What Does Resurrection Really Feel Like?

"She crashed into the Easter Mass
with her hair done up in broken glass.
She was limping left on broken heels.
When she said,
'Father can I tell your congregation how a resurrection really feels?'"

The band The Hold Steady starts off their song, "How a Resurrection Really Feels" with these words. I was introduced to this song by the tattooed and terrific Reverend Nadia Bolz-Weber. She used it in a story about conversion, but I think it's perfect for this coming Sunday, the Sunday where Thomas is invited to touch the wounds of Christ and see how resurrection really feels.

There's a secret about resurrection that the smiley preachers aren't usually willing to talk about, but it's about the only part of resurrection that I know how to talk about, at least when starting off the conversation. And that secret is this: resurrection comes with scars.   Read more here.

Sunday Readings
Acts 5:27-32
Psalm 150
Revelation 1:4-8
John 20:19-31

Sunday Morning Education classes resume this Sunday at 9:30 am.

Get Ready for Good Shepherd's Annual Kicknic (Picnic + Kickball), Celebrating Our Ministry Together and Supporting the Orphans of Mnene Parish   Bring your pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and dollar bills to support the orphans of Mnene Parish. Put your pennies in the jar of the team you want to win, and all other coins, bills and checks in the other jar! Jars will be in the Narthex through the Kicknic on May 19. Wristbands for the Kicknic are on sale on Sundays ($5 each); all proceeds go to Mnene Outreach Ministry. Team colors (and, therefore, wristband teams) will be revealed at the Kicknic.  This year, we will have four teams, giving everyone more chances to play!

How Can You Help with GSLC's Hurricane Relief Efforts?  School kits are being collected through May 11 ( more info here), and you can give financial support in the Narthex beginning this Sunday to help feed the mission trip teams.  Additionally, registration for the June 23-26 mission trip to help with home repairs and reconstruction following the hurricane in Eastern NC last year is still open. More info is available at  gslchurch.org/hurricanerelief and in the Narthex.

Spend an Evening with GSLC Coffeehouse on  Friday, April 26, 7:00-8:30 pm . This ministry offers live music, refreshments, and fellowship to adults of all abilities. 25 adult and youth helpers are needed to assist with set-up, serving, and clean-up for approximately 200 guests.  A great volunteer activity for families, too!  No experience needed.  Contact  coffeehouse@gslchurch.org  for more information.

Bible Study with the Pastors Resumes Tuesdays starting April 30, 9:30 - 11:30 am, Underwood West   Join us as we kick off our study of what we are calling "The Small Letters" (April 30 - May 21), followed by our short summer series on The Rapture Exposed by Barbara Rossing regarding the Book of Revelation. It's sure to be an engaging discussion.

Grab a Treat at Menchie's and Support Our Preschool on Thursday, May 2, 12:00-8:00 pm, 5613 Creedmoor Road (corner of Creedmoor & Millbrook)  20% of your purchase will benefit our preschool, so be sure to tell them you are with Good Shepherd Lutheran Preschool!

Take Some Time to Help Families in Transition through Family Promise   Good Shepherd hosts Family Promise guests in our church May 5 - 12. Opportunities are available for groups, families and individuals to serve. Learn more and sign up to serve at bit.ly/GSLCFamilyPromise (case sensitive), password: homeless.

More information about upcoming events is available in  this week's bulletin announcements.  
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Meet Some of Our Newest Members
 

Casey Parrett & Alec Calhoun:  Wedding bells will be ringing for these two in July 2019 - congratulations!  Casey enjoys music (piano & singing).  While Alec likes to hike and play softball.  Both were attracted to Good Shepherd through our youth programs, community outreach & diversity of ages.


Joyce Kulkarni:  Warmest welcome to Joyce who is transferring her membership from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Cary.  Joyce is a retiree, new to Raleigh and lives nearby GSLC.  She has been a Choir member and part of the Wisdom Club at her church in the past.  She enjoys our weekly services and is looking forward to being a member.


Nancy & Tommy Mills: Welcome back! Nancy is retired and is an avid gardener and dancer and enjoys boating.  Tommy loves golf, hunting, woodworking and is a member of the Masonic Fraternity.  Nancy served on the church council and helped with Coffeehouse at their former church in Florida.  They have some GSLC history... they were a part of GSLC's "great program when our kids were growing up."

 

Lynn Norris:  Lynn may be a familiar face to some of you as she is working with our children at Good Shepherd Lutheran Preschool.  We are happy to say she is transferring her membership from Trinity Lutheran Evangelical Church in Staten Island, NY.  Lynn loves crocheting, her grandchildren, and caring for her mother-in-law at age 90.  Welcome Lynn!


 

Health and Healing  for Alex Patterson, friend of Cortney Tyson; Dorothy and James Greengrove; Liz Casey, friend of Nancy Williams; and Silas Grant. 

Sympathy to the family and friends of Paige Merical; and the family and friends of Guiseppe D'Arrigo, friend of Cortney Tyson.

For the Orphans of Mnene Parish , including Siphathisiwe Sigono and Memory Zhou.

Sipha, 22, is a cheerful, energetic, outgoing young lady. She is taking courses in Hotel Catering at Zvishavane Vocational School. She visited with our 2017 mission team at Vic Falls. She and her four siblings are all in the GSLC support program. Her Mail For Mnene partners are the Caudill, Valente and Houze families.

Memory is 24 and happily married. We received news that she, her husband, and their small child finally acquired visas and have moved to South Africa. Through the support from GSLC and her "adoptive" families, Randy & Lori King and the Livingston family, she gained confidence and important life skills that she carries with her in her new life journey. Even though she is no longer in our support program, we continue to hold her and her family in our thoughts and prayers as they work together to create a better life for themselves.

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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