Enjoy this reflection by Larry Holmes, a member of Good Shepherd, as we prepare for Mountain Sunday in our Seasons of Creation sermon series.
The mountains are calling, and I must go.
- John Muir
I spent the last two weeks of June at an artist workshop in the Wasatch mountains of northern Utah. The workshop was led by a wonderful artist by the name of John Poon, who has lived and painted among these mountains for many years. For the first week we spent every day outdoors painting streams, and lakes and meadows but most of all - the mountains which surrounded us on all sides. There was no escaping them. Where ever we went, where ever we looked they were there, looking down on us and embracing us like the loving arms of God.
On the second day we parked along a dirt road next to an open field that had Ben Lomond Mountain commanding the entire horizon line. We arrived just as the sun was beginning to cast its first light on the peak. While others began setting up their easels to begin their paintings, I could not take my eyes off the mountain as it came alive in the light of a glorious new day. A bank of low clouds shrouded the top, but with the warmth of the morning sun they soon disappeared like curtains being pulled back to reveal the entire ten thousand foot high mountain in all its glory. As I watched this happen I could not help but think of the morning that Jesus took Peter, James and John and led them up a high mountain and was transfigured before them. Suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and they heard a voice saying, "This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased - Listen to him." After offering God a prayer of thanksgiving for this opportunity to be out God's creation, I too began to set up my easel and paint the beauty before me.
During my second week I took the plein air painting from that morning and used it as inspiration to paint a larger canvas in the studio.   And still - it is just a humble rendering of God's awesome creation.
Sunday's Readings
Psalm 48
Mark 16:14-18  

This Sunday, we continue our Seasons of Creation sermon series. We will worship this Sunday with a celebration of mountains. 
Worship on Wednesdays (WOW) -  Wednesday, July 25, 5:15-6:00 pm, Fellowship Hall  This monthly worship service is geared towards families with small children, but all are welcome! Join us for pizza at 5:15 pm followed by a family-friendly worship at 5:30-6:00 pm.

Coffeehouse: An Evening of Fun, Food & Music for Adults of All Abilities -  Friday, July 27, 7:00-8:30 pm in Fellowship Hall   Come join the fun!We need 25 adult and youth helpers to set up, help in the kitchen, serve and clean up. Live music will be provided by Sojourner, playing a wide variety of covers including gospel, folk, country, and popular tunes. To sign up, go to http://bit.ly/GSLCCoffeehouse (case sensitive).

Order Your T-shirts for Rally/Raleigh Days by August 5! On Saturday and Sunday, September 8 and 9, members and friends of Good Shepherd will go out into our community to serve. To signify your participation in this nationwide ELCA day of service, order a t-shirt to wear when you serve. Order online or complete the form available in the narthex.

Farewell Reception for David Harrison -  Sunday, July 29, immediately following the 9:45 am worship service   Join us for cake and coffee as we say farewell and thank you to David for sharing his musical gifts with us as Good Shepherd's Interim Music Director.

Agape Day Camp at GSLC 2018 (July 9 -13) was a rousing success for the kid campers and the youth and adult helpers! Check out a few photos from the week here

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

Health and healing  for Gray Angell, brother-in-law of Jim Sloman.

Sympathy  to Becky Croaker and family at the death of her son, Christian, cousin of Brenda Chaplinsky.

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

Tatenda Chipa is a confident, congenial 23 year old young lady.  She was to retake a few exams in June and, depending on the results, would like to start at University later this year.  She wrote to her  "adoptive" family recently and said that she enjoys embroidery.  She visited with our 2017 mission team at Victoria Falls.  Her Mail For Mnene partners are the Allsbury and Wedegaertner families.
Juliet is 22 and had been in our support program since 2006.  She left in 2014, married and has two small children.  She is happily married, living with her husband and in-laws, hoping to build a homestead for their young family.  She and her older 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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