GSC Covid-19 Team Update 3.26.20

March 26, 2020 Dear members and friends of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Today marks day 14 of our church’s suspension of activities.  We are all aware of many changes and sacrifices being made around the world and in our own community.  Yesterday Governor Tim Walz issued an executive order for all Minnesotans to “Stay at Home”.    We share this short excerpt: “I (Tim Walz) am asking Minnesotans to make the most profound sacrifices yet in the struggle against the coronavirus pandemic: Stay at home for two weeks, starting Friday night.  And unless your business is deemed “critical,” close the doors, send your workers home, idle your machinery. The practical effect is basic: Keep people away from each other and common spaces, depriving the virus of its ability to infect people.” Although this executive order allows movement for essential “critical” services, churches are not specifically mentioned, leaving this decision up to us.   To respect and honor this public health order, we believe it is best for Good Shepherd Lutheran Church to ask our pastors remain at home as they continue to lead worship through live-streaming.  We wish to honor Gov. Walz’s “stay at home” order.   This may limit some aspects of our newest on-line worship services because our pastors won’t have access to the many resources our beautiful sanctuary offers.  We ask you to remain on this new journey with us, to continue to worship in these new ways as we ask our church leaders to model being compliant citizens.  Our pastors are also restricted from home and hospital visits, therefore please contact them through the church office phone if you wish...

GSC Covid Team Update 3.21.20

Dear members and friends of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, After the first seven (7) days (March 20) of our suspended church and building activities we felt it was time to offer our update.  “We” now includes the newly formed COVID 19 GSC Team assembled to address on-going public health matters on behalf of GSC.  Thank you to Dr. Jenna Anderson, Jim Allen RN, Joann Angerman L.S.W., Dr. Dudley Davis, Dr. Mike Mesick, Jen Woodford, Dr. Lori Bates and Ben Mohr L.I.C.S.W, M.S.W for their willingness to share their wisdom and insights. We continue to monitor the most current information provided by the CDC and Minn. Dept of Health for recommendations on social movement, gatherings, and containment. Good Shepherd is following those recommendations by discontinuing all in-office operations in addition to church and building activities. Your staff is working remotely from their homes and continue our ministry in a variety of new ways. Worship is being offered via live-stream on Sunday mornings; Wednesday evening worship and pastoral daily devotions are recorded and available on our goodshepherdchurch.net website and Good Shepherd Church Facebook page. Pastors Charlie and Carl-Eric will be joined by our organist, Jenna, and music director, David, in our sanctuary on Sunday morning to conduct our live-stream worship service. They will strictly observe hand washing and surface sanitizing while maintaining safe distances. Church committees are meeting effectively through remote means and their reports are being forwarded to your Leadership Council.  Our Leadership Council will meet at their regular time on Tuesday, March 24thusing a video meeting app.  Our U.S. mail is being picked up daily and all offerings are being counted...

Lent & Holy Week Schedule

WEDNESDAY LENT SCHEDULE 5:30 pm – Lenten Mentors, Ring and Sing 5:45 pm – Lenten Supper March 4: Taco Bar March 11: Potato Bar March 18: Hot Dog/Chili Bar March 25: Cold Sandwich Bar April 1: Soup & Surprise Bar 6:30 pm – Wednesday Night Lenten Worship 7:00 pm – Adult Choir 8:30 pm – Table Talk at the Thirsty Belgian HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE Palm/Passion Weekend: Hosanna in the Highest! Saturday, April 4 5:30 pm & Sunday, April 5 9:30 am Holy Week begins as we participate in the story of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem through a sea of palms. We will then experience the story which changed the world forever — the Passion of Jesus Christ. Maundy Thursday: Experience the Last Supper Thursday, April 9 7:00 pm We gather to not only remember, but experience the night Jesus was betrayed as disciples called to eat and drink, to wash and be washed, to love and be loved. We will celebrate with children and their families as they receive their first communion. Good Friday: Jesus Dies Upon the Cross Friday, April 10 7:00 pm We gather around the newly raised cross on the day of crucifixion. We listen to the last words of Christ in a service of word, prayer, music, and decreasing light. Easter Vigil: Time of Keeping Awake Saturday, April 11 5:30 pm In this time of keeping awake, we will gather to visit, enjoy snacks, and tell a few stories about how we knew Jesus. Soon thereafter we will move, led by candles to our sanctuary to commune together as we celebrate the resurrection to...

FROM THE PASTORS DESK MARCH 2020

Lent 2020: Called to Real Life In keeping with our newly adopted Focus Statement: The sheep of the Good Shepherd will seek deeper Christian identity, practice, and faith by creating intentional time and space for holy experimentation in listening to the voice of Jesus. This Lent we will listen to the voice of Jesus who calls us to live our faith in daily life and work through Vocation (the Latin literally means “calling”). We want to go beyond so-called “special” callings to ordained ministry or calling to a vocation as opposed to a job. Vocation at its heart is the call to discipleship in all of life. It is the recognition that everything I do is service to God. Whether paid or unpaid, whether officially sanctioned by church or a random interaction, whether serving dinner at a homeless shelter or at your own kitchen table, we are doing the work of God. To speak this way about vocation is to recognize a way of life rooted in a God who cares deeply about the minutia, the rote, and the unglamorous as sites for God’s grace in the world. On Wednesday evenings we will dwell on the words of Saint Paul from Ephesians 2:8-10 – For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life. To put this in terms of vocation we...

SAVE THE DATE – Sunday May 31st Pentecost Sunday and GSLC 60th Anniversary Celebration

The GSLC Council set the date for Good Shepherd Lutheran’s 60th anniversary celebration. Plans are moving forward to have a celebratory Pentecost worship service with a Jazz Liturgy with music by UpTown Jazz. Food, storytelling, and a huge group picture are hoped for. We welcome those with abilities for planning and organizing FOOD, STORIES, AND THAT HUGE PICTURE to contact the church office to assist in our efforts to celebrate our anniversary on the Christian Church’s anniversary day of...

GSLC GREEN SPACE PLANNING

THE GSLC GREEN SPACE PLANNING has now started and is going strong. Ideas have been generated, community resources are being identified and enthusiasm towards these developments is growing! Our last meeting was on Ash Wednesday and we will then meet every other Wednesday over the dinner hour (5:45-6:25 pm) during Lent, prior to the worship service at GSLC. Please feel free to grab your food and come join us to learn more these potential projects. Look for us in one of the corners of the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is welcome! For more information, contact Lonnie Fynskov,...

Memorial Service for Bernice Rinde

Bernice K. Rinde, 90, died Saturday, October 19, 2019 in Scottsdale , AZ. She was born with the given name Katherine Selma Bernice on October 28, 1928 in Park River, ND to Alfred and Clara Kjelland. She attended nursing school at St. Luke’s in Fargo, ND, graduating as an RN. On June 21, 1953 she married Dean J. Rinde. The couple celebrated 60 years of marriage prior to Dean’s passing in 2013. They moved to Rochester , MN in 1966. Bernice continued her long nursing career at Methodist Hospital and became a head nurse in the Mayo Health System before her retirement. Bernice loved her family, friends, and neighbors. She was a good friend to all who knew her. She is survived by her son, Paul Rinde (Lisa) of Amery, WI, her granddaughter, Alexa (fiancé Josh) of Minneapolis, special niece, Cathy Uglem of Fargo, nephew, Bruce (Jonal) Uglem of Hatton, ND, and other relatives. She is preceded in death by her husband, Dean, her son, Scott, and her sisters, Alpha Kjelland and Glenna Uglem. The memorial service will be held on Monday, October 28th at 2pm  at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Rochester Minnesota. Family will be available a half hour before the service and for a reception immediately following the service at the church. Memorials preferred to Good Shepherd Lutheran...

Worship on the Go! for August 25, 2019

WELCOME TO WORSHIP ON THE GO! It is Summer and we at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church know that this means many of our community may be traveling. But just because you are traveling doesn’t mean you can’t worship with us. Wherever you are and whenever you can find the time, we encourage you to take 15 min to worship God and speak the good news of God’s gracious love into the world. Things you will need: Water, this Bulletin (digital or paper), optional candle (real or app). Following the practice of good order, if there is more than one worshiper, divide the parts of the service up amongst those gathered. Use the bulletin as a resource and follow the worship order below. Songs of your choice can be added as the Spirit moves you. After you are done take a selfie and tell us where you worshiped and any other news you’d like to share about your worship by posting it to Facebook. You can either post it to the GSC Facebook site or tag GSC by writing in your post “@Good Shepherd Lutheran Church” Light the Candle  FOCUSING CONVERSATION: When’s a time you felt set free? THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩one God, the fountain of living water, the rock who gave us birth, our light and our salvation. Amen. Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism, we are clothed with God’s mercy and forgiveness. Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism. We give you thanks, O God, O Living One, for you have created all, and you water the earth abundantly. Oceans and...

Worship on the Go! for August 18, 2019

WELCOME TO WORSHIP ON THE GO! It is Summer and we at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church know that this means many of our community may be traveling. But just because you are traveling doesn’t mean you can’t worship with us. Wherever you are and whenever you can find the time, we encourage you to take 15 min to worship God and speak the good news of God’s gracious love into the world. Things you will need: Water, this Bulletin (digital or paper), optional candle (real or app). Following the practice of good order, if there is more than one worshiper, divide the parts of the service up amongst those gathered. Use the bulletin as a resource and follow the worship order below. Songs of your choice can be added as the Spirit moves you. After you are done take a selfie and tell us where you worshiped and any other news you’d like to share about your worship by posting it to Facebook. You can either post it to the GSC Facebook site or tag GSC by writing in your post “@Good Shepherd Lutheran Church” Light the Candle  FOCUSING CONVERSATION: What are you passionate about regardless of other people’s opinion? THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩one God, the fountain of living water, the rock who gave us birth, our light and our salvation. Amen. Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism, we are clothed with God’s mercy and forgiveness. Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism. We give you thanks, O God, O Living One, for you have created all, and you water the earth...

Worship on the Go! for August 11, 2019

WELCOME TO WORSHIP ON THE GO! It is Summer and we at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church know that this means many of our community may be traveling. But just because you are traveling doesn’t mean you can’t worship with us. Wherever you are and whenever you can find the time, we encourage you to take 15 min to worship God and speak the good news of God’s gracious love into the world. Things you will need: Water, this Bulletin (digital or paper), optional candle (real or app). Following the practice of good order, if there is more than one worshiper, divide the parts of the service up amongst those gathered. Use the bulletin as a resource and follow the worship order below. Songs of your choice can be added as the Spirit moves you. After you are done take a selfie and tell us where you worshiped and any other news you’d like to share about your worship by posting it to Facebook. You can either post it to the GSC Facebook site or tag GSC by writing in your post “@Good Shepherd Lutheran Church” Light the Candle  FOCUSING CONVERSATION: Do you have any good camping stories? THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩one God, the fountain of living water, the rock who gave us birth, our light and our salvation. Amen. Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism, we are clothed with God’s mercy and forgiveness. Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism. We give you thanks, O God, O Living One, for you have created all, and you water the earth abundantly. Oceans and...

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