Hill Fest 2018 Summary

Whether you were the 70+ year-old taking pictures at the event, the 5 year-old that wiped down tables, or somewhere in between that worked on the quilts, helped clean up in the kitchen, or took time to show your enthusiasm for all the entertainers, again, THANK YOU! We couldn’t have had such a fun day and benefited a great cause without all your help and support! Thank you to all those that played a major role in pulling all this together.  Your months of preparations in all categories (decorations, time-table of events, tents/chairs, music, games, food, setup, greeters, finding a benefactor, etc) was very thorough and resulted in the day going on without even a hiccup. Had 170 people signed in, but we’re guessing we had more than 225 people.  You all made 3 quilts and raised $1,200 for IHN !!!  Good call on having the water games with temps in the high 80’s!! We are planning a “lessons learned” meeting to review what went right and what can be improved upon. We welcome your input too, the office is always taking...

Pastor’s Letter Messenger Oct 2018 Part I – Lessons & Promises

Lessons for Life and Promises from the Gospel That’s the title I would assign to our 2018 Fall Stewardship emphasis.  Lessons and promises sound like more than traditional preaching, and in all actuality, it is. Preaching is about being filled with promised grace, lessons are part of a deeper learning to accompany these promises. This fall we have experienced a different form of preaching in worship, a format that calls upon us to engage more deeply with the promises of the gospel.  Yes, it has meant a slight change in our liturgy, but it’s meant to enhance engagement with the gospel promises through learning and responding.  I pray it is, or becomes, a meaningful reception of grace for you as we continue through the fall. Our Stewardship plan this fall has folded into five Sundays of lessons and promises. This combination is occurring through readings, singing, a video, preaching, meditation, sharing, and praying.  The Lessons and Promises topics for these 5 weeks are: Promise Legacy Ambition Capacity Essence Come ready to learn, to engage your hearts and minds, and to receive grace. In worship on November 3rd and 4th we invite you to celebrate this grace, perhaps with new meanings by looking ahead to 2019 with God’s promises deeply embedded in our hearts. See you in worship, Pastor...

Pastor’s Letter Messenger Oct 2018 Part II – Retirement Social Group

Something Newer for Our Loved Ones – Older I have a dream for something new at Good Shepherd Lutheran for those living in the age of retirement. My dream is a gathering of people during the day to eat together, to be enlightened together, to play together, and to be blessed. If you look at the attached calendar you will find on October 18th, at 12:00 noon A GATHERING WITHOUT A NAME.  I encourage you to put this date and time on your calendar if you are retired and looking for a reason to get together with your church friends (I need your help to discover a NAME for this group and gathering). Why?  Because I hear people asking for a middle of the day social gathering for folks who don’t work and don’t like to drive after dark to evening church events.  I’ve also received several requests to discuss faith related topics that pertain specifically to the lives of folks beyond retirement age. There are numerous options for topics to discuss and I’m eager to hear from you, and to plan future gatherings with all those who can come. I’ll provide sub sandwiches and beverages for our first gathering along with a program to enjoy. And one last thing, think about a name for this group, because we don’t want to confuse ourselves or others as THE GROUP WITHOUT A NAME. I hope to see you here, Pastor...

All Saints Sunday Nov 4th

We will celebrate All Saints on Sat Nov 3rd and Sun Nov 4th at all worship services. Each member of our church who has died to Christ in this past year and all those baptized into Christ will be remembered by calling out their name and ringing of a bell. This is a special day to remember all saints in God’s light. If you wish to have a loved one who is not a member of our church named, please contact the church office by Fri Nov...

August 2017 Newsletter

Messenger August 2017 The newsletter and calendar for Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (ELCA) Rochester • Minnesota From the Social Ministry Committee HILL FEST 2017 We are excited to invite you to share in this first ever multi–cultural event of food and fellowship on Sept. 23rd beginning at 4:00pm at Good Shepherd Church – HILL FEST 2017. This is a pot–luck picnic, so we welcome you to bring a dish/food entre (your special family or heritage favorite) along with a list of key ingredients (out of concern for allergies and/or personal dietary preferences). This is a new opportunity for the different faith based groups who use the Good Shepherd Church building to gather as one; to meet, to eat, play games, and to socialize. Blessings to everyone! Please join us on the hill for HILL FEST 2017. SUMMER STORY TIME Parents and children, please join us on Tuesday, August 15th at 9:30am in the Good Shepherd Church Library for Summer Story Time. We will read stories, sing songs, and play outside, weather permitting. SHARE YOUR LOVE – THANK YOU! We extend an enormous thank you for going above and beyond to “Share Your Love” of Good Shepherd. Paul wrote in his letter to the Thessalonians: “Give thanks in all circumstances as this is the will of God through Jesus.” Despite a budget deficit to begin the year, your willingness to “Share Your Love” will help Good Shepherd cover the short fall when we project a continuation of our faithful and strong regular offerings throughout this year. On behalf of the Stewardship Committee, we truly thank you for your generosity and...

From the Pastor’s Desk – May 2017

Peace be with you! We recently started taking time for intentional breathing at our house. With two young kids learning to manage emotions, and two young parents learning how to manage the emotions of youngkids…and our own, we need to do a lot of breathing. Hectic schedules, obligations, and commitments can make the life after the resurrection feel like anything but the resurrected life. Taking time to slow down and breathe seems like a luxury. And if not that, time wasted. It is interesting that in the Gospel of John, one of the first things Jesus does after his resurrection is wish peace upon the disciples and breathe into them the Holy Spirit, the breath of life. The language used in the Greek is the same breath that God breathes into the lump of clay in Genesis to create Adam. This breathing is anything but a luxury. It is part of the very act of creation. This breathing doesn’t come when we need a time out, when we are already out of breath. It comes at the beginning. It is the first breath. Just now, as I am writing this, my smartwatch reminded me to breathe. I told it to remind me in 30 minutes. Cause you know, I need to finish this article ASAP or this newsletter will be delayed a day and arrive on May 2nd instead of May 1st. Perhaps you laugh. But how many times have you thought something similar this week? Irony can sometimes be the best teacher. So if you’ve read this far, please, breathe. Breathe deep enough that it feels like your...