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Friday Eblast - June 18, 2021

Dear Church,
 
Our COVID-19 Task Force met Thursday so keep reading for more information affecting worship this Sunday! 
 
COVID-19 Health Precautions and Worship at Good Shepherd
The Good Shepherd COVID-19 Task Force has continued to monitor local health conditions, access relevant reports, and recommend actions to nurture the health of all. The Task Force met this week on Thursday, June 17 and makes the following recommendations:
  • Masks are no longer required for fully vaccinated worshipers.
  • If you have not been fully vaccinated, please wear a mask to protect yourself and others. Masks should be worn over both nose and mouth. Children under age 12, who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated, are asked to wear masks. 
  • Anyone who does not feel well is encouraged to stay at home and access the 11 a.m. worship service by the livestream. 
  • We will be serving Communion by intinction (with grape juice only for now) and will also continue to make the prepared Communion cups available. 
  • Good Shepherd members and friends are encouraged to be vaccinated if you are eligible. 
 
Join us for in-person worship this Sunday, June 20 for our 9am Contemporary Worship or our 11am Traditional Worship.  If you prefer, join us for our livestreamed worship at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6U9qqF6-yUany time after 10:55am Sunday morning.  You can also go to https://www.youtube.com/c/GoodShepherdLutheranReno to find our livestreams and recordings any time. 
 
Thanks be to God for the Life of Tim Dean
Tim Dean died Wednesday, June 16 after suffering a significant stroke in May. At Good Shepherd Tim was active in the choir, hiking group, Refugee Mentor Team, and Tuesday Bible study. He was known for his sense of humor—he especially loved a pun. A memorial service will be held at Good Shepherd Thursday, June 24 at 3 p.m. with reception to follow. Your prayers are asked for Tim’s wife Sandi, their daughter Norma and her family, and daughter Michelle and her family. Condolence notes may be sent to Sandi at 1921 Clos Du Val Ct. in Reno, 89519. Memorial gifts in Tim’s name are invited to be made to the Endowment Fund of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. Interest income from the endowment is used to award grants benefiting the Reno Sparks Community, ministries of the Lutheran Church, and special projects of Good Shepherd.
 
Thanks be to God for the life of Peggy Von Bargen
Long-time Good Shepherd member Peggy Von Bargen died Sunday, June 13. Peggy was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago. She and her friend and fellow teacher Joan Andrews moved to Reno in 1989 after both retired as elementary school teachers in New Jersey. In retirement, Peggy continued to be active as a teacher’s aide and mentor to children. Plans are being made for a memorial service at Good Shepherd in July.
 
Hikers!  Dates/Locations Have Been Changed!
 
* Hike Saturday, June 19, 2021 – Change in location
The RGJ says the high temperature on Saturday will be 100 degrees!  We decided it would be best to hike at a higher and cooler elevation, so will be doing the Upper Tamarack Lake trail.  We will still meet at 8:30 am in the Raley’s parking lot off Mt. Rose Highway in the vicinity of the McDonalds. The hike is shady, not as steep as the lower trail, and our destination will be lovely Tamarack Lake.  There are some spots where you’ll hear traffic noise, but this is offset by the other advantages of the trail.  We estimate that the round-trip distance is around 5 miles, and the elevation gain maybe 600 feet.  Any questions – call Grace Schoenfeld at 825-8355 or email at gschoenfeld550@gmail.com.
 
* Change in Date for Brown's Creek Hike to June 25
Because of the continuing hot weather, we’re changing the Brown’s Creek hike from a warm Thursday evening to a cooler Friday morning on June 25. The hike is approximately 5 miles roundtrip with 1,007 feet in elevation gain.  We’ll hike 1.3 miles up to the top of a ridge, then take a loop trail from there down to the creek.  We’ll meet at the Brown’s Creek trailhead at 8:30 am.  Take the Mt. Rose Highway going west and turn to the left on Joy Lake Road.  Proceed to the trailhead parking area which is on the left side of the road.  If you have any questions, send an email to Bob Mays at  nvsheephunter@yahoo.com
 
Tintabulations Handbell Ensemble Concert – June 21 at 7pm
Tintab will be performing at Good Shepherd on June 21. Our Handbell Director and Sunday morning livestream director Derek Nance will be performing along with his fellow Tintab ringers. Come on down to church for some beautiful music!
 
Save the Date for Twist, Tie & Dye – Our Summer Tie Dye Event for All Ages
On Sunday, July 11 at noon, we’ll be making tie dye shirts in anticipation of the Northern Nevada Pride Parade which is July 24. Get your white shirt (or socks or towels or shorts) now and join us on July 11 for some twisting, tying and dyeing!  We’ll be BBQing hot dogs!  For questions contact Ciara Hornbarger at ciara@goodshepherdreno.org or call her at 329-0696.
 
Shared Harvest – Assembly is June 27
Your June donations may be dropped off when you’re here for church on Sunday morning or at the office between 9am and 2pm Monday through Thursday. The bin is located outside of the office door.  June assembly is June 27. Our shopping list is:
  • Cold Cereal (We need 26 boxes.)
  • Canned Fruit (We need 26 cans.)
  • Chicken Noodle Soup (We need 26 cans.)
  • Tuna (We need 26 cans.)
  • Deodorant (We need as many as possible.)
  • Razors (We need as many as possible.)
 
The peace of the Lord be with you!

Friday Eblast - June 11, 2021

Dear Church,
 
We are busying preparing for Summer Worship and Summer activities.  Please read your Friday email blasts for upcoming events!
 
Pulse Orlando Unity Remembrance Service – this Saturday, June 12, 11am
Good Shepherd will once again host the Annual Interfaith Unity Service to remember the Pulse Orlando Nightclub Shooting. The service is Saturday, June 12 at 11am in Good Shepherd’s Worship Space.
 
Sunday Worship
Join us for in-person worship this Sunday, June 13 for our 9am Contemporary Worship or our 11am Traditional Worship.  Masks are required for everyone. If you prefer, join us for our livestreamed worship at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leZc_70Ggs4any time after 10:55am Sunday morning.  You can also go to https://www.youtube.com/c/GoodShepherdLutheranReno to find our livestreams and recordings any time. 
 
We will be celebrating our high school and college graduates this Sunday!  Ella Burriss, Grace Cicchi, Luis Galvez, Matteo Ganchan-Romero, Luke Hobson, Camille Jones, and Haakon Minetto are graduating from High School.  Our Spring college graduates are Lydia Albrecht, Bella Gonzalez, and Grace Gribble.
 
Please RSVP for the Next Congregational Meeting on June 27
We will hold a congregational meeting to approve the 2021 budget on Sunday, June 27 at 10am.  Your attendance and votes are needed. Please RSVP at https://rsvp.church/r/aHUBFkfG so we know if we have a quorum.
 
Hike Saturday, June 19, 2021 – LOWER TAMARACK LAKE TRAIL
This trail was built mostly by mountain bike enthusiasts and is located in the Sky Tavern area off Mt. Rose Highway. It is approximately 2 ½ to 3 miles long each way with a fairly gentle slope, no big rocky areas or difficult steep climbs. There is lots of shade with some open space.
 
We will meet near McDonalds on the Mt. Rose Highway at 8:30am. We can carpool or follow Grace’s car. Bring water and a snack/lunch and whatever else you may need. 
 
Tintabulations Handbell Ensemble Concert – June 21 at 7pm
Tintab will be performing at Good Shepherd on June 21. Our Handbell Director and Sunday morning livestream director Derek Nance will be performing along with his fellow Tintab ringers. Come on down to church for some beautiful music!
 
Congratulations to Luke Hobson who is competing in the US Olympic Trials!
Luke Hobson, son of Chip and Susie and grandson of Mary Aker, will be competing in the US Olympic Trials for swimming to be held in Omaha, Nebraska this coming week. He has qualified in the 50, 100, 200, and 400 meter freestyle events. Luke was featured in a recent article posted at Nevada Sports Net: https://nevadasportsnet.com/news/reporters/meet-luke-hobson-the-highest-ranked-recruit-in-northern-nevada-history
 
Save the Date for Twist, Tie & Dye – Our Summer Tie Dye Event for All Ages
On Sunday, July 11 at noon, we’ll be making tie dye shirts in anticipation of the Northern Nevada Pride Parade which is July 24. Get your white shirt (or socks or towels or shorts) now and join us on July 11 for some twisting, tying and dyeing!  For questions contact Ciara Hornbarger at ciara@goodshepherdreno.org or call her at 329-0696.
 
Shared Harvest – Assembly is June 27
Your June donations may be dropped off when you’re here for church on Sunday morning or at the office between 9am and 2pm Monday through Thursday. The bin is located outside of the office door.  June assembly is June 27. Our shopping list is:
  • Cold Cereal (We need 26 boxes.)
  • Canned Fruit (We need 26 cans.)
  • Chicken Noodle Soup (We need 26 cans.)
  • Tuna (We need 26 cans.)
  • Deodorant (We need as many as possible.)
  • Razors (We need as many as possible.)
God's blessings to you and yours!

Friday Eblast - June 4, 2021

Happy June Good Shepherd!
 
Activities are ramping up as we head into summer with less COVID-19  restrictions than we’ve had in well over a year.  Please read through this entire eblast so you’re up to date with “what’s happening!”
 
Join us in-person this Sunday, June 6, for our 9am Contemporary Worship or our 11am Traditional Worship.  Masks are required but we no longer have social distancing or reservation requirements so come on down to church!  If you prefer, join us for our livestreamed worship at https://youtu.be/gingwgDULtc anytime after 10:55am Sunday morning.
 
Pr. Scott will be preaching on Mark 3:20-35 in his sermon “Jesus Getting in Good Trouble.”  While there were large crowds that followed Jesus, others were unsettled by his ministry. Jesus was focused on his mission and purpose—doing God’s will as he understood it. He would not be dissuaded or distracted from it, even by his family or by religious authorities of the day. 
 
Marilyn Ebner Memorial Service Sunday, June 6
The service of witness to the resurrection giving thanks to God for the life of Marilyn Ebner will be held in the Good Shepherd sanctuary on Sunday, June 6 at 12:30 p.m. Members and friends of the church are invited to attend without needing to make a reservation. Enter the church building on the Clay Street side which is accessible by the steps or ramp. Kindly wear a mask over your nose and mouth. 
 
Honoring 2021 High School and College Graduates 
As in previous years, we would like to recognize students who are graduating high school, college, or other higher education. If you or someone you know is a graduate, please let us know! We would like to display a picture and short bio of each grad during worship services on Sunday, June 13. Please send photos and bios to Ciara Hornbarger at ciara@goodshepherdreno.org.
 
Good Shepherd Hikers to Reno’s Oxbow Study Area on Thursday, June 10 at 5:30pm
Hike leader: Pr. Scott Trevithick 
Meet at Reno’s Oxbow Nature Study Area, 3100 Dickerson Rd. off W. 2nd Street and Keystone Avenue west of downtown Reno
 
Join us for an evening saunter around Oxbow Nature Study area, a hidden gem of Reno which meanders along the Truckee River in a flat, shaded loop of about 1 mile. We might see people flyfishing in the Truckee, along with herons, hawks, beavers, and ducks. Dogs are not permitted in Oxbow, so please leave your pet at home. 
 
Pulse Orlando Unity Remembrance Service – Saturday, June 12, 11am
Good Shepherd will once again host the Annual Interfaith Unity Service to remember the Pulse Orlando Nightclub Shooting. The service is Saturday, June 12 at 11am in Good Shepherd’s Worship Space.
 
Adapting to New CDC Guidelines in Worship at Good Shepherd
What a challenging year-plus long time it has been from March 2020 as we have all adapted to living with COVID restrictions and health recommendations. Our COVID Task Force has been guiding decision-making at Good Shepherd related to the pandemic and recently met to discuss the updated CDC guidelines released May 13 and local health data reported by the Washoe County Health District. One of the complexities of the CDC guidelines is that they’re designed for individuals rather than for schools, churches, or other organizations. Because our worshipping congregation includes both those who are fully vaccinated and those who are not yet fully vaccinated as well as those whose health status is more vulnerable, the Task Force recommends for now that worshipers continue to be masked when in closer proximity to one another. It has said that worship leaders, such as the pastor, pianist, lector, and songleader may remove their mask when leading from the greater distance of the elevated chancel (stage area). The Task Force will continue to monitor local health conditions and updated reports from public health and church-related entities. It has another meeting scheduled for June 17 and will keep the congregation informed about continued adaptations. Task Force members include Jane Addington, Paul Brosy, Deanna Gaunt, Celia Kupersmith, Alyssa O’Hair, Dr. Ron Smith, Dave Soderlund, and Pr. Scott Trevithick. 
 
Shared Harvest
Your June donations may be dropped off when you’re here for church on Sunday morning or at the office between 9am and 2pm Monday through Thursday.  June assembly is June 27. Our shopping list is:
  • Cold Cereal (We need 26 boxes.)
  • Canned Fruit (We need 26 cans.)
  • Chicken Noodle Soup (We need 26 cans.)
  • Tuna (We need 26 cans.)
  • Deodorant (We need as many as possible.)
  • Razors (We need as many as possible.)
 
Office Hours
Just a reminder that the church office is closed Friday through Sunday. We are open Mondays from 9am to 4:30pm and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9am to 2pm.

 

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
 
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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

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