Beloved,

Below you'll find a link to the sermon from this year's Ash Wednesday service. As we enter into the wilderness of Lent this year, we do so anticipating many wonderful things at GSLC: a new season of Way of The Shepherd, Wednesday evening Lenten services that are small oasis landings for our busy lives, and many increased opportunities to practice the disciplines that Lent encourages in us: fasting, increased giving of time and treasure, and renewed spiritual practices ( like our devotional "you are the way").

I have some suggestions for fasting in the sermon, but in light of the Parkland, Florida tragedy, I've been hearing requests for what can be done in this time for the Christian. Certainly we should pray for the families, students, and first responders fervently. That's always step number one for the person of faith. But there is more you can do that absolutely follows Lenten disciplines like:

-give blood at your local Red Cross

-call your legislator and tell them what you'd like them to do in terms of policy

-donate to your local school in honor of the victims

-if you have children, talk to them about what they love about school and what they fear about school. Encourage them to be open about their heart right now.

-if you have grandchildren, set up a time to spend a few hours or a day with them, regardless of their age. Lent, and Ash Wednesday in particular, is a season where we embrace disciplines to enliven our lives. This surely will.

-make a meal for a family you know is rushed or struggling, or for someone who often eats alone (and eat with them).

All of these are good, spiritual ways to respond to the Parkland tragedy with Lenten intention.

I pray blessings upon your weekend, and I'll see you in church.

Pt...


Sunday's Readings
Genesis 9:8-17
Psalm 25:1-10
1 Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:9-15


Tired Souls: The Montgomery Bus Boycott - A Special Theatrical Production -  Sunday, February 18, 2:00-5:00 pm at Church of the Nativity (8849 Ray Road)  Learn more and RSVP at  https://goo.gl/Gx9bXa (case sensitive). Contact Monica Lavery,  monicalavery.lcsw@att.net  for details or to join a carpool.

Lenten Soup Suppers & Holden Evening Prayer Worship Wednesdays, February 21 - March 21 Let's share a simple meal together at 5:30 pm before worship at 7:00 pm.

Check out the complete event schedule for Lent and Holy Week online.

GSLP Dine Out Night - Thursday, February 22, 5:00 - 8:00 pm Come support the preschool by eating at Chick-Fil-A (8661 Six Forks Rd). Dine in, drive thru or carry out; just be sure to tell them you are with GSLP. 

22nd Annual GSLC Coffeehouse Bingo - Friday, February 23, 7:00 - 8:30 pm in Fellowship Hall Volunteer helpers and donations of Bingo prizes are needed at this popular event! Great bingo prizes include gently used adult-sized sports team or college t-shirts, ball caps, backpacks, tote bags, purses, flashlights, decorative pillows, playing cards, and costume jewelry. Donations can be placed in the box in the Narthex. Sign-up to serve.

Save the Date: Summerfest Auditions - Monday, March 19, 5:30-7:00 pm. Watch for more information next week.


More information about upcoming events is available in  this week's bulletin announcements .

The February edition of the Shepherd's Voice is available online.
 
Health and Healing for Gail Phillips.

Thanksgiving for the birth of Grayson Thomas Ansel, grandson of Karl and 
Barbara Meyer; and for the Catechumenates preparing to join Good Shepherd.

Sympathy to Linda Stelfox and Cortney Tyson at the death of Jim, Linda's husband and Cortney's uncle.

For the Orphans of Mnene Parish , including Tatenda Chipa and Juliet Moyo.

Tatenda Chipa is a confident, congenial 22 year old young lady. She attends Mnene Secondary School. She passed history with a C, and needs to rewrite two other subjects. She will have assistance from her teachers and is staying with a responsible woman in the village. She visited with our 2017 mission team at Victoria Falls. Her Mail For Mnene partners are the Allsbury and Wedegaertner families.

Juliet is a friendly 22 year old young lady. She had been doing well in our support program since 2006. In 2014 she left school, got married, and now has a 2 1/2 year old daughter and another child born in July 2017. She is happily married, living with her husband and his relatives. She and her husband hope to build a homestead someday for their young family. She and her daughter visited with our 2017 mission team in Mnene. She said that she would benefit from learning a skill, but those plans are incomplete at this time. Her Mail For Mnene partner is Kirsten Larson and family.

Visit the Wittenberg Information Center in the Narthex for photos of this week's orphans and  more information on the Mnene Ministry.

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