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Women's Ministry Event- Matilda the Musical on Nov. 3

Our own Breton Stailey will be performing in Matilda!!

Show tickets - Sunday, November 3rd, 2pm:
$18 for Seniors/Students
$22 for Regular

To get tickets and sign up for this event, contact Pastor Kate.

Still working on our restaurant for dinner, but perhaps JoJos again!!

Info on the show: Matilda the Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She’s unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other’s lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda’s extraordinary personality.

Matilda’s school life isn’t completely smooth sailing, however – the school’s mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don’t abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts and could be her classmates’ saving grace!

NEW Thursday Evening Women's Study- Starts Sept. 5

ROMANS- The Letter that Changed the World!



Shepherd’s Hall

A 13 week study starting Sept. 5th

Discover just how radical a message Paul's letter to the Romans really was--why it has inspired both hope and conflict through the centuries and why today it continues to challenge our culture and change hearts and lives. 

 For more info, contact the church office or Elise Bowman.


Wednesday Evening Bible Study Starts September 25
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Join Pastor Jan Lookingbill in Room 202 at 7:30 pm each Wednesday (starting September 25) for a study of the Book of Daniel - “Undeterred, Undefiled, the Keeper of Secrets.”

For more information or if you have any questions, feel free to contact Pastor Jan Lookingbill at

Daniel is probably the last book to be written and included in the Old Testament Canon. It purports to be about a "worthy" Jew in the Babylonian Captivity of the 6th century, but was only written in the 2nd century. Dan'el, the Hebrew form of the name, means "my judge is God," and is clearly the wise and pious one who teaches that God is the only judge, the only power and the only way to understand "His-story," the story that will be fulfilled in the messianic kingdom.




FALL 2019

The Rev. Jan P. Lookingbill 

Daniel, in Hebrew, “Dan’el,” means “my judge is God,” and is the name of the book that is likely the latest book of the Old Testament to be written and included in the Canon.  Through six edifying stories and four dream-visions that purport to be from the Babylonian Captivity in the 6th century B.C., Daniel tells the reader that because of the superiority of the wisdom of Israel’s God over merely human wisdom, faithfulness to their religion will be rewarded and they will be saved from persecution.  Actually the book was written during the time of the Maccabees in the 2nd century B.C. during the terror and persecution of Antiochus IV Epiphanes around 164 B.C.  Daniel is featured as a “worthy” Jew, the name being twice mentioned in Ezekiel. His stories were well known, traditional examples of faithfulness in the face of persecution and serve as inspiration to all those enduring the conflict between their religion and the paganism of oppressive rulers.  The book is written in a mixture of Aramaic and Hebrew and is the only apocalyptic book in the Hebrew Scriptures. Interesting to Jewish and Christian study of the book is the location in the respective Cannons: In Hebrew Scriptures, Daniel is among the third group of books, the Hagiographa, or “writings,” after the Torah and the Prophets; in the Christian Bible, Daniel is located just after the major Prophet Ezekiel, indicating it’s prophetic voice for the Christian Church.  The significant theological issues in Daniel are later developed in the New Testament Revelation of John: namely, the apocalyptic “revelation” by angels of fantastic visions that interpret both past and present history that lead to the establishment of the messianic kingdom. It is an interpretation of “His-story” in God’s name, as seen by him. The first mention of “Resurrection of the body” appears in 12.2, a unique reference in all of Hebrew Scripture, which reaches a full realization in the New Testament Gospel.  The term “Son of man” is borrowed from Daniel as the preferred title that Jesus uses for himself in the stories in the Gospels.  

25 Sept.  Chpt. 1: Daniel and his friends.  A story to teach how faithful observance of Law is rewarded.

2 Oct. Chpt. 2:  Nebuchadnezzar’s dream.  A story to teach how feeble is human wisdom compared to God’s revelation of mysteries.

9 Oct. Chpt. 3: Three youth in a fiery furnace.  A story to show that marytdom is preferred to apostasy.

16 Oct. Chpt. 4: Nebuchadnezzar’s madness.  A story to show how helpless is heathen power against the true God.

23 Oct. Chpt. 5: Belshazzar’s festival.  A story to show that divine punishment is visited on sacrilege.

30 Oct. Chpt. 6: Daniel in the Lion’s den.  A story to show how God will deliver faithful servants.

6 Nov. Chpt. 7: Vision of the four beasts.  A vision of the passing of the kingdoms to make way for the Kingdom of God.

13 Nov. Chpt. 8: Vision of the Ram and the male goal.  I vision for Daniel about the end of time.

20 Nov. Chpt. 9: Prophesy of the 70 weeks.  Daniel’s prayer of confession, referencing the prophesy of Jeremiah.

27 Nov. No Class on Thanksgiving Eve

4 Dec. Chpt. 10: A vision of the last days: Prologue.  Daniel is mourning.

11 Dec. Chpt. 11: A vision of the last days: An interpretation of history unfolding.  

18 Dec. Chpt. 12: A vision of the last days: Epilogue.  The final consummation when Michael, the great prince and protector, will arise, along with the 1st clear reference to Resurrection.  


Women's Book Club- September 2019

On September 24, we will continue learning about Muslims in a historical study of the Mughal Empire through the eyes of a woman. The book is “Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan” by Ruby Lal.

October 22-  “Izzy's Fire: Finding Humanity in the Holocaust” by Nancy Wright Beasley, which focuses mainly on the Ipson family's life in hiding in a Lithuanian farmer's potato field. The book depicts how 13 members of five Jewish families survived the Holocaust through their own ingenuity and the generosity of a poor Catholic farm family. All 13 Jews ended up living in a 9'x12'x4' underground hole as World War II raged around them. Some lived underground for about seven months before being liberated by the Russian Army.

Dec 3 (date change to avoid Thanksgiving week)- “Educated” by Tara Westover.  Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes and the will to change it.

Women meet to visit and then discuss our book of the month, usually in member’s homes. Please contact Pastor Kate for more info and locations.

Sisters in Grace- New Women's Study for Fall 2019

The first official meeting of Sisters In Grace for the fall will be Thursday, September 12, from 9:30-11:30 am. Our new Bible study will be "The Armor of God" by Priscilla Shirer. It is a 7-week study that has a weekly video and a member book for each participant. Member books are $15 each from Sisters In Grace Members are responsible for the cost of the book. As always, book scholarships are available for those in need. For more info, contact Pastor Kate Costa.

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2019 Fall Women's Gathering- Sept. 28

Ladies of the church - quick! Pull out your calendar and put a big star on Saturday, September 28, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm! You don't want to miss this day of learning, loving, laughing and sharing together in our Fall Women's Gathering. This year's theme is "Christian Minimalism- Living a Truly Abundant Life" led by Pastor Becca Ehrlich. There is no cost for this event and lunch is included. A free will offering will be collected in the closing worship.

Please register by emailing Pastor Kate (


Adulting 101- New program for Young Adults

Being a grown up is hard, so let us help! Please join us on September 8th at 1:30 for our first ever Adulting 101 class where we'll have some experts come talk about Personal Finance. We'll cover savings, credit, credit scores, and creating a household budget. Our experts will answer questions like, "How do I pick a good bank account?" "What determines my credit score?", "How do I budget for the unexpected?" and so much more. Adulting 101 is for all, so please invite friends, family, coworkers, and anyone else you think could use a confidence boost in the personal finance department. Click here to RSVP.

Phoebe Study- Fall 2019 Topics

Ladies of the church are invited to join the Phoebe circle on the first Tuesday of the month in the Lobby Classroom. This group studies a different character of the Bible each month. A great way to grow in your knowledge of the Bible, your connection with others, and your understanding of God’s word.

For more information, contact the church office.

Upcoming topics:

October 1- Mark

November 5- Peter

December 3- Luke

Spring Women's Gathering 2019

Women's Gathering- Living the Beatitudes


May 11, 2019


Time: 9:30am - 3:00pm

Location: Shepherd’s Hall, GSLC


Women's Gathering- Living the Beatitudes

May 11, 2019

Time: 9:30am - 3:00pm

Location: Shepherd’s Hall, GSLC

Cost: Free

(Donation will be collected for the Women of the ELCA and Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp and Retreat Center)

Saturday, May 11-Join us for a special day to celebrate our blessings! The Rev. Heidi David-Young will be our guest speaker who will bring us wisdom and insights for daily life, together with inspiring activities led by Pastor Kate, and more.

Email to RSVP