On Sunday, September 30, Good Shepherd will be hosting a Mission Festival. Often we think of missions to far off, exotic places. However, we have mission fields right here in our own community! Part of our community which we hope to serve with the Gospel are the developmentally handicapped people. We hope to begin serving them with a once a month service, known as Jesus Cares Ministries. When Good Shepherd begins this program (presumably in November or December, date and time still to be determined), we want our own members present to assist with each worshiper in a one-on-one relationship. Sadly, we don't know right now how many that will be. We may be blessed with many or with few.
Pastor Joel Gaertner, who oversees this program, will be here at the Bible Class hour (8:45 AM) to present a few things about the Jesus Cares Ministries program, and will model the actual service in the first part of our Divine Service (10:00 AM). If you know of anyone with mental disabilities, please inform them of this mission festival and of Jesus Cares Ministries. You can find out more about Jesus Cares Ministries at: http://www.tlha.org/jesus-cares-ministries .
Also, a potluck meal will be served after the service so that we can speak more with Pastor Gaertner and enjoy fellowship with one another. You can RSVP and indicate what you will bring to our pot luck at this Sign Up Genius link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050A4FA8AA2EA64-mission1