Dear Good Shepherd,
 
COVID Health Update and Programming Impact at Good Shepherd
Our response to COVID health concerns at Good Shepherd has been guided by our COVID Task Force, which informs and confers with the Governing Board. Though church staff and teachers had planned for Kids’ Community and youth programming to resume Sunday, September 12, we determined at the task force’s August 5th meeting that current transmission rates at that time made such a plan unwise and we decided to postpone regular fall programming and communicate that to the congregation. 
 
Update: Pr. Scott and task force member Dave Soderlund met this week to review the Washoe County health data. After conferring with others on the task force, we now offer this update to Good Shepherd members and friends. Unfortunately, the number of cases and the positivity rate in our region remain at elevated levels. As of September 9, here is a summary of the data:
  • New cases per week/100,000 population is “High” at 427. (“High Transmission” Rate is defined as 100+.)
  • Positivity Rate is high at 19.2% (This high rate is a plateau since about mid-July. The good news is the rate is not going up. The bad news is that it remains high.)
Community-wide, the percentage of those age 12+ who are fully vaccinated is about 62%, but of course those under age 12 are not yet able to be vaccinated, which increases risk to both themselves and those with whom they have regular contact. 
 
In summary, these elevated numbers, which are slightly worse than when the task force met August 5, lead us to conclude that we need to continue to postpone the resumption of nursery care, Kids’ Community and youth group. The task force will continue to monitor regional health conditions and update the congregation. 
 
The Delta variant of COVID, its highly contagious nature, and the continued high rate of cases all indicate the wisdom of being vaccinated. Visit NVCOVIDFighter.org to locate a vaccination site if you are not fully vaccinated or to refer a friend.
 
Questions about COVID health concerns and its impact may be shared with Pr. Scott or other members of the COVID Task Force: Alyssa O’Hair, Celia Kupersmith, Dave Soderlund, Deanna Gaunt, Jane Addington, Paul Brosy, Pr. Scott, and Ron Smith, M.D. 
 
Sierra Pacific Synod Bishop Installation – Saturday, September 11
Join Bishop Megan Rohrer and the Sierra Pacific Synod staff for the Rite of Installation service on Saturday, September 11 at 2:00pm. To watch online and/or for more information, visit their website at http://www.spsbishopinstallation.com/.
 
September 12 Worship 
Three weeks ago, we heard Peter’s confession of faith as told in John’s gospel. This week we hear Mark’s version, when Peter says, “You are the Messiah.” In John, the stumbling block is Jesus’ invitation to eat his flesh, given for the life of the world. In Mark, too, the scandal has to do with Jesus’ words about his own coming death, and here Peter himself stumbles over Jesus’ words. But Jesus is anointed (the meaning of messiah) in Mark only on the way to the cross (14:3); so we are anointed in baptism with the sign of the cross. Pr. Scott Trevithick will be preaching.
 
You can join us for in-person worship at our 9am Contemporary Worship or our 11am Traditional Worship on Sunday morning. Masks are required to attend worship. If you prefer, join us for our livestream worship at https://youtu.be/6FWhz8StcVY on our YouTube Channel any time after 10:50am Sunday morning. You can also find our livestreams and recordings at https://www.youtube.com/c/GoodShepherdLutheranReno any time.
 
Choir Resumes September 12
Our choir resumes this Sunday. If you are interested, join them at 9am in Shepherd Hall for their first rehearsal. Thereafter, they’ll meet at 9:30.  You can sing every Sunday, or some Sundays, whatever works with your schedule!  You can fill out this form to let Jennie Tibben, our director, know of your interest https://forms.gle/2tRchT8b2Vhntixx7. Or you can email jennifertibben@gmail.com 
 
Handbell Ensemble Resumes September 19
Have you always wanted to join a choir but been afraid of singing? Have you missed lifting things at the gym during the pandemic? Do you like shiny objects? Have we got a solution for you! The Good Shepherd Handbell Ensemble will be resuming on September 19 after the 11:00 service (around 12:15pm). Put on your favorite mask and come join an activity that is musical, physical, communal, and shiny! Prior musical experience is helpful but not required to join this unique musical experience.
 
Blessing of the Animals – October 4
In Celebration of St. Francis of Assisi, we are having a Blessing of the Animals on Monday, October 4 at 5:30pm in Shepherd Hall. Bring your pets for Pr. Scott to bless.
 
Rita Jeffres Memorial CROP Hunger Walk – October 17
Join Good Shepherd’s team for this year’s CROP Walk on Sunday, October 17 at 2pm. It’s a 3 mile walk along the Truckee River in downtown Reno and Idlewild Park to raise hunger awareness and donations for Church World Service and our 3 local recipient agencies: Food Bank of Northern Nevada, Eddy House, and Ridge House. You can sign up and/or donate on Good Shepherd’s team page at: https://events.crophungerwalk.org/2021/team/good-shepherd-team. For questions, contact Becky Erdmann or Alexis Hill.
 
Good Shepherd is Getting Ready to Celebrate her 75th Anniversary!
Good Shepherd was chartered as a congregation in 1947, which means that we will be celebrating our 75th anniversary during 2022. Would you like to be a part of a planning team to help us plan special events to help us celebrate over the course of the year? Let us know by calling the church office at 329-0696 or by email to staff@goodshepherdreno.org.
 
We are collecting new and gently used shoes for PEO
PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization) is an organization of women, by women and for women. Many Good Shepherd members are involved in PEO, Chapter B. They are sponsoring a shoe drive this year and are in need of shoes for men, women, and children (EXCEPT ski boots and flip flops). Their goal is to collect 2500 pairs of shoes throughout the Reno/Sparks community for folks who really need them. We have placed a bin in the Welcoming Space for Sunday mornings or in front of the office during office hours for you to drop off new or gently used shoes. If you have any questions, contact Sue Beermann at suebeermann1@gmail.com.
 
Registration for the 2021-2022 Kids’ Community & Youth Group
We’re not sure yet when Kids’ Community will resume but we encourage all families with children to register for fall programming now so we can a head count and plan accordingly for the coming year. Help us out by registering early at: https://www.goodshepherdreno.org/children-families
 
Shared Harvest Assembly for September
Shared Harvest assembly is September 26. Items may be dropped off at the office Monday through Thursday between 9am and 2pm or at church on Sunday mornings. Our shopping list for September includes:
  • Canned vegetables (We need 41 cans.)
  • Macaroni & Cheese (We need 55 boxes.)
  • Saltine Crackers (We need 41 sleeves.)
  • Cold cereal (We need 27 boxes.)
  • Deodorant (We need as many as possible.)
Church Office Hours:
Mondays - 9am to 4:30pm
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays - 9am to 2pm
Closed Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays