With the many changes that COVID-19 (coronavirus) is causing, the District President recommends we follow the CDC guidelines for gatherings of 10 people or less in an effort to help stem the tide of spreading the infection and safe guarding our members. It is important for us to remain fixed on God during these trying times in prayer, meditation and worship.

Many churches are turning to online services to fill the void. The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church has a web site with a collection of Pastor Abel's sermons, along with hymns, videos and more. In addition, Pastor Rockey of the Amazing Grace Lutheran Church has graciously agreed to share his sermons and services with the Good Shepherd congregation. Please go to https://amazinggracelc.org/. You can click on the links to his sermons there, along with other resources you can explore.

God bless!

Dear Friends in Christ,

As I write this letter, we are seven days from Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten season. Worship with us on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 11 am, with Ashes of Repentance and the Lord's Supper.

Lent is a period of 40 days, ptus six Sundays. lt is meant as a season of spiritual reflection and
preparation for the celebration of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians remember the 40 days of Jesus in the wilderness where He fasted, prayed, and endured the temptations of Satan.

Where and what will be your spiritual journey?

Hopefully it will be one of prayer and worship, walking with Jesus on His road to Jerusalem to die for us. Jesus said, "Take up your cross and follow me. "

GRACE is a beautitul word for us believers. lt means an undeserved gift. Everything God gives us is undeserved, such as salvation, forgiveness, heaven. But there are also gifts of making it through difficult and tough days. Feelings of peace in moments of panic. Patience in stress.

These are all gifts from God. God is good. Thank God, for everything He has done and
given you. Each one is a loving gifr of grace.

Lent provides us a special time to become deeply rooted and grounded in His love, like roots of a tree
beneath the soil. And anything with deep and robust roots cannot be easily moved. A mature tree that has spent years growing roots deep into theground cannot easily be pushed over. They may bend and
possiblyloae a branch or two. But when the storm passes, the tree still stands.

Because God resides in your heart, you can withstand any storm.  As we grow roots, we mature in our faith, our roots sink deep into the love of Christ. We may bend, but we will always be left standing.

Lent helps us mature and grow deeper roots!


Some final thoughts...
Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26; 11am with lunch to follow.
Confirmation of Waylon Mitchell on Palm Sunday, April 5th, with church pofluck to follow.

35th anniversary of our Good Shepherd Lutheran church is April 14th. Church was incorporated as
congregation in synod and district on April 14, 1985. We will celebrate with a special service in April.

Council and pastor are working on date and details. We'll keep you posted.

Good news: attendance is good; new guests and visitors are evident; and offerings are holding at 95%.

Congratsl
God bless you and your family.
ln Chilst,

ln Christ,
Yours in Christ,
Reverend Ron Mueller

God's call to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is in Jeremiah 29:7
"Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper."
That's why Good Shepherd is working to GROW!
Going to our neighbors near and far
Reaching out to listen, learn and love
Opening our hearts and hands in Jesus' name
Welcoming them to life together in Christ's kingdom

The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church has many doors through which people share in serving God and others. Whether you visit in person or via the internet, we hope you discover something here to encourage you in your spiritual journey.

The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is a church with a passion for sharing the love of Jesus Christ not only in our community but also around the world.

Everything Lutherans believe comes from the Bible, God's message of love and hope for all people.  The Bible is the written Word of God, handed down to us in order to point us to the truth that we are saved from our sin and eternal death by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We believe that the Bible is completely reliable and without error.  We learn everything we need to know about God's love from it.

We invite you to visit and join us for a wonderful time of fellowship and praising the Lord in a multitude of opportunities offered by our church.

 

As you enter our doors you will be welcomed by a greeter who will give you a bulletin for the day which will list the hymns, and information that you might need, and then they will direct you to the guest register, where we would appreciate it if you would give us your name and address so we can send you a welcome card. As you go into the sanctuary, please sit anywhere you might feel comfortable, and prepare to worship. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is a community of faith, rooted in the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our mission is to nurture each person in mind, body and spirit through worship, education and service.

 

Sunday Bible Study  9:15 am

Sunday Worship Service 10:30 am

 

 

 

 

  Holy Communion: Our Lord shares with us His precious body and blood in the Sacrament of the Holy Communion. We invite those who are baptized Christians who are able to examine themselves on the basis of these three points of Christian faith:

 I believe that Jesus is my only Lord and Savior from sin.

 I believe that the true body and blood of Christ is present in the sacrament.

I resolve, with the Holy Spirit's help, to live for my Lord and witness through my actions that He is my Savior.


 

 

 


In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,

“God opposes the proud
    but shows favor to the humble.”

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

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 2 Chronicles 26:11 (NIV)
Uzziah had a well-trained army, ready to go out by divisions according to their numbers as mustered by Jeiel the secretary and Maaseiah the officer under the direction of Hananiah, one of the royal officials.
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