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February 23, 2020

Pictorial Directory!

When was the last time you had a family portrait taken?

Where everyone knows your name

Be a part of the new Good Shepherd Lutheran Church directory as

we strive to create an even more welcoming community

Photograph Dates

March 23rd - 24th; April 14th - 18th; April 20th - 23rd;

and April 30th - May 2nd

You are Invited to participate in our upcoming pictorial directory. All families will receive a free 8x10 portrait and church pictorial directory. All pictures will be taken in the Fellowship Hall. To reserve a picture date just go to our online signup link on our website (www.goodshepherdcollinsville.org) or click the Special Events button on our app. We will also have paper signup in the narthex or call the church office for assistance (344-3151). 

*If your spouse is not a member, or if you just worship with us and have not yet become a member, you’re more than welcome to be part of our directory.

Don‚Äôt miss the Weekly Announcements in the narthex! You can also find them on our app ‚Äď Just search for Good Shepherd Collinsville.

Bible Study for All Ages 9:15-10:15

Children Jesus Feeds the 5,000  PS-K in the Tracks Area. Grades 1-6 in the School Cafeteria. 2-Year Olds and Parents are in the room behind the cafeteria talking about Timothy Learns About God.

Youth (7th-HS)  Acts of the Apostles  In the Youth Room, led by DCE Westphal. 

Adults 1 Samuel 11-15Saul Is Rejected as King of Israel in the Lower Level with Pastor Walther. 

 Matthew in the sanctuary with Pastor Adle. 

Ash Wednesday Worship

February 26th 4:30 & 7:00 p.m.

 

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This year we will focus on the Passion of Jesus in our midweek Lenten services. Between each service (4:30-5:30) we will have a Lenten Supper in the Lower Level (free will offering). 

Good Shepherd Lutheran School Foundation Fund

     On November 24th, 2019, I reported to the Congregation Assembly Meeting our intent to open a new fund for our school. This came out of the committee that has been looking on ways for our school to continue operating efficiently well into the future. Many organizations have endowment accounts for members to contribute and help keep these organizations funded both now and in the future. 

     Currently our church has an endowment fund where money has been given for the benefit of both the church and the school. By starting a Foundation Account specifically for the benefit of the school, we can reach a wider group of contributors that may not consider contributing to our Church Endowment fund but would contribute to the School Fund. Also, employers of our church members and non-member school parents may work for companies that would consider matching contributions they make to the new School Fund. 

     At the November 24th meeting, it was decided that the council would continue working out funding options and we would call a special Congregation Meeting to vote on the approval of the new Good Shepherd Lutheran School Foundation Fund. This special Congregation Meeting will be held on Sunday, February 23rd at 11:30 a.m. Prior to that meeting, you may contact the church office for formal documents that would detail the Foundation Fund and its bylaws. You may also reach out to me if you have any questions prior to that meeting.  Wally Streuter, Chairman of the Tuition Review Committee

Blood Pressure will be taken Sunday, March 1, following the 8 a.m. service in the connecting hall way.

If You Are Shopping for Hospice for a loved one, Lutherans for Life has suggested questions to ask the agency before making a decision. Copies of What Should I Ask, a list of questions, is located on the table in the narthex.

2020 Flower Chart ‚ÄstThe flower chart for 2020 is on the bulletin board.¬†The cost for flowers is $40/vase.¬†Please sign up at your convenience.

Palms ‚Äď Please call the church office at 344-3151 if you would like to sponsor the palms for a month in 2020.¬† The cost is $40 per month.

Employment Opportunities - Preschool aids immediate openings, please contact rnobbe@gslcs.org or gsls1@hotmail.com, for more details.

Good Shepherd Lutheran School Scholarships

    We encourage our members interested in sending their children to Good Shepherd Lutheran School to apply for a scholarship. Our goal is to provide Christian education by following the Biblical principle of tithing. Families with children in our school can consider their tuition as their offering. Any educational costs above ten percent of family income we will cover with scholarships. We also consider additional help for families that are not yet able to give at the ten percent level or have special needs. To apply for a scholarship, please follow these steps:

1. Go to the homepage of the school website and complete the application for admittance. 

2. When you apply for a scholarship, select ‚ÄúLutheran Elementary School Association (LESA) Building Blocks Scholarships‚ÄĚ on the application. (Some of our scholarship funds come from LESA.)

3. Good Shepherd will waive the $35 application fee.  Contact Marty Hoffman (344-3151) for the waiver.

4. Please be sure to explain any special circumstances that you might have about your financial situation on the application. 

5. Please complete the scholarship application with all documentation prior to March 30th.

Help Save Lives ‚Äď Forty Days of Life - We will join the ranks of one million in 816 cities across 61 nations for this peaceful, life-saving campaign.¬† With God's help, 40 Days for Life has witnessed 16,742 babies saved from abortion.¬† Good Shepherd will stand in prayer on Saturday, Mar 21, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., at Planned Parenthood Fairview Heights, 317 Salem P, Fairview Heights IL.¬† Please volunteer for a 2 hour time slot.¬† Use the app or sign up at Bible Class on the 16th.¬†

Save the Date - Saturday, March 28 for the 36th Annual Good Shepherd Lutheran School Dinner Auction.  Please join us once again at Columbus Plaza in Collinsville for a fun night of dinner and fundraising for Good Shepherd Lutheran School.  You can fill out a reservation form available on the table in the Narthex.  You can also find the form with the Events button on our app. We are still accepting donations but need to have everything by Monday, March 16.

Papa John's Pizza Night on Monday, February 24 in support of Good Shepherd Lutheran School. Flyers are on the table in the narthex. Thank you.

Metro-East Lutheran High School (MELHS)is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Any new students (freshman or transfer) interested in seeking enrollment at MELHS can go to the school website at www.melhs.org and download the admission and enrollment packet or contact the school office at 618-656-0043. If you have additional questions, please contact Dr. Jay Krause, Principal, at       jay.krause@melhs.org. Come be a part of this dynamic ministry in 2020!

Metro East Lutheran High School is looking for an Assistant Baseball Coach for the upcoming Spring Season. We are looking for an individual that has had previous coaching experience working with youth or High School aged students, and would like to become a part of our growing baseball program. If interested, Please send a coaching resume to Matt Pomerantz at m.pomerantz33@gmail.com  

Collinsville Women’s Club’s The Empty Bowl is an opportunity to support the Collinsville Food Pantry. The Empty Bowl will be held on Ash Wednesday, February 26 (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) at the Gateway Convention Center in Collinsville.  Purchase a $10 ticket at the door and enjoy a simple soup meal featuring more than forty meat and meatless soups.  Pies and carry-outs will also be available. 

Unity Lutheran School, East St. Louis, is currently accepting names of candidates for the position of Assistant Principal. The primary purpose of the position is to assist the school principal in overall administration of instructional programs, school operations, and development/financial strategies. Qualifications include being a member in good standing of an LCMS congregation, a minimum of a B.S. or B.A. Degree, and classroom teaching experience of three years. A Commissioned Minister of the LCMS is preferred.  Candidate names or resumes may be sent to Rev. Aaron Dickerson at aaron-dickerson@att.net.   

We Are Looking For volunteers from Good Shepherd to drive & deliver meals for Meals on Wheels.  Deliveries are from 9:30 till 11:00 a.m.  Our church is responsible for 6 weeks of the year. We rotate about every three months. If you can help, even as a periodic substitute, please call Rochelle Meyer at 618-978-4474.

Issues Etc.   This week's topics include: The Book of 1 Thessalonians, "Love" in the New Testament, The Season of Lent, Jesus Feeds Five Thousand and more. You can tune in live weekdays from 3-5 p.m. on KFUO, 850 AM in St. Louis.  You can also listen at your convenience at www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.

Beta Sigma Psi, a Lutheran Fraternity, is offering a $3,000 scholarship to a Lutheran male freshman attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Fall 2020. There is no obligation to join Beta Sigma Psi or be related to a member of the fraternity to receive this award. Runner-ups may be eligible for $500. Our scholarship application may be found online at https://forms.gle/w1ozhFanY4KeBFLbA. All applications are due March 20th, 2020. The Beta Sigma Psi Educational Foundation also offers additional scholarship and grant opportunities for members of the Lutheran community. These opportunities can be found here https://www.betasigmapsi.org/scholarships-for-high-school-students/

Do You Have A Savings Or Investment Account that you started years ago and have sort of forgotten about?   You have found that you really don’t need the money in your life.  Have you ever considered changing the beneficiary designation on that account so that when the Lord calls you home, that hidden asset will support ministry?  Your LCMS Foundation Gift Planning Counselor can help.  Contact Scott Radden, LCMS Foundation Gift Planning Counselor at (618) 977-4049 or Scott.Radden@lfnd.org for assistance.

Zion Lutheran Church, 1301 N. State St., Litchfield, Sausage Dinner, Sunday, March 8 from noon-6:00 p.m. in the gym.  More information posted.

Fish Fry at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 460 Church St., Livingston, IL every Friday, February 28th¬† - April 3rd from 4:30 p.m. ‚Äď 7:00 p.m.¬† More information posted.

Individual Confession and Absolution… Pastor Walther and Pastor Adle are available before the Evening Prayer Services or at other times. Please schedule by email (michaelpwalther@gmail.com or sadle@gslcs.org). See page 292 in the hymnal for the service that we use.

Adult Choir Rehearsals continue in the church balcony, Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. No spare time Wednesday nights? Contact Zach Stegman at zstegman@gslcs.org or 618-344-3153 for alternate ways to learn the music for Sundays.

Are You Looking for A Fun, Fulfilling Way to spend your Tuesday evenings? Please consider joining the Handbell Choir. We practice from 6:45 - 8:00 p.m. in the balcony. No experience is necessary and it is a fun, beautiful way to praise God. Please contact Cheryl Urban (618-407-0867) for information.

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Register for the Website¬†‚Äď www.goodshepherdcollinsville.org is designed to be very interactive and to give users many ways to interact with one another. By registering you will have access to the member and friends roster and to special member only pages. To register for the website, we just need your preferred email. You can send that email to¬†jsimpson@gslcs.org. After you are registered, you will receive an email and can log-in by creating your own password.¬†¬†

Travel Group ‚Äď You are invited to join Pastor Gary Byers & his wife, Kathy as they travel with Lutherans from several area congregations to seven countries in the heart of northern Europe on a small expedition vessel (170 passengers).¬† Jewels of Scandinavia & the Baltics, June 26 ‚Äď July 11, 2021, will offer you exciting new experiences every day, including following the Solidarity Route in Gdansk, Poland, viewing the art of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, viewing Copenhagen, Denmark from a canal boat & listening to a pipe organ concert in Riga, Latvia.¬† Details of this adventure can be seen at¬†www.vantagetravel.com/ECS21.¬† For questions contact Pastor Byers at 618-920-8827 or¬†kmbpastels@aol.com.¬† Booking early is recommended.

                                              

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