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The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod

gslutheran@bellsouth.net

Website: TheGoodShepherdLutheranChurch.org

14301 N.W. Highway 19

Chiefland, Florida 32626

(352) 493-4597

July 2019

 

COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

June 15,2019

Meeting was called to order and opened with prayer by Pastor Mueller. Those in attendance were Cecil Robinson, Debbie Swilley, Teresa Irby, Martha Reaves, Rick Wurdeman, Pete Skeris, Earl Beegle, Richard Strickland, Barbara Carr, and Pastor Mueller.

Minutes from the last meeting were read and a motion to accept was mard by Pete and seconded by Cecil, Motion passed.

Treasurer's Report was read and a motion to accept was made by Earl and seconded by Cecil, motion was passed.

Trustees reported that they will be mulching, caulking and pressure washing.

Director of Education: Confirmation will begin this summer for Waylon. it will be lead by Pastor and Rick.

Pastor's Report: He will be doing confirmation class on Sunday mornings in July and August. There will be no bible class during July and August. Confirmation will begin on .June 30, 2019.

Women's League: Our next yard sale will be October 4 and 5.

Submitted by

Teresa Irby

January 2017 Newsletter

 Happy New Year!

Women's Group

The next Ladies meeting Noon January 7th

at the Church including lunch.

Martha Reaves , Women's Group President

& Thrivent Congregational Coordinator

ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Sunday, December 18, 2017

Officers elected for 2017 were:

Officers for 2017 are as follows:

President: Martha Reaves

Vice President: Dexter Hughes

Financial Secretary: Debbie Swilley

Recording Secretary: Mike Holeman

Treasurer: Marie Lucas

Trustees: Barbara Carr, Carlton Pierce, Arnie Smith & Richard Strickland

Bible Study will resume on Wednesday,

January 4, 2017 at 11:00am.

 Birthday celebrations January 2017

1/9 Arnie Smith 11131 NW 113th Place

Chiefland, FL 32626


1/16 Tammara Liston 1100 NE 3rd St. Apt 11

Chiefland, FL 32644

 

1/31 Barbara Manfready 7250 NE 138 Lane

Newberry, FL 32669

Altar Flowers for the month of January 2017

Given to the Glory of God by:

January 1, 2017

--Cecil & Beth Robinson in Honor of their Wedding Anniversary

January 8, 2017

****--Gerri Ross in memory of Mother's birthday

January 15, 2017

--OPEN

January 22, 2017

--Roz Boudreau in honor of son Wayne's birthday

January 29, 2017

-- Richard & Martha Strickland in Honor of their 4th Wedding Anniversary

"Serving the Lord with gladness"

        Month of January 2017

January 1, 2017

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Bonnie Edwards

Ushers: Marie Lucas & Mike Holeman

Reader: Debbie Swilley Acolyte: Joey Pinna

January 8 2017

Communion Assistant: Cecil Robinson

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Carol Ann Pulizzi & Tammara Liston

Ushers: Gerri Ross & Linda Kinder

Reader: Beth Robinson Acolyte: Joey Pinna

January 15, 2017

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Peggy Falk

Ushers: Marie Lucas & Tami Wise

Reader: Pete Skeris Acolyte: Joey Pinna

January 22, 2017

Communion Assistant: Earl Beegle

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Nancy Ferguson

Ushers: Dexter Hughes & Carlton Pierce

Reader: Dave Wise Acolyte: Joey Pinna

January 29, 2017

Communion Assistant: Rick Wurdeman

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Linda Kinder

Ushers: Christa Trehy & Gerri Ross

Reader: Pete Skeris Acolyte: Joey Pinna

Altar Guild: Christa Trehy & Marie Lucas

Martha Strickland and Bonnie Cooke would like to thank the congregation for their generous gifts to them. They are much appreciated.

From the Desk of the Church Secretary:

Please let the office know if you have any changes in your address, email, Phone, cell numbers. You can leave a note on the desk or you can email me at bonclas@gmail.com. Thank you, Bonnie Cooke

December 2016, Newsletter

 Dear Fellow Children of God,

 Do you remember the excitement of Christmas as a child?  That excitement did not just come from receiving presents on Christmas day.  Waiting also caused its own excitement.  There was an anticipation, a sense of expectation, a sense of hope, that came from waiting for that special day and for its wonderful celebration.  People used to talk about having the Christmas spirit.  I believe the excitement of the preparation for the Christmas celebration and all that means was part of that Christmas spirit.

 Traditional Christians don't just go from Thanksgiving (or Halloween like in the stores) to Christmas.  We celebrate a season of Advent for four Sundays before Christmas.  Advent comes from Latin words meaning he comes to us.  Advent is that time of anticipation, of excitement even, that Jesus is coming. 

 In worship we reflect that waiting for Jesus and that excited anticipation with the advent wreath.  Each week of the four Sundays in Advent we light one more candle on the wreath.  On the first week of Advent we light the candle of hope.  Then on the second Sunday we light the candle of faith, then the candle of joy on the third week, and the candle of love on the fourth week.  Finally, on Christmas we light that white CHRISTmas candle in the middle of the wreath celebrating that Jesus has at last come.  Advent is the time we wait with hope and anticipation for Jesus.

 Sometimes waiting can be difficult.  We all know what it means to be impatient.  But, there is good reason to celebrate Advent and to wait on celebrating Christmas.  For one thing, historically God's people waited a really long time for the Messiah to finally come.  God promised Adam and Eve that He would send someone to defeat their enemy, the devil.  They hoped the Savior would come in their lifetime.  But Adam and Eve, and all the Old Testament people of faith, waited hundreds and thousands of years trusting in God, for the Messiah to come.

 We also celebrate Advent because, in a sense, we are still waiting.  We are waiting for Jesus to come again.  While Jesus did come that first Christmas, while He did die and rise to defeat sin and Satan and death, we have not yet fully received God's kingdom of heaven.  Look at the pain and troubles and death in the world around us today.  So, we are still waiting for Jesus to come again and we are waiting for all the victory and joy He will bring.

 We may not like to wait, but ultimately there are some things worth waiting for.  Sometimes the waiting, though it may seem difficult, or even painful, points us to how precious and important the object of our waiting is.  Advent points us to God's promise that He gives Himself, His help and strength, His righteousness, love, and grace.  God gives Himself and life with Him forever for all who accept Jesus in faith.

 Christmas is right around the corner.  But, FIRST, we celebrate Advent. We wait for, we anticipate, and we are even excited that Jesus has not only come once, but that He will come again.  The season of Advent reminds us that Jesus is worth waiting for.

 A Child of God, Waiting in Hope and Anticipation for Jesus,

Pastor Jonathan Rockey

ADVENT - a time to focus on Jesus!

Advent started last Sunday, November 27th.   We will have our three Wednesday services Each of the three Advent services (November 30th,December 7th & 14th will be followed by lunch in our fellowship hall.

COUNCIL MEETING

11/13/16

The meeting was called to order at 4:05PM by Martha Reaves, President.

 Attendance records are attached to the original of the minutes.

 Pastor Rockey presented opening remarks based on Lamentations Chapter 3, verses 19 to 26. He then offered a prayer.

There followed an explanation of the Circuit Visitors duties.

 Pastor Rockey outlined the process to fill a vacancy:

                Phase 1: Fill the interim post

                Phase 2: Long Term (Self Study)

a.       Where you are as a congregation

b.       Where you want to be as a congregation

 The self study will be completed by a call committee of 7 to 8 persons. This committee will ideally be composed of parishioners from diverse backgrounds i.e. longtime members; new members; differing age groups; no more than two council members. The self study provides answers used to match candidates to the parish. It will provide a top ten ranking of the qualities the parish is looking for in a pastor. This will also answer the question of whether there is monetary support for a part-time or a full time pastor.

 The current recommended starting salary for a full time pastor is $37,475.00. There is a possibility of obtaining a mission grant from the District and Circuit if it is decided to issue a call for a full time pastor.

 Pastor Rockey then opened the floor to questions from the congregation.

 The final remarks from Pastor Rockey were for the congregation to listen for the Holy Spirit to reveal God's plan for Good Shepherd.

 The meeting was adjourned at 5:06P.M.

 Respectfully submitted,

Beth Robinson

--December 10th “ Christmas Festival at the Depot in Chiefland 10-4. See Martha if you would like to be involved.

--December 11th “After worship Service a meeting for the self study/ call committee.

--December 18th “Election of Officers

--December 24th “ Christmas Eve Service will be at 4:oo pm.

Women's Group/Thrivent

Our next Meeting will be held on January 7,

2017 at noon at the Church including lunch.

Martha Reaves

Birthday celebrations for December 2016

12/4 Eleanor Hanft 7571 NW 26th St.

Chiefland, FL 32626

12/5 Allan Hodgkins 51 Stockwell Road.

Lancaster, NH 03584

12/15 Katie Prevatt 12110 NE 10th Ave.

Trenton, FL 32693

12/19 Linda Brooks 11111 NW 113th Pl

Chiefland, FL 32626

12/19 Carol Ann Pulizzi 112 NE 796th St.

Old Town, FL 32680

12/24 Marc Agnoli P.O.Box 992

Chiefland, FL 32626

Altar Flowers for December, 2016

Are Given to the Glory of God By:

December 4, 2016

-Ladies Group in Honor of all December

Birthday's

December 11, 2016

- June Grimes in memory of Loved Ones

- Christa Trehy for Sister Hilde's healing

December 18, 2016

-Ruth Wryals in memory of son, David

-James & Debbie Swilley in Honor of

daughter, Katie's Birthday

December 25, 2016

- Roz Boudreau in Honor of Sister's Birthday

-Loretta Waters in memory of all my Loved Ones

"Serving the Lord with gladness"

     Month of December 2016

December 4, 2016

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Bonnie Edwards

Ushers: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals

Reader: Debbie Swilley Acolyte: Joey Pinna

December 11, 2016

Communion Assistant: Cecil Robinson

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Carol Ann Pulizzi & Tammara Liston

Ushers: Gerri Ross & Barbara Manfready

Reader: Beth Robinson Acolyte: Joey Pinna

December 18, 2016

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Peggy Falk

Ushers: Marie Lucas & Tami Wise

Reader: Pete Skeris Acolyte: Joey Pinna

December 25, 2016

Communion Assistant: Rick Wurdeman

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Nancy Ferguson

Ushers: Dexter Hughes & Carlton Pierce

Reader: Dave Wise Acolyte: Joey Pinna

Altar Guild for December:

Nancy Ferguson & Peggy Falk

From the Desk of the Church Secretary:

Please let the office know if you have any

changes in addresses, emails or phone numbers.

Thank you, Bonnie Cooke

A Blessed Christmas to all

November 2016, Newsletter

 

Walled In? Look for the Way Out!

There's a wall in front of you. Behind you is a past you are running from. Beyond the wall awaits the promise of a new life. But you're not moving because there is this "wall." You feel trapped. No way out. This is just the sort of situation in which God does some of his finest work.

You need only ask the Israelites. Behind them was a life of back-breaking work and slavery. Ahead of them was a life in the land of Promise. Behind them was the fierce army of a fanatical Pharaoh coming towards them. Ahead of them was a wall. Their obstruction was made of water. Your "wall" may be a fear of failure. Or maybe it's a lack of confidence that has grinded your progress to a halt. Or it could merely be too many problems that have piled up in front of you at the same time.

So you stopped. And you aren't sure if there is a way over, around, or under this imposing impediment. At this point many people panic. Anxiety rises, you freeze up. Eyes which once had clear focus now only focus on the wall just inches away. But some look elsewhere. The Israelites looked to Moses. They began placing blame on him. Have you done the same? Blame the neighbor. Blame a co-worker or the boss. Blame your dog. Blame God. Maybe even blame yourself? Blame all you want but the wall remains.

While the Israelites were body punching Moses, he opted to look elsewhere. His options? He could have looked at the enemy's army. He could have looked at the ungrateful people he led. He could have looked at the wall of water spread out before him, sat down, and given up. Instead he looked to God. And God opened an unlikely route through the wall of water. Safely on the other side, the very wall that had halted their steps closed in on and covered the sources of their fears.

The very name of the book where we find this story serves as a reminder when we face our "walls." "Exodus" is a compound Greek word meaning "the way out." And in case you might have missed it, the way out was not a better job, a different spouse, or a victim mentality. No, the way out is God. Next time you find yourself up against a wall look to him.

Congregational Meeting!!!!!!

Pease make your calendars, on November 13th we will have a congregational meeting at 4 pm. Pastor Rockey, our circuit visitor will here to help guide us in the next step of our vacancy and where we go from here. We will have dinner following the meeting. The meat will be provided, please bring a side dish.

A sign up sheet will be in the Narthex and Fellowship hall so we know how much food to get. Please plan to attend.

Advent

We will be having Wednesday Advent services beginning November 30, 2016 at 11:00am. With a light lunch to follow

COUNCIL MEETING

October 9, 2016 Council Meeting

The meeting was called to order at 12:09M.

Those in attendance were: Martha Reaves, Earl Beegle, Debbie Swilley, Beth Robinson, Cecil Robinson, Barbara Carr, Richard Strickland, Pete Skeris, Rick Wurdeman, Dexter Hughes, Carlton Pierce, Arnie Smith, and Marie Lucas.

Approval of Minutes: A motion was made by Cecil Robinson and seconded by Pete Skeris to accept the minutes of the two previous meetings. Motion carried.

Treasurer's Report: A motion to accept the Treasurer's Report was made by Cecil Robinson and seconded by Debbie Swilley. Motion carried. A discussion was held about using the Bollick Foundation Funds for a display at the Chiefland Christmas festivities.

Pastor's Report: None

Elders Report:  None

Trustee's Report: A discussion was held concerning the need to have a work day to clean up the exterior of the church.

Education Report: The Wednesday Bible study will be conducted by congregation members. Mrs. Swilley will research studies available for use.

Stewardship Committee Report: None

Women's League: The yard sale was successful in spite of the inclement weather. An additional day is scheduled for Friday October 14.

Thrivent Financial: Thrivent Action Projects are in the process for Tri County Outreach Baskets for the holidays and for Haven Hospice.

Care and Concern Committee: Still visiting the nursing home and working at the Tri County Outreach thrift store.

Old Business: The bricks have been ordered and delivery is expected in 3 to 4 weeks. The installation of the bricks will be in conjunction with the Church workday. Work has been done to improve the performance of the sound system.

New Business: Pastor Mueller has agreed to serve as vacancy pastor for most Sundays, Advent, and Lent. He will provide Mrs. Reaves with a schedule of the days he cannot serve. A congregational meeting will be held November 13 at 4:00PM to discuss the self-study.

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 12:45 with all members reciting the Lord's Prayer. The next meeting is scheduled for November 20, 2016.

Respectfully submitted,

Beth Robinson

Please take note:

It is that time of year again to start thinking about election of officers. This year we will elect President, Vice President and Recording Secretary. If you are interested in serving in any of these roles please let Martha Reaves know. We will have a nominating committee soon. Please prayerfully consider serving.

Women's Group/Thrivent

The yard sale made $2,000.00. Thank you to everyone who donated items, food and their time. We could not have done it without you.

We are collecting foods for Thanksgiving Baskets. Please bring items by November 13.

There will be a basket in the Narthex.

Next Meeting January 7, 2017 at noon at the church including lunch.

President: Martha Reaves

Many thanks to Barbara Manfready for working on the Bulletin Board in the Narthex.

Birthday celebrations for November 2016

11/24 Ruth Wryals P.O. Box 1116

Old Town, FL 32680

11/25 Dennis Connolly 3470 NW 160th Street

Trenton, FL 32693

11/28 Donna Offhaus 2010 SW 105th Street

Trenton, FL 32693

Altar Flowers for November, 2016

Are Given to the Glory of God By:

November 6, 2016

  • Richard Strickland in Honor of Martha Strickland's 15 years as Organist for Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

November 13, 2016

- Linda Brooks in honor of all Veterans

Those serving, retired and passed away.

  • Bonnie Cooke in memory of my Mom, Geraldine (Jerry) Hunt whose birthday is today.

November 20, 2016

OPEN

November 27, 2016

  • June Grimes in honor od sons Mark & Mitch's birthdays

"Serving the Lord with gladness"

     Month of November 2016

November 6, 2016

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Bonnie Edwards

Ushers: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals

Reader: Debbie Swilley Acolyte: Joey Pinna

November 13, 2016

Communion Assistant: Cecil Robinson

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Carol Ann Pulizzi & Tammara Liston

Ushers: Gerri Ross & Barbara Manfready

Reader: Beth Robinson Acolyte: Joey Pinna

November 20, 2016

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Peggy Falk

Ushers: Marie Lucas & Tami Wise

Reader: Pete Skeris Acolyte: Joey Pinna

November 27, 2016

Communion Assistant:

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Nancy Ferguson

Ushers: Dexter Hughes & Carlton Pierce

Reader: Dave Wise Acolyte: Joey Pinna

Altar Guild for November:

Barbara & Ron Manfready

If you want to make a memorial offering to the memory of Ginny Abel Kallin, they can be made to Shepherd of the Coast Lutheran Church. 1901 E Commercial Blvd Ft Lauderdale FL 33308.

We need to keep Dorothy and Charlie, and the rest of the family in our prayers

A time to be thankful!!!!!!!

From the Desk of the Church Secretary:

A new Directory has been put in mailboxes in the fellowship hall. Please let the office know if you have any changes in addresses, emails or phone numbers.

Thank you, Bonnie Cooke

September 2016, Newsletter

From Pastor Jonathan Rockey

A Fleeting Life and an Eternal Promise

Dear Fellow Children of God,

 While Kathy and I were traveling in July we attended the 45th reunion of my graduating class at Gainesville High School.  It was the first time I have been able to attend one of my class reunions because I have always lived out of town when past reunions were held.  

 It was fun to reconnect with some old friends.  But, not everyone I hoped to see at the reunion was present.  Some former classmates sent notice that they were unable to attend.  But there were others who were missing for another reason.  Posted in the entry way to the room where we ate was a list entitled, In Memoriam “ Remembering and honoring our classmates who left us much too soon.  

 I attended a large high school, and my graduating class had over 960 students.  So, the list of people who are no longer with us was a long list.  In fact, I recently went back to look at the list and counted 88 people who were named.

As I read the list that night I was surprised and I was saddened.  A girl who had sat beside me in English class is no longer with us.  The former girlfriend of one of my best friends died of cancer.   A husband and wife couple from our class both passed away.  And one of my best friends was on the list.  This man had spent many hours in my home as a youth, and had visited me in St. Louis, in Florida, and even in Alaska.  I had actually learned in 2012 of the death of this friend, so his passing was not a surprise.  But seeing his name along with the 87 others brought me to a stop.

Seeing this list caused me to think of what Peter wrote, quoting Isaiah 40, 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For, ˜All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, 25 but the word of the Lord stands forever.' And this is the word that was preached to you. (1 Peter 1:23-25)

The list at my reunion showed me the truth of God's word, All men are like grass.  We can take the gift of life for granted.  Perhaps the fact that I expected to see some of those people on the list at the reunion shows that I have taken my life for granted.  But, as Peter points out life is fleeting.  None of us knows when death may come.  

The fleeting nature of life also shows us how much we need the mercy and the salvation which God gives through faith in Jesus.  Thankfully, Peter tells us that that where ˜All men are like grass' and life is fragile, there is something that does last forever.  The word of the Lord stands forever.' And, where life might be fragile and fleeting, God gives new life when He creates faith through the power of his enduring word.  23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.  Thank the Lord that in this life, where little is sure, God gives eternal life by the power of His word.                                                                                                                                              

I don't know about all my classmates, but I do know that the good friend on the list was a member of the church in which I grew up in Gainesville.  When he and I saw each other, among other areas where we caught up, we also talked about our faith in Jesus.  Even as His life was taken too quickly, he has life that does not end with Jesus in heaven.  

This life may be fleeting, but through His word which does not pass away, God gives life that is eternal.  After looking at that list and being reminded of our mortality, I am thankful that God gives this gift of new and eternal life.

 A Child of God, Realizing Again my Need for God's Gift of Eternal Life,

Pastor Jonathan

COUNCIL MEETING

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

July 17, 2016 Council Meeting

The meeting was called to order at 11:50 AM.

Those in attendance were: Martha Reaves, Earl Beegle, Debbie Swilley, Beth Robinson, Cecil Robinson, Richard Strickland, Pete Skeris, Rick Wurdeman and Marie Lucas.

Approval of Minutes: A motion was made by Cecil Robinson and seconded by Earl Beegle to accept the minutes of the April 17, 2016 meeting. Motion carried.

Treasurer's Report: A motion was made by Cecil Robinson and seconded by Earl Beegle to accept the report. Motion carried. Marie Lucas requested permission to accept updated rates for the telephone service and copier if they provide a cost savings. A motion to allow acceptance of these updated rates was made by Cecil Robinson and seconded by Debbie Swilley. Motion carried.

Pastor's Report: In lieu of the pastor's report, Martha Reaves stated Pastor had fallen and strained his back. Because of this he was unable to attend the meeting. Sunday morning Bible study will not be held the month of August.

Elders Report: The elders will discuss with Pastor Abel other ways they may be able to assume some of his duties as he recovers.

Trustee's Report: The motors had to be replaced in both of the air conditioning units in the Sanctuary and the drain lines cleaned. We have not received the bill from Spann's.

Education Report:  Barbara Manfready continues to have children's Bible study on Sunday mornings.

Stewardship Committee Report: There is no Chairperson at the present time.

Women's League: Yard Sale will be in October.

Thrivent Financial: Thrivent Action Project funds were received to help defray the costs of next Sunday's luncheon.

Care and Concern Committee: Still visiting the nursing home. Volunteers are needed at the Tri County Outreach thrift store.

Old Business: Martha Strickland will be on vacation August 21. Martha Reaves will work with Bonnie Cooke to order the service for download. She also will talk with Pastor Abel about storing the I-Pad at the church.

New Business: A discussion was held about installing the memorial bricks. Martha Reaves will follow up to see when the bricks will be available for delivery. A work day will be scheduled this fall to complete the installation.

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 12:49 with all members reciting the Lord's Prayer. The next meeting is scheduled for August 21, 2016.

Respectfully submitted,

Beth Robinson

Women's Group/Thrivent

Our Fall Bazaar and Bake Sale will be held October 7th and 8th . You can start to bring your items anytime after the 3rd of September.

The ladies are having craft days on Thursdays at 10:00am. Come and join the fun. We will supply the items needed. They are easy and fun. If you make a mistake (like Martha) it can be fixed. We will sell the crafts at the Yard sale.

Our next meeting will be on September 27, 2014

Looking forward to a great year ahead.

Women's Group President &

Thrivent Congregational Coordinator,

Martha Reaves

Altar Flowers for September, 2016

Are Given to the Glory of God By:

September 4, 2016

-- Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in

Memory of Pastor Abel for his many

years of Service

September 11, 2016

-- Ruth Wryals in memory of Bobbi

-- Loretta Waters Happy Birthday to son,

Joe

September 18, 2016

-- June Grimes in memory of dad, John

Vaughan

-- Ruth Wryals for sll September

Birthdays

September 25, 2016

-- Roz Boudreau in Celebration of

Daughter-in-law, Vicki's Birthday

Birthday celebrations for September, 2016

9/2 Richard Strickland 3930 NW 13th Ave

Bell, FL 32619

9/3 Marie Lucas 4970 NW 73rd St.

Chiefland, FL 32626

9/8 Margaret Schneider 79 SE 33rd Ave.

Cross City, FL 32628

9/12 Martha Reaves 14251 NW 66th Ave.

Chiefland, FL 32626

9/13 Karrah Agnoli P.O. Box 992

Chiefland, FL 32644

9/13 Doug Prevatt 12110 NE 10th Ave.

Trenton, FL 32693

9/25 Judy Molitor P.O. Box 4444

Cedar Key, FL 32625

9/26 Beth Robinson 6100 NW 50th Street

Bell, FL 32619

9/27 Bruce Offhaus 2010 SW 105th Street

Trenton, FL 32693

"Serving the Lord with gladness"

     Month of September 2016

September 4, 2016

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Bonnie Edwards

Ushers: Gerri Ross & Barbara Manfready

Reader: Debbie Swilley Acolyte: Joey Pinna

September 11, 2016

Communion Assistant: Cecil Robinson

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Carol Ann Pulizzi & Tammara Liston

Ushers: Marie Lucas & Kathy Agnoli

Reader: Beth Robinson Acolyte: Joey Pinna

September 18, 2016

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Nancy Ferguson

Ushers: Beth & Cecil Robinson

Reader: Judy Molitor Acolyte: Joey Pinna

September 25, 2016

Communion Assistant: Rick Wurderman

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Peggy Falk

Ushers: Dexter Hughes & Carlton Pierce

Reader: Pete Skeris Acolyte: Joey Pinna

Altar Guild for September 2016:

Peggy Falk and Nancy Ferguson

From the Desk of the Church Secretary:

Please let the office know if you have any

changes in addresses, emails or phone numbers.

Thank you, Bonnie Cooke

July & August Newsletter 2016

From: Pastor Abel:

Unbelievable love

One of the radical in our day was talking to a group of young people (in the world as it is) (man moves on the basis of self-interest and not of the basis of mystical ideals) these come later as a justification. Let us try to organize people around things, not around what is right or wrong. People do the right thing for the wrong reason. So one of the things an organizer tries to do look for the wrong reason)/.

This advice is a far cry from the words of the apostles. All reminds us of the service of those who have been (born again) should be prompted by the (the love of Christ,)

Christians who have come to know what is really means to live are no longer to live unto themselves, but unto him who died for them, and rose again.

Remember, love doesn't stop it continues on and on.

On July 24th Rev Jonathan Rockey (Martha Reaves' brother) will be here from Alaska. He will be doing Sunday School and Church that Sunday. The topic will be Alaska Missions for Christ. Come and see all the good works that God is providing in Alaska.

 

Women's Group/ Thrivent

The next meeting will be Tuesday August

23rd at 5:30pm.


The ladies will be starting a craft group to make crafts for the Fall Bazaar. We will meet twice a month starting in August. Dates and times to be announced. Let Martha know when a good day and time for you and well will get started. You don't have to be crafty we will provide the materials and show you what to do. Don't worry these will be easy and fun. So come and join us


Women's Group President and Thrivent Congregational Coordinator, Martha Reaves

Birthday celebrations for July & August, 2016

July 1st Dorothy James 9799 Florida St.

Fanning Springs, FL 32693

11th Sandra Connolly 3470 NW

160th St Trenton, FL 32693

11th Rebecca Connolly 3470 NW

160th St Trenton, FL 32693

12th Kathy Agnoli P.O. Box 992

Chiefland, FL 32644

19th Waylon James Mitchell

15751 NE 5th Ave

Trenton, FL 32693

21st Priscilla Ulmer P.O. Box 314

Plymouth, FL 32768

 

August 1st   Carol Merwin 11131 NW 113th Pl

 Chiefland, FL 32626

2nd  Lindy Hanft 150 Hall St. 

West Branch, MI 48661

2nd Heather Wurderman

1130 N Lake Parker Ave,

Lakeland, FL 33805

7th  Lisa Davis 7918 70th St. NW  

Trenton, FL 32693

11th Anita Maull 11480 NW 112th

Terrace, Chiefland, FL 32626

13th Cecil Robinson

6100 NW 50th St

Bell, FL 32619

25th Ron Manfready

7250 NE 138th Lane

Newberry, FL 32669

27th Bonnie Edwards

9290 NW 1st Ave

  Branford, FL 32008

Altar Flowers for July & August, 2016

Are Given to the Glory of God By:

July 3, 2016

-- OPEN

July 10, 2016

-- Gerri Ross in celebration of Daughter,

Donna's Birthday

--Loretta Waters in Honor of Daughter,

Cindy's Birthday

July 17, 2016

-- June Grimes in Honor of Granddaughter,

Nicki's Birthday

-Debbie & James Swilley in celebration of

Grandson Waylon's Birthday

July 24, 2016

--Christa Trehy in memory of Tom and my

Mom's Birthday

July 31, 2016

--OPEN

 

August 7, 2016

-- Loretta Waters in celebration of

Lisa & Tiffani's Birthdays

August 14, 2016

--June Grimes in memory of Mother

--Bonnie Grippando Cooke in Celebration of

Shannon Curtis & Karissa Grippando˜s

3 year Wedding Anniversary on the 10th.

August 21, 2016

--OPEN

August 28, 2016

--OPEN

"Serving the Lord with gladness"

     Month of July & August 2016

 

July 3, 2016

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Bonnie Edwards

Ushers: Gerri Ross & Barbara Manfready

Reader: Debbie Swilley Acolyte: Joey Pinna


July 10, 2016

Communion Assistant: Cecil Robinson

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals

& Carol Ann Pulizzi & Tammara Liston

Ushers: Geri Ross & Kathy Agnoli

Reader: Beth Robinson Acolyte: Joey Pinna


July 17, 2016

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Nancy Ferguson

Ushers: Marie Lucas & Geri Ross

Reader: Dave Wise Acolyte: Joey Pinna

July 24, 2016

Communion Assistant: Rick Wurdeman

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals

& Peggy Falk

Ushers: Dexter Hughes & Carlton Pierce

Reader: Pete Skeris Acolyte: Joey Pinna


July 31, 2016

Communion Assistant: Pete Skeris

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Nancy Ferguson

Ushers: Ron & Barbara Manfready

Reader: Dave Wise Acolyte: Joey Pinna


Altar Guild for July: Christa Trehy & Marie Lucas


August 7, 2016

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Bonnie Edwards

Ushers: Gerri Ross & Barbara Manfready

Reader: Debbie Swilley Acolyte: Joey Pinna


August 14, 2016

Communion Assistant: Earl Beegle

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals

& Carol Ann Pulizzi & Tammara Liston

Ushers: Cecil & Beth Robinson

Reader: Beth Robinson

Acolyte: Joey Pinna

 

August 21, 2016

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals

& Nancy Ferguson

Ushers: Marie Lucas & Geri Ross

Reader: Dave Wise Acolyte: Joey Pinna

 

August 28, 2016

Communion Assistant: Earl Beegle

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Peggy Falk

Ushers: Dexter Hughes & Carlton Pierce

Reader: Pete Skeris Acolyte: Joey Pinna

 

Altar Guild for August:

Ron & Barbara Manfready

 

From the Desk of the Church Secretary:

 

Please let the office know if you have any changes in addresses, emails or phone numbers.

I may be contacted by leaving a note on my desk or you can email me at bonclas@gmail.com.

 

Thank you, Bonnie Cooke

As you travel this summer please remember to take the Lord with you!

Remember the 4th of July

June 2016

From Pastor Abel:

˜ALL YOUR NEED'

My God will supply your need Philippians 4:19

In Philippians we find Ezra ready to leave Babylon for Jerusalem. Not only did the King make his journey known we have him make a decree to the people ˜Whatever Ezra requires be given to him. What a beautiful picture of the Heavenly King who also makes a provision for the needs of his children. Assuring those words of Philippians, My God shall supply all your need. What if Ezra said I were to go on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem & before I started I would obtain some letters of credit for London & Jericho?

I know that God will take care of me & provide for all of my needs & he said I will never leave thee or forsake thee. His promises are Eternal. AMEN

Council Meeting

No Council Meeting in May. Next Council Meeting will be announced in the Bulletins

Women's Group

We had a great yard sale. We were lacking only a few dollars from a total of $3,000.00.

Our next yard sale is October 7th and 8th so start cleaning out those closets.

Our next meeting will be August, 2016.

Have a great summer,

Martha Reaves Women's Group President

& Thrivent Congregational Coordinator

 Birthday celebrations June 2016

 

1st Dorothy James 9799 Florida Street

Fanning Springs, FL 32693


10th Gerri Ross 5590 NW 76th Avenue

Chiefland, FL 32626


11th June Grimes 16850 NW 60th Avenue

Trenton, FL 32693


15th Barbara Carr 8990 NW 111th Lane

Chiefland, FL. 32626

 

16th Danny Walker 4325 N Arbor Shore Trail

Hernando, FL 34442-5515

 

18th Rick Wurderman 8891 NW 50th Avenue

Chiefland, Fl. 32626


20th Roz Boudreau 816 East Park Avenue

Chiefland, Fl. 32626

 

Altar Flowers for the month of June, 2016

Given to the Glory of God by:

June 5, 2016

- June Grimes in memory of Ray Grimes

June 12, 2016

- Flowers given in Honor of Geri Ross's Birthday

- Geri Ross in honor of June Grimes Birthday

- Debbie Swilley & Linda Lawson in Honor of Mom, Barbara's Birthday

June 19, 2016

-June Grimes in Honor of Son, Mikes Birthday on the

25th

-Leon Boudreau in Honor of Roz's Birthday

June 26, 2016

-Geri Ross in Honor of Son, Gary's Birthday

"Serving the Lord with gladness"

        Month of June 2016

June 5, 2016

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Bonnie Edwards

Ushers: Geri Ross & Barbara Manfready

Reader: Beth Robinson Acolyte: Joey Pinna

June 12, 2016

Communion Assistant: Rick Wurdeman

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Carol Ann Pulizzi & Tammara Liston

Ushers: Judy Molitor & Kathy Agnoli

Reader: Beth Robinson Acolyte: Joey Pinna

June 19, 2016

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Nancy Ferguson

Ushers: Marie Lucas & Kathy Agnoli

Reader: Dave Wise Acolyte: Joey Pinna

June 26, 2016

Communion Assistant: Pete Skeris

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Peggy Falk

Ushers: Dexter Hughes & Carlton Pierce

Reader: Pete Skeris Acolyte: Joey Pinna

Altar Guild for June: Peggy Falk & Nancy Ferguson

From the Desk of the Church Secretary:

Please let the office also know if you have any changes in your address, email, Phone, cell numbers. You can leave a note on the desk or you can email me at bonclas@gmail.com.

READERS NEEDED!

We are still looking for persons who would like to do Bible Readings & Ushering. If anyone is interested please leave a not or email to the secretary.

Thank you, Bonnie Cooke

Have a Safe Summer!!!!

Next month we will be doing a July/August Newsletter

May 2016

From Pastor Abel:

  We have just finished experiencing the glories of the resurrection. And now we think about the ascension and the blessing of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.  

   God is so good to us, giving us all that we need and we return to him some of that love.

   During this time of the year we think of the weather and of the chance to travel and we also need to take time to think of those blessings that God gives us. The biggest blessing we think of first is the gift of Mothers.  And we thank God earnestly for that and we ask him to continue to bless us with more people who love and to love us.

 Thank you Lord for putting us in the right place.

Council Meeting

04-10-16

The meeting was called to order at 12:15 PM. Those in attendance were: Martha Reaves, Earl Beegle, Pastor Abel, Beth Robinson, Cecil Robinson, Judy Molitor, Richard Strickland, Pete Skeris, Rick Wurdeman, Barbara Carr and Marie Lucas.

The meeting opened with prayer by Pastor Abel.

Martha Reeves presented a report on the problems with the well and pump. There is a water leak which has caused the pump to run continuously which has caused a short in the wiring. Mark Reeves is coming to inspect the electrical and Richard Strickland will meet the plumber to see what repairs are needed. A motion to transfer monies from savings to the general fund to pay for the repairs needed to restore water service was made by Earl Beegle and seconded by Pete Skeris. The motion carried.

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 12:38PM. The next regular meeting is scheduled for April 17, 2016.

Respectfully submitted,

Beth Robinson

Council Meeting

04-17-16

The meeting was called to order at 12:10 and opened with prayer by Pastor Abel.

Those in attendance were: Martha Reaves, Debbie Swilley, Beth Robinson, Cecil Robinson, Judy Molitor, Richard Strickland, Pete Skeris, Rick Wurdeman, Marie Lucas and Pastor Abel.

Approval of Minutes: A motion was made by Cecil Robinson and seconded by Debbie Swilley to accept the minutes of the February 21, 2016 and April 10, 2016 meetings. Motion carried.

Treasurer's Report: Due to the financial program on the computer being unavailable no printed Treasurer's report was available. Marie Lucas reported the checkbook balance as of today is $2250.00.

Pastor's Report: Some of our winter visitors have expressed an interest in sending donations to the church during the summer.

Elders Report: Joey Pinna has a broken arm. The elders will be lighting the candles and carrying the cross until he is able to resume these duties.

Trustee's Report: The well only required repairs to the electrical system and the pipes. We have not received a bill from the plumber for these repairs. The oil Eternal Light has to be filled twice a week. The manufacturer will be contacted to see if adjustments can be made to the flame.

Education Report: No Report.

Stewardship Committee Report: No Report.

Women's League: The yard sale is scheduled for May 6 and 7.

Thrivent Financial: We continue to receive Thrivent Choice funds.

Care and Concern Committee: No Report.

Old Business: None.

New Business: Judy Molitor will be away for 6 months beginning May 15. Debbie Swilley volunteered to fill in until she returns. Martha Reeves will be out of town May 11-19. The next meeting is scheduled for May 22 instead of May 15.

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 12:58 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Beth Robinson

Women's Group

The Spring Yard Sale is May 6 & 7, 2016 from 8:00am “ 2:00pm.

The ladies next meeting will be announced in the bulletin

Martha Reaves Women's Group President

& Thrivent Congregational Coordinator

 Birthday celebrations May 2016


1st Ricky Pinna 9290 NW 1st Avenue

Branford, FL 32008


5th Leon Boudreau 816 East Park Ave

Chiefland, FL 32626


6th Loretta Waters 11731 NW 78th Ave

Chiefland, FL 32626

 

18th Cranford Perryman

11150 NW 108TH Terrace

Chiefland, FL 32626

 

18th Greg Offhaus 8891 NW 50th Ave

Chiefland FL. 32626

 

19th Aimee Mitchell 15751 NE 5th Ave

Trenton, Fl. 32693


25th Peggy Falk 726 SW 2nd Ave

Trenton, FL. 32693

 

Altar Flowers for the month of May, 2016

Given to the Glory of God by:

May 1, 2016

--Peggy Falk in celebration of Olivia graduating for FSU

--Geri Ross for God's Blessings

May 8, 2016

--Loretta Waters in memory of Son, Richards Birthday

--Roz Boudreau in Honor of Leon's Birthday

May 15, 2016

--June Grimes in memory of sister, Eileen

--Ruth Wryals in honor of all May Birthdays

May 22, 2016

--Debbie and James Swilley in Honor of daughter Aimee's Birthday

--Christa Trehy in Honor of Ellen & Tom's 25th Wedding Anniversary

May 29, 2016

--Geri Ross for God's Grace

"Serving the Lord with gladness"

        Month of May 2016

May 1, 2016

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals & Nancy Ferguson

Ushers: Marie Lucas & Kathy Agnoli

Reader: Beth Robinson Acolyte: Joey Pinna

May 8, 2016

Communion Assistant: Cecil Robinson

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Carol Ann Pulizzi & Tammara Liston

Ushers: Geri Ross & Barbara Manfready

Reader: Beth Robinson Acolyte: Joey Pinna

May 15, 2016

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals & Peggy Falk

Ushers: Marie Lucas & Kathy Agnoli

Reader: Debbie Swilley Acolyte: Joey Pinna

May 22, 2016

Communion Assistant: Rick Wurdeman

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Bonnie Edwards

Ushers: Dexter Hughes & Carlton Pierce

Reader: Pete Skeris Acolyte: Joey Pinna

May 29, 2016

Communion Assistant: Pete Skeris

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Nancy Ferguson

Ushers: Kathy Agnoli & Geri Ross

Reader: Pete Skeris

Altar Guild for May: Barbara & Ron Manfready

LET US ALL REMEMBER!!!!!

A few notes from our Organist Martha Strickland:

---If anyone has a favorite hymn tune they would like to have played as a Prelude, prior to the service, please check with Martha to see if she might have a version available. She is willing to do this during the summer months of June, July and August.

--If anyone plays any instrument, please see Martha after the worship service

--If you would like to be kept up with things going on within our congregation and have email, please email her your address and she will add it to her list.

Summertime.....and the travelin' is comin'.........

Our winter visitors have begun to leave us, and we're thinking about vacations. We have also experienced some members who have become infirm, some have been summoned home to the Lord, some have been led to travel to a different place. All of this makes us look at our 'Stewardship' and realize that we still have to think of God's House and its maintenance. As you travel, and take a bit of vacation, please remember that we have to keep our lights on, our floors cleaned, our grass cut and our electric on ----just as you do at home. Keep your church in mind as you prepare your summer budget. We still need your prayers and support!

From the Desk of the Church Secretary:

Please let the office also know if you have any changes in your address, email, Phone, cell numbers. You can even leave a note on the desk or you can email me at bonclas@gmail.com. Thank you, Bonnie Cooke

April 2016

From Pastor Abel:

Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr. All of these leaders inspired hope in others. They gathered huge numbers of supporters who followed them and believed in them. Yet all of them shared the fate of dying prematurely at the hands of violent persons who opposed their vision for humanity. We remember these men as remarkable human beings and martyrs for their causes. But there is something else that these leaders have in common--NONE of them have returned from the dead. Their influence continues to resonate with the living, but their ability to impact the world ended substantially at their death. Some of their followers carry on with their causes, but over time, their legacy becomes more and more settled in a distant legendary past than in a vital living present. There is one, however, who shared a similar fate, but whose vibrancy, power and influence remain white-hot to the present. We are talking of course of Jesus. In this entire season of Easter we are still going through, we remember that the death of Jesus was not the end. Jesus is alive. Jesus is with us. This claim is not merely one in which Jesus lives on in our memories or in our corporate gatherings. The consistent claim of the scriptures is that God the Father raised Jesus bodily from the dead. Our faith is rooted in the reality of an empty tomb. The scriptures declare that Jesus' death was not merely a heroic or a martyr's death but a purposeful one planned before by God in which the Son would die for our sins according to the scriptures and be raised on the third day according to the scriptures.

In the immediate context, Jesus has already made bold on the claim, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." He announced that his followers will do even greater works than the ones that he has done. And, Jesus himself will live even after death. The departure of Jesus will not mark the end of his movement, but the beginning of a high-octane enhanced version of it.

 

Founder's Day

It will be Good Shepherd Lutheran Church's 31st Anniversary on April 14, 2016.

 

 

 

 

Women's Group

We will have our spring yard sale on May 6 & 7.

So start cleaning out those garages & closets & bring the items to church. You are what makes our sales a success. We couldn't do it without you.

Thanking you in advance

Martha Reaves Women's Group President

& Thrivent Congregational Coordinator

 

 

 

 Birthday celebrations April 2016


1st Joey Pinna 9290 NW 1st Avenue

Branford, FL 32008


9th Linda Beckner


12th Pastor Abel 70 Grass Street

Homosassa, FL 34446


20th Judy Dadswell 11384 NW 113th Street

Chiefland, FL 32626

 

 

Altar Flowers for the month of April, 2016

Given to the Glory of God by:

 

April 3, 2016

- Linda Lawson to the Glory of God

-Tammara Liston for Pastor Abel's recovery

April 10, 2016

-Roz Boudreau in Honor of son, Daryl's Birthday

 

April 17, 2016

-Geri Ross In Honor of Husband, Ray's Birthday

April 24, 2016

-Loretta Waters in memory of Husband, Lewis

 

"Serving the Lord with gladness"

        Month of April 2016

 April 3, 2016

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Nancy Ferguson

Ushers: Marie Lucas & Kathy Agnoli

Reader: Debbie Swilley Acolyte: Joey Pinna

April 10, 2016

Communion Assistant: Rick Wurdeman

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Carol Ann Pulizzi & Tammara Liston

Ushers: Geri Ross & Martha Reaves

Reader: Beth Robinson Acolyte: Joey Pinna

April 17, 2016

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals & Peggy Falk

Ushers: Barbara Manfready & Judy Molitor

Reader: Judy Molitor Acolyte: Joey Pinna

April 24, 2016

Communion Assistant: Pete Skeris

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Bonnie Edwards

Ushers: Dexter Hughes & Carlton Pierce

Reader: Pete Skeris Acolyte: Joey Pinna

Altar Guild for April: Christa Trehy & Marie Lucas

From the Desk of the Church Secretary:

Please let the office know if you have any changes in your address, email, Phone, cell numbers.

You can leave a note on the desk or you can email me at bonclas@gmail.com. Thank you, Bonnie Cooke

Christ is Risen!!!!

March 2016

Lenten Services

We continue on with Wednesday Lenten Services at 11:00am, 3/2, 3/9 & 3/16. Then Holy week we will be having Maundy Thursday Services 3/24 at 11:00am, Good Friday Services 3/25 at 11:00am, and 1 Easter Service 3/27 at 10:30am. There will be breakfast before at 9:00am.

COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

Council Meeting 1-31-16

The meeting was called to order at 111:30AM by Martha Reaves, President.

An opening prayer was offered by Pastor Zerbe.

Attendance records are attached to original of minutes.

Budget: The 2016 budget was presented to the congregation by Martha Reaves and the floor was opened for discussion. There being no discussion a motion to accept the budget was made by Cecil Robinson and seconded by Pete Skeris. The motion carried.

New Business: Kathy Agnoli presented a request from Chiefland High School Royal Court Prom Attire for prom dresses or suits to be used for Chiefland High School students.

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 11:54AM. The congregation then recited the Lord's Prayer in unison.

Respectfully submitted,

Beth Robinson

Council Meeting 2-21-16

The meeting was called to order at 111:30AM by Martha Reaves, President.

An opening prayer was offered by Pastor Zerbe.

Attendance records are attached to original of minutes.

Budget: The 2016 budget was presented to the congregation by Martha Reaves and the floor was opened for discussion. There being no discussion a motion to accept the budget was made by Cecil Robinson and seconded by Pete Skeris. The motion carried.

New Business: Kathy Agnoli presented a request from Chiefland High School Royal Court Prom Attire for prom dresses or suits to be used for Chiefland High School students.

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 11:54AM. The congregation then recited the Lords Prayer in unison.

Respectfully submitted,

Beth Robinson

Women's Group

LWML Spring Rally is on Saturday April 2nd at Our Redeemer in Ocala. If you interested in going please let Martha know by March 27, 2016, the cost is $8, which included lunch.

Martha Reaves Women's Group President & Thrivent Congregational Coordinator

Birthday celebrations March 2016

10th Marcus Mitchell 15751 NE 5th Ave

Trenton, FL 32693

14th Earl Beegle 11390 NW 86th Ct.

Chiefland, FL 32626

22nd Debbie Swilley 3550 NW 140th St

Chiefland, FL 32626

22nd Eli Prevatt 12110 NE 10th Ave

Trenton, FL 32693

23rd Christa Trehy 68 NE 189th Ave

Old Town, FL 32680

24th Thomas Bursey 3450 NW 50th Ave

Chiefland, FL 32626

29th Bonnie Cooke 6139 NW 12th Ct

Bell, FL 32619

31st Joyce Beegle 11390 NW 86th Ct

Chiefland, FL 32626

Altar Flowers for the month of March 2016

Given to the Glory of God by:

March 6, 2016

--Linda Lawson in memory of Bob

--Ruth Wryals in memory of Son, David's Birthday

March 13, 2016

--Open

March 20, 2016

--Christa Trehy in memory of all the birthdays that past in March

--Loretta Waters in memory of sister, Ellen's Birthday

March 27, 2016

--Nancy Ferguson in Honor of Ken & son, Kraig's Birthday

."Serving the Lord with gladness"

        Month of March 2016

March 2, 2016 “ Lenten Service

March 6, 2016

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals

& Nancy Ferguson

Ushers: Marie Lucas & Kathy Agnoli

Reader: Debbie Swilley Acolyte: Joey Pinna

March 9, 2016 “ Lenten Service

March 13, 2016

Communion Assistant: Cecil Robinson

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals

& Carol Ann Pulizzi & Tammara Liston

Ushers: Geri Ross & Martha Reaves

Reader: Beth Robinson Acolyte: Joey Pinna

March 16, 2016 “ Lenten Service

March 20, 2016

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals

& Peggy Falk

Ushers: Barbara Manfready & Judy Molitor

Reader: Judy Molitor Acolyte: Joey Pinna

March 24, 2016 “ Maundy Thursday

March 25, 2016 “ Good Friday

March 27, 2016

Communion Assistant: Earl Beegle

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals

& Bonnie Edwards

Ushers: Dexter Hughes & Carlton Pierce

Reader: Pete Skeris Acolyte: Joey Pinna

Altar Guild: Nancy Ferguson & Peggy Falk

Work Day!!!! Saturday. Mach 15, 2016.

From the Desk of the Church Secretary:

Please let the office know if you have any changes in your address, email, Phone, cell numbers.

You can leave a note on the desk or you can email me at bonclas@gmail.com. Thank you, Bonnie Cooke

February 2016

From Pastor Abel:

Dear Friends

This is a special year! It's not very often that Ash Wednesday and Valentines' Day fall in the same month, much less the same week! Too bad for all of you who gave up chocolate for Lent! Seriously, there seems to be a dichotomy between the two. Ash Wednesday is all about remembering our frail humanity, while Valentine's Day celebrates romance and love. As I reflect on the diverse nature of these two days, one very somber, the other very merry, perhaps the common theme that ties them together is love.
 
The Apostle Paul writes, in Romans 5,
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person”though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die”but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Ash Wednesday points us to the greatest love that mankind could ever experience as we rehearse again the truth that God willingly sacrificed His beloved Son, and Jesus willingly gave up His life to show us the depth of His love. At my last parish we would exercise the imposition of ashes early in the service, but following communion I stationed elders to wipe the ashen crosses off as people left the communion rail with these words: Christ has cleansed you; you are free. It was to be a beautiful and powerful testimony of the power of the Sacrament of the Altar. If we confess our sin, God is faithful and just to forgive our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Far from penitential somberness, maybe Ash Wednesday should also be a celebration of God's love!
 
There are many tales about the origin of Valentine's Day, but suffice it to say that Valentine was purportedly a priest, and His love for God and for God's people made an impact that, while far from what perhaps was originally intended, is still for us an opportunity to witness to our faith in Jesus. In fact, I believe Valentine's Day could be a great time to tell of the real love that God has lavishly poured on us. John, the beloved Apostle, wrote in his first epistle words that may have influenced St. Valentine. He wrote,
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
 
I heard a scathing review of Christianity not too long ago. The author stated that Christians speak a lot about love, but they aren't so good about practicing it. Or as someone has stated, Your words say you love me, but your actions say otherwise. I don't know about you, but when it hits that close to home it kind of stings! Jesus said to His disciples, right before He would be crucified, By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. No amount of flowers and candy can make up for a perceived lack of love! And likewise, the non-believing world around us can sense when there is a lack of authenticity in love. Maybe Burt Bacharach had it write, What the world needs now is love, sweet love, it's the only thing that there's much too little of.
 
Speaking of old songs, I know I'm aging myself, but I remember back around 1978 when John Paul Young sang the song, Love is in the Air. For some of you reading this, you will no doubt start humming it to yourself”but beware, because you won't be able to get the tune out of your head! Others of you probably have no idea what I'm talking about. It was an instant disco hit. 

Love is in the air everywhere I look around; Love is in the air every sight and every sound; And I don't know if I'm being foolish; Don't know if I'm being wise; But it's something that I must believe in; And it's there when I look in your eyes. Of course, the song goes on (and on and on) from there¦ Okay, this may not be a church song, but what if the eyes we're looking into are the eyes of Jesus? His eyes are filled with His love for us, and for the world around us. That's why He's called us to engage in the Master's business, so that His love becomes evident, not only by our words, but by our actions! Then maybe His love will become more evident in our eyes, too!
 
All around us are symbols of God's love for us. We talk about it in the explanation to the First Article of the Creed in Luther's Small Catechism. God provides us with so many blessings each day, yet often we choose to focus on what we believe He has failed to provide. All around us are opportunities for us to share God's love. The good people at Lutheran Church of Providence in Deltona, FL have begun carrying little wooden crosses in their pockets, and as they eat in restaurants or talk to clerks at the store they ask a few simple questions, and if they sense that people are going through a struggle, they hand them the cross and share how the cross has brought them peace and hope. A very simple way for us to share God's love. The opportunities are all around us. His love is in the air”so breathe it in and share it with the world! Don't just let it be about what we say we believe, but let the world see His love living in us. That's how people are connected to Jesus!
 
I pray that we would celebrate Ash Wednesday with joy, focused on God's love. As we begin our Lenten journey once again to the foot of the Cross, there we see God's love manifested in such a powerful, transformative way. The world has taken over the celebration of St. Valentine, but we can still redeem it by first remembering God's love for us in Jesus, and then sharing that love in small ways that reflect His love living in us. His love is all around us. May God make each of us, during this season of Lent, reflections of His love.
 
In His awesome, life-changing love,
Pastor

COUNCIL MEETING

January 10, 2016 Council Meeting

The meeting was called to order at 12:25PM and opened with prayer by Pastor Abel.

Those in attendance were: Pastor Abel, Martha Reaves, Earl Beegle, Debbie Swilley, Beth Robinson, Cecil Robinson, Judy Molitor, Barbara Carr, Richard Strickland, and Marie Lucas.

Approval of Minutes: A motion was made by Cecil Robinson and seconded by Earl Beegle to accept the minutes of the December 20, 2015 meeting. Motion carried.

Treasurer's Report: A motion was made by Cecil Robinson and seconded by Earl Beegle to accept the report. Motion carried.

Pastor's Report: Pastor Abel stated that all is going well with the church. He also reported on the condition of some of our members. He will be having meetings with the current elders as well as those newly appointed.

Elders Report: Nothing to report

Trustee's Report: Nothing to report.

Education Report: The Sunday school is going well

Stewardship Committee Report: Time and Talent Worksheets have been made available. They are to be returned either in the offering plate or given to a council member.

Women's League: The first meeting of the year was held on January 9, 2016. Dates for the yard sales are April 6 & 7 and October 7 & 8.

Thrivent Financial: A request will be submitted for a Thrivent Action Project. As part of this project there will be a souper-bowl Sunday on February 7. All church members will be asked to donate the cost of one bowl of soup. These monies will be used with to create a food pantry at the church.

Care and Concern Committee: No Report

Old Business: None

New Business: The congregational meeting to approve the budget will be January 31. Installation of officers will be February 7.

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 1:05PM with all members reciting the Lord's Prayer. The next meeting is scheduled for February 21, 2016.

Respectfully submitted,

Beth Robinson

Women's Group

 We had our first meeting of 2016 with a lunch on January 9th.

We collected our dimes from our Christmas stockings. We have decided to send it to Lutheran World Relief for the purchase of pigs, cows, and chickens to help families support and feed their families. We will have our Spring Yard Sale and Bake Sale on May 6th-7th, and our Fall Bazaar and Bake Sale will be October 7th-8th. Remember these dates and clean out those closets and garages. 

We will be having a "SOUP"er Bowl lunch on February 7th. We will be accepting donations to help fill our cabinets with food to help the people who come to the church looking for food. We will keep this in the kitchen along with plastic silverware.  

Our next meeting will be February 24th after the Lenten Service. I hope to see you then.

Martha Reaves Women's Group President

& Thrivent Congregational Coordinator

 Birthday celebrations February 2016

 

2/19 Martha Strickland

3930NW 30th Avenue

Bells, FL 32619

 

2/27 Rihanna Wurderman

1130 N Lake Parker Avenue

Lakeland, FL 33805

Altar Flowers for the month of February 2016

Given to the Glory of God by:

February 7, 2016

--Loretta Waters in Honor of granddaughter, Abby's Birthday

February 14, 2016

--Leon & Roz Boudreau in Honor of their Wedding Anniversary

--Ruth Wryals in memory of Husband, Mark

February 21, 2016

- Bonnie Cooke in celebration of son, Shannon Curtis

Grippando's 29th birthday on the 18th.

February 28, 2016

--Christa Trehy in memory of Wedding Anniversary

"Serving the Lord with gladness"

        Month of February 2016

February 7, 2016

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals

& Nancy Ferguson

Ushers: Marie Lucas & Kathy Agnoli

Reader: Debbie Swilley Acolyte: Joey Pinna

February 14, 2016

Communion Assistant: Earl Beegle

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals

Carol Ann Pulizzi & Tammara Liston

Ushers: Geri Ross & Martha Reaves

Reader: Beth Robinson Acolyte: Joey Pinna

February 21, 2016

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals

& Peggy Falk

Ushers: Barbara Manfready & Judy Molitor

Reader: Judy Molitor Acolyte: Joey Pinna

February 28, 2016

Communion Assistant: Pete Skeris

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals

& Bonnie Edwards

Ushers: Dexter Hughes & Carlton Pierce

Reader: Pete Skeris Acolyte: Joey Pinna

Altar Guild: Ron & Barbara Manfready

If anyone is interested in being added to the prayer email which is a notification of prayer requests and other pertinent information regarding our friends and members of Good Shepherd, please contact Martha Strickland.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the congregation for their Christmas gift. I was very grateful for your generosity.

Christa Trehy

From the Desk of the Church Secretary:

Please let the office know if you have any changes in your address, email, Phone, cell numbers.

You can leave a note on the desk or you can email me at bonclas@gmail.com. Thank you, Bonnie Cooke

 

January 2016 Newsletter

From Pastor Abel:

 Happy New Year! Use it all Wisely

A new beginning like that offered with each new day, but for a whole year! So now is the time to get out a calendar and to block out the year ahead, week by week, month by month, season upon season. What activities do you plan to do this year? What things would you like to accomplish? Have anything to wrap up this year? Maybe something to start?

That is what the New Year is about: a time to begin, a time to finish, a time to look forward, a time to recall, a time to seek, a time to fund, a time for us all to be all that we are and all that God created us to be!

From the viewpoint of both the Church and the secular world, we will now be in a New Year of Grace. For the Church, New Year's came on the first Sunday in Advent, and for the world, it will come on January 1st. With God, there is no time. God is eternal, without beginning and without ending. A thousand years in God's sight is but a moment past. We, however, live in Time, the Time given to us by God, the creator of time. Time is given to us to live in, for and through God. Time is made holy (or unholy) by how we use it,, either to the glory of God, or to the Glory of ourselves, as we are known to God. Use your year, 2016 WISELY!

Have you noticed lately how the letters and phrases seem to "magically" change in the lighted kiosk that is outside the church, on the US19 side? It really doesn't change by "magic"...two very dedicated volunteers, Dexter Hughes and Carlton Pierce change the sign regularly, according to season of the year, special happenings, or general announcements that we need to have seen. We try to look at the year ahead and schedule these in an interesting way to let us inform our congregation, our friends and neighbors, and anyone who gazes at it of our 'happenings.'

If, as you traverse the far and wide world that you travel, and you happen to see an 'interesting' statement on a church kiosk, please let us know in the church office and we will try to include this at an appropriate time. Creative ideas and phrases are not just the privilege of those of us in Levy County. We might find some elsewhere.......please just let us know!

Women's Group

The next Ladies meeting on January 9th @ 12 noon. We will have finger foods/appetizers. Please bring your favorite to share.

Don't forget your Stocking money.

Thank You

Martha Reaves , Women's Group President

& Thrivent Congregational Coordinator

   ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Sunday, December 14, 2015

Pastor Abel opened with prayer. There were 37 members present. Nominations were read and approved with no opposition.

Officers elected for 2016 were:

Recording Secretary: Beth Robinson

Treasurer: Marie Lucas

Positions approved were:

Elders: Pete Skeris

Rick Wurdeman

Officers for 2016 are as follows:

President: Martha Reaves

Vice President: Cecil Robinson

Financial Secretary: Judy Molitor

Recording Secretary: Beth Robinson

Treasurer: Marie Lucas

Pastor Abel closed with prayer.

Respectfully submitted by

Marie Lucas

COUNCIL MEETING

December 20, 2015

The meeting was called to order at 12:09 p.m. and opened with prayer by Pastor Abel. Those in attendance were Pastor Abel, Martha Reaves, Earl Beegle, Carlton Pierce, Dexter Hughes, Arnie Smith, Barbara Manfready, Judy Molitor, Debbie Swilley, Richard Strickland, Rick Wurdeman and Marie Lucas.

Minutes: Martha motioned to accept minutes from last meeting, Dexter seconded. There were no objections and motion passed.

Pastor's Report: Pastor Abel stated it has been a good year and everyone is doing a good job preparing for the coming year. He is planning to see Nancy Ferguson and Judy Dadswell.

Elders' Report: Nothing to report.

Treasurer's Report: The Treasurer's Report was presented. Arnie motioned to accept, Earl seconded. There were no objections and motion passed.

Trustees' Report: Pastor Abel commented on how nice the painted door and trim look, thanks to Arnie. Arnie suggested that we clean the kiosk in front of the church. Barbara Carr suggested that we schedule a work day to clean up the debri and limbs from the yard area.

Director of Education's Report: No report, but thanks to Barbara Manfready and Gerry Ross for teaching Sunday School.

Stewardship Committee Report. Dexter asked for suggestions for quotes on the kiosk. It can consist of 2 lines with 19 characters (including spaces) on each line. Also would appreciate ideas for the bulletin board in the front entry of the church.

Women's League: Next meeting will be 1/9/16, and there will be a lunch. We will take the Christmas tree down on 1/3/16, after church.

Thrivent Financial: No report but several projects have been completed.

Care & Concern: We continue to support to the Tri County Thrift Store and Tri County Nursing Home. If anyone has extra time, we could really use volunteers to help with Tri County Nursing Home.

Old Business: Dexter stated that we had discussed the possibility of joining the Chiefland Chamber of Commerce in previous meetings and made a motion to do so this coming year. Barbara Carr motioned to join, Marie seconded, there were no objections and motion passed.

New Business:. Discussed projected budget. Judy made a motion to accept, Earl seconded. With one objection by Dexter Hughes, the motion passed. Time and talent sheets will be passed out in January

Earl made a motion to close meeting, Arnie seconded and meeting was closed at 1:41 p.m. with the Lord's Prayer in unison.

Next Meeting: January 10, 2016

Respectfully Submitted,

Marie Lucas

Bible Study will resume on Wednesday,

January 13, 2016 at 11:00am.

 Birthday celebrations January 2016

1/9 Arnie Smith 11131 NW 113th Place

Chiefland, FL 32626


1/16 Tammara Liston 1100 NE 3rd St. Apt

Chiefland, FL 32644

 

1/31 Barbara Manfready 7250 NE 138 Lane

Newberry, FL 32669

Altar Flowers for the month of January 2016

Given to the Glory of God by:

January 3, 2016

--OPEN

January 10, 2016

--Gerri Ross in memory of Mother's birthday

January 17, 2016

--OPEN

January 24, 2016

--Roz Boudreau in honor of son Wayne's birthday

January 31, 2016

-- Open

"Serving the Lord with gladness"

        Month of January 2016

January 3, 2016

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Nancy Ferguson

Ushers: Marie Lucas & Kathy Agnoli

Reader: Debbie Swilley Acolyte: Joey Pinna

January 10, 2016

Communion Assistant: Cecil Robinson

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Carol Ann Pulizzi & Tammara Liston

Ushers: Barbara Manfready & Judy Molitor

Reader: Beth Robinson Acolyte: Joey Pinna

January 17, 2016

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Peggy Falk

Ushers: Arnie Smith & Carole Merwin

Reader: Judy Molitor Acolyte: Joey Pinna

January 24, 2016

Communion Assistant: Earl Beegle

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Bonnie Edwards

Ushers: Dexter Hughes & Carlton Pierce

Reader: Pete Skeris Acolyte: Joey Pinna

January 31, 2016

Communion Assistant: Cecil Robinson

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Nancy Ferguson

Ushers: Gerri Ross & Martha Reaves

Reader: Pete Skeris Acolyte: Joey Pinna

Altar Guild: Christa Trehy & Marie Lucas

REWARDS OF TITHING ---

Honor the Lord with your first fruits...then will your plate be filled with food!

As for the rewards of tithing, one thing is certain: As far as MATERIAL needs are concerned, there will be enough; as far as SPIRITUAL needs are concerned there will be more than enough; ABUNDANCE, seven times as much, for if you are tithing with the proper motives, you will be less and less attached to the material things and your soul will be able to soar to undreamed spiritual heights. For tithing is a way of life and it will affect every department of your spiritual life and influence every facet of your efforts to become a better Christian.

Get people to part with the one thing they hold dear -- their money -- and they will soon part with other things they hold dear - things that prevent them from practicing virtue: selfishness with their time or their talent, stubbornness of will, refusal to listen to another's point of view. Ooh, how often we find ourselves so stubborn, we refuse to admit that someone else might be a bit more correct with their idea, or that their point of view could be the right one. We so often demand, at least to ourselves, and to anyone else that will listen, that we are RIGHT. We need to look at how we hold onto our money, sometimes refusing to part with it, and that gets us to start with this type of selfishness...selfishness of will.

In a word, Giving, or tithing...when it is practiced, individuals will overcome selfishness in all its varied forms, and after all, is it not selfishness that prevents our spiritual growth; selfishness that prefers one's own will to the will of God.

MULTI-TASKING

When I am dong work around the house, one chore at a time just doesn't seem enough. Instead, I try to accomplish as many things as possible. So there are times when I have laundry going in the dryer and the washer, dishes washing in the dishwasher, and dinner baking in the oven, all while I'm trying to vacuum the rugs.

It often seems as if everyone's multi-tasking these days. In fact, many people even bring their laptop computers to do work while they're vacationing. When everyone is so busy, sometimes the right way to use our time and our talents, gets lost in the shuffle. We should remember that using our time and our talents for the Lord doesn't prevent us from doing other things. When we're mowing the church's lawn or raking leaves for a shut-in, or driving someone someplace they need to go since they no longer can drive, we are doing stewardship. When we help wash dishes after a covered dish luncheon or make sandwiches for another occasion at church, we have the opportunity to visit with people we might not see otherwise, and socializing helps us feel better when things are rough elsewhere.

God knows about all these benefits. Perhaps part of the reason that God commands us to be good stewards of time is to help ourselves, not just others.

I would like to thank all of you for the generous Christmas gift. God has blessed me with all of you & I thank you for your kindness. Pastor Abel

From the Desk of the Church Secretary:

I also would like to thank the congregation for their thoughtfulness. Your gift was most appreciated.

Please let the office know if you have any changes in your address, email, Phone, cell numbers. You can leave a note on the desk or you can email me at bonclas@gmail.com. Thank you, Bonnie Cooke

 

December 2015, Newsletter

From Pastor Abel

"...Sir, we would see Jesus." John 12:21

The story is told of a brilliant young minister with several degrees behind his name, who accepted a call to pastor a rather large congregation. The people were pleased with his speaking ability and his learning, but there was something that seemed to be lacking in his sermons. He talked of incredible historical events, current trends in government and important social issues of the day. One Sunday when walking up into the pulpit, his mind crammed with reason and logic, he saw a note addressed to him that had these words on it, "Sir, we would see Jesus!" The Holy Spirit spoke to his heart. Throwing aside his superficiality and assumed scholarly poses, he became that day an ambassador to Christ, pleading with men to become reconciled to God through the merits of the Savior. It is said that those who came to be thrilled by him, remained there to pray, and confess their sins. A tremendous change had come over his life and his preaching. On a later Sunday the young minister found another note pinned to the pulpit which Spiritually summarized the feelings of his congregation. It read: "Then were the disciples glad when they saw the Lord."

We are just entering the season of Lent, and soon will be celebrating the greatest event to ever be on this earth: Easter. That is followed by the glorious Epiphany celebration, when the wise men came to worship this baby whom they knew was the Savior of the World. We've had Thanksgiving, the national excitement of Black Friday, the burgeoning crowds as people begin to think of the Christmas celebrations in their homes, but will we see Jesus in all of these celebrations? While it is true that we should spend some time getting ready for this momentous occasion, we need also to make sure we realize that the baby Jesus in the manger is the reason that we celebrate. We need to keep in mind the shepherds who returned from visiting Jesus "glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen ...(Luke 2:20), and the aged Simeon who held the forty-day-old infant in his arms and said, "Lord, now let us thou thy servant depart in peace...for mine eyes have seen thy salvation" (Luke 2:29,30).

Although we can no longer see him physically, since He is now in heaven, down through the centuries thousands have been able to "see" Jesus....as we prepare for His birth, as we talk of His message of salvation through our faith in Him, and as we use every opportunity through all the excitement of this celebratory time, we keep Jesus at the forefront of all that we do. God has become so very real to some people BECAUSE of seeing the baby Jesus through these celebrations. We who know Jesus well, should earnestly pray that during this season of the year many sin-blinded eyes may be opened by the Holy Spirit to see that Jesus is indeed God manifested in human form. We don't want people tugging on our shirts saying, "Please, we want to see Jesus!" Rather, we want all the individuals that we come in contact with to be able to say, We SAW JESUS in all of these celebrations and lights and songs. As we're occupied with the gifts, the activities, and the expenses of the Christmas season, we want to reflect back on the event and acknowledge, "We SAW Jesus again this year....He's with us always!"

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ADVENT - a time to focus on Jesus!

Advent starts with Sunday, November 29th. The theme of our advent services will be, "Hark the Glad Sound". We will celebrate the ancient songs of Scripture that share the good news of Jesus' birth with these wonderful Advent Hymns. We will have our three Wednesday services centered around these themes of Praise of the One who came to be our Savior, deliverer, protector and friend forever. Each week we will center our thoughts on the hymn that invites us to journey to Bethlehem once again.

Each of the three Advent services (December 2nd, 9th, and 16th) will be followed by lunch in our fellowship hall.

COUNCIL MEETING

11/15/15

The meeting was called to order at 12:02 p.m. and opened with prayer by Pastor Abel. Those in attendance were Pastor Abel, Martha Reaves, Carlton Pierce, Dexter Hughes, Arnie Smith, Barbara Manfready, Judy Molitor, Cecil Robinson, Richard Strickland, Earl Beegle and Marie Lucas.

Minutes : Dexter motioned to accept minutes from last meeting, Earl seconded and motion passed.

Pastor's Report: Pastor Abel stated that all holiday preparations are going well. Advent services are ready and will begin the first Sunday after Thanksgiving. The Veterans lunch went well, although we had less present than last year. Ne Vaeh did a wonderful program.

Elders' Report: Nothing to report.

Treasurer's Report: The Treasurer's Report was presented. Cecil motioned to accept, Arnie seconded. and motion passed.

Trustees' Report: Pastor Abel thanked Arnie Smith for steam cleaning and painting the door. Director of Education's Report: No report, but thanks to Barbara Manfready for teaching Sunday School during the church service 11-16-15.

Stewardship Committee Report. No Report.

.Women's League: Next meeting will be 1/9/16. Bring your dimes and we will begin planning for the upcoming year..

Thrivent Financial: Several projects have been completed and more are upcoming. Linda Lawson did a project for shelter animals, and Tri County Thrift Store for Thanksgiving turkeys; Barbara Manfready did a project for blankets for Another Way and is planning a project for Children's Coats; Barbara Carr is planning a project for Toys for Tots (for bicycles); and Pastor Abel has a project in planning for Children's Closet.

Care & Concern: We continue to support to the Tri County

Thrift Store and Tri County Nursing Home. If anyone has extra time, we could really use volunteers to help with Tri County Nursing Home.

Old Business: Elections will be held on December 13, 2015. We have 2 new elders but need someone for recording secretary.

New Business:. We will be decorating the church for Christmas on Sunday, November 22, 2015. Lunch (pulled pork) will be provided.

Cecil made a motion to close meeting, Dexter seconded and meeting was closed at 12:28 p.m. with the Lord's Prayer in unison.

Next Meeting: December 20, 2015

Respectfully Submitted,

Marie Lucas

Women's Group/Thrivent

Our next Meeting will be held on January 9, 2015.

Martha Reaves

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TOPS

(Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is now meeting every Monday morning in the fellowship hall. Weigh-in time is 10:00 “ 10:30. Meeting time is 10:45 “ 11:45. We are a very friendly, supportive group for anyone wanting to lose a few pounds (or more). Come join us. Check us out.

For more information call Gerri Ross 352-535-5839 or June Grimes 352-463-9111.

Birthday celebrations for December 2015

  • 12/4 Eleanor Hanft 7571 NW 26 th St.

    Chiefland, FL 32626

    12/5 Allan Hodgkins 6851 NW 115 th St.

    Chiefland, FL 32626

    12/15 Katie Prevatt 12110 NE 10th Ave.

    Trenton, FL 32693

    12/19 Linda Brooks 11111 NW 113 th Pl

    Chiefland, FL 32626

    12/19 Carol Ann Pulizzi 112 NE 796 th St.

    Old Town, FL 32680

    12/24 Marc Agnoli

  • P.O.Box 992 Chiefland, FL 32626

  • Altar Flowers for December, 2015 Are Given to the Glory of God By:

    December 6, 2015

    -Gerri Ross for All Blessings

    -Loretta Waters to All My Loved ones in  Heaven

    December 13, 2015

    - Tammara in Honor of Mom's (Carol) Birthday

    - Roz Boudreau in Honor of sisters Birthday

    December 20, 2015

    -Ruth Wryals in memory of son, David-Loretta Waters in memory of son, Richard

    December 27, 2015

    - Cecil & Beth Robinson in Honor and celebration of their Wedding Anniversary "Serving the Lord with gladness"

    Month of December 2015

    December 2, 2015 “ Advent Service

    Ushers: Dexter Hughes & Carlton Pierce

    December 6, 2015

    Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals & Nancy Ferguson

    Ushers: Cecil & Beth Robinson

    Reader: Debbie Swilley Acolyte: Joey Pinna

    December 9, 2015 “ Advent Service

    Ushers: Arnie Smith & Carol Merwin

    December 13, 2015

    Communion Assistant: Cecil Robinson

    Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals & Carol Ann Pulizzi & Tammara Liston

    Ushers: Judy Molitor & Barbara Manfready

    Reader: Beth Robinson Acolyte: Joey Pinna

    December 16, 2015 “ Advent Service

    Ushers: Judy Molitor & Gerri Ross

    December 20, 2015

    Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals & Peggy Falk

    Ushers: Arnie Smith & Carol Merwin

    Reader: Judy Molitor Acolyte: Joey Pinna

    December 24, 2015

    Ushers: Cecil & Beth Robinson

    December 27, 2015

    Communion Assistant: Earl Beegle

    Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals & Bonnie Edwards

    Ushers: Dexter Hughes & Carlton Pierce

    Reader: Pete Skeris Acolyte: Joey Pinna

    Altar Guild for December:

    Nancy Ferguson & Peggy Falk

    From the Desk of the Church Secretary:

    Please let the office know if you have any

    changes in addresses, emails or phone numbers.

    Thank you, Bonnie Cooke

    A Blessed Christmas to all!

November 2015 Newsletter

From Pastor Abel:

'Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed?  Where are the other nine?'

      Sometimes when a person thanks us, it comes as a surprise.  An old joke goes, "A man gave a woman a seat on a bus.  She fainted.  When she came to, she thanked him, and he fainted."

     We probably are very surprised that of the 10 lepers that Jesus healed, only one came back to thank him.  That grateful one was a Samaritan, a member of the race that was hated by the Jews.  "Where are the other nine?" Jesus asked.  In the excitement of everything that had happened to them, they may have hurried home to their families and friends, and forgot about Jesus, their Benefactor. 

     Ingratitude, at its various levels, is a common human failing.  We ourselves must plead guilty of it.  It is so easy to take things for granted, not realizing that all blessings flow from God---food, clothing, home, and the like.  It is God who provides all or possessions by giving us health and strength to work.  The prophet Isaiah voices the Lord's complaint at Israel's thoughtlessness:  "The ox knows his master, the donkey his owner's manger, but Israel does not know, My people do not understand."  Isaiah 1:3

     Thanksgiving pleases God and lifts up our own hearts and minds.  With thanksgiving goes praise to God in recognition of His goodness.  This awareness moves our hearts, adding joy to our gratitude. 

     We have so much to be thankful for, especially God's giving of His Son, Jesus Christ.  St. Paul said it well:  "In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding"  (Ephesians 1:7-8).  We have good reason to sing, "Come ye thankful people, come!"  As we ready ourselves for Thanksgiving Day, thanking God for all of our blessings, thanking him for the privilege we have had during this past month to gather food for the Thanksgiving baskets, providing baskets to 30 or more families in our community, we raise our voices to praise Him for his goodness to us again this year...and ALWAYS. Pastor

Women's Group/Thrivent Update

 

The ladies would like to thank everyone who donated items for our yard sale and bazaar. Without your generosity we couldn't do what we do. Also thank you to all who baked items for the bake sale. We had people come just for the baked items and lunch. We made over $2,600.00 this time WOW!!!!

Thank You for all your support.

Also our next ladies meeting will be on Wednesday the 28th at 10 a.m. Martha Reaves

Nevaeh

      On Sunday, November 8th, we will be having our annual Veterans Day celebration with the group NEVAEH as our guests during our worship service.  Nevaeh...is 'heaven' spelled backwards, and these ladies will gift us with a little touch of heaven as they sing their testimony to the Lord, and share that with us.  Nevaeh is a ministry trip who sing contemporary Christian, Inspirational and a bit of light southern Gospel music.  They will tell us about their Savior, and how HE loves us too. 

After the service, our Veterans Celebration will continue with Lunch....old fashioned bar b q, with the side dishes coming from all of you.  Be sure to sign up in the fellowship hall, so we know what additional items we will have to bring. 

     God gives us all so many gifts.  We will certainly enjoy the gifts that these children of God will share with us.

Council Meeting

October 18, 2015

Council meeting was held on 10/18/2015.  Pastor Abel opened the meeting with prayer.  In attendance were Pastor Abel, Arnie Smith, Dexter Hughes, Carlton Pierce, Cecil Robinson, Debbie Swilley, Richard Strickland, Barbara Carr, Barbara Manfready, Martha Reaves and Judy Molitor.

Cecil moved to accept the minutes of the last meeting and Dexter seconded the motion.
Pastor's Report:  Pastor has been visiting former members.  Reformation services will be held on 10/25/2015.  There will be 3 Advent services in December on Wednesday's starting at 11:00 am.
Elder's Report:  There will be a new elder on the ballot to replace David Dadswell. 
Treasurer's Report was accepted by Cecil and Carlton seconded the motion.
Trustee's Report:  Arnie reported the pressure washer was repaired and he will be pressure washing parts of the church siding.  Judy moved to paint the front doors of the church burgundy and Cecil seconded the motion.
Stewardship Report:  Dexter and Carlton will join the Chamber of Commerce, on behalf of the church Cecil moved to accept Dexter seconded the motion.  Keeping Good Shepherd part of the Chiefland community.

Women's League:  The fall yard sale went very well, $2600.00.  The singing group Nevaeh will be here for

Veteran's Day and there will be a carry-in meal afterward.

Director of Education Report: Barbara Manfready had 3 children for Sunday school 10/18/2015.
No Old Business
New Business:  Nominating Committee, 2 from council, 2 from congregation, President and Pastor.  Up for election are Treasurer and Recording Secretary.  Nominating meeting will be held 11/1/2015 after church.
Cecil moved to adjourn and Debbie seconded it.

Closed with the Lord's Prayer
Next Council meeting November 15, 2015
Judy Molitor

 Birthday celebrations for November 2015

11/18 Candy Holeman

11/24 Ruth Wryals P.O. Box 1116

Old Town, FL 32680

11/25 Dennis Connolly 3470 NW 160th Street

Trenton, FL 32693

11/28 Donna Offhaus 2010 SW 105th Street

Trenton, FL 32693

"Serving the Lord with gladness"

        Month of November 2015

November 1, 2015   

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals & Nancy Ferguson

Ushers: Cecil & Beth Robinson

Reader: Debbie Swilley Acolyte: Joey Pinna

November 8, 2015

Communion Assistant: Earl Beegle

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals and

Carol Ann Pulizzi & Tammara Liston

Ushers: Dexter Hughes & Carlton Pierce

Reader: Beth Robinson Acolyte: Joey Pinna

November 15, 2015

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals

& Peggy Falk

Ushers: Arnie Smith & Carole Merwin

Reader: Judy Molitor Acolyte: Joey Pinna

November 22, 2015

Communion Assistant: Cecil Robinson

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Bonnie Edwards

Ushers: Barbara Manfready & Judy Molitor

Reader: Pete Skeris Acolyte: Joey Pinna

November 29, 2015

Communion Assistant: Earl Beegle

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Nancy Ferguson

Ushers: Gerri Ross & Kathy Agnoli

Reader: Judy Molitor Acolyte: Joey Pinna

Altar Guild: Ron & Barbara Manfready

Altar Flowers for the month of November 2015

Given to the Glory of God by:

November 1, 2015

--Loretta Waters in memory of Loved Ones

--June Grimes in honor of Granddaughter Lauren's Birthday

November 8, 2015

--Gerri Ross sister's Birthday

--Linda Lawson in memory of Veterans, Bob and Barry

--Bonnie Cooke in memory of (Mom) Jerry Hunt's Birthday on November 13th celebrating her 90th with the Lord.

November 15, 2015

--June Grimes in celebration of son's Mitch & Mark's

Birthdays

--Roz Boudreau in memory of Mother's Birthday

November 22, 2015

--Open

November 29, 2015

--Open

From the Desk of the Church Secretary:

Please let the office know if you have any

Changes in addresses, emails or phone numbers.

Thank you, Bonnie Cooke

 

October 2015, Newsletter

From Pastor Abel:

"Every man's work shall be made manifest...of what sort it is." 1 Corinthians 3:13

One of my favorite things to do is to walk along the edge of the gulf or ocean early in the morning. I was doing this one day when I got lost in what I was thinking about...my morning meditation. Suddenly I became aware of a boat chugging its way out to the gulf. As the sound of the engines faded, I continued to plod along the beach and was again blessed by that feeling of aloneness with God...and I loved it. I get to think and talk about a lot of things with my Lord at those times. A few minutes later, however, I was startled to hear the splashing of water behind me, and I swung around quickly, expecting to see someone following me. To my surprise the sound was only that of the boat's wake gushing upon the beach as it reached the shoreline. As I gazed on the horizon and saw the vessel rapidly disappearing from view, and heard its backwash breaking at my feet, the thought came over me that we are all like ships at sea, and our "works do follow" us. Everything we do puts something into motion. We leave behind ripples of influence which follow long after we ourselves are gone. The words we speak, the deeds we perform, the kindnesses we show to others -- will all have far-reaching consequences for good or bad. The "wake" of our lives may come rolling in years after our departure for the Heavenly Shore.

John writes in Revelation 14 concerning those who die in the Lord that they "rest from their labors" and "their works do follow them." And Paul reminds us that "every man's work shall be made manifest."

May we all live like that, so when we, like a ship at sea, have passed out of sight, leave something for those who remain behind, and that they see that the works that "do follow" may "thank God upon every remembrance" of us.

You never can tell when you do an act

Just what the result will be;

Yet with every deed you are sowing a seed

And its harvest someday you will see!

 

GET READY FOR "GEMUTLICHKEIT"

On Sunday, October 4th, after we finish our morning worship service, be sure to join us for our OKTOBERFEST. There will be bratwust, franks, sauerkraut, potato salad, and all sorts of other goodies as we celebrate this magic time of the year. Come and pretend we're in good ol' Bavaria and enjoy every moment with us. SEE YOU THERE!

 

COUNCIL MEETING

09-20-15

The meeting was called to order at 12:06 p.m. and opened with prayer by Pastor Abel. Those in attendance were Pastor Abel, Martha Reaves, Carlton Pierce, Dexter Hughes, Arnie Smith, Barbara Manfready, Judy Molitor, Cecil Robinson, Richard Strickland, and Marie Lucas.

Minutes: Minutes of the last meeting were presented. Cecil motioned to accept, Dexter seconded and motion passed.

Pastor's Report: Pastor Abel stated he will be at a Pastoral Conference in Lakeland 9-25, 26, & 27, so there will be no Bible Study Wednesday 9-25-15. Rev. James Rockey will be here 9-29-15 from 4:00 to 5:30. He has been asked by our District President to meet with church leaders of each congregation in our circuit. Pastor Abel continues to visit shut-ins and is reviewing several options to see if we can help with mobility issues in the home of Bonnie Edwards' sister. Will keep us advised.

Elders' Report: Cecil Robinson stated that the Trustee and Elder positions are not filled by votes and there are no term limits.

Treasurer's Report: The Treasurer's Report was presented. Cecil motioned to accept, Carlton seconded. and motion passed.

Trustees' Report: Carlton thanked Arnie Smith for pressure washing the tables and concrete in back of the church to prepare for the Fall Yard Sale. Richard Strickland was unable to pick up the dogwood tree replacements (the landscape company was closed); he will try again next week.

Director of Education's Report: No report, but thanks to Barbara Manfready for taking children for Sunday School during the church service 9-20-15.

Stewardship Committee Report. General discussion.

Women's League: Will be preparing for the Yard Sale 10-5 thru 10-8. The Yard Sale will be 10-9 & 10-10-15.

Thrivent Financial: Debbie Swilley is doing a project for flags for Veterans Day and lunch for Nevaeh.

Care & Concern: We continue to support to the Tri County Thrift Store and Tri County Nursing Home.

Old Business: No Old Business

New Business: Octoberfest will be 10-4-15. We will be decorating the Church for Christmas on 11-22-15. 11-29-15 is 1st Sunday of Advent. Advent Services will be 12-2, 12-9, and 12-16.

Cecil Robinson made a motion to close meeting, Martha Reaves seconded and meeting was closed at 12:39 p.m. with the Lord's Prayer in unison.

Next Meeting: October 18, 2015

Respectfully Submitted,

Marie Lucas

Women's Group/Thrivent

Don't forget the yard sale is coming up. October 9th and 10th. Clean out those closets and garages and bring your items to church. We are also having a bake sale so bring your baked goodies for us to sell.

Don't forget we will have our annual Ocktober Fest on Sunday October 4th. Brats and Sauerkraut will be provided. There is a sign up sheet in the fellowship hall for the rest.

The next Ladies meeting will be October 28th at 10:00 a.m. before Bible Class.

Women's Group President & Thrivent Congregational Coordinator, Martha Reaves

Birthday celebrations for October 2015

10/8 Evelyn Walker 1701 Park Avenue

Orange Park, FL 32073

10/9 Colleen Provencher

Commons At Orlando Lutheran

300 East Church St. Apt 1407

Orlando, FL 32801

10/13 Carlton Pierce 11171 NW 109th Court

Chiefland, FL 32626

10/13 James Swilley 3550 NW 140th St.

Chiefland, FL 32626

10/25 Dexter Hughes 11171 NW 109th Court

Chiefland, FL 32626

10/26 Linda Lawson 9951 NW 113th PL

Chiefland, FL 32626

10/28 MaClay Agnoli P.O. Box 992

Chiefland, Fl 32644

10/29 Nancy Ferguson 2830 SW CR 307A

Trenton, FL 32693

Altar Flowers for October, 2015

Are Given to the Glory of God By:

October 4, 2015

  • Carol Ann Pulizzi in memory of Grandson, Adam

  • Tammara Liston in memory of Son, Adam

  • Loretta Waters in memory of Lewis

  •  

October 11, 2015

  • Open

  • October 18, 2015

  • Linda Brooks in memory of Ann's birthday

 

October 25, 2015

  • Ruth Wryals in honor of Chrissy & Carl's birthdays

  • Linda Lawson for many Blessings

"Serving the Lord with gladness"

     Month of October 2015

October 4, 2015

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Nancy Ferguson

Ushers: Cecil & Beth Robinson

Reader: Debbie Swilley Acolyte: Joey Pinna

October 11, 2015

Communion Assistant: Earl Beegle

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Carol Ann Pulizzi & Tammara Liston

Ushers: Judy Molitor & Barbara Manfready

Reader: Beth Robinson Acolyte: Joey Pinna

October 18, 2015

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Peggy Falk

Ushers: Arnie Smith & Carole Merwin

Reader: Judy Molitor Acolyte: Joey Pinna

October 25 2015

Communion Assistant: Cecil Robinson

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Bonnie Edwards

Ushers: Dexter Hughes & Carlton Pierce

Reader: Pete Skeris Acolyte: Joey Pinna

Altar Guild for October:

Christa Trehy & Marie Lucas

From the Desk of the Church Secretary:

Please let the office know if you have any

changes in addresses, emails or phone numbers.

Thank you, Bonnie Cooke

September 2015, Newsletter

From Pastor Abel:

Saved over Tokyo    

"For whoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."  Romans 10:13

     While traveling to visit relatives a few years ago I was driving through some of the southern states.  I had the privilege of meeting and worshipping with a pastor who I had heard of before and he told me the story of how he became a Christian.  He related that he had been one of those individuals who prided himself in his church attendance and the good things that he was doing in his church and community, but actually didn't feel that he really was living up to the life that he felt he should be.  He had joined the Air Force during World War II and was assigned to fly with the first group of planes to make a low-level raid over Japan.  Naturally tension was high as they took off on this dangerous mission, and it continued to mount as they approached their general target area.  Taking their places in formation with their flight patterns established, they zeroed in:  no turning back now.  With anti-aircraft fire bursting all around, and with the blackness of night enshrouding them--punctured only by the exploding bombs--they flew at such a low level that smoke from the fires on the ground came up with suffocating intensity to block their vision.  It was then, with his plane convulsing from direct hits, and when all seemed lost, this man realized that although he had been religious and a good church member, these things in themselves had not saved him.  He was keenly aware of he fact that he had never really give his heart to the Lord, and as we say, had been born again.  In that moment of utter desperation and almost certain doom, he received Jesus into his life.  Knowing he could never save himself, he freely admitted that he was a sinner.  He knew that God loved him so much that He gave His son to die on the cross to merit his redemption.  Therefore, moved by the Holy Spirit, he asked Christ to save him right there in the air over Japan.  The Lord, who always hears the cry of the believing sinner, gave him eternal life and flooded his soul with joy and peace.

     Remember, my friends, having your name on the church rolls, or even just faithfully attending each Sunday will not save you.  By simple faith you must receive Jesus Christ.  "For whoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved." 

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ TODAY!

COUNCIL MEETING

08-16-15

The meeting was called to order at 12:10 and opened with prayer by Pastor Abel.  Those in attendance were Pastor Abel, Martha Reaves, Earl Beegle, Carlton Pierce, Dexter Hughes, Debbie Swilley, Cecil Robinson, Barbara Carr, Richard Strickland, Joyce Beegle and Marie Lucas.

Minutes:  Minutes of the last meeting were presented.  Earl motioned to accept, Cecil seconded and motion passed.

Pastor's Report:   Pastor Abel has made calls on several parishioners and is staying in close contact with Judy Dadswell.  She recently fell and will possibly need physical therapy in order to recuperate.  Pastor will keep us advised.

Elders' Report:  Cecil Robinson will fill in for David Dadswell until that position is filled.  Continuing to look for assistance.

Treasurer's Report:  The Treasurer's Report was presented.  Cecil motioned to accept, Earl seconded. and motion passed.

Trustees' Report:    Carlton reported the fill valve was replaced in the Ladies bathroom.  Richard Strickland is checking on replacing the dying dogwood tree in the Memorial Garden.  Dexter ask if there was any commitment on where to place ashes in the Memorial Garden.  Pastor stated they will be buried within the garden area.  Anyone with questions should contact Pastor.  Pastor thanked the Trustees for changing the sign at the church entrance.

Director of Education's Report:  Debbie Swilley stated that Sunday School is going as planned.  It was agreed by all present that Barbara Manfready is doing a wonderful job.

Stewardship Committee Report.   It will soon be time for nomination of Officers and Talents.  The open offices are for Treasurer, Recording Secretary, Trustees and Stewardship Chairman.  Dexter suggested rotating terms for Trustees (2 per year).  Budget issues were discussed.

Women's League:  Yard Sale will be the 2nd week of October.

Thrivent Financial:   Linda Lawson is doing a Thrivent action project for Another Way.  They need food, towels and twin sheets (will accept gently-used towels and sheets).

Care & Concern:   There is a need for volunteers to visit Tri County Nursing Home.  Several of our wonderful ladies are unable to continue visiting and we are asking for help from our congregation to fill these voids.  We continue to support to the Tri County Thrift Store.

Old Business:  No Old Business

New Business:  No New Business.

Debbie Swilley made a motion to close meeting, Barbara Carr seconded and meeting was closed at 1:15 p.m. with the Lord's Prayer in unison.

Next Meeting:    September 20, 2015

Respectfully Submitted, Marie Lucas

Women's Group/Thrivent

Our Fall Bazaar and Bake Sale will be held October 9th and 10th. Please clean out your closets and start bringing your items anytime. Also remember this is our craft sale also, so get in that craft or sewing room and get busy.

The ladies are also collecting stamps for the Veterans Assoc.

Our next meeting will be on September 22, 2014

at 5:30pm.

Looking forward to a great year ahead.

Blessing to you all

Women's Group President &

Thrivent Congregational Coordinator,

Martha Reaves

Wednesday Bible Study begins on September 9th

Our Wednesday Bible Studies will begin again at 11:00am on September 9, 2015

Pastor

September is upon us, please begin thinking about your talentsof time, budget and nominations for a church treasurer, a recording secretary and 4 trustees. The nominating committee will be meeting in late September to discuss and propose to the congregation our business for 2016. Thank you for all that you have oe in 2015. Dexter Hughes

Altar Flowers for September, 2015

Are Given to the Glory of God By:

September 6, 2015

-- Ruth Wryals in celebration of all September

Birthdays

--Loretta Waters in Honor of son, Joe's

Birthday

September 13, 2015

-- Ruth Wryals in memory of Bobbi

-- Barbara Carr in memory of Mom's

Birthday

September 20, 2015

-- Linda Brooks in Memory of Father & Ann

-- Barbara Carr in Honor of great grand

daughter Amelia's Baptism

September 27, 2017

-- Open

Birthday celebrations for September, 2015

9/2 Richard Strickland 3930 NW 13th Ave

Bell, FL 32619

9/3 Marie Lucas 4970 NW 73rd St.

Chiefland, FL 32626

9/8 Margaret Schneider 79 SE 33rd Ave.

Cross City, FL 32628

9/12 Martha Reaves 14251 NW 66th Ave.

Chiefland, FL 32626

9/13 Karrah Agnoli P.O. Box 992

Chiefland, FL 32644

9/13 Doug Prevatt 12110 NE 10th Ave.

Trenton, FL 32693

9/25 Judy Molitor P.O. Box 4444

Cedar Key, FL 32625

9/26 Beth Robinson 6100 NW 50th Street

Bell, FL 32619

9/27 Bruce Offhaus 2010 SW 105th Street

Trenton, FL 32693

"Serving the Lord with gladness"

     Month of September 2015

September 6, 2015

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Nancy Ferguson

Ushers: Cecil and Beth Robinson

Reader: Debbie Swilley Acolyte: Joey Pinna

September 13, 2015

Communion Assistant: Earl Beegle

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Carol Ann Pulizzi & Tammara Liston

Ushers: Marie Lucas & Gerri Ross

Reader: Beth Robinson Acolyte: Joey Pinna

September 20, 2015

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Peggy Falk

Ushers: Arnie Smith & Carole Merwin

Reader: Judy Molitor Acolyte: Joey Pinna

September 27, 2015

Communion Assistant: Cecil Robinson

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Bonnie Edwards

Ushers: Dexter Hughes & Carlton Pierce

Reader: Pete Skeris Acolyte: Joey Pinna

Altar Guild for September 2015:

Peggy Falk and Nancy Ferguson

IF YOU HAVEN'T READ IT......

       It has been quite a few months since we have a website for our church....TheGoodShepherdLutheranChurch.org...  and we have had occasional comments from people that have seen our website on the internet and commented.  Recently we received this email: 

   Dear Pastor,

     I have been reading your fine newsletter for some months now, and I want to tell you how much pleasure that it gives me.  Not only reading your sermons, but the minutes that are posted there give me a true insight into some of the workings of your congregation, and that insight, along with your sermons, tells me a lot about your church. 

    After more than 60 years as worrying about money, my husband and I decided to give regularly to our church because of the personal experiences related to us by people in our winter parish not too far from you in the State of Florida.  They talked about "giving" and made it sound like such a good idea, a sign of faith; giving to God what is His, not just because it adds money to the parish treasury, but because it really does belong to Him in the first place. 

    We did better and better each month, and how have decided to "tithe"...that is giving ten percent of our income, off the top before taxes, was what we started doing.

     Our friends told us that when you do, ahhhh...when you DO, the burden of having enough of this world's goods simply evaporates.  God sees to it that you are taken care of forever.  I think it was the smiles of the tithers that really infected us --  and I do mean infected rather than affected.

     I am now a widow living on a very small pension and social security.  Yet people say that I must be well off because I so obviously do not worry about money.  I don't because I know that I now give to the Lord freely....and for me that has worked into a tithe.  Ten percent of our income when we first started meant 100% increase in our faith and with faith came a real delight in living.  I like how your newsletter stresses how good God is to us, and how we have a responsibility to spread God's message to others.  I found out that spreading that message also meant, in addition to sharing with others the wonderful work of Jesus Christ,  telling people about the JOY of giving to the Lord.  I wish I could make more people see that giving is an act of faith that is repaid without fail over and over again.

 A friend,

Westminster, Georgia

CHEERFUL GIVERS

      This summer I helped with a group of my family as we took a day and went down to the ZOO.  While there, I couldn't help noticing how helpful people were to complete strangers.  If someone said they couldn't see the bear cub, someone else immediately pointed him out in a tree.  When one woman said there didn't seem to be any restrooms close by,  another told her, "Turn left at the elephants."  

     Now, none of the helpful people I describe were zoo employees.  They weren't being personally asked for help, either.  But when a stranger needed them, they helped, at once and without expecting payment.

     That's the right attitude to have....especially as Christians...and even more especially as we get into the time of the year when we talk more about Christian Stewardship.  That kind of helpfulness not only makes giving time, talent and treasure easier for the giver, but also more pleasant for the one who receives (who may be ourselves one day).

Church Leader Meeting

On Tuesday, September 29th at 4pm, we will be meeting with our Circuit Visitor, Rev. James Rockey, who has been asked by our District President to meet with church leaders of each congregation in our circuit. He will talk about district concern and ask how the district & synod can help us.

All officers, board members & committee members interested in the future of our church are invited to come.

Memorials:

For: Jerry Hunt From: Barbara Carr

For: David Dadswell

From: Barbara Carr

Dexter Hughes & Carlton Pierce

John & Janet Martin

I would like to thank everyone for their heartfelt condolences with the passing of my Mom, Geraldine (Jerry) Hunt. The Service was wonderful, one of the things that touched me was hearing Pastor talk about the last conversation he had with Mom. To Martha Strickland for providing the music which Mom had picked herself several years ago. A big thank you to the ladies for the luncheon. It was so wonderful for members of friends of Good Shepherd to share in this memorial service. It really did help me.

Although I am not in church on Sundays because of my work schedule I do cherish the times that I am in the office working on the bulletins and newsletters. Not a time goes by that someone does not stop in.

Love and blessings to you all. Bonnie

From the Desk of the Church Secretary:

Please let the office know if you have any

changes in addresses, emails or phone numbers.

Thank you, Bonnie Cooke

 

 

The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod

Website: TheGodShepherdLtheranChuch.org

gslutheran@bellsouth.net

14301 N.W. Highway 19

Chiefland, Florida 32626

(352) 493-4597

July & August Newsletter 2015

FROM Pastor Abel:

You Reap What You Sow

An emperor in an ancient Far East country was growing old and knew it was time to choose his successor. Instead of choosing one of his assistants or his children, he decided to do something different. He called young people in the kingdom together one day. He said, "It is time for me to step down and choose the next emperor. I have decided to choose one of you."

The children were shocked, but the emperor continued. "I am going to give each one of you a seed today -- one very special seed. I want you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from this one seed. I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next emperor."

One boy, named Ling, was there that day and he, like the others, received a seed. He went home and excitedly, told his mother the story. She helped him get a pot and planting soil, and he planted the seed and watered it, carefully. Everyday, he would water it and watch to see if it had grown. After about three weeks, some of the other youths began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow.

Ling kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew. Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by. Still nothing. By now, others were talking about their plants, but Ling didn't have a plant, and he felt like a failure.

Six months went by -- still nothing in Ling's pot. He just knew he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing. Ling didn't say anything to his friends, however. He just kept waiting his seed to grow.

A year finally went by and all the youths of the kingdom brought their plants to the emperor for inspection. Ling told his mother that he wasn't going to take an empty pot, but his mother asked him to be honest about what happened. Ling felt sick to his stomach, but he knew his mother was right. He took his empty pot to the palace. When Ling arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other youths. They were beautiful -- in all shapes and sizes. Ling put his empty pot on the floor and many of the other children laughed at him. A few felt sorry for him, and just said, "Hey, nice try."

When the emperor arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted the young people. Ling just tried to hide in the back. "My, what great plants, trees, and flowers you have grown," said the emperor. "Today one of you will be appointed the next emperor."

All of a sudden, the emperor spotted Ling at the back of the room with his empty pot. He ordered his guards to bring him to the front. Ling was terrified. He thought, "The emperor knows I'm a failure! Maybe he will have me killed!" When Ling got to the front, the Emperor asked his name. "My name is Ling," he replied. All the kids were laughing and making fun of him.

The emperor asked everyone to quiet down. He looked at Ling, and then announced to the crowd, "Behold your new emperor! His name is Ling!" Ling couldn't believe it. Ling couldn't even grow his seed. How could be the new emperor?

Then the emperor said, "One year ago today, I gave everyone here a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds that would not ever grow. All of you, except Ling, have brought me trees and plants and flowers. When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Ling was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new emperor!"

If you plant honesty, you will reap trust.

If you plant goodness, you will reap friends.

If you plant humility, you will reap greatness.

If you plant perseverance, you will reap victory.

If you plant consideration, you will reap harmony.

If you plant hard work, you will reap success.

If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation.

If you plant openness, you will reap intimacy.

If you plant patience, you will reap improvements.

If you plant faith, you will reap miracles.

So be careful what you plant, now; it will determine what you will reap tomorrow. The seeds you now scatter will make life worse or better for you or for the ones who will come after you. Someday you will enjoy the fruits or you will pay for the choices you make.

 

GOD SAID NO!

I asked God to take away my habit. God said NO. It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up.


I asked God to make my handicapped child whole. God said NO. His spirit is whole, his body is only temporary.

I asked God to grant me patience. God said NO. Patience is a byproduct of tribulations; it isn't granted, it is learned.

I asked God to give me happiness. God said NO. I give you many blessings; Happiness is up to you.

I asked God to spare me pain. God said NO. Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.

I asked God to make my spirit grow. God said NO. You must grow on your own, but I will prune you to make you fruitful.

I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life. God said NO. I will give you life, so that you may enjoy all things.

I asked God to help me LOVE others, as much as He loves me. God said....Ahhhh, finally you have the idea. If you love God, then TELL others.

THIS DAY IS YOURS....DON'T THROW IT AWAY.

May God bless you.


To the world you might be one person, But to one person, you might just be the world.


May the Lord Bless You and keep You, May the Lord make is face shine upon you, and give you Peace......Forever!

 

Women's Group/ Thrivent

The next meeting will be Tuesday August

25, 2015.

Women's Group President and Thrivent Congregational Coordinator, Martha Reaves

We had a wonderful occasion on Sunday, June 7th, when we were able during our Covered Dish Lunch to present a scholarship award to Ricky Pinna, in recognition of his achievements as he graduated from high school. During his time in school he achieved exemplary heights in his academic achievements. While he was finishing his high school courses, he was a part of the dual-enrollment program that is now possible for top-achieving students, and received college credit for courses he was taking along with his high school work. When he enters Sante Fe Community College in the Fall, he will have already completed his first two years of college work. We congratulate him, wish him the best luck possible, and pray God's blessings on his future work. A message of congratulations is also deserved for his parents, his grandmother, Bonnie, and his brother Joey who is our acolyte. They all, along with us are very proud of him.

Birthday celebrations for July & August, 2015

July 1st Dorothy James 9799 Florida St.

Fanning Springs, Fl 32693

11th Sandra Connolly 3470 NW

160th St Trenton, FL 32693

11th Rebecca Connolly 3470 NW

160th St Trenton, FL 32693

12th Kathy Agnoli P.O. Box 992

Chiefland, FL 32644

19th Waylon James Mitchell

15751 NE 5th Ave

Trenton, FL 32693

21st Priscilla Ulmer P.O. Box 314

Plymouth, FL 32768

August 1st   Carol Merwin  11131 NW 113th

Place  Chiefland, FL 32626

2nd  Lindy Hanft 150 Hall St. 

West Branch, MI 48661

2nd Heather Wurderman

1130 N Lake Parker Ave,

Lakeland, FL 33805

7th  Dave Dadswell

11384 NW 113th St

Chiefland, Fl 32626

7th  Lisa Davis 7918 70th St. NW  

Trenton, FL 32693

11th Anita Maull 11480 NW 112th

Terrace, Chiefland, FL 32626

13th Cecil Robinson

6100 NW 50th St

Bell, FL 32619

25th Ron Manfready

7250 NE 138th Lane

Newberry, FL 32669

27th Bonnie Edwards

9290 NW 1st Ave

  Branford, FL 32008

 

Altar Flowers for July & August, 2015

Are Given to the Glory of God By:

 

July 5, 2015

Earl & Joyce Beegle in honor of their

54th Wedding Anniversary

-Gerri Ross in honor of Gary Cobb's

Birthday

July 12, 2015

-Loretta Waters in celebration of

Cindy's Birthday

-Karen Hires in memory of Carl

Schneider's Birthday on the 16th

 

July 19, 2015

- Debbie Swilley in celebration of Waylon's

Birthday

- -Roz Boudreau in memory of Father's

Birthday (Frantz Fransen)

July 26, 2015

Carol Ann Pulizzi in celebration of niece

Amy's Birthday

-Tammara Liston in honor of Amy's

Birthday

 

August 2, 2015

-- Loretta Waters in celebration of

Lisa & Tiffani's Birthdays

August 9, 2015

--Bonnie Grippando Cooke in honor of

Shannon Curtis & Karissa Grippando˜s

2nd year Wedding Anniversary.

-Debbie Swilley in honor of Katie &Doug

Prevatt's Wedding Anniversary

-James & Debbie Swilley in honor of their

Wedding Anniversary

August 16, 2015

--June Grimes in memory of Mother

August 23, 2015

-- Marie Lucas in memory of Husband

August 30, 2015

-Martha Strickland in Honor of Richard's

Birthday, on September 2

-Cecil & Beth Robinson in Memory

of Beth's Mom, Avis Waggoner

 

"Serving the Lord with gladness"

     Month of July & August 2015

July 5, 2015

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Bonnie Edwards

Ushers: Cecil & Beth Robinson

Reader: Debbie Swilley Acolyte: Joey Pinna

July 12, 2015

Communion Assistant: Earl Beegle

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Carol Ann Pulizzi & Tammara Liston

Ushers: Judy Molitor & Barbara Manfready

Reader: Beth Robinson

Acolyte: Joey Pinna

July 19, 2015

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Nancy Ferguson

Ushers: Arnie Smith & Carole Merwin

Reader: Judy Molitor Acolyte: Joey Pinna

July 26, 2015

Communion Assistant: David Dadswell

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Peggy Falk

Ushers: Dexter Hughes & Carlton Pierce

Reader: Pete Skeris Acolyte: Joey Pinna

Altar Guild for July: Christa Trehy & Marie Lucas

 

August 2, 2015

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Bonnie Edwards

Ushers: TBA

Reader: Debbie Swilley Acolyte: Joey Pinna

 

August 9, 2015

Communion Assistant: Cecil Robinson

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Carol Ann Pulizzi & Tammara Liston

Ushers: TBA

Reader: Beth Robinson Acolyte: Joey Pinna

 

August 16, 2015

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Nancy Ferguson

Ushers: TBA

Reader: Judy Molitor Acolyte: Joey Pinna

 

August 23, 2015

Communion Assistant: Earl Beegle

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Peggy Falk

Ushers: Dexter Hughes & Carlton Pierce

Reader: Pete Skeris Acolyte: Joey Pinna

 

August 30, 2015

Communion Assistant: David Dadswell

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Bonnie Edwards

Ushers: TBA

Reader: TBA Acolyte: Joey Pinna

Altar Guild for August:

Ron & Barbara Manfready

 

Please Note: We are still looking for Readers for the 5th Sundays. If interested, please contact Dexter Hughes, 352-490-8335.

 

SUMMERTIME......and the livin' is easy.....

This will be a combined edition of our church newsletter for July and August.  The next regular issue will be ready on the last Sunday of August and will be the September issue.

During these two months, if you are lucky enough to travel, be sure that you are safe and careful, and know that the Lord will be with you each day wherever you are.  God bless each day and each mile that you travel.  As you worship in other places, please bring a bulletin copy back to the church...we love to see what different congregations are doing across our great land.

And also can I say, our expenses at Good Shepherd go on during the summer as they do each month of the year, and we would appreciate your regular offerings as well.  God is always with us.  He doesn't take a vacation from us.....let's not take a vacation from him.

 

If you get the Gainesville Sun Newspaper, you might have noticed in the June 18th issue, that there was an article about the rebuilt 50-foot-tall observation tower that is now open for visitors to use to get a good look at the Paynes Prairie Preserve

 

State Park. From the top of the tower you can see bison and horses, sandhill cranes and gators. You can also see THE Gators.

 

Adding to the celebration on June 17th, the park service also recognized and honored longtime volunteers Dexter Hughes and Carlton Pierce. They were given a Florida Park Service Award. They were given the Director's Award for their longtime service to both Paynes Prairie and Manatee Springs State Parks. The park manager, Sally Lieb said of them, "Dexter and Carlton are the ultimate southern gents. They are just wonderful people." Of course, we know that too since the two of them are members here at Good Shepherd. We recognize their service to us here also, and thank them for all the little things that they do. If you notice, for just one item, that the lettering on our lighted sign out on US 19 is changed regularly, sometimes two or three times a month. Dexter and Carlton are responsible for that. Plus, whenever we have a work-day, they are always there, with their sleeves rolled up and ready to get something done. What good examples for our church and community. We thank them for their volunteer efforts at the Parks, their work here, and their over-all spirit of volunteerism which we can see any time you talk to them and observe them.

 

God bless you Dexter and Carlton!

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for my wonderful birthday party. I have been so blessed for the good health I have, also my family and friends. I wanted to say a little more than I said at the party, but I chocked up and couldn't talk anymore.

 

I appreciated all of your best wishes, cards, flowers, gifts, hugs and attendance in helping me celebrate my 90th birthday. I am eternally grateful to my Lord Jesus for his wonderful presence in my life,

 

Thank You!!! June Grimes

 

From the Desk of the Church Secretary:

 

Please let the office know if you have any

changes in addresses, emails or phone

numbers.

I may be contacted by leaving a note on my

desk or you can email me at

bonclas@gmail.com.

Thank you, Bonnie Cooke

May 2015

From Pastor Abel:

May 2015

".....I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, in this to be content." Philippians 4:11

Contentment is never the result of piling up riches upon riches, or increasing pleasures or gaining fame. All of those only work us up into discontent, because when we obtain them, we find we are still not satisfied. Contentment doesn't depend on things on the outside, but results from conditions on the inside! Paul had suffered more for the sake of Christ than anyone else (2 Corinthians 11:23-28); but here was the man who was able to say, "I am content!" The apostle was able to interpret all the experiences of life in terms of God's will for his eternal good (Romans 8:28). Paul did not come to this happy philosophy of life in a moment. He says, "I have learned.....to be content." Aspiring to be what we are not, or grasping after riches which elude us, is not the way to true happiness. We must do our best with God's help to accomplish our life's task with the talents and opportunities He presents.

In a famous lecture delivered at Oxford University in London, England, a professor related this story: A little watch, delicately strung, was dissatisfied with its restricted sphere of influence in a lady's pocket. It envied the position of Big Ben, the great tower clock in London. One day as it passed with her ladyship over London's Westminster Bridge, the tiny watch exclaimed, "I wish I could go up there! I could then serve millions of people instead of just one individual." "You will have your opportunity, little watch," the lady said. The professor then dramatically described how the pocket watch was drawn up the side of the huge tower by a slender thread. When it reached the top, it was completely lost to view. In his dramatic way, the professor concluded his lecture by exclaiming, "its elevation had become its annihilation!"

We pray that we too may not lose the small influence we now have for Christ by wanting something larger for which we are not equipped, and for which God constantly refuses you in His love.

God has blessed us as a church for more than 30 years, and we have not become the largest congregation, with the grandest building, and the most famous members, BUT we have made an imprint on the place where He has put us, and changed the lives of untold numbers of people as we shared the love of Jesus Christ! Let us continue our task!!

Reminder: Mid-Week Bible Study is at 11:00am “ All are welcome to join us.

Anniversary Thanks --

We have had an incredible celebration of the Resurrection, followed one week later by our 30th Anniversary Celebration. Pastor Besalski reminded us of our roots, our challenges, and our task that lies before us as we face our future. Thank you to so many people who made that day a wonderful experience. You are all too numerous to name, but we thank you all. We had record attendance that Sunday, many former members and guests worshipped with us and we had cause to 'Thank God for His Faithfulness!" As we go onward....we remember to 'Lift High The Cross' in the years ahead.

Tuesday, May 12th “ Organist from Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany

The Tuesday after Mothers Day is a special day in the state of Florida. The organist from the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany is coming to the United States and giving a number of concerts (with a free-will offering taken), that will be used for the renovation and expansion of the great Ladegast organ in that church. Since the fall of the Iron Curtain, the Christian Church in Germany has noticed that one effective method of evangelism is through its music ministry. Yong people who have never come to church are now experiencing the blessings of the Holy Spirit through the involvement in the Music Programs. The Castle Church is at the forefront of this music and is adding an antiphonal organ in the front of the sanctuary to be used in smaller musical settings. The internationally famous Thomas Herzer will be performing a concert at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fort Lauderdale, as one of these programs. He will start his tour at the Chapel at Valparaiso University in Indiana, go to Illinois, then Pennsylvania before going to South Florida. Then he will head to Columbia, South Carolina and then to end his tour at Historic Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Louis, Missouri before giving his celebration concert at the American Guild of Organists Convention in St. Louis and returning to Germany. We pray God's blessings on his efforts, and wish him well in his travels and efforts. We never know why or how a person is moved by the Holy Spirit to accept Jesus as His personal savior. Sometimes....the gift of heavenly music can do it.

Memorial Bricks --

There are forms in the narthex for memorial bricks which will go in the walkway of our Memorial Garden. Each week we see more of the trees, bushes and plantings which surround the gazebo. If you haven't taken the opportunity yet to go inside and rest for a bit, it is a very peaceful experience. We hope as the years go on that many will take advantage of this space as a place of meditation and solace. I always remember and treasure the Bible Verse, "Be still...and know that I am God!" It is wonderful to have a special place where we can go and be still for a moment, or for a brief time of meditation.

Council Meeting

04-19-15

The meeting was called to order at 12:00 and opened with prayer by Pastor Abel. Those in attendance were Pastor Abel, Martha Reaves, Earl Beegle, Arnie Smith, Carlton Pierce, Dexter Hughes, Barbara Manfready, Judy Molitor, Cecil Robinson, Richard Strickland, and Marie Lucas.

Minutes: Minutes of the last meeting were presented. Dexter motioned to accept, Cecil seconded and motion passed.

Pastor's Report: Pastor Abel was very pleased with the 30th Anniversary Service. We had an amazing turnout and it was wonderful to see our church so full for a happy celebration. We had to print more brochures (80 were printed originally). If anyone did not receive a copy, please see Dexter. We were so thankful to have Rev. Robert Besalski as our Guest Pastor. It was decided to the church would give a gift of gratitude to him. A big thanks to James Swilley for frying the fish (even though he wouldn't share his batter recipe). Pastor is still visiting with Dave and Judy Dadswell. They are doing as well as can be expected and would welcome visits from any and all of their church family.

Elders' Report: Cecil Robinson asked if there was any progress in finding more elders. Pastor is working on that issue.

Treasurer's Report: Barbara Manfready stated that the memorial fund is listed on a separate statement (copy attached to report) Dexter motioned to accept the Treasurer's Report and Cecil seconded, motion passed.

Trustees' Report: Richard and Arnie have planted 8 trees in the memorial garden. Richard is looking into getting more trees for planting; will probably go with junipers instead of boxwood. We also have a large limb that needs to be trimmed. It is shading other trees. Will get an estimate from Bell Tree for removal. Arnie stated that a new photo sensor has been installed on the light located on the cross.

Director of Education's Report: No Report

Stewardship Committee Report: Dexter Hughes stated we are good on ushers, but need a reader for those months that have 5 Sundays. Also, a big thank you goes out to Mark Reaves for making the step to the Gazebo.

Women's League: Set up for the Spring Yard Sale will start on Monday, April 27, 2015. Arnie volunteered to be there Friday and Saturday to help with moving large items. Mark your calendars for May 1st and 2nd for some really good deals and exceptional food.

Thrivent Financial: Thrivent provided funds for some of the fish and supplies for the 30th Anniversary Celebration.

Care & Concern: Our wonderful ladies continue to visit Tri County Nursing home every Monday and also give support to the Tri County Thrift Store.

Old Business: We are gathering orders for the engraved bricks to be place in the Memorial Garden. These require an order form be filled out online and an order of 20 bricks to qualify for free shipping.

New Business: 1) Counsel Meeting will continue, even though the summer is a slow period; 2) July and August Newsletter will be combined to conserve on costs; 3) We lose income during summer months, need to remember the church costs continue and we need to continue our weekly/monthly financial support.

Cecil Robinson made a motion to close meeting, Judy Molitor seconded and meeting was closed at 12:35 p.m. with the Lord's Prayer in unison.

Next Meeting: May 17, 2015

Respectfully Submitted,

Marie Lucas

Women's Group

The Spring Yard Sale is May 1st and 2nd from 8:00am “ 2:00pm. We will be starting to set up Monday April 27. You can continue to bring your items anytime.

The ladies next meeting will be May 26,2015

Martha Reaves Women's Group President

& Thrivent Congregational Coordinator

 Birthday celebrations May 2015


1st Ricky Pinna 9290 NW 1st Avenue

Branford, FL 32008

6TH Loretta Waters 11731 NW 78th Ave

Chiefland, FL 32626
18th Cranford Perryman

11150 NW 108TH Terrace

Chiefland, FL 32626

18th Greg Offhaus 2010 SW 105th Street

Trenton FL. 32693

19th Aimee Mitchell 15751 NE 5th Ave

Trenton, Fl. 32693

25th Peggy Falk 726 SW 2nd Ave

Trenton, FL. 32693

 

Altar Flowers for the month of May, 2015

Given to the Glory of God by:

May 3, 2015

--Ruth Wryals in celebration of all May Birthdays

May 10, 2015

--Loretta Waters in memory of Loved Ones

--June Grimes in memory of sister, Eileen

May 17, 2015

--Marie Lucas in memory of Mother

--Debbie Swilley in honor of Aimee's Birthday

May 24, 2015

--OPEN

May 31, 2015

--Carol Ann Pulizzi God Bless Our Military

"Serving the Lord with gladness"

        Month of May 2015

May 3, 2015

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals & Peggy Falk

Ushers: Cecil & Beth Robinson

Reader: Debbie Swilley Acolyte: Joey Pinna

 May 10, 2015

Communion Assistant: David Dadswell

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Bonnie Edwards

Ushers: Judy Molitor & Barbara Manfready

Reader: Beth Robinson Acolyte: Joey Pinna

May 17, 2015

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Carole Ann Pulizzi & Tammara Liston

Ushers: Arnie Smith & Carole Merwin

Reader: Judy Molitor Acolyte: Joey Pinna

May 24, 2015

Communion Assistant: Cecil Robinson

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals &

Nancy Ferguson

Ushers: Dexter Hughes & Carlton Pierce

Reader: Pete Skeris Acolyte: Joey Pinna

May 31, 2015

Communion Assistant: Earl Beegle

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals & Peggy Falk

Ushers: Kathy Agnoli & Gerri Ross

Reader: Beth Robinson

Altar Guild for May: Barbara & Ron Manfready

A Mother's Prayer

Dear Lord,

It's such a hectic day,

with little time to stop and pray.

For life's been anything but calm,

since You called me to be a mom.

Running errands, matching socks,

building dreams with stacking blocks.

Cooking, cleaning and finding shoes,

and other things that children lose.

Fitting lids on bottled bugs,

wiping tears and giving hugs.

A stack of last week's mail to read -

where's the quiet time I need?

Yet when I steal a moment, Lord,

at the sink or ironing board,

to ask the blessing of Your grace,

I see then, in my little one's face,

that you blessed me all the while.

And I stoop to kiss that precious smile

Unknown

Happy Mother's Day , May 10,2015

Memorial Donations for Memorial Garden

--Marie Lucas

Summertime.....and the travelin' is comin'.........

Our winter visitors have begun to leave us, and we're thinking about vacations. We have also experienced some members who have become infirm, some have been summoned home to the Lord, some have been led to travel to a different place. All of this makes us look at our 'Stewardship' and realize that we still have to think of God's House and its maintenance. As you travel, and take a bit of vacation, please remember that we have to keep our lights on, our floors cleaned, our grass cut and our electric on ----just as you do at home. Keep your church in mind as you prepare your summer budget. We still need your prayers and support!

From the Desk of the Church Secretary:

Please let the office also know if you have any changes in your address, email, Phone, cell numbers. You can even leave a note on the desk or you can email me at bonclas@gmail.com. Thank you, Bonnie Cooke

 

March Newsletter

The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod

gslutheran@bellsouth.net

14301 N.W. Highway 19

Chiefland, Florida 32626

(352) 493-4597

March 2015

From Pastor Abel:

"For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and he ponders all his goings."  Proverbs 5:21

     Life at times can be difficult and frustrating.  A noted philosopher once said downheartedly,  "Sometimes I think I have spent my entire existence in laboriously doing nothing."  A great emperor declared, "I have tried everything, and nothing seems of any profit."  The Indian poet Tagore wrote, "I have spent my days stinging and unstringing my instrument, while the song I came to sing remains unsung!"  A layman exclaimed recently, "I have always wanted to be something, but now that I am growing older I must confess I haven't done much or been much.  I just feel frustrated!"

      Frankly, taken by themselves, your life and mine are probably very insignificant affairs.  However, if properly viewed as small but vital parts in God's great program of the ages, they become of infinite importance.  No one else can fill the particular spot God has assigned to you, nor take on the tasks that He has laid along your path.  The Lord's eyes are constantly on you, and He ponders all your goings to see if you will live for his glory.  He wants to know if you will persevere whether you are praised or not, and still keep faithfully going on when the way seems hard and your cherished "air castles" disappear before the winds of adversity.  

      Don't be troubled if your neighbor's garden of joy seems bigger than yours.  If each day you pick every flower of duty that grows along the way,  by nighttime you will have as big a bouquet as you can carry, and fragrance enough to please the One you serve.

      To improve your life, and to make the Lord's heart rejoice as He scrutinizes your ways, learn the true value of time, the success of perseverance, the pleasure of working, the worth of character, the influence of example, the obligation of duty, the wisdom of economy, the virtue of patience, and the power of love!

   Lord, grant to me the oil of joy for tears,

And faith to conquer crowding doubts

and fears; 

 And when life poses problems most unkind,

 Your beauty for earth's ashes let me find!

 

THE PARABLES OF LENT

Lenten Services

Join us for The Parables of Lent, a special series of services for the season of Lent. Each service in this series focuses on a biblical parable that connects to Lenten themes. The Ash Wednesday service in the series was based on the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector. In this parable,the tax collector who repents goes home justified, while the proud Pharisee does not. The parable reminds us that we, too, who repent are justified through Christ. The services include readings from Scripture, a sermon and thematic hymns that help us to remember that we receive justification only in Christ. Join us for lunch after each service.

Our 30th Anniversary

     As we find out way journeying through the season of Lent, it will not be long before we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the chartering of our congregation.  April 14, 1985 was the day of our charter, and we will recognize this event on Sunday, April 12th, at our regular worship service.  Pastor Bob Besalski will be the guest preacher for the day.  He still well remembers the time when two individuals from Chiefland came to him, Amelia and Len Sommers, (Barbara Carr's parents) and since they were regularly worshiping in Gainesville and living in Chiefland, and asked him, "Can't we start a church in Chiefland?"  And it all began from that.  Now we thank God for the blessings that 30 years have brought to this congregation.  The births, baptisms, weddings, confirmations, funerals, that are all a part of congregational life.  God has led hundreds and hundreds of people to be touched by the ministry of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and we will celebrate this and ask for his continued blessings in all the years ahead.

    James Swilley will be doing one of his famous "fish fry's" as our meal of the day following the service.  We invite one and all to share with us, and join us as we thank God for all of His blessings.

COUNCIL MEETING

2/15/15

The meeting was called to order at 12:06 and opened with prayer by Pastor Abel.  Those in attendance were Pastor Abel, Martha Reaves, Debbie Swilley, Carlton Pierce, Dexter Hughes, Arnie Smith, Barbara Manfready, Judy Molitor, Barbara Carr, Cecil Robinson, Richard Strickland and Marie Lucas.

Minutes:  The minutes of the last meeting were included in the monthly newsletter.   A motion to approve was made by Dexter Hughes and seconded by Cecil Robinson.  Motion passed.

Pastor's Report:  Pastor Abel asked if we had banners for Lent.  Barbara Carr said she believed we only had banners for Easter. Pastor will look into this.  Making visits to shut-in members or those who haven't been to service for some time.  Presently, we are blessed to not have as many members with illnesses.

Elders' Report:  Cecil Robinson suggested that we could slope the sides of the handicap parking where they drop off.  Arnie Smith stated that we eventually want to fill that gap in.  This is an ongoing project.

Treasurer's Report:  Barbara Manfready passed out the Financial Report, Income and Expense Reports and Bank Statement.  She stated that we opened up a separate account for memorial funds.  There was discussion on maintenance/repair budget.  It was decided that the cleaning of the church will be separated from the maintenance/repair account.  $333 is the current monthly amount budgeted to maintenance/repair.  Any cost over that will be met with some type of fund raising.  Dexter Hughes motioned to accept reports, Cecil Robinson seconded, motion passed.

Barbara Manfready suggested we go out for lawn service bids.  We will look into this option.  Richard Strickland volunteered to mow at no charge.

Trustees' Report:  Arnie Smith reported the church sign was finished.  He thanked all who participated in the project.  He replaced the old 300 watt floodlight with a new 20 watt LED, which will be much more efficient.  The light on the cross is on a dusk to dawn timer, but stays on continuously.  Will look into this.  

Arnie Smith suggested we give a gift (wind chimes) to Donna McMullen for all her help in the cleanup and painting of sign.  Cecil Robison made a motion to approve, Dexter Hughes seconded, motion passed.

Richard Strickland can get millings (old road beds) at a price of $25/ton for 20 tons ($500), plus drive time of $69 (x2) for a total of $638.  Martha Reaves has equipment to spread.  Barbara Manfready stated her son could get a truckload for $150 (she will check on the truck size and tonnage).  Dexter Hughes asked if there would be a possibility of needing county or residents' permission to do this work.  Carlton Pierce will check into that.  This continues to be an ongoing project.

Richard Strickland replaced lights at front of church and fellowship hall.  Martha Reaves suggested scheduling a work day before Easter and the Church's Anniversary.  March 21, 2015 is the scheduled work date (March 28 is the alternate date if we are rained out).  Debbie Swilley made a motion to pass, Arnie Smith seconded and motion carried.

Arnie Smith mentioned the fact that neighbors are discharging firearms.  Martha Reaves stated we had problems with this during the Yard Sale a few years ago.  The Sheriff was called with no results.  If this continues, we will call the Sheriff's office and ask for a supervisor and that this be put on record.

Director of Education's Report:  There was only 1 student in the first Sunday School Class.  The second class will be on 2/22/15.  Barbara Manfready will teach the primary (6-8 yr. old) and Geri Ross will teach the Pre-K (below 6 yr. old).  Debbie Swilley recognized the excellent work that Barbara Manfready did to get the classrooms ready¦Good Job Barb!!

Stewardship Committee Report:  Dexter Hughes had nothing to report at this time, but did state that the Willison Pioneer will run a full page ad on the Anniversary of Good Shepherd at no charge.  We have to get all the information together and write the article.

Women's League:  Spring Yard Sale will be May 1st and 2nd.   The Women's League will recognize Ricky Pinna's graduation the 1st Sunday in June.

Thrivent Financial:  Received $250 for Shrove Tuesday.  Martha bought supplies from Sam's Club, unfortunately, Sam's Club does not honor Visa (which is what Thrivent uses).  Working on a solution to that.  The Pancake brunch will be Tuesday, 2/17/15 with all proceeds going to the Memorial Garden Fund.  Most supplies were donated and per Martha Reaves, she has volunteers for cooking.  Dexter Hughes and Carlton Pierce will man the doors and take tickets.

The website is up and running at:www.TheGoodShepherdLutheranChurch.org.

Please check it out and give us your feedback.

Memorial Garden Update:  Pastor Abel has someone willing to fund the entire preparation to begin garden.  The wooden cross has been removed from the center with plans for a screened gazebo (with a seating area inside) to replace it.  The projected cost for this is approximately $2900.  We also have a possibility of a donor for the landscaping.  Dexter Hughes moved to change to the gazebo, Cecil Robinson made motion to approve, Judy Molitor seconded, motion passed.

Judy Molitor made a motion to close meeting, Martha Reaves seconded and meeting was closed with the Lord's Prayer in unison.

Next Meeting:    March 15, 2015

Respectfully Submitted,

Marie Lucas

Women's Group

The Shove Tuesday pancake lunch on 2/14/15 was

Very well attended and we had $260.00 after expenses.

The next meeting will be Wednesday March 25, 2015 after the weekly Lenten Service and the lunch that is to follow.

Martha Reaves Women's Group President

& Thrivent Congregational Coordinator

 Birthday celebrations March 2015


14th Earl Beegle 11390 NW 86th Ct.

Chiefland, FL 32626

22nd Debbie Swilley 3550 NW 140th St

Chiefland, FL 32626

22nd Eli Prevatt 12110 NE 10th Ave

Trenton, FL 32693

23rd Christa Trehy 68 NE 189th Ave

Old Town, FL 32680

24th Thomas Bursey 3450 NW 50th Ave

Chiefland, FL 32626

29th Bonnie Cooke 6139 NW 12th Ct

Bell, FL 32619

31st Joyce Beegle 11390 NW 86th Ct

Chiefland, FL 32626

Altar Flowers for the month of March 2015

Given to the Glory of God by:

March 1, 2015

--Open

March 8, 2015

--Linda Lawson in memory of Bob

March 15, 2015

--Arnie Smith in memory of Marilyn

--Loretta Waters in memory of sister, Ellen

March 22, 2015

--Open

March 29, 2015

--Cecil & Beth Robinson in memory of Cecil's

mother, Evelyn

--Jerry Hunt in celebration of Daughter, Bonnie Cooke's

65th Birthday today.

"Serving the Lord with gladness"

        Month of March 2015

March 1, 2015

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals

& Nancy Ferguson

Ushers: Cecil & Beth Robinson

Reader: Debbie Swilley Acolyte: Joey Pinna

March 4, 2015 Lenten Service

Ushers: Marie Lucas & Judy Molitor

March 8, 2015

Communion Assistant: David Dadswell

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals

& Peggy Falk

Ushers: Gerri Ross & Barbara Manfready

Reader: Beth Robinson Acolyte: Joey Pinna

March 11, 2015 “ Lenten Service

Ushers: Judy Molitor & Dexter Hughes

March 15, 2015

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals

& Bonnie Edwards

Ushers: Mike Holeman & Carlton Pierce

Reader: Judy Molitor Acolyte: Joey Pinna

March 18, 2015 “ Lenten Service

Ushers: Arnie Smith & Carole Merwin

March 22, 2015

Communion Assistant: Earl Beegle

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals

& Carol Ann Pulizzi & Tammara Liston

Ushers: Dexter Hughes & Carlton Pierce

Reader: Pete Skeris Acolyte: Joey Pinna

March 25, 2014 “Lenten Service

Ushers: Judy Molitor & Marie Lucas

March 29, 2015

Communion Assistant: David Dadswell

Greeters: Loretta Waters & Ruth Wryals

& Nancy Ferguson

Ushers: Cecil & Beth Robinson

Reader: Debbie Swilley Acolyte: Joey Pinna

Altar Guild: Nancy Ferguson & Peggy Falk

Memorials

In memory of Robert Provencher Jr.

Loretta Waters

Dexter Hughes & Carlton Pierce

Carol Ann Pulizzi

HEARTIEST THANKS

   Sometimes we forget to thank the people that do rather important things for us.  In December, as we were all admiring the new Advent Candleholder/Christ Candle, it made me think that we needed some way to "store" the candles in the "off-season"....Off to the catalogs we go, trying to find something appropriate.  All the liturgical catalogs suggested a wooden holder, that would let the candles stand up so the liquid wax would not drip out of them.  BUT, the cost of these holders were almost $200.  I was lamenting this cost to Martha Reaves, our congregational president, and she said, "Let me bring that catalog home to Mark and see what he can do."  Lo and behold, in a very short period of time Mark came and presented us with an incredible candleholder which actually was much better looking and probably much more stable than the one for $200.  

     THEN I began to think, "What else do we have that might need an ingenious mind to conjure up?"   A small problem seemed to be the processional candle and at the end of the service, where exactly to put it so the acolyte can go back to the altar and extinguish the candles.  Again....Lo and behold, Mark designed and executed a holder for the processional cross that is attached to the baptismal font so the cross can easily be attached to it, and the acolyte finish his liturgical duties.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU....Mark Reaves. We so appreciate your talents.  (And by the way.....we could use a second story on our fellowship hall????? )

Be sure to look at our new Church Website!!!

TheGoodShepherdLutheranChurch.org

Much Thanks to Mike Holeman who has used his expertise to develop this us for us.

Work Day!!!! Saturday. Mach 21, 2015, If rained out, alternate date will be Saturday March 28, 2015.

From the Desk of the Church Secretary:

Please let the office know if you have any changes in your address, email, Phone, cell numbers.

You can leave a note on the desk or you can email me at bonclas@gmail.com. Thank you, Bonnie Cooke

ALTERNATE ADDRESS¦.

We have an alternate address for Colleen Provencher.

She will be spending time in Orlando, near her sons, and be here at her home in Chiefland also. The address is:

Colleen Provencher Apt 1407

Commons at Orlando Lutheran

300 East Church St.

Orlando, Fl 32801

Orlando phone: 407-515-4221

Cell: 352-949-1031

Chiefland phone: 352-493-7425

 

 


give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil.

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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 Deuteronomy 34:8 (NIV)
The Israelites grieved for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days, until the time of weeping and mourning was over.
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