HOMEWORK FOR GSC MEMBERS DUE SUN 4/7 – Wake up the CAT!

Wake up the CAT!The CAT is getting sleepy waiting for your survey, so we’ve decided to have a drawing for all who take the CAT.  Gift certificates for Panera and The Thirsty Belgian will be given to 2 lucky winners of a CAT drawing.  To register, take the CAT and drop your name in one of 2 fish bowls in the Narthex. You may complete the CAT (Congregational Assessment Tool) by clicking the on-line link on our website or by coming to the office, a paper version is available....

JESUS CHRIST, SUPERSTAR PERFORMANCES AND DISCUSSION EVENT

JESUS CHRIST, SUPERSTAR PERFORMANCE   Jesus Christ, Superstar: a rock opera phenomenon depicting Jesus Christ’s last days on Earth that continues to touch generations of audiences and performers.  The timeless tale of the final days of Jesus’s life depicted in the musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber is gripping and emotional.   Jesus Christ Superstar tells the story of biblical Jesus in the final days leading up to his crucifixion through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. Loosely based on the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, Superstar follows the last week of Jesus Christ’s life. The story – told entirely through song – explores the personal relationships and struggles between Jesus, Judas, Mary Magdalene, his disciples, his followers, and the Roman Empire. Well-known songs include “Superstar,” “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” and “Gethsemane.” A true global phenomenon, Superstar continues to touch new generations of audiences and performers.   Rochester Civic Theatre March 22 – April 14 Thursdays-Saturday: 7-9 PM | Sundays: 2-4 PM Tickets to the show may be purchased at http://rochestercivictheatre.ticketforce.com.     JESUS CHRIST, SUPERSTAR THEOLOGICAL DISCUSSION   The timeless tale of the final days of Jesus’s life depicted in the musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber is gripping and emotional. Pastor Dan Doering (People of Hope Lutheran Church) will lead a discussion immediately following the performance on Sunday, April 7 to examine where the show fits the Biblical account and where it departs. There will be time for questions. A light food buffet will be offered, and drinks will be available for purchase. Mingle with familiar faces from GEV and...

FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK: Reconciliation in Lent

2 Corinthians 5:17-20    17So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 18All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; 19that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. 20So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. Dear Friends in Christ, If Lent 2019 at Good Shepherd with its’ theme “Seeing Whiteness” has felt challenging or unsettling for you, please know it has been for me too. But Lent is a time for deeper reflection of our lives and faith that we may discover a real sense of repentance as we move toward Easter.  This past Wednesday I preached from John 9 where Jesus teaches about seeing and not seeing (ourselves, our beliefs and actions).  My message pointed to the subtle ways we are blinded by the normalcy of differentiating people by skin color and benefiting from unspoken powers in place that favor those of us considered to be part of a white race.  These are difficult realities to expose, hear and see, especially if you are white. You may be asking, why are we focusing on racism? Well, for whatever reason the reality of maintaining racial differences still exists and it hurts people, even now in a time when most of us would say individually that “I am not racist.”   I...

FLOCK CAT SURVEY IS LIVE! SURVEY CLOSES SUN APR 7TH!!

It’s time for the Shepherd Church Flock to take the Church Assessment Tool (CAT) Survey. The GSC Council wants EVERY VOICE in our congregation to provide them with more insight for our visioning process. Everyone in your household age 16 and older should participate. It takes 15-20 mins in one sitting. Assistance can be given from the church office. Click HERE or type https://surveymonkey.com/r/GoodShepherdRochester into your browser URL field box. Please complete the Survey by Sun April...

GSLC COUNCIL UPDATE AND VISIONING NEXT STEPS – CAT SURVEY

Thank you for participating in our visioning process thus far. Our Council president gave a brief update at our annual meeting and he also said there is more to do. Council has decided to go deeper and wider with some meaningful questions for members and visitors of GSLC before creating a new strategic plan. Therefore, GSLC will be launching the CAT in a couple weeks. No, we’re not getting a church pet; CAT is the “Church Assessment Tool.” This is your way to join your voice to our congregation-wide visioning effort. God has led each of you here to be part of this church, your voice needs to be heard and your Council is ready to listen. A link to the online CAT will soon be shared via email, in a letter to all households, and on the GSLC Facebook and web pages. All members and regular visitors (age 16 and up) are asked to take the CAT. It’s completely anonymous. Plan on 20- 30 minutes in one sitting to make this investment for your church. For those without online access or familiarity with computers, assistance will be provided here at church or over the phone. You may read more about the CAT at...

RESCHEDULED TRIP SUN 4/7: RACE: Are We So Different? Exhibit

As part of our Lenten experience, GSC has re-scheduled a trip to experience the RACE Exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota on Sunday, April 7th. We will travel by bus to St. Paul for the exhibit and then have conversation over dinner before returning to Rochester. All ages welcome. Cost is estimated at $50 depending on number of participants and includes museum admission, transport, and dinner. If you wish to go, please sign up on the Narthex Kiosk or by contacting the church office by March...

FINANCIAL Feb 2019 (through Feb. 28, 2019)

  2019 2019 Offerings $63,697* Actual Expenses $77,738 surplus (deficit) ($14,041) *Does not include $3,410 of designated offerings received for local and global Hunger in...

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