Happy Thanksgiving to our good shepherds!
We are so grateful to all of you for walking through this never-ending wilderness with us. At times when it feels as if we’re just treading water trying to provide some kind of church experience for you, one of you (or many of you) will say the right thing, send the perfect note, make the silly phone call (etc, etc!), and we’re reminded of why we do this work. Even in isolation, we’re in this together; we’re still church.
You’re receiving the Friday eblast a few days early this week since the office will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving. The office will reopen Monday morning at 9am. Your staff sends their fondest of Thanksgiving blessings to each and every one of you!
Sunday Worship – November 29 – First Sunday in Advent!
We left each other during Lent and here we are in Advent! 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. Deanna will send out a link Saturday that will take you straight to our livestream Sunday morning. Join us as we enter into this precious season of Advent.
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. Stay up to date with our Advent activities on our website (now sporting Advent colors) at goodshepherdreno.org. Take a look!
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.
Evening Prayers with Pr. Scott – Mondays at 5:30 Beginning November 30
For four consecutive Monday evenings at 5:30 during the season of Advent, Pastor Scott will lead a brief Evening Prayer service via Zoom. The services follow a particular order including a psalm or other scripture and guided prayers, during which time there will be opportunity to mention a thanksgiving or concern. The services are intentionally brief, about 20 minutes, as we give thanks as the day closes and darkness gathers and give thanks for the light of the Christ that has come into the world, the light that even death could not overcome. The services will be November 30 and December 7, 14, and 21 at 5:30 p.m.
Our Money Story – 2020 Stewardship Campaign for 2021 Giving
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 email@example.com.
Shared Harvest for December
December’s Shared Harvest will be assembled December 20 and your LAST day to drop items off is Thursday, December 17. You can drop off your donations at the Church Office on Monday through Thursday between 9am and 2pm. We will have the bin outside the Office for your safety.
Our shopping list for December includes:
- Cold Cereal (We need 27 boxes.)
- Chicken Noodle Soup (We need 41 cans.)
- Canned Fruit (We need 41 cans.)
- Canned Tuna (We need 41 cans.)
- Shampoo (We need as much as possible)
December Signups for Eddy House Monday Meals
If you’re interesting in helping/contributing to the Eddy House meals for December, the new signup list is at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A044EA9AA2DA6F49-eddy13. If you have any questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The peace of the Lord be with you all!