In 2007 Good Shepherd purchased new hymnals, “Lutheran Service Book” to replace the “The Lutheran Hymnal” (Red Hymnal). The new hymnals were purchased primarily with contributions designated for the cause.  The new hymnals are easy to read. The old hymnals were given to church members and donated for missions. Good Shepherd also uses the “All God’s People Sing” song book regularly.

Announcements – April 19, 2009

REMEMBER IN PRAYER:  Bob G., recovering from injuries received in an accident at work;  Carol L., recovering from a back injury;  Bud S. and family, at the death of his mother.

SOFTBALL THIS WEEK  The men’s team will be playing Tuesday evening at 8:30, and the co-ed team will play Friday evening at 8:30.  Both teams play at the Carthage Municipal Park.  Come out and cheer on the home teams.  Congratulations, guys, on your big 28 to 8 win last week!

BLOOD DRIVE Recycle Life…Give Blood!  Today the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will be in the Youth Trailer from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon for a blood drive.  Please give…the need for blood can be at anytime, for anyone.  You will receive a free cholesterol screening with your donation.  

CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING  The church council will meet this evening at 7:00. 

THE ELDERS will meet this Monday evening at 7:00. 

VOTERS’ ASSEMBLY MEETING  The Voters will meet next Sunday, April 26th, at 7:00 pm. 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL PLANNING MEETING  There will be a brief VBS meeting next Sunday morning before Sunday School, April 26, at 9:15 in the Fellowship Hall.  Anyone interested in helping with this year’s VBS is encouraged to attend.  A date will need be established, and we need your input and suggestions.  Thanks. ~ Walter & Angela R.

JOIN HANDS DAY  Youth Group members and their families are invited to participate in Join Hands Day.  The annual volunteer event, sponsored by Thrivent, will benefit Jasper County Foster Families.  The event will be at the Martin Luther School in Joplin on Saturday, May 2nd, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Lunch will be provided, and free t-shirts will be given to participating Youth.  Mark your calendars now to join hands with fellow Lutherans and help our community!  If you have questions, please contact Keith Z.

LWML SPRING RALLY  “Renew, Rejoice, Reach Out”  The Spring Rally of the Zone LWML will be Sunday, May 3rd, at 3:00 pm at St. Andrew Church, Stockton.  All ladies are encouraged to attend.  Please let Mary, 358-1325, know if you plan to attend, as she needs to give a head count to the hosting society.  We will meet at the church at 1:15 that Sunday afternoon to carpool. 

GRADUATES  Anyone out there graduating from high school or college this spring?  We need your picture and a short bio for the May Shepherd’s Staff.  Please get it to the church office by the 28th of this month.  Your church family is interested in what your future plans are. 

GSLC-CARTHAGE.COM  Be sure to check out the church website,, updated each week and maintained by Don Wilson.  Thanks, Don!  He has been posting the announcements from the Sunday bulletin, as well as downloading the monthly Newsletter. 

TAPES OF THE SERVICE  Audio tapes of the service are available after the 8:15 am service each Sunday.  They are located in the glassed-door cabinet in the narthex.  Tapes of the previous Sunday are also available.

ASSISTIVE LISTENING  If you are having a hard time hearing the service, assistive listening devices are available from the ushers.

NURSERY  A staffed nursery for small children is available downstairs during the late service.  Should your child become distressed or distract others during the early service, the furnished nursery is downstairs for your use.  Please ask one of the ushers if you need directions.