Jesus and the 10 Year Challenge

The "10 Year challenge" has been going around the social media circles the past week or two, mostly on the Book of Face.

I think the idea evolved over time, of course, as all things do. I believe the first challenge was to post the first profile picture from your Facebook account alongside your most recent one. At least, that's the challenge that I heard of first.

And then for most of my friends it became this 10 year challenge to post your profile pic from 10 years ago. And I think it might have started out all as one thing because, well, face it: around 2006 Facebook stopped requiring a college email address to join, allowing anyone with any email address to join. And it took just a little while for the masses to catch on. So most people's first profile picture actually turned out to be around the 10-year mark, and most of them were of people's faces, so...

The result of this social "challenge" was pretty fascinating to me. I wasn't so much interested in how people looked over 10 years, but rather I was interested in reading their comments. I was more interested in how they felt about how they looked.

I was hoping most people would be generous with themselves, and many were. But many qualified their statements about their looks with a self-depricating, "Could have been worse!" or even, "A lot of living happened in those years..."

The shadow side of such humorous statements is a little bit of shame. And shame is this terribly permeable thing that infects us without us even knowing it. It's like a virus, passed on from person to person, from generation to generation, whereby we subconsciously learn that something is not right.

It's different from guilt, mind you. Guilt is this feeling that we did something wrong.

Shame, on the other hand, is the feeling that we, in and of ourselves, as a person, are wrong.

I bring this up because one of the big themes of this week's Gospel lesson is shame. It's not the only thing to mine from the lesson, but it's a central theme.

Oh, if you haven't read it, take a gander: John 2:1-11

I'll wait.

Good? Ok.

I'm betting most of you know this story, of course. It's the wedding story at the start of Jesus' ministry in the Gospel of John. And in this season between Christmas and Lent we have all of these Jesus stories piled up, one on top of another, that give us a glimpse at just who Jesus is. They're each mini "epiphanies" or "awe moments."

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This Sunday's Readings
Isaiah 62:1-5
Psalm 36:5-10
1 Corinthians 12:1-11
John 2:1-11

Get to Know Good Shepherd -  9:30-10:30 am, Fellowship Hall     If you are interested in learning more about becoming part of the Good Shepherd church community, we invite you to join us for this Way of the Shepherd (WOTS) informational meeting.    WOTS encourages people to talk openly about religion, faith and grace while getting to know one another and Good Shepherd.  All former Way of the Shepherd participants and new members of the church are also invited.

Budget Forum - 12:00 pm, Sanctuary   Join us to go over any final questions on the 2019 spending plan/budget prior to the Congregational Meeting on January 27.  Review the 2019 Missional and Line Item Budget in advance of the meeting here.

Commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. & Service of Holy Communion -  3:00 pm at St. Paul's Lutheran Church (1200 W. Cornwallis Road, Durham)  There is no better way to honor Dr. King's faithfulness than by gathering together in worship: hearing the Word and sharing the Lord's Supper as One Body in Christ. Sponsored by Triangle Conference Lutheran Churches.

WOW with Pizza Dinner -  Wednesday, January 23, 5:15 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.

Spend an Evening with GSLC Coffeehouse -  Friday, January 25, 7:00-8:30 pm, Fellowship Hall - This Ministry offers live music, refreshments, and fellowship to adults of all abilities. It's a great volunteer activity for families, too!  Contact for more information.
Generations Forum - Sundays (January 27 - February 17), 9:30-10:30 am, Underwood North - Join all the generations for this four-week Generations Forum. A new generation will be represented each week by a panel. Each panel will be asked and answer the same questions and will teach a generation-specific skill to the audience.

Gospel Gathering begins a six-week study entitled The Twenty -four Hours That Changed the World - Sunday, January 27, 9:30-10:30 am, Underwood West - Through interactive power point presentations, we will examine Mark's account of the last hours of Jesus' life and what those final moments mean to us in the twenty-first century.  Join us for a pre-Lenten Biblical study that will include discussions, art and music and that will set the tone for a deeper understanding of the Passion story.

Annual Congregational Meeting - Sunday, January 27, 12:00-1:00 pm - All confirmed members of Good Shepherd are encouraged to attend this annual congregational meeting to help celebrate God's work at GSLC in 2018 and hear more about the plans crafted by our council, staff, and ministry teams for 2019. Light refreshments will be served.

Basketball Clinic -  Saturdays, January 26 - February 23, 9:00-11:00 am in Fellowship Hall - Children in grades K through 5, spend your Saturday mornings on the court at Good Shepherd learning the fundamentals of basketball, and most of all, having FUN!! $20 fee includes t-shirt. Sign up here .

Registration for Agape Day Camp at Good Shepherd (July 8-12) is now open. Register online.

Preschool registration for the 2019-2020 school year is now open. Learn more and register online

More information about upcoming events is available in  t his week's bulletin announcements.

Health and Healing  for Lucas Frederik, friend of Valente family; John Walker, son of Lois Walker; Diane Rapp, daughter of Lois Walker; Avonne Goodson and Billie Williams, aunts of Gail Phillips; Cliff Wilcoxen; and Derik Spingler, son-in-law of Tom and Debbie Helfrich. 

For the Orphans of Mnene Parish , including Simbarashe Dube and Nodias Sigono.

Simba  is 22 and had been taking Form 5 classes at Mnene high school. He requested to take his "O" level exams.  Mnene staff secured a position and accommodations at Mbuyanehanda high school.  During school breaks (1 month long) he helps care for his homestead as his Grannie is ill and away from the home.  He visited with our 2017 mission team at Vic Falls.  His Mail For Mnene partner is the Kovac family.
Nodius will be 19 next month.  He attended boarding school at Mbuyanehanda high school last year.  His behavior issues improved but once again he is having discipline issues.  Mnene staff are once again looking for suitable placement for his next school term.  He visited with our 2017 mission team at Vic Falls.  His Mail For Mnene partners are the Plavocos & Strawbridge families.

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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