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?

Photo Directory is HERE!
New photo directory is available for pick up. Contact the church office if you would like one to be mailed to you. Thank you.

Christmas Program at Good Shepherd
Sunday December 16th 2017 at 9:30am
“Ornaments of Christmas”

Join us for a festive worship service led by our children and youth.

Christmas is Coming
Sunday, December 16
   
9:30 am Children’s Christmas Program
     “Ornaments of Christmas”
Friday/Saturday, December 21-22
  
5:30 pm-9:30am Youth OWL Night
Monday, December 24 -
   5:00 pm Family Christmas Eve Service
      Hear the puppets tell a Christmas story, the service
      will end with the singing of Silent Night with
      candle light.
   7:30 pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
      Worship Service filled with music and light.
Tuesday, December 25
  
9:30 am Christmas Day Service
     Lessons & Carols from around the World
Sunday December 30
  
9:30 am Blue Christmas Service
      Not all Christmas is jolly and cheerful, we experience
      loss and darkness. Blue Christmas service offers quiet
      and reflective moments with scripture readings,
      songs and communion.

Goodie Bags For Christmas Program Participants
Please consider donating by signing up on the bulletin board at end of ramp. We need them by December 15th. Thank You So Much!

GSLC at the Food Pantry
Good Shepherd volunteers at the food pantry on the 4th Saturday of each month. The hours are from 8:30 until 11:30. There is a signup sheet by the bulletin board, so please let us know if you are able to volunteer or be a sub. If you have any questions, please contact Shirley Fox or Mary Lloyd. Thank you! Mark 6:37 But Jesus said, “You feed them.”

Sock Drive for Le-Win Elementary School
Good Shepherd is having a Sock Drive this winter. Our collection goes to Le-Win Elementary School to help children keep their feet warm with our love. There will be a collection box near the church office. Please bring NEW comfortable socks for children. We will collect until January 7th, 2019.

Thankofferings
WELCA will be collecting Thankofferings at November and December meetings.

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.

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!

Let Us Know
If youth or adults in Good Shepherd family are involved in activities which the public is invited, please provide a schedule to the church office by Tuesday morning so that we can include in the following Sunday’s bulletin.

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.

LYO June 2015
Lutheran Youth Organization (LYO) With Christian Rock Band “Lasting Hope” At Youth Synod Assembly June 18 & 19 Augustana College in Rock Island.

Angel Tree
Lena Area Church Cooperative
Return Gifts by December 16

The Angel tree will be put up in the fellowship hall as soon as we receive the Angels. Hopefully we will receive them sometime before Thanksgiving. Each angel represents a child or adult from a family in need this holiday season and contains their wish list for Christmas. If you would like to sponsor a child or adult, please take an angel (top card), fill out the information card attached (leave that here), and return your gift(s) to the church by December 16th, with the top angel attached to it. Please make sure that if you have multiple packages, that they are all marked or tied together.

Youth OWL Night
December 21, 5:30 pm to December 22, 9:00 am
Join us for fun evening at Good Shepherd. OWL night will be . All night activities include Christmas caroling, night hike, ginger house making, games and service project. You may come for part of the night. Door is open all night. If you have questions, talk to Kristy or Pr. Miho.

Consider Alternative Giving this Christmas
Celebrate Giving with ELCA Good Gifts
Make a difference in the world as you give gifts to loved ones this Christmas. In lieu of traditional gifts, consider supporting meaningful projects of the ELCA in honor of friends and loved ones through ELCA Good Gifts, ELCA Disaster Relief, or God’s Global Barnyard. Honor friends and loved ones with gifts that grow the church, fight hunger, and transform lives. Check out the bulletin board outside the fellowship hall for more ideas!

Post Partum Depression Support Group
This group will meet December 17th from 5:30pm-7:00 pm at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Lena, IL. The group meets every third Monday at St. Johns. Child care is provided.

Holiday Breakfast at Coaches Golf and Grill
No One Eats Alone Holiday Breakfast! Thursday December 20th from 7:00 am-10:30 am
The holidays should be a time to rejoice and celebrate. Steve and Andrea Magee invite families and individuals living in Lena to join in a free holiday meal. This is for anyone wishing to spread some holiday spirit and in appreciation for all of our “regulars”. We would not be successful without you.

Annual Reports Are Due December 29, 2018
Annual reports are required for each committee and organization of the congregation. These reports are assembled and made available to the congregation members prior to the meeting. The reports are the responsibility of the chairperson or officers. If possible, please type up the report and email it to goodshepherdlc@mediacombb.net or GoodShepherdLena@outlook.com in Word format.

Opportunity to Minister, January 13
Would you like to be involved? Please consider volunteering at Rockford Rescue Mission on Sunday, January 13th after service. For more information about Rockford Rescue Mission, go to their web site under the “Give Help” tab or contact Sue Diddens. Must be over 12 to volunteer.

Need of a Ride to Church on Sunday?

We love worshipping with you, and we want to help make sure you can get here to join us! If you need a ride, or if you are interested in being added to this list of available drivers, please contact the church office at 369-5552

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!

Food Pantry Volunteers
Good Shepherd volunteers at the food pantry on the 4th Saturday of each month. The hours are from 8:30 until 11:30. We are putting together the schedule for 2018, so please let us know if you are able to volunteer or be a sub. If you have any questions, please contact Shirley Fox or Mary Lloyd. Thank you!
Mark 6:37 But Jesus said, “You feed them.”

     
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