Dear Church,
 
These last few weeks have been incredibly painful for our congregation with the deaths of beloved members Joan Rodican, Jack Ericson, and Ed Anderson. As Pr. Scott reminded us in his email announcement on Monday, “though past ways of gathering or reaching out may be restricted, may we find ways to care for one another.” If you feel the need to talk or connect with someone, please call or email us.  We are here for you!  Call us at 775-329-0696 or email us at staff@goodshepherdreno.org or one of the staff members listed at the end of this eblast. God’s peace to us all.
 
Advent 2020 Shepherd’s Voice
It is with great joy that I share our Advent 2020 Shepherd’s Voice with you. Our last issue was Lent/Easter, and it was terribly depressing to go through that and read about all the wonderful things we planned for Lent that had to be cancelled because of the pandemic. This issue explains how Advent/Christmas will be for us this year and shares some of the things we have been doing over the last several months. Enjoy!  You can also view the Voice on our website at https://www.goodshepherdreno.org/newsletters-and-reports.
 
Sunday Worship – December 13 – Third Sunday in Advent
Continuing with our Those Who Dream theme, this week we sow joy. Pastor Scott’s sermon is titled “Choosing Joy.” We will be livestreaming Sunday at 11am on YouTube. A recording will be made which you can watch later if you can’t join us live. Our YouTube channel is at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLZp-VxXQtNhP9ge-xNluZg. Deanna will send out a link Saturday that will take you straight to our livestream Sunday morning. Join us as we continue with our Advent journey.
 
Family Story Time for Those Who Dream – Wednesdays During Advent
Every Wednesday in Advent we will be doing a Kids’ Story Time! This past Wednesday, Ms. Dawnn shared one her favorite Christmas stories, Always Room for a Little One. These stories are for everyone! Gather up your kiddos, your grandkiddos, or just enjoy it yourself!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_0uVOC2amo
 
Christmas Eve Poinsettias
It is our usual tradition to invite the congregation to purchase a poinsettia plant for $10 as a way to honor/celebrate a loved one. This year we will not be purchasing the plants 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 this year, instead of being used to purchase poinsettias, will be divided between eight organizations that we partner with each year:   
Mt. Cross Lutheran Camp, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Good Shepherd Clothes Closet, Catholic Community Services, Bread for the World, Habitat for Humanity and our synod’s Rwanda companion parish in Africa.
 
Our deadline to receive your names is December 21.  All of the names will be listed in the Christmas Eve worship program and also listed on the screen during 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.
 
Small Business Directory
We know small businesses in our community are struggling during the pandemic, and we would like to help those in our congregation who own small businesses. If you’re a small business owner, send us your business card by January 10 (sorry we won’t have this ready in time for Christmas). We plan to have the directory ready by February 1. Mail to us at 357 Clay Street, Reno, NV 89501 or email us at staff@goodshepherdreno.org.
 
Evening Prayer with Pr. Scott – Mondays at 5:30 
On Monday evenings at 5:30 during the season of Advent, Pastor Scott will lead a brief Evening Prayer service via Zoom. The services follow a particular order including a psalm or other scripture and guided prayers, during which time there will be opportunity to mention a thanksgiving or concern. The services are intentionally brief, about 20 minutes, as we give thanks as the day closes and darkness gathers and give thanks for the light of the Christ that has come into the world, the light that even death could not overcome. The services will be November 30 and December 7, 14, and 21 at 5:30 p.m.  
 
2021 Pledge Cards
It’s not too late to send in your 2021 Estimate of Giving. You can mail to us or drop it by at 357 Clay Street, Reno, NV 89501 or you can complete it online at https://www.goodshepherdreno.org/2021-estimate-of-giving. Thank you to everyone who has pledged.
 
Shared Harvest for December
December’s Shared Harvest will be assembled December 20 and your LAST day to drop items off is Thursday, December 17.  You can drop off your donations at the Church Office on Monday through Thursday between 9am and 2pm. We will have the bin outside the Office for your safety. Our shopping list for December includes:
  • Cold Cereal (We need 27 boxes.)
  • Chicken Noodle Soup (We need 41 cans.)
  • Canned Fruit (We need 41 cans.)
  • Canned Tuna (We need 41 cans.)
  • Shampoo (We need as much as possible)
2nd Mile Offering for December - PLTS
This month’s 2nd Mile Offering benefits Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. You can mail in a check for 2nd Mile anytime during the month or drop it off in the mail slot at the church office. Please write 2nd Mile on the memo line. 
 
The peace of the Lord be with you all!