GOOD SHEPHERD STAFF Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Newsletter May 2016 Confirmation 15 Homecoming May Sunday
Choral Pastor’sVespers Message
Pastor’s Message Music Director’s Message
Associate Pastor’s Message Confirmation 2011-2012
Fish Hymns! Mew and Members Fall 2011
Forrest Dent Havird
Forest Acres Festival GSLC Pictorial Directory
Christian Isaiah Houghton
Vacation Bible Blessing of the School AnimalsSet
Jake Matthew Lalumondier
Centering Prayer Retreat 5-Year Confirmation Classes
Anna Logan Ross
GSLC RummageGraduates! Sale Congratulations
Samuel Richard Seay
Joint Supper ClubDirt! GYF Gets in the
Mary Mildred Sox
Music Ministry Attendance / Communion
Cooperative Ministry Ebenezer Disciple Camp
GSLC Business Day School Has Cards Busy Spring
Social Ministry Needs Sunday School, Birthdays
Adult Sunday School Classes Monthly Calendar
Y.A. Way Serve Calendar
YOGSYoos NewsOrdination Drew
Live Red Wire CrossNews Blood Drive
Lutheran There’s a Men Need for...
Pastoral Visits May Focus Social Ministry
Stewardship Corner Meet Our New Members
Lectionary Bible Study in May
Thank YouMay Cook-out Live Wire
Sports Class Activities Parlor Transitions
Publication Deadlines Baptism Blankets Needed
Annual Clean-up WELCAFall 2016 Project
FAB Fire Policy Lectionary
Prayer Prayer List List / Thank you
Council Highlights Seminarian Drew Ingram
Day School News Calendar & Council
Confirmation Is Pentecost Sunday, May 15 Confirmation will be celebrated at the late worship service on Pentecost, May 15. Those affirming their baptism through confirmation are:
Brock Theodore Tollison Andrew Michael Traufler
A special rehearsal will be held in the sanctuary for these youth and their parents at 9:45 a.m. on May 15. The Confirmation Banquet honoring our confirmands and their families will be held in the FAB on Saturday, May 14.
Choral Vespers for Pentecost On Sunday, May 15, at 4 p.m., Good Shepherd will sing evening prayer for Pentecost. All three choirs — Adult, our newly-formed Girls’ Choir, and Children’s — will be singing and will be accompanied by the Capital City Brass ensemble. This will be a large, festival service and we would love for you to be here to share in the singing! Invite your friends and neighbors to join us for the service. This will be a wonderful time to come together as a community and share the gift of the Spirit!
Pastor’s Message “O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.” – Psalm 71:17 Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Last week the eight young men and women whose names appear on the front of this newsletter came before our Congregational Council for a time of reflection in preparation for their Confirmation on Pentecost Sunday, May 15. From the first question asked, these youth impressed the Council with their faithful and thoughtful responses. As pastors, we were proud of these eight youth for being able to articulate their faith so clearly at the end of their confirmation studies, but that was only part of the story. As I drove home that evening, I reflected on the fact that these young people were prepared to be adults in the church, not just because of the pastors but also because of the community that surrounds them. When these eight are confirmed in a few weeks, I want you to know how thankful I am to God for all of the ways that this congregation has supported these young people. You and I both know that confirmation is not the end of their faith journey, but rather a point of beginning… an invitation, a permission to serve the church as they feel most called. Over the next few years, you will watch these youth mature into young women and men who “still proclaim your wondrous deeds.” And before you know it, they’ll be graduates. Speaking of graduates, we are blessed to celebrate the graduations of eight great people for whom God has great things in store. Four years ago, I was saying something similar about these eight when they were finishing confirmation. This special group of young people was the first class that I taught all the way through confirmation. To see them heading off to the next chapters in their lives is very exciting for me. As you witness Graduation Recognition (on May 8) and Confirmation (on May 15), I ask you to pray for these 16 amazing youth who have been taught in the faith. May God bless them with the wisdom, patience, and guidance they need to continue to proclaim wondrous deeds each day of their life. With thanksgiving, Pastor Paul
Associate Pastor’s Message “I saw one like the Son of Man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash across his chest. 14His head and his hair were white as white wool, white as snow; his eyes were like a flame of fire, 15his feet were like burnished bronze, refined as in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of many waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, and from his mouth came a sharp, two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining with full force. 17When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he placed his right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, 18and the living one. I was dead, and see, I am alive forever and ever; and I have the keys of Death and of Hades.” Revelation 1:13-18 Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, The month of May includes several cultural holidays. The two biggies are Memorial Day and Mother’s Day, but even Confederate Memorial Day is observed during May in South Carolina. Another holiday is relatively new. Marking its 15th anniversary this year is Free Comic Book Day. Always the first Saturday of May, comic book stores and publishers offer free comics for fans to enjoy. Recipients not only have the opportunity to receive something for free, but they also can enjoy stories about male and female heroes. During May, we will end our Easter Season celebrations, and Pastor Paul and I will conclude our sermons on Revelation. I believe that John of Patmos – the writer – sought to grasp our imagination with powerful images. John may have used this method partly as entertainment, yet it was more than that. It was to open Christians’ viewpoint of what God has done, is doing, and will do through Jesus Christ in this world. Our reason for celebrating Easter can be summarized as “Christ is risen, and so too shall I.” Yet we know there is so much more. The New Testament, and John of Patmos, makes the point that God’s victory on Easter has ramifications on the whole universe, even the supernatural realms. When Jesus says in Revelation 1:17–18 that his victory has awarded him the keys to Death and Hades, it is not as if those continue to exist unchanged after Easter. In Revelation 20:14, even Death and Hades are destroyed forever, all due to the victory obtained through Christ’s resurrection. We share in this. We share in Christ’s victory over Death and Hades not because we deserve it, not because of something we inherited, not because of our pleading; but for the sole reason that it is a gift. It is free. That in itself is a witness to the character of our God. It is a witness to the abounding grace that God lovingly bestows throughout all things created and supernatural. This gift is a wonderful witness to the one and only true hero in this grand narrative that we live. Pastor Kris
Lutheran Men Plan “Fish & Hymns” Congregational Event All members of the congregation are invited to come to the FAB on Saturday, May 7, for fish, fun, and your favorite hymns, sponsored by the GSLC Lutheran Men in Mission. Fellowship will begin at 5 p.m. and continue on until the fish are gone and all the hymns are sung! To ensure there is plenty of fish along with fixings for all, please let the Lutheran Men know if you are planning to attend. You can either fill out the insert in the Sunday church bulletin and return it to the church office or you can contact Lauren Chandler or Don Caughman. All love offerings collected will be used to support the South Carolina Lutheran Men’s Mission Fund. Hope you can join us for a good time!
GSLC to be at Forest Acres Festival May 14 — Volunteers Needed! GSLC will again be participating in the annual Forest Acres Festival, coming up on Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the A.C. Flora Athletic Field. The Evangelism Committee is excited about this opportunity to share all that Good Shepherd has to offer with the Forest Acres community and would love to have your help in manning the booth. Whether you can come for an hour or all day, all you have to do is greet the friends and neighbors who come by the booth and let them know what you love about Good Shepherd and the work that our congregation does to spread the Word. We need two volunteers an hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and one from 3 to 4 p.m.
Vacation Bible School To Be Held June 13–16 Prepare to be amazed! You are invited to come and explore “God's Workshop of Wonders” at this year’s Vacation Bible School. We will be exploring amazing planet Earth that God has created, and the weird and wonderful ways that it all works. This will be the foundation for learning about God’s creative nature, how we are a part of it, and how this world’s marvels sing their praises to God. Those who are Pre-K through 6th grade can be child participants, there will be an adult class as well, and volunteers will have a role too! The dates are Monday to Thursday, June 13 to 16, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
In addition to a few select exhibitors, the Forest Acres Festival includes amusement rides and inflatable children’s play equipment free of charge to all children, professional bands and community and school performers, and food vendors We are looking forward to another fun day at the Festival this year. Please contact Stacy Gross ([email protected]
) or Kitty Howard ([email protected]
) if you are interested in helping.
Registration and volunteer recruitment will begin soon! We will need volunteers to help with decorations, crafts, snacks, and games; if you are interested in helping, please contact Pastor Kris or sign up on the poster in the narthex later this month.
Five-Year Anniversary Confirmation Classes Honored As we celebrate our 2016 Confirmation Class, we honor our 5-year confirmation classes going back from 2016. Members of these classes are invited to this special event to reunite with those who shared this affirmation with them. Please invite your classmates, friends, sons or daughters to come so that we may recognize them all together. After the service, confirmands and their families will gather in the courtyard to give everyone a chance to visit. CLASS OF ’56 (5/20/56) Betty Jean Collins, Larry Collins, Meredith Porter Elmore, Deloris Yvonne Gantt, Mary Anne Holst, Sandra Lee Kelly, Robert H. Maguire, Jr., Lula Grace Murray, Nancy Irene Price, John Bruce Steigner, Linda Darnell Vinson CLASS OF ’61 (5/21/61) Arthur Brown, Jr., Bonnie Cromer, Olin Cribbe, Hugh Davis, Jr., Rachel Fellers, Patricia Gjerdingen, Al Granzow, Linda Haltiwanger, Jimmy Kinard, Mary Kohn, Phyllis Leaphart, Linda Peterson, Linda Price, E. Leroy Riley, Jr., Ray Seay, Mike Spears, John Shade, Ralph Shade, Larry Temples, Janet Welcome CLASS OF ’66 N/A CLASS OF ’71 (4/4/71) Timothy Ballentine, Richard Bischoffberger, Janet Fellers, Joan Fellers, Barney Giese, Karen Mayer, Kathleen Murray, Albert Platt, III, Pamela Shealy, Leslie Smith, Mackie Stewart, Henry Suydam, III, Thomas Trowbridge, Stephen Vinson, Patricia Zube CLASS OF ’76 (4/11/76) Alfred Paul Deloe, Julia Lynn Derrick, Katherine Derrick, Shawn O’Hara Downs, Lois Rae Fritz, Janice Marcella Haigler, Jerri Lea Jameson, Karen Lurline Rabun, Walter A. Robertson, III, Allen Hampton Wilson
CLASS OF 1981 N/A CLASS OF ’86 (3/23/86) Lauren Michael Chandler, Keith Warren Getz, Travis Carl Holdorf, Donna Lynne Hyatt, Stephanee Lynn Inman, Kenneth Brian Kitts, Donna Lynn Koon, Christian Gregory Lowe, Adrienne Marie Mylander, David Jonathan Smith CLASS OF ’91 (3/24/91) Vicki Barrett Brantley, Lisa Marie Carlson, Elizabeth Linder Fortner, James Robert Jones, Shawn Michael Loney, Kahl Dixon Robinson, Marian Leigh Shuping, Stacy JoEllen Sox, William Spence Stork, III CLASS OF ’96 (3/31/96) Jeffrey Edward Beaman, Jessica Lauren Brantley, Katherine M. Coynor, Cassandra E. Crockett, David Allen Duncan, Michael A. Jackson Gentry, Nancy Kincaid Gunter, Lindsay Elizabeth Slice, Stephanie Ramsey Sox, Melissa Lynn Weaver, Martha Kirkland Woodward CLASS OF 2001 (6/3/01) Molly Gayden, Billy Green, Emilia Havens, Lindsey Lovern, Cecelia Lucas, Adam Mintz, Michael Weaver, Drew Yoos, Kristi Yoos CLASS OF 2006 (6/4/06) James Harrison Michael Boyd, Gustav Doscher Inabinet, Kacy Nicole Shortman, Catherine Harper Wingard CLASS OF 2011 (6/12/11) Lauren Evans, Abel Ferry, Preston Haigh, Patrick Ross, Greer Seay
Many Congratulations to All Our Good Shepherd Graduates! Lizabeth Boozer will graduate in May from A.C. Flora High School where she has been doing Sports Medicine since 9th grade. She will attend Coastal Carolina in the fall, majoring in Marine Biology. She played various sports including basketball, softball, and volleyball. She also took tap, ballet, jazz, and clog. She graduated from the Timmerman School in 2012 Alpha and Omega. Lakyn Haigh is graduating from A.C. Flora High School and will attend USC as a Capstone Scholar. She will major in physics and possibly pursue a double major in mathematics, with a minor in astronomy. Lakyn hopes to continue for a doctoral degree later on. She is a National Honor Society Member, Furman Scholar, and Converse College Junior. She obtained the Principal’s Honor Roll throughout high school, is a Richland One Academic All-State, and an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate. Her longterm goal is to work with NASA. William Pope will graduate from Cardinal Newman High School and plans to attend Francis Marion University, where he will major in industrial engineering. He plays bass, acoustic, and electric guitar, and he enjoys drawing and creating art in various media. His creations have been recognized and awarded 1st and 2nd places by the SC Ceramics Association. He is an active member of GSLC (baptized and confirmed) and regularly offers community service in a variety of ways. William’s parents are Penry & Todd Gustafson. He is very excited about FMU and his future! Ashton Struthers is graduating from Spring Valley High School. She enjoyed playing Varsity Volleyball for SV and Club Volleyball with SC Midlands. She served in many of the Youth Missions Opportunities which included Youth Leadership at Newberry College, Youth Gathering in Louisiana and Detroit, and WOW Urban Ministries in Tennessee. She will be attending Lander University in the fall majoring in Early Childhood Education. Ethan Richardson graduates with honors from Lugoff-Elgin High School in May. He will attend USC in the Fall. He participated in his school’s “Be a Fan” recreational program to encourage special needs students to participate in sports. Ethan played rugby and football in high school. He earned his Eagle Scout designation with the support of the GSLC Wheel Chair Ramp Ministry team. He is the son of Wayne and Rebecca Richardson. Evan Stallings will graduate from Dreher High School. He has been interning at the Columbia Arts Academy and plans to continue doing so through the summer. He will be pursuing certificate courses at Midlands Tech as well as work with several carpenters and construction contractors as an introduction to the trade. He plans to continue his involvement at Good Shepherd for the next year with the ramp ministry and ushering.
Emily Whitlow will graduate from the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. She will graduate with a South Carolina High School Diploma as well as a South Carolina Arts Diploma. She will be attending the University of South Carolina in Columbia in the fall. She plans to pursue a degree in Music. She is excited to be coming back to Columbia to continue her education! Daniel Wingard is graduating from A.C. Flora High School. He ran on the Cross Country team all four years and the Track and Field team for two. He is a member of the National Honor Society and has been named an Academic All Star for 2016 in Richland School District One. Daniel is a life-long member of Good Shepherd and is an Eagle Scout, having been a member of BSA Troop 10 at Eastminster Presbyterian Church since third grade. Daniel will attend the University of South Carolina in the Fall where he plans to major in Business at the Darla Moore School of Business. Lexi Barnhill is graduating from Winthrop University with a degree in Social Work. She will be attending the Duke University School of Divinity in the fall. Trae Dent is graduating from Wofford College this spring. Brittany Jakiela, daughter of Mark & Hilde Jakiela, will graduate from Erskine College this spring with a B.S. in Athletic Training and minors in Biology and Health Care Management. While there, she was a four-year starter on the women’s soccer team. She plans to attend PT school to receive her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Marissa Lindler is graduating from the University of South Carolina with a major in Mechanical Engineering. She participated in the marching band for four years. The final show of senior year was a combined performance with the Clemson University Band entitled “SC Strong” in support of our state after the shootings in Charleston and the October flooding. She also participated in the Basketball pep band the last two years, traveling to Final 4 in Tampa and Sioux Falls Regional with Women' basketball team. Breanna Lindler is graduating from the University of South Carolina with a major in Mechanical Engineering. She participated in the marching band for four years and Basketball pep band for three years. She enjoyed multiple opportunities to travel with the women’s basketball team, including a weeklong trip to the west coast for the Sanford regional, Final 4 trip to Tampa, and Sioux Falls Regional.
God’s Young Followers Get in the Dirt to Learn About Plants On April 17, GYF went to Pastor Kris’ house where Pastor Kris and Marilyn Hogan led a program on the wonders of local plants and how they are integral to life in this region. GYF learned about the web of life, plants’ benefits to animals, and our responsibility to care for what God provides. Then we got into the dirt! GYF learned how to make “seed bombs,” a way to distribute seeds in areas that need flowers. They enjoyed a plant ID scavenger hunt, eating some of the vegetables in Pastor Kris’ garden, and a tour of the plants in his yard. Then each child was given seeds, seed bombs, seedlings, and bee houses to attract pollinating insects (courtesy of donations and a Thrivent grant).
Sunday School Attendance Award The Learning Committee began the Sunday School year with the announcement that they will offer the Highest Attendance Award. This will be given to those children and youth who have had the highest rate of attendance in Sunday School throughout the year. This award will be given at both services on May 22. If you have any questions, please contact Don Caughman or Pastor Kris.
Four Receive First Communion Congratulations to our four young Good Shepherd children who received their first communion on this spring. They are Alyia Grosh, Sarah McFarland, Adam Ortiz, and Mat Tumlin.
Ebenezer to Hold Disciple Camp Our friends at Ebenezer Lutheran Church will have their annual Disciple Camp (formerly named Music Camp) at Camp Kinard from July 24 to July 28. This is a day-camp for rising 1st and 2nd grade campers, and it is an overnight-camp for rising 3rd through 10th grade campers. Ebenezer is also taking applications for volunteers. Please visit www.ebenezerlutheran.org for details and applications.
Day School Enjoys Busy Spring We had a fun and busy April with all of our curriculum activities. We discussed insects/ bugs and got to view some worms “up close and personal.” The children even got to observe a bird’s nest with eggs in it in our stroller at the back of the building. The month of May promises to be even busier with visits from the ice cream truck starting back and Water Day beginning, Teacher Appreciation Week, Mother’s Day Tea, and Family Fun Night. We will begin showing our teachers how much we appreciate them during Teacher Appreciation Week May 2–6. Our teachers work hard each day so it is nice to have this special time set aside where we can say “thank you” for all that they do! We will end that week with our annual Mother’s Day Tea at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 6. We will be working with the Mad Platter as always on some special gifts for our moms. On May 27, we will have our fourth annual Family Fun Night. We are looking forward to this fun event and will enjoy spending time with our Day School families. I also extend a welcome to the Rosario-Peterman families who have a child in our older toddler room. The Day School will be closed on Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day. Tria Brown, Day School Director
May Sunday School Classes
Worship Service Notes
Come at 9 a.m. for fellowship, hot coffee, and brief announcements before class begins. Join any class you like. Our classes are always open for new folks!
Service during worship is crucial to the functioning of our church services, so it is important to be present on the date assigned.
“Come & See” Class—Classroom I
If you cannot be here, get a replacement and notify the church office (787-4413) by 9 a.m. on the Wednesday morning before your assignment.
Pastor Paul will be teaching the Come & See class for May.
Around the Corner Class—Classroom 2 Pastor Kris will lead the Y.A. Way Class in May.
If you can’t trade with someone and need assistance, please contact the following:
Parlor Class—Classroom 3 In May, the Parlor Class will be led by Mitch Mackinem.
Fellowship Class—Classroom 5 Bible study, hymn singing, and fellowship, led by Walter Robertson.
Summer Sunday School Begins June 5 Our Summer Sunday School schedule begins June 5. This summer we will have one multi-generational class in the FAB. Snacks, coffee, and fellowship will all take place in the FAB, and announcements will begin at 9:25 a.m. After singing a hymn together each week, the multi-generational class will watch an episode of “The Andy Griffith Show” together. Afterward we will talk about where we saw God in the episode. The classroom behind the FAB stage will be used for activities with the smallest children, who may need to doodle and scribble more than they need to watch a TV show. This summer series will end on August 14, with Rally Day set for August 21.
SERVICE AREA Worship Life
CONTACT PERSON Becky Shealy, Chair 788-8469 8:30a.m. Susan Weaver 600-1936 10:30a.m. Jeff Inabinet May Usher Chair 738-2622 Worship Assistants Becky Shealy 788-8469 Acolytes & Crucifers Neal Inman 788-5421 Nursery Sarah Evans 315-7141 Contemporary Coord. Susan Weaver 600-1936
Pentecost Sunday Servers Acolyte Crucifer Torch Bearers Banner Bearer
Jordan Herrmann Eric Whitlow Ashton Struthers Addie Cannon Evan Stallings
Pastor Paul: 803-331-5970 Pastor Kris: 803-629-0263 Cody Jones: 828-238-7916 NOTE: The pastors do not carry their phones with them on Sunday mornings.
May Birthdays (according to church records) 1
Logan Struthers. 12 Arthur Brown
19 Scooter Edwards
14 Steve Hanayik
20 Matthew Beaman
16 Albert Alton
17 Ken Jirel
Ginger Litman-Koon 25 Fiona Taylor
11 Daniel Wingard
Jon Richardson 18 Mike Gilbert Mary Robertson
21 Chalon Headley
24 Rod Kent Mark Lovern Johanna Moore
27 Mary Clare McAbee 28 Jim Donovan Steven McFarland
Deborah Whitlow 30 Lisa Sanchez
23 Keith Lindler
26 Brad Aller
24 Nancy Hyatt
8:30 am Contemporary Service with Holy Communion 9:00 am Coffee & Fellowship (Downstairs) 9:25 am Sunday Church School 10:30 am Traditional Service with Holy Communion
1 WORSHIP TIMES ABOVE
Congregational Retreat ends
AC Flora AP Testing (FAB & Cl-1)
AC Flora AP Testing (FAB)
6 pm Gifts Comm. Mtg.
11:30 am Bible Study (Sanctuary) 5:30 pm Evangelism Comm. (Cl-1) 6 pm Centering Prayer (Cl-4) 6:30 pm Staff Support Mtg.
8 WORSHIP TIMES ABOVE
10 am Sarah Group (Conf. Room) 11:30 am Bible Study (Sanctuary)
Graduate Recognition Day
Graduate Reception in courtyard follows 10:30 am service
15 WORSHIP TIMES ABOVE Pentecost Sunday Confirmation Sunday
4:30 pm Executive Committee Mtg.
5:30 pm Worship Life Comm. Mtg. (Cl-1)
6 pm Parish Life Comm. Mtg. (Laura Smith’s house) 6 pm Centering Prayer (Cl-4)
Food Pantry Sunday 4 pm Choral Vespers
5:30 pm Day School Bd. Mtg. 6 pm Centering Prayer (Cl-4) 7 pm Forest Acres Neighborhood Assn Mtg. (FAB)
6:30 pm Congregational Council Meeting (Cl-1)
22 WORSHIP TIMES ABOVE
11:30 am Bible Study (Sanctuary)
8:30 am to 12:30 pm Red Cross Blood Drive (FAB)
11:30 am Bible Study (Sanctuary)
Sunday School Attendance Awards
3:30 pm Day School Soccer Program (FAB) 6 pm Centering Prayer (Cl-4)
29 WORSHIP TIMES ABOVE
Parlor Class Transitions Project
CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED DAY SCHOOL CLOSED
No weekly Bible Study till September Summer Bible Study to be held 2nd Tuesday of June, July, August 6 pm Centering Prayer (Cl-4)
Every Monday: Every Wednesday*:
Every Thursday: Every Friday:
Pastor Kris’s day off
Pastor Paul’s day off
NA 6 p.m. (Conference Room) Day School Chapel 9:30 a.m. Children’s Choir 5:30 p.m. NA 6 p.m. (Conference Room) Adult Choir 7 p.m. OA 5:30 p.m. (Conference Room) *Unless otherwise noted
AC Flora AP Testing (FAB & Cl-1)
AC Flora AP Testing (FAB)
AC Flora AP Testing (FAB & Cl-1)
5:30 pm Small Group Ministry Task Force Mtg.
5:30 pm Threads of Love (Parlor)
AC Flora AP Testing (FAB)
AC Flora AP Testing (FAB & Cl-1)
AC Flora AP Testing (Cl-1)
10 am to 4 pm Forest Acres Festival (AC Flora Athletic Field)
5 pm Lutheran Men “Fish & Hymns” (FAB)
2 pm Staff Meeting 5 pm Y.A. Way (Pastor Kris’s house)
6 pm Confirmation Banquet
AC Flora AP Testing (Cl-1)
AC Flora AP Testing (Cl-1)
Noon Live Wire Cookout (FAB)
11 am Mary Group Luncheon set-up
Noon Mary Group Lowman Home Luncheon (FAB) 2 pm Visitation Ministry
6:30 pm Tamar Group (Social) 6:30 pm Dorcas Group (FAB)
28 FAB reserved for Parlor Class Transitions project
3 pm Day School Family Fun Day (FAB)
Traditional Worship Stewardship for May Date
Jean Cockrell Claire Mayer
Earl Butler Anne Mueller
Taylor & Katie Miller
Susan Stewart Zak Taylor
Mitch & Stephanie Uehling
Charles & Alice Buckner
Richard Inman Zak Taylor Jerry Rogers Greg Sox
Paul Stork Perry Shuping Jim Lalumondier Jeff Inabinet
Zak Taylor Lauren Chandler Jeff Inabinet Perry Shuping
Paul Stork Greg Sox Jim Lalumondier Jerry Rogers
Jordan Herrmann (see page 7)
Gaye Collins (L) Joey Allison, Earl Butler (C)
Kerry Stubbs (L), Don Caughman, Penry Gustafson (C)
Martha Haigler (L) Assistants Virginia Aull, Kerry Stubbs (C) Worship
Shawn Holt (L) Becky Shealy (L) Mitch Mackinem (L), Stan & Lillie Becky Shealy, Cathy Quinton, Wilson (C) Gaye Collins (C) Mary York (C)
Richard Inman Team 2 Jeff Inabinet Chris Herrmann Lauren Chandler Greg Sox
Lauren Evans Larry Evans
Kimi Dail Jordan H.
Deborah W. Ashleigh T.
Kimi Dail Stephanee Seay
Kimi Dail TBA
Kimi Dail TBA
Martha Haigler M.M. Hoy
Mary Stallings Jerry Vaughn
Terri Tokaz Wilbur Smith
Bonnie Hammond Wilbur Smith
Karen Lucas Betty Cox
Leigh Ford M.M. Hoy
Council Person of the Month: Amy Kemp Food Pantry:
Opening Buildings: Evan Stallings, Clarissa Ferry
Contemporary Worship Stewardship for May Date
Susan Weaver Steve Steck
Brad & Kathie Aller
Rebecca R. Matthew T.
Karen Lucas Ursula Weeks
Mike & Susan Weaver
Usher Team 1
Patty Branham (L&C)
Joann Nagy (L&C)
Mitch Mackinem (L) V. Milejczak (C)
Steve Steck (L&C)
Bev Weymouth (L) V. Milejczak (C)
Mike Weaver (L&C)
Michelle Ortiz TBA
Karen Lucas Kimi Dail (& SS)
Marilyn Hogan TBA
Bev Ursula Weeks Weymouth Kimi Dail (& SS) Kimi Dail (& SS) Karen Lucas
Kimi Dail TBA
Save the Date! Drew Yoos Ordination Set for July 9 Dear friends at Good Shepherd, It is impossible to say how much this congregation has meant to me in my theological education and my faith journey. So it is with incredible joy that I am able to announce that I, along with my wife Sara, have received a call to be a mission developer in the Northwest Washington Synod. There, we will join the work that God is doing while starting two new congregations that will reflect the youth and diversity of the area east of Seattle. We are expecting great challenges, but will continue to be sustained by the love and support of the faith communities that have formed us. I am eager to share more about this exciting adventure when I get the chance. So, with great humility, I would like to invite the Good Shepherd congregation to my ordination. The worship service will take place on Saturday, July 9, at 2 p.m. at Good Shepherd. Though this new step in my ministry will take me far from you all, please know that I intend to stay in touch and keep you all in my prayers. My heart is full of love and gratitude for the people of Good Shepherd. You will forever be an integral part of my story. In Christ, Drew
Red Cross to Hold Blood Drive on Sunday, May 22 The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive in the FAB on Sunday, May 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Although appointments are not required, it may be helpful to schedule your donation. You may make an appointment online by going to www.redcrossblood.org and entering the Sponsor Code: GSLutheran or you can call Susan Uehling at 803-238-7353.
For a successful donation, get a good night’s sleep and drink an extra 16 ounces of water or non-alcoholic fluids beforehand. For more information, contact Susan Uehling.
There’s A Need For… Personal-sized toiletries for various shelters Wide-mouthed only pill bottles Plastic grocery bags Food donations Shoes Collection bins for these items are in the hallway across from the office. Please note: If there is no bin for an item, that item is not needed at this time. Thank you for your support!
Social Ministry Emphasis for May Is Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter The Social Ministry emphasis for May at Good Shepherd is Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter in Columbia. Founded in 1977 by the Junior Woman’s Club, Palmetto Place provides a safe haven for abused and neglected children and for homeless teenagers from throughout South Carolina. During those 39 years, more than 7,000 abused and neglected children have found a safe haven. Children who come to Palmetto Place, normally through referral by the Department of Social Services, have access to after-school programs, tutoring, and recreational and social activities. Unfortunately, the demand for services continues to be far greater than what Palmetto Place can provide. On average, 20 children are turned away each month because of lack of space. An expansion program called Save Our Children is under way to help address that need. Financial contributions may be made through Good Shepherd each of the five Sundays in May or at the church office. You may use the pink special offering envelopes and indicate that the contribution is for Palmetto Place. At the end of the month, all donations will be given collectively to Palmetto Place as a gift from Good Shepherd. More information about the work of Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter can be found on their website.
Welcome to Our Newest Members! Mary Atchison, son Noah (not pictured) Mary grew up in the Lutheran Church in Canada. She is a speech pathologist who works for HealthSouth. Her son Noah is in the 6th grade at Dent Middle School. He looks forward to being in Confirmation!
Chuck & Renee Henderson, son Hayden Chuck and Renee join by Affirmation of Baptism. He works with Pure Power Technologies and she is with Advocare. Their son Hayden will be 5 in May and has already been involved in YFM events. Chuck and Renee are Gamecock fans and enjoy spending time with their family and their dogs. They decided to join because they felt really connected to the church.
John & Andrea Keim The Keims were part of Trinity Lutheran Church that is now closed. John is a retired CPA and Andrea is retired from the Department of Education. They have two grown children who live out of state. They are USC sports fans and enjoy golf and travel. They were impressed by Good Shepherd’s Sunday services and felt a high comfort level with the friendliness and openness of the church community.
Danielle Kitner Danielle is an optician who recently moved here from Nevada. She grew up Lutheran in Pennsylvania. She has already been involved in a Grace Group.
Ray Ratchford and Nancy Hubert Ray and Nancy join as separate households but are a couple. They are both life-long Lutherans and have moved here from Gastonia, North Carolina. Both are retired and like golfing. Ray also is a fan of college sports and Nancy enjoys her grandchildren and gardening. They decided to join Good Shepherd because they liked the friendliness of the people here.
David & Victoria Shelton, daughters Gabby & Harper The Sheltons moved here from New York and are about to close on a house near the VA hospital. David is a construction supervisor and Victoria is currently at home with Gabby (2) and Harper (1). Harper will be baptized at Good Shepherd on Sunday, May 22.
Bible Study Moves to Sanctuary During May, Adds Summer Classes Our regular Tuesday morning Bible Study will continue throughout May, but because of the Advanced Placement testing by A.C. Flora High School taking place in the FAB, our Bible Study will move to the sanctuary for our May sessions. In addition, Bible Study classes will continue throughout the summer. The Summer Bible Study will meet the second Tuesday of June, July, and August.
Parlor Class Transitions Project The Parlor Class will be undertaking its Transitions project the weekend of May 28 and 29. Since this is Memorial Day weekend, the group needs cooks on Saturday morning and servers for Sunday at 5 p.m. Also since May 29 is the fifth Sunday, we will collect a Noisy Offering that will go to the Parlor Class’s Transitions Project. If you are interested in helping with this effort, contact Susan Weaver at 803-600-1936.
Live Wire to Meet Friday, May 20 Live Wire will hold its regular monthly get-together with its annual end-of-year hamburger and hot dog cookout and potluck lunch on Friday, May 20, at noon in the FAB. Please bring a side dish to share and come join the group for some good food and great fellowship. This will be the last Live Wire event until September.
WELCA Sets Project for 2016 Family Promise of the Midlands, which is a nonprofit organization that offers assistance to homeless, displaced, and at-risk families, was adopted as the GSLC WELCA project for 2016 at the Unit Meeting held on Sunday, April 3. You do not have to be a member of one of our women’s Circles to support this worthwhile project. Monetary donations, as well as the following items, are needed to help these families. If you are able to make a donation, please make your check out to WELCA and designate your gift for Family Promise.
Donated items, with the exception of furniture, can be placed in the labeled bin outside the church office. If you do have furniture, please contact Gaye Collins and she will arrange to have it picked up. One of our own members, Kathy Titus, serves as the director of Family Promise. The office is located at Heyward Street United Methodist Church, 2501 Heyward Street, Columbia, SC 29205. If you have questions, contact Kathy at [email protected]
. Needed items include:
Volunteers are also needed to work in the home office. Thank you for your support!
Baptism Blankets Needed! Attention knitters and crocheters! Good Shepherd is in need of baptism blankets for baptisms coming up this spring and summer. Our supply has dwindled down to two blankets, so pick your favorite baptism blanket color and get those needles moving. You can drop off your sweet new blankets at the office, and thank you very much for your assistance and efforts!
Church Communication Updates The church office sends out weekly emails about Good Shepherd events. If you aren’t receiving these emails, make sure the office has your correct email address. Sunday bulletin announcements are due by noon Wednesday. Articles & items for the June newsletter are due Wednesday, May 18. Please email your newsletter information to [email protected]
. Be sure to visit us at www.facebook/com/ GoodShepherdLutheran to see our latest happenings!
Lectionary for May 2016 MAY 1 – SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER Visions abound in the readings for the sixth Sunday of Easter. Paul has a vision about what to do. John has a vision of what will be. The risen Lord Jesus provides visions of peace that passes human understanding and power beyond human imagination. FIRST READING – Acts 16:9–15
A vision compels Paul to move his ministry into Greece. There he meets Lydia, an important person in the business community, whose heart has been opened by God to receive the gospel. Her conversion and baptism provide the impetus for the founding of the church at Philippi. PSALM – Psalm 67
Let the nations be glad and sing for joy. (Ps. 67:4) SECOND READING – Revelation 21:10, 22—22:5
John’s vision of a new Jerusalem coming out of heaven provides continuity with God’s past actions. Yet in this new city, God’s presence replaces the temple, and the glory of God and the Lamb supplant sun and moon. GOSPEL – John 14:23–29
As Jesus talks of returning to the Father, he promises to send the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, who will teach Jesus’ followers and remind them of all that Jesus taught. Even more, those in whom God makes a home will experience a peace that overcomes fear.
MAY 8 – SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER It is possible to hear in Jesus’ high priestly prayer, a prayer he offered shortly before his death, the petitions of the ascended Lord for his own throughout history—to our day—and beyond. Jesus prays for us. In holy baptism we become believers in God, have our robes washed in the flood of Christ’s forgiveness, and receive the gift of life forever with all the saints. FIRST READING – Acts 16:16–34
The owners of a slave-girl who used her powers to tell fortunes threw Paul and Silas into jail for “healing” her and, consequently, ruining their business. In prison, Paul and Silas bring the good news of the gospel to the jailer and his family. PSALM – Psalm 97
Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous. (Ps. 97:12) SECOND READING – Revelation 22:12–14, 16–17, 20–25
The ascended Christ, hidden from our sight, promises to come again. We eagerly pray, “Come, Lord Jesus,” with all who respond to this invitation. GOSPEL – John 17:20–26
Jesus prays that the life of his followers will be characterized by an intimate unity of identity with God. To be so identified with God means also to share in God’s mission: to proclaim the word that will bring others into this same unity.
MAY 15 – DAY OF PENTECOST Pentecost is a day of promises fulfilled. The promised Spirit of God is poured out. The baptized have become “children of God” and “joint heirs with Christ.” By the power of the Spirit we have seen the face of the Father in his only begotten Son and been saved by him. Bless the Lord, O my soul. FIRST READING – Acts 2:1–21
Before Jesus ascended into heaven, he told his disciples they would be filled with the Holy Spirit. Now, surrounded by signs of fire, wind, and a variety of languages in their midst, the people were amazed and astonished at Jesus’ promise coming true. PSALM – Psalm 104:24–34, 35b
Send forth your Spirit and renew the face of the earth. (Ps. 104:30) SECOND READING – Romans 8:14–17
Here Paul speaks about the mystery of baptism: through the Holy Spirit we are claimed, gathered, and welcomed into Christ’s body, the church. And we receive new names in our adoption: brother, sister, child of God.
GOSPEL – John 14:8–17
Though the disciples struggle with Jesus’ nature and identity, they receive the promise that they too will be identified with God and God’s mission. Though he must leave them now, Jesus promises the coming of the Advocate whom God will send to comfort and enlighten them.
MAY 22 – THE HOLY TRINITY God promises Jeremiah that a "new covenant" will be made in the future: a covenant that will allow all the people to know God by heart. The church sees this promise fulfilled in Christ, who draws all people to himself when he is lifted up on the cross. Our baptismal covenant draws us to God's heart through Christ and draws God's light and truth into our hearts. We see God's heart most clearly in the way Jesus shares human suffering, in an agony both the John and Hebrews readings describe. FIRST READING – Proverbs 8:3–4, 22–31
In the Bible, wisdom has many faces. It is portrayed in terms sometimes human and sometimes divine. Often, it is personified as feminine. In this passage, Woman Wisdom is depicted not only as the first creation of God but also as God’s helper, rejoicing in God’s creation, especially in human beings. . PSALM – Psalm 8
Your glory is chanted above the heavens. (Ps. 8:2) SECOND READING – Romans 5:1–5
Paul describes the life of faith with reference to God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Even now, we have peace with God through Jesus, and our hope for the future is grounded in the love of God that we experience through Christ’s Holy Spirit. GOSPEL – John 16:12–15
Jesus’ ongoing presence with the disciples will be borne by the coming Spirit, who will guide them and communicate to them Jesus’ will and glory.
MAY 29 – SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST God hears every prayer—the prayer of the outsider as well as the prayer of the insider. The attentive nature of our God is evident as God comes to us again and again in the word and in the supper. “Ascribe to the LORD the honor due the holy name; bring offerings and enter the courts of the LORD.” Do it today. FIRST READING – 1 Kings 8:22–23, 41–43
King Solomon prays at the dedication of the temple in Jerusalem, built under his direction. Solomon prays that the temple will be a sign of God’s presence and power, not only to the Israelites, but to all peoples. . PSALM – Psalm 96:1–9
Declare the glory of the LORD among the nations. (Ps. 96:3) SECOND READING – Galatians 1:1–12
Paul, who started this church in Galatia, is angry and troubled that the congregation is confused by other teachers. As he begins this letter, Paul is direct with them about his desire for Christ’s pure gospel to be the center of their lives. GOSPEL – Luke 7:1–10
A Roman centurion stands to lose a highly valued slave. Jewish leaders in Capernaum consider the centurion worthy, but the Gentile declares himself unworthy. In the midst of this tangle of attitudes, the centurion shows his understanding of authority and his testimony that Jesus has it, even authority over illness and death.
Friends and Relatives Erna Allison—mother of Joey Allison
Doris Baldwin—aunt of Terri Tokaz
Jonathan Baker—son of Loujean Baker
Mike & Joyce Vanshrauss—family of Molly Brady
Bennie Branham—father of Patty Branham
Tommy Alexander & family—friends of Shawn & Kathlyn Holt
Al & Adeline Ferry—parents of John Ferry
Amy Cushman—friend of Cathy Milejczak
Millie Cooper—mother of Sandy Gundlach
Sharan Laws—friend of Cathy Quinton
Nilda Beaumont—mother of Beth Jirel
Henry Richardson—father of Amanda Snodgrass
Bryan York—nephew of Mary York
Elke Smelser—mother of Michael Stallings
Raynette Kempf—sister of Loujean Baker
Family of Frank Frierson
Becky Shutz—sister of Amy Moyes
Family of Wes Fetner
Lily Cummings—granddaughter of Bob & Alycia Fortner
Family of Kenneth Robertson, brother of Walter Robertson
Pete Smolen—son-in-law of Ginna Caughman
Family of Mike Foster, father of William Foster
Cole Reider—nephew of Todd & Penry Gustafson
Family of Maxine Evans, mother of Larry Evans
Debbie McMurray—niece of Clara Hunter
Family of Marty Berry, brother-in-law of Lula Camp
Dear Friends, Happy Wheels appreciates the generosity and thoughtfulness of your recent donation. We are blessed to have people like you to be a part of our program. We believe that small things in life make the biggest difference. The hospitalized children that we see prove that to be true as we give them a small gift each week. Thank you once again for helping us to make that possible. Sincerely, Sandra Ray Volunteer
Drew and Leigh Ingram Head to Texas This month we say farewell to Drew and Leigh Ingram, who have been with us for the last four years while Drew studied at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.
Drew has been called to serve as the pastor at Spirit In The Hills Lutheran Church in Spicewood, Texas. He will be ordained on June 12, at his home church, St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas. During their time at GSLC both Drew and Leigh were involved in the Y.A. Way, Congregational retreats, and much more. We will miss the Ingrams and wish them well!
Office Information http://www.gslc.com Hours: Mon–Thurs. 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Fri. 9 a.m. to Noon Phone: (803) 787-4413 Fax: (803) 738-9130 Day School: (803) 787-4148 Senior Pastor The Rev. Paul A. Wollner Associate Pastor The Rev. Kris Litman-Koon Senior Seminarian Drew Ingram Seminarian Ryan Rodriguez Parish Coordinator Barbara Hunter
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Lena Duncan Director of Music Cody Jones Organist/Worship Associate Susan Sturkie Sexton Joey Allison Parish Nurse Susan Uehling Day School Director Tria Brown
Council President Ed Beaman Council Vice-President Don Caughman Secretary Anna-Marie Plyler Treasurer David Hill Council Members Ed Beaman, At-large Don Caughman, Learning Gaye Collins, Gifts Leigh Ford, Communication Stacy Gross, Evangelism Sid Havird, Property David Hill, Finance Amy Kemp, Youth & Children Mark Lovern, At-large Tim Mueller, At-large Amanda Snodgrass, At-large Mary Stallings, Parish Life Becky Shealy, Worship Life Becky Anne Struthers, At-large Susan Weaver, Social Ministry Council Youth Representative Elizabeth Whitlow
Mark Your Calendar for These Upcoming Events! May 2–6 & 9–13 — A.C. Flora AP Testing May 7 — Fish and Hymns! May 8— Graduate Recognition Sunday May 15 — Pentecost & Confirmation Sunday May 15 — Spring Choral Vespers May 22 — Red Cross Blood Drive May 30 — Memorial Day/Church Office closed
June 9–11 — SC Synod Assembly June 10 — Fun Fridays June 13–16 — Vacation Bible School June 20–24 — Lutherock Confirmation Camp