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…

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,…