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…

Your Kingdom Come…and Cookies.

Yesterday, I took cookies to some police officers. I felt a little silly. I’m a professional, after all. What was I doing schlepping through Kroger looking for baked goods mid-afternoon? Weren’t there more important things to be doing in this world of larger-than-life problems on the day after the terrorizing massacre in Las Vegas? Giving…

When Crossing Generations Crosses Wires

Originally posted on UNSHEARED:
What is cross-generational ministry? I’m realizing this is an important question for me to not only ask as well as answer, but to keep asking and keep answering with consistency. If I’m not constantly sharing stories and facilitating the conversation about cross-generational ministry at Good Shepherd, some people may be left…

Going Green(er) at Church this Summer

GSLC is going green(er)! As we did last summer, we’ll be taking some initiatives in June, July, and August that will green some of our practices, both literally and figuratively, as we enter the “green season” of the church year. Some consider the summer, or as the ancient church called it “ordinary time” to be…well…ordinary. …

Time and Talent in Reverse

Greetings from the stewardship team! As we make our way through spring and towards summer, we’re sending out a quick update to let you know what’s coming up. In June you will receive a quarterly stewardship report. This report will include your year-to-date giving summary and update you on the many ways your gifts are…

The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost

The following devotion, pulled from the ELCA’s monthly GNEWS newsletter, was written by our very own Erin Darnell. “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they…

Can My Kid Have Communion?

The short answer: if they’re baptized, yes. The long answer is a little…well, longer. We know that the very first church was largely made up of adult Christians, and that though whole families were sometimes baptized together (for instance, Acts 16:33), the norm was adult baptism after some time of preparation. The flow looked like…

A Call Committee Update

Good news – as of Sunday, we have a primary candidate. This means we have stopped considering other candidates, and the candidate agrees not to consider other opportunities. This is a major milestone in our process. The call committee is unanimous in support and excitement for this candidate. We found someone with a big heart,…

So You’re Thinking of Diving into Lent…

So, you’re thinking of diving into Lent this year, eh? Well, before you give up that bacon, before you take a temperance pledge, or before you start the self flagellation, read this. It may change your perspective a bit on this season. Lent (which literally means “spring”), Beloved, is a season of spiritual housecleaning. It…

A Stewardship Update

Now that the fall campaign is over, you shouldn’t have to hear from the stewardship team until that time next year, right? Wrong! We are building off the congregation’s impressive momentum coming out of the “Lives Transformed” appeal and making it our goal to ensure that we don’t restrict stewardship to only a few weeks…

Call Process Update: It Begins

Greetings Church! Well, the call team is starting the search for our next Associate Pastor here at Good Shepherd.  Prayer, study, and careful discernment are all playing a part in this process, and I ask that you add your own prayers to ours. This search is just a little different from the search for the…