Pastor’s Messenger Letter Nov 2018 – Workout Progress Report

I wrote in the September newsletter that we wanted to give the Word of God a workout, that the Body of Christ needed an exercise plan. To do that we tried something new. We committed to actually talking to each other during worship. We began a practice on discerning together what God was leading us to pray for from our experience of God’s Word in worship. It hasn’t always been fun. I am one who highly doubts that anyone ever really enjoys exercising. I, for one, have never run far enough to feel a runner’s high. But, the more and more we pray together, I am starting to believe such things are possible. Like any exercise routine, it is always encouraging when you start seeing results like lost weight, new range of motion, renewed energy, or reduction of pain. So here is a non-exhaustive list of the results I am seeing from our work together: 1. People openly sharing the struggles and ambiguity of Christian life and finding acceptance and empathy. 2. People praying for unity and civil discourse, then actually acting it out as they discern together what to pray for. 3. My own kids think worship doesn’t seem so boring anymore. 4. Long time members discovering people they’ve never talked to and making faith connections. 5. Visitors walking away feeling connected to our community after one visit. 6. Children offer their prayers right alongside adults. 7. People carrying their prayer conversations into the narthex and out the door and throughout the week. 8. Members who rarely speak or participate in other facets of GSLC, finding a voice...

Youth Annual Bake Sale to Support Rst Women’s Shelter

The Sunday School students of Good Shepherd Church will be hosting the 6th Annual Bake Sale to support the Rochester Women’s Shelter on November 17th and 18th. The sale will run from 5-7pm on November 17th and from 7:30am-12:30pm on November 18th. Please consider donating baked goods and purchasing some great treats for your holiday! For more information, contact Kelly Arroyo (kellyarroyo@gmail.com) or Lisa...

Reformation Sunday 10/28 Education Hour 9:30

Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World Documentary– 9:30 Oct. 28 & Nov. 11 Celebrate Reformation Sunday with learning a little more about the history of the Reformation. During the Education Hour on Oct. 28, come to watch the newest documentary on Martin Luther with discussion following the film. We will conclude watching the film on Nov....

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...

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