Greetings Church,

Summer is the season of spiritual growth. The gardens grow around us (including some banana peppers already growing in our church garden!); the young animals grow around us; our children take swimming lessons, growing in skill; and adults take this time to practice our muscles relaxing a bit more in the sun.

Summer is a time for growth, including spiritual growth. It's why the paraments are green.

Below you'll find a message from our Presiding Bishop, Elizabeth Eaton, as she encourages us to practice growing in love. Love has been a theme recently, and I think that is no mistake. Perhaps we're all waking up to the reality that love is the only thing that will combat hate that many feel in our world these days.

Let us, with all of the world, grow in love these summer days.

I'll see you in church.

During a recent chapel service at the Lutheran Center, Rafael Malpica Padilla, executive director for Global Mission, shared his favorite Bible verse with us: "Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end" (John 13:1).

Jesus was in Jerusalem in the upper room praying with his disciples, modeling selfless service as he washed their feet, and preparing them for his glorification that would take place on the cross.

"He loved them to the end." To his bitter end on the cross, but to the end of so much more-to the end of the deadly grip of sin, to the end of everything that would try to mar the image of God borne by every human being, to the end of death.

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Sunday's Readings
Psalm 139
1 Corinthians 13:8-13 

Summer Worship Schedule Continues This Sunday, June 3 - Worship at 8:15 am, 9:45 am and 5:30 pm. Our six-week summer worship series continues, highlighting the second chapter from Rowan Williams' short but insightful book, Being Disciples: Essentials for the Christian Life. Read more about this summer's topics and resources.

3rd Annual Kicknic - This Sunday, June 3 at Baileywick School Park at 2:00 pm.  Join us to play and/or cheer! Bring a dish to share. 

Support your Kicknic Team & Mnene Orphans; Buy Your Hats through This Sunday -  Two different colors of hats are on sale for $15 in the Narthex. As in years past, we will unveil the teams' colors at the Kicknic. 

Penny Wars continue through This Sunday! Bring your pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, bills and checks to the Narthex to support the orphans of Mnene Parish.

Mail for Mnene Collection Through this Sunday, drop off your letters of love and support for the orphans of Mnene Parish in the Narthex.  

Beers and Brew begins June 4 - Pastor Tim and Pastor Marsha will be hosting  Books and Brew  to go along with our summer sermon series. We'll be digging deeply into the themes of the books, making connections with one another and growing in faith. We'll meet at Sola Coffee CafĂ©, 6:30-7:30 pm. Grab a brew of your choice (coffee or spirits) and join us to talk about Rowan Williams' books Being Disciples on Mondays, June 4, June 18, and July 2. A limited number of books are available in the church office for $10.

Good Shepherd celebrates 15 years of ministry with Family Promise this year! And, to celebrate, we are inviting you to become one of 15 new volunteers to serve June 17-24 when we will be hosting families at our church. Opportunities are available for groups and families to serve, or you can sign up by yourself. Learn more and sign up to serve , password: homeless.

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

Health and Healing  for Mason Bahena, friend of Ken and Kathy Mackes.

For the Orphans of Mnene Parish , including Tania Moyo and Godfree Hove.
Tania, 22, is a young mother.  Her son, Talent, is 19 months old.  She is currently staying with her Grannie.  She visited with our 2017 mission team.  She desires to resume her hairdressing attachment and complete the course, which she had enjoyed and was doing very well.  She is currently not in the GSLC support program.  We continue to hold her in our prayers.  Her Mail For Mnene partners are the Agather family and Jim and Cindy Davis.

Godfrey, 17, left school and is now living with relatives, away from Mnene.  The Mnene staff are trying to connect with him to learn how he is doing and if he is attending school.  He is currently not in the GSLC support program.  We continue to hold him in our prayers.  His Mail For Mnene partner is the Alford 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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