The Learning Committee is already working hard on our January project . . . 
Good Shepherd’s 13th Annual Talent Show, Pizza Supper & Silent Auction

Sunday, January 29th.  Tickets are – $10 per person or $20 per family and include supper and show.

Supper or Show ONLY – $7 per person or $12 per family

Sign-up on the Sign-Up Line-Up to share your talent!

Silent Auction donations are most welcome and may be brought in at any time.

A Fundraiser for Calumet Campership Fund

Suzanne Gillam    Director of Christian Education


Third Graders and older children who have not yet been prepared for the sacrament of Communion are invited to participate in Good Shepherd’s 1st Communion classes.  Classes will be held during each session of Sunday School at 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. beginning January 8, 2017.  Pastor’s Class for children and their parents will be held on February 12th at 9:00 in the Downstairs Fellowship Hall.

First Communion will be celebrated on: March 5, 2017.


A very special thank you to the Rich’s for providing us with everything needed to make our Family Advent Wreaths on November 27th.  More than 35 families and individuals participated in this annual event.  Now it’s time to return the wire frames to church, so we’ll have enough for next year too.  Thank you.


Please continue using your same envelopes thru June. If you haven’t picked up any envelopes yet, you can get a box at Sunday School check-in. Giving Statements are issued for each envelope and can be accessed online.


Thank you to all the children, parents, teachers and volunteers who helped put the finishing touches on our Christmas Pageant which presented The Wonder associated with the birth of Jesus.

We are especially grateful to Bess Sproul, Julie Hamilton-Grant, Jennifer Lentz, Dana Gillin, Karen Morrissey, Julie Schwingbeck and Jen Fischer for coordinating all the musical aspects; and to Ned Rich for everything he does behind the scenes.

Special thanks to Steve Brevik, Elke Jacobson, and the Arnold and Schwingbeck families for coordinating the Brunch.

Suzanne Gillam and Celeste Rich


If you’ve never tried an Adult Forum, make a New Year’s Resolution to stop in during January and sample one of the following sessions:

Sunday Adult Forums 9:00 and 10:45

1/1/17: No Adult Dialog because one service only on New Year’s Day.

1/8/17: Our Neighbor’s Faith Revised Edition:  We will examine key teachings, worship patterns, practice and governance of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Judaism.

1/15/17: Our Neighbor’s Faith Revised Edition:  We will examine key teachings, worship patterns, practice and governance of Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, Mennonite Church, Methodist Church and Moravian Church.

1/22/17: Our Neighbor’s Faith Revised Edition:  We will examine key teachings, worship patterns, practice and governance of Presbyterian Church, Reformed Church in America, Religious Society of Friend, and Roman Catholic Church.

1/29/17: Our Neighbor’s Faith Revised Edition:  We will examine key teachings, worship patterns, practice and governance of Salvation Army, Seventh-day Adventist Church, Unitarian Universalist Association, and United Church of Christ.

In February, we will start with the Minor (not because they are less important) Prophets.  Study guides are available.

Super Wednesday Adult Class 6:30

Faith, Sexism, Justice: Conversations Toward a Social Statement Led by Jennifer Wig

The ELCA Task Force on Women and Justice invites us to join a growing conversation and to add our input.

Monday Bible Study 9:30

New topic to be announced

Friday Group 9:30



WITNESS/SPARKCurriculum for 3’s – Gr. 2

January  8       Queen Esther

January 15      The Lord is My Shepherd

January 22      Jonah

January 29      Jesus is Presented in the Temple

FIRST COMMUNIONCurriculum for Gr. 3 & Older

January  8       At the Lord’s Table

January 15      The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

January 22      Fed and Forgiven – Lesson 1

January 29      Fed and Forgiven – Lesson 2

FIRELIGHT II – Curriculum for Grades 4 & 5

January  8       Gather in Grace 1

January 15      Gather in Grace 2

January 22      Whirl 1

January 29      Whirl 2

PULSE – Curriculum for Grades 6, 7 & 8

January  8       Life at School 5

January 15      Life at School 6

January 22      Miracle of Jesus 1

January 29      Miracle of Jesus 2

MIDWEEK – Curriculum for Grades 5 & 6

January  4          Chapters  23 & 24       The Trial Begins         The Trial Continues

January 11         Chapter   25 & LD       They Crucified Him    Lenten Devotions

January 18         Chapters         26 & 27            A Time of Waiting      He is Not Here

January 25         Chapters 28 & 29        Risen Lord Appears    Last Appearances

Thank You ! Thank you !

At the end of worship on Pageant Sunday, Francesca Bianchi invited members of the congregation to join her at the pulpit if they had ever been in a pageant directed by me.

High School students, College students and even some who had graduated came forward.  They presented me with these lovely flowers and a beautiful card filled with gifts cards that will keep me well stocked with necessities from Amazon.

My 25 years of directing Christmas Pageants here at Good Shepherd are among my most fond memories.  Thank you! 

I was very surprised and quite touched.        Suzanne Gillam

Click here for: CHRISTMAS PAGEANT PICS – The Wonder