What the Earth Can Teach Us

Red sky at morning, sailor take warning;

Red sky at night, sailor's delight.

I write this to you from the sunny shores of north Florida, where my family holds a reunion, and has so for over 30 years. Rhonda, the boys, and I have never been close enough to attend, but this year we're able.

We drove down on Monday morning, and will be back on Saturday, so we'll be able to worship with you all on Sunday.

I've enjoyed these days under the clear Florida sky. I have a love affair with the ocean that has been going on since my childhood. I come by my love for the beach and Jimmy Buffett music honestly: my whole family on my father's side are shore people.

You could say that I have the blues these days.

Not the sad blues, but the content blues. Blue like the ocean. Blue like the sky. 
Sunday's Readings
Psalm 19
Mark 15:33-39  

Food Drive Sponsored by Older Wiser Lutherans (OWLs)
Bring your filled bags back to church anytime between now and Sunday to support North Raleigh Ministries' Backpack Buddies program. Your generosity is a blessing to those less fortunate in our community.  Click here for more information. Note: The OWLs will NOT need to stuff bags as originally planned.  

This Sunday, we continue our Seasons of Creation sermon series. We will worship this Sunday with celebrating our sky.

Interested in Helping Refugees Resettling in Raleigh?
This Sunday, 6:30 - 8:00 pm, Underwood West -  Let's get together to discern how God might be calling us to help Lutheran Services Carolinas with refugee resettlement in Raleigh. All are welcome to attend.

Tuesday Morning Bible Study: The Gospel of Thomas
Tuesdays in July, 9:30 - 11:00 am, Underwood West - This July, we will gather to take a look at this fascinating collection of 114 sayings attributed to Jesus. While this gospel was not included in the official canon, it has much in common with the synoptic gospels. We'll also enjoy noticing some key differences. All are welcome!

Young Adults' Summer Social -  Thursday, July 19, 6:30 - 9:00 pm 
The young adults of Good Shepherd are getting together for an evening of fellowship! Come discuss the future of Good Shepherd's Young Adult Ministry over hors d'oeuvres and beverages as we get to know each other better. Everyone in their 20s and 30s (and children) is welcome. We hope to see you at the Walker residence: 2712 Hiking Trail, Raleigh, NC 27615. Questions? Contact Aaron Lindsay, aaron@aclindsay.com.

Let's Build -  Saturday, July 21  -  Join members of GSLC, local Lutheran churches, and the community to build a Habitat house. No building experience necessary! Sign up  here.

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

Health and healing  for Joyce Ulich, friend of Carol Klaum; Ken Grant, father of Taryn Peachey; Becky Croaker, friend of Brenda Chaplinsky; Margaret Hartline, aunt of Gail Phillips; Linda Aubel; Anna Wilson; Gray Angell; and Matt Garris and family.

Sympathy  to Harry Hawkins at the death of his wife, Carolyn, cousins of Gail Phillips.

Thanksgiving for this Sunday's baptism of Grayson Thomas Ansel, son of Douglas and Emily.

For the orphans of Mnene Parish , including Happiness Chipa and Komborerai Moyo.

Happiness, 19, is a quiet, petite young lady.  She works hard, encouraged to do her best because of the positive example of her 2 older siblings, also in our support program.  Mnene staff are working with her, discussing post secondary educational plans.  She visited with our 2017 mission team.  Her Mail For Mnene partner is Sue Ragone, who recently received a letter from Happiness.
Kombo, 15, is taking Form 3 classes at Msume secondary school.  He wrote to his GSLC family, saying that he is working hard in school.  He said that he loves futball (soccer) and is the best on his team.  He visited with our 2017 mission team and relayed to them that he is very grateful & thankful for the love & support he receives from the Good Shepherd community.  His Mail For Mnene partner is Paul Lester.

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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