A Message from Bishop Mark Holmerud from our Sierra Pacific Synod
 
Four words: It’s not time yet.  
 
It’s not time yet:
+ to return to indoor worship
+ to stop wearing masks
+ to forget physical distancing
+ to ignore science
+ to gather in large groups for Thanksgiving
+ to deny the exponential growth of cases of COVID-19 being diagnosed every day in this country and around the world 
 
Four more words: I know you’re tired.
 
I know you’re tired:
+ of not being able to be with family and friends
+ of not being able to worship together in the sanctuary and sing
+ of not being able to travel
+ of not being able to leave your home
+ of not being able to hold your grandchildren/children/loved ones
+ of hearing admonitions like this from health professionals and bishops
 
Four last words: God is in control (Psalm 23).
 
God is in control:
+ even (and especially) in this time of pandemic (Psalm 91)
+ despite what some see as evidence to the contrary (Psalm 46)
+ through the work of health care workers, clinicians, and epidemiologists (Sirach 38)
+ in the presence of courageous essential workers (Ecclesiastes 3:1-15)
+ as we help God’s reign come near in seeking the well-being of the most vulnerable among us (Matthew 25:31-46)
+ because nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus (Rom. 8:31-39)
 
Blessings and Peace in this season of Thanksgiving,
Bp. Mark
 
Sunday Worship – November 22
We will be livestreaming Sunday at 11am on YouTube. A recording will be made which you can watch later if you can’t join us live. Our YouTube channel is at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLZp-VxXQtNhP9ge-xNluZg
 
Our Money Story – 2020 Stewardship Campaign
Nov. 22 / RESTORE   As we have practiced remembering, releasing, and reimagining, we conclude our series by focusing on restoration. Ultimately, practicing faithful stewardship heals us as individuals and helps us restore right relationship with one another. In Genesis 33, Jacob and Esau experience a surprising reconciliation after years of strife and estrangement. In the final chapter of John’s gospel, Jesus appears to the disciples and filles their empty fishing nets. Even after death, Jesus restores our hope and provides an abundant feast. 

By this time, you have probably received your invitation in the mail to make a 2021 Estimate of Giving to Good Shepherd. If you would like to complete your pledge card digitally, you may do so from our website at https://www.goodshepherdreno.org/2021-estimate-of-giving. You can also mail your pledge card to us at 357 Clay Street, Reno, NV 89501 or drop it by the office. We have a mail slot to the left of the office door. Commitment Sunday is November 22 but you can submit your pledge any time before the end of the year. Thank you for your continued support of Good Shepherd!  

 
New Women's Bible Study Begins November 30 via Zoom
God With Us is a 4-week study we will complete in three weeks beginning November 30. We meet in small groups via Zoom on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm and Thursday mornings at 10am. You are welcome to join the Women’s Bible study at any time and feel free to invite a friend as well! Zoom information will be sent out later. If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Leff, Director of Faith Formation, at stephanie@goodshepherdreno.org.
 
End of Life Planning Documents
Typically, we would have our End of Life Planning documents available for you throughout November in the Welcoming Space. This year, you can find them on our website at https://www.goodshepherdreno.org/end-of-life-planning.  These resources include “A Letter to My Loved Ones,” and Good Shepherd’s Funeral/Memorial Planning Guide.  Pr. Scott would be happy to schedule time to help you work through these documents.  Feel free to email him at PrScott@goodshepherdreno.org or call the office at 329.0696.
 
Advent Is Coming!
“When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.” Psalm 126
 
What does it look like to live as those who dream? The prophets, the psalmists, John the Baptist, Mary, Elizabeth, Joseph, Simeon, Anna, the shepherds and the Magi—they were all dreamers. They received, discovered, and responded to God’s dreams for the world. 
 
In Advent, we step into the mystery and awe of God’s dreams and pray they shape our reality.
 
This theme is for the dreamers in all of us—those who dream of a deeper connection with God and those who dream of a better world. It’s for those who dream of comfort and for those who have given up on their dreams. It’s for those whose dreams have been crushed and for those who show us that dreams take time.  
 
Join us this Advent as we dream alongside prophets and angels, Mary and the Magi. Join us this Advent and Christmas season as we seek and sow God’s dreams for our world. Advent Begins Sunday, November 29.
 
Pick up an Advent Devotional at the Church office anytime Monday-Thursday 9am-2pm.  The booklet includes scripture, poetry, visual art, coloring, written reflections and journaling prompts.
A few traditional style Advent devotion booklets are also available – check with Ciara in the church office. 
 
2nd Mile Offering 
This month’s 2nd Mile Offering benefits The Good Shepherd’s Clothes Closet. You can mail in a check for 2nd Mile anytime during the month or drop it off in the mail slot at the church office. Please write 2nd Mile on the memo line. The Clothes Closet is NOT accepting clothing donations at this time so we cannot accept your clothing donations on their behalf until after the new year.