Dear Church,
Our COVID-19 Task Force met Thursday so keep reading for more information affecting worship this Sunday! 
COVID-19 Health Precautions and Worship at Good Shepherd
The Good Shepherd COVID-19 Task Force has continued to monitor local health conditions, access relevant reports, and recommend actions to nurture the health of all. The Task Force met this week on Thursday, June 17 and makes the following recommendations:
  • Masks are no longer required for fully vaccinated worshipers.
  • If you have not been fully vaccinated, please wear a mask to protect yourself and others. Masks should be worn over both nose and mouth. Children under age 12, who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated, are asked to wear masks. 
  • Anyone who does not feel well is encouraged to stay at home and access the 11 a.m. worship service by the livestream. 
  • We will be serving Communion by intinction (with grape juice only for now) and will also continue to make the prepared Communion cups available. 
  • Good Shepherd members and friends are encouraged to be vaccinated if you are eligible. 
Join us for in-person worship this Sunday, June 20 for our 9am Contemporary Worship or our 11am Traditional Worship.  If you prefer, join us for our livestreamed worship at time after 10:55am Sunday morning.  You can also go to to find our livestreams and recordings any time. 
Thanks be to God for the Life of Tim Dean
Tim Dean died Wednesday, June 16 after suffering a significant stroke in May. At Good Shepherd Tim was active in the choir, hiking group, Refugee Mentor Team, and Tuesday Bible study. He was known for his sense of humor—he especially loved a pun. A memorial service will be held at Good Shepherd Thursday, June 24 at 3 p.m. with reception to follow. Your prayers are asked for Tim’s wife Sandi, their daughter Norma and her family, and daughter Michelle and her family. Condolence notes may be sent to Sandi at 1921 Clos Du Val Ct. in Reno, 89519. Memorial gifts in Tim’s name are invited to be made to the Endowment Fund of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. Interest income from the endowment is used to award grants benefiting the Reno Sparks Community, ministries of the Lutheran Church, and special projects of Good Shepherd.
Thanks be to God for the life of Peggy Von Bargen
Long-time Good Shepherd member Peggy Von Bargen died Sunday, June 13. Peggy was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago. She and her friend and fellow teacher Joan Andrews moved to Reno in 1989 after both retired as elementary school teachers in New Jersey. In retirement, Peggy continued to be active as a teacher’s aide and mentor to children. Plans are being made for a memorial service at Good Shepherd in July.
Hikers!  Dates/Locations Have Been Changed!
* Hike Saturday, June 19, 2021 – Change in location
The RGJ says the high temperature on Saturday will be 100 degrees!  We decided it would be best to hike at a higher and cooler elevation, so will be doing the Upper Tamarack Lake trail.  We will still meet at 8:30 am in the Raley’s parking lot off Mt. Rose Highway in the vicinity of the McDonalds. The hike is shady, not as steep as the lower trail, and our destination will be lovely Tamarack Lake.  There are some spots where you’ll hear traffic noise, but this is offset by the other advantages of the trail.  We estimate that the round-trip distance is around 5 miles, and the elevation gain maybe 600 feet.  Any questions – call Grace Schoenfeld at 825-8355 or email at
* Change in Date for Brown's Creek Hike to June 25
Because of the continuing hot weather, we’re changing the Brown’s Creek hike from a warm Thursday evening to a cooler Friday morning on June 25. The hike is approximately 5 miles roundtrip with 1,007 feet in elevation gain.  We’ll hike 1.3 miles up to the top of a ridge, then take a loop trail from there down to the creek.  We’ll meet at the Brown’s Creek trailhead at 8:30 am.  Take the Mt. Rose Highway going west and turn to the left on Joy Lake Road.  Proceed to the trailhead parking area which is on the left side of the road.  If you have any questions, send an email to Bob Mays at
Tintabulations Handbell Ensemble Concert – June 21 at 7pm
Tintab will be performing at Good Shepherd on June 21. Our Handbell Director and Sunday morning livestream director Derek Nance will be performing along with his fellow Tintab ringers. Come on down to church for some beautiful music!
Save the Date for Twist, Tie & Dye – Our Summer Tie Dye Event for All Ages
On Sunday, July 11 at noon, we’ll be making tie dye shirts in anticipation of the Northern Nevada Pride Parade which is July 24. Get your white shirt (or socks or towels or shorts) now and join us on July 11 for some twisting, tying and dyeing!  We’ll be BBQing hot dogs!  For questions contact Ciara Hornbarger at or call her at 329-0696.
Shared Harvest – Assembly is June 27
Your June donations may be dropped off when you’re here for church on Sunday morning or at the office between 9am and 2pm Monday through Thursday. The bin is located outside of the office door.  June assembly is June 27. Our shopping list is:
  • Cold Cereal (We need 26 boxes.)
  • Canned Fruit (We need 26 cans.)
  • Chicken Noodle Soup (We need 26 cans.)
  • Tuna (We need 26 cans.)
  • Deodorant (We need as many as possible.)
  • Razors (We need as many as possible.)
The peace of the Lord be with you!