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December, 2020

Dear Church Family,
On behalf of the church staff I would like to wish all of you a very blessed Advent and Christmas!
In worship we have already started our Advent series, “Songs of Hope,” looking to a number of the Psalms to remind us of why we trust and hope in God’s goodness and salvation, even in challenging times. Don’t miss our special Christmas “Blues” worship service on Sunday, December 6. For the second year Eric has put this service together to acknowledge the special difficulties of this season and this year for many and look to God for comfort and a word of hope. We will still have our traditional candle-lighting service on Christmas Eve at 6pm; like our Sunday morning services, it will be live-streamed. If you watch from home, make sure to have your own candle so you can join along in lighting it with us at the right time!
We continue our staff search for a part-time youth director and a part-time children’s ministry director. It’s a challenging time to be looking, but we are receiving and reviewing applications and trust God to bring the right people at the right time.
Thank you to all who have given so generously in 2020 and who have responded to the “Moving Forward in 2021” stewardship/pledge effort. Though we are beginning the budgeting process for 2021, it is not too late to communicate your giving information to Lisa Trevisan at the church (by mail, e-mail, or leave a message for her at 704-266-0762 and she will return your call).

Remember that you can find our worship services, devotions, info on classes, and much more on the church website ( You can watch the church service (live!) right on that site or find links to past services, devotions, class information, giving, newsletters, and more. If you ever have questions about technology, don't hesitate to reach out to me ( or leave a message for me at 704-266-0762); I love to help people with it!
In these coming weeks I invite you to be selective with your time, to focus on what is really important, and to seek God as the center of this holiday. I hope you will experience the grace, peace, hope, and love that only God can bring. Finally, I hope that wherever you spend Christmas Day, gift giving, treasured memories, warm fellowship, and time together with loved ones will remind you of the great gifts God has given us through His Son, Jesus Christ.
In Christian love,


Advent 2020: Songs of Hope

We will join in the expectant hope of Advent through the Psalms

December 06: Love and Christmas Blues: My Song in the Night (Psalm 77, 116)
December 13: Sing for Joy (Psalm 98)
December 20: God Speaks Peace (Psalm 85:8-13)
December 24 (6pm): God's Gift of Light (Lessons and Carols)
December 27: Gifts for the Righteous King (Psalm 72:8-19)
During the month of October, we were under budget both in offerings and expenses, but the result was a slight net loss. Our net loss was $1,637 for the month mainly driven by lower offerings and no fundraisers offset by the vacant position on our ministry staff.  Year-to-date, while we are under budget in Offering Income, we continue to be under budget in expenses which is giving us a better than expected net loss. Thank you for your continued support!

YTD                         Budget       Actual         Variance
Offering Income:      $242,715   $226,585    $
Ministry Expense:     $270,070   $232,556    $   37,514
                               ($27,355)    ($5,971)    $  21,384

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 secured 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

Diana Horne and Jeff Buchmann, Steward Team 

DECEMBER birthdays
06: Luther Baker
08: Emily Cook
13: Mattie Lancaster
14: Rick Bean
14: Barbara Kennedy
20: Luke Butler
21: Mike Slade
21: Bill Sewing
23: Madeline Buchmann
26: Robin Blacker
28: Janice Woods

Our gardening season is almost over. We are deeply grateful to GSPC for your support. Enjoy the wonderful poem by a fellow gardening member, Denise Trufan. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! ~Thanks, Bonnie Mayerson

Marigolds are in bloom.
Tomatoes were yummy.
The last green pepper
Waits its turn in our tummy.

Summer’s done. Winter soon.
A few of the pumpkins and-y
Many sweet potatoes,
Which ones should we candy?

A warm afternoon,
Now, fall-planted and handy,
Is parsley, carrots, romaine
Kale and turnip that’s dandy.

Happy Holidays everyone.
‘Can’t wait for Spring.


OPERATION christmas child

The Serve Team would like to offer an alternative for you to feel safe and still participate in this opportunity to reach out and show the love of Christ during this Christmas season. You can go to the website and build a box for a $25 donation. You can chose the gender and age of the child as well as the items to go in the box. If you rather, you can just make a $25 donation for each box you would like and Samaritan’s Purse will take care of purchasing items and packing the boxes. Such an easy and simple way for you to participate and stay safe. If you have questions, feel free to contact Ann Baker at or 704.641.1608.
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