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From Pastor ellie

While Pastor Randy, Margaret, and other hands and feet of Jesus are helping to do the work of the church, we here are left to dream and pray for new possibilities and beginnings. The desert is abloom and some of our dearest have left or will be leaving to go back to their “other home.” While we may welcome this change in season, many may find themselves grieving change—perhaps finding ourselves embedded into a state of impermanence.  

Mallory Hennigar from Syracuse University explains impermanence this way, “Impermanence is a double-edged sword of a concept. The Buddha taught that nothing in the universe is essential—that everything that comes also goes, everything that lives must die, and everything that is created will crumble. Accepting this concept can radically change the way a person sees the world and lives their life.”

So here is to us embarking on a journey of impermanence, and dare I invite us to be present in new ways that invigorate our senses?

On The Journey Alongside, Rev Ellie

Online Church Directory:
How to Access and Use

You are invited to learn how to use our new online church directory on Sunday, April 28, right after worship, at 11:00 am.

We’ll cover how to:

  • Log in for the first time, both on your laptop or desktop computer, and/or using the Instant Church Directory app on your phone or tablet

  • Install the app

  • Navigate the directory

  • Use the directory to find a phone number and make your call directly from the app!

  • Make corrections/additions to your directory record

  • Upload your own photo

  • Get a printed copy

  • Get help

  • Know the directory data is secure

This hands-on clinic will focus on how useful the online church directory is. Bring your phone or tablet. Helpers will be available and there will be lots of time for questions! See you there.

We Need Your Cords and Cables

This is an ongoing project to recycle copper. Drop them off in the boxes in the Narthex. Even better bring a box full of cords and cables.

Ignore Strange Communications from “Pastors”

Ongoing awareness is needed to avoid scams. Pastors and churches all across the country are experiencing being misrepresented in texts, emails, and calls. Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible to track down and stop these criminals. Please notify Randy, or the Church, if you receive one of these messages. Please also report them as spam to your email or phone provider. And, by all means, never go out and buy gift cards and send codes by text or over e-mail. Pastors will never ask for funds through emails or texts.

The church office hours will be 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, Monday through Thursday starting on Monday, April 22.

Directopry Photos

Maddie Comstock, Eagle Scout!

Troop 247 wants to officially announce Maddie Comstock as its first Eagle Scout! Maddie completed her Board of Review on February 15, 2024. We will have the Court of Honor to recognize and celebrate her accomplishment on Sunday, April 21 4/21 during worship, that begins at 10 am. Please join us in sending Maddie the best wishes on her accomplishment!

Sign-up to Be a Sunday "Helper"

In the “olden days” we had a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the narthex for those “helpers” who were willing to serve as Worship Leader or Usher for Sunday worship services. We will return to that system beginning in May, and the signup sheet is already posted! If you enjoy reading scripture or ushering, please sign your name to our list. And we thank you for your willingness to be a special part of our Sunday morning!

Join ellie every Tuesday from 2:30 to 3:45 pm as we dive into A.J. Jacob's The Year of Living Biblically. This book study begins April 23 and goes to July 2 (minus May 21). It will be offered virtually here. You can purchase a copy of the book  at Barnes & Noble, or you can get a copy from your local library.


About the book: From the New York Times bestselling author of The Know-It-All comes a fascinating and timely exploration of religion and the Bible. A.J. Jacobs chronicles his hilarious and thoughtful year spent obeying―as literally as possible―the tenets of the Bible. The resulting spiritual journey is at once funny and profound, reverent and irreverent, personal and universal and will make you see history’s most influential book with new eyes. Please contact ellie if you have any questions.

Upcoming Book Study with Rev. ellie

Join the Taizé Group

Did you know that The Good Shepherd offers three services at varying points in the year? We have our Traditional and Contemporary Services, but we also have our Taizé Service, which is led by a group of volunteers. Taizé Services are typically held on the third Thursday of the month, October through May. It is a simple, meditative form of worship, calling us to dwell deeply on Christ's presence around and within us and can contain mantra-like songs, call-and-response moments, prayerful silence, and short readings guide the focus of the prayer in a candle-lit environment.

Well, we need your help! Our current leader Clare, is looking for a group of volunteers to help lead the next year's services on a rotating basis. Being a rotating leader means the following: helping to come up with the Order of Worship (format already created, just need to fill in the blanks) to share with Amy for her to print bulletins, find volunteers for the evening that include: someone to read and or write the meditations and prayer; someone to light the Christ Candle, someone for setup and teardown. The good news is, we have over eight years of materials to pull from and so not every monthly service has to be brand new or an original. Everyone's gifts are welcome!

If you are interested in helping to keep this thriving community connected and going and/or need more information, please reach out to Clare Renoux or Linda Sielken or Rev. ellie hutchison between now and the end of April and we'll help you continue this wonderful congregation-led service.


Mental Health Support Group

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