The Shepherd’s Voice
Where Can I Give to Support Flood Response and Recovery?
Western North Dakota Synod Lutheran Disaster Response ELCA Disaster Response
(www.wndsynod.org) of ND, a program of Lutheran (www.elca.org/disaster)
Accounts have been set up Social Services of North ELCA Disaster Response is
through the Western North Dakota (www.ldrnd.org) supporting communities
Dakota Synod office for flood Your generous help is needed in overwhelmed by tornadoes and
relief for both individuals and this effort through prayers and rising waters across our country.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church -- August 2011
congregations. Checks can by volunteering. In addition, Gifts designated to “U.S. Severe
be made out to “WND Synod- financial donations to Lutheran Storms” will be used in full—
Flood Relief”. Please indicate Disaster Response will provide 100 percent—to help disaster
in the memo line whether you assistance to those without survivors clean-up, rebuild
intend your gift to be used for sufficient means to recover on and recover. Because of your
individuals or congregations their own. Donations may be sent generous offerings of prayer and
affected. Gifts can be sent to LDR, PO Box 389, Fargo ND financial support, the ELCA walks
to: WND Synod, PO Box 370, 58107. To volunteer call 1-800- alongside disaster survivors on
Bismarck, ND 58502 366-9841 or email LDRvolunteer@ their long road to recovery.
lssnd.org. To request help with
your flood cleanup tasks or to FLOOD
apply for financial assistance, call 2011
Volunteer Case Management Training
Volunteer Case Managers walk with families affected by flooding through the
long term recovery process, helping them to identify resources, request funding, and advocate for flood
survivors. If you are interested in serving in this way, trainings will be sponsored by United Methodist
Disaster Response, a partner of Lutheran Disaster Response of ND.
Bismarck Training, August 6th
McCabe United Methodist Church, 1030 N 6th St, 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM (Please bring a sack lunch).
RSVP to: email@example.com. Space is limited to 40 participants.
August 7: I Kings 19:9-16, Psalm 85:8-13, Romans 10:5-15, Matthew 14:22-33
August 14: Isaiah 56:1, 6-8, Psalm 67, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Matthew 15:21-28
August 21: Isaiah 51:1-6, Psalm 138, Romans 12:1-8, Matthew 16:13-20
August 28: Jer. 15:15-21, Psalm 26:1-8, Romans 12:9-21, Matthew 16:21-28
“SAME” OLD SONG?
I’ve heard, sung or played “Amazing Grace” thousands of times during worship and funerals … no weddings
that I remember … but, that might not be a bad idea. However, when you play its music dozens of times as a
procession of deeply saddened people walk out of a city auditorium filled with grief, you have time to listen
again, to think again.
“I once was lost, but now I’m found” seems to imply a kind of ‘once for all’-ness, but not for me. I feel a need to
be found often, probably daily, as I lose myself in busyness or procrastination or so many other things. I know
I’m found for eternity, but that doesn’t mean the path is always clear.
“Tis grace that brought me safe this far, and grace will lead me home.” As I look back on my road I’ve no choice
but to realize that the ONLY reason for any “safety” so far, is grace. The longer I live, the more I believe that
everything is a gift: people, possessions, days, etc. And the tragedy and sadness we all experience serves to
remind me that I cannot go it alone on this journey towards home.
I suppose I/we/Lutherans could be accused of talking too much about “grace.” But, when we look back,
walk in the present, and hope for the future, the “too much” no longer seems true. I suppose we may sing
“Amazing Grace” too much. Maybe sometimes it’s because we can’t think of another one … or maybe it’s
because it’s so true. Perhaps that same old song is new each time we hear it, since our need for “Amazing
Grace” never changes.
Memorial/ Honor gifts allow you to express your feelings of gratitude or honor, or your expressions of sympathy for the loss of a loved one
and at the same time support the ministries of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Prompt and appropriate acknowledgements are sent to the
honoree or bereaved family indicating that you remembered them in this significant way. Gift amounts are not revealed.
In memory of Bill Keller Craig and Wendy Schweitzer
Bill and Alva Townsend Robert and JoAnn Lynne
Richard and Karen Espeland Ida Schmitt In memory of
Darlene Turitto Wally and Betty Owen Candice Demke
Kent and Grace Janssen Astrid Ongstad Astrid Ongstad
Marlys Fleck Curtis and Linda Jabs
Marv and Lois Erdmann In memory of
Fran Loeppke Steve Kenner
In memory of Loree Macintosh Greg and Sherry Fettig
Dick and Donna Kupitz Craig and Wendy Schweitzer
Loren and Delores Schock Marv and Lois Erdmann
Winnie Woodmansee In memory of Irma Borth
Lyle and Myra Johnson In memory of Lois Janke
Mavis T. Anderson
Dick and Judy Fevold Curtis and Linda Jabs
July Statistics Baptisms
Brycen Frederick Romans
Funerals Weddings Lily Rae Gilbertson
Paul Summers Paige Dorgan and Trevor McDaniels Cruz Daniel Schwahn
Loree Macintosh Lindsay Suko and Dane Severinson Sean Christopher Batiz
Bill Keller Ann Bergstedt and Justin Schoenberg Eva Grace Andrest
Steve Kenner Timothy Andrew Goetz
Samantha Lee Goetz
Flood Relief Funds FLOOD
The Western North Dakota Synod has established two separate funds 2011
for financial contributions to support flood recovery: one for individual
assistance and one to assist congregations who have sustained damage
to their church property. Gifts may be designated for either “Individual
Assistance” or “Congregational Assistance.” Undesignated gifts will be
distributed where most needed.
Gifts may be sent to the Western ND Synod, PO Box 370, Bismarck, ND 58502.
WELCA By Dorothy Nelson
Our summer Bible For circles that do not meet in the summer months,
Study for June, Pastor Sara, has agreed to do a “Summer Bible
July and August is Study” on our June, July and August lessons. This
“Renew”, “Respond” will be August 13th starting at 9:30. Bring a sack
and “Rejoice”. In the lunch, coffee and dessert will be provided. This
June session we were will give all our circles a great opportunity to be
challenged to get “unstuck”. Session 2, “Respond” together to study God’s word. This is for all women
reminds us that we are gifted to serve. Session 3, of Good Shepherd, you do not need to be a circle
“Rejoice”, we are to “Rejoice in the Lord”. The key member or a member of Good Shepherd. Everyone
verse is Philippians 4:4. We will explore the cycle is WELCOME!!!
of faith between renew, respond and rejoice. We
will study the stories of Miriam and the witness Lutheran World Relief project for July, August and
of the paralyzed man’s friends. (Mark 2:1-12). We September is School Kits. A school kit may provide
will reflect on: ”How do I rejoice when things are the only supplies for children returning to school
complicated or unresolved?” “How does rejoicing after the disruption of war or disaster. It may also
spring out of responding and lead again to be used in adult literacy classes. A list of items
renewal?” We ask the question: “How do we rejoice for school bags will be by the LWR baskets in the
when our communities of Bismarck, Mandan and Narthex and also in the “Other Page”.
Minot and all the other towns are suffering because Update on the LWR Spring Drive: 29 boxes where
of the massive floods. But as we listen to the news packed and shipped in May. We shipped 54 Quilts,
and hear the people tell their stories of what they 60 Health Kits, 26 Layettes (18 kits were completed
have lost, they also thank God for all they haven’t by the North Campus Sunday School), and 224 bars
lost. Their families are okay, people have opened of soap. A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE!!!
up their home for them to stay and they seem to
have an ever ending supply of hope and faith. Our A letter has been mailed to the women of Good
communities have come together with volunteers, Shepherd informing them of a program for serving
food, housing, etc. These past weeks, we see God groups that we had some years ago. With this
working in all of us. Gods people are “RESPONDING” program, we hope to get more partners involved
and now we can start “REJOICING”!!! As Paul says, without putting a burden on anyone. If you did not
“Rejoice in the Lord Always.” I have not asked you receive a letter and would like more information
to rejoice in your efforts, or in the challenges of life. please let anyone on the WELCA board know or
But rather, I tell you to rejoice in the Lord – in the contact Wendy at the church office.
one who is with you in all of this effort and amidst
Upcoming event is the Camp of the Cross Retreat
all of the challenges.
on September 15th & 16th.
Architect of Peace
Would you like to take a trip and change a life? Be an “architect of peace?”
There are a couple open positions on Good Shepherd’s Mission Team going
to El Salvador in November. Join Pastor Craig and other team members from
Good Shepherd and sign up now for this exciting nine day volunteer work
trip. Help build a home with a partner family in need of dignified, affordable housing by participating in the
Thrivent Builds Worldwide El Salvador Community. No previous experience is necessary.
If you are interested or would like more information about this life changing mission experience, please contact
Pastor Craig or Rita Keegan at 250-7220.
Dear Craig, Adele and GSLC, Thank you for your continued support of The Bismarck Emergency
Thank you for the dollars for camp. Food Pantry during the first six months of 2011. We do appreciate
I’m really excited to go. your help in feeding the poor and hungry of our community.
THANK YOU to the 36 Partners of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church who delivered BISMARCK MEALS ON
WHEELS in July. The project is made possible by one very devoted partner making calls until the job is
complete. Those partners who were willing to get out in the middle of the day during the hottest month of
the year also deserve a special thank you. Blessings and Thank you.
Partners in Finance
Making Ministry Possible with your Financial GiQs
General Opera*ng Fund Capital Campaign Fund
548,927 107,231 112,736
YTD ACTUAL YTD BUDGETED YTD ACTUAL YTD BUDGETED YTD ACTUAL INCOME YTD BUDGETED YTD ACTUAL YTD BUDGETED
INCOME INCOME EXPENSES EXPENSES INCOME EXPENSES EXPENSES
YTD June 2011 YTD June 2011
*Thanks to your gi0s, 10% of our actual income is shared with various missions and ministries in our community and the world.
* A complete ﬁnancial report is aAached to the monthly Council Minutes and can be found in the informaEon carousels at both campuses or on the Good Shepherd website.
* The Mortgage Note Balance is $2,750,447 ‐ monthly payment $19,176 with an interest rate of 5.25% ‐ subject to change November, 2011.
Caring Ministries Caregiver’s Support – a
support group for those who
are caregivers for a loved
one, meets on the 1st and
3rd Mondays at Noon in the
The SHEPHERDS BOOK CLUB
library. The group can help
is reading the book, ”The
with care giving tips and
Lemon Tree” by Sandy Tolan.
resources available, as well as
Terri Camp, This book tells the story of
Parish Nurse fellowship and support.
two families of Israeli and
Palestinian descent and their
Grief Support – a grief
history over the past 70 years. The story is based on
group for anyone who has lost
a documentary that was produced for “Fresh Air’.” We will NOT meet for
a loved one, gathers in the
August so our next book club meeting will be at Tim and Kelly Pansegrau’s
church library on Thursday
home on Tuesday, September 6th, at 6:30 p.m. All who enjoy reading are
nights at 6:30 p.m. The group
invited to join the group. Copies of the book are available in the church
is about having fellowship
office for check out. Call Terri Camp for directions to their home.
with support. Contact Terri at
226-0492 with any questions.
Our next Stephen Ministry Class will be starting on August 29th and we
Knitters Group –
still have a need for more Stephen ministers to help us to minister with
will NOT be meeting
one-to-one trained ministry to the many people who can use a little extra
over the summer
help during this stressful time. If you have a caring heart and a gift for
months, but will start
listening, please consider signing up for our newest class. It’s a ministry
up again this fall.
that creates life-long friends and often does as much for the caregiver
as the receiver. Contact Terri at 226-0492 for information or stop by the
church office for an application.
– is available through our Lay
There will be another AARP Driver’s Safety Course held on Thursday,
August 25th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 113. This course can help to
CD Ministry to Homebound
keep your rates down on your car insurance as well as keep you aware of
– Each worship service at
all the driving tips that will help you to be a safe accident-free driver. The
Good Shepherd is recorded
class is limited to 25 so please sign up ASAP by calling the church office.
and put onto CD’s. These CD’s
are available to be delivered
A new support group will be forming here at Good Shepherd this fall for
to anyone who is homebound.
Parenting Adult Children. We will have an organizational meeting on
Call parish nurse Terri Camp,
Monday, August 22nd in the church library at 6:30 p.m. Contact parish
if you are interested in having
nurse, Terri Camp with any questions.
them delivered to you.
The Lutheran, the Magazine of the ELCA
Did you know that The Lutheran magazine is available for free each month in the
Information Carousels at both Good Shepherd campuses? No other magazine
offers members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) the range of
inspirational and informative stories as The Lutheran. As a partner in God’s mission,
The Lutheran shares with the ELCA’s diverse membership the stories of God’s people
living their faith. Don’t miss the next issue of The Lutheran!
July Council Meeting Highlights
The meeting was called to order by Council President Gary Thune. Recommendations will be given as budget time nears. Pastor Tim
will again be meeting with all staff on an individual basis. The initial
DEVOTIONS: Pastor Tim led opening devotions. stages of this process have begun.
B. Minot Area Flood: Pastor Tim provided a proposal regarding gifts to
churches damaged by the flood in/near Minot. The proposal represents
BUSINESS: Approval of Minutes: Motion to approve the minutes from the June
possible financial assistance for fellow congregations in the Minot area
16 council meeting (Zaun/Mueller, unanimous) motion carried.
who have experienced and are experiencing both physical and financial
damage as a result of the floods of 2011. Discussion followed. The gifts
Scheduled Appearances: of $7,000 are proposed now, however could be greater as-needed and
Endowment: Meidinger reported for Tim Wahlin, Endowment Council Chair, if possible discussions could continue in the coming months. Motion
regarding Endowment Funds and Memorial Funds. Meidinger reviewed the to approve Pastor Tim’s recommendation of gifts totaling $7,000 to be
Good Shepherd constitution for specific direction on the Endowment Funds and taken from Good Shepherd’s General Fund and given to churches in the
Memorials Funds. At Good Shepherd’s June Council meeting, it was discussed Minot area affected by the 2011 flood (Espeland/Mueller, unanimous)
whether unused Memorial funds could be used for current mission purposes. motion carried.
The GSLC Constitution states that Memorial Funds under the Endowment C. North Campus Land Usage for “Community Event:” Good Shepherd
Council umbrella may be distributed by the pastors and staff of GSLC to further has been approached for usage of a portion of the land north of the
the growth of this congregation’s ministries. Regular Endowment Funds will be North Campus, due to the damages caused by the 2011 flood. Motion
handled as stated in the church constitution. Motion to rescind the motion— to move forward in the discussion and potential partnership with
effective tonight— made at last month’s council meeting regarding the unused this “community event,” as discussed by Pastor Tim, due to the flood
Memorial funds being designated and distributed to Camp of the Cross. Such a (Mueller/Bird, unanimous) motion carried.
motion made will restore the direction provided in Good Shepherd’s constitution
D. Youth Ministry Position: Pastor Craig reported. The process continues.
and will take away any restrictions that were imposed at last month’s meeting
Prayers for the ongoing efforts are encouraged as GSLC continues in the
(Mueller/Espeland, unanimous) motion carried.
process of filling this position.
E. Caring Ministries: Pastor Sara reported. Good Shepherd staff will put
1.) Staff Reports: together another dinner for persons displaced due to the flood. The
Finance Report: Meidinger reported on the financials for June. Income dinner will be held in the Lynne Center of Good Shepherd on Tuesday,
for the month totaled $85,716 which is 127% of the monthly budgeted July 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Also, the process of planning for fall
$67,600. Expenses for the month of June totaled $73,648 which is 82% programming is beginning.
of the monthly budgeted $89,807 which resulted in a net of $12,068. YTD
income totaled $586,211 compared to the 2010 YTD total of $538,002. YTD
expenses totaled $497,308 compared to the 2010 YTD total of $532,811. 2.) Old Business
This resulted in a YTD net of $88,903 income over expenses compared to the A. MIF: Discussions between GSLC and Mission Investment Fund continue.
2010 YTD total of $5,191 income over expenses. Total income received in the More updates will come at a future meeting.
capital campaign account in June was $6,997. The dedicated accounts took
in $7,450 and expensed $31,800 resulting in a net of ($24,350) expenses B. Revised Council Meeting Schedule: Dates for future meetings,—
over income. Benevolence payments for the month of June totaled $8,610. including Good Shepherd’s Annual meeting—were discussed.
Benevolence YTD payments totaled $60,995. Motion—based on Good
Shepherd’s current financial position—to transfer funds from the church’s
General Fund to Good Shepherd’s Capital Campaign Account—effective for 3.) New Business (Executive Session)
the July payment—while negotiations with GSLC’s lender continue. This A. Motion to recess the current council meeting and move into executive
process of transferring funds, as needed, will continue even after negations session at 6:55 p.m. (Bird/Mueller, unanimous) motion carried. Moved
with the lender are complete (Espeland/Bird, unanimous) motion carried. back to council meeting at 7:15 p.m.
Discussion followed. Motion to approve the June finance report (Zaun/
Mueller, unanimous) motion carried. 4.) Questions from the Floor
A. HR Committee: Pastor Tim reported that the monthly HR Committee A. No questions from the floor.
meeting was held. Current church operations, workload and staffing
were discussed. An initiative was made at the meeting to allow for
Good Shepherd staff to begin a process in which staff will look at their Pastor Craig led us in closing prayer. The next regularly scheduled meeting is
current job descriptions and what potential direction these could Thursday, August 25, 2011.
and should take in the near future. The workload and responsibilities
of positions and areas will be reviewed and further discussed. Respectfully submitted, Laura Henkelman, Communication Minister
Good Shepherd Church Council Members
–Gary Thune, President (2009-2012) –Joel Bird (2009-2012) –Bill Sorensen (2011-2014)
–Scott Parkin, Vice President (2010-2013) –Dick Espeland (2011-2012) –Patrick Haug (2011-2014)
–Glenn Mueller, Secretary (2010-2013) –Sheryl Zaun (2010-2013) –Suz Buetow (2011-2014)
Schedule of Events
(FA) Fellowship Area, (FC) Family Center, (K) Kitchen, (L) Library, (LC) Lynne Center, (NC) North Campus,
(Q) Quilting Room, (S) Sanctuary, (SC) South Campus, (YR) Youth Room
1 – 12 pm Caregivers Support Group (L)
12 pm Shepherd’s Talk (L)
1 – 5:30 pm VBS (SC) 3 – 9:30 am Caring Ministries Team (Cracker S M T W T F S
1 – 7 pm Scout Troop 2 (FA) Barrel)
8 – 7 pm Scout Troop 2 (FA) 3 – 5:30 pm VBS (SC) 1 2 3 4 5 6
15 – 12 pm Caregivers Support Group (L) 10 – 9:30 am Caring Ministries Team (LC)
15 – 7 pm Scout Troop 2 (FA) 10 – 12 pm Endowment Council (Rm. 113) 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
15 – 7:30 am Youth Missions Post-trip 10 – 7:45 pm Dream Team (Rm. 113) 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Meeting (LC) 10 – 7:45 pm Prayer Team for Dream Team
22 – 5 pm Music and Worship Ministry Team (Rm. 113) 21 22 23 24
25 26 27
(L) 17 – 9:30 Caring Ministries Team (LC)
28 29 30 31
22 – 6:30 pm Adult Children Support Group 24 – 9:30 am Caring Ministries Team Meeting
22 – 7 pm Scout Troop 2 (FA) 31 – 9:30 am Caring Ministries Team (LC) Saturdays
29 – 5:30 pm Stephen Ministry Training (Rm. 6 – High School Mission Trip to Lincoln
110/111) Thursdays County, WV
29 – 6:30 pm Adult Children Support Group 9 am Quilting (QR) 13 – 6 pm Blood Pressure Screening (C)
(L) 5:15 pm The Well Rehearsal (LC)
29 – 7 pm Scout Troop 2 (FA) 7:45 pm Celebrate Rehearsal (S) Sundays
4 – High School Mission Trip to Lincoln 9:15 am Coffee and Fellowship (LC)
Tuesdays County, WV 7 – High School Mission Trip to Lincoln
7 am Men’s Fellowship (Rm. 112) 4 – 4:30 pm HR Committee (L) County, WV
6:30 pm Horizon Worship Team (NC) 4 – 6:30 pm Grief Support Group (L) 14 – 9-11 am Blood Pressure Screening (CO)
2 – 12 pm Stephen Ministry Leader Team (L) 11 – 6:30 pm Grief Support Group (L) 14 – 10:15 am Blood Pressure Screening (NC)
2 – 5:30 pm VBS (SC) 18 – 6:30 pm Grief Support Group (L)
9 – 5:00 pm WELCA Executive Board (L) 25 – 1 pm AARP Drivers Safety (Rm. 113)
9 – 5:30 pm Stephen Ministry Supervision 25 – 5:30 pm Church Council (FA)
(Rm. 113) 25 – 6:30 pm Grief Support Group (L)
9 – 6:00 pm Bible Study Leaders (L)
9 – 6:30 pm Shepherd’s Book Club Fridays
(Pansegrau Home) 5 – High School Mission Trip to Lincoln
9 – 7:00 pm Gifts from the Heart (Rm. County, WV
16 – 12 pm Stephen Ministry Leader Team
23 – 5:30 pm Stephen Ministry Supervision
Welcome new partners
NEW MEMBER TO NEW PARTNER CLASSES will be held September 13th and 20th or September 17th
at the North Campus. Mark your calendars and save these dates if you are interested in becoming a
member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. If you have not filled out a new member information
form please contact the office or go to www.goodshepherdbismarck.com under About Us, How to join
to find the form. Childcare is provided.
For more information contact Wendy at 255-1001 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Campus: 106 Osage Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58501-2673 Non-Profit Org.
Phone: 701-255-1001 • Fax: 701-255-3644 U.S. Postage
North Campus: 4916 N. Washington St., Bismarck, ND 58503-8020 PAID
Phone: 701-223-3753 • Fax: 701-255-3644
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Back to School Shopping...
When you are doing your back to school shopping, or just in the store
picking up supplies, please remember Operation Christmas Child!on the Web!
August is the month to buy cheap pencils, notebooks, crayons, etc. and
those are preferred items to put in your gift shoe boxes for Operation
Christmas Child! Last year our boxes went to India, and there are
thousands of children there who aren’t allowed to go to school simply
because they do not have school supplies to use! Last year our shoe
boxes were able to help children be allowed to go to school, so keep
that in mind this month when shopping, and grab as many inexpensive
school supplies as you can! The collection deadline for Operation
Christmas Child will be November 14th this year.
For more information or with questions, please contact Angie at 333-9302. Happy shopping!
Shepherd’s Walk Daily Devotional
Shepherd’s Walk is a daily devotional that is published each week by Good Shepherd. This
wonderful resource is designed to help each of us dig deeper into the Bible during the
week. Each daily devotional highlights themes and texts from the previous weekend’s
worship. Please consider adding Shepherd’s Walk to you daily faith journey. These
devotional tools are available in various locations on both campuses and are free.