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Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
107 South 17th Avenue
Coatesville, Pennsylvania 19320
(610) 384-2035 www.LuthGoodShep.org
Our Mission: “To Know, Live and Share God’s Word”
The Shepherd's Voice
Dated Material: Mailed,
10/1 Michael Kauppila
10/3 Hudson Durborow
10/4 Ethan Rubincam
10/6 Julian Crouthamel
10/7 Carlos Melendez
10/9 Ginny Lozinski
10/10 Jim Montheith
10/11 Porter Stofflet
10/13 Gene Timm
10/14 Arnold Whiteman
10/15 Ethel Zevtchin
10/16 Gail Monteith
10/17 Betty Lee Genaro
10/19 Samantha Wayne
10/22 Jean Sacco
10/23 Cheri McMenamin
10/24 Emilia Castro
10/25 Shannon Martz
10/26 David Althouse
10/27 Carol Slody
Joseph Regenski III
10/28 Jimmy Wilgis
10/29 David Blount
10/30 Sharon Tandarich
10/1 Steve & Barb Brown 41 yrs.
10/2 Judy & Bill Osborne 14 yrs.
10/7 Craig & Jennifer Miller 18 yrs.
10/8 Chrissy & Jesse Smith 13 yrs.
10/10 Amy & Eric Gauer 3 yrs.
10/11 Brent & Beth Douty 32 yrs.
10/11 Coleen & Greg Gill 16 yrs.
10/11 Dave & Megan Murray 15 yrs.
10/13 Nancy & Ray Ritchie 28 yrs.
10/14 Susan & Max Barajas 29 yrs.
10/14 Barry & Linda Kimes 57 yrs.
10/19 Noelle & Michael Raytik 34 yrs.
10/20 Bob & Bobbi Schini 51 yrs.
10/22 Carolos & Adrienne Melendez 7 yrs.
10/31 Ted & Anna Marie Alderman 60 yrs.
They are part of our day to day lives. You know what they are. Washing the dishes. Putting things away after you are finished using them. Keeping a grocery list. Preparing and cooking healthy
meals. Doing laundry and cleaning the bathroom. And, yes, even exercise. All of these and more fall
into the category of stuff we just need to do, day in and day out, week after week. It takes more than
habit to keep all of these things happening. It takes discipline.
These pedantic tasks that are unexciting and often referred to as chores are also a necessary part
of our lives. Parents spend years teaching these skills to their children and trying to help them build these
tasks into regular habits. Why? Because if we stop doing these things, life simply gets out of kilter, and
eventually we pay a price.
What is the cost? Unwashed dishes will eventually draw pests, and leave you without any clean
dishes to eat off of. Re-using the dirty dishes will eventually lead to germs and illness. Not picking up on
a day to day basis will create an unorganized, cluttered, and messy home. Rectifying this has to happen
before a room can be cleaned. It may require hours of work all at once, which means finding a large
block of time in our already over scheduled lives.
Letting go of our daily disciplines can bring chaos, extra work, and even health risks into our lives!
So we try to stay the course, always knowing that we may fail at some point and need to get back on
track. Whether we are facing that mountain of dishes, or trying to get a fitness program back on track,
the process of starting to re-set a discipline can seem daunting at first. But we do it, not just because we
know we should, but because we know our lives will be smoother and better in the end.
In our life of faith, there are also daily disciplines. The words disciple and discipline share the
same root. A disciple practices or lives out disciplines. These faith disciplines take the form of daily tasks
like prayer and devotional time, and weekly events like worship and Bible study in community, serving
God by helping those in need, and returning a portion of our money or treasure to God for God’s purpos-
Just like the other disciplines of our lives, we can get off track or let go of our faith disciplines.
And getting back on track sometimes takes focus and determination. But what we know is that we pay a
price for letting go of our faith disciplines. Without them, we may feel adrift, or lacking a higher purpose.
We may feel distant from God or hesitant to approach God or even a bit lost in life if we have been out of
communication with God for a while. And we feel this in spite of the fact that God always wants to hear
How do we get back on track? We just start. You know how you finally look at that stack of dish-
es, take a deep breath, and go to work? It’s the same with faith disciplines. Just start. Pick one disci-
pline and just start. Write it into your calendar so it is scheduled if that helps you to make time. Or find a
friend who will do this discipline with you and encourage you as you start again. Say a prayer. Come to
church. Don’t over think it. Don’t worry about what anyone else might think. And remember, God will
not turn you away or punish you. To the contrary, God promises to welcome you, gladly.
Pastor Susan Lynch
Wednesday Morning Bible Study
10:30 am—11:30 am
Fellowship begins at 10:00
Lead by Hanny White
The Blessing of the Animals
Saturday, October 6th, 10:00 am
Rain or Shine!
You are invited to bring your pets to our Blessing of the Animals event on Saturday, October 6th at 10:00am in the church’s back parking lot. After a short service, animals will receive an individual prayer of blessing if desired. Light refreshments for people and pets will be provided! Please plan to arrive a few minutes early. All dogs (and any larger animals) must be on leashes, and cats and other small animals should be in travel carri- ers. Please join us for this very special occasion! In the event of rain, meet out front under the portico.
October 16, 2018
Do you, or someone you know, work or have
difficulty getting to church Sundays?
On the 3rd Tuesday of this month at 11:00 am a
worship service with communion will be held in
Lunch and fellowship immediately following!
Join us! Bring a friend!!
At Freedom Village
October 18, 2018
On the 3rd Thursday of this month at
2:00 pm Pastor Lynch will conduct a worship
service with communion for residents of Freedom
Village in the Great Room of The Gardens.
If you are a resident, or know of someone who
would enjoy attending, please join us!
Community Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, October 20 8-10am
This event is open to the public.
Tell your friends and neighbors.
Join us for pancakes, french toast, bacon, sausage,
eggs/omelets made to order, hash browns, dry beef gra-
vy, baked goods, fruit, coffee, tea and juice.
Saturday, October 20 - 9am
Come out and participate in the Property
Committee’s monthly church work day!
Have breakfast in Fellowship Hall
then work it off!
Contact Dave Dean for more info!
Pastor’s Sunday School Class
The Pastor’s Class will resume on Sunday,
Oct. 7th at 9:20 a.m. The class will meet in
the Fellowship Hall and the Topic is Bible 101.
All adults are welcome!
BOY SCOUT TROOP 117 PASTA DINNER/BAKE SALE
Gift Baskets, Museum Tickets, Jewelry, Gift Cards and
Saturday, October 13, 2018; 4:00-7:00PM
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
SALAD & ROLLS
PASTA & MEATBALLS
DESSERT & BEVERAGE
Adults (12 & up) - $9.00/Seniors (60+) - $8.00
Children (3-11) - $7.00, Children under 3 – FREE
Walk-ins are welcome and take-outs are available!.
For tickets call: Chuck Coxson at 610-384-5560
Social Ministry Holiday Meal
We will again be offering complete holiday
meals to members and community friends
who are in need. This includes the Turkey,
vegetables, mashed and sweet potatoes,
cranberry sauce, fruit cocktail, rolls, butter
and pie. If your family needs a meal, please
complete a registration sheet and turn it in
to the church office or one of our committee
members. There will be extra copies on the
Welcome Center in the Narthex in addition to