Happy New Church Year! We celebrate the Season of Advent.

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Advent and Christmas Eve Services of Holy Communion on Sunday December 24th, 2017

Please mark your calendars: There will be a single worship Service of Holy Communion at 9:30AM, Sunday, December 24, 2017. This single morning worship service is the 4th Sunday in Advent. Good Shepherd will also celebrate The Nativity of Our Lord that evening with Candlelight Services to be held at 5pm and 7:30pm. Please join us for as many worship opportunities as you would like!
Please note that there will be no services held on Monday, Christmas Day, December 25, 2017.

Advent Potluck Suppers and Evening Prayer

Please join us each Wednesday evening at 6pm for our Advent potluck dinners, followed at 7pm by a brief Advent prayer service. Choir practice will be held at 7:30pm, immediately after those prayer services. Join us on December 6, 13, and 20 for these beloved evenings of fellowship and prayerful reflection on our preparations for the Christmas season.

Pastoral Call Process 2017-2018

Please visit our dedicated page for news and updates on the Call process as Good Shepherd Lutheran Church seeks its new Pastor by clicking here.

Citrus Community Concert Choir

"Messiah and Carols"

7:30 PM, Friday, December 8, 2017

Good Shepherd again welcomes the CCCC for another great evening of Holiday-themed fun and song. The Choir performance is part of our 2017-2018 Winter Music Series. 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 there is a $10 donation per person.

Good Shepherd Winter Music Series 2017-2018

Please join us for all of the fun!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:
From the Office of the Bishop

November 27, 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Florida-Bahamas Synod,

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus who blesses us with peace and whose Spirit reminds us of his words (John 14:23-29).

Near the end of his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul writes “Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” (1 Cor 15:58). I would like to discuss with Paul what he meant by ‘immovable,’ but I resonate with his care and concern that his community continue in confidence and faith in God’s abundance. As I near the end of my ministry in this synod as your interim bishop, I have, indeed, seen that “in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” My prayer for you is that you will know yourselves to be God’s beloved, and that in that reality you will remain steadfast.

What a joy and privilege it has been to walk with this community of faith as your Interim Bishop as you have discerned the work of the Spirit in your midst. I have been deeply impacted by the conversations we’ve shared. I’ve been nourished by the mutual uplifting of our spirits through worship. I’ve been inspired by your testimonies and ministries to your neighbors. My own life and faith have been enriched by the diversity of ministry and gifts that I have experienced during my time with you. Thank you for your prayers, your personal words of encouragement and the hospitality with which you have welcomed me during this time of interim ministry. I am deeply grateful and thank God for the opportunity to have served you in this way. More of the specific highlights of and appreciation for my time in this territory was lifted up at the Synod Assembly in my report. That report is available on the web site for your review and information.

In my first letter to you in March of this year, after only having spent 3 days in the office in Tampa and with many specifics of my time as interim bishop still unknown, I could already see that God is present and active in the ministries and lives of this synod. Now, in my last week as your interim bishop, I remain very hopeful for the future of the Florida-Bahamas Synod. God has blessed this synod with many opportunities for ministry and many gifted leaders including lay leaders, synod parish deacons, deacons, and pastors. You have what you need to be Christ's church in mission!

Gathered with many of you in Assembly, I witnessed the work of the Spirit as you elected a new bishop. With prayers of thanksgiving for all who participated in this process, I give thanks for Bishop-elect Suarez and am grateful for his partnership in ministry. Pr. Suarez is a faithful follower of Christ with gifts and strengths that will serve the ministry of the Gospel in this synod well. A new bishop comes with his own strengths and gifts, and I pray that as you give him time to form his vision and leadership team, space to make mistakes, and encouragement to lead as the Spirit guides, you will discover in new ways the richness of the Gospel being made known to you and to the communities you serve.

As we anticipate additional transition in the days ahead, we can be confident that the Holy Spirit will guide and direct us and that the Lord of the church will faithfully lead this synod. Thank you for your prayers and for your work to that end.

Living together with you in the hope of our crucified and risen Lord,

+Marcus

Marcus Lohrmann
Interim Bishop

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:
HURRICANE RELIEF

Please consider giving to Lutheran Disaster Relief to send aid to victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Checks may be made payable to Good Shepherd with Lutheran Disaster Relief in the memo line, and you may either specify the event to which you are donating or elect to allow Lutheran Disaster Relief to send the donation to where it is needed most. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to all who have been affected so drastically during this historic hurricane season.

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)ń 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."

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