Worship:
Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School 10:45 a.m.
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118 East Mason Street
Lena, IL 61048
goodshepherdlc@mediacombb.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

Order Poinsettias for Christmas!
Please Order by December 10
Poinsettias are $10 each. Click here to download an order form.


Annual Reports Due December 29, 2017
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 offices. If possible, please type up the report and email it to goodshepherdlc@mediacombb.net or GoodShepherdLena@outlook.com in Word format.


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.

Angels Wanted
Do you have angels in your house? Would you mind sharing your angels to decorate Good Shepherd during Advent and Christmas? It can be a picture of angels, dolls, quilts, artwork, poem, crafts, statues or anything with angels in it please helps us fill Good Shepherd with angels.

Lena Area Church Cooperative
A big thank you to all who donated for the Thanksgiving food baskets! Baskets were delivered on November 20th by members and volunteers of the LACC. We appreciate your support greatly.


Angel Tree: Gifts are Due Sunday, December 17!  The Angel tree is up in the fellowship hall and gifts will be due back to Good Shepherd by the end of service, Sunday, December 17th. If you take an angel (top card), fill out the information card attached (leave it here), and return your gift(s) to the church with the top angel attached to it. Please make sure that if you have multiple packages, that they are all marked or tied together.

Monetary donations are always accepted for all projects. Checks can be made payable to the Lena Area Church Cooperative or LACC. Checks can be given to either Shirley Fox or to Mary Lloyd. If you would prefer, checks can also be mailed to the LACC, PO Box 5, Lena IL 61048.

Advent & Christmas Worship
During Advent we light candles to remember the light coming to us in the world of darkness. Children and their family will lead us in prayers and lighting the advent candle every week. We hope to see you at worship services.
December 3 Jesus proclaims a hope of his coming.
December 10 A voice in the wilderness “prepare the way of the Lord.”
December 17 Christmas Program
Children will lead us in worship through songs and skit.
December 24 Angel came to Mary to announce the birth of the Savior.
December 24 Christmas Eve Candle Light Service 7:30pm Lessons and Carols.
December 25 Christmas Day Service 9:30am
We will reflect a Christmas story through Martin Luther’s hymn, “From Heaven Above” (ELW 268)
December 31 Christmas 1 Services of music and stories—Our Christmas Stories

   
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