Leading with Wonder Workshops - Practicing Skills for Being in Times of Transition”
Pastor Lori Kochanski, Assistant to the Bishop for Faith Formation, will lead an exciting series of workshops here at Good Shepherd. Over the course of three, 1.5 hour meeting times we will explore elements of wonder as they relate to leadership in community.
TOPIC: Curiosity, Equanimity and Play
Tuesday, November 12 at 12 noon (being your lunch!) and again at 7:00 pm
Annual Cookie Walk - The Cookie Walk, a major fundraiser for our church, will be Saturday, December 14, from 9 am - 1 pm in the Fellowship Hall. WELCA sponsors the event, but we need EVERYBODY to help us out. Please bake cookies - there's a sign-up sheet in the Narthex. We need your help! (If you want to help out on Dec. 14, we need all sorts of workers! Sign up for a job, or just appear on December 14 and join us for all the fun!
Game Night – Every Monday at 6:30 pm here in the fellowship hall. Bring your favorite board game or enjoy playing with one of ours. Adults and children of all ages are invited. Invite your friends and neighbors for a fun night out! Light snacks will be provided. So mark your calendars and come join in on the fun!
West Albany Fire Co. Turkey Dinner - The West Albany Fire Co. & Ladies Auxiliary are hosting a Turkey Dinner at 113 Sand Creek Road on Saturday, November 9th from 3-7 pm. Traditional Thanksgiving fare will be served. There will also be a 50-50 raffle and Take-Out Dinners will also be available. $13 adults - $9 for seniors 60+, $6 for children ages 4-10, and free for children 3 and under.
Kristallnacht Interfaith Commemoration – Tuesday, November 12th at 7:00 pm. One-time screening, at Page Hall, University at Page Hall / University at Albany downtown campus, 135 Western Avenue. Free admission and open to the public. "The Light of Hope" based on the true story of Elisabeth Eidenbenz (1913-2011) and her female co-workers who saved the lives of almost 600 infants in World War II.
Equinox is once again asking for donations of individual fruit cups for their Thanksgiving dinner. Our goal is to donate 500 cups from Good Shepherd, to help those less fortunate than us to have a delicious Thanksgiving dinner. A donation table will be in the narthex. The deadline is Sunday, November 17th.
ELCA Good Gifts – Once again, we will be supporting Lutheran World Hunger during the month of November. Animal ornaments will be available to purchase (honeybees, piglets and goats and other items as well). All proceeds will go to Lutheran World Hunger to help families throughout the world. Stop by the table near the Good Gifts tree in the narthex and purchase one (or more) today.
CAROLING for the Sick and Homebound – Help to brighten the Christmas season for members and friends of Good Shepherd who are unable to attend services! On Sunday, December 8, pizza and beverages will be available after the 10:30 service for volunteers who will travel to several locations for caroling to the sick and homebound among us. We’d like to have enough people to put together two groups. We have a lot of people to visit and need lots of people to sing and/or volunteer to drive. You don’t have to be a good singer; just a desire to bring joy to others. If you are willing to add your voices or drive to help with this wonderful ministry, please contact Susan Perkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Qi Gong Classes – Saturdays- 9:30 am to 11:00 am. Registration is required. You can call or text Maria at (518) 629-5800. Email CoreFourHC@gmail.com. Website is CoreFourHealthcoaching.com or MariaPatrickHealthCoach.com. Classes are $10 per session.
Fair Trade – Fair Trade helps farmers and workers in developing countries achieve better living conditions to combat poverty. Please check out our display in the Fellowship Hall next to the bookcase to learn more. Items can be purchased from the cart.
Hoffman Car Wash Helping Hands Fundraiser – Proceeds will now go to the Hillenbrandt Scholarship Fund. Tickets available from Chris Kleinhenz at 518-441-8719 or ONLINE. Exterior $10 – Interior $25. They make great gifts!
Hearing Loop - In early May, Upstate Hearing Loops installed a hearing loop in the sanctuary. The cost of the loop was covered by generous members of the congregation. It allows those with hearing aids to receive the audio directly to their hearing aids. For those with hearing difficulty, but do not have hearing aids, the church has four receivers that can be used along with earbuds or headphones. This will improve accessibility in our church and we are blessed to have this in our worship space!