Good Shepherd would like to invite you and your family to come walk with us on Saturday, July 8th. We have a float committee and they love to see as many families come out and support our church. They ask that every one arrives before 7:00 am so we can have lots of people there for voting of the floats. We are float 131 and will be on Main St. contact Shane Salisbury at 422-8940 for further questions.
Wear your superhero costumes, shirts, socks, capes, etc. Come out and have a great time. The parade itself starts at 10:00 am but we hang out, have fun with sidewalk chalk, tossing a ball around, having some morning munchies, etc.
Please arrive at Good Shepherd by 7:15 am. We will depart the church parking lot no later than 7:30 am.
Lunch will be provided at the museum. We will return to the church at 6:00 pm.
Parents and siblings are welcome on this trip.
Parent must accompany any sibling that has not complete led the first grade.
No additional monies are needed for this trip. (Unless a parent is going and you choose to take your child to a gift shop.)
Cost of trip: $20.00 for a child (ages 2-17)
$25.00 for adults
Deadline to sign up is: Sunday, July 9th
Universal permission slip must to be filled out to attend. (If a child is going without a parent present)
*Children who just completed 1st Grade through 5th Grade*
The UMW will be having their garage sale!
July 14, 8-5:00 PM
July 15, 8-3:00 PM
in the Activities Center at Good Shepherd.
Dates to drop off your donations are July 8- 13 from 5-7 PM. The donated items should be in good working condition. NO ADULT CLOTHING is accepted.
For questions or more information, contact Deb Helton.
Fun, Friends and Fellowship ~
Workshops, Hands on Mission, and Worship for teen women grades 9-12 to age 39
- See more at: www.inumc.org/umw
This two day opportunity is free of charge for up to 40 participants, so apply soon. Located on the beautiful campus of DePauw University July 21 & 22.
For more information or to apply, contact Bonnie Elam at 341-1687.
Bus trip number two….Fair Oaks Farm. We really encourage you to check out their website. This is more than just a “cow farm.” Our plan is to check out all the adventures they offer...three different experiences.
We will be ordering box lunches and eating there as a group.
Please dress kids in clothing ready to explore and have fun. Watch the weather for temperatures.
Cost for this event is: $25.00
Parents and siblings are welcome to join us on this trip. A parent must accompany any sibling that has not completed the first grade. We need you to be at the church at 6:45 am as we will leave the church at 7:00 am. We plan to return to the church at 6:00 pm.
Deadline for sign up is: Sunday, July 23rd
Universal permission slip must be filled out to attend. (If a child is going without a parent present.)
*Children who just completed 1st Grade through 5th Grade*
August 6 – All Worship Hours
Christmas in the Smokies, Dollywood, Cincinnati Reds game, Carnival Cruises and the RNC National Convention - Abby’s incredible vocal talent has opened many diverse doors for her to share God’s love. Abby has a voice that sound great singing country, contemporary and even classics. Good Shepherd welcomes Abby for a full morning of music ministry. A love offering will be received.
We will need drivers for this event.
If you are interested or able please let Deb Miteff or Lori Fehlinger know.
We will meet at the church at 8:00 am. We will then load up and head up to Fremont. Lunch will be provided.
Kids will need to bring bathing suits, flip flops, sunscreen, towel and clothes for the ride home (if they are wearing their bathing suit up).
We will arrive back to the church between 4:30/5:00.
Cost is: $20.00
No additional monies are needed for this day.
Deadline for sign up is Sunday, August 6th.
Universal permission slip must be filled out to attend.
*Children who just completed 1st Grade through 5th Grade*
August 13 – All Worship Hours
One of the most creative piano/keyboard artists in the midwest, Dawn moves hearts and astounds listeners with her arrangements of traditional hymns and contemporary worship songs wherever she goes.
Unclouded Day Vocal Quartet
August 13 – 4:00-5:30 PM
Making a name for itself in the Fort Wayne area, James Zanker’s newest vocal and instrumental group will be providing its unique style of sacred music ministry on a Sunday afternoon at GSUMC. A special feature of the concert will be the recording of the entire assembled congregation’s singing of three beloved songs to be included on the group’s newest CD. A love offering will be received.
Come let your minds open, explore and create. We will be doing an art and craft project. However, the fun doesn’t stop there. This will be a full day of fun and excitement.
Please arrive at the church between 8:30/9:00.
Lunch will be provided. After lunch we will walk over to Glenwood Pool for swimming. Please be sure to pack: swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, and goggles.
You can pick up your child back at the church between 4:30 and 5:00.
Cost for this event: $20.00
Deadline for sign up is Sunday, June 25th
Universal permission slip must to filled out to attend.
*Children who just completed 1st Grade through 5th Grade*
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2017
June 19—23 9:00—11:30 p.m.
Children Age 3 (by June 1) through 5th Grade
Friends are Welcome
Helpers are needed; must have completed 6th Grade to be a helper. Volunteer signs ups are in the main hallway.
At Maker Fun Factory, kids discover that God made them—and for a purpose! Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, devour yummy treats, experience one-of-a-kind Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s love, and test out Science-Fun Gizmos they’ll take home and play with all summer long.
Plus, you’ll meet lots of new friends!
Cost: $10.00 per child
Pick up extra cards at the church to invite your friends, or check out the on-line registration
Questions can be answered by contacting Deb Miteff at the church office. 483-8816 ext. 214 or E-mail at: email@example.com
Please be aware that pictures taken during VBS could be used in Good Shepherd publicity and our 9:30 service is live streamed.
All High School and College graduates and their families are invited to a recognition breakfast on June 4th at 8:30 followed by recognition in the worship service at 9:30 a.m. We would like a short bio of each student along with a picture. These can be submitted to Zach Schwarts at: Zschwartz@fwgoodshepherd.org or by mail to the church address. When making reservations for breakfast, send reservation to Deb Miteff at firstname.lastname@example.org and please indicate number attending, family members are welcome. Reservations deadline is: May 28th.
Sunday, May 21 Dinner 6:00 p.m. Auction 7:00 p.m.
Free-Will Donation Spaghetti Dinner Proceeds Benefit Children’s Ministry and Youth Mission Trips
Please bring your dessert donations by 6:oo p.m. May 21.
Ron Layton Memorial Gospel Sing
Saturday, May 20, 6:30 PM
Good Shepherd UMC
Gospel music is the “heart language” of many people who attend Good Shepherd. The songs are often joyful, sometimes clever, and always heart-felt. Bring together enthusiastic voices, some super instrumentalists, and great gospel songs and you’ve got an evening to remember. Invite your friends to join you and come ready to sing and celebrate the Savior on May 20 at 6:30 PM. Through gospel songs and hymns, we’ll celebrate the good news of the triumph of life over death and salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.
Seeking Volunteers Fort4Fitness
Saturday, May 20, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
We are accepting volunteers to work this event along with volunteers supplied by the event. There will be an event stop at our north entrance.
It will be a water stop for the Fort4Fitness participants.
If you are interested in helping with this event, please let me know and I will submit your name.
NOTE: As a host of one of the “Pit Stops”, we will be able to give three free entries to the event itself.
Another Great Season Comes To An End
May 17 is the last Family Night for this season. Together we want to say thanks to the cooks, setup and tear down crews, directors, accompanists, teachers, childcare workers and a host of others who have helped make Wednesday night a time of good food, laughter and learning. Together we’ve grown closer to each other and to God. These hours of study and ministry preparation have made us more skilled and available for God to use in worship and in numerous ways beyond the halls of the GSUMC building. To God be the glory!
All aboard for a fun day of fellowship and learning all about the amazing residence of Lucille Raines in Indianapolis!
Celebrating 40 years of service, residents will share how Lucille Raines Residence has changed their lives, give us a tour of the building and there will be refreshments.
We will either carpool from Good Shepherd or go by bus from Aldersgate UMC and should be home in time for Wednesday Family Night.
Sigh up at the counter outside Raasch Hall.
Contact Bonnie at 341-1687 for more information.
Saturday May 13 from 10 am - 2 pm
4700 Vance Avenue
Bring em’ out, bring em’ out, bring em’ out!!! Good Shepherd Preschool is bringing out 11 LuLaRoe consultants together under one roof! Come get your LuLa fix!!! Find your unicorns and meet new consultants to find your perfect Mother’s Day outfit! Also...one lucky shopper will win $50.00 to shop with a consultant here! Come out and help support Good Shepherd Teachers!!! Can’t wait for you all to see what’s new!
VBS Praise Team!
It's time to consider if you would like to be in the VBS Praise Team.
The requirements are: you must learn the songs and motions (you will be provided with a DVD or a YouTube link). You must be able to attend practices starting on Wednesdays beginning May 3 at 6:00 p.m. You must be able to attend every day of VBS (June 19-23) and you must be able to attend the VBS celebration on June 25 at 9:30 a.m.
TRY OUTS will be held May 3 at 6:00 p.m. NEW THIS YEAR!
To participate in the Praise Team try outs, you'll want to either use the YouTube link or get a DVD from Mrs. Miteff and learn two songs that you can sing and do the motions for. You'll be notified that night if you met all the requirements to be on the Praise Team. Praise Team practices will then be held every Wednesday until VBS.
If you have questions about tryouts, please see Deb Miteff or Lori Fehlinger.
GOSPEL SING CHOIR FORMING
For many years, Ron Layton was deeply involved in developing and leading a community Gospel Sing. As a celebration of Ron’s life and legacy the joyous strains of southern gospel music and hymns will fill the Good Shepherd sanctuary on Saturday, May 20. A choir is forming of those who love gospel music and would like to participate in this tribute to Brother Ron. Rehearsals are all at Good Shepherd on: 1) Sunday, April 30, 2:00-4:00 PM 2) Sunday, May 7, 2:00-4:00 PM 3) Wednesday, May 10, 6:30-8:00 PM and 4) Wednesday, May 17, 6:30-8:00 PM. Those desiring to participate are asked to attend at least 2 of the rehearsals. The final required rehearsal is Saturday, May 20, 10:00-Noon. The choir meets again that evening at 5:30 PM to prepare for the 6:30 PM Sing. Your help in sharing the word with those who have participated before with Ron in a Sing is appreciated. Please register with Dennis Campbell (483-8816 or email@example.com) so plans can be made for music.
FAMILY FUN CAMP OUT
Make plans now to get started on the summer season and join your Good Shepherd friends for a family camp weekend.
April 29th and 30th. We will head to Camp Lakewood for fun, activities, hiking, sleeping in cabins and campfires.
Sign up now!
Depart Good Shepherd on Saturday, April 29th at 10:00 AM and return to Good Shepherd on Sunday, April 30th approx. 1:30 PM.
Mark your calendars now and watch for further details.
Good Shepherd UMC RAASCH Hall
Good Shepherd UMC has again been asked to host a Red Cross Blood Drive at a very critical time of the year. The need for blood and blood products does not stop as Spring Break travel and events are enjoyed. So bring your refreshed self, roll up your sleeve, show us your Florida tan, and donate the Gift of Life.
In support of this Blood Drive we also appeal for volunteers to work a two hour shift on the day of the drive. As our number of donor’s increases the need for helpers in registration and canteen also increases (a good problem to have)! We also like to have extra snacks for the donors and readily accept snack gifts. Donations of cookies, veggies, or cheese and crackers can be dropped at the church on the day of the drive.
Schedule your blood donation time online at www.redcrossblood.org , or telephone: 1-800-RED- CROSS, or on the signup sheets outside Raasch Hall. Volunteer and snack sign up will also be outside Raasch hall. Lastly you can call Cathy DeWitt at 260-433-6940 with questions or to make an appointment.. There … NO Excuses not to sign up!!!
Because Good Friday is the second Friday of April, the 30 Something Group is headed to Danny’s Italian Grill on April 21 instead. Dinner will be from 7-9pm with childcare beginning at 6:45pm at the church for a minimal fee. So if you are in your 30’s or married to one, come out for a night of fun! RSVP to Corrina Weikle at firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up on a pew card.
Town Hall Meetings
If you have not read the book “Effective Staffing for Vital Congregations”, it’s not too late, copies are available in the lobby at the Welcome Center. Now it’s time for us to gather and share our thoughts regarding this book, it’s topics and how we at Good Shepherd might use them. You are invited to attend one or all, to share your thoughts, and hear from others including Pastor Tim. Pastor Tim has expressed a desire for a steering committee to provide guidance on our path toward being a vital church and persons who have expressed interest through reading the book are being contacted to serve on this committee. You are not required to have read the book to attend the Town Hall meetings, all are welcome. There are signup sheets in the main hallway for you to let us know which one you plan to attend, but even that is not required.
Town Hall meetings will be held on:
April 19th at 6:30 p.m.
April 20th at 10:00 a.m.
Aril 23rd at 11:00 a.m.
Good Friday Service April 14 ~ 7:00 p.m.
The Seven Last Days! The final week of Jesus’ earthly existence. Was there ever a more monumental week in all of human history? In some ways these seven last days mirror the seven first days of creation – in both cases a new world was being born.
These words begin the Good Friday worship this year. A choir accompanied by professional instrumentalists will lead in remembering highlights of Jesus’ last week. Jointly prepared by Good Shepherd UMC and Covenant UMC, this special service will be presented on Good Friday, April 14, 4:00 p.m. at Covenant and 7:00 p.m. at Good Shepherd. Childcare 0-3 yr. is available at GSUMC.
Holy Thursday Service
April 13th 7:00 PM
Come to a youth lead worship service for Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday)
Youth will present the message of the Ultimate Sacrifice in various ways.
Message given by two youth members.
Skit presented by youth members.
Foot Washing Stations and Service project will be a part of the service.
Join us as we commemorate the Last Supper with Jesus and His Disciples!
Please Join us for a Baby Showering in honor of Baby Robinson!
Sunday, April 9th, 2017 At 2 p.m
At Good Shepherd UMC
Hosted by Staff Parish Relations Committee and United Methodist Women
The Parent's to be are Registered at:
One Voice in Concert
April 9, 2017 at all hours
One Voice is a unique group from Indiana Wesleyan University. Formed out of IWU's outstanding Chorale, One Voice is a select mixed ensemble with band accompaniment. They provide a contemporary, cutting-edge musical experience, built on a traditional foundation. One Voice features close, tight harmony offered in a spirit of excellence directed to bring praise and adoration to Jesus Christ. A great way to start Holy Week.
The music of Easter is especially jubilant and benefits from large numbers of singers. Everyone who enjoys choral singing is encouraged to join with the Sanctuary Choir for Easter worship. Rehearsals are on Wednesday, March 29, 7:00-8:30 PM and on Wednesday, April 12, 6:30-8:30 PM. The group will sing at the 9:30 & 11:00 AM Easter worship services on Sunday, April 16. This invitation is open to all singers high school age and older.
LOOKING FOR AN UPBEAT, ROCKING MUSIC EVENT?
Look no further than Good Shepherd’s Jamfest! That’s right, it’s back and brings with it an exciting new playlist! This concert will be emceed by Pastor Nick. Our youth group will also highlight their musical abilities! Again, you will have an opportunity to submit requests of both secular and religious nature.
Jamfest is a concert of music and impact. The band will play songs submitted by you because they have touched your life in some way. The Jamfest band will accept song submissions, both secular and religious, and will select up to 12 to perform at the concert. You will be contacted if your song is selected (based on the band’s ability to play it & time allotment) and you will have the option to speak beforehand about the impression this song has had in your life. If you do not wish to speak, the band will be happy to read your response.
Enjoy A Short Stack For a Tall Cause!
Good Shepherd Kids (1st—5th grades) will be serving a Pancake Breakfast in Raasch Hall
March 25 ~ 8:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Open to all wishing to enjoy pancakes and support the kids in raising money for two bus trips: Indianapolis Children’s Museum and Fair Oaks Farms.
The breakfast will include: All you can eat Pancakes, accompanied by a side of Sausage or Bacon, Coffee, Milk and Juice for just $5.00 per person.
Photos with Bunnies
Real bunnies will be available to pose for
Easter Pictures in the Activity Center,
March 25 ~ 8:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Our photographer will take pictures of children with a bunny or two.
You will receive 3 - 4x6 copies of the
picture taken. Cost is $10.00.
Photos will be available Wednesday, March 29, and can be picked up at the church. If you prefer, we can e-mail the photo, but the fee can not be decreased for an e-mail option.
Pennsylvania Work Camp Gearing Up To Serve
Brochures and registration forms are now available outside Raasch Hall with
information for this year’s work camp to Pennsylvania. Consider going to
Pennsylvania for a week and helping someone in need. This year the Pennsylvania
work camp is June 11-17.
There will be an information meeting on Sunday, March 19, in the library at 10:30 -
11:00 a.m. (Between the second and third worship service.) Everyone is welcome
to come and ask questions and discover if this is something
Good Shepherd Hosts Gospel Concert
Saturday, March 18, 6:00 PM
Southern gospel music fans will be excited to hear that Good Shepherd is hosting The Northmen’s Annual Anniversary Homecoming Concert once again. Although not part of the GSUMC ministry, The Northmen have used our facility for their concert for several years and always invite our congregation to attend. This year the music is presented by The Northmen and special guest Abby Paskvan. The concert starts at 6:00 PM and lasts for a couple of hours; attenders are encouraged to come and go as they need. A free will offering will be received to cover the groups’ expenses.
30 Something Group
Join the 30 Something Group for a night of BBQ at Shigs N Pit on March 10! Dinner will start at 7:00 p.m. with childcare at the church beginning at 6:45. So if you're in your 30's or married to one, come out for a night of fun and laughter! Sign up on a pew card or contact Corrina Weikle.
Building a Foundation – Looking to become an important part of Good Shepherd and through this church essential to God’s ministry? Then look no further than Discovery Group! This day of fun starts out with a full lunch (free to you!) with church staff. We then move to a time of reflection, self-awareness, and an arousing game of Jeopardy!! This day is centered on understanding Good Shepherd, yourself, and Methodism in a fun and meaningful way. It’s a time to bring your questions. There is the option of church membership at the end. If you would like to attend Discovery Group on March 5tb at 12:30, please contact the church office, sign up on the pew card, or email Corrina Weikle at email@example.com.
The season of Lent begins March 1st which is Ash Wednesday. I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to a Lenten study titled The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus.
This study offers a great opportunity to focus our Lenten Season on the journey of Jesus. Using the Study, Adam Hamilton our host for this video series takes us on location in the Holy Land to discover 6 great lessons from the life and teaching of Jesus. This season, you’ll have 2 opportunities to participate in the class.
The first is Sunday Mornings as casual discussion over coffee and donuts. We’ll meet at 11:00 in room 139. First day will be March 5th. Ending April 9th
The second is on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. beginning Feb. 28th, Ending April 11th
Come join a class as part of your Lenten Discipline.