Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates
In following guidelines by the CDC, and modeling after the closure of schools; out of a compassionate and loving concern for the safety of everyone involved: All in-person activities at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, including worship, are canceled from March 17th- May 1oth. After which time we will re-evaluate and determine if further closure is needed. In terms of our staff, we are encouraging pastoral, program, music, and office staff to do as much of their jobs remotely as possible. We appreciate your flexibility and adaptability as this means a closure of the church office and changes in staff availability.
Our pastors and staff are doing everything we can to ensure the health and safety of our faith community during this pandemic. It is important during this time not to act out of fear, but to deal compassionately with ourselves and one another. Let peace rule your heart, and love one another. Wash your hands, and drink plenty of fluids. Take care, take mindfulness, take a deep breath. Pray that God will calm our anxious hearts, and know that God is truly present with us, together on this journey. In this time of need, we are truly standing on Holy Ground.
In the midst of it all, we urge you to remember a time the Psalmist was in trouble and sang, “God is our refuge and strength, a help always near in times of great trouble….be still, know I am God!” (Psalm 46) The Psalmist calls us to pause and remember God is our help. God always, always, always shows up! We encourage you to daily take time to witness God’s presence in the everyday, ordinary moments even in the midst of trouble.
Even though our building and physical gathering spaces are temporarily closing their doors, this does not mean that God has stopped speaking to us. It does not mean that there is not Good News that we still weekly need to hear. During this time of closure only, the Pastors at Good Shepherd will be preparing audio messages including prayer, scripture, and a sermon to be sent out every Sunday. We will also be sending out video Children’s Sermons on Facebook and a weekly Wednesday God-Byte (also on Facebook). If you would like to receive these devotionals, please indicate your desire by signing up below. Like and follow us on facebook for the videos.
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