Mission Statement - Sharing The Love Of Jesus!
Mission Statement - Sharing The Love Of Jesus!
Sharing the Love of Jesus!
As a community of believers, we are called to serve God through love and faithful service.
"Come Have a Life Changing Experience."
Pastor Ted Niemi
Services and Activities postponed until further notice. Click on the "Find Out More" button to download the Worship Devotional for the Eleventh Sunday of Pentecost August 16, 2020. We have Worship Bulletins for children available for download as well as music files.
There will be a drive through food distribution of the Lutheran Hunger Network's FREE Neighborhood Market at Good Shepherd on Saturday, 9/12, from 9-11 a.m.
We are asking all of those in the high risk categories to please refrain from volunteering this time around. There will be other opportunities to serve! Please provide all the prayer support you have time for right now.
Central CA Food Bank will provide gloves, and those who wish to wear masks will need to bring their own. On 9/12, anyone planning to volunteer who is or has been feeling ill - especially if they have or have had a fever, cough or flu-like symptoms - is asked to PLEASE stay home. Volunteers will be encouraged to drive through and get food for their own household, too, just like usual.
Please share this information with everyone you know who could benefit and with those who might want to volun
Needed items are as follows:
Notebooks, markers, crayons , scissors, glue
Pencils are also on the list, but we received so many last year, we already have enough for this year! Backpacks would also be appreciated for children to keep their supplies in if you are interested in making a bigger purchase.
We are shooting for 150-200 school supply kits by August 10th. This is a BIG goal for a small church during a pandemic! If you are able to purchase some of these supplies, Kathy has said that we can bring them to the office during regular hours of 9-1. If you'd prefer, feel free to put together entire kits into a ziploc, and bring those to the office. Financial contributions will also be accepted. You can drop a check (to GSLC) or cash with Kathy or Paypal/Venmo to me @ firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'll shop for you (or spread the shopping duties to other super shoppers!)
Love & joy to you, Julie Werfelmann GSLC Youth & Children's Minister
PS. We still have toiletry needs.
Travel size shampoo, conditioner and lotion. If you have these items to donate please contact the church or drop off in the church office between 9:00 to 1:00.
If you can contribute funds I will purchase, Sue Hays
Children's Church available at both services
5140 North Fruit Avenue, Fresno, California 93711, United States
09:00 am – 01:00 pm
Appointments can be scheduled outside of normal hours.
I saw a meme today that speculated, “So guys, August is coming. Place your bets. Dinosaurs? Giant bugs? Zombies?” I thought that was funny. I can relate to it. Nothing about 2020 has been normal.
It’s August now. Often meetings at church are cancelled in August so it is not unusual to have some extra time on my hands. We used to have Vacation Bible School in August and since we didn’t have it earlier it feels like something that would be normal for us to do this month. If we were in church worshipping the air conditioner would be kicking on early in the morning to make sure it is cool when you come. I remember one summer when the air conditioner went out and we had worship anyway. I don’t think I’d do that again. Could you imagine how miserable it would be if we were in our sanctuary and the air conditioner went out with the kind of heat wave that is coming our way realizing we would also have to wear masks?
This has gone on long enough now that I don’t feel the pressure to answer the question of when church will start again anymore since that is clearly out of my hands. Nothing feels normal. Statistical realities indicate that things are probably not going to get better any time soon.
Do you remember our mission? It is to Share the Love of Jesus. This time, although we are physically separated from each other, is rich in opportunities to share the love of Jesus. Of course, there are the ways we can help meet physical needs. Please see the info in this newsletter about our latest collection for Roeding Elementary. Our church will be sharing the love of Jesus with school children who will be facing unique challenges this year. But there are many other ways, too.
Some of you have become great card writers. I know because I have received cards and letters from many of you during this time. That is a great way to share the love of Jesus. I have had significant dental surgery over the last month or so. Don Dueker sent me a card I have read over and over again. I especially like it because he has clearly gone through what I am and knows what it is like. That is sharing the love of Jesus. You can do that by encouraging others. Who can you encourage? Is there someone going through a challenge you have gone through? You can be the presence of Jesus to them.
During this time that is so abnormal I think it is good for us as Christians to do what should be normal for us at all times: loving God and other people. So, whatever your routine is these days I encourage you to find ways to Share the Love of Jesus. Maybe that is the best way to bring some sense of normalcy to this highly unusual time!
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