St. Paul, St. John, St. George, and St. Ringo have this wonderfully delightful ear worm (i.e. an addictive song) called "Eight Days a Week."

"Eight days a week, I love you.

Eight days a week, is not enough to show I care..."

I trust fully that in the scriptures nothing is not significant, and though I don't think we need to preach whole sermons on the meaning of small details in passages, paying attention to the small details gives us an insight into the greater meaning before us.

And so when it comes to this Sunday's scripture, commonly called The Transfiguration, the Gospel writer Luke throws in this nice little detail that struck me this time going through the passage that I hadn't put much thought into.

Before we go on, though, you should read it. You can find it here: Luke 9:28-43a.

That opening line where the writer says, "About eight days after (the preceding sayings)..."

Eight days is an unusually specific amount of time, right? Why would that little detail be part of the history passed down over the millennia, finding it's way into our laps this week?

Well, I actually think The Beatles can help us here. Read more.
 
This Sunday's Readings
Exodus 34:29-35
Psalm 99
2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2
Luke 9:28-43a

Can you spare some time to help families in transition? We will be hosting families through Family Promise beginning this Sunday through March 10. Opportunities to help are still available.  Learn more and sign up to serve , password: homeless.

It's not too late to jump in to the Bible in 90 Days class led by Pastor Pam Northrop, but this is the last week to join. Group meets Sundays at 6:30 pm in the Choir Room. Contact Pastor Pam for more information. 

Summerfest Auditions -  Monday, March 4, drop in 5:30-7:00 pm, Sanctuary  All rising kindergarten through 6th grade children are invited to come prepared to sing a simple song of their choice and recite a few lines! Summerfest is a week-long (August 4-9) musical theater "camp" at Good Shepherd. Let us know that you will be coming to auditions on Realm or email barb.newcomer@gslchurch.org.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper -  Tuesday, March 5, 5:30 - 7:00 pm, Fellowship Hall   Come enjoy a pancake supper (including gluten free options) hosted by the GSLC youth!  Freewill offering will support the youth attending the 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering in Minneapolis.

Ash Wednesday Services & Imposition of Ashes - Wednesday, March 6, 12:15 & 7:00 pm Lent begins with a solemn call to fasting and repentance as we begin our journey to the baptismal waters of Easter. 

Across the Generations and into Lent: Cross-Generational SME  - Sunday, March 10, 9:30-10:30 am 4th - 12th grade students and adults are invited to come together, share insights from the Generational Panels, participate in caring conversation, and more. Snacks will be provided.

Comfort for a Child: Blanket Prep - Sunday, March 10, 12:00-3:00 pm  Join us to prep blankets for children at Families Together! The blankets may be large, but the skill level required is small. Grab some friends, and stay as long or short as you want. A light lunch will be served. Register on Realm or to barb.newcomer@gslchurch.org.  

How to Support Friends & Family Who May Be at Risk for Death by Suicide: Seminar sponsored by Stephen Ministry - Tuesday, March 12, 7:00 - 8:00 pm  Led by Dr. Robert Cooke, Pastoral Counselor at Triangle Pastoral Counseling, participants will discuss the major reason for suicidal thoughts, learn signals to which to pay attention, and find ways to walk with those who may be at high risk.   

Lenten Soup Suppers & Vespers Worship - Wednesdays, March 13 - April 10 No need to cook dinner before you head to church on Wednesdays during Lent. Let's share a simple meal together starting at 5:30 pm (drop in any time), and then worship at 7:00 pm. Check out the complete Lent 2019 schedule.

Hurricane Relief Mission Trip Informational Meeting - Sunday, March 17, 12:00 pm  It's been over 5 months since Hurricane Florence devastated parts of Eastern NC, and there are many who are still waiting to get the mud shoveled out of their homes. On May 15-19 and June 23-26, Good Shepherd will be sending teams out to help! Come learn more about how you can help.

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

For the Orphans of Mnene Parish , including Prince Mpofu and Princess Mpofu.

Prince & Princess are 24 year old twins who were in the GS support program until their homestead burned down in 2009.  This tragedy forced them to find shelter away from Mnene.  They returned to the GS program in 2012.  Prince is enrolled at Zvishavane Voc. Tech, completed his attachment (internship) and is working to complete courses in Metal Fabrication. Princess also attends Zvishavane Voc. Tech, taking courses in Hotel Catering.  She hopes to complete her diploma this year.  Her daughter is staying with an aunt while she attends classes. Princess is also a "house girl" for her aunt, helping with chores around the home. After discussions with the Mnene staff and Prince and Princess, plans are slowly being formulated to build a kitchen and block house so that they would once again have a homestead.  Prince's Mail For Mnene partner is the Agather family.  Princess's Mail For Mnene partner is the Greengrove-Pfefferle 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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