Happy June Good Shepherd!
 
Activities are ramping up as we head into summer with less COVID-19  restrictions than we’ve had in well over a year.  Please read through this entire eblast so you’re up to date with “what’s happening!”
 
Join us in-person this Sunday, June 6, for our 9am Contemporary Worship or our 11am Traditional Worship.  Masks are required but we no longer have social distancing or reservation requirements so come on down to church!  If you prefer, join us for our livestreamed worship at https://youtu.be/gingwgDULtc anytime after 10:55am Sunday morning.
 
Pr. Scott will be preaching on Mark 3:20-35 in his sermon “Jesus Getting in Good Trouble.”  While there were large crowds that followed Jesus, others were unsettled by his ministry. Jesus was focused on his mission and purpose—doing God’s will as he understood it. He would not be dissuaded or distracted from it, even by his family or by religious authorities of the day. 
 
Marilyn Ebner Memorial Service Sunday, June 6
The service of witness to the resurrection giving thanks to God for the life of Marilyn Ebner will be held in the Good Shepherd sanctuary on Sunday, June 6 at 12:30 p.m. Members and friends of the church are invited to attend without needing to make a reservation. Enter the church building on the Clay Street side which is accessible by the steps or ramp. Kindly wear a mask over your nose and mouth. 
 
Honoring 2021 High School and College Graduates 
As in previous years, we would like to recognize students who are graduating high school, college, or other higher education. If you or someone you know is a graduate, please let us know! We would like to display a picture and short bio of each grad during worship services on Sunday, June 13. Please send photos and bios to Ciara Hornbarger at ciara@goodshepherdreno.org.
 
Good Shepherd Hikers to Reno’s Oxbow Study Area on Thursday, June 10 at 5:30pm
Hike leader: Pr. Scott Trevithick 
Meet at Reno’s Oxbow Nature Study Area, 3100 Dickerson Rd. off W. 2nd Street and Keystone Avenue west of downtown Reno
 
Join us for an evening saunter around Oxbow Nature Study area, a hidden gem of Reno which meanders along the Truckee River in a flat, shaded loop of about 1 mile. We might see people flyfishing in the Truckee, along with herons, hawks, beavers, and ducks. Dogs are not permitted in Oxbow, so please leave your pet at home. 
 
Pulse Orlando Unity Remembrance Service – Saturday, June 12, 11am
Good Shepherd will once again host the Annual Interfaith Unity Service to remember the Pulse Orlando Nightclub Shooting. The service is Saturday, June 12 at 11am in Good Shepherd’s Worship Space.
 
Adapting to New CDC Guidelines in Worship at Good Shepherd
What a challenging year-plus long time it has been from March 2020 as we have all adapted to living with COVID restrictions and health recommendations. Our COVID Task Force has been guiding decision-making at Good Shepherd related to the pandemic and recently met to discuss the updated CDC guidelines released May 13 and local health data reported by the Washoe County Health District. One of the complexities of the CDC guidelines is that they’re designed for individuals rather than for schools, churches, or other organizations. Because our worshipping congregation includes both those who are fully vaccinated and those who are not yet fully vaccinated as well as those whose health status is more vulnerable, the Task Force recommends for now that worshipers continue to be masked when in closer proximity to one another. It has said that worship leaders, such as the pastor, pianist, lector, and songleader may remove their mask when leading from the greater distance of the elevated chancel (stage area). The Task Force will continue to monitor local health conditions and updated reports from public health and church-related entities. It has another meeting scheduled for June 17 and will keep the congregation informed about continued adaptations. Task Force members include Jane Addington, Paul Brosy, Deanna Gaunt, Celia Kupersmith, Alyssa O’Hair, Dr. Ron Smith, Dave Soderlund, and Pr. Scott Trevithick. 
 
Shared Harvest
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.  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.)
 
Office Hours
Just a reminder that the church office is closed Friday through Sunday. We are open Mondays from 9am to 4:30pm and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9am to 2pm.