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					                              Good News From
                                Good Shepherd
                 “I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd gives His life for the sheep.”
                                              John 10:11                               September 2010

     Good Shepherd Lutheran Church                                                  Rev. Richard Tursic, Pastor
          9066 Gunpowder Road                                               Web site:
           Florence, KY 41042                                                Pastor’s Email:
             (859)746-9066                                                       Office Email:

From Pastor
                Every morning and evening they burn to the LORD burnt offerings and fragrant incense, and the
               showbread is set on the clean table, and the golden lampstand with its lamps is ready to light every
                        evening; for we keep the charge of the LORD our God. (2 Chronicles 13:11)

Ready to be Lit
The Lord is our God and His love has                                  Gathering Area. Those photos are critical for
empowered many to serve him both night and                            us to get to know one another since our ‘09
day! Consequently the lamps at Good Shepherd                          directory is, praise God, already out of date!
are ready to be lit to let Christ‘s love shine from                   To remedy that situation, we are putting out a
this holy hill. Though the Church has its own                         new (picture less) directory. Please verify that
calendar, the ebb and flow of congregational life                     your contact information is correct and submit
is nevertheless very much tied to the school                          your anniversary and birth dates. We wish to
year.                                                                 recognize these important days of our members
                                                                      in our newsletter.
So, just as school is beginning anew, Good
Shepherd in many ways is too. Rally Day is set                        My special thanks to each of you who have
for September 12. We shall gather to launch not                       been devoting so much effort to ensure that we
only balloons but a new year of both adult and                        are ready for all of our programs that will
children‘s Sunday school. Join one of the many                        launch this fall. Included in this number are
studies that are being offered this fall.                             pray-ers and painters, weed whackers and
                                                                      pullers, Church Council and board members,
The faces at Good Shepherd continue to change                         musicians and singers, Sunday school and
for the Lord is adding to our number. Recently                        confirmation teachers, and Lynn!
we have been seeing a bunch of 20 somethings
and seniors coming through our doors—more                             What joy to have everyone back as we worship
than at any time ever before. Be sure to                              our Lord Jesus together as his family!
introduce yourself to each of our guests and
make them feel welcome. Also let one of our                           Pastor Rich
photographers snap your picture so that we
might add it to the member board in the

     Brothers and Sisters
      of Good Shepherd
It seems just yesterday that schools let out, and we
were all planning our summer events. Many of us            Dear Friends in Christ,
took vacations, had family reunions, and found
                                                           Greetings on behalf of the global Ablaze! mission
time to spend with our family and friends. It
                                                           movement of The Lutheran Church—Missouri
seemed to go so fast.                                      Synod and its 32 partner/sister churches around the
                                                           world! I am pleased to report that as of August 10,
Don‘t let the end of summer get you down. There            2010, more than $59.1 million in gifts and pledges
                                                           has been received for Fan into Flame from
are a number of exciting things happening this fall
                                                           individuals and congregations—to God be the glory!
at church. In September we kickoff our new
Sunday School program. There is planning started           At our Synod‘s July 2010 convention in Houston,
                                                           Texas, delegates voted, without debate, to
for the fall festival. We have some great small
                                                           ―celebrate Fan into Flame blessings and commit to
group Bible studies beginning. This is just a few          its completion.‖ The formal completion is set for
of the events that are being planned. It is very           Reformation 2011. Give thanks to God for His
uplifting.                                                 blessings on this historic campaign to share the Good
                                                           News of the Gospel with our brothers and sisters
                                                           around the world! We also reported many other
Council has been blessed with some wonderful               tremendous results, including the renovation of a
new additions to compliment the solid group                historic cathedral in Russia, the expansion of a
carrying on their offices. We have spent the last          seminary in Ghana, and the opening of Concordia
                                                           International School in Hanoi, Vietnam. To read
couple of months transitioning into what I pray
                                                           more about the campaign, download the Fan into
will be a very effective leadership group for Good         Flame convention report at
Shepherd. Our next focus is development of our             Or, to watch a video about Fan into Flame progress
2011 budgets to support old and new programs               both     nationally    and    internationally,    visit
moving forward.                                            into-flame-video/.

As Good Shepherd continues to grow we will have            We give thanks to God for the more than 1,400
                                                           congregations in almost every district of our Synod
some opportunities to embrace. As these get
                                                           that have participated in this campaign. However,
tackled, it is very exciting to watch the effective        there is still much work to be done. If you haven‘t
interaction of those newer to the congregation, and        had the opportunity to participate, please consider
those that have helped make us what we are today.          joining in this remarkable initiative to bring the
                                                           Gospel message to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and
It‘s this community in Christ, working together,
                                                           the ends of the earth.
that will allow us to continue to serve His will in
everything that we do.                                     Thanks for all you are doing ―vigorously to make
                                                           known the love of Christ by word and deed within
                                                           our churches, communities, and the world.‖ For
In closing I ask you all to pray for each other and        more information on participating in Fan into Flame,
our church as a whole. A prayer of thanks, for our         please contact your district office, the national
church continues to thrive unlike others                   campaign office at 800-977-2017, or visit the
                                                           campaign website:
throughout the nation. Also, a prayer of guidance,
for the decisions that need to be made as we
continue to grow by His Grace.                             In Christ,

                                                           Rev. William R. Diekelman, Campaign Spokesman
Praying with you all,
Dean Daniels

Stewardship Corner:                                        mom. And, oh by the way, the California cousins
                                                           are here for a wedding and I‘m heading over to
Vanity, Vanity! All is Vanity!                             see them. Want to come along?

Wow – what a scripture reading to have from                I deposited the mail, grabbed the camera and we
Ecclesiastes on my return from MI and my mom‘s             were off. What a blessing to spend time with
passing! But oh how right! And then shortly after          cousins I hadn‘t seen in not just years, but decades
that a weekend with Beth Moore on the topic Eat,           and to have all the siblings in this family together!
Pray, Love.                                                It was an opportunity to share some recent history
                                                           and make plans for a family reunion idea that I‘ve
As I pass through this valley in my life‘s journey         had brewing. Too many coincidences to think it
it brings into clear focus just what is important in       coincidental…
this life. And it‘s not the ancillary stuff in our
lives, but the substance of our lives, that is, our        And finally, we are to be encouragers and
relationships with God, with one another and with          supporters in our relationship with one another as
our selves. Being good stewards means being                brothers and sisters in the family of Christ. Good
conscientious caretakers of all our relationships.         Shepherd has a pretty good track record in this
                                                           area, but it is something we must constantly work
Beth Moore reminded us (often!) how throughout             at and not grow complacent about. That‘s when
both testaments, God seeks to have a lasting               seeds of discord and dissent grow into the thorns
relationship with his people. Our gracious God             of division and strife. So how do we work at that?
and Father desires a relationship with us, intimate        It comes full circle - that unless we are in an
and pervasive. How awesome is that? And what               intimate and pervasive relationship with our God,
does it take on our part but only time? Time spent         we can‘t possibly see Jesus in our fellows to be
in His Word; Time spent in Worship; Time spent             desirous of maintaining relationship with them.
in fellowship with one another, searching his word
and working together for its furtherance. And it‘s         And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are
the Time HE GAVE US!                                       idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, and be
                                                           patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody
How do we spend this precious commodity?                   pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be
Vanity?! Vanity?! Indeed… Seek ye first… you               kind to each other and to everyone else. Be joyful
know the rest of the verse, and if you don‘t…..            always; pray continually; give thanks in all
                                                           circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in
We also have been given the gift of family. Not            Christ Jesus. Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; do
all family relationships are perfect and neither are       not treat prophecies with contempt. Test
we individually. Our roles are to love and pray for        everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind
the tough to love even as we pray for ourselves to         of evil. May God himself, the God of peace,
be loved by our Lord and Savior, Jesus. Those              sanctify you through and through. May your
family relationships that are good should not be           whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at
taken for granted because they are O.K. Rather             the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who
they should be loved and nurtured all the more.            calls you is faithful and he will do it. 1
This is true for parents and children as well as           Thessalonians 5:14-24
husbands and wives and all our extended relations.
                                                           Marlis Norton
After a recent experience, I am all the more               Stewardship
convinced that God wants families to be families
together in relationship. It was Saturday. I had
spent the day cleaning, sorting and packing. It was
already 5pm as I headed out to the mailbox and
noticed a strange car back out of the neighbor‘s
driveway and head my way. Turns out it was my
cousin who had been next door in search of lids to
finish the tomatoes she was canning with her

 News from Outreach Committee
The Outreach Committee has been very busy with
lots of activities and programs. You can read about                  ALL WOMEN ARE WELCOME
Whiz Kids, Habitat, Brighten Center and the school                     AT 9:00 A.M. AT CHURCH
supply collection in other articles in our newsletter.           THE 2ND SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH
                                                                  FOR A BIBLE STUDY, FELLOWSHIP,
We are currently working on a couple of new                                AND BREAKFAST
programs that we are hoping to get started soon. Our
big concern right now is to find a couple of people                             September 11th
                                                                                  October 9th
that would be willing to call on visitors to our                                November 13th
congregation. We currently only have one team and                               December11th
two or three teams would be ideal. If you think this
might be something you are willing to do once a               PRAYER + the WORD + TIME = INTIMACY
month, please contact Julie Mills at 384-1968. We                           with GOD
still have room on the Board of Outreach for anyone
                                                                  Contributions for the breakfast are welcome.
who would be interested in helping in any aspect of                 Suggestions- breakfast casseroles, eggs,
Outreach.                                                            French toast, waffles, bacon, sausage,
                                                                         bagels, breads, fruit, juice…

                                                             PLEASE CONTACT CAROL EISING OR REGINA
                                                             BREMER IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR IF
              Men's Ministry                                  YOU WOULD LIKE TO LET US KNOW WHAT
                                                             YOU ARE BRINGING. (IT WOULD BE HELPFUL)
 Our Men's Ministry group will be attending a Risk
                                                                            CAROL 283-0876
Conference, sponsored by the First Church of Christ                       REGINA 817-9468 OR
on Friday, Sept. 10th and Saturday, Sept. 11th. The                   REGINABREMER@GMAIL.COM
cost is $50, which includes the books needed. The
speaker is Kenny Luck, the men's pastor at
Saddleback church in California. He is the founder
and president of Every Man Ministries which helps                           Thank You!
churches worldwide develop and grow healthy men's
communities. All men are invited to come.                    Good Shepherd's congregation would like to thank
                                                             those members who graciously gave anonymous
                                                             monetary gifts to purchase new paraments and altar
                                                             ware (vases, candlesticks, candles, offering plates
                                                             and candle lighter) They truly enhance the altar of
                                                             the Lord.

                                                             We have also received a monetary gift to be used for
                                                             kitchen needs. Another stove has been purchased
   Every Wednesday Morning at 9:30 a.m.                      along with a commercial sink and hose. They'll both
                                                             be appreciated and very useful, especially when we
              All women are invited                          have large gatherings. Many thanks to all of you for
                                                             your generosity and kindness in making it possible to
              Children are welcome                           purchase these items. May God bless all these gifts
                                                             and the givers.
   The bible study is “The Life of Lazarus”

“The Sheps” News                                                 National Youth Gathering
We will meet every Sunday from 6-8pm for bible               Did you know that one half of the 24, 000 National
study.                                                       Youth Gathering (NYG) participants volunteered at
                                                             100 offsite servant events, which benefitted local
Wow, I can‘t believe summer is over already and the          churches, schools, parks, cemeteries, summer camp
kids are back in school!                                     programs and other service organizations, and
                                                             individual homeowners?
Sept 12th will be a big day. The youth will be leading
the worship that day at both services. Incoming               A portion of the special gathering offering that was
freshmen are welcome to join us before if they would         collected by NYG participants at the event benefited
like to participate. We will be meeting that evening         New Orleans. The first $50,000 from the offering
for our kick off with a Pizza party and games.               was designated for local community support and
                                                             renewal and the next $50,000 funded a new national
Sept 26th we will go bowling. I will contact                 LCMS grant program to help youth groups reach
Superbowl in Erlanger to set up a time. I will have          unchurched youth. Any additional funds from the
the official announcement placed in the Voice.
                                                             offering benefited a local mission project and various
                                                             youth and young adult ministry projects.
Nov 19-21st The Sr. High District weekend in
Columbus. Keep these dates in mind. I will have              In addition to financial contributions, NYG
registration info coming.                                    participants collected and contributed thousands of
                                                             items that were donated to local residents and
I send regular emails out to the group so if you would       organizations, including:
like to receive them and do not currently please email
Jenn at and I will add you to             3,000 personal care kits for area shelters and
my list.
                                                               community organizations
I want to thank all of you that still use your Kroger        2.000 placemats for local nursing homes
Neighborhood rewards cards. THANK YOU for                    1,000 units of blood for southeast Louisiana
supporting this effort. Please remember when you               hospitals
shop at Kroger to reload the card. It is when the card
is reloaded that we get the money back from Kroger.          400 fleece blankets
A minimum of $5000.00 needs to be reloaded every             50 haircuts for Locks of Love
month. If we do not hit the $5000 it is rolled over to       125 baptismal banners for local churches
the next month. We receive 4% of that back.
Please see Dave Eising, Jenn Ostermeier, or Dean             3,000 pounds of non-perishable food items for
Daniels if you want a card. If your card deactivates           Second Harvest Food Bank
please see one of us for a replacement. Please               200 batches of play dough for local preschools and
continue to use the cards as this is providing funds
                                                               Boys & Girls Clubs
for the National Youth Gathering.
                                                             2,000 thank-you notes for local oil spill recovery
As always if you need to contact Jenn Ostermeier my            workers
number is 391-9999 or Dean Daniels at 630-453-

                                                                           Way to go!!!

        NORTHERN KENTUCKY                                    52nd Annual LWML Fall Retreat
            CHAPTER OF
We would like to sincerely thank everyone who
helped with the 4,000 white cross display that was
visible for two weeks at Good Shepherd in July.
Some of the crosses were stolen, but the majority left
standing helped to make people realize the huge
number of innocent children being aborted in this
country every day. At the removal of the crosses on
July 29th, Pastor Rich gave a short Liturgy and prayer
service. If you did not receive your t-shirt for             LADIES, do you need some EXCITEMENT in your
helping, please see Carol Trumbo or Jackie Vezina.           life? Maybe you DO need to experience something
                                                             new and different and maybe God is calling YOU to
On Sunday, September 12, The Northern Kentucky               be part of something special and accomplish
Right to Life is proud to present Katie Walker,              wondrous things in HIS name!
Communications Director at American Life League,
the nation‘s largest grassroots pro-life organization,       Listen closely to see if God might be calling you to
to speak at its 37th Annual Celebration for Life. This
                                                             attend the upcoming LWML Fall Retreat on
event will be held at The Drawbridge Inn in Ft.
Mitchell, Kentucky. The doors open at 1:15 p.m. A            September 24/25 at the Sisters of Charity
pro-life film begins at 1:30 p.m., and Katie‘s talk          Motherhouse in Delhi (Cincinnati). It promises to be
begins around 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. Our                 an exciting and inspiring weekend on the banks of the
Chapter will have a table on display. Stop by and            Ohio River.
say ―Hi!‖ For further information, please contact
Northern Kentucky Right to Life at (859) 431-6380.           We are planning some new and innovative activities
                                                             sure to energize you to SERVE HIM! You will
Think about becoming a member of Lutherans for               worship, sing, and laugh with your fellow LCMS
Life. Help to expand our mission of ―witnessing to           women AND listen to our new featured speaker,
the sanctity of human life, through education, based
                                                             Nadia Abuamsha from Building Hope in the City in
on God‘s Word.‖ For more information, please go to
their website at           Cleveland, Ohio. Nadia is a Christian raised in
                                                             Bethlehem, Israel and is sharing her story of
                                                             witnessing the gospel message to Muslims. You don‘t
                                                             want to miss THIS special weekend retreat!

                                                             Registration packets are in the church office or see
                                                             your LWML representative. Registration forms are
                                                             due September 10th. Please turn them in to either
                                                             Lisa Burns or Carol Eising. If you have additional
                                                             questions,      e-mail      Lisa      Burns       at
                                                    or call 859-466-
                                                             7834. See you there!

                                                            a desperate situation and need our help. Hope
     Human Care Committee                                   Ministries provides food, clothing, home goods,
                                                            school supplies, and some very limited financial
               Brighton Center                              support to our homeless.

The Human Care Committee is planning a grill-               Volunteers at HM work with the homeless. The
out and bible bingo for the residents of the                homeless become clients and then participate in
Brighton Center on Sunday, September 19th, at               this valuable support system. HM is totally
4:30 p.m. We will be providing hamburgers, hot              volunteer and relies on the generosity of local
dogs, salads, baked beans, and brownies for the             residents and companies. Good Shepherd is going
ladies, and then playing bible bingo with prizes.           to partner with HM to have various collections
Each of the ladies will receive a gift in addition to       throughout the year. There are also plans in the
the game prizes. We will need some donations of             works to help out with future events at Hope
food for this event. A sign-up sheet will be on the         Ministries. Please give from your heart as you see
board in the Gathering Area. Please help out if             HOPE MINISTRIES activities at Good Shepherd.
you can. The congregation is invited to join us for         The Holy Spirit has blessed us with compassion
the activities!                                             and we need to take that compassion and put it to
                                                            work…. with folks right in our own community.
   Annual School Supply Drive –                             HM is also looking for volunteers. If you are
          Thank You!!!                                      interested in helping out please contact someone on
                                                            the Human Care Committee, or contact Jackie
This past month all of you at Good Shepherd                 Shelton – the director of Hope Ministries (859-371-
opened your hearts…. and your pocket books….                1887).
and did an amazing job donating school supplies
for our annul collection. We all count our
blessings for all the wonderful gifts God has                Update on Thrivent Habitat House
provided us, but there are those less fortunate. God
has also blessed us with the caring spirit to take          There are three items especially to bring you up to
care of those in need, and help them to know we             date on the Thrivent Builds/Habitat house being
care about them. This year due to your wonderful            built for Joan Haddix and her family at 10060
generosity we were able to take supplies to United          Crescent Drive in Florence.
Ministries, the Ockerman Student Resource
Center, and Hope Ministries in Florence. Thank              1) ANOTHER GOOD SHEPHERD WORK DAY
you again for your generosity and thank you for             The first Good Shepherd work day on the house
helping to make a difference in a young person‘s            was on July 10 with a good turnout. Those involved
life. Your donation will have a positive impact on          then decided to schedule another work day. It will
a young child‘s life.                                       be Saturday, September 25, beginning at 8:15 a.m.
                                                            According to the tentative work schedule this is
                                                            planned: clean the interior of the house, wipe down
     Introducing Hope Ministries                            the walls, prime and paint the interior walls. Since
Hope Ministries, located on Main Street, has been           we are already behind schedule, due to early rains,
ministering to the homeless population in Florence          this may change, but we will keep you posted. Our
for a number of years. You may not be aware (and            thanks to all who showed up on July 10 and plan to
the Human Care Committee wasn‘t either) that we             show up again on September 25. Thanks also to the
do have homeless people right here in our own               Good Shepherd members who showed up to work
community. More than likely your children attend            on many subsequent Saturdays. The house is
school with them, and you see them when you are             beginning to take shape. Drive by and see for
out doing errands around town. These people are             yourself!
no different than you and I, only that they are in          2) A BAKE SALE
                                                            This is scheduled for Sunday, September 12,

between worship services and again after the late               we will need donations of snack items and juice.
service. The bake sale will take place at the church.           Anyone interested in helping out in any way can
All proceeds will go to Thrivent Builds for Good                contact Linnea Caldon at 371-3578 or Julie Mills at
Shepherd‘s share of the financial commitment.                   384-1968.
Earlier in the year, Good Shepherd partnered with
Baeten‘s Nursery to sell gift cards to purchase
items at the nursery. This effort amounted to about                 Board of Christian Education
$80.00 which has been forwarded to this project.
                                                                The Board has a survey for the congregation to let us
3) FINANCIAL SUPPORT                                            know what you would like for adult Bible studies. We
Each of the 12 participating Lutheran                           are asking for the type of study, the day and time and if
congregations in our Thrivent Chapter has been                  you are willing to lead a study. The results of the survey
asked to financially support this project. Although             will help us to provide studies members want to attend.
no fixed amount is set for each congregation, we
are hopeful that Good Shepherd‘s financial support              We have three small group Bible studies, the Burlington
will match our volunteer support to build and to
                                                                area group, the young couples and the Tuesday morning
provide the lunch for the workers on our scheduled
                                                                women‘s study. If you are looking for a group or would
days. Surely we can do it, if we will to do it! In
                                                                like to start one, see Justin O‘Grady.
case you would be inclined to support this effort
and not buy any baked goods on September 12,
                                                                Adult class offerings for this fall are as follows:
there will be a paint can to receive your donation.
This paint can now is located in the Gathering Area
                                                                Study in a day: We will study one or more of the
by the pictures of our first work day. You can make
                                                                lessons for that Sunday. The discussion will center on
a donation of any amount at any time you choose.
                                                                questions from the Serendipity Bible. This study is for
One Good Shepherd member donates a dollar every
                                                                the individual who is unable to regularly attend a
Sunday in this paint can until the house is finally
                                                                continuing study.
finished, dedicated and turned over to the owner.
                                                                Digging Deeper: In this series of Bible studies we will
We will continue to keep you updated until this
                                                                examine topics, digging deeper into the underlying
house is finished sometime in November. We will
                                                                biblical stories and the application of these lessons into
inform you of the actual date so that you can plan
                                                                our own lives. Each aspect of faith will be explained
to be present.
                                                                both in relation to the Old Testament and its deeper
                                                                meaning as revealed in Jesus‘ teachings.
                    Whiz Kids
                                                                Beth Moore: A new Beth Moore Bible study for
As part of our outreach to the community, Good                  women - Breaking Free; Strongholds in your life will be
Shepherd is partnering with Whiz Kids. Whiz Kids is             offered. All are invited to attend.
a program sponsored by City Gospel Mission which
equips churches to serve at-risk children through one-          Sunday School: Rally Day for youth and adult Sunday
on-one literacy based tutoring. There are 25 tutoring           School classes will be held September 12th. Plan to
sites in partnership with 35 schools serving over 700           meet in the Family Life Center at 9:45am for praise
children throughout the Greater Cincinnati area.                songs, class previews, teacher introductions and a family
                                                                balloon launch! New and exciting things await our
Good Shepherd is working with Ockerman Elementary               children this year. The 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes are
School to provide tutoring right here in our building.          joining rooms to create excitement around the weekly
Our goal is to meet Wednesdays after school for two             lessons with study in one room and crafts in another.
hours. One hour will be tutoring the children in                Our Middle Schoolers will join them one Sunday each
reading, and one hour includes a snack and bible                quarter to lead an activity. The High School students
lesson.                                                         are planning quarterly dramas based on the elementary
                                                                lessons for all classes to enjoy! Come and join us for
We need tutors (you do not have to be a teacher) and            Sunday School.
people to help with snacks and activities. In the future,

                                             Field Notes
                            THE NEWSLETTER OF SHAUEN & KRISTA TRUMP

Giraffes amble and trot across the smooth trade road         devours the first lessons, setting an aggressive pace
as we patiently wait in the afternoon sun. Far from          for the next three months. Classes occupy five hours
any park or reserve, these are real in-the-wild              of every weekday, and we have homework every
giraffes, wandering the land as they have for                night along with a new vocabulary list.
centuries, meandering towards Mount Kilimanjaro              Comprehensive exams every five lessons
on the nearby horizon. The route stretching ahead of         unexpectedly bring out our competitive natures.
us winds between large and old baobab trees that
were certainly here when Dr. Livingstone first               As the warm Tanzanian sun sets on another day, our
explored the interior of the continent, and may even         little dwelling rustles into the night with pen on
have been here when Christ Jesus walked in the Holy          paper and the slapslap of flashcards flashing.
Lands. We have indeed entered another world—both             Tomorrow we‘ll continue our journey in this new
in what we see around us and in what we‘ll be doing          world, up early reviewing the previous day‘s work as
for the next three months.                                   the sun reaches for the top leaves of the baobab trees
                                                             outside our door.
Along with Kenya, Tanzania is in Shauen‘s purview
as Mission Facilitator and already we are encouraged
by the influence of the Evangelical Lutheran Church
of Tanzania (ELCT). For miles we follow a minibus
from the ―Martin Luther‖ bus company before
stopping overnight at the Uhuru (Independence)
Lutheran Guest House about half-way to Morogoro.
The ELCT‘s membership is roughly double that of
the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, and we
happily point out signs of their presence as we drive.

Co-located on the ELCT Junior Seminary campus,
we share space with the energetic young men and
women sent to this prestigious boarding high-school                          In Class with our Tutor
from Lutheran churches across Tanzania. The
language program provides for our own room and
board with several blocks of small apartments and a
dedicated cafeteria. Krista and I happily explore our
spacious accommodations, with a small room for
Josiah, a sitting room, a bedroom for us, and a

Classes begin immediately. While we struggle with
textbooks, Josiah plays at daycare where the
attendants speak and sing to him exclusively in
Swahili. He‘ll likely learn more than we will these

Meanwhile, we enjoy the full attention of our
                                                                            Josiah Plays at Daycare
Swahili tutor and our little group of three quickly

                                                                      counties north of Durham, N.C. Sean Flynn reflects on her
Hospice Care Deserves Attention                                       ministry in his article ―At the End of Life, They Offer
                                                                      Comfort‖ (Parade Magazine, June 20, 2010). When
Every congregation, whatever its size, can choose and                 Chrissie begins her workday, she rests her hand on the list
equip one or two people to be a resource for all its                  of people she‘ll be visiting and whispers a prayer, ―Please
members. Their task? Help Christians answer serious                   God, let me touch the lives of the patients and families I
questions about how best to care for someone who doctors              see today.‖
conclude will have six months or less to live. Simply
stated, this issue confronts us: What ministries, personnel,          An Older Adult Ministry Team and the resource and
and facilities are available to help reduce the hurt, fear and        information people they equip will give parish members
worry of a person who is terminally ill?                              valuable data and insights into what is available to them.
                                                                      The congregation‘s pastors will work closely with hospital
Our Heavenly Father, 800 years before our Lord Jesus                  chaplains and counselors, doctors, nurses, home health
was born, indicated the confidence His people can have in             aides, social workers and other volunteers as partners to
Him at the end of life as well as at its beginning. Through           share the good news: ―According to his great mercy, he
His prophet He promised, ―But now thus says the Lord, he              has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the
who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel:                resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an
‗Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by              inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading,
name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I               kept in heaven for you, who by God‘s power are being
will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not              guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed
overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not               in the last time‖ (1 Peter 1:3-5).
be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am              “Reprinted
the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior‘ ‖             Reprinted with permission of LCMS District and
(Isaiah 43:1-3a). God never forgets His covenant of love              Congregational Services.
for us.

The Savior confirmed His pledge of endless grace toward
us through His apostle. Paul reassured the Christians in
Rome, ―For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor                                Binding Times
angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, . .
. nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation,            Summer break is over and we will start off with reading
will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ            The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Let‘s aim to have our book
Jesus our Lord‖ (Romans 8:38-39).                                     discussion the last week of September. Time, date and
                                                                      location to follow shortly. Any questions please contact
Believers in the local fellowship need resources and                  Kari Tangvik 586-1259 or
information to help them review their options for ministry
with loved ones whose earthly life is ending. Hospice, also
called palliative care, deserves a close look. ―One study at          Synopsis
the University of Michigan showed that cancer patients                Be prepared to meet three unforgettable women:
who chose palliative care that relieved their symptoms
lived 39 days more than those who continued to receive                Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after
aggressive care from their oncologist,‖ Dr. John Morley, a            graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it
geriatrician at St. Louis VA Medical Center, reported in              is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till
his St. Louis Post-Dispatch column, ―Successful Aging‖                Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally
(June 10, 2010). He also added, ―A study done by Kaiser               find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman
Permanente showed that palliative care not only cost less             who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no
but improved satisfaction during the dying period.‖                   one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

The medical staff at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., noted             Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her
that ―most hospice care is provided at home—with a                    seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her
family member typically serving as the primary caregiver.             after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses
However, hospice care is also available at hospitals,                 looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she
nursing homes and dedicated hospice facilities‖                       looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be
(                 broken.
They remind us that hospice emphasizes care over cure,
providing affirmation and comfort. Sometimes treatment                Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the
in a hospital may also be required.                                   sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody's
                                                                      business, but she can't mind her tongue, so she's lost yet
Nurse Chrissie Gresham works for Duke HomeCare and                    another job. Minny finally finds a position working for
Hospice, serving patients in three rural and semi-rural               someone too new to town...

                                    FAITH FINDERS KIDS KLUB

                                                                                2010 Fall Session
                                                                          Sunday Evenings: 6:00 – 7:30
                                                                           Kindergarten thru 5th Grade

                                            Beginning September 12th
    Join in for an evening filled with fun. Each week there will be a variety of fun and exciting Christian activities
               including Faith Finders Scavenger Hunts, Bible Skits, Bible Movie Nights & Much More!

                              Children are encouraged to bring their friends!
           Faith Finders Kids Klub Mission: Building Christian Character through Bible Study, Fellowship & Fun!

                        Faith Finders Kids Klub Coordinators: Jennie Diedrichs & Denise Williams

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
       Missouri Synod
    9066 Gunpowder Road
     Florence, KY 41042


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