A beautiful Friday to our beloved good shepherds,
 
There is a lot of information here, and we hope you take the time to read and digest - perhaps grab a cup of your favorite beverage and enjoy as you read!
 
Sunday Worship for February 28, 2021 - 2 Lent
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 of our 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.
 
Esthermae Haines Memorial Service Plans
Longtime Good Shepherd member Esthermae Haines, who was Good Shepherd’s choir director for about 10 years early in its history, died Wednesday, January 13 at age 93. She and Ron were married in 1976 by Pastor Jack Ericson. A memorial service is planned for Sunday, February 28 at 12:30 p.m. Due to COVID health restrictions, in-person attendance is limited to invited guests only. The service will be livestreamed to the Good Shepherd YouTube channel using the link https://youtu.be/dujM6bGnnu4 and will also be available as a recording on the Good Shepherd YouTube channel. Those accessing the service live are invited to use the chat feature to share a memory of Esthermae or send greetings to Ron. The notes will be saved and printed for Ron. Thanks be to God for the life of Esthermae Haines. 
 
‚ÄúWhen Can We Come Back to Church?‚ÄĚ
With COVID case and positivity rate numbers in our region declining and people beginning to receive vaccination shots, you may have been asking yourself: ‚ÄúWhen can we come back to church for Sunday worship?‚ÄĚ Good Shepherd‚Äôs COVID Task Force met via Zoom on Thursday, February 18 to discuss this and related questions. The task force is eager to return to in-person worship as well, while balancing that desire with health and safety concerns. We are guided by public health numbers provided by the Washoe County Health District and in particular we monitor the overall case numbers and the ‚ÄúPositivity Rate‚ÄĚ of cases, which are 2 of the 3 factors in the ‚ÄúGovernor‚Äôs Criteria.‚ÄĚ While these numbers have declined significantly from their peak, they remain elevated according to the thresholds that health officials have established. The task force concluded¬†"We're moving in the¬†right direction, but we're not there yet" in terms of assessing the health numbers and our ability to open in-person worship to include more than our present team of worship leaders and tech deacons and other hosts.¬†For those who wish to access statewide and Washoe County COVD-related information, check out this site: https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/
 
The task force will continue to monitor local health statistics and has another meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 4. The task force is in conversation with church office staff and the Governing Board and will provide updated information to the congregation following the Governing Board’s March 15 meeting. Task Force members include Jane Addington, Paul Brosy, Deanna Gaunt, Celia Kupersmith, Alyssa O’Hair, Ron Smith, Dave Soderlund, and Pr. Scott Trevithick. 
 
End of Life Planning Workshop with Pastor Scott - The workshop is set for Monday, March 1 at 4 p.m. via Zoom. 
Pastor Scott will be leading a Zoom adaptation of the Planning for the End-of-Life workshop he has led before with congregations, general audiences, and at the synod assembly. Through presentation, discussion, and personal reflection participants will be able to consider their own end-of-life wishes, understand their options and resources, and formulate a plan to specify their wishes to family members and other trusted friends. They will have the opportunity to create an action plan which will include steps to take to specify their own end-of-life wishes including
·       Memorial Service planning
·       Disposition of one’s body
·       Expressing one’s wishes with family
·       Considering a legacy gift
If you have questions, send a note to PrScott@goodshepherdreno.org 
 
Governing Board Update
Good Shepherd's Governing Board met on February 16 following the February 7 Congregational meeting. Celia Kupersmith is the new President, Ken Narducy continues as Treasurer, and Cara Paoli continues as Secretary. Also serving are Denise Kolton, John Albrecht, and newly-elected member Dave Soderlund, along with Pastor Scott Trevithick. The Governing Board has general oversight of the life and activities of Good Shepherd, and in particular its worship life, its mission, the engagement of its members, its general administration and financial stewardship, its relationship with its pastor and staff, and its partnership as a part of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America). Members serve in three-year terms and may serve a second consecutive term. Members pictures are displayed on the Good Shepherd website at www.goodshepherdreno.org/our-staff-and-leadership 
 
A Message from Renown about Vaccinations
Good Shepherd friends, I know an increasing number of you all have received or scheduled your vaccination shots. Many have expressed to me a sense of relief at having taken this important step. See below for information Dr. Anthony Slonim, President and CEO of Renown, has shared with faith leaders to provide information about vaccinations and encourage people to schedule and receive their shots when it is their turn. ~ Pr. Scott
 
Dear Faith Partners,
As a physician and public health practitioner, I am requesting that you encourage your members (especially those who represent communities of color and at the highest risk for hospitalization) to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Older adults who live in Washoe County can register to get a vaccine appointment either through the Washoe County Health District or by signing up for a Renown MyChart account.
 
At Renown Health, we have vaccinated our physicians, employees, students and volunteers in Tier 1A. And then, our incredible COVID-19 Vaccination team went to work to help vaccinate our community. Over the last 6 weeks, our Renown volunteers began vaccinating people aged 70 and older. We are currently vaccinating over 1,000 seniors a day and operate 3 or 4 days a week, depending on the amount of vaccine we receive each week from the County. The vaccine clinic operates by appointment only, at our automobile Drive Thru vaccination site at the back of the Hometown Health parking lot, near the Renown South Meadows Medical Center campus. The vaccine is offered free of charge, and is given in a two dose series.
 
We would like to provide vaccinations for members of your congregations who are residents of Washoe County, age 70 and older; and as of 2/23- those 65 and older. Please encourage your members to download Renown MyChart to create an account to join the waiting list for an appointment at Renown’s Drive Thru vaccination clinic. We have attached a tip sheet to help people register for a Renown MyChart account if they have not already. People do not need a Renown provider to have access to this free service. If your members do not have access to a computer, they may call our 24/7 phone line at 775-982-2781 to schedule an appointment (please plan for a wait of up to one hour, as this line is very popular.) We will provide additional updates for this priority group on our website as more information becomes available.
  • You are advised not to receive the vaccine if:
  • You are ill at the time of vaccination (fever, shortness of breath, vomiting, diarrhea or acute illness).
  • You have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the previous 14 days.
  • You have received any other vaccination in the last 14 days.
  • You have a history of significant allergic reaction to this vaccine or any of its ingredients.
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. 
 
The peace of the Lord be with you all during these stressful times.  Reach out to us if you need help!