Good Shepherd United Methodist Church
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Regular Services
Sunday Worship Service -- 10:30 am
('Worship and Praise' style, every 2nd Sunday)
Rev. Kathy Lossau, Pastor
Church Secretary  -- Wendy De La Roca Barrios
Hispanic Leaders -- Tony and Laura Ferro
Dr. Elizabeth Dumas Schneider -- Organist / Choir Director
Christiana Campbell -- Christian Education Team Coordinator
Peter Ayok -- Sexton
In Memoriam

Former Pastor  '56-'66
Rev. Herbert Doggett
d. Sept. 3, 2018  (92) 

Katherine Rodeffer
Wife of B/W Conf ' Pastor
 Rev. Robert Rodeffer
d. Jan 14, 2018

Josephine Keikula
d. Dec. 9, 2017

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. 
Prayer "Stations"

The congregation is invited to participate in collective prayer and reflection

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

Some representative 'Thank You's"!!

From Rehoboth Christian School (NM) . . for 4 boxes of E.S supplies  (2016) 

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

From UMC Board of Child Care  for donation . . .  (2016) 

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 . . .  (continuing) 

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 . . .   (2016)  

From Rehobeth Christian School, New Mexico, for 6 boxes of elementary school supplies, hygiene items, and backpacks  (Mr. Jim Holwerda, Principal) . . . (2017) 

From MoCo Coalition for the Homeless:  "We did it!" With your help 11 veterans ended their homelessness through 'Operation Homecoming' . . . . (2016)

From Enemy Swim Day School, South Dakota . . for supplies, socks, hygiene items, etc. 

From Broad Acres E S kids:  " . . for the 112 backpacks!"  (Sept  2017) 

2017 Mission Tree . . hats, scarves, mittens, etc to WI and SD

2017 Holiday Shop and (5) Advent Families' Christmas . . . from L to L at JLES at Br Acres

2017 Coat Drive -- 220 coats collected for families of Br Acres ES.  Thanks to Valerie Campbell,
                                  Denzel Maddy, and Jasmine Maddy for organizing! Wow!  Thanks from
                                  Linkages to Learning at JoAnn Leleck ES at Broad Acres. 

April 2018  - A group of GS angels helped pack 'Hunger Kits' at Colesville Presbyterian Church.

Xmas in April 2018 -- 16 of us from GS joined a larger work group headed by B. Frank Joy Construction and worked on a house of a legally blind woman. Built a fence and trash enclosure; installed several ceiling fans; fixed or installed new outlets; installed smoke and CO2 detectors; did weeding; trimming, repairing garden trim; cleaned a kitchen, bathrooms and storage; removed old carpet and broken furniture, and always . . . always . . . . painted! 

May 2018 -- from Mobility Worldwide (c/o Penney Farms, FL) , $300 for cost of a motorized 3-wheeled cart distributed free to a wheelchair-bound elderly person in need. 
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. 
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 Pastor Kathy.
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
Jan 'Monthly Day of Prayer' is 16th   
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.
Jan  2019
Where do Communion offerings 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. )
Spring 2018  The Cottage is now a rental property  
We have refurbished and reworked the cottage as a rental property to two professional persons and their pets. Thanks to Pat McConnell,  Marcie Burroughs and others for the upgrade. Silver River Realty Management Firm will oversee the rental. 
By the way . . do you know the 'Cottage Story' and history? Go  here

Young Adult Ministry  "Doves (of Good Shepherd)" 
The DOVES  began on Oct 21, 2017 and meet 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. Some Doves have 'flown' back to college but the group still meets. 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. Some activities:  Labor Day = Apps after dark 9pm at Busboys in Hyattsville;  Concert Across America = Sept 30. Skiing (at Liberty) in Dec, Jan, and Feb.

Rise Against Hunger!   (Formerly "Stop Hunger Now" . . . if only that easy . . )
On Sat. April 14th, 2018, eight persons from GSUMC plus 2 friends and family joined a "hunger packing event" at Colesville Presbyterian Church. They packed > 20,000 rice/soy-fortified RTE meals. Great job, gang!
Hispanic Ministry News
In September 2018, Tony and Laura began attending 10 months of classes towards becoming Lay Ministers here at GS. They will be part of the first class offered in Spanish in the Balt/Wash Conference. Please hold them in prayer. 

Reminder -- The Food Pantry is open  the 3rd and 4th Tue of each month - - 10-11 am.
BTW, the FP has seen some items 'walk away' so the lock will be changed . . yet again.   

ESL Classes now held at GSUMC --  Long a desire, now a reality, GS is hosting 'English as a Second Language' classses through partnership with MoCo Literacy Council. The MCLC is providing teachers and materials. For more information call the church office. 

Balt/Wash' Conf' Mission Statement:  " . . to inspire and equip local faith communities to develop disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world." 
Advent Families Project
As is our annual tradition, we sponsor families in need of help; this year, six.
Of the six families, four are headed by single parents. There are a combined 20 children, ranging in age from 2 months to 19 years old. All of the families have faced or are facing particular hardships, either emotional or financial, or both. Visit the Advent tree in the upper Narthex -- select a "mitten" card identifying a person (adult or child) with a recommended gift. There are also mittens for grocery gift cards.  Please wrap and identify your gift(s) to that particular person(s) so we know whose is whose! We also accept $$ such that we can buy stocking stuffers and such, and such that we can guarantee every deserving family member(s) is served. Donate a check to GSUMC marked "Advent Families" or just give cash to an Advent "elf" who is organizing. 
Gifts were collected on Dec. 16

'Worship and Praise' Services to begin in  2019

Following endorsement from the Church leadership, GS will designate the 2nd Sunday of each month as 'Worship and Praise' Sunday. The first date is pending -- Jan or Feb?
In short, a 'W&P' service is a contemporary service -- boisterous, joyful, and uninhibited (lots of Amens! and Hallelujahs!) and perhaps intertwined with surrendering yourself to Jesus. There is a lot of contemporary music. Songs may be sung in sequence. In a purely W&P service, songs intend to "invite, engage, exalt, adore, and excite."  Prayers are often mixed into the songs (e.g., via call and response) and parishioners may feel called to the altar. Parishioners take a more active role in singing; encouraged to sing along, and encouraged to feel uninhibited in their participation. Often (eventually we will have?) a video screen concurrently plays video of the lyrics, or perhaps inspirational messages or scenes. GS will introduce W&P and tweak it from month to month as we are able. 

College Scholarship Opportunities
The Balt/Wash' Conference will once again offer college scholarships for Fall 2019. Students can apply Jan 3 - Mar 7, 2019, through an online process. Scholarships are available to students attending or intending to enroll in accredited colleges. Students must be active in their church and have a GPA of 2.5 or higher (on 4.0 scale).  Other details here 
or if you have Q's, call Ms. Cheryl Cook, B/W C staff at 410-309-3446.
ESL Classes are a big hit. . .will continue in 2019!
'English as a Second Language' classes, conducted in partnership with the MoCo Literary Council, have been a resounding success, so much so that a 2nd teacher has been arranged. Classes meet 2x/week, sometimes 3x (if makeups are needed). 26 persons attended the first go-around. Registration is February 20 at 5:30 pm. You must be here in order to be assessed for which class level suits you. Then, classes will meet in March, April, and May usually from 6-9 pm. There are flyers in the Narthex that explain the dates, etc. Classes are free of charge! The MCLC covers all expenses and we provide the classrooms. 
Young Adults (aka 'Doves') will hold fundraiser on Sat Jan 12th
The Doves group will sell Pupusas (not to be confused with Papooses!) on Saturday January 12 from 10 am to 4 pm, weather permitting, outside in the parking lot. Otherwise, we will be in the Farmer's Market across the street. Cost is $2 each.