The Two Most Church-y Days of the Year.

What are the two most church-y days of the year? Christmas Eve and Easter? Reformation Sunday and Pentecost? At Good Shepherd, my answer would be the two amazing Sundays that bookend our programmatic year, “Rally Raleigh Days” and the day of our big year-end picnic. What’s so church-y about “Rally Raleigh Days” and a picnic?…

Parable: Art Pfefferle and Family Promise

Art Pfefferle has been involved with Family Promise (formerly WIHN) for 15 years, since this ministry began at Good Shepherd. In this video, Art talks about his experience helping families in transition through Family Promise and invites us all to serve alongside him.

Parable: Mason Kaiser and the Garden Beds

My name is Mason Kaiser, I am 15 years old and a lifelong member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. I am a Boy Scout in Troop 215. A couple weeks ago, you may have seen that one of the islands is no longer filled with junipers but instead, has two new planter boxes on it….

Summer Sermon Series: Vol 1

This summer at GSLC Pr. Marsha and Pr. Tim will be utilizing a few resources to craft three sermon series.  With Ordinary Time, and the corresponding color green, being focused on spiritual growth (hence the green-for-growing-things motif), it is an opportunity to experiment, to dream, and to present just a slightly different feeling, as summer…

Parable: Andrew Buck, Director of Cross-Generational Ministries

<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!> Andrew Buck was asked to come in and…

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,…