To our dear good shepherds,
 
Beginning Sunday, we begin Holy Week with our Palm Sunday worship which will be livestreamed on our YouTube channel and Facebook Live at 11am.  Deanna Gaunt will be sending out the direct link but in case you don’t see it, you can always find us by going to YouTube.com and searching for “Good Shepherd Lutheran, Reno.”  The service will also be recorded and available on YouTube as well as our website at goodshepherdreno.org
 
Holy Week Worship Bags – It’s not too late!
If you haven’t yet reserved or picked up your Holy Week bag, you can still get one next week (we are closed Fridays so you can’t pick one up today). Please reserve your bag by emailing Ciara at ciara@goodshepherdreno.org or calling the church office at 329-0696.  Please let Ciara know how many will be worshiping from your household. The office is open Monday from 9am to 4:30pm and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am to 2pm.
 
Easter Lilies – Deadline is Monday, March 29
It is our usual tradition to invite the congregation to purchase an Easter lily plant for $10 as a way to honor/celebrate a loved one. This year we will not be purchasing lilies, but we’d like to offer you the opportunity to remember and celebrate your loved ones as we usually do. We are inviting you to give $10 or more and the money will be used to pay for our “Again & Again” Holy Week bags. Our deadline to receive your names is March 29.  All names will be listed on the screen during Easter Sunday livestream worship.  You can make your financial gift online via our website or by mailing or dropping a check by the office. Let us know your loved ones’ names by calling us at 775-329-0696 or emailing Ciara Hornbarger at ciara@goodshepherdreno.org
 
Livestreaming is Here to Stay—Help us Continue this Outreach Ministry
It has been a year since we have last worshiped in person following COVID health-related restrictions. From March through early October of 2020, we adapted by pre-recording worship services with Deanna and Pr. Scott recording in the worship space using an iPhone camera and existing equipment and Deanna editing segments into a cohesive whole. Since October, our worship team has gathered in the worship space Sunday morning at 11 a.m. to provide a live-streamed service accessible on our YouTube channel and Facebook Live. Good Shepherd leaders have adapted quickly to develop new skills and use technology to craft meaningful services and incorporate the musical gifts and other abilities of Good Shepherd folks. Church members and friends have adapted too by learning how to access the services on their desktop, laptop, tablet, or TV. 
 
Livestreaming is here to stay, at Good Shepherd and other churches, even while we look forward to worshiping in person beginning April 18. It’s a way for newcomers to check out Good Shepherd as a community of faith. We’ve grown accustomed to the capabilities that livestreaming offers and can connect to worship when at home, traveling, or as a recording when our schedule permits. Derek Nance, who has been our Handball Director pre-Covid, has become our Tech Director. He provides technical expertise, functions as video editor, and coordinates the camera operator, video screen operator, and sound editor. Equally important, we have relied on Derek's personal laptop and video equipment to produce live-streamed services. We now need to take responsibility for equipping our sanctuary for live streaming and video recording.
 
Here's what we need—laptop, software and 2 cameras: We need a laptop with high-speed graphics capabilities, specialized software, and 2 pan-tilt-zoom cameras to add to the one camera we already have. Because our sanctuary space was designed and built to accommodate these tech capabilities, we have predetermined locations to mount the cameras and run necessary cables. Derek and member Mel Cone should be able to run the cables, mount the cameras, complete the installation, and troubleshoot the system. We expect total costs to be $5600. Because of our existing camera, Derek’s detailed cost comparisons and specification sheets, and their work to install the system, our costs are much lower than other systems. Would you consider a designated gift to allow us to purchase this equipment and continue this outreach ministry?
 
Here’s how to make your gift:
  • By check to Good Shepherd with “AV Equipment” noted on the memo line.
  • Online at Good Shepherd’s website at https://www.goodshepherdreno.org/giving-to-good-shepherd and then selecting “Make a Donation” and “Other” and then noting “AV Equipment.”
  • On your phone with the Give + app by going to Good Shepherd’s page and selecting “Other.”
Thank you for helping us continue this vital ministry. 
 
List to Bluebird Radio Hour with Sharon Hickox!
Good Shepherd member Sharon Hickox is a music therapist with Note-Able Music Therapy Services.  Last Fall they started a radio show focused on seniors with combating isolation as their primary goal.  They share music, stories about the area, guest interviews, guest artists, shout-outs for birthdays, etc.  They are hoping to reach more people in the area so let’s all tune in on Mondays at 10am (repeats on Saturdays at 3pm). The show airs on KWNK 97.7 FM.  Learn more at https://www.nmtsreno.org/bluebird/.
 
Good Shepherd’s Hiking Group
After a year’s hiatus because of the pandemic, the Good Shepherd hiking group is back in business!  If you’d like to explore our Nevada desert or the beautiful Sierra, we’d love to have you join us. Our hikes generally range from 5 to 8 miles.  Some are half day, and some longer.  If you’d like to have your name added to our email list to be informed of future hikes, please contact one of the group’s co-leaders: Virginia Scheschy at vscheschy@gmail.com or Grace Schoenfeld at gschoenfeld550@gmail.com.  A meeting to plan our hikes for the year will be held in April.  Please join us!
Virginia Scheschy and Grace Schoenfeld, Co-Chairs, GS Hiking Group
 
The Endowment Fund Granting Team is pleased to announce that they are receiving applications for grants for 2021
Granting range is between $500-1500 and must be used for persons in time of need, for local and community organizations, for groups or programs, for ministries of the ELCA, for national and global mission needs or for special programs and facility needs at Good Shepherd.  Applications are available on our website at https://www.goodshepherdreno.org/endowment-fund.  The deadline is May 1. Grants will be awarded and a celebration luncheon will be held at Good Shepherd in the fall  (date to be determined).  If you have questions, please talk with Deanna Gaunt or email Deanna2@goodshepherdreno.org.  We look forward to your partnership!
 
Let’s Stimulate Kindness 
Last week, we unveiled our “Stimulate Kindness” program. Each year, Good Shepherd makes grants available for special projects, community agencies, and other partners which are funded through the Good Shepherd Endowment Fund. Last year we granted about $4000 to community agencies including The Volunteers of America, Eddy House, and Good Shepherd Clothes Closet. This year, we’ve opened the grant application process. (Check it out on our website at https://www.goodshepherdreno.org/endowment-fund). We’d like to invite you to consider a designated gift to the Stimulate Kindness Endowment Challenge so we can match the $5000 that the Endowment Committee is expecting to award this year so we can double the amount to $10,000. 
 
God's blessings, 
Maribeth Doerr
Director of Operations/Office, Property, Communications and Pastoral Care 
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
(775) 329-0696, ext 100
 
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