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November 2022
Dear Church Family,
The weather has started to cool and the leaves are turning beautiful colors! Thanksgiving is on the way; and Christmas comes soon after. It is also the time of year we talk about stewardship and giving. I invite you to read below and in the rest of the newsletter about some of what God is bringing to fruition at Good Shepherd and how your financial support and participation make those ministries possible.
Over the past few weeks, we have invited elder and deacon chairpersons to share about some of our wonderful ministries that they oversee and ways we all can participate.
  • Community Life Team (Mark Katibah): offers many fellowship and outreach opportunities like chili night, soup/salad Sundays, Men’s Wings, Ladies Night out and Ladies Tea, Monthly Game Night, book club, Bonclarken Church Retreat, and more! These things are not just “in house” – they are for reaching out, inviting in, and welcoming others into our special spiritual family! (thus no longer “congregational life” but Community Life!)
  • Mission and Service Team (Leslie Pack): connects us to missionaries near and far (like Pratt and Ashley Butler in Mexico, Rebound and Dove’s Nest in Charlotte, Joanie Fedor Castles in college ministry at ECU and Pitt Community, and more!); connects us in love and service to our nearby neighbors like the group home, Old Providence, and Brighton Place; and continues to explore opportunities to better understand racism and injustice and our Christian response to it.
  • Facilities Team (Daniel Kinken): invites us to care for and steward the use of our wonderful facility and grounds for groups like the four Girl Scout troops, youth baseball, the Seventh Day Adventist sister congregation, the youth fire pit, and more! They have also worked hard to replace our broken sanctuary HVAC, with a replacement installed mid-October.
  • Deacons (Melissa Katibah and Barbara Thomson): Each member (and regular visitor) has a deacon who reaches out on a regular basis to offer prayer, news, and a personal point of connection with the church. The deacons also respond to crisis needs in the congregation and neighborhood.
  • Worship Ministry Team (Mike Lampson): Coordinates logistics of our worship service, plans special services like Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Easter, and Advent; is on point for funerals, weddings, and other worship-related events.
  • Christian Education Team (Linda Jenkins): Comprehensive ministry area that coordinates our education and discipleship ministries for all ages including Sunday school, men’s and women’s Bible studies, our wonderful youth ministry, and thriving preschool.
  • Personnel Team (Ann Baker): The personnel team cares for and strengthens our excellent staff, providing a sounding board, feedback, and support throughout the year.

Each year all the elders, deacons, and ministry staff gather over a weekend to seek God’s direction for the church and to freshly envision our life and ministry together. One of our main points of focus at the end-of-August gathering this year was something akin to an annual physical or well-check. We looked at all the things we do and things we might consider doing and evaluate them with seven “health questions.” We will continue to use these moving forward to plan well and to direct our steps. Each is rooted in scripture and calls us to more than “the way we’ve always done it” but rather to how we can do some of the same things (and some new things!) in a better and more holistic way. I wanted to share the seven health questions with you so that you can help us ask these of each thing we do as well as know why and how we are going about them.
KEY HEALTH QUESTIONS (for every activity)

We may not be able to achieve all seven goals with each event, but we at least want to ask the question and explore the possibility. If you would be interested in the scriptural basis and/
or a Bible study on each of the seven goals, I’d be glad to share that with you!)
  1. DISCIPLESHIP: How can Christians grow, mature, and multiply out in this ministry?
  2. EVANGELISM: How can we share the news and hope of Jesus Christ in this ministry?
  3. NEIGHBORING: How can we build and be in community with those beyond our walls?
  4. LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: How can we identify/cultivate new servant-leaders?
  5. WORSHIP: How can we worship with the Spirit, in faithfulness to the Word?
  6. CARING RELATIONSHIPS: How can we be in community together and experience the presence and love of Christ together?
  7. PRIORITIZING HEALTH: How can we be lifting this up in prayer? How can we be faithful, responsible, and transparent?

My prayer is that God will continue to bless our church and clearly show us where we are to go and grow next. Our
Dedication Sunday for pledges/estimates-of-giving will be November 13 and I invite you in these coming weeks to prayerfully consider your financial and other support for the ministries of the congregation of Good Shepherd.
I continue to be thankful for a church that puts a premium on God’s Word, God’s presence, and God’s leading. God is indeed good to us!
With love and affection as your pastor,


Fall Series: "Jesus Among Us"
Using the first few chapters of the Gospel of Mark, we will look at Jesus' ministry among humanity to better understand how we are to minister here on earth.

Nov 06: A Debt of Love (Luke 7:36-8:3) - STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY
Nov 13: Obedience Multiplied (Mark 6:33-44) - CONSECRATION SUNDAY
Nov 20: Giving Thanks (Psalm 100; 1 Thess 3:9-13)
Nov 27: Hope for Light (Isaiah 59:9-21) - ADVENT 1

Mark Katibah (Congregational Life)
Linda Jenkins (Christian Education)
Mike Lampson (Worship)
LADIES' night out

Come join us for fellowship at GSPC Ladies Night! All women, children, and youth welcome. It's also a great time to invite a friend!

Tues, Nov. 1, 6:30 pm
Trio Restaurant
10709 McMullen Creek Pkwy

Please let Mindy James (919-280-9718) or Heather Austell (704-575-6557) know if you can make it, or if you have any questions!

Hope to see you then!
MEN'S bible study

The men are finally catching up with the women! We have started a Men’s Morning Bible Study!

After a few tries at finding the right time we have settled on Wednesdays at 8:00 a.m. We are looking at the gospel of John together. Please bring your coffee and join us!

MEN'S wings

Wings Night continues on the third Tuesday of each month! We've been having 15-20 guys of all ages and would love to have more! Your children (or grandchildren) - boys AND girls - are invited and welcome! The next Wings Night will be held on Tuesday, November 15, at 6:00pm. Please RSVP to Mike Lampson ( if you can come.
Buffalo Wild Wings
Providence Promenade
10706 Providence Rd


Two fun events planned in November for us to get together:

Friday, November 18th - Game Group @ The Katibahs (9108 Deerpark Lane, 28277) starting at 6:30 PM.  Even if you haven't come before, you're welcomed!  RSVP to or to the church.

See also the announcement below about our Christmas Decorating and Sunday Lunch on November 20th.  This month's menu theme is sandwiches and finger foods (chips, veggies, etc.).  Hope to see you!

Mark Katibah
CHRISTMAS decorating/lunch                 

Save the date - November 20th - for a Sunday Lunch and "hanging of the greens."  After the worship service on the 20th we'll share some good food and fellowship.  Everyone is then invited to help decorate the church in celebration of Christ's birth and the Advent season.

There will be trees to decorate, wreaths to hang, and more.  For our Sunday Lunch, please bring sandwiches and finger food to share. (No turkey sandwiches please!)  Sign-up sheets will be placed at the welcome area by the glass door for you to let us know what you’re willing to bring.

If you have any questions, please contact Mike Lampson at or Mark Katibah at

Quay Youngblood (Finance)
Daniel Kinken (Facilities)

September was another good month for the finances as the YTD gap in actual verses budgeted income shrank further and expenses continue to be less than budget. Even so, we are still spending more that we are receiving. Please prayerfully consider how you might help close this gap was we move into the last quarter of the year.

If you are comfortable with online giving, you can find a link on our website ( Click on the word LINKS across the top of every page and "Online Giving" will be in the menu underneath. Or scroll down on the home page and look for the "GSPC SECURE ONLINE GIVING" button.
If you would prefer to mail a check to the church, please send it to our secure mailbox shown below.  Thank you for your support and please continue to stay safe. 
Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church
P.O. Box 78175
Charlotte, NC 28271
FALL work day

There will be an all-church workday on Saturday, November 5th from 1-4pm. There will be work for all ages and abilities (incl. children). It's a great opportunity to spend time with fellow church members as well as to be good stewards of our facilities. More details to come in the coming weeks.

Our back up weather date will be November 12th.
YARD sale update

We have another successful Yard Sale to put in the books and, like the others, we learned that God's purpose is bigger than our plans.  The rain didn't dampen our plans, rather we learned to be flexible much to the delight of the people who sold their items inside our church instead of outside in the parking lot and were able to load in on Friday night.  We heard many positive comments from them and others about our hospitality before and during the day of the sale.

The sale went off without a hitch and the atmosphere inside our church building was very upbeat.  We ended up making about $3,400 which is very similar to past Yard Sales and a portion of the proceeds will be contributed to the Community Christmas Shop.  Thanks to all who helped organize and pull off this event!
Leslie Pack (Mission/Service)
Ann Baker (Personnel)
2022 update
The 2022 Crop Walk on October 16 went very well. 23 walkers from GSPC completed a 4.2 mile walk around our neighborhood, and have collected just over $3200 so far for Church World Service, and some non-perishable goods for Loaves and Fishes. We are doing our part in helping alleviate hunger in Charlotte and throughout the world.  If you still want to make a contribution, there is time.  To donate online, click here or enter: There is a box in the gathering area to place non-perishable goods.  Loaves and Fishes suggests donating: Canned Meats – tuna, chicken, salmon, Canned Fruits – especially no sugar added or in juice, Canned Pastas – SpaghettiOs, ravioli, etc., Peanut Butter, Pastas such as spaghetti, elbows, etc. Thank you to everyone who walked with us, and have donated so generously.
With the CROP Walk successfully in our rear-view mirror, the Serve Team will turn our focus on the upcoming service opportunities:
  • Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes (deadline November 20). Talk to Ann Baker if you have questions
  • Christmas Shoppe December 2-3. Talk to Marty McKenzie if you have any questions
  • “Painting Pumpkins, Playing and Pizza” activity planned at Brighton Place on October 30. Let Cathy Youngblood know if you would like to join in with us!
  • “What Lies Between Us” course will be offered on 6 consecutive weeks after the first of the year. This course is designed to help people understand the issue of racial injustice in America and progress towards healing. Stay tuned to a future communication, or talk to Cathy Youngblood to find out more
  • We continue to sponsor 6 missionaries who are carrying the news of Jesus Christ around the world.  This month we will highlight the work Pratt and Ashley Butler are doing with Young Life in Mexico.
You will read an update about Pratt and Ashley Butler later on in the Voice. But we have the opportunity to hear Pratt talk about his work with Young Life Mexico in person on Sunday, November 20. Pratt and the children will be joining us for Sunday School and Church; Ashley won’t be with them this time, as they must juggle schedules like most of us. During the Sunday School hour, we will combine the adult classes and invite everyone to hear Pratt talk about the missions and activities they are leading in Mexico and throughout Central America.
OPERATION christmas child
It’s that time of year to participate in one of our long time service projects – Operation Christmas Child. This year you will have the opportunity to secure a box at church, fill it with suggested items and return it to the church to be delivered to the processing center. There will also be information available to let you know how you might go online, virtually fill a box and pay online to save you the time shopping. This information and supplies will be available in the gathering area by the glass doors. Please note that the National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child is November 14-21. If you choose to fill a box, please return the filled box by Sunday November 20.  

The 2022 Community Christmas Shoppe will be here before the blink of an eye! We will need lots of help over the next month.  Applications from shoppers are already coming in!  You will find a Christmas Tree in the gathering area full of paper ornaments with suggestions on needed items for donation.   Please take as many as you are able to provide.  Also there will be food bags with a grocery shopping list attached to provide Christmas dinners to our shoppers.  Volunteer sign-up sheets will be ready for your signatures for key tasks. 

Dates to mark on your calendars: 
1) Sunday, Nov. 27- Help clear the Sanctuary  after church.
2) Monday, Nov 28 - Have as many donations returned to the church as possible
3) Monday, Nov 28-Thursday,  Dec 1 - Volunteers needed to help set up Shoppe (sort & price toys and coats,  arrange displays, decorate, shop for additional needed items)
4) Friday evening, Dec 2 & Saturday morning, Dec 3 - Shoppe is open!
5) Saturday afternoon - Break down and set Sanctuary back up.

Thanking you for your help in advance.  Any questions, please see Marty McKenzie, (704) 996-7731 or

Pratt and Ashley Butler Missionary Update
Young Life (Vida Joven), Mexico
Pratt and Ashley (O’Steen) Butler met at Good Shepherd Presbyterian, where Pratt had grown up, and Ashley joined as a young teen. Both were very active in the Youth Group. Their involvement in Mission trips with GSPC sparked a calling to missions, and after they graduated from UNC Chapel Hill, they were married and joined Young Life International where they are currently serving in Queretaro, Mexico. They now have 3 beautiful children. Here is a recent update from Pratt:
GSPC family - what an incredible gift the Lord continues to give us to be on mission together - thank you for your support, friendship, and encouragement! For the past 15 years we have been on the international mission field in Latin America - living in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and most recently in Mexico! During that time, GSPC has been alongside us every step of the way! 
Currently, we are serving together with a wonderful team of leaders in Young Life Mexico.  Over the past three years, we have seen Young Life ministry grow from having a presence in 3 to 18 cities reaching more than 4,000 kids a year across Mexico. Although Young Life is a global mission, its core value resides at the local level - where believers from diverse types of churches and backgrounds come together to reach kids - middle school, high school, and college - in their neighborhood community.  One of the things that gives us the most joy is seeing these teams of believers form in their communities across church and socio-economic lines and begin to dream and take action towards reaching the next generation of kids together - it truly is a fascinating work of the Holy Spirit and a movement that is mobilizing believers from all walks of life.
Growing up as kids in GSPC, missions - both local and international - were a part of the DNA of our understanding of the Gospel as well.  In many ways, what we are a part of in Mexico is no different than that core value we learned and experienced at a young age.  We are privileged to stand alongside you and continue that call together.
Please pray for us as we expect to host over 500 kids from around Mexico for Young Life camp coming up in the month of November.  Also in November, Pratt will be traveling to Kenya, Africa alongside members of our global Young Life team for an international summit.  In December, we are excited to travel back to Nicaragua for the first time in three years as a family where we will have the opportunity to reconnect with friends around the country that became home to us for so many years!
Attached you will see a picture of our family - Ada (9) is in fourth grade, Nolan (7) is in second grade, and Leo (3) is keeping us all on our toes! :) Thank you for holding us up in prayer as we do likewise with you our GSPC family!
Sending many greetings your way from Mexico!
Pratt, Ashley, Ada, Nolan, & Leo

**Coming for a visit Sunday November 20!**
Melissa Katibah, Barbara Thomson
Deacon Co-Chairs
Barbara Thomson and I are co-chairs of the Deacons and together with Jane Chiseck, Candace Cupples, Angela Hinton, Brenda Lampson, Marty McKenzie and Janice Woods, we make up our church’s CARE team. We have been entrusted with leading our ministries of mercy and compassion. 

Our core activity is regular contact with church members and availability to our non-member nearby neighbors in times of need. The most familiar part of our ministry is monthly contact with the members of the congregation (and
frequent visitors) for prayer needs and connection to the church. Through the relationships formed, we also hope to provide easy access as needs arise between monthly check-ins.

Another part of our ministry is providing helping hands, actual chores or services including facilitating transportation, delivering meals and offering to help with odd jobs as we hear of those needs.

We also manage our Timothy Fund, which is made up of donations, to allow us to help members and nearby neighbors with gas or grocery cards or other crisis situations. We learn of these needs through our monthly member contacts but also through other ministries and outreaches of the church. Through our connection to Brighton Place through Christy’s ministry and other places such as our Olde Providence Elementary connections, we learn of ways we can help. Over the last few months these relationships that have developed have directly resulted in us being able to help two families with specific financial needs and we look forward to continuing contact with them.

We also learn of needs by receiving calls directly from the neighborhood. As a result of a recent phone call, we were able to help a neighbor “hands on” who needed assistance with organizing and moving some items that had become difficult to do on their own. Sending literal “helping hands” helped form a new friendship.

Our church on the corner can and has been able to make an impact in our neighborhood, showing the love of Christ through connection, finances and helping hands. There are a few ways you can consider helping us in our ministry. First, please pray for us as we carry out the tasks the Lord has for us to do in our role as Deacons, for wisdom and discernment and to help us keep our eyes on His leading. Next, please let us know if you would be willing to perhaps provide transportation for appointments or errands, provide a meal or perform odd jobs (skilled or otherwise). You can let your deacon know or call or email the church office if you might be able to help with any of these acts of service.

Thank you for considering how you might help us continue to CARE for others.

Melissa Katibah
Deacon Co-Chair

03: Cindy Dolinger
06: Bobby White
07: Mark Katibah
11: Bruce Fourcher
17: Nicholas Cregg
23: Eric VanderHeide
28: Lisa VanderHeide
29: Angela Hinton

30: Thomas James

If we have missed anyone, please let us know so we can update our records!

**Remember that you can access our church calendar online anytime at

06: Angela Hinton (preparer)
06: Marty McKenzie (server)

06: Russ & Millie Lancaster
13: Jim & Angela Hinton
20: Ronnie & Cindy Dolinger
27: Clay & Candace Cupples

children’s message
06: Melissa Lancaster
13: Clay Cupples
20: Pastor Robert
27: Christy McChesney

06: Mindy James/Christy M.
13: Brenda Lampson/Mindy James
20: Christy M./Angela Hinton
27: Angela Hinton/Brenda Lampson

01: 9:30a - Women's Bible Study
01: 6:00p - Ladies Night Out
02: 8:00a - Men's Bible Study
02: 9:45a - Book Club
02: 7:00p - Choir Rehearsal
04: 9:00a - Prayer Ministry
05: 1:00p - Fall Work Day
06: Daylight Savings Time Ends
06: 12:15p - Deacons' Meeting
08: 9:30a - Women's Bible Study
08: 7:00p - Session Meeting
09: 8:00a - Men's Bible Study
09: 6:00p - Dinner Church
09: 7:00p - Choir Rehearsal
11: 9:00a - Prayer Ministry
15: 9:30a - Women's Bible Study

15: 6:00p - Men's Wings Night
16: 8:00a - Men's Bible Study
16: 9:45a - Book Club

16: 7:00p - Choir Rehearsal
18: 9:00a - Prayer Ministry
19: 6:30p - Game Night
20: Operation Christmas Child Due
20: 12:30 - Lunch/Decorating

22: 9:30a - Women's Bible Study
23: **Office Closed**
24: *Happy Thanksgiving*
27: **Voice Deadline**
27: Christmas Shoppe Set-Up Begins

11/28-12/02 - X-mas Shoppe Set-Up
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