Building Faith for the GenerationsLutheran Church of the Good Shepherd is a vibrant community of faith that rejoices in the Grace of God, teaches the message of Jesus Christ, and ministers faithfully to all people.

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The Good Shepherd women will be holding their Fall Bazaar from 9am-2pm, November 18. There will be a silent auction, bake sale and White Elephant sale, along with a Soup luncheon from 11am-1pm. Come get your cookies, pies, fresh lefse, and Scandinavian treats for the holidays!

We are needing helpers for the sale and bakers to supply goodies– contact JoRae (656-2965) to volunteer.

Pastor Steve has been diagnosed with a prolonged viral infection and will be off for medical leave followed by a period of reduced work load until the illness is resolved. Route 66 will not meet during November & December. Prayers are welcomed.

There will be an Adult Ed Advent study based on Richard Rohr’s meditation’s for advent book: “Preparing for Christmas”. Classes will run Sundays December 3-24 at 10:15 am in the Fireside Room. We will need you to pre-register to order the study books. Registration is November 19, at 10:15 am in the Fireside room. The books will be available for pick-up November 30 after 9:00 worship.


As Richard Rohr states: “Advent is a time to focus our expectation and anticipation on ‘the adult Christ, the Cosmic Christ,’ who challenges us to empty ourselves, to lose ourselves, to surrender”. It promises to be an exciting journey! If you have questions direct them to Patti States, she will be leading the study.


November 19, the WELCA Good Shepherd women will lead Thank-offering services. They are asking the congregation to bring donations of bar soap. These will be sent to Lutheran World Relief for refugee camps so that they can wash the dirt and sweat of their long journeys made to safety.

We are turning our attention to others in need for the Advent and Christmas season. Our youth attending the ELCA Youth Gathering were split into 3 groups and asked to choose a charity to “work” for. The youth have made “Reverse” Advent boxes for their charity. (The boxes are displayed in narthex). Open each Advent window and you will see items they are collecting for their charity.

Each week has different requests, then mid-December we will deliver the donations to each organization. We hope you will support their efforts and contribute.

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Following are the charities and items we are collecting for the week of November 19-25.


  • backpacks
  • meals
  • popcorn
  • board games
  • chili
  • foil packet tuna meals

Boys & Girls Club

  • Ace wraps
  • gauze
  • ice packs
  • books
  • puzzles
  • board games
  • paper towels
  • ziplocks

Gateway House

  • plastic cups
  • toothpaste
  • alarm clocks
  • laundry pods
  • batteries
  • Q-tips
  • Windex

Thank you for your support and generosity!

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Church Van gifts/donations total to date is over $16,500! If you are interested in giving to this ministry there are giving envelopes in the narthex (kiosk) as well as in the pews. Thank you for your support. If you have questions, contact Pastor Curt.

Keenagers is a group of retirees who meet monthly for lunch and a short presentation; topics vary each month. The next meeting is 11:30am, December 1, in the Alberta Bair Room at St. John’s. All retirees are welcome. To reserve your spot, sign-up in the narthex by November 27. Cost:$8.00.

For more information call Adeline Schmidt at 652-1738.

The WELCA LWR project for November: Personal Care Kits. Each kit requires the following items:
  • 1 bath towel (dark colored)
  • 2 bars bath size soap
  • 1 adult toothbrush
  • 1 sturdy comb
  • 1 metal nail clipper

If you would like to donate, items may be left in the LWR box in the narthex.

Our November cause will be the Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter. Colder weather coming always adds to the hardship of animals and the amount of strays brought in. They are in dire need of the following items:
  • Wet cat food, wet dog food
  • Dry kitten food, Breeders Edge kitten milk replacement
  • Washable cat toys, Jolly Ball toys, durable squeaky toys
  • Rawhide chews, knuckle bones
  • Scissor pooper scooper
  • Blankets (no down or stuffing please)

Donations may be placed in the Local Ministries bin in the narthex.

The Good Shepherd Trust committee is accepting requests for monies from the 2017 Good Shepherd Mission Endowment Trust. Forms are available in the Trust Box in the work room. Deadline for requests is December 5, 2017.

Save the date! January 28, 2018, 10:15am

Rejoicing in the grace of God, teaching the message of Jesus Christ, and ministering faithfully to all people!