jeffery Clements, Bishop of the Northern Illinois Synod will preside. All are invited, reception immediately following service in Fellowship Hall.

Spring Choral Concert
Highland Community College and Ferguson Fine Arts Center will be presenting their Spring Choral Concert, Sunday,
March 31st at 3:00pm in the Fine Arts Center, 2998 W. Pearl City Road, Freeport, IL. Come listen to classic and traditional melodies preformed by the Chorale, Chamber and Youth Choir. The show will feature music by George Gershwin, George Frideric Handel, Stephen Lawrence and more. For more information visit highland.edu/box office or call 815-599-3718

Monroe Clinic Heal Grief & Education Group
Each Wednesday, February 27-April 3; 10:00-11:30am
Heal grief and education group offers sessions to anyone 18 yrs. and older who have experienced the death of someone special. Learn about the grieving process and ideas for coping and healing in a safe and supportive setting. Meetings will take place at St. Camillus Center, 2101 6th Street, Monroe, WI. There is no cost to attend, space is limited. To register or express interest in attending please call 608-324-1230 or 1-800-367-8406

Choir & Chime Rehearsals
Choir rehearsals are Sundays at 11am in the sanctuary.
Chime choir rehearsals are on Sundays at 5pm. Make a joyful noise in harmony to praise God! Come and join!

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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