Good Shepherd United Methodist Church
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Regular Services
Sunday Worship Service -- 10:30 am
Rev. Kathy Lossau, Pastor
Pastor Israel Suarez -- Bi-lingual Pastor
Norm Crarey -- Organist / Choir Director
Christiana Campbell -- Christian Education Team Coordinator
Peter Ayok -- Sexton
In Memoriam

Stalin Frazer
d. Sept  2017

Clarice Bright
d. Aug 18, 2017

Marilyn Gantz
d. Aug 17, 2017

Former Pastor Joye's Mother-- Sue Jones
d. Aug.9,2017

Wife & Husband
Christina "Chris" Areu
d. June 4, 2017
Eloy "Dino" Areu
d. July 15, 2017

Pat Mallon
d. May 22, 2017

Ronald Walker
d. Apr. 25, 2017

Sylvester John
d. Apr 18, 2017

Former Pastor '66-'72
Rev. Elgar C. Soper
d. Dec. 20, 2016 (102yo)

Avis Veli, 86
d. May 21, 2016

Dorothy Boyd, 92
d. May 11, 2016 

Lois Kane
d. April 30, 2016

Winifred (Winnie) Elam
d. Feb 28, 2016

Onna Thornton, 93
d. Feb 15, 2016

Dr. Rowland A Fergusson
d. Oct 12, 2015

Jean Bennington
d. June 12, 2015

Donna Jo Bennington
d. April 7, 2015

Charlotte Schaefer, 97
d. Mar. 29, 2015

Joan Beck, 83
d. March 11, 2015

Jestina Webber
d. Oct 9, 2014

Joe Graham. Sr.
d. Aug. 10, 2014

John K. (Jack) Bacon
d. July 28, 2014

Mary Rainey
d. June 23, 2014

Walter Sharp
d. Dec. 8, 2013
preceded by
Kay Sharp, 80
d. Feb 3, 1999

Ellen Bunyan, 92
d. Oct. 14, 2013

Odette B. Ludecke, 93
d. Oct. 13, 2013

Thelma Morgan
d. Sept. 28, 2013

Anna Mary Farris
d. Aug. 12, 2013

Delbert Gantz, 84
d. May 31, 2013

Dorothy Williams
d. May 7, 2013

John Williams
d. Feb. 19, 2013

Pat Henry, 92
d. Jan. 29, 2013

Carol Rodgers, 90
d. Jan. 13, 2013

Jean Sharp
d. Nov. 27, 2012
Missions' Items

This is a list of items for "Shoebox for Christmas" each year for kids. Shop a little each month over the course of the year.
(All sizes should be small-to-medium travel sizes easy to pack and ship)

JAN  "Health" -- bandaids, Q-tips, cotton balls, pocket Kleenex

FEB  "Hair" --combs, brushes, conditioner, ribbons, ponytail holders, clips, shampoos 

MAR "Hygiene" -- Toothbrushes and  toothpaste, floss, etc.

APR  "Cleanliness" --Soap, washclothes, deodorant

MAY  "Personal" --Socks and underwear

JUN  "Pastimes" --Small books, hand-held games, activity books, coloring books, crayons or markers

JUL  "Fun things" --Small toys, cars, jacks, balls, small stuffed animals

AUG  "School" --Pens, pencils, erasers, rulers, & other school items

SEP  "Teacher's supplies" --Paper, glue, scissors, pencil sharpeners

OCT  "Nice to have" --Children's Xmas cards, petite figurines

NOV  "Warmth" -- Mittens, gloves, scarves

DEC  "Assemble" and send-off. 
The FOOD PANTRY is constantly in need of replenishment. Go to the "Calendar" page (at the bottom) here for ideas on how you can help. 
Prayer "Stations"
Established









The congregation is invited to participate in collective prayer and reflection

Every Wed   
8-8:30pm
Tele-call-in
1-515-603-3157
access code 809996 
option #1

After Every Service: a 15-min gathering is available in the Sanctuary after every Sun' Service

Gracias!
We are so very thankful to the AGAPE SDA congregation for volunteer painting that refreshed the Sanctuary, Chancel, and Narthex back in 2016. This group also takes care of the church grounds with mowing in the summer and snow removal in winter. These and other activities are tremendous money-savers!  Update:  Turns out that an anonymous donor paid for the paint and supplies. The men that did the work were prompt every day and professional. To reciprocate, we'd like to freely offer their names if you need work around your house.  Asuncion Benitez 301.792.3829;  Alex Ortez 240.354.0501;  Daniel Sense 240.882.9486;  and (acting as job foreman) Manuel Lainez 202.910.8435. Thanks to all!!  And thanks to Marcie Burroughs for producing this work! 

Thanks!
A different 'thanks' to our music Minister Norm Crarey for leading the choir. He has introduced us to some wonderful anthems and he is very patient as we learn new hymns. Thanks Norm! He (and we) welcome anyone who has interest in joining the choir. Reminds me of an old Andy Griffith episode, to paraphrase:  "don't the trees sound fuller when all the birds are singing!" 
Some recent 'Thank You's"!!

From Rehoboth Christian School (NM) . . for 4 boxes of E.S supplies

From 'Church World Service'  for donation to Miscellaneous Kits for disaster relief . . . 

From UMC Board of Child Care  for donation . . . 

From UMCOR  for donation to General Board of Global Ministries for direct donation to Babyfold at Old Mutare Fairfield Children's Home, Zimbabwe . . .

From Shepherd's Table, Silver Spring . . . 

From Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference  for Native American Children's Fund . . . 

From MoCo Coalition for the Homeless  for clients, and for Back-to-School fair . . . 

From Rehobeth Christian School, New Mexico, for 6 boxes of elementary school supplies, hygiene items, and backpacks  (Mr. Jim Holwerda, Principal) . . . 

From MoCo Coalition for the Homeless:  "We did it!" With your help 11 veterans ended their homelessness through 'Operation Homecoming' . . . . 

From Broad Acres E S kids:  " . . for the 112 backpacks!"
Broad Acres
The UMC preaches that we must be ministers to the poor and needy. Read all about GSUMC's partnership with Broad Acres E. S., as written by GS's own angel, Carol Penne.  here
Food Pantry:
You are generous but are asked to stick to the plan. The preferred items are generally Latin American staples for making dishes, like canned and dried red and black beans, rice, flour (2-lb bags), cornmeal (2-lb), canned tomatoes, canned meats and fish, soups, corn, and oatmeal. Please -- no more Ramen noodles as we are overstocked with these. Things that are not-much preferred are cake mixes, pickles, beets. (Do you want pickles and beets?!) Pick items that you would want if trying to feed/extend meals on a limited budget, and not always just single-serve heat-and-eat items. Those might feed one but shouldn't be the only daily choice meal after meal. 
Thanks to those who help beautify the Church!    Beautification days were successful.  The Trustees want to thank the 16 hardy souls who came out on March 19, 2016 despite the rain and accomplished mostly indoor repairs. An unknown number also returned on March 26 to address some outdoor problems.  We cleaned windows, repaired folding chairs, cleaned and sorted the cabinets downstairs, fixed broken items and storm windows, etc.  Thanks! 
What do the Trustees Do?   Like a building superintendent, the job of a Trustee is to be a steward of the property. In theory, ALL members are trustees! Here are some typical activities and/or needs that this group has tackled:
--broken floor tiles
--burnt-out bulbs w-a-a-y up high . .
--a roof leak above the Parlor 
--stewardship of fees by outside groups to offset our costs
--kitchen hood and elevator inspection and rehab
--electrical repairs to parking lot lights
--the church secretary's computer problems were sourced and fixed
--the Sanctuary closet and Sacristy were cleaned and organized
--working on:
        -- repairing water damage in both bell towers;  repairing leaking toilets;  repairing leaking and broken gutters;  fixing church sign on NHAve;  painting doors  and cabinets in Lewis Hall and corridor;  ADA accommodations for pending new Pastor
Graduates! 
We are pleased to recognize the following H.S. and College grads for June 2017.
High School:  Sahr Ashton (Blake);  Jorge Chavez (Blair);  Zarian Davies (Notre Dame Prep);  Olasumbo Odujinrin (Springbrook);  and Moiyatu Madona Roberts (Hammond).  College:  Bernice Cole (Rasmussen -- Assoc. of Sci-Health Admin);  Chimso Okoji (GW Law -- JD);  Dunstina Thomas (Bowie State -- BS Sociology, and will attend GW for Masters, Special Education);  and Abigail Uranga (Mont. College -- will work at Holy Cross Hospital)         Congrats to all!   
Financial Issues lead to Staff Changes  
 After several meetings and prayer, we decided the following:
1. Beginning Aug 1, Rosa Escobar (Sexton) was let go. We have hired a PT hourly staff (Peter Ayok) to fill Rosa's job. 
2. Beginning Aug 1, Char Lewis's hours were reduced to M-F a.m. hourly basis for up to 15 hrs per week, instead of FT. A 2nd part-time person (Tiara Suarez, welcome!) has been hired, typically for p.m. hours.
    Both of these decisions were extremely difficult to arrive at and inform. But we had to balance the very real financial stress against some personal pain and reorganization.
What are the "2016 Book of Resolutions" adopted by United Methodists?
The book and the 'UM Social Principles' are statements approved by the denomination's General Conference. They address six areas; the natural world, and the nurturing, social, economic, political, and world communities. Read more here
December 'Monthly Day of Prayer'   -- Wednesday 13th
The monthly day of prayer (pray for you, your family, social issues, etc.) and fasting is yours (and ours) time to meditate, reflect, and fast. There are no hard and fast rules . . you are welcome to participate a lot or a little. Know that as you are practicing self-sacrifice so are others in your church family. We recommend from 15 to 30 min of prayer and reflection and the consideration to 'fast' from one or more from sunup to sundown:  food, meat, TV, cursing, personal social media, or other. (Sorry, we can't endorse that you 'fast' from your job today!) Contact the Church office for more info on how you can participate at home or here in the church building either informally (on your time and at your pace) or formally with Pastor Kathy, who always sets aside some prescribed times (e.g. before work, lunch, afternoon, etc.) here in the Sanctuary.

13th
Dec  2017
Congrats to Admire Russell - - GS's Ordained Ministry Candidate  Admire was accepted into the 2017 CPE Internship program at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center starting March 23. Please hold her in your prayers. 
We're Going Solar!
The Trustees have voted to go with solar panel lighting for the church sign out front on NH Ave. This will save $$ in the short term (purchase) and long term. Mr. Cesar Behrens from SolarCity has advised the Trustees. This project is getting underway soon. Can you help defray costs? If so, please contribute (Checks payable to GSUMC with note "Church Sign Repair" or similar) in the weekly offering plates. 
Where do Communion offering(s) go?
The first Sunday of each month is communion, and we receive a voluntary gift up front in the basket.  Jan/Feb -- Christmas in April;  March -- Red Bird Mission;   April -- Ordained Ministry Candidate Admire Russell;   May -- Pastor's discretionary fund;   June -- PET project of Florida;   July -- Food and Friends;   August -- CASA of Md;   Sept -- Bread for the World;   Oct -- UMCOR;   Nov -- Pastor's discretionary fund;   and Dec -- Day-shelter for P.G. Co. (housed at Univ. Christian Church on Adelphi Road. )
Way to go GS' !!      Church Meets 2016 Apportionment
On March 26, 2017, Pastor Kathy read a proclamation from the B/W Conference that congratulated Good Shepherd UMC for meeting it's annual 2016 apportionment! 
2018 Church Retreat -- now taking registrations  

We are now taking early registrations for the 2018 retreat at West River UMC Retreat Center. We need this count this early so we can tell the retreat center how many to expect (# of lodgings) and how many buildings/rooms, etc. 
  --  March 16 - 18, 2018 // Cost is $140 ea. // Anyone can participate but especially Church leaders // Registration form available by email from the Church // or put payment in envelope in the regular Sunday offering, payable to "Good Shepherd UMC" with note "2018 Church Retreat."
Latino Ministry  (Note: no Latino worship on Dec 24)
Pastor Suarez is now leading worship at 3pm on Sundays in Spanish. He is also looking for a host home for a Thur-nite Spanish-speaking Bible study. Please let the Church office know if you are interested.  

Thanksgiving Eve Service
Wed.  Nov  22    7:30 pm
An offering of food items for our Food Pantry will be collected. (See list of candidate goods near very bottom of this page.)  Or, bring $$ for grocery cards. Thanks!

The Cottage is temporarily empty . .. 
. . . while we prepare it for new occupants. The Uranga family has transitioned out and has moved into another home. So now we have to attend to minor repairs and fix-it-ups. If you can help, contact Pat McConnell or Marcie Burroughs. 

By the way . . do you know the 'Cottage Story' and history? Go  here

Young Adult Ministry  "Doves (of Good Shepherd)" 
GS has a new Young Adult group (and name . . "DOVES"!)  that began on Oct 21 and meets at 2 pm every Sunday. It is a product of our Hispanic Ministry outreach. The group is open to young adults -- single or married -- ages 18 - 25 (but that is soft!). The group mission and service will evolve over time. This is a Methodist "Safe Space" which means that the leadership is vetted for background and what is said at group STAYS at group, so that conversation is unfettered. If interested, contact Pastor Kathy by text (217.341.2181) so we know you are coming and we can have enough food. (Methodists can never have enough food!) Bring or invite friends. 

On Sun Dec 17 the DOVES will "fly" to the Afr' Amer' History Museum in D.C. for a tour, and then return to Pastor Kathy's for pizza and Xmas-cookie baking! (Yea, nutrition ain't really our thing!) Anyway, meet in in the Upper Room at Noon. 


Christmas Services

Christmas Choir Cantata -- Dec 17th   during 10:30 am service
Christmas Eve Service -- Sunday Dec 24    10:30 am and 7:30 pm
New Years' "Watch Night" Service -- Sun Dec 31  11:00 pm
(no GSUMC Spanish language service at 3 pm on Dec 24