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.
Dear Friends in Christ,
As we gather in July for worship, July 5th particularly, we need to pray for our country, our government leaders and our police agencies. It seems so much of our country is under attack. It is a time of political upheaval and unrest.
This fall will not only be a time to elect a president but a vote for our civilization, our society and our values. Consider it, people of God. It is being challenged every day. What kind of society do you want? Peaceful protests are fine but not looting and arson.
So....it is good to see so many at worship again. A few regulars are still away. We understand why..the virus and their health concerns. We wish them good health and hope for their return soon. During this time, let us remember to BE the church as we respond with care, service to others, and love..
After careful and thoughtful consideration, Council has decided to resume our monthly potluck dinners: July 5 and August 2. On July 5, we will celebrate the graduation of Joey Pinna from high school, and birthdays of the month. On August 2, we will celebrate the confirmation of Waylon Mitchell, and August birthdays.
Here are the procedures ,via Council , for potluck dinners amid the Covid virus: 1) you must wear a mask in the buffet line , 2) gloved servers will serve you the food in buffet line, 3)you can eat outside at picnic tables or inside. All is done to keep you and others safe. Thanks for following these guidelines.
THANK YOU for your faithful offerings. We are doing very well, thank you.Finally, a devotional thought, based on 1 John 5:13. We believe in Jesus but sometimes we have this nagging feeling that something isn't right. There is lingering doubt you do not truly have a relationship with God that you think you have or want. This is nothing new. When Jesus came to earth, He did things differently. And He taught a new way of living that would lead to eternal life. Then He died on a cross for our sins and rose to give us new life. Following laws and rules didn't bring salvation. No matter how hard we try or how many good things we do, it is not good enough. Only Jesus had the power to save. Because of this truth, John and others wrote gospels and letters to tell us, convince us, of this truth. And so, you may know! For sure. John was an eyewitness; he was there. Believe it.
Yours in Christ,
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.
Daniel 11:35 (NIV)
Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time.
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