Dear Good Shepherd,
 
As I write this (Thursday afternoon), we have blue skies and cooler temperatures. It’s filled my sad heart with a bit of hope. This respite is probably short-lived since the fires are far from over, but this bit of hope is going a long way in reminding me of what’s good. 
 
This morning, seven women gathered in Shepherd Hall with sad and grateful hearts, checking in with each other before plotting out the Women’s Bible Study schedule for the rest of 2021. We each chose AND – to allow ourselves to have sad AND grateful hearts. Choosing AND means living a wholehearted life, recognizing that life is complicated, especially during this pandemic that seems never-ending. It’s so easy to lose touch with each other but it doesn’t feel safe yet to meet in large gatherings. What do we do?
 
Meeting in smaller groups feels safer, and a few ministries have restarted or have been running for the last few months such as the Hiking group, the Hearts and Hands Quilters, OWLS (older wiser Lutheran singles), Rebekah Circle, Tuesday Bible Class, Thursday Bible Study, and Women’s Bible Study. We’re talking about restarting the Caregivers’ Support Group in September and offering a hybrid option (zoom and in-person concurrently). The Women’s Bible Study restarts September 9 (more information on that later in this eblast.) What other groups are you interested in? How can we help you connect during this time of no Sunday fellowship or Kids’ Community?
 
With hope and gratitude,
Your Good Shepherd Staff
 
David Brock’s Annual Hot August Pipes Organ Concert is tomorrow (Saturday) Aug. 21
We will once again be blessed with David Brock’s music this summer on Saturday, August 21 at 5pm in Good Shepherd’s worship space. Tickets are $20 at the door (cash or check only) or $15 in advance at davidbrockmusic.com.  All proceeds will be donated back to Good Shepherd for outreach. Thank you David!
 
August 22 Worship – Welcome Guest Preacher Pr. Carl Wilfrid
Pr. Scott Trevithick is on vacation this week and will return to the office on Monday, August 23. This Sunday, we are delighted to have retired pastor and Good Shepherd member Carl Wilfrid preaching and presiding.  You can join us for in-person worship at our 9am Contemporary Worship or our 11am Traditional Worship.  If you prefer, join us for our livestream worship at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_kyP6sGA2w 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.
 
Thank you from Mt. Rose School
Thanks to all of you who donated black pants, leggings, and your dollars for Mt. Rose School. We collected 54 pairs of black pants and 27 pairs of black leggings. With the cash donated, Judith Inskip purchased nine good quality backpacks and filled them with school supplies. The children and staff at Mt. Rose School are very grateful for the generosity of our congregation. "Fitting in" is SO important to student success. Our thanks to Judith for organizing this annual donation/collection.
 
Books for Echo Loder School
A huge thank you to those who purchased books for Echo Loder School. They have received 106 books for their library thanks to Good Shepherd! 
 
New Collection – Gently Used or New Shoes
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. 
 
Women's Bible Study - Thursday mornings, beginning September 9
The next study begins Thursday, September 9, from 10 to 11:30am in Shepherd Hall at Good Shepherd. Our first study will be Mary: A Woman for All Seasons which runs for 3 weeks. You can view the study here: https://www.gathermagazine.org/summer-2009-mary-a-woman-for-all-seasons/. Please let us know if you're interested in a zoom option at the same time. If you are interested in an evening option, please let us know. 
 
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 11th at 2:00pm. To watch online and/or for more information, visit their website at http://www.spsbishopinstallation.com/.
 
We’re hiring! Faith Formation Coordinator and Childcare Attendant positions available
Good Shepherd is looking to hire a Faith Formation Coordinator for its ministry with children, youth, and families and Childcare Attendants for our nursery on Sunday mornings and for other church events. If you know of suitable candidates, please encourage them to look at the position descriptions on our website and apply with a cover letter and resume. Questions? Contact the church office. 
 
Church Office Hours:
Mondays - 9am to 4:30pm
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays - 9am to 2pm
Closed Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 
 
The peace of the Lord be with you,
 
Maribeth Doerr
Director of Operations/Office, Property, Communications and Pastoral Care 
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
(775) 329-0696, ext 100
 
A Reconciling in Christ Congregation