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Friday Eblast - April 9, 2021

To our wonderful Good Shepherd friends,
 
Now that we’ve celebrated Holy Week and Easter, we are plunging full steam ahead into preparing for in-person worship. You should have gotten an email from Pr. Scott Trevithick Friday morning explaining when and how. Please read that carefully. We are excited to see you soon! 
 
Worship for Sunday, April 11
Join us for our livestreamed Sunday worship at 11am on our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLZp-VxXQtNhP9ge-xNluZg. You can always find our livestreams and recordings with that link, or you can go to YouTube.com and search for “Good Shepherd Lutheran, Reno” to find us.  You can join us there at 11am or you view the recording of the livestream any time after worship concludes.  A list of all worship recordings is also available on our website at goodshepherdreno.org. You do not have to have a YouTube account to watch our videos or livestreams.  However, if you wish to "chat" in the live chat box, you will need to sign up for an account.  Our livestreams are also shown on Facebook.
 
Return to In-person Worship
Our planned reopening is April 18.  Worship is available at 9am and 11am by reservation only.  You can make a reservation beginning Monday, April 12 when we email you a link to use to make your reservation.  If you have a computer, we respectfully request that you click on the link to make the reservation rather than calling us. We wish to use phone reservations for those who do not have computer access.  We are limited to 40 seats at each service. 
 
Hello Hikers!
The weather’s warming up, trees are in bloom, and it’s time to plan the season’s hikes for the Good Shepherd hiking group.  We’ll meet on Sunday, April 18, at 3:00 pm in Grace Schoenfeld’s backyard.  It’s a large yard with a big deck which will provide room for social distancing.  RSVP if you plan to attend and for location details. Virginia Scheschy – vscheschy@gmail.com; Grace Schoenfeld – gschoenfeld899@gmail.com
 
Furniture Available
We have a futon and desk available in Shepherd Hall.  If you are in need of either (or both), please contact Ciara in the church office at 329-0696 or ciara@goodshepherdreno.org.  She has pictures she can send you.  You will need to pick up the item(s) as we are unable to deliver for you. Please help us move these items along to their next owner!
 
Justice Huddle – April 13
The Justice Huddle meeting will be on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at 12 noon, at the home of Barbara Gruenewald, 775-815-0518.  Please bring your own lunch.  We will have a general discussion about current political events and issues.      
Livestreaming is Here to Stay—Help us Continue this Outreach Ministry
As we’ve discussed in previous weeks, we are in need of AV equipment to continue livestreaming worship.  We need a laptop with high-speed graphics capabilities, specialized software, and 2 pan-tilt-zoom cameras to add to the one camera we already have. We expect total costs to be $5600.  Would you consider a designated gift to allow us to purchase this equipment and continue this outreach ministry?
 
Listen to Bluebird Radio Hour with Sharon Hickox!
Good Shepherd member Sharon Hickox is a music therapist with Note-Able Music Therapy Services.  Last Fall they started a radio show focused on seniors with combating isolation as their primary goal.  They share music, stories about the area, guest interviews, guest artists, shout-outs for birthdays, etc.  They are hoping to reach more people in the area so let’s all tune in on Mondays at 10am (repeats on Saturdays at 3pm). The show airs on KWNK 97.7 FM.  Learn more at https://www.nmtsreno.org/bluebird/.
 
The Endowment Fund Granting Team is pleased to announce that they are receiving applications for grants for 2021
Granting range is between $500-1500 and must be used for persons in time of need, for local and community organizations, for groups or programs, for ministries of the ELCA, for national and global mission needs or for special programs and facility needs at Good Shepherd.  Applications are available on our website at https://www.goodshepherdreno.org/endowment-fund.  The deadline is May 1. If you have questions, please talk with Deanna Gaunt or email Deanna2@goodshepherdreno.org.  We look forward to your partnership!
 
Let’s Stimulate Kindness 
Last month, we unveiled our “Stimulate Kindness” program. Each year, Good Shepherd makes grants available for special projects, community agencies, and other partners which are funded through the Good Shepherd Endowment Fund. Last year we granted about $4000 to community agencies including The Volunteers of America, Eddy House, and Good Shepherd Clothes Closet. This year, we’ve opened the grant application process. (Check it out on our website at https://www.goodshepherdreno.org/endowment-fund). We’d like to invite you to consider a designated gift to the Stimulate Kindness Endowment Challenge so we can match the $5000 that the Endowment Committee is expecting to award this year so we can double the amount to $10,000. 
 
April Shared Harvest
The last day to donate food for this month's Shared Harvest is Thursday, April 22.  You may drop off your items at the church office on Mondays between 9am and 4:30pm or Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays between 9am and 2pm.  The bin will be outside the Office front door for your safety and convenience. Our shopping list for April includes:
  • Canned Fruit (We need 26 cans.)
  • Powdered Milk Packets (We need 26 packets.)
  • Peanut Butter (We need 17 jars.)
  • Laundry Detergent (We need as much as possible.)
  • Zip-lock bags - gallon size
 
2nd Mile Offering for April
This month's 2nd Mile Offering benefits LEAN (Lutheran Engagement and Advocacy in Nevada). You can mail a check for 2nd Mile any time during the month or drop it off in the mail slot (which has been fixed!) at the church office.  Please write 2nd Mile on your memo line of your check.

God’s blessings to you and yours!

Friday Eblast - April 2, 2021

Dear Church!
 
A virtual hug to all of you on this blessed Good Friday. You should have received the link for our livestreamed Good Friday worship from Deanna Gaunt yesterday: https://youtu.be/7nvSpkBfDyU. As with all of our livestreams, this will be recorded and viewable on our YouTube channel if you are unable to watch it live.  Deanna will send out the link for Easter Sunday worship tomorrow, which will be livestreamed on YouTube at 11am, April 4.
 
Closed Monday, April 5
The church office will be closed Monday, April 5, so staff can rest!  We’ll be back at 9am Tuesday morning.
 
Return to In-person Worship
Our planned reopening is April 18.  Worship is available at 9am and 11am by reservation only.  You can make a reservation beginning April 12 when we email you a link to use to make your reservation.  If you have a computer, we respectfully request that you click on the link to make the reservation rather than calling us.  We wish to use phone reservations for those who do not have computer access.  We are limited to 40 seats at each service.  Masks are required, your temperature will be taken before entering the building, and we ask that you sit six feet apart from anyone who is not in your immediate household, even if you are vaccinated.  We will share more information with you next week. 
 
April Shared Harvest
Shared Harvest is a joint ministry of several local Lutheran churches who deliver food once a month to working-poor families.  They deliver up to 52 bags of groceries each month.
While we are worshiping online, you may drop off your Shared Harvest donations at the church office on Mondays between 9am and 4:30pm (except for April 5 when we’re closed) or Tuesdays through Thursdays between 9am and 2pm. 
 
The last day to drop off your donations for the April assembly is Thursday, April 22.  Our shopping list for April includes:
  • Canned Fruit (We need 26 cans.)
  • Powdered Milk Packets (We need 26 packets.)
  • Peanut Butter (We need 17 jars.)
  • Laundry Detergent (We need as much as possible.)
  • Zip-lock bags - gallon size
 
Virtual Easter Lilies Given In Honor/Memory of 2021: 
  • Mary Aker and Family: In Memory of George Aker 
  • Jan Brady: In Memory of Mary Pritchard
  • Jan Brady: In Memory of Joe Pritchard
  • Jan Brady: In Memory of Louise Constantine
  • Ruth Buffa: In Memory of parents, Frances & Jack Badley
  • David & Deanna Gaunt: In Memory of Jack Gaunt
  • David & Deanna Gaunt: In Memory of Dean Head
  • David & Deanna Gaunt: In Memory of Cheryl Head
  • Irene Heinemeier: In Memory of Jim Heinemeier
  • Irene Heinemeier: In Memory of Tom Heinemeier
  • Mary-Claire Hettinger: In Memory of Joseph & Helen Steinmetz and Pat & Dick Burkart
  • Mary-Claire Hettinger: In Memory of Sheryl & Wilbur Whitney and Lyn & Tami Ainsworth 
  • Becky Erdmann & Don Hill: In Memory of mother, Gertrude Hill
  • Becky Erdmann & Don Hill: In Memory of mother, Phyllis Jark
  • In Celebration of Kem Family
  • Joanne Kaufmann: In Memory of Augie Kaufmann and all loved ones who have joined the church triumphant 
  • Celia Kupersmith: In Memory of mother, Mary Jane Goldstucker
  • Gale Lundquist: In Memory of husband, Robert Lundquist
  • Gale Lundquist: In Memory of mother, Bernice Freestone
  • Pat & Mary McGrath: In Memory of our parents and sister
  • Pat & Mary McGrath: In Gratitude of all members and staff who have provided for our weekly services 
  • Cara Paoli: In Memory of Ray Paoli
  • Bob & Doreen Paul: In Memory of Russell & Dorothy Paul and Iver & Olfrid Moen
  • Kendall Quinlan: In Memory of Wilbur & Sheryl Whitney
  • Kendall Quinlan: In Memory of Elaine Marcolini and Sheila Barrett
  • Grace Schoenfeld: In Memory of Budd Schoenfeld
  • Arlene & George Summerhill: In Memory of Gabriel Summerhill
  • Arlene & George Summerhill: In Memory of our sisters, Alice, Arlene, and Marie
  • Arlene & George Summerhill: In Memory of our brothers, Victor, David, and Gene
  • Arlene & George Summerhill: In Memory of our parents, George & Gladys Summerhill and Ernest & Marjory Rupert
  • Arlene & George Summerhill: In Memory of Jack & Shirley Ericson and Esthermae Haines
  • Peggy Von Bargen: In Memory of Fred Von Bargen
  • Joanne Walen: In Memory of Wally Walen 
  • Joanne Walen: In Memory of Jack and Shirley Ericson 
  • Barbara and Bill Reese:  In Memory of June Hobron and their parents
  • Vernie and Dennis McCrohan:  In celebration of the glory of God
 
Maribeth Doerr
Director of Operations/Office, Property, Communications and Pastoral Care 
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
(775) 329-0696, ext 100
 
A Reconciling in Christ Congregation

Friday Eblast - March 26, 2021

To our dear good shepherds,
 
Beginning Sunday, we begin Holy Week with our Palm Sunday worship which will be livestreamed on our YouTube channel and Facebook Live at 11am.  Deanna Gaunt will be sending out the direct link but in case you don’t see it, you can always find us by going to YouTube.com and searching for “Good Shepherd Lutheran, Reno.”  The service will also be recorded and available on YouTube as well as our website at goodshepherdreno.org
 
Holy Week Worship Bags – It’s not too late!
If you haven’t yet reserved or picked up your Holy Week bag, you can still get one next week (we are closed Fridays so you can’t pick one up today). Please reserve your bag by emailing Ciara at ciara@goodshepherdreno.org or calling the church office at 329-0696.  Please let Ciara know how many will be worshiping from your household. The office is open Monday from 9am to 4:30pm and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am to 2pm.
 
Easter Lilies – Deadline is Monday, March 29
It is our usual tradition to invite the congregation to purchase an Easter lily plant for $10 as a way to honor/celebrate a loved one. This year we will not be purchasing lilies, but we’d like to offer you the opportunity to remember and celebrate your loved ones as we usually do. We are inviting you to give $10 or more and the money will be used to pay for our “Again & Again” Holy Week bags. Our deadline to receive your names is March 29.  All names will be listed on the screen during Easter Sunday livestream worship.  You can make your financial gift online via our website or by mailing or dropping a check by the office. Let us know your loved ones’ names by calling us at 775-329-0696 or emailing Ciara Hornbarger at ciara@goodshepherdreno.org
 
Livestreaming is Here to Stay—Help us Continue this Outreach Ministry
It has been a year since we have last worshiped in person following COVID health-related restrictions. From March through early October of 2020, we adapted by pre-recording worship services with Deanna and Pr. Scott recording in the worship space using an iPhone camera and existing equipment and Deanna editing segments into a cohesive whole. Since October, our worship team has gathered in the worship space Sunday morning at 11 a.m. to provide a live-streamed service accessible on our YouTube channel and Facebook Live. Good Shepherd leaders have adapted quickly to develop new skills and use technology to craft meaningful services and incorporate the musical gifts and other abilities of Good Shepherd folks. Church members and friends have adapted too by learning how to access the services on their desktop, laptop, tablet, or TV. 
 
Livestreaming is here to stay, at Good Shepherd and other churches, even while we look forward to worshiping in person beginning April 18. It’s a way for newcomers to check out Good Shepherd as a community of faith. We’ve grown accustomed to the capabilities that livestreaming offers and can connect to worship when at home, traveling, or as a recording when our schedule permits. Derek Nance, who has been our Handball Director pre-Covid, has become our Tech Director. He provides technical expertise, functions as video editor, and coordinates the camera operator, video screen operator, and sound editor. Equally important, we have relied on Derek's personal laptop and video equipment to produce live-streamed services. We now need to take responsibility for equipping our sanctuary for live streaming and video recording.
 
Here's what we need—laptop, software and 2 cameras: We need a laptop with high-speed graphics capabilities, specialized software, and 2 pan-tilt-zoom cameras to add to the one camera we already have. Because our sanctuary space was designed and built to accommodate these tech capabilities, we have predetermined locations to mount the cameras and run necessary cables. Derek and member Mel Cone should be able to run the cables, mount the cameras, complete the installation, and troubleshoot the system. We expect total costs to be $5600. Because of our existing camera, Derek’s detailed cost comparisons and specification sheets, and their work to install the system, our costs are much lower than other systems. Would you consider a designated gift to allow us to purchase this equipment and continue this outreach ministry?
 
Here’s how to make your gift:
  • By check to Good Shepherd with “AV Equipment” noted on the memo line.
  • Online at Good Shepherd’s website at https://www.goodshepherdreno.org/giving-to-good-shepherd and then selecting “Make a Donation” and “Other” and then noting “AV Equipment.”
  • On your phone with the Give + app by going to Good Shepherd’s page and selecting “Other.”
Thank you for helping us continue this vital ministry. 
 
List to Bluebird Radio Hour with Sharon Hickox!
Good Shepherd member Sharon Hickox is a music therapist with Note-Able Music Therapy Services.  Last Fall they started a radio show focused on seniors with combating isolation as their primary goal.  They share music, stories about the area, guest interviews, guest artists, shout-outs for birthdays, etc.  They are hoping to reach more people in the area so let’s all tune in on Mondays at 10am (repeats on Saturdays at 3pm). The show airs on KWNK 97.7 FM.  Learn more at https://www.nmtsreno.org/bluebird/.
 
Good Shepherd’s Hiking Group
After a year’s hiatus because of the pandemic, the Good Shepherd hiking group is back in business!  If you’d like to explore our Nevada desert or the beautiful Sierra, we’d love to have you join us. Our hikes generally range from 5 to 8 miles.  Some are half day, and some longer.  If you’d like to have your name added to our email list to be informed of future hikes, please contact one of the group’s co-leaders: Virginia Scheschy at vscheschy@gmail.com or Grace Schoenfeld at gschoenfeld550@gmail.com.  A meeting to plan our hikes for the year will be held in April.  Please join us!
Virginia Scheschy and Grace Schoenfeld, Co-Chairs, GS Hiking Group
 
The Endowment Fund Granting Team is pleased to announce that they are receiving applications for grants for 2021
Granting range is between $500-1500 and must be used for persons in time of need, for local and community organizations, for groups or programs, for ministries of the ELCA, for national and global mission needs or for special programs and facility needs at Good Shepherd.  Applications are available on our website at https://www.goodshepherdreno.org/endowment-fund.  The deadline is May 1. Grants will be awarded and a celebration luncheon will be held at Good Shepherd in the fall  (date to be determined).  If you have questions, please talk with Deanna Gaunt or email Deanna2@goodshepherdreno.org.  We look forward to your partnership!
 
Let’s Stimulate Kindness 
Last week, we unveiled our “Stimulate Kindness” program. Each year, Good Shepherd makes grants available for special projects, community agencies, and other partners which are funded through the Good Shepherd Endowment Fund. Last year we granted about $4000 to community agencies including The Volunteers of America, Eddy House, and Good Shepherd Clothes Closet. This year, we’ve opened the grant application process. (Check it out on our website at https://www.goodshepherdreno.org/endowment-fund). We’d like to invite you to consider a designated gift to the Stimulate Kindness Endowment Challenge so we can match the $5000 that the Endowment Committee is expecting to award this year so we can double the amount to $10,000. 
 
God's blessings, 
Maribeth Doerr
Director of Operations/Office, Property, Communications and Pastoral Care 
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
(775) 329-0696, ext 100
 
A Reconciling in Christ Congregation

Friday Eblast - March 19, 2021

To our dear good shepherds,

Holy Week Worship Bags – Reserve Yours Now
For this special Holy week in the church year, we are providing for you Again & Again: Holy Week Worship Bags with items you will need for our livestreamed experiential worship for Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.  Please reserve your bag by emailing Ciara at ciara@goodshepherdreno.org or calling the church office at 329-0696.  Please let Ciara know how many will be worshiping from your household. Reserved bags may be picked up starting Tuesday, March 23.  Office hours are 9am to 2pm (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday).
 
Easter Lilies
It is our usual tradition to invite the congregation to purchase an Easter lily plant for $10 as a way to honor/celebrate a loved one. This year we will not be purchasing lilies, but we’d like to offer you the opportunity to remember and celebrate your loved ones as we usually do. We are inviting you to give $10 or more and the money will be used to pay for our “Again & Again” Holy Week bags (which we will announce next week). Our deadline to receive your names is March 29.  All names will be listed on the screen during Easter Sunday livestream worship.  You can make your financial gift online via our website or by mailing or dropping a check by the office. Let us know your loved ones’ names by calling us at 775-329-0696 or emailing Ciara Hornbarger at ciara@goodshepherdreno.org
 
Sunday Worship for March 21, 2021
Join us for our livestreamed Sunday worship at 11am on our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLZp-VxXQtNhP9ge-xNluZg. You can always find our livestreams and recordings with that link, or you can go to YouTube.com and search for “Good Shepherd Lutheran, Reno” to find us.  You can join us there at 11am or you view the recording of the livestream any time after worship concludes.  A list of all worship recordings is also available on our website at goodshepherdreno.org. You do not have to have a YouTube account to watch our videos or livestreams.  However, if you wish to "chat" in the live chat box, you will need to sign up for an account.  Our livestreams are also shown on Facebook.
 
Let’s Stimulate Kindness 
Following the passage of the Covid-19 relief package signed on March 11, many households will soon be receiving a direct deposit from the IRS designed to offer support during economic recovery. If you’re in a household that has been largely spared by economic struggle during Covid, would you like to “Stimulate Kindness” with a special gift to others who have been more deeply impacted? One Good Shepherd member explained the motivation for making his gift: “There are people who don’t have anything to eat and that bothers me. It’s important to me to share.” 
Here’s the idea: Each year, Good Shepherd makes grants available for special projects, community agencies, and other partners which are funded through the Good Shepherd Endowment Fund. Last year we granted about $4000 to community agencies including The Volunteers of America, Eddy House, and Good Shepherd Clothes Closet. This year, we’ve opened the grant application process. (Check it out on our website at https://www.goodshepherdreno.org/endowment-fund). We’d like to invite you to consider a designated gift to the Stimulate Kindness Endowment Challenge so we can match the $5000 that the Endowment Committee is expecting to award this year so we can double the amount to $10,000. 
 
How to make your gift: 
Check to Good Shepherd with “Stimulate Kindness” noted on the memo line.
Online at Good Shepherd’s website at https://www.goodshepherdreno.org/giving-to-good-shepherd and then selecting “Make a Donation” and “Stimulate Kindness Challenge” 
On your phone with the Give + app by going to Good Shepherd’s page and selecting “Stimulate Kindness Challenge”
Givers are motivated by different things. If you’d like to give a gift to other programs at Good Shepherd or to Good Shepherd’s General Fund to help address gaps in 2021 offerings and 2020 receipts during Covid, or to other community agencies directly on your own, then we encourage that as well. Thank you for considering a gift and let’s Stimulate Kindness! 
 
Tech Services
We are offering tech services to those who need help with accessing Zoom or our YouTube channel for worship. If you are interested, please call the office at (775)329-0696 to make an appointment. 
 
Shared Harvest for March – LAST day to donate is March 25
The last day to donate food for this month's Shared Harvest is Thursday, March 25.  You may drop off your items at the church office on Mondays between 9am and 4:30pm or Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays between 9am and 2pm.  The bin will be outside the Office front door for your safety and convenience. Our March shopping list includes:
  • Chili (We need 26 cans.)
  • Macaroni & Cheese (We need 35 boxes.)
  • Saltine Crackers (We need 26 sleeves.)
  • Tuna (We need 26 cans.)
  • Canned Vegetables (We need 26 cans.)
  • Zip-lock bags - quart size
 
2nd Mile Offering for March
This month's 2nd Mile Offering benefits our Rwanda Companion Parish. You can mail a check for 2nd Mile any time during the month or drop it off in the mail slot at the church office.  Please write 2nd Mile on your memo line of your check.
   
Maribeth Doerr
Director of Operations/Office, Property, Communications and Pastoral Care 
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
(775) 329-0696, ext 100
 
A Reconciling in Christ Congregation

Friday Eblast - March 12, 2021

Dear Church!
 
I hope by now you've had a chance to read Pr. Scott Trevithick's email about our in-person worship plans (opening April 18).  If you have any questions about his email, feel free to direct them to Pr. Scott, Governing Board President Celia Kupersmith or the church office.  A copy of Pr. Scott's letter is here.
 
Daylight Savings Time Begins this Weekend
It’s time to "spring" ahead one hour. Set your clocks ahead an hour before bed Saturday night so you can be on time to watch our livestream worship this Sunday at 11am on YouTube.
 
Easter Lilies
It is our usual tradition to invite the congregation to purchase an Easter lily plant for $10 as a way to honor/celebrate a loved one. This year we will not be purchasing lilies, but we’d like to offer you the opportunity to remember and celebrate your loved ones as we usually do. We are inviting you to give $10 or more and the money will be used to pay for our “Again & Again” Holy Week bags (which we will announce next week). Our deadline to receive your names is March 29.  All names will be listed on the screen during Easter Sunday livestream worship.  You can make your financial gift online via our website or by mailing or dropping a check by the office. Let us know your loved ones’ names by calling us at 775-329-0696 or emailing Ciara Hornbarger at ciara@goodshepherdreno.org
 
Missing Good Shepherd Friends? Join us for Zoom Fellowship on March 21
Bring your own coffee, bagels, or doughnuts and join Good Shepherd friends for post-worship fellowship via Zoom on Sunday, March 21 at 12:30 hosted by Pastor Scott. We’re all longing to see one another and, better yet, to worship in-person, but you’re invited in the meantime to see some Good Shepherd friends via Zoom. Take a stretch break after 11 a.m. worship on March 21 and then join the call at 12:30. We’ll have a chance to see and talk with one another and Pastor Scott will have some quiz questions, too.  Call or email the office for the Zoom link.
 
The Endowment Fund Granting Team is pleased to announce that they are receiving applications for grants for 2021
Granting range is between $500-1500 and must be used for persons in time of need, for local and community organizations, for groups or programs, for ministries of the ELCA, for national and global mission needs or for special programs and facility needs at Good Shepherd.  Applications are available on our website at https://www.goodshepherdreno.org/endowment-fund.  The deadline is April 15. Grants will be awarded and a celebration luncheon will be held at Good Shepherd in the fall  (date to be determined).  If you have questions, please talk with Deanna Gaunt or email Deanna2@goodshepherdreno.org.  We look forward to your partnership!
 
Sunday Worship for March 14, 2021
Join us for our livestreamed Sunday worship at 11am on our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLZp-VxXQtNhP9ge-xNluZg. You can always find our livestreams and recordings with that link, or you can go to YouTube.com and search for “Good Shepherd Lutheran, Reno” to find us.  You can join us there at 11am or you view the recording of the livestream any time after worship concludes.  A list of all worship recordings is also available on our website at goodshepherdreno.org. You do not have to have a YouTube account to watch our videos or livestreams.  However, if you wish to "chat" in the live chat box, you will need to sign up for an account.  Our livestreams are also shown on Facebook.
 
Lenten Lessons for Families
If you have been tuning in to worship, you might have noticed that we have incorporated Lenten Lessons for Children and Families into the worship service. Here are the video clips for you to watch any time.  Enjoy!
 
Tech Services
We are offering tech services to those who need help with accessing Zoom or our YouTube channel for worship. If you are interested, please call the office at (775)329-0696 to make an appointment. 
 
Shared Harvest for March
The last day to donate food for this month's Shared Harvest is Thursday, March 25.  You may drop off your items at the church office on Mondays between 9am and 4:30pm or Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays between 9am and 2pm.  The bin will be outside the Office front door for your safety and convenience. Our March shopping list includes:
  • Chili (We need 26 cans.)
  • Macaroni & Cheese (We need 35 boxes.)
  • Saltine Crackers (We need 26 sleeves.)
  • Tuna (We need 26 cans.)
  • Canned Vegetables (We need 26 cans.)
  • Zip-lock bags - quart size
 
2nd Mile Offering for March
This month's 2nd Mile Offering benefits our Rwanda Companion Parish. You can mail a check for 2nd Mile any time during the month or drop it off in the mail slot at the church office.  Please write 2nd Mile on your memo line of your check.  
 
Maribeth Doerr
Director of Operations and Pastoral Care 
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd

Friday Eblast - March 5, 2021

To our beloved congregation,
 
Do you remember how March 2020 felt like it was two years long?  Now time is zipping by, we’re well into 2021, and inching closer to in-person worship.  We do not have a date for you yet but we really are getting closer. In the meantime, please join us for online worship (details are below) and consider Pr. Scott’s invitation for Zoom fellowship.
 
Missing Good Shepherd Friends? 
Bring your own coffee, bagels, or doughnuts and join Good Shepherd friends for post-worship fellowship via Zoom on Sunday, March 21 at 12:30 hosted by Pastor Scott. We’re all longing to see one another and, better yet, to worship in-person, but you’re invited in the meantime to see some Good Shepherd friends via Zoom. Take a stretch break after 11 a.m. worship on March 21 and then join the call at 12:30. We’ll have a chance to see and talk with one another and Pastor Scott will have some quiz questions, too. 
 
Sunday Worship for March 7, 2021
(I know I repeat this weekly, but it sounds as if it is mostly skipped over. Please read it again today.) Join us for our livestreamed Sunday worship at 11am on our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLZp-VxXQtNhP9ge-xNluZg. You can always find our livestreams and recordings with that link, or you can go to YouTube.com and search for “Good Shepherd Lutheran, Reno” to find us.  You can join us there at 11am or you view the recording of the livestream any time after worship concludes.  A list of all worship recordings is also available on our website at goodshepherdreno.org. You do not have to have a YouTube account to watch our videos or livestreams.  However, if you wish to "chat" in the live chat box, you will need to sign up for an account.  Our livestreams are also shown on Facebook.
 
Lenten Lessons for Families
If you have been tuning in to worship, you might have noticed that we have incorporated Lenten Lessons for Children and Families into the worship service. Stephanie Leff taught the lessons the last two weeks and will this week as well.  Soon you will also see Ciara and Miss Becky. You watch these video clips any time:
 
The NEST (Nevada Ensures Support Together) Collaborative
Ciara Hornbarger is a Good Shepherd member who works in the church office and is a student at UNR.  This semester she has an internship with the NEST and wishes to share a flyer with you about their program to help elders and people with disabilities stay connected during social distancing and their program “Heroes for Heroes” for Veterans.  Whether you need their support or if you wish to volunteer, information is on the attachment. Please read it and if you have any questions, call Ciara at 329-0696.
 
What to Do with Your Ash Wednesday Seedlings
During our Ash Wednesday worship, we planted seeds in a small cup.  By now, most of them have sprouted.  So what’s next?  The seeds are lettuce seeds.  If your cup looks anything like mine did earlier in the week, it looks like a Chia Pet! These seedlings (if you ended up with a lot of seeds) need thinning out.  It’s too early in the year to plant them outside but you can thin them and leave them in the cup or plant them in a pot for now.  To learn how to thin out your seedlings, check out this article (even includes an 18 second video demonstrating the thinning process):  https://www.gardeners.com/how-to/thinning-seedlings/8616.html.  The article mentions that you can use the thinned out seedlings in your next salad. Let us know how your garden grows!
 
Tech Services
We are offering tech services to those who need help with accessing Zoom or our YouTube channel for worship. If you are interested, please call the office at (775)329-0696 to make an appointment. 
 
Our Boy Scout Troop Needs Storage Space
Boy Scout Troop 107 is looking for a trailer storage solution. For the past 40 years, they have been able to use a portion of Mt. View Cemetery property. That land area has been sold and is currently under development. The Troop needs to find another storage solution immediately and hopefully for a longer-term from a Scout Friendly donor. Their trailers include a 26' camp trailer, two single-axle utility trailers. They currently have a 20' Conex container however they are looking for a smaller storage alternative.  If you can help, please contact Lori Bigham at Troop107Reno@gmail.com.
 
Shared Harvest for March
The last day to donate food for this month's Shared Harvest is Thursday, March 25.  You may drop off your items at the church office on Mondays between 9am and 4:30pm or Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays between 9am and 2pm.  The bin will be outside the Office front door for your safety and convenience. Our March shopping list includes:
  • Chili (We need 26 cans.)
  • Macaroni & Cheese (We need 35 boxes.)
  • Saltine Crackers (We need 26 sleeves.)
  • Tuna (We need 26 cans.)
  • Canned Vegetables (We need 26 cans.)
  • Zip-lock bags - quart size
 
2nd Mile Offering for March
This month's 2nd Mile Offering benefits our Rwanda Companion Parish. You can mail a check for 2nd Mile any time during the month or drop it off in the mail slot at the church office.  Please write 2nd Mile on your memo line of your check.
 
Office hours are Monday from 9am to 4:30pm and Tuesday through Thursday from 9am to 2pm.
 
The peace of the Lord be with you all during these stressful times.  Reach out to us if you need help!
 
Maribeth Doerr
Director of Operations and Pastoral Care
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
(775) 329-0696, ext. 100
 
A Reconciling in Christ Congregation

Friday Eblast - February 26, 2021

A beautiful Friday to our beloved good shepherds,
 
There is a lot of information here, and we hope you take the time to read and digest - perhaps grab a cup of your favorite beverage and enjoy as you read!
 
Sunday Worship for February 28, 2021 - 2 Lent
Join us for our livestreamed Sunday worship at 11am on our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLZp-VxXQtNhP9ge-xNluZg. You can always find our livestreams and recordings with that link, or you can go to YouTube.com and search for Good Shepherd Lutheran, Reno to find us.  You can join us there at 11am or you view the recording of the livestream any time after worship concludes.  A list of all of our worship recordings is also available on our website at goodshepherdreno.org.  You do not have to have a YouTube account to watch our videos or livestreams.  However, if you wish to "chat" in the live chat box, you will need to sign up for an account.  Our livestreams are also shown on Facebook.
 
Esthermae Haines Memorial Service Plans
Longtime Good Shepherd member Esthermae Haines, who was Good Shepherd’s choir director for about 10 years early in its history, died Wednesday, January 13 at age 93. She and Ron were married in 1976 by Pastor Jack Ericson. A memorial service is planned for Sunday, February 28 at 12:30 p.m. Due to COVID health restrictions, in-person attendance is limited to invited guests only. The service will be livestreamed to the Good Shepherd YouTube channel using the link https://youtu.be/dujM6bGnnu4 and will also be available as a recording on the Good Shepherd YouTube channel. Those accessing the service live are invited to use the chat feature to share a memory of Esthermae or send greetings to Ron. The notes will be saved and printed for Ron. Thanks be to God for the life of Esthermae Haines. 
 
“When Can We Come Back to Church?”
With COVID case and positivity rate numbers in our region declining and people beginning to receive vaccination shots, you may have been asking yourself: “When can we come back to church for Sunday worship?” Good Shepherd’s COVID Task Force met via Zoom on Thursday, February 18 to discuss this and related questions. The task force is eager to return to in-person worship as well, while balancing that desire with health and safety concerns. We are guided by public health numbers provided by the Washoe County Health District and in particular we monitor the overall case numbers and the “Positivity Rate” of cases, which are 2 of the 3 factors in the “Governor’s Criteria.” While these numbers have declined significantly from their peak, they remain elevated according to the thresholds that health officials have established. The task force concluded "We're moving in the right direction, but we're not there yet" in terms of assessing the health numbers and our ability to open in-person worship to include more than our present team of worship leaders and tech deacons and other hosts. For those who wish to access statewide and Washoe County COVD-related information, check out this site: https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/
 
The task force will continue to monitor local health statistics and has another meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 4. The task force is in conversation with church office staff and the Governing Board and will provide updated information to the congregation following the Governing Board’s March 15 meeting. Task Force members include Jane Addington, Paul Brosy, Deanna Gaunt, Celia Kupersmith, Alyssa O’Hair, Ron Smith, Dave Soderlund, and Pr. Scott Trevithick. 
 
End of Life Planning Workshop with Pastor Scott - The workshop is set for Monday, March 1 at 4 p.m. via Zoom. 
Pastor Scott will be leading a Zoom adaptation of the Planning for the End-of-Life workshop he has led before with congregations, general audiences, and at the synod assembly. Through presentation, discussion, and personal reflection participants will be able to consider their own end-of-life wishes, understand their options and resources, and formulate a plan to specify their wishes to family members and other trusted friends. They will have the opportunity to create an action plan which will include steps to take to specify their own end-of-life wishes including
·       Memorial Service planning
·       Disposition of one’s body
·       Expressing one’s wishes with family
·       Considering a legacy gift
If you have questions, send a note to PrScott@goodshepherdreno.org 
 
Governing Board Update
Good Shepherd's Governing Board met on February 16 following the February 7 Congregational meeting. Celia Kupersmith is the new President, Ken Narducy continues as Treasurer, and Cara Paoli continues as Secretary. Also serving are Denise Kolton, John Albrecht, and newly-elected member Dave Soderlund, along with Pastor Scott Trevithick. The Governing Board has general oversight of the life and activities of Good Shepherd, and in particular its worship life, its mission, the engagement of its members, its general administration and financial stewardship, its relationship with its pastor and staff, and its partnership as a part of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America). Members serve in three-year terms and may serve a second consecutive term. Members pictures are displayed on the Good Shepherd website at www.goodshepherdreno.org/our-staff-and-leadership 
 
A Message from Renown about Vaccinations
Good Shepherd friends, I know an increasing number of you all have received or scheduled your vaccination shots. Many have expressed to me a sense of relief at having taken this important step. See below for information Dr. Anthony Slonim, President and CEO of Renown, has shared with faith leaders to provide information about vaccinations and encourage people to schedule and receive their shots when it is their turn. ~ Pr. Scott
 
Dear Faith Partners,
As a physician and public health practitioner, I am requesting that you encourage your members (especially those who represent communities of color and at the highest risk for hospitalization) to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Older adults who live in Washoe County can register to get a vaccine appointment either through the Washoe County Health District or by signing up for a Renown MyChart account.
 
At Renown Health, we have vaccinated our physicians, employees, students and volunteers in Tier 1A. And then, our incredible COVID-19 Vaccination team went to work to help vaccinate our community. Over the last 6 weeks, our Renown volunteers began vaccinating people aged 70 and older. We are currently vaccinating over 1,000 seniors a day and operate 3 or 4 days a week, depending on the amount of vaccine we receive each week from the County. The vaccine clinic operates by appointment only, at our automobile Drive Thru vaccination site at the back of the Hometown Health parking lot, near the Renown South Meadows Medical Center campus. The vaccine is offered free of charge, and is given in a two dose series.
 
We would like to provide vaccinations for members of your congregations who are residents of Washoe County, age 70 and older; and as of 2/23- those 65 and older. Please encourage your members to download Renown MyChart to create an account to join the waiting list for an appointment at Renown’s Drive Thru vaccination clinic. We have attached a tip sheet to help people register for a Renown MyChart account if they have not already. People do not need a Renown provider to have access to this free service. If your members do not have access to a computer, they may call our 24/7 phone line at 775-982-2781 to schedule an appointment (please plan for a wait of up to one hour, as this line is very popular.) We will provide additional updates for this priority group on our website as more information becomes available.
  • You are advised not to receive the vaccine if:
  • You are ill at the time of vaccination (fever, shortness of breath, vomiting, diarrhea or acute illness).
  • You have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the previous 14 days.
  • You have received any other vaccination in the last 14 days.
  • You have a history of significant allergic reaction to this vaccine or any of its ingredients.
Tech Services
We are offering tech services to those who need help with accessing Zoom or our YouTube channel for worship. If you are interested, please call the office at (775)329-0696 to make an appointment. 
 
The peace of the Lord be with you all during these stressful times.  Reach out to us if you need help!

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