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Newsletter from the Church that Gives & Shares, Loves & Cares

Volume 38 Issue 11

www.goodsamlv.org

702-873-3589

November 2013

Giving . Sharing . Loving . Caring

Transforming lives and empowering people through Christ’s love. Inside this Issue

November Sermon Series

Living Out God’s Purpose C.S. Lewis said, “There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, ‘All right, then, have it your way.’ ” As redeemed children of God, of course, we

November 2 & 3, 2013

All Saints Sunday

Would you appreciate a service that will bring healing and hope? Do you have a loved one you would like to honor or remember? continued on Page 12

Worship Hours .................................................. pg. 2 Faith in Action, Prayers..................................... pg. 2 A Word From The Pastor ............................... pg. 3 Weekly/Monthly Activity .................................. pg. 4 Calendar .............................................................. pg. 5 Sponsors .............................................................. pg. 6 Funny Bone, Birthdays & Anniversaries ........... pg. 7 Youth .................................................................. pg. 8 Sunday School ..................................................... pg. 9 New Members .................................................... pg.10 Fellowship Opportunities ................................. pg.11 Commitment/All Saints ..................................... pg.12

desire to belong to that first category, “Thy will be done.”

Continued on page 12.

Thanksgiving Eve Service & Pie Social

Winter Jam Concert Tour Nov 9th 6-10pm at the Thomas & Mack: Featuring Headliners: Newsboys, David Crowder Band, Tenth Avenue North, Thousand Food Krutch. Info on page 4

Wednesday, Nov.27th at 6:30pm Pie Social following our worship service. Bring your favorite pie to share, and your favorite friend! ~~~~~

Thanksgiving Feast Nov 28th at 3:30pm, we will once again celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends! More on page 11.

Operation Christmas Child Sew-A-Thon Nov 2nd at 8am Shoe Box Ministry-National Collection Week is Nov 18-25. We need volunteers ! More on page 9


Care Ministry

Worship Hours

“SHARING GOD’S CARE THROUGH FRIENDSHIP AND PRAYER”

Saturday Worship 6:00pm Sunday Worship 8:00; 9:35 & 11:00am Sunday School 9:35am & 11:00am Nursery care at all Sunday services

Please join us in keeping our congregation and their loved ones in our thoughts and prayers. We offer prayers for the following with individual specialized needs.

Office Hours Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm 873-3589 - FAX 873-8437 Web Page: www.goodsamlv.org

Church Staff Pastor Don Lorfing, Senior Pastor dlorfing@goodsamlv.com Pastor Scott Hove shove@goodsamlv.com

Converting our belief into action is the best way to be faithful. As Christians, we continually look for ways to help those around us. Blood Drive Good Samaritan donated 17 pints of blood which can

Office & Finance Administrator Michelle Childers office@goodsamlv.com

save up to 51 lives. Previous blood drives

New Hope Christian Academy Administrator Miriam Dake dake@newhopechristianacademylv.org Contemporary Music & Choir Director Chris Childers chris@goodsamlv.com Adult Choir Director Michelle Childers office@goodsamlv.com Children’s Choir Director Lori Hansen Organist Dan Sheeran

resulted in 7 pints and 9 pints. We doubled our past contributions!!! Way to go Good Sam!!!

Trunk Or Treat There were 35 trunks, over 50 volunteers, and over 250 kids (not

God’s Peace, Strength & Love to: Dorothy-Health Christy-Pregnancy Brian R-Job Jeremy C-Wife & Father Bianca-Recovery Shalene-Strength Jacob-Recovery Elaine G-Hospice Care Baby Jaremy- 1month old-called to heaven Michah V-at college and sick Tony Vicky A-surgery for cancer Mrs. Kiss-pregnancy Gene-Health Delano-Cancer Sylvia-Safe Travel Venia-Cancer Debbie-Cancer Ana-Cancer Guadalupe-Cancer & Surgery Senida-Cancer Rual-Sroke Moises-Dizziness& Shoulder Elida-Strength, Happiness & Health Gilbert & MaryEllen-Job Bob-Love & Health Frannie-Cancer Greg &Kristin-death of son Christopher Andrew-surgery

counting adults) at the Trunk Or Treat Event on Oct 27. It was a

2013 Church Council

Family & Youth Minister Pastor Don Lorfing

great opportunity to reach out to the community, and

Carl Bates - President

Children’s Ministry Coordinator Nita Borchardt

provide a safe, fun,

Dan Reese - Vice President

wholesome

Catherine Daruwalla - Secretary

Nursery Coordinator Samantha Jewell

experience for all!

Joe Killoran - Treasurer

Thank you to all who volunteered, decorated their trunks, donated candy, helped set up and tear down,

Rick Byrnes Lisa Carson Paul Eckhart Tara Hanna

and most of all, opened their hearts

Rudy Johnson

to our community!!

Christy Wollin Barry Tschopp

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Council meetings are open to the congregation If you are a member of Good Samaritan and have any questions or concerns you would like put on the agenda, please contact the church office a week prior to the meeting. If you would just like to sit in on a council meeting, they are on the second Monday of each month at 6:00pm.


upcoming year. It’s a perfect time to ask you to do this; not simply because budgets have to be determined; but, rather, because it is a time when “thanksgiving” is in focus. Our response to a stewardship emphasis is not one that should be made from guilt but from a thankful heart! It Pastor’s Column

is not a response to a pastoral plea but a

by Rev. Scott K. Hove

response to God’s love that can take a tangible form.

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” (Psalm 107:1 - NIV)

One of my friends liked to remind me that Thanksgiving is more than an official U. S.

anyone who has a roof over their head, a

holiday. For the Christian thanksgiving is to be a

furnace, an air-conditioner, a bathroom and a

way of life based on what we have been given

refrigerator lives better than royalty did just a

by God through Jesus Christ. If all of our health

century ago. Even after a great recession we

and material possessions were stripped away

enjoy so much! Yet, it is so easy to forget the

we would still know God’s love and that it

everyday things.

endures forever … whatever life throws at us! Paul reminds us that nothing “will be able to

At Good Samaritan let’s never forget the

separate us from the love of God that is in Christ

everyday things we have been blessed

Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:39b)

with. Let’s give thanks for a great place to worship, a school that is giving kids a great

What we do at Good Samaritan is a

education in the name of Jesus, tremendous

response to God’s love. We aren’t a giving,

volunteers, varied worship styles, an expanding

sharing, loving and caring people in order to

campus, lots of young families and for “old”

earn a reward, rather we are striving to do those

saints, too! Let’s give thanks for the

things as a response to God’s love. “We love

opportunities to help others locally and around

because he first loved us!” (1 John 4:19 - NIV)

the world, Bible studies, youth programs, nurseries, and for what is to come!

November is the month when members and attenders are asked to prayerfully consider

Let’s give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

their commitments of finances and time in the

his love endures forever! 3


Weekly & Monthly Activities Bible Study - on Sundays at 9:35am in room #2 of the education building and at 11:00am in the large meeting area of the education building. Holiday Choir - ages 10 and up Practice is held Wednesdays at 6:15pm in the Sanctuary. Come and Fellowship with us while we prepare for the Christmas Season! Kings Kids Choir - Practice begins at 10:40 in room #2 of our ed. building and goes for about 30 minutes. Children ages 3 yrs – elementary school are welcome. A great way to kids to learn Christian songs and help them learn how to perform in front of others, while instilling God’s love in their hearts through song. Quilters The Quilters have been making comforters and baptism quilts for 12 years now! They donate quilts to Lutheran Social Services in support of their programs for seniors and families in need. However, their numbers have decreased, yet need for these beautiful quilts have increased! If you have 2 hours a week on Fridays, and can sew at home, please join this amazing group! Contact Carol Heiderman 876-7736 for more info. Card Ministry Group - every Wednesday at 10am-we play ’Hand & Foot’ and everyone is invited to join us! We meet in the youth room. Bunko Night - the first Thursday of each month at 6:30pm in the youth room. Everyone is invited. Mom “Me” Time - A place to find the support and friendship you need to help make the road of motherhood a little easier. All moms are invited (working moms, stay-at-home moms, moms with young kids or older kids, single moms, etc.) to form friendships, share advice, have a good laugh and relax! Please join us on our new meeting night: Thursday Nov. 7 & 21 from 6pm - 8pm at Good Samaritan Lutheran Church. RSVP on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/goodsammommetime or email Carrie at Carrie.Larson@thrivent.com

Nov 9th 6-10pm at the Thomas & Mack: Featuring Headliners: Newsboys, David Crowder Band, Tenth Avenue North, Thousand Food Krutch. Meet at the church by 5pm to carpool to the concert. Cost is $10. Sign up in advance during Hot Church, Confirmation, or in the Entry Area. For Youth and Adults. Go to http:// www.jamtour.com/shows/las-vegas-nv see all the great bands and gather more info. Men’s Breakfast Saturday Nov. 9th at 8am. All men are invited and bring a friend or relative. Join us for great food and fellowship. Layette Ministry - 10am, Saturday, Nov. 9. We are having a guest speaker: 1st choice pregnancy center is sending a representative. put together baskets of new-born necessities: diapers, onesies, sleep & plays, bibles, blankets, booties, hats, socks, little toys, bottles, wipes, towels, clothes, baby bath, lotion, and misc. If you are interested in participating or donating items, contact Lynda Bennes at 873.7637. Regular meeting times are on the 2nd Saturday of every other month. Lunch and Learn - Launches Thursday, December 5 at 11:30 A.M. Pastor Scott Hove will lead this new eating and Bible study opportunity! What’s better than digging into God’s Word and a little food at the same time? Bring a dish to share and an eagerness to learn. Meetings will be in the Youth Room next to the Church Office on the east side of our building. Ending time is 1:00 P.M. December meeting dates will be the 5th, 12th and 19th. After the holidays, we will resume on January 9. All Saints Sunday November 3rd is All Saints Sunday. Do you have a family member, friend or coworker that has passed away this past year? We will be honoring their memory on All Saints Day. Sips 4 Scholarships Nov 16 at 7pm. Join us as we sample wines all while raising funds for New Hope Christian Academy.

Nar-Anon - A support group for families of those addicted to narcotics meets every Wednesday evening from 6:30 - 7:30 pm at GSLC in the youth room. Contact the church office for more information at 873-3589 or office@gslclasvegas.org. Thrivent Chapter Officers Election Sunday November 17—Voting will take place to elect next year’s Thrivent Officers.

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Statement of Frequency The Goodnews is a monthly publication of the Good Samaritan Lutheran Church.

Average Attendance 2013 First quarter………….……………344 Second quarter…………...……….305 Third quarter..……………………..284

October……………...……….…….318

2013 Finances

Winter Jam Concert Tour

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Income YTD

$476,834.90

Expenses YTD

$511,690.19


Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

1 Quilting 9am11am

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GA meeting 1:30 -3pm

Comm. 6pm Sew-A-Thon: Operation Christmas Child

Jujitsu 6pm

3 All Saints Sunday Comm. 8, 9:35 & 11am; Sunday School 9:35 & 11am; Bible study 9:35 & 11am; King’s Kids practice 10:40-11:15am in ed. bld. Korean Church 1-:30pm

4 GA meeting 1:30-3pm

5 GA meeting 1:303pm

6 Cards 10am Adult Choir 6:15pm Nar-Anon 6:30pm Praise Team 7:30pm

7 GA meeting 1:30 -3pm

8 Quilting 9am11am

9 Men’s Breakfast 8:00am

Mom”me” Group 6-8pm

GA meeting 1:30 -3pm

Layette 10am Winter Jam Concert 610pm @ Thomas & Mack

Jujitsu 6pm Worship 6pm

10 Worship 8, 9:35 & 11am; Sunday School 9:35 & 11am; Bible study 9:35 & 11am; King’s Kids practice 10:50 -11:15am in ed. bld. Youth Cookie Event 11-3 Korean Church 1-:30pm

11 Veterans Day GA meeting 1:30-3pm

17 Voting for Thrivent Chapter Officers

18 GA meeting 1:30-3pm

12 GA meeting 1:303pm

19 GA meeting 1:303pm

20 Cards 10am Adult Choir 6:15pm Nar-Anon 6:30pm Praise Team 7:30pm

25 GA meeting 1:30-3pm

14 GA meeting 1:30 -3pm

Adult Choir 6:15pm Nar-Anon 6:30pm Praise Team 7:30pm

Comm. 8, 9:35 & 11am; Sunday School 9:35 & 11am; Bible study 9:35 & 11am; King’s Kids practice 10:50-11:15am in ed. bld. Korean Church 1-:30pm 24 Worship 8, 9:35 & 11am; Sunday School 9:35 & 11am; Bible study 9:35 & 11am; King’s Kids practice 10:50 -11:15am in ed. bld. Korean Church 1-:30pm

13 Cards 10am

26 GA meeting 1:303pm

27 Cards 10am Adult Choir 6:15pm Nar-Anon 6:30pm Praise Team 7:30pm

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15 Quilting 9am11am

16 Comm. 6pm Sips 4 Scholarships 7pm

GA meeting 1:30 -3pm Jujitsu 6pm

21 GA meeting 1:30 -3pm

Mom”me” Group 6-8pm

28 Happy Thanksgiving!

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Quilting 9am11am GA meeting 1:30 -3pm

Worship 6pm

Jujitsu 6pm

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30 Comm. 6pm


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November Birthdays 1 Austin Hunter 3 Tom Gentry, Mary Milton Susan Owens, Patrick Patterson, Terry Peterson 4 Lisa Carson 5 London Childers 6 Carol Van DerLinda, Juliana Berry, Noelle Davidson, James Eickholt 8 Julian West 9 George Joseph 95!! 11 Rebecca Keaton, Christy Wollin 12 Carol Connor, Tyler Giovinco 13 Bill Bilansky, Kim Niehaus 15 Isabella Vaughan, Craig Curry 16 Matthew Messer, Joe Killoran, Chris Peitsch 17 McKenzie Carlin, Kelsey Lawrence 18 Houston Simonette, 19 Nancy Whissel, Patricia Bosworth 22 Scott Kinsey, Tommi Willingham, Chris Childers 23 Kim Blackwell, Christine Axas 24 Betty Crawford 94!! 29 Dan Swedeen, Gabriella Bliven

Don't let your worries get the best of you; Remember, Moses started out as a basket case. Some people are kind, polite, and sweet-spirited Until you try to sit in their pews. Many folks want to serve God, But only as advisers. It is easier to preach ten sermons Than it is to live one. The good Lord didn't create anything without a purpose, But mosquitoes come close. When you get to your wit's end, You'll find God lives there. People are funny; they want the front of the bus, Middle of the road, And back of the church. Opportunity may knock once, But temptation bangs on the front door forever. Quit griping about your church; If it was perfect, you couldn't belong. If a church wants a better pastor, It only needs to pray for the one it has.

November Anniversaries 2 Erich & Cathy Peterson (23) 4 Bill & Audrey Bilansky (64) Gary & Joyce Johnson (46) 5 Kenneth & Rosemarie Collins (31) 15 Roc & Sherri Pucci (26) 18 Shane & Kendra Calendine (18) David & Ann Miller (46) 22 Tom & Tammy LaViolette (27) 23 Steve & Lori Soukup (17) 28 Christopher&Elizabeth Underwood (4)

We're called to be witnesses, not lawyers or Judges. God Himself doesn't propose to judge a man until he is dead. So why should you? Some minds are like concrete Thoroughly mixed up and permanently set. Peace starts with a smile. I don't know why some people change churches; What difference does it make which one you stay home from?

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YOUTH EVENTS Congratulations to our Confirmands!

Jr./Sr. High Calendar Youth Events

Ethan West, son of Rachel and John West, is a freshman at Bonanza High School, where he is active in JROTC. Ethan is currently a Boy Scout, and is looking forward to achieving his Eagle. He enjoys playing basketball and following the NFL (Go Panthers!) A member of GSLC for the last two years, he’s enjoying the youth program and is well prepared to confirm his faith.

Winter Jam Concert Tour Nov 9th 6-10pm at the Thomas & Mack: Meet at the church by 5pm to carpool to the concert. Cost is $10.

Cookie Decoration & Service Event Nov. 10th 11am-3pm. Cookie Decoration and Drop-Off event. At 11am we will begin to decorate cookies, then at 1pm we will deliver them to area police and fire stations.

Jordan Tschogl, son of Kelli Johnston and grandson of Kelda Johnston, is 14 years old and a freshman at Shadow Ridge High School. He plays 3 sports and the trumpet. He has attended Good Samaritan since 6th grade and his family has been members since its inception. He is looking forward to confirming his faith and becoming an adult member at Good Samaritan Lutheran Church.

Movie Matinee & Dinner Sat Nov 23rd 3-7pm (times subject to change) Hunger Games Movie Matinee, Dinner, and Discussion. At Village Square, if that doesn’t work out, it will be at Redrock. Cost is$20 which includes price of ticket and dinner afterwards. During dinner a short discussion about the movie.

New Fund Raiser for Youth Group at Sacred Grounds! “Recycled Creations” produces items from recycled denim, fabrics, and towels which will be sold in the Sacred Grounds coffee shop. Items range in price from $10-$20 with half of the money from sales donated to the Youth. These items make great gifts and party favors.

Hot Church and Confirmation Sixth grade through Sr. High Sundays, all high school and middle school youth (6th-12th grade) begin in worship at 9:35am. Just before the children’s message 9th-12th grade will go into the youth room for Bible related discussions. 6th-8th will go to the education building for Confirmation class.

Look for the baskets with the Recycled Creations signs! Open 8:45 - 9:35am and 10:45-11:15am every Sunday. All proceeds help fund GSLC Youth Activities.

Perk your spirit up.

For all youth activities to occur, parental or interested adult assistance is needed . Please contact Pastor Don if you are interested helping with any of these activities. dlorfing@gslclasvegas.org or 873-2579 8


Sunday School 9:35am & 11:00am Christmas Program Dec. 8th If your child would like to participate in the Christmas Program, they Must sign up with their Sunday School teacher, or by contacting Miss Nita. If you need a practice CD, let the teacher know or call Nita. Nursery Director Needed We have a nursery that provides a safe and caring environment for children three years and under during all services. We are currently looking for a Director. If you are interested, please contact Pastor Don at 873-2579 dlorfing@goodsamlv.com Congratulations Prayer Challenge Winners! Mitchell Hansen, Sydney and Lingsey Niehaus, Hannah Sarah and Leah Chaffin, Josei Karber, Logan Peterson, Vince and Venesse Suleiman, Hope Davidson, Madilyn Deal, and Vivien Waldner. Thank you, parents for supporting your children in their Faith Walk! For more Sunday School Info, contact our Sunday School Director, Nita Borchardt: nmborchardt@yahoo.com or 885-2686.

Sew-A-Thon Date: Saturday, Nov 2 Time: 8:00am-1:00pm

Operation Christmas Child The world’s largest Christmas project!!

Place: Good Samaritan Lutheran Church 8425 West Windmill Lane 89113 Contact information: Jil 275-4458 or lvspeak@cox.net

Shoe Box Ministry National Collection Week is Nov 18-25. We need volunteers to receive boxes from the community, keep count, and pack boxes. Drivers will also be needed to deliver them to the Collection Center by Nov. 25. Donations for postage will also be needed make checks out to “Samaritan's Purse” Items needed: School Supplies, toys, hygiene item, etc. Stop by our OCC display in the entry way for more information, and to drop off items.

Firehouse Subs at 7250 S. Durango will donate 15% of your Sunday purchase back to Good Samaritan. Only at the location at 7250 S. Durango Dr #160 Las Vegas, NV 89113 - and Only on Sundays. So drop in, get a delicious sub, and benefit Good Sam! Thank You, Steve Teffs for making this possible!

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New Members Say hello to our newest members! Let’s welcome them into the Good Samaritan church family with open arms!

Terry Van Noy was born and grew up in Southern California. As a result of his work, He was transferred frequently and has lived in Atlanta, Omaha, Dallas, Orange County, and finally Las Vegas. He has lived here since 1995, which is longer than any other place. He has two grown sons. Bryan and his wife, Danna, live in Carlsbad, California. Mark and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Erie, Colorado. Terry has a management consulting practice that specializes in healthcare and has and international client base. He is involved in civic affairs and enjoys travel and outdoor activities.

Brian and Shannon Sibiski Brian is from Connecticut and Shannon is from California. They met in Las Vegas 8 years ago then traveled to south Carolina where they were married and started thier family with having Brayden. They moved back to Nevada a few years ago. Brian works in management with Aramark Refreshment and Shannon chose to be home the last few years with Brayden. They are still working on growing their family but are happily growing their relationship with Christ. They began attending this church two Easters ago and are excited about becoming members. They all look forward to building great relationships within the Good Sam community.

Lawrence and Tracy McBride were married last March and welcomed their son Christian last June. They also have 4 year old twin girls, Natasha & Nadia Cullison, who attend preschool at New Hope. Lawrence owns a live event and promotions company and also is a very experienced marketing consultant. Tracy is a stay at home Mom who works part time at the Cosmopolitan Hotel when her schedule allows.

Korbi Carrison: I was born and raised in Minnesota and moved to Las Vegas in 1994. I met my husband here and we have been married for 12 years. We have two children, Max is 9 years old and Nora is 5 years old. They both attend Las Vegas Day School. I have worked in the gaming industry for almost 19 years, most of those years in marketing for slot machine manufacturers. I am currently the conference director for a consulting company that specializes in the gaming industry. My work has allowed me to travel to some interesting places around the world. In my spare time, I enjoy fitness activities, especially yoga. I spend a lot of time cooking healthy meals, but I enjoy baking treats even more. Max enjoys video games, especially Minecraft. Nora enjoys dancing and gymnastics. They are both avid swimmers.

Brandon and Heather Williams met and married in Oregon. They have two children, Samantha and Madelyn. They moved to Nevada in March 2013 in order for Brandon to take a new job and Heather could focus on being home with the children. They believe in making the family a top priority. Their family enjoys camping, hiking, being outdoors, volunteering at the church, family activities, and getting the most out of life!

Sanford and Mary Swenson lived most of their lives in North Dakota, moving from Bismarck to Las Vegas in May. Their son and his family are Las Vegas residents, and their daughter and family live in Phoenix. Sanford and Mary are both retired. Joining us in our membership at Good Samaritan is our 1yr old granddaughter, Ella.

Laurie and Brian Keene have lived in the Las Vegas area for 10 years. Brian is a former teacher and currently in the Army. Laurie is a retired ER nurse. They have 2 kids still at home. Patty is a 9 th grader at Green Valley High School. Jacob is an 8th grader at Greenspun Jr. High. Both kids are active in band. Jacob is also active in Lacrosse.

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Fellowship and Service Opportunities 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Day Feast!

Stewardship

On Thursday, November 28th we will once again celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends! The church will be open at 12:00 noon for set up and food preparation. Dinner is served at 3:30pm. All participants will be entered to win a gift basket. If you would like to attend, you may indicate your name and the number in your party on the Friendship Form in your bulletin. If you are able to assist with food items for the meal, please call Michelle Weiss at 645-2142. If necessary, a planning meeting will be held at church. To contribute items before the 28th, please contact Michelle. This is a great way of getting together to give thanks and enjoy each others' company.

November Sermon Series Living Out God’s Purpose! C.S. Lewis said, “There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, ‘All right, then, have it your way.’ ” As redeemed children of God, of course, we desire to belong to that first category, “Thy will be done.” On Sundays November 10, 17, & 24th the theme of our worship services will Living Out God’s Purpose! We will learn how the Holy Spirit, transforms us to be more like our Jesus, who willingly poured out his life in giving and serving, ultimately sacrificing his very life for our eternal lives. As your pastor, I pray that each of you will take advantage of these opportunities to discover how you can live out God’s Purposes in your life more and more each day, that you might be strengthened in faith both for eternity and for a fruitful life here on earth. The particular themes for the three Sundays are as follows: Sunday, Nov. 10th “Living With an Attitude of Gratitude”

Thanksgiving Eve Service Wednesday, Nov.27th at 6:30pm Come and worship and remember all the things we are grateful for. Bring canned goods that can be donated to a shelter/pantry.

Pie Social Following our worship service, we will socialize and enjoy together pie and fellowship. Bring your favorite pie to share, and your favorite friend! 11

Sunday, Nov. 17th “Living as a Servant” Sunday, Nov. 24th “Living Joyfully and Generously” “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is for a great purpose.” (1 Corinthians 15:58) Pastor Don Lorfing


November 23 & 24

Living out God’s Purpose Commitment Weekend Sat./Sunday, November 23rd/24th is our church community’s Commitment Weekend. I would like to encourage you to plan now to attend two important events. Saturday night or Sunday morning worship and a Celebration Breakfast immediately following each Sunday morning service. (This will be a catered breakfast by owner of “The Griddle” restaurant which many of you attend on Sunday mornings after services already.) On Saturday night we will be having a dessert social instead of the breakfast. Please be on the lookout for a letter coming your way which will explain much more about the

weekend and our attitude towards stewardship here at Good Samaritan Lutheran Church. Also understand, any commitment you may make this weekend is a personal matter between you and God. It stays private and we will not question that commitment or pressure you to give more, even if you feel you cannot make one at this time. Yet, I also feel it is of some spiritual importance that I give you the opportunity to make that yearly commitment in a prayerful and thoughtful manner. We will be contacting you to secure your reservation to attend the worship service and breakfast or dessert social so we know how

many to plan for. Thank you in advance for all that you already do to make Good Samaritan a great Christian community. I am so thankful to be a part of such a life-giving and hope filled community and I hope you are as well. Your Fellow Servant in Christ Pastor Don Lorfing “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel, (of Jesus Christ). Phil. 1:3-5

All Saints Sunday

Would you appreciate a service that will bring healing and hope? Do you have a loved one you would like to honor or remember?

Then join us the weekend of November 2nd and 3rd for our All Saints Services. These are wonderful worship services where the focus is on remembering all the Saints who have gone before us, and finding hope in Good Samaritan Lutheran Church 8425 W. Windmill Lane, Las Vegas NV 89113 | 702.873.3589 Check us out on Twitter, Facebook, and www.goodsamlv.org

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