Rally Day 26 August

Rally Day is a family friendly event where it is okay for your kids to invite their friends to join them in running around exploring what we’ll have to offer. The long Summer days are coming to an end and we will begin to establish the school days routines. Rally Day underscores God's intention that all Christians (children, youth, and adults) grow and learn from His Word by including It in the routine. Rally Day, the day, is an opportunity for us to celebrate and acknowledge the ministries within the congregation with food, games, displays, a water slide, and fellowship.

Come to Rally Day, August 26, Noon @ your church.

Welcome First Time Attenders!

We are happy that you are here to worship with us this morning. Please join us for coffee in the Narthex after the service so that we have an opportunity to meet you and answer any questions you may have about our church.

Altar Flowers

Flowers are given to the glory of God by Rich & Debbie Kerstein in celebration of grandson Sammy’s first birthday and by Lee & Jean Grieve in celebration of granddaughter Della's first birthday

Sunday School Teacher's Meeting

Children’s Sunday School Teachers will meet today in classroom 11 during the education hour to review next quarter’s curriculum and to work out logistics for a successful start on Sept 2nd

Pastor's Tuesday Bible Study

Meets in the Library at 10:00 AM – Pastor Ray invites you to join him for various topics in Bible study. For the next several weeks the study will be from the Book of Daniel. Bring your Bible

Lifetree Cafe

Join the conversation as we discuss “Out of Anger, the battle between self-control and out of control,” Tuesday, August 21st at 7:00 PM.

Ladies Bible Study

On Thursdays from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM in the church library, come join other women as we dive into God’s Word and discuss how it impacts our lives.  You are welcome to bring your lunch to eat if you like.  For more information, please call or email Mary Ann Day at (832) 585-2931 or

Hand Bells

Ringers are needed. Rehearsals are every Wednesday at 5:45 PM. beginning August 22nd. Reading music is not essential in church ringing. Bells ring one Sunday a month and an occasional special service. Children need to be at least 12 years old and adults of any age are welcome. Consider joining this music ministry. If you are interested please contact Music Director, Lois Henry, call or text 850-974-5751


Practice resumes on Wednesday, September 5th, at 7:00 PM. New voices are welcome to join us. Contact Lois Henry at (850)974-5751 for more information

Rally Day Treats

We need cookies, brownies, cupcakes and single serve treats for the Cake Walk. It would be very helpful if you could bring them pre-packaged in single servings, i.e. in a snack or sandwich sized bag, pretty please and thank you!

"Pack the Backpack" Drive

The Human Care and Outreach Boards have partnered to help out the youth in our area with a “Pack the Backpack” drive during the month of August. We are collecting backpacks and school supplies. Lists of supplies needed are available in the Narthex. Deadline for backpacks and school supplies is Sunday, August


Confirmation is a lifelong Christian education and relational experience, within the congregation, that began when you came to faith in Jesus Christ. It is also a deeply held Lutheran tradition of formal classroom instruction. Our approach at Good Shepherd is to have two years of focused instruction (Sept-May) beginning in the 8th grade school year. The 8th grade classroom time is Wednesdays (6:30-8:00 PM) starting September 12th in the Youth Room. The 9th grade classroom is 5:00-6:30 PM. For more information, speak with Family Life Minister Curtis.

Early Communion Workshop

Workshop scheduled for Saturday, September 8th, at 9:00 AM will be led by Pastor Ray, to prepare those children in the fifth grade and up, for the reception of Holy Communion. The workshop will be held in the Chapel off the Sanctuary. At least one parent is required to attend this workshop. If your child is interested, please contact Dianna Riggenbach in the church office, 651-1022


Beginning Sunday, September 2nd, young adults, especially young families with children, will meet in the Café on Sundays (4:30 – 6:00 PM) for fellowship and to consider the essential stories found in Genesis. Childcare will be provided. For more information contact Katie Tolbert (850) 218-6451 or Family Life Minister Curtis

Life Quote

“When the end of life is near, may we be willing to speak up for those who are the most vulnerable here as well. States across this nation are considering legalizing assisted suicide. We have a voice. We need to use it! Do not let the voice of the evil one be the most vocal. Be voices For Life!” Virginia Flo, Lutherans For Life Regional Director of Minnesota – A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life •


Join us this morning as all the adult Sunday School classes join together in the Fellowship Hall for the next installment of 24 to Double.

A New Season of Sunday School

A New Season of Sunday School begins in September

Familiar Favorites
Basic Christianity - Library. Ideal for people who are interested in what the Lutheran Church teaches and believes. Pastor Ray teaches and leads the class through the basic tenants of Christianity. Seasoned Lutherans, experienced Christians, and interested bystanders who are either a congregational member or not are welcome to join in on the discussion. Lead by Pastor Ray.

Contemporary Issues - Classroom 5. Join in on the discussion as we seek a Christian response to the many complex cultural and social issues of our time. Christ is our anchor in these turbulent times. Facilitated by Bill Anderson.

Faith Lessons - Fellowship Hall. Experience the Bible in historical context. Discover the mission that can give your life - and the lives of those around you. A study by renowned teacher and historian Ray Vander Laan. Taught by Tom Cox.

Pericopes - Classroom 4. Dive deeper into the weekly Scripture readings used in the worship service and mine the riches of the pericopes. Facilitated by Ross Binkley.

New Topics
Shorter Books & Letters of the Bible - Youth Room. The purpose of the Bible is to point us to Christ Jesus. This study will take a closer look at those biblical books and letters that lack the verbosity of the others. The new quarter starts with a look at the book of Hosea. Lead by Family Life Minister Curtis.

Worldview (re)Forging - Classroom 3. A group discussion guided by the topics addressed by LCMS Pastor Fisk (and others) through the Worldview Everlasting Youtube channel. Rev Fisk is also the author of Broken 7: “Christian” Rules that Every Christian Ought to Break as Often as Possible. Facilitated by Noah Kerstein

Adult Sunday School Classes

Basic Christianity 
Pastor Ray    Library

Faith Lessons
Tom Cox    Fellowship Hall

24 to Double
Ed Bldg #3

Neal Riemer    Ed Bldg #4

Contemporary Issues
Bill Anderson    Ed Bldg #5

Ross Binkley    Youth Roo

Young Adults Bible Study

Genesis - Beginning September 2nd, young adults, especially young families with children, will meet in the Cafe on Sundays (4:30 - 6:00) for fellowship and to consider the essential stories found in Genesis. Childcare will be provided. For more information contact Katie Tolbert or Family Life Minister Curtis.

LCMS Youth Gathering

LCMS Youth Gathering (July 11-15, 2019 - Minneapolis, MN) : Registration for the gathering is October 17th. A commitment to attending is needed by October 15th. Our parent meeting for the Gathering will be September 30th during the Youth Group. The gathering theme is rooted in Psalms 46: “Real. Present. God.”

Staffed Nursery

A STAFFED NURSERY is available to care for your young children during both services, including the Sunday school hour. There is also a CRY ROOM with sound and a window into the Sanctuary.

Prayer Cards

PRAYER CARDS are located on the table as you enter the Sanctuary (under the iron shepherd). If you have a prayer request, please complete a card and place it in the PRAYER REQUEST box.

Online Giving

SUPPORT Good Shepherd has several ways to help support our ministries:
•    Direct – Cash or check donation into the plate
•    Online – Donate on our website:
•    Text – Donate via Text to 772-291-5019 – Simply text an amount to the number and follow the prompts
•    GivePlus Mobile App – Download the “GivePlus Church” app to set up a one-time or recurring gift. Search Zip Code 32579 for our church.

This Week at Church

    Traditional Service     8:00 AM
    24 to Double    9:15 AM
    VBS     9:30 AM
    Contemporary Service with Communion    10:45 AM
    24 to Double    12:00 Noon
    High School Youth Group    6:00 PM
    Lawn Team #8 (Lawson & Lienemann)    This Week


    Bible Study    10:00 AM

    Lifetree Cafe    7:00 PM

    Quilting    9:30 AM

    Ladies Bible Study    11:30 AM

    Church Council    6:00 PM

    Bulletin Team    9:00 AM

    Praise Team    8:00 AM

    Traditional Service with Communion    8:00 AM
    Coffee Fellowship    9:15 AM
    VBS / Sunday School     9:30 AM
    Contemporary Service     10:45 AM
    Elementary Youth Group    12 Noon
    High School Youth Group    6:00 PM
    Lawn Team #10 (Lepper & Schwartz)    Week of 8/19