What Would It Take?

What would it take to give some clues about our mission and vision at GSLC, straight from the moment you drive into the parking lot? What would it take to do a little reversal regarding our lot? Our sign points to the street, but the doors are located in the sea of concrete around the…

Parable: Gail Vaughn and Memory Cafe

  Gail Vaughn co-founded, and has since facilitated, GSLC’s Memory Café with the help of faithful volunteers to set up, cook, serve, and tear down this mobile eatery for many years now.   Hear Gail’s reflection indicating how she sees Memory Café fulfilling GSLC’s mission to be Christ-centered and life-changing: “‘Let’s dance to the table’…

Parables: Mike Sardi, Resource Director

<Good Shepherd’s staff is continually making connections between their work and our church mission.  These stories, or “parables” are where our life and work connect with God’s mission here. If you have a parable to share, please email the church office. We’d love to hear your reflection!> Resource Director Mike Sardi attempts to live out…

Parable: Cassi Skaar and the Lutheran Youth Organization Gathering

Hey Church! On the way to LYO (acronym for Lutheran Youth Organization) , I was a mix of emotions. I did not know what to expect since this was my first time going. I knew that it would be similar to other Lutheran camps and get-togethers, but still very different. I was mostly excited because…

Staff Parable: Sarah Marchi

The staff at Good Shepherd takes seriously our mission and values.  We’re always trying to work and live and move in ways that are Christ-centered, so that we can be a place that is life changing.  From our front office to the back of the sacristy, our goal to connect the people of North Raleigh…

The Practice of Prayer

When Brian and I were engaged, we went on a pre-marital retreat, and before each meal, the leaders asked for a volunteer to pray. Those of us who were comfortable praying in public took care of the first few meals, but by the second day…well, you could hear the crickets. At one meal in particular,…

Mahalia Jackson, “Queen of Gospel Song”

Our featured reformer for the month of February is Mahalia Jackson. She was a singer of American gospel music, known around the world for her ability to delight and move. Her music had texts drawn from biblical themes and was heavily influenced by the blues. While she had offers to sing other types of music,…

Lent Begins Today

Beloved, Our Lenten theme this year is “you are the way,” a simple reminder for us as we wander through this desert season of the church year that we can abandon all the ways we think of ourselves as the conduit for true life.  The God known in Christ is that conduit.  The Greek word…

Giving Up for Lent

“What are you giving up for Lent?” It’s about that time of year when people start asking me this question.  The habit of giving something up for Lent is a fine one, when done with intention.  Giving up cookies or sweets, soda or beer, these undertakings should only be done if they are truly a…

“Whatever you loose on earth is loosed in heaven…”

So, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that when Jesus says, “Whatever you loose on Earth will be loosed in heaven…”(Matthew 16:19) he wasn’t talking about our loose offering here at GSLC. Loose offering, as defined by PT and the Stewardship Team, is “any offering not connected to a name.”  So,…

Welcoming Children in Worship

This blog has been adapted from an oral presentation. For many, the concept of children in worship is counter-productive. Worship is a time of reverence. Children, on the other hand, have the capacity of being anything but. They can be noisy, messy, and distracting. Not to mention, without experience, many have no idea what’s going…

Celebrating Faithfulness: Reformation 2017

As we approach the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this Sunday (!), we have an opportunity to worship together with Roman Catholics to commemorate the occasion. There will be an ecumenical service this Friday, Oct. 27, at 7:00pm called “From Conflict to Communion: a Lutheran-Catholic Commemoration of the Reformation” at St. Thomas More Catholic Church…