Good Shepherd friends, 
 
You may have seen that on Tuesday of this week, the CDC (The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) issued new masking recommendations related to reducing the impact of the Delta variant of COVID-19. In geographic regions with a substantial or high transmission rate, the CDC recommends that people, even those who are vaccinated, resume wearing masks indoors in public areas. In response, Nevada’s Governor Steve Sisolak likewise directed that those in Washoe County, a high-transmission region, wear masks indoors. Additionally, the City of Reno is now requiring all people, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask in indoor public settings in all City of Reno facilities.
 
While this is discouraging and frustrating news, it is not entirely unexpected. We will resume masking as we have before. In accordance with these directives, our Good Shepherd COVID Task Force recommends the following:
  • Worshipers are asked to wear masks over nose and mouth. 
  • Worship leaders may unmask when standing at a distance from others during the portion they lead and then re-mask thereafter.
  • We will continue to offer communion by multiple means: Prepared cups as well as wafers or gluten-free crackers served by intinction.
  • We will discontinue our 10 a.m. coffee and fellowship time for now.
The Delta variant of COVID, its highly contagious nature, and the sharp increase in cases are another reminder to get vaccinated if you have not already done so. Visit NVCOVIDFighter.org to locate a vaccination site. Good Shepherd will continue to abide by these directives until conditions and public health officials indicate otherwise. 
--Pastor Scott and the COVID Task Force
 
August 1 Worship 
You can join us for in-person worship at our 9am Contemporary Worship or our 11am Traditional Worship.  If you prefer, join us for our livestream worship on our YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gj9NNURvUEQany time after 10:50am Sunday morning.  You can also go to https://www.youtube.com/c/GoodShepherdLutheranReno to find our livestreams and recordings any time. 
 
Last Week for our Mt. Rose School Collection – Black Pants & Leggings
Mt. Rose Elementary is in need of black pants and leggings. The pants don't need to be new;  see what your children and grandchildren have that don't fit any more or visit your favorite thrift store.  All sizes are needed, for kids from kindergarten through 8th grade, size 6 to 16 and even some larger ones for those growing 7th and 8th graders. Black leggings are acceptable too, so some of them are needed as well. There will be a collection basket for the pants and leggings in the welcoming space and outside the office door during office hours until August 5.  If you’re not up to shopping, a monetary contribution is always an option.  Make your check payable to Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, earmarked for Mt. Rose, pop it in the offering box or mail it, and Judith Inskip will gladly do the shopping.
 
Let’s Help Echo Loder School with Books!
The educators at Echo Loder have put together a “Virtual Book Drive” over at Amazon to get some much needed materials together for this group of very special students. You may help by ordering one (or many!) books at the link.  Simply click, pick and hit “send” – Amazon will ship your gift directly to the school.  Please visit their Amazon Wish List at: https://amzn.to/3yQ6M0a.  Questions? Contact Andi Glover at 775.842.7604 or andi.glover@gmail.com
 
We’re hiring! Faith Formation Coordinator position available
Good Shepherd is looking to hire a Faith Formation Coordinator for its ministry with children, youth, and families. If you know of a suitable candidate, please encourage them to look at the position description at our website and apply with a cover letter and resume. Questions? Contact Pastor Scott. 
 
Shared Harvest Assembly for August
You can drop off your items in the Welcoming Space at church on Sunday mornings or you can drop them off at the office during office hours. The bin is located by the front office door.  Office hours are Mondays from 9am to 4:30pm and Tuesdays through Thursday from 9am to 2pm.  Assembly is August 22. Our shopping list for August includes:
  • Peanut Butter (We need 27 jars.)
  • Macaroni & Cheese (We need 55 boxes.)
  • Powdered Milk Packets (We need 41 packets.)
  • Chicken Noodle Soup (We need 41 cans.)
  • Disposable Razors (We need as many as possible.)
 
2nd Mile Offering for August
Each month, we take a special offering called the “2nd Mile Offering” which is over and above the regular offerings received. Donations can be given any time during the month; simply mark 2nd Mile on your check’s memo line or on your offering envelope. Each month we focus on a different ministry in our Synod. The August 2nd Mile Offering will be distributed as follows:
  • 1/3 to St. Vincent’s / Catholic Charities (locally)
  • 1/3 to serve poor people locally (Project Lazarus)
  • 1/3 to serve poor people worldwide