WEEKLY BULLETIN - Good Hope Lutheran Church

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The altar flowers are given in honor of their children, Adam, Jared, Rachel and in memory of their daughter, Shelby by Bob and Renae Cox.

The stairwell flowers are given in thankfulness to God for all of their blessings—children, grandchildren and 62 years of marriage by Don and Bonnie Ley.

The cost of the hospitality is given in memory of his parents, Charles & Helen Auck by Gary Auck.

November 19-25, 2017
Today: Thank-offering Sunday
8:30 a.m. Worship*
9:30 a.m. Sunday School/Youth Choir/Children’s Bells
9:30 a.m. Confirmation Class
10:45 a.m. Worship*
Noon Bradford baptism (chapel)
NO Youth Group
1:00 ‘Creative Art on Tile’
7:00 p.m. Community Thanks. Service-BUMC
Monday: 8:00 a.m. “Teen Challenge”
7:30 p.m. Dartball Away
NO Gifts of Hope
7:00 p.m. Outreach Comm.
Tuesday: NO  Bible Study
NO Staff Meeting
7:00 p.m. Worship-Music Comm.
Wednesday: Office closes at noon
NO Choirs
Thursday: Office closed—Happy Thanksgiving!
Friday: Office closed
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. Men of Hope
*with Holy Communion

Greeters for next week:  8:30 Pete and Joyce Roll 10:45 Cindy/Traci Wetterau

Gene Luidhardt is leading worship and preaching at Crouse, Tiro today.

Thank you to Bonnie Ley for baking the bread for Communion today.

Noisy Offering Today
A noisy offering will be taken for Redeemer Lutheran, Toledo, a mission partner, to help with an unforeseen utility bill.


The total items collected so far is 1330 which includes 180 jars of soup donated to WOW by Deb Mahon.

-The Decorating Committee

Tonight at 7 p.m.
@ Bucyrus United Methodist Church
Please join the community in giving thanks to God! Our choirs will be singing at this service.

Youth/Family News from David Wolfe

We are going to WILDLIGHTS again at the Columbus Zoo on December 3, leaving the church @ 2:00pm. and returning by 9:00pm. Come enjoy the wonderful Christmas display, the wild animals and great time we have together. Sign up on the youth bulletin board.

Annual Christmas Poinsettia Sale
To help decorate the sanctuary for Christmas Eve, you can order a beautiful red poinsettia by filling out the pink form found in your November Steeple Notes, on the narthex wall racks, or in the church office. The deadline to place your order is Monday, November 27. Payment must accompany orders. Please make checks payable to Good Hope Church.

FAMILIES are needed to participate in the Lighting of the Advent Wreath at each service for the four weeks of Advent beginning December 3. Please call the church office as soon as possible if you would be willing to do this.

Decorating for the Christmas Season
We will decorate for Advent and Christmas on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28. Yes, that’s the Tuesday AFTER Thanksgiving. We will begin at 8:00-8:30 a.m.; The day will end around 4:00 p.m. Lunch (pizza, drink & dessert) is provided. COME and HELP! -The Decorating Committee, Mary E. Scott, chairperson

Council elections will be held on Sundays, December 3 and 10 in the church lounge before and after both worship services. All confirmed members are eligible to vote. Absentee ballots will be available in the church office during office hours the week of November 27. The nominees are:  Randy Fischer, Jim Metcalf*, Kristi Weber.*. Bio(s) for the nominee(s) will be available next week.

Christmas Cantata
The Senior Choir is practicing for the Christmas Cantata, “Jesus! The Advent of the Messiah” by McDonald and Aspinall. Please join them at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays if you would like to sing in it, even if you are not a regular choir member.

Donations are needed for the 420 S. Poplar Street Property for the demolition of the house and making a green space area for multi-use by our Good Hope family and preschool.

The Emmaus Circle is starting a new video Bible Study based on Max Lucado's book, He Chose the Nails.  All are welcome to join us on Nov. 27th and the 4th Monday of every month, excluding December, at 7:00 p.m. in the Youth Room.

Men of Hope will meet at Carlisle Place on December 9 at 8:00 a.m. for Bible Study with Gale Ruth and others. All men are invited.

WELCA Christmas Meeting has been changed to Wednesday, December 13 at 12:30 in the church dining room. Please sign a worship registration card or call the church office by December 11 if you will be attending.

The Pizza Hut Fundraiser was very successful.  With the help of many preschool families, parishioners and friends, we raised $426.50! Thank you so much to all who participated in our preschool fundraiser.  

It's the 40th anniversary of the ordination of Pastor Dave Bliss and it would be nice to congratulate him by having a card shower. There is a basket at the rear of the sanctuary for your cards; they will be mailed all together.

Christmas Concert—December 10 @ 4 pm
by United in Harmony
Celebrating Good Hope’s 175th anniversary
Love offering to benefit
Bucyrus Feeding Ministries

Plastic lids
Drew Pope has placed a box in the narthex to collect plastic lids. The club Drew is a part of at Wynford Elementary is collecting water bottle lids, pop bottle lids, milk jug lids, laundry detergent lids, etc. The club hopes to collect enough to make a bench!

Annual Reports
It is time to begin preparing the annual report for your committee or group. Annual reports are due to the church office by Thursday, December 28, 2017. Please submit electronically if at all possible. You will be receiving a letter soon with a copy of your report from 2016 to reference. Thank you!

The 2018 flower, bulletin, hospitality and wine charts are available to you on the wall across from the lounge. Sign up to donate altar flowers (you order them yourself from a local florist), bulletins ($25), hospitality treats ($25) or communion wine ($12). Be sure you are signing the right chart! You will be contacted the week prior to your sign-up date.

Also available to you is the 2018 radio broadcast chart. Sign up to donate $100 for one Sunday’s radio broadcast of the 10:45 service in memory or in honor of loved ones or to dedicate the Sunday in honor of a special birthday or anniversary! Your name and your special dedication will be broadcast over WBCO at the beginning of the service on the Sunday you specify.

Did you know . . . you can receive your Steeple Notes by email and save the church the cost of postage (as well as paper and ink)? We currently mail out close to 400 copies of the newsletter each month; Postage alone runs $1400.00 per year. Please write your email address on your worship registration card with the note “Steeple Notes” or call the church office (419-562-0286) if you want to switch. Thank you!

WELCA Offering Envelopes
  Ladies, last Sunday you received the WELCA Thank-offering envelope for your annual donation to the church-wide organization for all the work done in our name. Go on line to womenoftheelca.org to learn of all the projects and missions for which the church-wide is responsible. Your contribution, no matter how small, is needed to continue ministering to others around the world and to us. All money you give in this Thank-offering envelope will be forwarded to WELCA headquarters in Chicago.  Please return this offering by December 10. (If you need a Thank-offering envelope, pick one up in the narthex.)
  WELCA offering envelopes (those highlighted with pink marker) have been placed in the pew racks. The sole purpose for these envelopes is to give ladies who don’t come to circle meetings, where offering is given, a way to contribute to our Good Hope WELCA Unit.  Perhaps on occasion you might put a few dollars into one of these envelopes and drop it in the offering plate on a Sunday morning. Your offerings will let us continue our projects and missions in your name as each and every gal who belongs to Good Hope is a member of WELCA here at home, at the Synodical, and at the Church-wide level. –Sarah Gebhardt

This past week there were 64 meals served at WOW and 45 attended the prayer service. Thank you to Norma Hoover, Rose Guinther, Sandy Wertz for the meal of turkey, dressing, glazed carrots, green beans, biscuits, salad and dessert. The Closet gave out 158 items.

WOW has a need for a volunteer to work in The Closet. You can choose the time you volunteer (for sorting and hanging clothes). If interested, please contact Bonnie Wolfe, Sheila Shutler or Pastor Renee. As it get colder . . . consider a donation of warm gloves, hats, mittens, socks or thermal underwear to The Closet. Your generosity is deeply appreciated!

Pastoral Act: Pastor Renee Ahern officiated at the memorial service of Ann Campbell on November 11, 2017.

Pastoral Act: Eva Mae Rindfuss, daughter of Matthew and Lindsey Rindfuss was baptized on November 12, 2017 by Pastor Renee Ahern.

Gifts were given in memory of Carol Scheffler to the Steeple Fund by Elwood and Sarah Gebhardt, Gale and Mary Ann Ruth; to the Radio Fund by Julia Scheffler and family; to the Memorial Fund by Dennis and Ruth Atkeson, Kevin Cook and family.

A gift was given in memory of Wayne and Carol Scheffler to the Memorial Fund by Cathy Scheffler and family.

A gift was given in memory of George and Dorothy Fischer to the Steeple Fund by Tim and Lynn Cook.

A gift was given to the Memorial Fund in memory of Shirley Auld by Rich and Jean Steinhofer.


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