Joint Ministry Update

The Joint Ministry Council of Good Shepherd and Holy Trinity in Kingston have begun meeting. The council will continue discussions to explore sharing pastoral ministry between the two congregations.

The council is made up of four members from each congregation. They will be discussing how we can share a joint call. Issues discussed will include coordination of worship times, sharing the financial cost of professional ministry and other issues related to a joint call.

The members representing Good Shepherd on the Joint Council are:

  • Guy French
  • Kay Korb
  • Libby Yeager
  • Wilma Gardner

A joint call proposal will be presented to each congregation once an agreement has been reached. The congregation will then vote to accept or reject the joint call.

Kids Learn Jesus Leads the Way

Good Shepherd’s Vacation Bible School was a screaming success with kids excited about God. Jesus was our guide through the rainforest as kids learned how He leads us through life. The sanctuary was transformed into a rainforest where they entered through a waterfall to begin their journey. Kids had fun learning with songs, Bible adventures, crafts, games, and snacks.

The first day’s lesson taught kids that God keeps promises through the story of Noah. The second day kids learned how God gives us direction through the Ten Commandments. On day three children found out how Jesus is with us as we fish for people. Day four showed us how Jesus heals us using the story of the lepers. On the last day children learned to share His good news as Jesus overflowed his disciples’ nets.

Watch VBS in action!

Vacation Bible School is Coming

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Rainforest Explorers VBS is Coming
August 1st through 5th

Rainforest Explorers VBS helps children learn how Jesus is our ultimate guide in the rainforest and in life. Join us as we explore Bible lessons and challenges, make amazing crafts, and make new friends.

Good Shepherd’s VBS is free and open to all children from 3 years old through 6th grade. This year we will be having VBS in the evening from 6:00 to 8:30pm.

Click here to register!

Register now, space is limited!

Please list your name as registrant. Children will be listed as attendees.
You can register multiple children on the same form by clicking Add Attendee.

Be a VBS Sponsor

Click here to donate and support Vacation Bible School

Select General Giving in the fund drop down and enter “VBS” in Note/Memo. You can also note anyone you would like to honor.

New giving options

Good Shepherd has new ways to support our ministries through online giving. You can use credit and debit cards as well as direct debit from you bank account. You can also set up recurring donations so you’ll never have to remember to bring your envelope or mail you donation. Transactions are secure using our new provider Tithely, an ELCA preferred vendor.

To use online giving just click the green Give button on our web site. You can even simply click a box to increase your giving to cover processing costs instead of having to calculate the increase.

Coming soon we’ll also have a mobile app to make giving even easier.

Special Congregational Meeting

A brief congregational will be held meeting on July 10, 2022 immediately following the 10:00am worship service. The following items will be on the agenda:

  • Furnace in the Good Shepherd Center – The cost will be higher than the $10,000 approved at the May meeting requiring additional congregation approval.
  • Financing the cost of the furnace.

Please plan to attend so we can move forward with this project to ensure our tenants have heat when the colder weather arrives this fall.

Daren Bernecker
Congregation President

Do you want offering envelopes?

It’s only Spring but it is time to order offering envelopes for 2023. Changes are coming to giving options and our church management system. In order to reduce waste of God’s resources we need to know who wants to continue using traditional offering envelopes.

Ways to give in the future will include:

  • Traditional offering envelopes
  • Using an envelope that is provided in the pews
  • Electronic transfer from your checking or savings account
  • Online giving with a debit or credit card
  • Giving through our new mobile app that will be coming soon
  • Giving by SMS text messaging

You will always continue to receive a giving statement regardless of your giving method.

You will be hearing more about changes coming with our new church management system that will provide these giving options, improve communication, provide better management of our membership records, and help build our ministries.

If you wish to continue using traditional offering envelopes please complete the form below or fill out one of the cards provided in the church. Fast response is needed so we can place the order for traditional envelopes.