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Friday Eblast - November 26, 2021

Dear Good Shepherd,
 
We begin the season of Advent this Sunday. Our 2021 theme is “Close to Home.”  When something hits close to home, it affects us deeply. During the Advent and Christmas season, we journey through scriptures and rituals that are tender, heavy with emotion, and vulnerable. We carry the memories and truths of this season close to our hearts. Close to Home acknowledges the “already but not yet” tension of our faith: Emmanuel is with us, and yet, God’s promised day—our everlasting home—Is not fully realized. It names our deep longing for God to come close to us. This Advent, may we be comforted by the One who dwells intimately with us. May we expand safety and sanctuary for everyone wandering far from home. May we come home— wherever home is found—to live fully with joy, hope, and courage. Join us in worship beginning November 28 as we begin our Close to Home journey.
 
Join for Worship this Sunday, November 28 – 1st Sunday of Advent
You can join us for in-person worship at our 9am Contemporary Worship with 4Jesus Band or our 11am Traditional Worship with choir on Sunday morning. Masks are required to attend.  Pr. Scott Trevithick will be preaching.
 
If you prefer, join us for our livestream worship at https://youtu.be/YY5AYuHFlMc on our YouTube Channel any time after 10:50am Sunday morning. You can also find our livestreams and recordings at https://www.youtube.com/c/GoodShepherdLutheranReno any time.
 
National Youth Gathering Planning Meeting, Sunday night at 7pm
The 2022 ELCA National Youth Gathering occurs this summer, July 24-28.  LCGS Youth (Grades 8-12) and Adult Leaders have begun making plans to attend.  All interested youth/adults are invited to meet Sunday, November 28, 7:00pm-8:30pm, in Shepherd Hall, to discuss fundraising, travel, and monthly “Getting Ready” events. 
 
Advent Devotionals Available
Pick up your Close to Home Devotion booklet in the Welcoming Space on Sunday or stop by the church office Monday – Thursday between 9am and 2pm.
 
Advent on Good Shepherd’s Social Media
Beginning Sunday, November 28, the 1st Sunday of Advent, we will be posting graphics and thoughts each day of Advent and Christmas through January 8. You can find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/goodshepherdreno (be sure to “like” us so you see our posts in your feed). We’re also on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/goodshepherdreno/ and twitter at https://twitter.com/LCGSReno.
 
Upcoming Concerts at Good Shepherd:
  • Sunday, December 5 at 7pm—Tintabulations (handbells) Holiday Concert at Good Shepherd directed by Barbara Walsh
  • Saturday, December  11 at 7pm—Bella Voce Holiday Concert at Good Shepherd directed by Jennie Tibben
 
Giving Tree
We still have some sponsorships available on our Giving Tree. This is an opportunity for you to sponsor some of our most needed items for our church. which helps keep our operating expenses lower, and it gives you an opportunity to meet some specific needs Good Shepherd has but have maybe been put on the back burner.  Sign up in the Welcoming Space. Thanks to all who have donated!
 
Return of Fellowship Hour! - Sunday, December 12 at 10am
We suspended Fellowship Hour as a means of lowering health risks, but would like to resume as it is an important way for us to meet and connect. As people are actively eating and drinking you may remove your mask. Those who may be uncomfortable with any increased contact may take their coffee outside. If you’d like to be a fellowship host, please be in touch with Deanna Gaunt at deanna2@goodshepherdreno.org.
 
Ornaments for Our Grief Tree - Sunday, December 12 at 10am
On the day Fellowship Hour resumes at Good Shepherd, we will be gathering to making Christmas Ornaments for our loved ones. The ornaments are pre-made and all you have to do is decorate it and add your loved one’s name (pets included!). We will hang them on our Grief Tree. After Christmas you may take your ornaments home. If you wish, you may bring a special ornament from home to hang. Questions? Contact Maribeth Doerr at maribeth@goodshepherdreno.org.
 
Shared Harvest Shopping List for December
  • Cold Cereal (We need 27 boxes.)
  • Canned Fruit (We need 41 cans.)
  • Chicken Noodle Soup (We need 41 cans.)
  • Tuna  (We need 41 cans.)
  • Shampoo  (as many as possible)
Items may be dropped off on Sunday mornings or during office hours (M-Th, 9am-2pm). Assembly is December 19, 1pm at Faith Lutheran Church.  PLEASE NOTE:  We cannot accept items not on this list, and we cannot accept expired food or opened food.
 
Church Office Hours:
Mondays - 9am to 4:30pm
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays - 9am to 2pm
Closed Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 
 
The peace of the Lord be with you!

Friday Eblast - November 19, 2021

Dear Good Shepherd,
 
We are now a week away from Thanksgiving. Before we know it, Christmas will be here. Please keep reading for Thanksgiving week and Advent happenings!
 
Join for Worship this Sunday, November 19 – Christ the King Sunday
You can join us for in-person worship at our 9am Contemporary Worship with 4Jesus Band or our 11am Traditional Worship on Sunday morning. Masks are required to attend.  If you prefer, join us for our livestream worship at https://youtu.be/jv--X2x1WJg on our YouTube Channel any time after 10:50am Sunday morning. You can also find our livestreams and recordings at https://www.youtube.com/c/GoodShepherdLutheranReno any time.
 
About Christ the King Sunday 
This coming Sunday, November 21, is the last Sunday on the church/liturgical calendar. We begin Advent and the third of the three years of the Lectionary, Year C, the following Sunday, November 28. This Sunday is called Christ the King Sunday or the Reign of Christ Sunday. People also talk about the "kin-dom" of Christ rather than the "kingdom" to emphasize that his is a different type of reign with different values and structure. 
 
Jesus has many roles or names or titles – Son of God, Emmanuel, Son of Man, Messiah, Rabbi, Christ, Savior – and was many things to many people throughout the ages. He was and is grace incarnate, teacher, preacher, healer, and advocate and champion of the least of these and those who are pushed to the margins. This Sunday we focus on his role as King — the one who reigns over all creation. Pastor Christy Ramsey is this Sunday’s guest preacher and worship leader. 
 
Guest Preacher Pastor Christy Ramsey at Good Shepherd for Sunday, November 21
Rev. Christy Ramsey, a Presbyterian colleague of Pastor Scott’s, will be our guest preacher and worship leader on Sunday, November 21. Christy has served since April 2020 in an administrative leadership position for the Nevada Presbytery called the Stated Clerk and General Presbyter. He and his wife Bette Lynn, a Physical Therapist, have lived in Nevada since May of 2013. Before coming to this area, Christy was a pastor for eight years in Akron, Ohio, a part of thirty years in full-time ministry in the Midwest. He also serves at ComputerCorps, a non-profit which revives struggling spirits who are working to recycle and rebuild computers and lives. 
 
Nevada Interfaith Thanksgiving Service - Sunday, November 21 at 7pm
“An Attitude of Gratitude” - a worship service of prayer and music from a variety of faith traditions. The service is tonight at 7pm at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 2900 N. McCarran Blvd in Sparks.
 
Boy Scout Christmas Tree Sale – November 26 – December 18
A flyer is attached to this email. If you’re planning to buy a real Christmas Tree, considering buying from Scout Troop 107 and Troop 4. They’ll be selling trees from November 26 to December 18 at the Reno Public Market, 1830 Virginia Street, corner of Virginia and Plumb. Please check out the flyer for times.
 
Advent Devotionals Available
Pick up your Close to Home Devotion booklet in the Welcoming Space on Sunday or stop by the church office Monday – Thursday between 9am and 2pm.
 
Thank You!
Thanks to all who donated items and/or cash for Personal Care Kits. Eighteen persons enjoyed activities led by Margaux Mauldin in the LCGS parking lot and then efficiently assembled 89 kits.  The Sierra Pacific Synod contributed close to 500 care kits to Lutheran World Relief and you can view photos the LCGS’s and other events on the Synod website: https://www.spselca.net/post/spsyc-synod-wide-day-of-service.
 
Thanks to Our Grubby Sunday Workers!
We had perfect weather last Sunday and a delightful hardworking crew of volunteers who cleaned up our property and landscape. Thank you all so much with extra kudos to Greg Doerr for charting the tasks and overseeing the work. We’re looking good for the winter!
 
Return of Fellowship Hour! - Sunday, December 12 at 10am
We suspended Fellowship Hour as a means of lowering health risks, but would like to resume as it is an important way for us to meet and connect. As people are actively eating and drinking you may remove your mask. Those who may be uncomfortable with any increased contact may take their coffee outside. If you’d like to be a fellowship host, please be in touch with Deanna Gaunt. 
 
Ornaments for Our Grief Tree - Sunday, December 12 at 10am
On the day Fellowship Hour resumes at Good Shepherd, we will be gathering to making Christmas Ornaments for our loved ones. The ornaments are pre-made and all you have to do is decorate it and add your loved one’s name (pets included!). We will hang them on our Grief Tree. After Christmas you may take your ornaments home. If you wish, you may bring a special ornament from home to hang. Questions? Contact Maribeth Doerr.
 
Upcoming Concerts at Good Shepherd:
  • Sunday, December 5 at 7pm—Tintabulations (handbells) Holiday Concert at Good Shepherd directed by Barbara Walsh
  • Saturday, December  11 at 7pm—Bella Voce Holiday Concert at Good Shepherd directed by Jennie Tibben
Church Office Hours:
Mondays - 9am to 4:30pm
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays - 9am to 2pm
Closed Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 
 
The peace of the Lord be with you!

Friday Eblast - November 5, 2021

Dear Good Shepherd,
 
It is the month of November and the month of Thanksgiving.  We, your staff, are grateful for YOU! 
 
Join for Worship this Sunday, November 7 – All Saints Sunday
We will be honoring the Saints in our lives this Sunday, our loved ones who have died. The Shepherd’s Bells will toll as the names are read during the Prayers of the People. We especially remember our members who have died since last All Saints Sunday:
  • Joan Rodican
  • Jack Ericson
  • Ed Anderson
  • David Thyse 
  • Esthermae Haines
  • Carolyn Chimits
  • Marilyn Ebner 
  • Peggy Von Bargen
  • Tim Dean
  • Jeanette Jones
  • Naomi Sande
We will also be celebrating the baptisms of Logan and Ella Grigg at 11am. 
 
You can join us for in-person worship at our 9am Contemporary Worship or our 11am Traditional Worship on Sunday morning. Masks are required to attend.  If you prefer, join us for our livestream worship at https://youtu.be/gYBtzxAAMh4 on our YouTube Channel any time after 10:50am Sunday morning. You can also find our livestreams and recordings at https://www.youtube.com/c/GoodShepherdLutheranReno any time.
 
Newest Giving Tree Opportunities   
Take a look at the Giving Tree in the Welcoming Space! This is an opportunity for you to sponsor some of our most needed items for our church. You can sign up to sponsor an item, and we will take care of the purchase of it. This helps keep our operating expenses lower, and it gives you an opportunity to meet some specific needs Good Shepherd has but have maybe been put on the back burner. 
  • Sponsor a Lutheran Study Bible $25
  • Sponsor resources used for one baptism $50   
  • Sponsor cost of Advent Devotion booklets $100  
  • Sponsor Winter Landscaping  $125 
  • Sponsor trimming of one tree  $125
  • Sponsor free standing hand sanitizer station $125 
  • Green Screen + Lighting for Video recording $200 
  • Sponsor Fire Alarm Panel Replacement $500 
  • Sponsor 4th Camera for worship  $500 
  • Sponsor new carpet for Ministry Center $6,000
            We can dream, right?
 
Caregivers Support Group - Monday, November 8, 2pm 
If you have a loved one who has a chronic debilitating condition and you are involved in their care either directly or indirectly (even if you are a support person for a caregiver), consider participating in Good Shepherd’s group.  For more information, contact Maribeth Doerr at         maribeth@goodshepherdreno.org.
 
Veterans Day—November 11
The office will be closed Thursday, Nov. 11.
 
November Justice Huddle - Thursday, November 11 at Noon
The next Justice Huddle will be meeting at Bambi Gillette’s home. Bring your own lunch.  Discussion will be about mid-term elections in 2022. Call Bambi at (480) 216-6844 for directions.
 
SPSYC Synod-wide Service Day - Saturday, November 13, 1pm
The Fall Elementary School Retreat has been canceled and replaced with a Synod-wide service day. Good Shepherd is a host site for the Reno/Sparks area. Children, youth, families, and adults are invited to participate. Items for Personal Care Kits need to be at Good Shepherd by Wednesday, November 10.  We need the following items:
  • light-weight bath-size towel (between 20” x 40” and 52” x 27”), dark color recommended
  • bath-size bars of soap equaling 8 to 9 oz., any brand, in original wrapping
  • adult-size toothbrush in original packaging*
  • sturdy comb, remove packaging
  • metal nail clippers (attached file optional), remove packaging
* Toothbrush multi-packs may be used by sealing an individual toothbrush in a business-size envelope; no plastic bags or wrap.
 
Please remember:
  • Please give new items only.
  • Please do not donate items with any religious symbols, messages, or your group’s name.
  • Please do not donate any items decorated with a U.S. flag, patriotic or military symbols, or references to the armed forces, including camouflage. 
A collection bin is available in the Welcoming Space on Sunday mornings and in front of the office during office hours.
 
Grubby Sunday—Church Cleanup Day - November 14 Between Services
Wear your grubbies to church and help us with cleaning our property for the winter. This is a faithful way of continuing your stewardship to our church by providing your time and labor to help make our house of worship and her property clean and bright inside and out. We are hoping someone has a heavy-duty power washer with a long hose to power wash the inside of the trash bin enclosure among other areas as well as a couple of leaf blowers. Perhaps even someone with strong legs to climb up to the office roof to clean gutters. Who is up for the challenge?  Let me know if you can help at maribeth@goodshepherdreno.org.
 
ELCA National Youth Gathering 2022 - Informational Meeting—Nov. 14 at 10am
The next National Youth Gathering for students in 8th—12th grades is in Minneapolis next Summer. An informational meeting will be held next Sunday, November 14 at 10am .  Questions? Contact Faith Formation Coordinator Joe Pritchard at joe@goodshepherdreno.org.
 
November’s Shared Harvest Shopping List 
  • Peanut Butter (We need 27 jars.)
  • Chili (We need 41 cans.)
  • Canned Vegetables (We need 41 cans.)
  • Toothpaste (We need as many as possible.)
  • Tooth Brushes (We need as many as possible.) 
Items may be dropped off on Sunday mornings or during office hours (M-Th, 9am-2pm). Assembly is Nov. 21, 1pm at Faith Lutheran Church.
 
2nd Mile Giving for November – Good Shepherd’s Clothes Closet
Each month, we take a special offering called the “2nd Mile Offering” which is over and above the regular offerings received. Donations can be given any time during the month; simply mark 2nd Mile on your check’s memo line or on your offering envelope. Each month we focus on a different ministry in our Synod. The November 2nd Mile Offering will be distributed as follows:
* 1/2 to The Good Shepherd’s Clothes Closet
* 1/2 to ELCA World Hunger
 
Church Office Hours:
Mondays - 9am to 4:30pm
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays - 9am to 2pm
Closed Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 
 
The peace of the Lord be with you!

Friday Eblast - October 29, 2021

Dear Good Shepherd,
 
A joyous Nevada Day to you all!  Technically, Nevada’s birthday is October 31 but we celebrate statewide the Friday before. Happy 157th birthday Nevada!
 
Join for Worship this Sunday, October 31 – Reformation Sunday
You can join us for in-person worship at our 9am Contemporary Worship or our 11am Traditional Worship on Sunday morning. Masks are required to attend. Wear RED to worship as we celebrate Reformation Sunday.  This week the Shepherd’s Bells will be performing two songs for us at 11am: Lament and Psalm of Gratitude, both by Jason Krug. The bells are under the direction of Derek Nance.  If you are interested in ringing with the bells, rehearsals are generally Sundays from 12:15-1:15pm in Luther Hall downstairs.
 
If you prefer, join us for our livestream worship at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyVZEsxp2kk on our YouTube Channel any time after 10:50am Sunday morning. You can also find our livestreams and recordings at https://www.youtube.com/c/GoodShepherdLutheranReno any time.
 
Kids’ Halloween Bags
There are Halloween-themed activity bags located at the round table in the sanctuary and on the Little Luther bags by the door to the sanctuary for kids to take home.  If you can’t get to the church but want one, drop by the office during office hours. Enjoy!
 
All Saints Sunday is November 7 - Please Submit Your Saints’ Names Soon
On All Saints Sunday we will be honoring the Saints in our lives, our loved ones who have died. The Shepherd’s Bells will toll as the names are read during the Prayers of the People. If you would like the names of your loved ones read, please fill out the yellow cards in the Welcoming Space and leave in the designated basket or give to a staff member. If you cannot get to church, feel free to call the office at 775-329-0696 and give Ciara your names or email her at ciara@goodshepherdreno.org.
 
Women’s Bible Study “The Spiritual Discipline of Rest” – November 4 at 10am
The Women’s Bible Study will have a one day study of The Spiritual Disciple of Rest. We hope this study and discussion of what rest is and how the Bible tells us that being busy all the time is NOT how God wants us to live will lead us into a healthier more balanced Advent season. We meet in Shepherd Hall.
 
Daylight Saving Time ENDS November 7 at 2am.  Don’t forget to set your clocks BACK one hour.
 
SPSYC Synod-wide Service Day - Saturday, November 13, 1pm
Due to COVID-19, the Fall Elementary School Retreat has been canceled and replaced with a Synod-wide service day. Good Shepherd is a host site for the Reno/Sparks area. Children, youth, families, and adults are invited to participate. Among the activities is the assembly of Personal Care Kits. We need the following items:
  • light-weight bath-size towel (between 20” x 40” and 52” x 27”), dark color recommended
  • bath-size bars of soap equaling 8 to 9 oz., any brand, in original wrapping
  • adult-size toothbrush in original packaging*
  • sturdy comb, remove packaging
  • metal nail clippers (attached file optional), remove packaging
* Toothbrush multi-packs may be used by sealing an individual toothbrush in a business-size envelope; no plastic bags or wrap.
 
Please remember:
  • Please give new items only.
  • Please do not donate items with any religious symbols, messages, or your group’s name.
  • Please do not donate any items decorated with a U.S. flag, patriotic or military symbols, or references to the armed forces, including camouflage. 
A collection bin is available in the Welcoming Space on Sunday mornings and in front of the office during office hours.
 
Grubby Sunday—Church Cleanup Day - November 14 Between Services
Wear your grubbies to church and help us with cleaning our property for the winter. This is a faithful way of continuing your stewardship to our church by providing your time and labor to help make our house of worship and her property clean and bright inside and out. We are hoping someone has a heavy-duty power washer with a long hose to power wash the inside of the trash bin enclosure among other areas as well as a couple of leaf blowers. Perhaps even someone with strong legs to climb up to the office roof to clean gutters. Who is up for the challenge?  Let me know if you can help at maribeth@goodshepherdreno.org.
 
November’s Shared Harvest Shopping List 
  • Peanut Butter (We need 27 jars.)
  • Chili (We need 41 cans.)
  • Canned Vegetables (We need 41 cans.)
  • Toothpaste (We need as many as possible.)
  • Tooth Brushes (We need as many as possible.) 
Items may be dropped off on Sunday mornings or during office hours (M-Th, 9am-2pm). Assembly is Nov. 21, 1pm at Faith Lutheran Church.
 
Eddy House Monday Meals Signup for November
The link to sign up for November Eddy House Meals is at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a044ea9aa2da6f49-eddy24. Questions?  Contact Ciara at ciara@goodshepherdreno.org.
 
Church Office Hours:
Mondays - 9am to 4:30pm
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays - 9am to 2pm
Closed Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 
 
The peace of the Lord be with you!

Friday Eblast - October 22, 2021

Dear Good Shepherd,
 
Join for Worship this Sunday, October 24
You can join us for in-person worship at our 9am Contemporary Worship or our 11am Traditional Worship on Sunday morning. Masks are required to attend. If you prefer, join us for our livestream worship at https://youtu.be/cZAT4fz876M on our YouTube Channel any time after 10:50am Sunday morning. You can also find our livestreams and recordings at https://www.youtube.com/c/GoodShepherdLutheranReno any time.
 
All Saints Sunday is November 7 - Please Submit Your Saints’ Names Soon
On All Saints Sunday we will be honoring the Saints in our lives, our loved ones who have died. The Shepherd’s Bells will toll as the names are read during the Prayers of the People. If you would like the names of your loved ones read, please fill out the yellow cards in the Welcoming Space and leave in the designated basket or give to a staff member. If you cannot get to church, feel free to call the office at 775-329-0696 and give Ciara your names.
 
Kids’ Halloween Bags
There are Halloween-themed activity bags located at the round table in the sanctuary and on the Little Luther bags by the door to the sanctuary for kids to take home.  If you can’t get to the church but want one, drop by the office during office hours. Enjoy!
 
Personal Care Kits Collection – ITEMS NEEDED
SPSYC Synod-wide Service Day - Saturday, November 13, 1pm
Due to COVID-19, the Fall Elementary School Retreat has been canceled and replaced with a Synod-wide service day to be held Saturday, November 13 at 1pm. Good Shepherd is a host site for the Reno/Sparks area. Children, youth, families, and adults are invited to participate. 
 
SPSYC (Sierra Pacific Synod Youth Committee) youth leaders and other local youth including Margaux Mauldin from Good Shepherd who serves on the youth committee will lead the activities which includes making Personal Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief. We are asking for your help with donations of the items listed below, and we need folks to put the kits together on November 13. If you plan to attend the event, please sign up in the Welcoming Space, and if you’d like to donate any of the following items, a bin is available in the Welcoming Space on Sunday mornings and in front of the office door during office hours. Items must be delivered to us by November 8.  Monetary donations are also accepted for us to buy supplies for the kits. Make your check payable to Good Shepherd and write “Personal Care Kit” on the memo line.
 
 Personal Care Kits - Items Needed:
  • light-weight bath-size towel (between 20” x 40” and 52” x 27”), dark color recommended
  • bath-size bars of soap equaling 8 to 9 oz., any brand, in original wrapping
  • adult-size toothbrush in its original packaging*
  • sturdy comb, remove packaging
  • metal nail clippers (attached file optional), remove packaging
* Toothbrush multi-packs may be used by sealing an individual toothbrush in a business-size envelope; no plastic bags or wrap
 
Some Important Guidelines to Remember:
  • Be sure to shop for light- or medium-weight towels, which are easier for Kit recipients to hand wash and air dry, take up less storage space and are considerably less expensive than the fluffier towels we may prefer to use.
  • Bath towels vary in size. The 52” X 27” size listed in the guidelines is the maximum size. 20” x 40” is a good guideline for a minimum size.
  • Please give new items only.
  • Please do not donate items with any religious symbols, messages or your group’s name.
  • Please do not donate any items decorated with a U.S. flag, patriotic or military symbols, or references to the armed forces, including camouflage. 
  • All items should be new and in good condition. 
 
Women’s Bible Study Schedule
On Thursday, November 4 at 10am, Maribeth Doerr and Deanna Gaunt will lead us in “The Spiritual Discipline of Rest.” We hope this study and discussion of what rest is and how the Bible tells us that being busy all the time is NOT how God wants us to live will lead us into a healthier more balanced Advent season. We will NOT meet on Thursday, November 11 but the following week, November 18, we will begin our Advent study using our Advent devotional called “Close to Home.” We meet in Shepherd Hall.
 
Daylight Saving Time ENDS November 7 at 2am. Don’t forget to set your clocks BACK one hour.
 
Veterans Day is Thursday, November 11
The Office will be closed for Veterans Day.
 
Grubby Sunday—Church Cleanup Day
November 14 Between Services
Wear your grubbies to church and help us with cleaning our property for the winter. This is a faithful way of continuing your stewardship to our church by providing your time and labor to help make our house of worship and her property clean and bright inside and out. 
 
Registration for the 2021-2022 Kids’ Community & Youth Group
We’re not sure yet when Kids’ Community will resume but we encourage all families with children to register for fall programming now so we can a head count and plan accordingly for the coming year. Help us out by registering early at: https://www.goodshepherdreno.org/children-families
 
Church Office Hours:
Mondays - 9am to 4:30pm
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays - 9am to 2pm
Closed Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 
 
The peace of the Lord be with you!

Friday Eblast - October 15, 2021

Dear Good Shepherd,
 
A glorious fall to you all! 
 
Join for Worship this Sunday, October 17 – A Service of Healing
A Healing Service is a worship experience that focuses on our individual needs for restoration of mind, body, and soul. This corporate worship service invites participants to receive an anointing (blessed oil placed on one’s forehead made in the name of God) through the ancient rite of laying on of hands after time spent in prayer with the pastor. The service is more meditative and self-reflective in orientation and seeks to unite the healing power of Christ with our wounded selves. Pr. Scott Trevithick presides for the worship services at 9am and 11am. 
 
You can join us for in-person worship at our 9am Contemporary Worship or our 11am Traditional Worship on Sunday morning. Masks are required to attend. If you prefer, join us for our livestream worship at https://youtu.be/HQZkJ3f41ws on our YouTube Channel any time after 10:50am Sunday morning. You can also find our livestreams and recordings at https://www.youtube.com/c/GoodShepherdLutheranReno any time.
 
Blessing of the Quilts - Sunday, October 17
Also this Sunday, our Hearts & Hands Quilters will display 66 quilts that they’ve made in the last year or so. As a congregation, we will bless them before they are shipped to Lutheran World Relief for distribution.
 
 Rita Jeffres Memorial CROP Hunger Walk – this Sunday, October 17
Join Good Shepherd’s team for this year’s CROP Walk on Sunday, October 17 at 2pm. It’s a 3 mile walk along the Truckee River in downtown Reno and Idlewild Park to raise hunger awareness and donations for Church World Service and our 3 local recipient agencies: Food Bank of Northern Nevada, Eddy House, and Ridge House. You can sign up and/or donate on Good Shepherd’s team page at: https://events.crophungerwalk.org/2021/team/good-shepherd-team. For questions, contact Becky Erdmann or Alexis Hill.
 
Last Week for Shared Harvest Collection for October
Shared Harvest assembly is October 24 and our bin is only half full. Please help us fill it! Items may be dropped off at the office Monday through Thursday between 9am and 2pm or at church on Sunday mornings
  • Cold Cereal (We need 27 boxes.)
  • Canned Fruit (We need 41 cans.)
  • Powdered Milk (We need 41 packets.)
  • Peanut Butter (We need 27 jars.)
  • Bar Soap (as many as possible)
PLEASE NOTE:  We cannot accept items not on this list, and we cannot accept expired food or opened food. 
 
All Saints Sunday is November 7 - Please Submit Your Saints’ Names Soon
On All Saints Sunday we will be honoring the Saints in our lives, our loved ones who have died. The Shepherd’s Bells will toll as the names are read during the Prayers of the People. If you would like the names of your loved ones read, please fill out the yellow cards in the Welcoming Space and leave in the designated basket or give to a staff member. If you cannot get to church, feel free to call the office at 775-329-0696 and give Ciara your names.
 
Thank You Letters from Echo Loder School
We invite you to read some of the thank you notes we received from students at Echo Loder Elementary for our summer book drive. The letters are on the table in the Welcoming Space. Grab Kleenex because you will laugh and cry, probably at the same time!
 
A Thank You Note from Sue Beermann
A huge thank you to everyone who donated shoes to the P.E.O. shoe drive.  It has been a big success and I am overwhelmed by the response from Good Shepherd. You have donated more than 150 pairs of shoes. That is 6 bags of 25 pairs each. You have helped more than you know for our chapter to reach a goal of 2500 pairs of shoes that will be donated to people in third world countries who really need them.  Thank you again.  Sue Beermann 
 
Registration for the 2021-2022 Kids’ Community & Youth Group
We’re not sure yet when Kids’ Community will resume but we encourage all families with children to register for fall programming now so we can a head count and plan accordingly for the coming year. Help us out by registering early at: https://www.goodshepherdreno.org/children-families
 
Daylight Saving Time ENDS November 7 at 2am. 
Don’t forget to set your clocks BACK one hour.
 
On October 31, wear RED for Reformation Sunday!
 
Church Office Hours:
Mondays - 9am to 4:30pm
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays - 9am to 2pm
Closed Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 
 
The peace of the Lord be with you!

Friday Eblast - October 8, 2021

Dear Good Shepherd,
 
Join for Worship this Sunday, October 10
We will be celebrating the baptism of Jonah Michael Tunnell, son of Bailey Tunnell, at the 9am service!  Welcome baby Jonah!  Also this Sunday, we welcome Good Shepherd’s new Faith Formation Coordinator Joe Pritchard. His biographical information is below.
 
You can join us for in-person worship at our 9am Contemporary Worship or our 11am Traditional Worship on Sunday morning. Masks are required to attend worship. If you prefer, join us for our livestream worship at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFPA6Mbc2iM on our YouTube Channel any time after 10:50am Sunday morning. You can also find our livestreams and recordings at https://www.youtube.com/c/GoodShepherdLutheranReno any time.
 
Meet Joe Pritchard, Good Shepherd’s New Faith Formation Coordinator
Joe Pritchard recently retired from a career in Social Services where he enjoyed working with persons across the life span: from coaching first-time birth parents through early childhood development (Healthy Start – State of Oregon), to coordinating care for children and adolescents with unique needs (Wraparound In Nevada), to adults facing end-of-life decisions (Spiritual Counselor - Willamette Valley Hospice).
 
While Joe has been a longtime member of Good Shepherd, he also has a background of pastoral ministry in the United Methodist Church (UMC).  Joe grew-up in UMC congregations in Fallon NV, San Leandro CA, Chico CA, and Carson City NV. He graduated from UNR (English Lit) and, after earning a Masters of Divinity Degree from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver CO, then went on to serve as pastor of UMC parishes in Greenville/Taylorsville CA and Grants Pass and Sherwood OR. 
 
Joe’s focus at Good Shepherd will be on Faith Formation ministries: supporting our nursery care program, working with our Kids’ Community teachers Dawnn Flores, Becky Erdmann, and Emelie Williams, middle and high school youth, Confirmation with Pastor Scott, and special events like service projects, camps, and national gatherings. 
 
Joe will be the staff leader guiding the Faith Formation Team made up of others from the congregation to design and support these efforts. 
 
Joe’s position is part-time. You can reach him most mornings Monday-Thursday at the church at 329-0696 or by email at joe@goodshepherdreno.org. Joe will be in contact with children, parents, and youth this week and we look forward to increased opportunities to gather as COVID restrictions allow.
 
Here’s what some others are saying about Joe: John Albrecht, who serves on the Governing Board and was also a member of the team which hired Joe writes "Joe's education and experience show that he can build faith in youth but also in families."
 
Governing Board member Cara Paoli says, “I have known Joe for the past 20 years and had the opportunity to work with him in the human services field.  He is a compassionate, genuine person who lives his faith every day.  Although he has a quiet presence, Joe is a conversationalist.  He takes the time to truly listen.  He has a good sense of humor and looks for the best in others.  LCGS is so fortunate to have him join our staff as the Faith Formation Coordinator.” Pastor Scott writes, “I’m looking forward to working with Joe. His parish ministry experience and call to serve in the church combined with the program leadership skills he’s developed over a career in human services provide us with a unique set of skills in this position.” 
 
Help us welcome Joe Pritchard as Good Shepherd’s Faith Formation Coordinator. 
 
Last Sunday to drop of shoes for PEO
October 10 is the last day to drop of new and gently used shoes for the PEO shoe drive. The bin is located in the Welcoming Space.
 
Caregivers Support Group Resumes - Monday, October 11, 2pm 
If you have a loved one who has a chronic debilitating condition and you are involved in their care either directly or indirectly, consider participating in Good Shepherd’s lay-led group. It’s a safe community to share the stresses, challenges, and rewards of providing care for a loved one as well as sharing resources. For more information, contact Maribeth Doerr, group facilitator, at maribeth@goodshepherdreno.org or 329-0696.
 
Services of Healing - Sunday, October 17 at 9am and 11am
A Healing Service is a worship experience that focuses on our individual needs for restoration of mind, body, and soul. This corporate worship service invites participants to receive an anointing (blessed oil placed on one’s forehead made in the name of God) through the ancient rite of laying on of hands after time spent in prayer with the pastor . The service is more meditative and self-reflective in orientation and seeks to unite the healing power of Christ with our wounded selves. People attend the service often for themselves or for a loved one whom they are concerned about. Pr. Scott presides for the worship services at 9am and 11am. 
 
Blessing of the Quilts - Sunday, October 17
Our Hearts & Hands Quilters will display all of the quilts they’ve made this year.  As a congregation, we will bless them before they are shipped to Lutheran World Relief for distribution.
 
Rita Jeffres Memorial CROP Hunger Walk – October 17
Join Good Shepherd’s team for this year’s CROP Walk on Sunday, October 17 at 2pm. It’s a 3 mile walk along the Truckee River in downtown Reno and Idlewild Park to raise hunger awareness and donations for Church World Service and our 3 local recipient agencies: Food Bank of Northern Nevada, Eddy House, and Ridge House. You can sign up and/or donate on Good Shepherd’s team page at: https://events.crophungerwalk.org/2021/team/good-shepherd-team. For questions, contact Becky Erdmann or Alexis Hill.
 
Introducing our New Giving Tree!   
Take a look at the Giving Tree in the Welcome Space! This is an opportunity for you to sponsor some of our most needed items for our church. Each quarter we will post a new list of items on our Giving Tree. You can sign up to sponsor an item, and we will take care of the purchase of it. This helps keep our operating expenses lower, and it gives you an opportunity to meet some specific needs Good Shepherd has but have maybe been put on the back burner.  Our thanks to everyone who has already sponsored an item!
 
Registration for the 2021-2022 Kids’ Community & Youth Group
We’re not sure yet when Kids’ Community will resume but we encourage all families with children to register for fall programming now so we can a head count and plan accordingly for the coming year. Help us out by registering early at: https://www.goodshepherdreno.org/children-families
 
Shared Harvest Shopping List for October 
Shared Harvest assembly is October 24. Items may be dropped off at the office Monday through Thursday between 9am and 2pm or at church on Sunday mornings
  • Cold Cereal (We need 27 boxes.)
  • Canned Fruit (We need 41 cans.)
  • Powdered Milk (We need 41 packets.)
  • Peanut Butter (We need 27 jars.)
  • Bar Soap (as many as possible)
PLEASE NOTE:  We cannot accept items not on this list, and we cannot accept expired food or opened food. 
 
Two Reminders . . .
 
Dropping Off Food at Good Shepherd
Due to the nature of our neighborhood, please do NOT leave donations outside when we are not in the office. Please physically give them to a staff member.  We also cannot accept expired or opened food. Agencies will NOT accept this food, and we have to throw it away. 
 
We Cannot Accept Clothing Donations at this Time
After Sunday, we will no longer be collecting shoes for PEO. Also, we are not accepting clothing donations for the Good Shepherd’s Clothes Closet as they do not have pick up service available yet. Please call them directly to see if you can drop off your donations at their facility or try Savers or Goodwill.
Thank you for your assistance with this!
 
When You’re Hospitalized. . .
Both St. Mary’s and Renown Medical Center have recently limited who and how many may visit should you or a loved one be hospitalized. Designated patient supporters may be limited to 1 or 2 healthy adults during a patient’s stay. So that Pastor Scott and church friends may offer support during hospitalization or other medical challenge, you may let us know your circumstance in the church office by phone call at 329-0696 or email to Maribeth Doerr in her role as Pastoral Care Coordinator at maribeth@goodshepherdreno.org. We can offer prayers for you; invite others to pray through the Prayer Guide; and keep in touch by phone, text, email, or family connections even if we aren’t able to visit. The Renown and St. Mary’s updated visitation policies may be accessed at 
Church Office Hours:
Mondays - 9am to 4:30pm
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays - 9am to 2pm
Closed Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 
 
The peace of the Lord be with you!

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