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
 
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