To our good shepherds,
 
I hope you have stayed warm and dry with this week’s weather.  We needed the moisture, and we certainly got it.  Be careful with your snow shoveling and driving.  A reminder about inclement weather: Good Shepherd’s office follows Washoe County School District’s weather closings.  If they close school because of weather or have a delayed start due to weather, our office will as well. This allows time for our staff to get to work safely or work remotely as we did Wednesday and Thursday.
 
Sunday Worship for January 31, 2021
Join us for our livestreamed Sunday worship at 11am on our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLZp-VxXQtNhP9ge-xNluZg or you can view the livestream recording any time after worship concludes.
 
Business Directory – Do you own your own business?
We have mentioned this in the last few eblasts, and we would love to include more of you. It does not matter what kind of business/service you own/provide; we would like to share your work with our congregation.  If you would like to be included in our business directory, send your business card to us at 357 Clay Street, Reno, NV 89501, or email staff@goodshepherdreno.org.
 
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. 
 
Good Shepherd Congregational Meeting Set for Sunday, February 7
We will host the annual congregational meeting on Sunday, February 7, via Zoom at 12:15 p.m. A separate email will be sent out with a link to register for the meeting as well as the meeting agenda and supporting documents.  Please watch for that email.
 
Pr. Scott’s Sermon Texts Are Available
If you would like to read Pr. Scott Trevithick’s Sunday sermons, the texts are available on our website at https://www.goodshepherdreno.org/sermon-clips. Simply click on the date of the sermon you would like to read.  You can read the text online or you can print it out for later reading.
 
Vaccine Information
Several Good Shepherd folks have begun to get scheduled for the COVID-19 vaccination shots and some have received a first shot. Here are some tips and a link for more information:
  • While you are waiting, you can help those eligible get registered, make a plan, and get to their appointment. Lots of info at NVCovidFighter.org. 
  • When it is your turn, do your part and get vaccinated. This is how we can protect our community and get back to the things we miss.
  • Thank you to the National Guard, public health staff, & volunteers for administering shots in winter temps and snowy conditions. 
  • A helpful flyer to help seniors get their vaccinations is at https://www.immunizenevada.org/sites/default/files/2021-01/IN_210086_help-a-senior-flyer_F.pdf
Shared Harvest for February
Donations for our Shared Harvest Assembly may be dropped off at the church office on Mondays from 9 to 4:30pm or Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 9am and 2pm.  The last day to donate for February is Thursday, February 25.  The bin is located outside the office door.  Our shopping list for February includes: 
  • Peanut Butter (We need 17 jars.)
  • Macaroni and Cheese (We need 35 boxes.)
  • Powdered Milk Packets (We need 26 packets.)
  • Chicken Noodle Soup (We need 26 cans.)
  • Toothpaste and Toothbrushes (We need as many as possible.)
  • Bar Soap (We need as many as possible.)
Update on the Good Shepherd’s Clothes Closet from Sheila Freed
A former member of Good Shepherd, Terry Hoffman, has provided the following information about the Good Shepherd’s Clothes Closet.  Our congregation has supported the Clothes Closet for several years.
 
Chris Rhodes, the executive Director of the Clothes Closet, recently wrote to Mr. Hoffman, and Terry shared part of his letter:
“Your support means a lot to us as we continue to transition from our downtown location to Greenbrae Drive in Sparks.  In our new location we are surrounded by nine Title One elementary schools which gives us the opportunity to serve families that otherwise might have been reluctant to seek us out downtown.  The pandemic has slowed the renovation of our new facility on Greenbrae Drive, but we are still able to serve people on a limited basis. We continue to provide clothes to families and individuals but usually through an intermediary such as a school counselor or social worker.  A new relationship we have developed is with The Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada as well as several other charitable organizations.  With COVID-19 restrictions in place, we are not doing business as usual but are still making a difference in people’s lives.”
 
They still need people to help paint and ongoing groups to sort clothes. If you would like to help, contact Dale Anderson at 501-9222 or email dale@gsccreno.org.  They are NOT asking for clothing donations yet.  We will let you know when they are.
 
The peace of the Lord be with you all during these stressful times.  Reach out to us if you need help!
 
Maribeth Doerr
Director of Operations and Pastoral Care
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
(775) 329-0696, ext. 100
 
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