Blessings dear Church,
 
Lent has begun!  If you have not yet watched our Ash Wednesday worship, it is available on our YouTube Channel at https://youtu.be/eNXNHdDEc7o. It is a beautiful way to start our 2021 Lenten journey.
 
Esthermae Haines Memorial Service Plans
Longtime Good Shepherd member Esthermae Haines, who was Good Shepherd’s choir director for about 10 years early in its history, died Wednesday, January 13 at age 93. She and Ron were married in 1976 by Pastor Jack Ericson. A memorial service is planned for Sunday, February 28 at 12:30 p.m. Due to COVID health restrictions, in-person attendance is limited to invited guests only. The service will be livestreamed to the Good Shepherd YouTube channel using the link https://youtu.be/dujM6bGnnu4 and will also be available as a recording on the Good Shepherd YouTube channel. Those accessing the service live are invited to use the chat feature to share a memory of Esthermae or send greetings to Ron. The notes will be saved and printed for Ron. Thanks be to God for the life of Esthermae Haines. 
 
Sunday Worship for February 21, 2021 - 1 Lent
Join us for our livestreamed Sunday worship at 11am on our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLZp-VxXQtNhP9ge-xNluZg. You can always find our livestreams and recordings with that link, or you can go to YouTube.com and search for Good Shepherd Lutheran, Reno to find us.  You can join us there at 11am or you view the recording of the livestream any time after worship concludes.  A list of all of our worship recordings is also available on our website at goodshepherdreno.org.  You do not have to have a YouTube account to watch our videos or livestreams.  However, if you wish to "chat" in the live chat box, you will need to sign up for an account.  Our livestreams are also shown on Facebook.
 
Weekly Women’s Devotions
The Women’s Bible study group will be using the Lenten Devotional, “Again and Again – a Lenten Refrain,” provided by Good Shepherd to guide our weekly meetings through Lent. We meet via Zoom on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm and Thursday mornings 10-11am. The Devotional booklet begins on Ash Wednesday (February 17) and our first meeting will be Wednesday, February 24. Devotionals can be picked up in the church office during office hours. For more information, contact Stephanie Leff at stephanie@goodshepherdreno.org.
 
Lenten Lessons for Children and Families
During this season of Lent, you can look forward to Lenten Lessons brought to you by staff and volunteers who are involved in Kids’ Community at Good Shepherd. These lessons will be short videos posted weekly on YouTube that may also spark discussion and project ideas that you can do together at home! We will email you a link to the videos and also post them on our Facebook page. For more information contact stephanie@goodshepherdreno.org.
 
Daily Devotions Online
If you are on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, we will be posting a daily message during Lent around our theme of Again & Again.  You can find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/goodshepherdreno, on Twitter at https://twitter.com/LCGSReno, or on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/goodshepherdreno/.
 
NNIC Needs Donations of Items
Northern Nevada International Center's Refugee Reception & Placement department is looking for the following items for their refugee families.  If you can help, please contact Chloe Hoy-Bianchi at chloehb@nnic.org.
  • TV with remote
  • Dresser
  • Bunkbed
  • Queen mattress pad/topper
  • Vacuum
  • Blender
  • Desk and Chair (1 set)
  • Wooden bed frame (queen)
  • White bedspread (queen)
  • Couch
 
End of Life Planning: Are You Prepared?  A Workshop with Pr. Scott Trevithick, Monday, March 1, 4pm on Zoom 
This time of COVID separation has given us all time to think about relationships, time together, and other things we deeply value. It may also prompt us to think about the challenges of isolation, the difficulty of accessing health care, and what we would do if we were to experience a personal crisis, health-related or otherwise. These thoughts may also cause us to reflect on our own end-of-life wishes and plans. 
 
In response to these kinds of concerns, Pastor Scott will be leading a Zoom adaptation of the Planning for the End-of-Life workshop he has led before with congregations, general audiences, and at the Synod Assembly. Through presentation, discussion, and personal reflection, participants will be able to consider their own end-of-life wishes, understand their options and resources, and formulate a plan to specify their wishes to family members and other trusted friends. They will have the opportunity to create an action plan which will include steps to take to specify their own end-of-life wishes including: Memorial Service planning, disposition of one’s body, expressing one’s wishes with family, and considering a legacy gift
 
The workshop is set for Monday, March 1 at 4 p.m. via Zoom. Please RSVP to Pr. Scott Trevithick at PrScott@goodshepherdreno.org so he can provide workshop handouts and the link to the Zoom meeting. 
 
Emergency Contact Info
Another preparation step you can take, which will give you peace of mind, is to provide emergency contact information to the church office. Contact the church office at 329-0696 or ciara@goodshepherdreno.org to provide emergency contact information for a relative or close friend which can be entered into your record in the church database. Include your name and your contact’s name, relationship to you, phone, and email.
 
Shared Harvest for February
The last day to donate food for this month's Shared Harvest is Thursday, February 25.  You may drop off your items at the church office on Monday between 9am and 4:30pm or Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday between 9am and 2pm.  The bin will be outside the Office front door for your safety and convenience. Our February shopping list includes:
  • Peanut Butter (We need 17 jars.)
  • Macaroni and Cheese (We need 35 boxes.)
  • Powdered Milk Packets (We need 26 packets.)
  • Chicken Noodle Soup (We need 26 cans.)
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes (We need as many as possible.)
  • Bar Soap (We need as many as possible.)
 
2nd Mile Offering for February
This month's 2nd Mile Offering benefits National AMMPARO (Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities). You can mail a check for 2nd Mile any time during the month or drop it off in the mail slot at the church office.  Please write 2nd Mile on your memo line of your check.
 
The peace of the Lord be with you all during these stressful times.  Reach out to us if you need help!
 
Maribeth Doerr
Director of Operations and Pastoral Care
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
(775) 329-0696, ext. 100
 
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