Christmas blessings dear Good Shepherd!

One week from today is Christmas Day. We will be sending you emails reminding you and explaining how to access our Christmas Eve worship and how we will worship December 27.  Please check your email throughout the week as we prepare for Christ’s birth . . .

 
Sunday Worship – December 20 – Fourth Sunday in Advent
Continuing with our Those Who Dream theme, this week we remember that we are not alone. 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 wind down our Advent journey.
 
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 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.
 
Christmas Eve Home Kits Now Available!
Every year, 500-700 worshipers have gathered at Good Shepherd to welcome baby Jesus to the world. This year we will not be able to physically gather in our worship space for Christmas Eve, but we do have a delightful and inspiring worship service planned for you which will be available online December 24 at 10am on our YouTube Channel.   
 
In an effort to make it a little simpler for you to worship at home for Christmas, we are providing a Home Kit that will include:
  • Candles for lighting as we sing Silent Night
  • Communion bread/juice kit
  • Bulletin of the worship service
  • Instructions for finding us online
  • A nibble of sweetness!
Please call 329-0696 or email the church office at ciara@goodshepherdreno.org to reserve your kit and plan to stop by the church office December 21 - 23 to pick up your kit. We are open:
  • Dec. 21  Monday – 9am-4pm
  • Dec. 22  Tuesday – 9am-2pm
  • Dec. 23  Wednesday – 9am-2pm
The church office will be closed Dec. 24, Dec.25 and Dec. 28.
 
It is not necessary to have the kit if you already are prepared to have candles, communion bread/wine and if you already are clear about how to find us online. The bulletin of the worship service will also be sent with the link on Dec. 24 for you to view or download. We hope everyone can participate with us for Christmas worship.  We miss you all.  Please call us if there is anything else we can assist you with.
 
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. This Monday, December 21, will be the last evening prayer. 
 
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, Miss Ciara shared one her favorite Christmas stories, “The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey.”  Tune in at https://youtu.be/GNCDbVrPkoU.
 
Online Worship for December 27, First Sunday of Christmas
Join Pastor Scott on Sunday, December 27 at 10am as he leads worship on the first Sunday of Christmas through Zoom. Many of us have grown accustomed to using Zoom for business meetings, Bible studies, and other gatherings. Pr. Scott will use Zoom to offer a more informal worship service on this First Sunday of Christmas. The service will include music, scripture, reflection on the readings, and prayers in an abbreviated format. After the worship service, we can linger for conversation as people wish. If you’re still in your pajamas, that’s okay. We’d love to have you join us and you can participate without video as you wish. This Zoom Sunday worship service is one-time only on this first Sunday of Christmas to allow our hard-working worship crew a one-week break from preparation and leadership of a full service. We’ll resume a livestream of worship on Sunday, January 3 available on both our YouTube channel and Facebook page. 
 
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.
 
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.
 
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!