In Praise of Awe

I've said it before, and I'll continue to say it: we overuse the word "awesome" in this world.

Once when I inquired into how a friend's lunch was, they responded that their burrito was "awesome."

I will just be honest with you: if your burrito fills you with awe, your standards are too low.

But one of the reasons I'm kind of hoping we'll keep the word "awesome" for things that fill us with awe is because we can absolutely lose our ability to see anything as actually awesome when we smack that label on most anything and everything, whether it fits the definition or not.

Awe is the root of all religions, Beloved. It's the one thing every religion, every single one, has in common: awe and wonder fuel the fires of faith.  Read more.

Sunday Reading
Psalm 148

This Sunday, we will be shaking things up! It's time for our annual Kicknic.
  • 8:15 am - Worship at Good Shepherd 
  • 10:00 am - Worship at Williams Park (next to Lynn Road Elementary School)
  • 11:00 am - Potluck Picnic
  • 12:00 pm - Kickball Games
  • 5:30 pm - Peace worship will not take place; it will resume the following Sunday.
All are invited to the Kicknic as we celebrate our wonderful life together in the Good Shepherd's amazing grace, so get ready to have some crazy fun! Whether you want to play or just cheer on your team, come out to Williams Park.  Bring a friend, a chair, and a dish to share.  If you have a Mnene t-shirt or baseball cap, wear that, too!

Speaking of Mnene...  The kicknic is also the culmination of our annual Mnene Orphan Fund Drive. Here's how you can support the orphans of Mnene Parish in Zimbabwe:
  • Get Your Wristbands! Sundays through May 19, purchase your GSLC/Mnene wristbands (for $5 each) in the Narthex. This year, we will have 4 teams to give everyone more chances to play! As in years past, each team will have a different color wristband, but you won't know which is which until the big game! 
  • Join the Penny Wars! To support the orphans of Mnene Parish, drop your pennies into the bucket for the team that you are pulling for. Place all other coins, bills, and checks in the bucket for the team you are pulling against
Summer worship schedule begins May 26.  Mark your calendar! During the summer, our worship services are held at 8:15 pm, 9:45 am, and 5:30 pm.

CANCELLED: Worship on Wednesdays (WOW) on May 22. Our next WOW will be June 26.

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

Meet Some of Our Newest Members
Kathleen Szypula: We are so pleased to have Kathleen joining us! In her former church, she worked with the nursery school, CCD (Confraternity of Christian Doctrine) and made home visits. She is married and happily retired. Her hobbies include gardening and reading. What attracted her to GSLC? The "warmth" of it!

Daniel Franch:   Daniel is transferring to us from Sacred Heart/Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral where he has been involved with the youth ministry and Catholic Parish Outreach.  Quite an accomplished linguist, he is fluent in German and Italian.  The past two (2) years he has been teaching English in a town close to Lutherstadt-Wittenberg, Germany.  His hobbies include European culture as well as cooking.  Welcome!

Sarah & Troy Gould:  Although the Goulds are not new to our area, we are happy to have them transferring their membership from Trinity Lutheran Church in Boulder, Colorado. Both are employed as scientists in our area. Sarah was a member of the choir in their former church and both helped with the Casas Por Cristo (home construction) mission. They were attracted to GSLC because of our welcoming attitude, active ministries, great sermons and large population of young adults.

Lori Mahl : We are delighted to have this thespian (Broadway!!) and Lady of the Arts formally joining us. Lori lives right here in Raleigh and enjoys cycling, comedy improv and "trying" to grow flowers. We were blessed by her support of our drama troupe, Shepherd's Quake, a few years ago. What attracted her to GSLC? She cites "inclusivity, progressive thinking & active ministries."

Health and Healing  for Cathy Crane and Jackie Robbins.

Thanksgiving for the baptisms of Lincoln Oliver Wachter, son of Christopher and Ambre Wachter; Caroline Grace Wilkie, daughter of Thomas and Julia Wilkie; and Madison Reece Steed, daughter of Eric and Anneliese Steed; and for the graduates of Good Shepherd Lutheran Preschool.

Safekeeping for Ed and Colleen Vitek as they relocate to Minnesota.

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

Happiness, 20, is a quiet, petite young lady. She works hard, encouraged to do her best because of the positive example of her two older siblings, also in our support program.  Mnene staff are working to secure her a post-secondary position doing some sort of hand skills at a vocational school.  Her Mail For Mnene partner is Sue Ragone.
Kombo will be 16 in a few months. He is working to complete Form 4 classes at Msume high school.  He said he loves futball (soccer) and is the best on his team. He said that he is very grateful and thankful for the love and support he receives from the Good Shepherd community! His Mail For Mnene partners are the Lester family and Nichole Smith & 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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