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A Gift of Grace and A Request for Additional Prayer Read more

A Gift of Grace and A Request for Additional Prayer

The Long Family

What an incredible gift it is to receive and be able to share God's Grace! Since I am a member of our Church Council, I had lots of time to think about this program and the many possiblities for how our family could share God's Grace. Maybe too much time- the needs are broad and deep and choosing one feels like a decision to neglect another. Our family felt called to reach someone whose needs were at risk of being overlooked- who doesn't fit into the "system" of charitable support yet is in need of a helping hand. One of my friends who is deeply compassionate and always a champion for others shared on Facebook about a family in need in my community. She sought support for them by reaching out on Facebook saying "the mom struggles with severe health issues and is truly unable to work and the kids' father has a terminal diagnosis with limited time left...this is going to be an incredibly difficult holiday season for this family and I want so much for them to know they are not alone..." I knew this was where God wanted His love and grace to be experienced. My friend cried tears of gratitude for this gift which she will deliver to this family- sadly, yet somehow seemingly on God's timing- just as they grieve the loss of their husband and father. Will you please join us in praying for this family, and all families, facing difficult days ahead, especially holidays?


When Opportunity Presents Itself Read more

When Opportunity Presents Itself

Chris and Dave Schriever

After receiving a $100 check, we tossed around all kinds of random ideas. We decided that we wanted to help a person or family directly, although we weren’t sure who or how. We even carried the check around for awhile thinking an opportunity would present itself. Without really thinking about it, I mentioned it to our guidance counselor at school. I can’t go into detail, but she helped place the check in the hands of a very grateful family at the right time.


A Timely Gift of Grace Read more

A Timely Gift of Grace


Humbled and beyond grateful tonight as I felt the presence of God. Every year God places a family on my heart to help for the holidays- one that needs not only assistance but hope and love. This year the family was a friend of mine. She suffers from severe Rheumatoid Arthritis and is unable to do most things that we take for granted. She was recently divorced from her husband, whom upon being diagnosed with ALS, moved back to his mom's home in California. She was left raising three kids, two who have been diagnosed with Lupus. Tracey Long stopped by with a donation and to my surprise gave me a check for $500 and additional gift cards to give to this family. She had read my post asking for others to join me and help this family during Christmas. A few hours before Tracey came over, I was notified that the father passed away. I often question how much this family can handle but God works through mysterious ways to allow us to feel His holy presence through others. My favorite scripture is from Matthew 18:20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them." Thank you for being the hands and feet of Christ and for gracing us with His love. Forever touched and forever grateful.


Support for Discipleship Through Teen Challenge Read more

Support for Discipleship Through Teen Challenge

John & Melissa Gaskey, Luke & Elise

Several years ago, we were invited to attend a breakfast fund raising event for Teen Challenge Cincinnati. Established in 1972, Teen Challenge is a faith based residential program for men and women, ages 18 and up, struggling with drug addiction and other life-controlling issues. During the breakfast program, we were moved by the stories from young men and women who shared their past struggles and their redemption through the relational discipleship and counseling of the residential program. It was also at that morning’s breakfast when we learned that our neighbors, Char and Gordon Lumley faithfully ministered at the residential program for more than 25 years. With much family discussion and prayerful discernment, we decided to donate the $100 gift from our congregation to Teen Challenge Cincinnati. As a family, we decided to triple the original gift. We wanted to honor our neighbors for their service and support the men and women who seek physical and spiritual renewal at Teen Challenge Cincinnati. The Gaskey Family


Help and Hope for MEAC Read more

Help and Hope for MEAC

The Hatcher family

Ava, Alex and I decided to gift our check to the Madisonville Education and Assistance Center (MEAC). We were introduced to MEAC when Ava's girl scout troop helped with their food pantry. We were impressed with the much needed services they provided. MEAC's mission is to offer help and hope to our neighbors in crisis. They provide immediate help with basic needs and also provide education for ongoing, continued support. Offering help and hope is exactly what Good Shepherd wanted to help spark with the "God's Grace Your Hands" campaign so we thought MEAC was the perfect place to receive this gift.


Thanks from Save the Animals Foundation Read more

Thanks from Save the Animals Foundation

Save the Animals Foundation

To our friends at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Kenwood, we would like to express our gratitude! We appreciate the family members of your parish (choosing to remain anonymous), who came to the door of our shelter, Save the Animals Foundation, with a donation of $100. Apparently, their children chose our organization due to their love of animals, and knowing that we are a 100 percent volunteer organization with no paid staff, we can assure you that all funds go directly to the care of the animals. We are certainly very grateful, and we welcome you to come for our Brush-n-Fluff event on Sunday, November 3rd, from 2-4, so we can show you with wags and purrs, the lucky beneficiaries of your kindness. Thank you for your generosity



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Crystal Cottrill:

Molly & Frank,

Thank you again for your donation to help our annual campaign! Your contribution definitely help fund our camp scholarships and provides us with resources to help strengthen our community.

With Gratitude,


Amanda Hill:

Thank you for honoring your father with this gift to Habitat. 13 homes in his era is quite an accomplishment, and to think of the generations he impacted with his volunteerism is priceless.

Amanda Hill:

Ed shared this story with me, and I just LOVE It. What an impactful gift!

Amanda Hill:

Hospice is such an incredible organization--I'm so glad you chose to support them and their mission!

Amanda Hill:

I am touched by your story, and thank you for raising awareness to such a worthwhile cause.

Bill Lucke:

I have passed that corner several times in the last month. The man is no longer standing there. It is wrong to extrapolate beyond the data, but…

Dianne Gebhardt French:

Lisa, this is a wonderful story about family, connection, and community. Thank you for sharing.

Tracey Long:

Well timing they say is everything- and it seems that the need, your skills and this gift were certainly in God's plan. Prayers of blessing on your hands as you take your skills where they are needed to help those effected by Dorian.

Tracey Long:

What more can I say- your letter was beautiful! Great to hear that Pastor McNickels and the House of Praise so exemplify the intent of the gift that your recipient was an obvious choice. Blessings to their ministry!

Tracey Long:

Addiction has trapped far too many and taken away the abundant life God intends for them- your gift will help bring HIS light to those who are seeking it. May your gift be proof through a time of struggle that God is always there to help.

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