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


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



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Good Shepherd Lutheran 160th Anniversary Celebration
160th Anniversary
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Pastoral Visits & Pastoral Care
Contact Pastor Miho at 815-821-9570 or the Church Office at 815-369-5552
Would you like Pastor Miho to visit your home or would you like to set up a time to talk to Pastor, please contact the church office and/or Pr Miho. If you or someone you know is ill, hospitalized, or in need of pastoral care; please call Pastor Miho. Due to confidentiality policies, many of our healthcare institutions do not inform us when a member is sick or in need. It is a joy and an honor to journey with you to pray with and for you. Thank you!

Flower Calendar
The flower calendar is posted by the north entryway to the sanctuary. Sign up for the Sunday of your choice and indicate if this is for a special occasion or in memory of someone, or call the church office the week prior so it is noted in the bulletin.

Piece Corps Quilters
Join us Wednesdays from 8:00 to 11:30 am
The Piece Corps Quilters made 575 quilts this year: Quilts went to Lutheran World Relief, St. Vincent DePaul in Monroe, and 15 quilts were sent with the Mission Trip to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Indian Reservation in South Dakota and 40 quilts were given to local families in need.
 
Prayer Chain
If you have a request for the Prayer Chain: Please call the Church Office at 815-369-5552. We lift up loved ones in assisted-living facilities/ nursing homes, homebound, etc. in prayer. They would love to hear from you, consider visiting, calling, or sending them a note. Call the church office for information.

New Babies
If there is a birth within the Good Shepherd church family, please call the church office at 815-369-5552 with all family information. We want to share in the celebration by placing a rose on the altar and announcing it in the bulletin.

In Need of a Ride to Church on Sunday?
There are several people willing to provide rides to worship. We love worshipping with you, and we want to help make sure you can get here to join us! If you need a ride, please contact the church office for a list of drivers (369-5552). If you are interested in being added to this list of available drivers, please contact the church office at 369-5552.

Check us out on Facebook!
Please check our Facebook page www.facebook.com/GSLCLenaIL/ and share with your friends.

God’s Global Barnyard
Sunday School offerings this fall will go towards ELCA’s God’s Global Barnyard. All of the animals in God’s Global Barnyard help families who are poor and hungry throughout the world. Sunday School children are also gathering coins and bills in their “barns” throughout the week. If you want to join in the fun with your own barn or ELCA World Hunger coin bank, contact the church office at 815-369-5552. God’s Global Barnyard is a part of ELCA World Hunger.

Diakonia Program
The Northern Illinois Synod DiakoniaTM Program is in the process of recruiting participants for the fall 2017 DiakoniaTM is an exciting opportunity which provides a spiritual journey to lay individuals who wish to become more involved in their church or who want to better understand their faith. DiakoniaTM meets once each week during the school year for two years. Individuals are joined by other students and pastors around the Synod to talk about the Bible, Christian Doctrine, Christian Ethics, Church and Society and other topics. We currently have five active locations but are willing to open others if there is an interest in specific geographic areas such as Freeport. Nancy Lillevold is a graduate of diakoniaTM and would be happy to share her experience with you. If you are interested in learning more about this program contact her at nancruth@comcast.net or by calling 1-815-541-0579.

Summer 2017 Mission Trip to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
Thank you for your prayers and support!

Summer Picnic 2017
Church Summer Picnic, 2017

All Saints Sunday, November 5
Worship at 9:30 am
We will remember each “Saint” or loved one that died since November last year. A carnation will be placed on the altar in a bud vase and a family member may take it home after the service. Also, the name of each will be read during a prayer. If you have loved ones who died in the past year and you would like them remembered in this way, please call the church office at (815)-369-5552 and leave the information

Updates on the Stubbs Family
See the bulletin board for an updated newsletter from the Stubbs’ family and you can also link to the Caring Bridge page for updates on Carol Stubbs at https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/love4carolstubbs.
Tanzanian Missionary Carol Stubbs Battling Cancer
After being hospitalized in Pretoria, South Africa, Carol has returned to the US and is hospitalized in Milwaukee, WI. She has been diagnosed with Plasma Cell Leukemia with many complications. For more information, see updates on the Caring Bridge site at https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/love4carolstubbs. For more details, see the article in the May issue of the newsletter. Click here.

Piece Corp Quilts go to Texas!
Sullivan’s sent a semi-truck of donated food and cleaning supplies to Texas for Hurricane Harvey victims. When Piece Corp heard of this effort, the Lena Sullivan’s Manager Randy was asked if we could send some quilts on their truck. They were happy to take our quilts. Piece Corps sent 209 quilts, 13 large bath towels and 25 hand towels and bath mats. All the items reached Texas on September 10th, and were unloaded the next day. We are thankful for all the wonderful people in our community and being able to share God’s Love and with those in Texas.

Piece Corps Quilts
This year Piece Corps made over 650 quilts for distribution here in our community and by Lutheran World Relief (LWR) overseas. Quilts were also taken to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation by the Mission Trip Team, Hurricane Harvey, St Vincent in Monroe WI and local people in need. We would like to particularly recognize and thank our summer helpers-Krista Keene and Anna Patterson, who spent their Wednesday mornings with us all summer. There are so many people who help make this ministry possible: the sewers, fabric cutters, fabric batting, thread and money, and finally – those who pack-up and transport the quilts to Monroe, WI. and load them on the semi so they get to the people who need them. But most of all, we thank God that He has given us Work to do that impacts so many others. We will never know all the people who benefit from our quilts; but we know God’s Love and Work is never done: and so each year we strive to do our best. If you know of a group or someone that needs a quilt please contact the Piece Corp Shirley Fox (815)369-5514 or call the church office at (815)369-5552. For all these Blessings and People with Busy Hands and Generous Hearts, we are Truly Thankful !

Lutheran Disaster Response Hurricane Harvey
Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast of the United States on Aug. 25, 2017, and was one of the most catastrophic storms to hit the country in more than a decade. Lutheran Disaster Response’s affiliate is actively present collaborating with community leaders and officials to initiate the proper response, particularly the long-term recovery efforts. Together we have a strong history of working with disasters in the Gulf Coast area. The road to recovery will be long and Lutheran Disaster Response will be there to accompany those affected through every phase of this disaster. We invite you to stand by our neighbors on the Gulf Coast during this time. Your gifts ensure that our church will be able to provide help and hope for those left homeless or otherwise affected by this disaster for years to come. Gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response designated for “Hurricane Response-United States” will be used entirely (100 percent) for this disaster until response is complete. Together, we can help provide immediate and long-lasting support. Give today to support the needs in this response and more like it. Lutheran Disaster Response Forms are available at both entrances

New Sanctuary Roof
Take a look at our new roof over the Sanctuary. It looks really good and matches the roof over the Education wing. The Property Committee and the Church Council want to thank everyone that contributed to the Roof Fund. With all of your help and using some of our Interest Funds we have completed this project. Enhancements to our Church and Church repairs have been in the planning stages for some time. We are excited that the roof is fixed. We look forward to other projects coming in the near future.  Again, Thank You, for your support. God’s Blessings to All, Denny Luke, Council President


   
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