Wild Goose Chase

I have been an ordained pastor for about twenty years. Some of you may remember me as that young vicar that worked here with PD during my third year in seminary in '96.

About two years ago Ilene and I returned to Good Shepherd after I retired. I don't remember the exact date, but it was during the season of Advent in 2017. We walked in that first Sunday and sat somewhere in the middle of your new worship space. After greeting the Lord, we began to look around and see how many old friends we could recognize. My eyes strayed to the altar, and then the baptismal font and the banner standing next to it with the figures of Joseph and Mary riding a donkey, traveling to Bethlehem. I looked at it and immediately said to myself, "That seems familiar to me," and I wondered what the connection was. And then it dawned on me, it was a banner that Ilene had made and given to Good Shepherd as a gift many years ago. I nudged her and as we turned to face one another she said, "I think I made that." I said, "You did, and they are still using it during Advent." How wonderful. It felt good to be home again. And I said to myself, "Thank you God, for welcoming us so lovingly into your house."

We began to worship with you on Sunday mornings and think of ourselves as new members. Ilene wanted to find a ministry at Good Shepherd where she could use the gifts that God has given to her. Every Sunday we would sit and prepare for worship while admiring the beautiful worship space. The light streaming down from the windows above was marvelous. The banners and paraments filling the space while giving glory to God were beautiful. The banners high overhead were glorious. We knew that they were mostly created by Jan Kimosh who dyes her own fabric to create her beautiful art for God.

As weeks went by, Ilene began to remember the period in her life when she created all my stoles that I would need as a pastor after ordination.   

Sunday's Readings
Acts 2:1-21
Psalm 104
Romans 8:14-17
 John 14:8-27

Wear Red for Pentecost! Don't have red in your closet? Wear any fire color to remember the gifts of the tongues of fire which the Holy Spirit poured upon the disciples. 

Affirmation of Baptism (Confirmation) at 9:45 am Worship Service Join us as our 15 confirmands reaffirm their faith and we reaffirm the promises made at our baptism.

Bring Your Donations for the Supply Drive Benefiting the Helen Wright Center by June 16. A list of supplies needed can be found here

Memory Café - Monday, June 10, 4:30-6:00 pm - Individuals experiencing dementia and their caregivers who wish to socialize with others in similar circumstances while enjoying an evening out are invited to join us for Memory Café. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more, contact memorycafe@gslchurch.org.

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

Health and Healing  for Betty Rowe, aunt of Barb Newcomer.

Sympathy to the Brock family on the death of their daughter, Izzy; Sue Ragone and family at the death of her cousin Kathleen Cunningham; family and friends of Maryella Kristoff, friend of Mary O'Neal; and Mary Anthony and family at the death of her husband Ken.

For the Orphans of Mnene Parish , including  Maryjoice Sibanda and Martha Hove.

Maryjoice, 21, is in her 2nd year at Midlands State University, taking courses in Human Resource Management.  She wrote to her adoptive family last year, saying "Above all I am so happy to be a student representor in Good Shepherd program.  I am getting some leadership skills from my elders and my fellow students."  Maryjoice was chosen by her peers to be their representative on the Mnene Orphan Committee.  Her Mail For Mnene partners are Tim and Kristen Hoyle.
   
Martha is 21 years old.  She was in our support program for 7 years and left school in 2016 to get married.  She returned to Mnene in 2017 to visit our mission team.  She has a 4 year old son and the last we heard, she was living with her husband.  We continue to hold her in our prayers.  Her Mail For Mnene partners are Becky and Dick Martin & 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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