Dear friends at Good Shepherd,
I hope you had a wonderful and joyous Easter season as we celebrated the resurrection of our Lord! Hopefully, we have finally escaped the fickle weather and are in full swing with Spring. As usual, we have a lot going on in Outreach and I wanted to take a quick moment to pass along some of our highlights.
Shout outs and Accolades:
First, let me say thank you to all who helped make the Good Shepherd Garden a reality. The beds are built, the plants are in, and now we pray for good fortune as we wait to reap our harvest. There is still plenty of work to be done throughout the season so be on the lookout for future “tending” days to be announced as needed. A special shout out goes to Pops Landscaping for donating the soil and Sue Pence and Sharon Bost for coming up with the winning name for our space, GARDEN OF GRACE.
I also want to thank everyone who participated in our “Change The World” Spare Coin Collection campaign during the Lenten season. We collected a huge chunk of change to give to the ELCA to help with their fight against world hunger. We will update you soon with the final number that we collected.
What’s Going On?
We are in our last few weeks of collecting donations for this year’s Give a Kid A Chance event. Every donation of $20 allows us to provide one school ready backpack filled with all the necessary school supplies to a Cherokee Co. child in need. Look for a final update regarding our success and more information on how you can help assemble these backpacks in June as well as volunteer at the actual GAKAC event on Saturday, July 14th.
Mother’s Day is just around the corner and the Outreach Committee is once again selling Mother’s Day Corsages to honor those in our church family who give so much. Rose Corsages are $10 and all the proceeds from the sales will help purchase copies of “ELW Prayer Book for the Armed Services” requested by Pastor Paul for our men and women in the armed forces, and children’s books requested by the National Youth Gathering Committee to help equip the schools in Houston affected by the recent hurricanes. Order forms are available here and in the narthex. Please return your order and payment to the marked box or the church administrator mail slot by Sunday, May 6th. Volunteers are also needed for assembly of the corsages on Saturday morning May 12th. Do not Fear! No creative or crafting expertise is necessary. All supplies and tasks will be provided and based on your skill level. If you would like to help with the assembly please sign up at Sign Up Central in the Fellowship Hall or respond to me at email@example.com
For the months of May & June we will once again focus our Caretakers of Our Community collection efforts on Good Shepherd’s own upcoming summer outreach and evangelism programs. More specifically, we will be collecting supplies for VBS (See list below) as well as items for our MUST Summer Lunch program.
Vacation Bible School Supplies (please contact Kristin Brenneman at firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know what has been purchased so we can keep track of the amounts.)
VBS Items needed with Specific Amounts
12 1-liter empty soda bottles
8 large containers of goldfish crackers
8 large bags of pretzel sticks
8 large bags of animal crackers
10 containers of table salt
500 count “sea colored” pony beads– green
500 count “sea colored” pony beads– blue
115 painting canvas– 5×7
600 count large Popsicle sticks
2 blue flat sheets or blankets– King or Queen size
Other VBS items needed:
river rocks (large and small)
driftwood pieces (small)
The Lutheran Coalition for Habitat for Humanity is still underway and they want you! The house being built is nearby in Marietta and construction occurs every Saturday during April and May. Information about the build is posted on the Outreach Board in the administrative hallway and can also be found here along with registration instructions.
As always, thank you for all you do to help support our Outreach efforts at Good Shepherd. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you ever have any questions, suggestions or ideas! I look forward to serving with you soon.
Kristin Brenneman, Outreach Coordinator, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church