Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School 10:45 a.m.

118 East Mason Street
Lena, IL 61048



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

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

Holy Week & Easter Worship
Maundy Thursday Worship: March 29th at 7:00 pm
Good Friday Worship: March 30th at 7:00 pm
Easter Worship: April 1st
    Sunrise Service at 7:00 am
    Easter Breakfast at 8:00 am
    Easter Festival Service at 9:30 am

Devotions for Lent Booklets
We have two Lenten devotion for this year. You Are the Way is a daily devotion which explores “I am” statements in the Gospel of John. Another one is Faces of Christ which explore Christ in global perspectives. Both are available at all entrances.

“Souper Bowl of Caring”
The Youth Group of Good Shepherd would like to thank all worshippers who donated to the Souper Bowl Sunday, on Feb 4th, $246.82 was collected. 100% of the offering goes directly to the agencies designated. 50% of the funds directly to the Lena-Win Food Pantry and 50% to the Lutheran World Relief Hunger Appeal. Thank You!

ELCA National Youth Gathering Houston, TX
June 27-July 1, 2018
2018 is a Youth Gathering year. We are going to Houston, TX to love and serve God and our neighbor. The theme of the gathering is “This Changes Everything” which is based on Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” The Youth gathering provides wonderful opportunities for youth and adults to grow their faiths in Jesus Christ. It is open to 8th to 12th graders at the time of registration and for adult leaders, the person must be 21 years old or older. If you or someone you know are interested, please talk to Pr. Miho. Regular registration will close on February 15th (late registration will be closed on May 15). Come an Join!

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.

Lena Area Church Cooperative
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.

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