Worship Services Resume Sunday, September 17, 2017

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:
HURRICANE IRMA

NO Services of Holy Communion  Sunday, September 10

Due to the severity of Hurricane Irma, and a mandatory evacuation of much of Citrus County, Florida, as well as for the safety of our parisihioners, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church offices are closed until Tuesday, September 12, 2017 (weather permitting). There will be no Sunday services this weekend. Please stay safe and prayerful during this historic weather event. Following is a special message from the Office of the Bishop of the Florida-Bahamas Synod regarding the storm.

September 7, 2017

Dear Members of the Body of Christ in the Florida-Bahamas Synod,

As we continue to watch the track of Hurricane Irma, we are being surrounded by prayers and support from throughout the ELCA. The synod office has received numerous calls and messages from synod staff, pastors, and bishops throughout the church who are holding us and our companion churches in prayer in these days. Many congregations are ready to respond and support those affected by Hurricane Irma however they can.

Specifically, the Southeast Synod will be providing us a list of congregations in the areas around Atlanta, GA, Birmingham, AL and Nashville, TN who are willing to host those who may need to evacuate. That list will be shared on the home page of the Florida-Bahamas synod web site and on our Facebook page as it becomes available. We give thanks for our community in Christ who are surrounding us with prayer and support.

Assistant to the Bishop Michele Hilton has been on conference calls with the Florida VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters) all state, federal, inter-faith and non-profit agencies are as deployed and prepared as they can be. She has also been in good communication with Lutheran Disaster Response in Chicago. They are ready to support us however we need it, and we are already coordinating a joint prayer service between the chapel in the Synod House and the chapel in the ELCA Churchwide office in Chicago for the days ahead. We will share information about that as it becomes available.

It looks like Hurricane Irma will most directly impact Florida on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

The Synod House will be CLOSED on Monday.

Synod staff will remain available throughout the weekend.

Michele Hilton can be contacted directly at 941.373.5596.

As per our disaster response plan, pastors will be sharing specific information about the impact of the storm in their area with Conference Deans, who will then share that information with the synod staff. Conference Deans will be actively connecting with pastors throughout the weekend.

A donation link has been set up on the home page of the synod web site. Donations made to the synod-wide disaster response fund are used 100% for needs caused by disasters. This is also the fund through which we can support our companion churches who may be impacted. Designated donations to "Hurricane Irma disaster response" can be mailed to the synod office (3838 W. Cypress St, Tampa, FL 33607). More information about donations is available on the

Please stay attentive to information from local agencies regarding conditions and plans for your area.

Many congregations are cancelling worship and other events this weekend. Pay close attention to information coming from your congregational leadership. A Liturgy in the Time of Storm service has been created for those who may want to gather with family and friends during this storm.

As the body of Christ, we stand together in times of joy and in times of struggle. This weekend, know that you are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses who are praying for and supporting you. As Saint Paul writes, "Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love." (1 Corinthians 16:13-14)

Welcome, Pastor Felice!

Good Shepherd is proud to welcome our wonderful Interim Minister, the Rev. Felice Johnson, who will be watching over our flock during the call process to find our next permanent pastor.

Our Farewell Pot Luck with the Pastor

Good Shepherd held a bittersweet Pot Luck Luncheon as we bade a fond farewell to our beloved Pastor Ken Blyth as he moved on to a new and exciting chapter in his journey of serving our Lord and Savior.

Thanks to all who joined us for a warm time of food and fellowship over a Pot Luck Luncheon. That was followed by a program of fun and frolic kicked off with a special performance from our occasional Praise Band, The Flock.

We were blessed to have a time to reminisce and say a few words to Pastor Ken. Of course, this is not "Goodbye," just "Until we meet again."

Citrus County Community Concert Choir

Summer Concert 2017

7:30 PM, Friday, July 28, 2017

Good Shepherd again welcomes the CCCCC for another great evening of fun and song. The group is under the direction of Jacki Scott and has recently performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Please come on out and support local arts. Doors will open at 7:00 PM and the admission is $10 per person.

Vacation Bible School

What A Great VBS!

Good Shepherd

and

Hope Lutheran Churches

proudly present:

Stories Jesus Told

Thanks to all who joined us at Hope Lutheran Church as we share Vacation Bible School fun, entertainment, and learning with this sister congregation. VBS met Monday through Friday, July 10th to 14th from 9AM to 12PM each day.
Hope Lutheran Church is located at 9245 Citrus Springs Blvd, Citrus Springs, FL. We hope to see you next year!

New Worship Setting Survey

Please share your opinions and insight! We welcome everyone's feedback on the worship setting we are currently using, which is Marty Haugen's Now the Feast and Celebration. You may download a PDF copy of the survey here. (Right-click on the link and choose "Save As" to download the form.)
You may print the survey to mail in or bring to the church. You may hand it to one of the Ushers or place in the offering plate if you prefer.

Should you wish to email the form, please edit the file and from your FIle Menu choose "Save As" and change the name to something like "MySurveyResponseJune13th.pdf." Completed forms may be emailed to the Good Shepherd Administrative Offices via the E-Mail Button on the PDF form itself.

Thanks for your participation! Your input is of great value, and we heartily welcome it.

Under Construction

As we retool our Technology team, we will continue to improve and update the site. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
If you are a Technology-minded person who would like to join the team, please contact us at your convenience!

Have a Blessed Season of "Ordinary Time!"

Winter Music Series Events

Thanks again to everyone who came out to enjoy the wonderful range of musical experiences as part of our popular Winter Music Series. Thanks also to the many musicians, artists, technicians, and volunteers who made the 16-17 season such a rousing success. We're anxiously anticipating the upcoming 17-18 season already! Here is a recap of the past season's shows:
• Dunnellon Concert Singers: "Songs Sinatra Sang"
   Friday, November 18, 2016, 7:00pm
• Citrus Community Concert Choir "A Winter Holiday"
   Friday, December 2, 2016, 7:30pm
• Good Shepherd Children's Christmas Program
   (Musical Accompaniment by The Flock)
   Sunday, December 11, 2016, 8:30am Service

• Good Shepherd Chancel Choir Christmas Offering
   Sunday December 18, 2016, Sunday 11am Service
• The Churchmen: Gospel Blue Grass Band
   Friday, January 27, 2017, 6pm
• Music Gettysburg: Songs and Stories of the Civil War
   Sunday, February 5, 2017, 3pm
• Castlebay: Music from Maine and the Celtic Lands
   Sunday, February 19, 2017, 2pm

Sunday, October 29th is Reformation Sunday-- and the 500th Anniversary of Luther's historic posting of his 95 Theses on the door at Wittenberg. Plan to be Wearing Something Red!
Please watch this space for updates on Good Shepherd's observations of this Commemoration of the Reformation... the family reunion 500 years in the making!

We are happy to report that Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, renowned for the warmth and cameraderie of our after-church Fellowship Hours, will now continue to have Fellowship Hours on Sundays. Although we have fallen on times of too few volunteers to work the counters and the kitchen, the Hospitality Committee' efficient Plan to utilize only paper cups and plates and serve only cookies seems to be working well.  (If you would like to have a cake for a special event, please plan to bring plasticware to serve with it.)  As ever, the harvest are many and the workers are few, so if you feel you are hearing the call to volunteer to help out, please do.  Contact the church office to be directed to the proper folks.  We always need your assistance and would be glad to have it!

The Good Shepherd Podcast

We have got the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church podcast up and running for your listening pleasure!  Please click here to download the Podcast.

Good Shepherd Newsletter Archive Page

Our newsletter archives are now up and have their own page. You may find the current and former copies of The Shepherd's Voice by clicking here.

Important: Changes to the Good Shepherd Media Center CD Ministry

Thank you for your patience.  We have recently become a subscriber to OneLicense.net and now may include musical selections, so we are presenting the Sunday services in their entirety, rather than separate pieces for Word and Sermon and Announcements. Shut-ins will receive copies of the CD as before. We will ask other congregants to order a CD recording only if they were sick/confined to home on the Sunday in question (homebound.)

Join Us For Worship

Weekly Services 

Sunday services of Holy Communion are held weekly at 8:30 and 11:00 AM. 

Sunday School Classes. These are for all children ranging from preschool through the 5th grade. Classes are held from 9:45 am - 10:45 am, September through May. 

Please join us for as many worship opportunities as you can.


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“My sheep hear my voice.

I know them and they follow me.”

— John 10:27