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Friday Eblast - September 17, 2021

Dear Good Shepherd,
 
We hope you are staying well and enjoying our kinder weather.  God’s peace to you as we enter into this Fall season.
 
Join for Worship this Sunday, September 19 
By setting before the disciples a child and calling them to extend service or hospitality to those who were the least-regarded (children in that culture had low status), Jesus redefined greatness in a way that was counter-cultural to his first-century time as well as our own in the 21st century. Pastor Scott Trevithick preaches.
 
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://youtu.be/omwr8nYBrlg 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.
 
Handbell Ensemble Resumes this Sunday
Have you always wanted to join a choir but been afraid of singing? Have you missed lifting things at the gym during the pandemic? Do you like shiny objects? Have we got a solution for you! The Good Shepherd Handbell Ensemble will be resuming on September 19 after the 11:00 service (around 12:15pm). Put on your favorite mask and come join an activity that is musical, physical, communal, and shiny! Prior musical experience is helpful but not required to join this unique musical experience.
 
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
 
Blessing of the Animals – October 4
In Celebration of St. Francis of Assisi, we are having a Blessing of the Animals on Monday, October 4 at 5:30pm in Shepherd Hall. Bring your pets for Pr. Scott to bless. Louis Ling will lead music with guitar
 
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.
 
 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.
 
Women’s Bible Study Fall Schedule
We finish the study of Mary on September 23 followed by Fall Fellowship on September 30 at 10am. Our 4-week October study is Galatians: Christian Faith and Freedom and begins October 7 in Shepherd Hall. For more information, contact Maribeth at maribeth@goodshepherdreno.org.
 
We are collecting new and gently used shoes for PEO
PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization) is an organization of women, by women and for women. Many Good Shepherd members are involved in PEO, Chapter B. They are sponsoring a shoe drive this year and are in need of shoes for men, women, and children (EXCEPT ski boots and flip flops). Their goal is to collect 2500 pairs of shoes throughout the Reno/Sparks community for folks who really need them. We have placed a bin in the Welcoming Space for Sunday mornings or in front of the office during office hours for you to drop off new or gently used shoes.
 
Shared Harvest Assembly for September
Shared Harvest assembly is September 26. Items may be dropped off at the office Monday through Thursday between 9am and 2pm or at church on Sunday mornings. Our shopping list for September includes:
  • Canned vegetables (We need 41 cans.)
  • Macaroni & Cheese (We need 55 boxes.)
  • Saltine Crackers (We need 41 sleeves.)
  • Cold cereal (We need 27 boxes.)
  • Deodorant (We need as many as possible.)
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 - September 10, 2021

Dear Good Shepherd,
 
COVID Health Update and Programming Impact at Good Shepherd
Our response to COVID health concerns at Good Shepherd has been guided by our COVID Task Force, which informs and confers with the Governing Board. Though church staff and teachers had planned for Kids’ Community and youth programming to resume Sunday, September 12, we determined at the task force’s August 5th meeting that current transmission rates at that time made such a plan unwise and we decided to postpone regular fall programming and communicate that to the congregation. 
 
Update: Pr. Scott and task force member Dave Soderlund met this week to review the Washoe County health data. After conferring with others on the task force, we now offer this update to Good Shepherd members and friends. Unfortunately, the number of cases and the positivity rate in our region remain at elevated levels. As of September 9, here is a summary of the data:
  • New cases per week/100,000 population is “High” at 427. (“High Transmission” Rate is defined as 100+.)
  • Positivity Rate is high at 19.2% (This high rate is a plateau since about mid-July. The good news is the rate is not going up. The bad news is that it remains high.)
Community-wide, the percentage of those age 12+ who are fully vaccinated is about 62%, but of course those under age 12 are not yet able to be vaccinated, which increases risk to both themselves and those with whom they have regular contact. 
 
In summary, these elevated numbers, which are slightly worse than when the task force met August 5, lead us to conclude that we need to continue to postpone the resumption of nursery care, Kids’ Community and youth group. The task force will continue to monitor regional health conditions and update the congregation. 
 
The Delta variant of COVID, its highly contagious nature, and the continued high rate of cases all indicate the wisdom of being vaccinated. Visit NVCOVIDFighter.org to locate a vaccination site if you are not fully vaccinated or to refer a friend.
 
Questions about COVID health concerns and its impact may be shared with Pr. Scott or other members of the COVID Task Force: Alyssa O’Hair, Celia Kupersmith, Dave Soderlund, Deanna Gaunt, Jane Addington, Paul Brosy, Pr. Scott, and Ron Smith, M.D. 
 
Sierra Pacific Synod Bishop Installation – Saturday, September 11
Join Bishop Megan Rohrer and the Sierra Pacific Synod staff for the Rite of Installation service on Saturday, September 11 at 2:00pm. To watch online and/or for more information, visit their website at http://www.spsbishopinstallation.com/.
 
September 12 Worship 
Three weeks ago, we heard Peter’s confession of faith as told in John’s gospel. This week we hear Mark’s version, when Peter says, “You are the Messiah.” In John, the stumbling block is Jesus’ invitation to eat his flesh, given for the life of the world. In Mark, too, the scandal has to do with Jesus’ words about his own coming death, and here Peter himself stumbles over Jesus’ words. But Jesus is anointed (the meaning of messiah) in Mark only on the way to the cross (14:3); so we are anointed in baptism with the sign of the cross. Pr. Scott Trevithick will be preaching.
 
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://youtu.be/6FWhz8StcVY 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.
 
Choir Resumes September 12
Our choir resumes this Sunday. If you are interested, join them at 9am in Shepherd Hall for their first rehearsal. Thereafter, they’ll meet at 9:30.  You can sing every Sunday, or some Sundays, whatever works with your schedule!  You can fill out this form to let Jennie Tibben, our director, know of your interest https://forms.gle/2tRchT8b2Vhntixx7. Or you can email jennifertibben@gmail.com 
 
Handbell Ensemble Resumes September 19
Have you always wanted to join a choir but been afraid of singing? Have you missed lifting things at the gym during the pandemic? Do you like shiny objects? Have we got a solution for you! The Good Shepherd Handbell Ensemble will be resuming on September 19 after the 11:00 service (around 12:15pm). Put on your favorite mask and come join an activity that is musical, physical, communal, and shiny! Prior musical experience is helpful but not required to join this unique musical experience.
 
Blessing of the Animals – October 4
In Celebration of St. Francis of Assisi, we are having a Blessing of the Animals on Monday, October 4 at 5:30pm in Shepherd Hall. Bring your pets for Pr. Scott to bless.
 
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.
 
Good Shepherd is Getting Ready to Celebrate her 75th Anniversary!
Good Shepherd was chartered as a congregation in 1947, which means that we will be celebrating our 75th anniversary during 2022. Would you like to be a part of a planning team to help us plan special events to help us celebrate over the course of the year? Let us know by calling the church office at 329-0696 or by email to staff@goodshepherdreno.org.
 
We are collecting new and gently used shoes for PEO
PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization) is an organization of women, by women and for women. Many Good Shepherd members are involved in PEO, Chapter B. They are sponsoring a shoe drive this year and are in need of shoes for men, women, and children (EXCEPT ski boots and flip flops). Their goal is to collect 2500 pairs of shoes throughout the Reno/Sparks community for folks who really need them. We have placed a bin in the Welcoming Space for Sunday mornings or in front of the office during office hours for you to drop off new or gently used shoes. If you have any questions, contact Sue Beermann at suebeermann1@gmail.com.
 
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 Assembly for September
Shared Harvest assembly is September 26. Items may be dropped off at the office Monday through Thursday between 9am and 2pm or at church on Sunday mornings. Our shopping list for September includes:
  • Canned vegetables (We need 41 cans.)
  • Macaroni & Cheese (We need 55 boxes.)
  • Saltine Crackers (We need 41 sleeves.)
  • Cold cereal (We need 27 boxes.)
  • Deodorant (We need as many as possible.)
Church Office Hours:
Mondays - 9am to 4:30pm
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays - 9am to 2pm
Closed Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 

Friday Eblast - September 3, 2021

Dear Good Shepherd,
 
Let’s begin with a Prayer for those impacted by the fires surrounding our area . . .
Lord God, this year continues to batter us and we wonder when there will be relief.
 
Even as the pandemic persists, natural disasters do not stop. We see images of smoke-filled skies, leaping flames and the carnage of fires ravaging the West coast, and we grieve for those impacted by these tragic events. We pray for firefighters and first responders putting themselves in harm’s way to protect others. We ask for your strength for all the people reeling from the loss of property and possessions. We plead for you to comfort those mourning the loss of life.
 
No matter the cause of our siblings’ suffering, we yearn to participate in bringing them respite and hope. You promise that springs of living water will flow from believers’ hearts. Open the flood gates of our hearts now. May rivers of your grace and mercy overflow into creation bringing healing and restoration to every corner of your beloved world. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen. (reprinted from the Presbyterian Outlook)
 
It’s Labor Day Weekend!
From the History Channel, “Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day weekend also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans . . .” To help your staff celebrate and rest, the church office will be closed Monday, September 6. Thank you!
 
September 5 Worship – Welcome Rev. Kate Freeman
This Sunday, we welcome Rev. Kate Freeman as our guest preacher. Rev. Freeman is a presbyterian pastor from Truckee. 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://youtu.be/4d1et_X2UJE 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.
 
New Women's Bible Study Begins Next Thursday
The next study begins Thursday, September 9, from 10 to 11:30am in Shepherd Hall. Our first study will be Mary: A Woman for All Seasons which runs for 3 weeks and will be led by Vicki Rye. Bring your favorite Bible and something to drink. Email Maribeth Doerr at maribeth@goodshepherdreno.org for a copy of the study.
 
Choir Resumes September 12!
Do you like to sing?!  Have you thought “Man, that Good Shepherd Choir looks like fun?”  Well, it is, and we’d love to have you join us.  We are always accepting new singers to our clan.  We meet on Sundays at 9:30 to prepare for worship at 11 every week.  Our kick off event is Friday, September 10, at 5 pm at the home of Pennie Kirk and Knute Knudson.  You can sing every Sunday, or some Sundays, whatever works with your schedule!  We’d love to have your voice join us!  You can fill out this form to let Jennie Tibben, our director, know of your interest https://forms.gle/2tRchT8b2Vhntixx7. Or you can email jennifertibben@gmail.com 
 
Sierra Pacific Synod Bishop Installation – Saturday, September 11
Join Bishop Megan Rohrer and the Sierra Pacific Synod staff for the Rite of Installation service on Saturday, September 11 at 2:00pm. To watch online and/or for more information, visit their website at http://www.spsbishopinstallation.com/.
 
Good Shepherd is Getting Ready to Celebrate her 75th Anniversary!
Good Shepherd was chartered as a congregation in 1947, which means that we will be celebrating our 75th anniversary during 2022. Would you like to be a part of a planning team to help us plan special events to help us celebrate over the course of the year? Let us know by calling the church office at 329-0696 or by email to staff@goodshepherdreno.org
 
The Great Pandemic Purge and Thanks But No Thanks
The pandemic has given us lots of time to purge closets and cabinets. That’s a good thing!  But what to do with your purged items needs to NOT involve Good Shepherd (except for the shoes we’re currently collecting for PEO). The Good Shepherd’s Clothes Closet is accepting clothing donations twice a week at their location; however, they are not yet picking up donations so we do not have a bin out. Please do not bring clothing to church for the Clothes Closet. Also, we do not need any kitchen items at this time including cups, silverware, platters, Tupperware, etc. We are trying to purge and clean up the church kitchen and do NOT have the space for anything else (unless you’d like to donate an espresso machine – we’d find room for that!). Thank you for thinking of us and for taking your kitchen donations elsewhere. 
 
We are collecting new and gently used shoes for PEO
PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization) is an organization of women, by women and for women. Many Good Shepherd members are involved in PEO, Chapter B. They are sponsoring a shoe drive this year and are in need of shoes for men, women, and children (EXCEPT ski boots and flip flops). Their goal is to collect 2500 pairs of shoes throughout the Reno/Sparks community for folks who really need them. We have placed a bin in the Welcoming Space for you to drop off new or gently used shoes. 
 
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 Assembly for September
Shared Harvest assembly is September 26. Items may be dropped off at the office Monday through Thursday between 9am and 2pm or at church on Sunday mornings. Our shopping list for September includes:
  • Canned vegetables (We need 41 cans.)
  • Macaroni & Cheese (We need 55 boxes.)
  • Saltine Crackers (We need 41 sleeves.)
  • Cold cereal (We need 27 boxes.)
  • Deodorant (We need as many as possible.)
 
2nd Mile Offering for September – ELCA Disaster Relief
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 September 2nd Mile Offering will be distributed as follows:
* 1/3 to ELCA Disaster Relief (Lutheran Disaster Response)
* 1/3 to serve poor people locally (Project Lazarus)
* 1/3 to serve poor people worldwide
 
Church Office Hours:
Mondays - 9am to 4:30pm
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays - 9am to 2pm
Closed Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 

Friday Eblast - August 27, 2021

Dear Good Shepherd,
 
The timing seems appropriate for us. Our 2nd Mile Offering for September goes to ELCA Disaster Relief. They desperately need funds for California Wildfires and for earthquake relief in Haiti. If you’d like to make a donation specifically for one of these disasters, you can write a check to Good Shepherd with “wildfires” or “Haiti earthquake” in the memo line. If you’d like to make a general Second Mile Offering, information is listed later in this email.  Our prayers to all those affected by these disasters.
 
August 29 Worship – Welcome back Pr. Scott Trevithick
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=xK_gi-ZOc28 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.
 
Good Shepherd is Getting Ready to Celebrate!
Good Shepherd was chartered as a congregation in 1947, which means that we will be celebrating our 75th anniversary during 2022. Would you like to be a part of a planning team to help us plan special events to help us celebrate over the course of the year? We’d also like to identify people with specific skills and interests, such as party planning, historical review, or experience from another church or setting planning such milestone celebrations. Let us know by calling the church office at 359-0696 or by email to staff@goodshepherdreno.org
 
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 Assembly for September
Shared Harvest assembly is September 26. Items may be dropped off at the office Monday through Thursday between 9am and 2pm or at church on Sunday mornings. Our shopping list for September includes:
  • Canned vegetables (We need 41 cans.)
  • Macaroni & Cheese (We need 55 boxes.)
  • Saltine Crackers (We need 41 sleeves.)
  • Cold cereal (We need 27 boxes.)
  • Deodorant (We need as many as possible.)
 
2nd Mile Offering for September – ELCA Disaster Relief
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 September 2nd Mile Offering will be distributed as follows:
* 1/3 to ELCA Disaster Relief (Lutheran Disaster Response)
* 1/3 to serve poor people locally (Project Lazarus)
* 1/3 to serve poor people worldwide
 
Eddy House Monday Meals Program
Good Shepherd delivers a warm, healthy meal to approximately 50 homeless youth at the Eddy House every Monday at 5:00 pm. Volunteers prepare food at home and place in covered foil pans or other disposable containers. These volunteers then deliver the food to Good Shepherd on Monday afternoons where it is reheated and delivered to Eddy House (usually by our ever-faithful Becky Erdmann) between 4:30 and 5pm.  If you are interested in bringing a dish for a Monday meal, please view our Signup Genius page for menus and delivery options for September at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a044ea9aa2da6f49-eddy22. For questions, contact Ciara Hornbarger at Ciara@goodshepherdreno.org or 775-329-0696.
 
Women's Bible Study - Thursday mornings beginning September 9
The next study begins Thursday, September 9, from 10 to 11:30am in Shepherd Hall at Good Shepherd. Our first study will be Mary: A Woman for All Seasons which runs for 3 weeks which will be led by Vicki Rye. You can view the study here: https://www.gathermagazine.org/summer-2009-mary-a-woman-for-all-seasons/. Please let us know if you're interested in a zoom option at the same time. If you are interested in an evening option, please let us know. 
 
Sierra Pacific Synod Bishop Installation – Saturday, September 11
Join Bishop Megan Rohrer and the Sierra Pacific Synod staff for the Rite of Installation service on Saturday, September 11th at 2:00pm. To watch online and/or for more information, visit their website at http://www.spsbishopinstallation.com/.
 
We are collecting new and gently used shoes.
PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization) is an organization of women, by women and for women. Many Good Shepherd members are involved in PEO, Chapter B. They are sponsoring a shoe drive this year and are in need of shoes for men, women, and children (EXCEPT ski boots and flip flops). Their goal is to collect 2500 pairs of shoes throughout the Reno/Sparks community for folks who really need them. We have placed a bin in the Welcoming Space for you to drop off new or gently used shoes.
 
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,

Weekly Eblast - August 20, 2021

Dear Good Shepherd,
 
As I write this (Thursday afternoon), we have blue skies and cooler temperatures. It’s filled my sad heart with a bit of hope. This respite is probably short-lived since the fires are far from over, but this bit of hope is going a long way in reminding me of what’s good. 
 
This morning, seven women gathered in Shepherd Hall with sad and grateful hearts, checking in with each other before plotting out the Women’s Bible Study schedule for the rest of 2021. We each chose AND – to allow ourselves to have sad AND grateful hearts. Choosing AND means living a wholehearted life, recognizing that life is complicated, especially during this pandemic that seems never-ending. It’s so easy to lose touch with each other but it doesn’t feel safe yet to meet in large gatherings. What do we do?
 
Meeting in smaller groups feels safer, and a few ministries have restarted or have been running for the last few months such as the Hiking group, the Hearts and Hands Quilters, OWLS (older wiser Lutheran singles), Rebekah Circle, Tuesday Bible Class, Thursday Bible Study, and Women’s Bible Study. We’re talking about restarting the Caregivers’ Support Group in September and offering a hybrid option (zoom and in-person concurrently). The Women’s Bible Study restarts September 9 (more information on that later in this eblast.) What other groups are you interested in? How can we help you connect during this time of no Sunday fellowship or Kids’ Community?
 
With hope and gratitude,
Your Good Shepherd Staff
 
David Brock’s Annual Hot August Pipes Organ Concert is tomorrow (Saturday) Aug. 21
We will once again be blessed with David Brock’s music this summer on Saturday, August 21 at 5pm in Good Shepherd’s worship space. Tickets are $20 at the door (cash or check only) or $15 in advance at davidbrockmusic.com.  All proceeds will be donated back to Good Shepherd for outreach. Thank you David!
 
August 22 Worship – Welcome Guest Preacher Pr. Carl Wilfrid
Pr. Scott Trevithick is on vacation this week and will return to the office on Monday, August 23. This Sunday, we are delighted to have retired pastor and Good Shepherd member Carl Wilfrid preaching and presiding.  You can join us for in-person worship at our 9am Contemporary Worship or our 11am Traditional Worship.  If you prefer, join us for our livestream worship at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_kyP6sGA2w 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.
 
Thank you from Mt. Rose School
Thanks to all of you who donated black pants, leggings, and your dollars for Mt. Rose School. We collected 54 pairs of black pants and 27 pairs of black leggings. With the cash donated, Judith Inskip purchased nine good quality backpacks and filled them with school supplies. The children and staff at Mt. Rose School are very grateful for the generosity of our congregation. "Fitting in" is SO important to student success. Our thanks to Judith for organizing this annual donation/collection.
 
Books for Echo Loder School
A huge thank you to those who purchased books for Echo Loder School. They have received 106 books for their library thanks to Good Shepherd! 
 
New Collection – Gently Used or New Shoes
PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization) is an organization of women, by women and for women. Many Good Shepherd members are involved in PEO, Chapter B. They are sponsoring a shoe drive this year and are in need of shoes for men, women, and children (EXCEPT ski boots and flip flops). Their goal is to collect 2500 pairs of shoes throughout the Reno/Sparks community for folks who really need them. We have placed a bin in the Welcoming Space for you to drop off new or gently used shoes. 
 
Women's Bible Study - Thursday mornings, beginning September 9
The next study begins Thursday, September 9, from 10 to 11:30am in Shepherd Hall at Good Shepherd. Our first study will be Mary: A Woman for All Seasons which runs for 3 weeks. You can view the study here: https://www.gathermagazine.org/summer-2009-mary-a-woman-for-all-seasons/. Please let us know if you're interested in a zoom option at the same time. If you are interested in an evening option, please let us know. 
 
Sierra Pacific Synod Bishop Installation – Saturday, September 11
Join Bishop Megan Rohrer and the Sierra Pacific Synod staff for the Rite of Installation service on Saturday, September 11th at 2:00pm. To watch online and/or for more information, visit their website at http://www.spsbishopinstallation.com/.
 
We’re hiring! Faith Formation Coordinator and Childcare Attendant positions available
Good Shepherd is looking to hire a Faith Formation Coordinator for its ministry with children, youth, and families and Childcare Attendants for our nursery on Sunday mornings and for other church events. If you know of suitable candidates, please encourage them to look at the position descriptions on our website and apply with a cover letter and resume. Questions? Contact the church office. 
 
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,
 
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

Weekly Eblast - August 12, 2021

Dear Good Shepherd,
 
You are getting your Friday eblast a day early this week so we can share two Sierra Pacific Synod events you may be interested in, one of which happens at 6pm today . . .
 
Luther & Buddhism Conversation with Rev. Paul Chung & Bishop Megan Rohrer
Thursday, August 12th at 6:00pm PDT on Facebook
Join Bishop Megan Rohrer and Rev. Paul Chung for a live conversation and Q&A around the intersection of Martin Luther and Buddhism. This event will be streamed simultaneously on both the Synod and Bishop Megan Rohrer's facebook pages here: https://fb.me/e/1DWTtKp11
 
Pray Away Netflix Documentary Conversation with Producers & Bishop Megan
Friday, August 13th 9:00am PDT on Facebook
Join Bishop Megan Rohrer and Producers of the new Netflix documentary "Pray Away" for a live conversation and Q&A about the documentary. Learn more about the Producers from Multitude Films who will be a part of Friday's conversation here: https://www.multitudefilms.com/ and here: https://www.mylesmarkham.com. This event will stream simultaneously on the Synod and Bishop Megan Rohrer's facebook pages. Join us here: https://fb.me/e/1BRSCB1TJ 
 
August 15 Worship – Welcome Guest Preacher Pr. John Handrich
Pr. Scott Trevithick is on vacation this week. We are delighted to have retired pastor and Good Shepherd member John Handrich preaching and presiding this Sunday. You can join us for in-person worship at our 9am Contemporary Worship or our 11am Traditional Worship.  If you prefer, join us for our livestream worship at https://youtu.be/C9yi-jsZndgon 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.
 
Pr. Carl Wilfrid will be our guest preacher on August 22.  Pr. Scott will return to the office on Monday, August 23.
 
We’re hiring! Faith Formation Coordinator and Childcare Attendant positions available
Good Shepherd is looking to hire a Faith Formation Coordinator for its ministry with children, youth, and families and Childcare Attendants for our nursery on Sunday mornings and for other church events. If you know of suitable candidates, please encourage them to look at the position descriptions on our website and apply with a cover letter and resume. Questions? Contact the church office. 
 
Next Hike – August 14
On Saturday, August 14, we’ll be hiking from Tahoe Meadows up to Chickadee Ridge, then will continue south for a while. Much of the trail is shaded as we wind up through a forest to a stunning view of Lake Tahoe. It is uphill to the ridge, but after that the trail gently rises and falls.  The starting elevation is 8,740 feet and the group will determine how far we’re going to hike.  We’ll meet in the Raley’s parking lot (off Mt. Rose Highway) at 9:00 am near the McDonald’s.  Bring water and a snack.  This is an in-and-out hike and covers a portion of the Tahoe Rim Trail.  It is also the starting point for the Good Shepherd Mile on the TRT, a 12 mile hike that we used to do every year.  Grace Schoenfeld will be our leader.  If you have any questions, you can call her at 825-8355 or 742-2826 (only for hiking).
Women’s Bible Study Fellowship - Thursday, August 19, 10am
Women of Good Shepherd are invited to attend a fellowship gathering in Shepherd Hall at 10am on Thursday, August 19. All women who are interested in attending the next Bible Study or a future one are welcome. 
 
David Brock’s 23rd Annual Hot August Pipes Organ Concert – Saturday, August 21
We will once again be blessed with David Brock’s music this summer on Saturday, August 21 at 5pm in Good Shepherd’s worship space. Tickets are $20 at the door (cash or check only) or $15 in advance at davidbrockmusic.com.  All proceeds will be donated back to Good Shepherd for outreach. Thank you David!
 
Shared Harvest Assembly for August
You can drop off your items in the Welcoming Space at church on Sunday mornings or you can drop them off at the office during office hours. The bin is located by the front office door.  Office hours are Mondays from 9am to 4:30pm and Tuesdays through Thursday from 9am to 2pm.  Assembly is August 22. Our shopping list for August includes:
  • Peanut Butter (We need 27 jars.)
  • Macaroni & Cheese (We need 55 boxes.)
  • Powdered Milk Packets (We need 41 packets.)
  • Chicken Noodle Soup (We need 41 cans.)
  • Disposable Razors (We need as many as possible.)
 
2nd Mile Offering for August
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 August 2nd Mile Offering will be distributed as follows:
* 1/3 to St. Vincent’s / Catholic Charities (locally)
* 1/3 to serve poor people locally (Project Lazarus)
* 1/3 to serve poor people worldwide
 
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,
 
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 - August 6, 2021

Good Shepherd friends, 
 
Between COVID-19 numbers sharply rising locally and the horrible smoke that blew back into Reno overnight, it’s hard to feel good about anything. For me, when I feel this way, I tend to pull out my gratitude journal and write down something good. I’d love to hear what you’d write in yours today so hit reply and let me know. I’ll start! 
 
On Wednesday, we were graced with a visit from our new Sierra Pacific Synod Bishop, Dr. Megan Rohrer and their Communications Coordinator Catherine Slabaugh.  Your Good Shepherd staff felt uplifted and hopeful by the conversation and the exchange of ideas. We’re in good hands with Bishop Megan and their staff. 
 
Your turn! What’s good in your life today?
 
A message from Good Shepherd’s COVID Task Force
Our Good Shepherd COVID Task Force and Choir Director Jennie Tibben met Thursday evening, August 5, to discuss wise adaptations to implement following the sharp increase in cases due to the Delta variant of the virus. Following the updated CDC guidelines and the specific directives of Nevada’s Governor Sisolak, we have already required masks of all Good Shepherd worshippers. Our Task Force met to discuss other steps to take. Washoe County is rated a “high transmission” area. As of August 5, the 7-day moving average for new cases was 120/day, the highest it has been since January 2021. The test positivity rate is 13%, compared to 3.1% as recently as June 17.
 
These are the steps we will implement from the Task Force’s recommendations:
  • We will continue to require masks of all worshipers, regardless of vaccination status.
  • We will not be hosting fellowship time between services with food and drink.
  • When the choir returns to the 11 a.m. service, its members will be masked and physically spaced.
  • The Task Force is not comfortable with the resumption of Kids’ Community under current community health conditions, particularly since vaccination is not yet available for children under 12. We hope to plan special inter-generational events rather than gather in indoor classrooms. We’ll have more information about these plans as they develop. 
  • We will not host receptions with food and drink after memorial services.
  • Small groups meeting at the church should plan on participants wearing masks.
The Delta variant of COVID, its highly contagious nature, and the sharp increase in cases are another reminder to get vaccinated if you have not already done so. Visit NVCOVIDFighter.org to locate a vaccination site. Children under 12 are not yet eligible.
 
Let us take these steps and other wise precautions so that we can continue to meet for worship and limited activities. Our Task Force will continue to monitor regional health conditions and public health directives and we will increase our opportunities as conditions allow.
          --From Pastor Scott, Choir and the COVID Task Force 
 
August 8 Worship 
You can join us for in-person worship at our 9am Contemporary Worship or our 11am Traditional Worship.  If you prefer, join us for our livestream worship on our YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMTfiYufaNAany time after 10:50am Sunday morning.  You can also go to https://www.youtube.com/c/GoodShepherdLutheranReno to find our livestreams and recordings any time. 
 
One more week - Let’s Help Echo Loder School with Books!
The educators at Echo Loder have put together a “Virtual Book Drive” over at Amazon to get some much-needed materials together for this group of very special students. You may help by ordering one (or many!) books at the link.  Simply click, pick and hit “send” – Amazon will ship your gift directly to the school.  Please visit their Amazon Wish List at: https://amzn.to/3yQ6M0a.  Questions? Contact Andi Glover at 775.842.7604 or andi.glover@gmail.com
 
We’re hiring! Faith Formation Coordinator and Childcare Attendant positions available
Good Shepherd is looking to hire a Faith Formation Coordinator for its ministry with children, youth, and families and Childcare Attendants for our nursery on Sunday mornings and for other church events. If you know of suitable candidates, please encourage them to look at the position descriptions on our website and apply with a cover letter and resume. Questions? Contact the church office. 
 
August Justice Huddle
The Justice Huddle meeting will be on Thursday, August 12, 2021, at 12 noon, at the home of Barbara Gruenewald. Please bring your own lunch.
 
Next Hike – August 14
On Saturday, August 14, we’ll be hiking from Tahoe Meadows up to Chickadee Ridge, then will continue south for a while. Much of the trail is shaded as we wind up through a forest to a stunning view of Lake Tahoe. It is uphill to the ridge, but after that the trail gently rises and falls.  The starting elevation is 8,740 feet and the group will determine how far we’re going to hike.  We’ll meet in the Raley’s parking lot (off Mt. Rose Highway) at 9:00 am near the McDonald’s.  Bring water and a snack.  This is an in-and-out hike and covers a portion of the Tahoe Rim Trail.  It is also the starting point for the Good Shepherd Mile on the TRT, a 12 mile hike that we used to do every year.  Grace Schoenfeld will be our leader. 
 
David Brock’s 23rd Annual Hot August Pipes Organ Concert – Saturday, August 21
We will once again be blessed with David Brock’s music this summer on Saturday, August 21 at 5pm in Good Shepherd’s worship space. Tickets are $20 at the door (cash or check only) or $15 in advance at davidbrockmusic.com.
 
Shared Harvest Assembly for August
You can drop off your items in the Welcoming Space at church on Sunday mornings or you can drop them off at the office during office hours. The bin is located by the front office door.  Office hours are Mondays from 9am to 4:30pm and Tuesdays through Thursday from 9am to 2pm.  Assembly is August 22. Our shopping list for August includes:
  • Peanut Butter (We need 27 jars.)
  • Macaroni & Cheese (We need 55 boxes.)
  • Powdered Milk Packets (We need 41 packets.)
  • Chicken Noodle Soup (We need 41 cans.)
  • Disposable Razors (We need as many as possible.)
 
2nd Mile Offering for August
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 August 2nd Mile Offering will be distributed as follows:
* 1/3 to St. Vincent’s / Catholic Charities (locally)
* 1/3 to serve poor people locally (Project Lazarus)
* 1/3 to serve poor people worldwide
 
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,
 
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

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