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!