Dear Good Shepherd,
 
Let’s begin with a Prayer for those impacted by the fires surrounding our area . . .
Lord God, this year continues to batter us and we wonder when there will be relief.
 
Even as the pandemic persists, natural disasters do not stop. We see images of smoke-filled skies, leaping flames and the carnage of fires ravaging the West coast, and we grieve for those impacted by these tragic events. We pray for firefighters and first responders putting themselves in harm’s way to protect others. We ask for your strength for all the people reeling from the loss of property and possessions. We plead for you to comfort those mourning the loss of life.
 
No matter the cause of our siblings’ suffering, we yearn to participate in bringing them respite and hope. You promise that springs of living water will flow from believers’ hearts. Open the flood gates of our hearts now. May rivers of your grace and mercy overflow into creation bringing healing and restoration to every corner of your beloved world. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen. (reprinted from the Presbyterian Outlook)
 
It’s Labor Day Weekend!
From the History Channel, “Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day weekend also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans . . .” To help your staff celebrate and rest, the church office will be closed Monday, September 6. Thank you!
 
September 5 Worship – Welcome Rev. Kate Freeman
This Sunday, we welcome Rev. Kate Freeman as our guest preacher. Rev. Freeman is a presbyterian pastor from Truckee. 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/4d1et_X2UJE 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.
 
New Women's Bible Study Begins Next Thursday
The next study begins Thursday, September 9, from 10 to 11:30am in Shepherd Hall. Our first study will be Mary: A Woman for All Seasons which runs for 3 weeks and will be led by Vicki Rye. Bring your favorite Bible and something to drink. Email Maribeth Doerr at maribeth@goodshepherdreno.org for a copy of the study.
 
Choir Resumes September 12!
Do you like to sing?!  Have you thought “Man, that Good Shepherd Choir looks like fun?”  Well, it is, and we’d love to have you join us.  We are always accepting new singers to our clan.  We meet on Sundays at 9:30 to prepare for worship at 11 every week.  Our kick off event is Friday, September 10, at 5 pm at the home of Pennie Kirk and Knute Knudson.  You can sing every Sunday, or some Sundays, whatever works with your schedule!  We’d love to have your voice join us!  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 
 
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/.
 
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
 
The Great Pandemic Purge and Thanks But No Thanks
The pandemic has given us lots of time to purge closets and cabinets. That’s a good thing!  But what to do with your purged items needs to NOT involve Good Shepherd (except for the shoes we’re currently collecting for PEO). The Good Shepherd’s Clothes Closet is accepting clothing donations twice a week at their location; however, they are not yet picking up donations so we do not have a bin out. Please do not bring clothing to church for the Clothes Closet. Also, we do not need any kitchen items at this time including cups, silverware, platters, Tupperware, etc. We are trying to purge and clean up the church kitchen and do NOT have the space for anything else (unless you’d like to donate an espresso machine – we’d find room for that!). Thank you for thinking of us and for taking your kitchen donations elsewhere. 
 
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 you to drop off new or gently used shoes. 
 
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.)
 
2nd Mile Offering for September – ELCA Disaster Relief
Each month, we take a special offering called the “2nd Mile Offering” which is over and above the regular offerings received. Donations can be given any time during the month; simply mark 2nd Mile on your check’s memo line or on your offering envelope. Each month we focus on a different ministry in our Synod. The September 2nd Mile Offering will be distributed as follows:
* 1/3 to ELCA Disaster Relief (Lutheran Disaster Response)
* 1/3 to serve poor people locally (Project Lazarus)
* 1/3 to serve poor people worldwide
 
Church Office Hours:
Mondays - 9am to 4:30pm
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays - 9am to 2pm
Closed Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays