Easter at Good Shepherd

Help Make Our Easter Egg Hunt a Success You can help make our Easter Egg Hunt a success by donating prizes! Please bring your donation and put it in the labeled box in Crary Hall by Wednesday, March 28. We need individually wrapped candy, fruit snacks, or granola bars; small Read More

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Strategic Plan: First Draft Feedback

The Strategic Planning Task Force will hold their third and final forum on Sunday, March 25 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Participants will have a chance to read and respond to a full first draft of the strategic plan. (As a reminder: the plan’s purpose is to drive our Read More

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ASTP Remains Closed

On Tuesday, the Council approved the ASTP Advisory Board’s request to extend the temporary closure of ASTP past the original date of March 19. At this time Jennifer and Rebecca are not able to return to work as originally planned. They thank the congregation for understanding their need to take Read More

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God’s Big Table

A Communion Preparation Experience Saturday, March 24 –  9:30-11:30 a.m. We all have a place with Jesus at the gracious and wondrous meal of forgiveness, life, hope, joy, renewal, nourishment, peace, comfort, challenge, courage, and strength; a place like no other — God’s Big Table. Join us for a day Read More

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La Ratonicita Presumida (The Vain Little Mouse)

Thursday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Good Shepherd sanctuary! Tears of Joy Theatre’s Emily Alexander, a long-time children’s theater star in Portland, uses puppets to tell this fun, poignant story to children ages  3 – 9  (though this is fun for the whole family!). The show lasts about Read More

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Witnessing Social Change in Bihar

The Urban Dictionary defines a witness tree as a “solitary tree amid remote or wide open landscape. Usually a witness tree has been around for many hundreds of years and is the only witness to the history in that area.” In January my Lutheran World Relief (LWR) traveling companions and Read More

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Strategic Planning Task Force Continues Their Work

The Task Force is a group of seven individuals who answered a general call put out by the Congregational Council. Our mission? To create a strategic plan that helps Good Shepherd focus all aspects of its ministry efforts in the years ahead. As John Masterson, leader of the task force, Read More

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Out of the Depths

Our depths may be times of great despair or times we feel overwhelmed, busy, or “in over our heads.” We may find ourselves in the depths when we feel lost, alone, or abandoned. We can be pummeled to the depths when we look at our lives and our world and Read More

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Finding Forward

Back in January, I was one of close to a thousand faith formation leaders from across the ELCA to gather in Houston, TX for the annual Extravaganza conference. While we did talk about the upcoming Youth Gathering, our actual focus was around the theme Finding Forward. We spent four days Read More

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Practicing Lent at Home

from Allison Pate, Faith Formation & Service Director As Christians, we know and observe the season of Lent as a time of preparation for personal and collective transformation. Having nurtured ourselves through Advent, Christmas and Epiphany, Lent becomes the time to look truthfully at ourselves and make changes. At Good Read More

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