Happy New Year!
Here we are in a brand new year. 2020 was a challenge for everyone. Each of us has been tested in ways we never anticipated on this day a year ago. I know we all hope and pray for better days in 2021, but let’s not forget the lessons of 2020. Amongst the stinky parts, there were gems as well.  Let’s carry those lessons and gifts into 2021. As Pr. Scott reminded us on Christmas Eve, “By God’s gracious choice in Jesus, God is together with us.” Thanks be to God, and happy new year!
 
Small Business Directory – Do you have a small business?
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 are a small business owner, send us your business card by January 15. 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.
 
Sunday Worship on January 3, 2021
We are back to our regular online schedule of livestreaming Sunday worship at 11am on our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLZp-VxXQtNhP9ge-xNluZg.  The livestream will be recorded for viewing anytime after worship concludes so don’t worry if you miss us live!
 
January Shared Harvest
Shared Harvest is a joint ministry of several local Lutheran churches who deliver food once a month to working-poor families.  They deliver up to 52 bags of groceries each month.
While we are worshiping online, you may drop off your Shared Harvest donations at the church office on Mondays between 9am and 4:30pm or Tuesdays through Thursdays between 9am and 2pm. The last day to drop off your donations for the January assembly is Thursday, January 21.
 
Our shopping list for January:
  • Chili (We need 26 cans.)
  • Macaroni and Cheese (We need 35 boxes.)
  • Saltine Crackers (We need 26 sleeves.)
  • Canned Tuna (We need 26 cans.)
  • Canned Vegetables (We need 26 cans.)
  • Zip-lock bags - quart size.
 
January’s Eddy House Meals
If you would like to help with our Monday meals program for Eddy House, the January signup list is at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a044ea9aa2da6f49-eddy14.
 
New Women’s Bible Study Begins January 13
As we turn our attention to a new year, maybe you would like to spend a little more time in God’s Word this year? The Women’s Bible study group can be a great way to do that! We meet weekly via Zoom, so you can join us no matter where you live! We meet twice a week on either Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm or Thursday mornings at 10am. The new study is called “Love the Loveless” which is a study of the book of Jonah. It is a four-week study that will begin January 13 and 14. You can download the Bible study free here: Jonah Bible Study Journals - Free Online Bible Study | Love God Greatly.
 
If you would like more information about this great opportunity to study God’s work with other women from Good Shepherd, contact Stephanie Leff at stephanie@goodshepherdreno.org.
 
Good Shepherd’s Website
Our website was rebuilt last September and continues to evolve through the liturgical seasons. It’s my job to keep it updated and fresh. It’s now ready for 2021, and it’s a great place to find out what’s happening at Good Shepherd. Check it out at goodshepherdreno.org
 
Good Shepherd Office Hours
We are open Mondays from 9am to 4:30pm and Tuesdays through Thursdays from 9am to 2pm. We are closed on Fridays because the entire staff is involved in livestreaming worship on Sunday mornings. The office and church are NOT open to the public on Sundays. 
 
The peace of the Lord be with you all!
 
Maribeth Doerr
Director of Operations and Pastoral Care
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
(775) 329-0696, ext 100
 
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