March 24-31, 2021

DEVOTIONAL

I receive devotionals from several sources. An online devotion I receive comes from seedbed.com. This one came on Sunday and I thought you would enjoy it too. For the Psalmist to be looking toward the hills is to be looking at danger and struggles ahead. As Jesus is approaching Jerusalem he is seeing danger. As we are confronting each day many of us are seeing dangers and troubles as well. Read the Psalm and sing the Psalm to the suggested common tune and sense God’s presence and comfort.

Fifth Sunday of Lent—This Is a Psalm for Every Day

March 21, 2021 - Psalm 121

To the tune of “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing” C.M. Sing it at soundtrackforlent.com

1 I lift my eyes up to the hills—
Where does my help find birth?
2 My help comes from the Lord who made
the heavens and the earth.
3 He will not let your foot to slip;
His watch o’er you He keeps;
4 The Lord who watches Israel,
He slumbers not nor sleeps.
5 The Lord keeps vigil over you,
He’s shade at your right hand.
6 Not sun nor moon will harm you, but
by day and night you’ll stand.
7 The Lord will keep you from all harm;
Your life He does restore.
The Lord will watch you come and go
both now and evermore.

CONSIDER THIS

I’ve written about Song 121 before. It’s one of my favorites.

While many of the Psalms deal with particular kinds of circumstances, I think of Song 121 as an everyday psalm. Every single day, at the forefront of my mind, I want the following to be real in my everyday experience:

My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let me lose my footing.
He will not go to sleep at the wheel.
He will keep me.
He is my shade.
He is my protection.
He will deliver me from evil.
He will hold my life together.
He will watch over me with all my comings and my goings.

This gives me confidence. I need not worry. He has me. That’s enough.

Ask Yourself. Share with Another.

So do you have an everyday psalm? If not, it’s time to get one. What would it be? And what will be your cue or trigger to sing it? For me, I sing this one when I tie my shoes.
For the Awakening, J.D. Walt - Sower-in-Chief seedbed.com

Blessings, Pastor Tom

COVID UPDATE
I got my shot. Have you gotten your shot? Please make every effort to get a Covid Vaccine shot soon.

Generally, everyone must follow a process of registration, waiting for a call back for an appointment and then go to the appointment. “The Line” begins at https://myvaccine.fl.gov or call Lee County Vaccine Scheduling 866-200-3468 or the Lee County Help line 239-461-6100.
These contacts will get you on the State of Florida preregistration list. They will call you back. Publix, CVS, WinnDixie, and Walgreens also have registration sites. ALL these sites require a reservation. The three closest vaccination sites are at the PUBLIX in our area. The largest site is run by Lee County Public Health at the old airport terminal site at 16000 Chamberlin Parkway, Fort Myers, FL, 33913. You must have a reservation.

The quickest, walk-up, NO RESERVATION site is operated by FEMA in Tampa, FL. The Tampa location is: Tampa Greyhound Track; 755 E. Waters Avenue, Tampa, FL, 33604. This is just to the EAST of I 275 North. North of downtown Tampa in the Seminole Heights neighborhood. Different sites will have different vaccine options. They all work well. Some require two doses and some require only one. Wherever you get the first shot is where you will go to get the second shot if needed.

The Covid 19 continues to present in our community. The infections continue, though the death rate is declining. In 33903 there are 25 new infections. In 33909 there are 54 new infections. In 33917 there are 33 new infections. These are similar rates to recent weeks. The test positivity has risen in Lee to 8.02% and in the state to 6.69%. Over 2 million Floridians have been infected since the beginning of the pandemic records. Over 32,000 have died in the past year.

As vaccinations increase we will eventually be able to ease the restrictions on gathering in groups and masking. Until then we must remain vigilant. Even vaccinated persons can spread Covid 19 to others and can still get sick. The vaccination prevents a serious infection and death. We still have much to learn and much to figure out as we learn to live with Covid 19. MASK, WASH, DISTANCE is still the best advice.
A CARD BOX will be in the Narthex for your convenience also.
APRIL WEDDING SHOWER
Rev. Tom Willetts and Rev. Lia Icaza Willetts are pleased to announce that their daughter, the Reverend Tiffania Icaza Willetts will be married to Laurence Timmerman in July 2021. Due to Corona virus restrictions it will be a small family service. We would like to invite you to celebrate Pastor TIffania’s upcoming wedding! You are invited to a Wedding Shower for Tiffania and Laurence on April 30, 2021 at 3PM. There are two ways to attend - Virtual by ZOOM or In Person at Good Shepherd UMC. There is limited seating. A reservation is required to attend. Contact the church office at (239)543-2686 for an In Person seating reservation or to receive the ZOOM link information. The Bridal Gifts registry is at the Bed, Bath, and Beyond store Or Online at www.bedbathandbeyond.com. The couple is also registered online at www.Zola.com/registry/tiffaniaandlaurence.  
WORSHIP - HOLY WEEK

Palm Sunday – Saturday, March 27 @ 4:45PM
Sunday, March 28 @ 10 AM. East Lawn

Maundy Thursday – Thursday, April 1 @ 6 PM (Holy Communion). Sanctuary

Good Friday – Friday, April 2 @ NOON, (Reading the Passion of Christ). Sanctuary

EASTER – Saturday, April 3 @ 4:45 PM - EAST LAWN
EASTER SUNDAY, April 4 @ 7 AM & 10 AM. EAST LAWN

FOR OUTDOOR WORSHIP GATHERINGS.... please bring your own chairs. A RESERVATION is required to attend all worship services. Mask wearing and Social Distancing guidance will be followed.
OUTREACH MINISTRY NEWS
To meet the needs of people outside of our church is an important aspect of the ministry of Good Shepherd. All Soul’s Episcopal Community Outreach service is one important place of outreach. We collect pill bottles to fill with body wash and hygiene products to be distributed to the 100 families that weekly come for help. Please donate your empty orange pill bottles. We also need body wash and shampoo to fill the bottles. Travel size toothpaste tubes and new toothbrushes are also needed to give out. Various “dollar” and “discount” stores have the best price and supply of these items. There are collection bins at the front doors of the Worship Center for your convenient drop off.

Through the GENERAL OPERATING BUDGET of Good Shepherd, we regularly provide support to WAKE UP AMERICA. This is a group of dedicated local volunteers who early each morning receive “left-over” and “day-old” breads, pastries and cookies from various area bakeries and deliver them to the Salvation Army, Harry Chapin Food Bank and other community food distribution sites. Our regular monthly gift provides the gas money needed to keep their deliveries on the move. Your regular gifts to the church enable us to support this valuable ministry. Your generosity makes a difference. Thank you.
MEMBERSHIP SUNDAY IS THE THIRD SUNDAY EACH MONTH.

If you are interested in joining please contact Audrey Martin or the church ASAP so we can get the paperwork completed.

Audrey - 239-731-5824 or the church office 239-543-2686.
PALM SUNDAY WEEKEND AND EASTER WEEKEND SERVICES WILL BE OUTSIDE

We will have 80 blocks available (like Christmas Eve.) Each block will have a total of 6 people in the block. You can fill the block with whomever you invite or ask to join you. Please call the church office Mon-Thursday 9am-3pm to reserve a block. The office will need your phone number for contact tracing purposes.
ABOUT THE UMW SPRING FLING!

    Spring has sprung and things are looking up! Recently, the United Methodist Women group sent out invitations to a Spring Fling. Normally, to send the contributions to thirteen organizations that help people, we donate, have fund raisers, like—the Trash & Treasure lunches, bake sales, and our luncheon with Damaris Peters Pike and a Spring Fling luncheon. As we all know, all had to be canceled this year. 
    An anonymous donor donated all the expense of sending the invitations, so there was no cost to the church or the UMW for the mailing. That was very generous and appreciated. We hope you will want a $20 ticket to our virtual affair, or many tickets, to help those in need. (Any donation will be appreciated.) In the past years, we have been able to disburse about $7,000 to worthwhile causes. We hope we can continue that this year with your help. 
    Like the invitation said, no food, no travel and no people this year, just stay safe and comfy at home and still help us with our fund raiser. We are sorry, if we missed you when sending out the invitations, we tried our best and hope you still consider yourself “invited” to purchase a ticket or more. 
    Please respond by April 10th. A check can be made out to Good Shepherd United Methodist Women and sent to Donna Michel, our treasurer, at 20758 Wheelock Dr., North Fort Myers, FL 33917. THANK YOU, SO MUCH, FOR YOUR SUPPORT.    UMW of Good Shepherd 

 
EASTER LILIES
Order by SUNDAY – March 28 


Please order #_______Easter lilies for me at $10.00 each
(5-7 Blooms per plant)
 
Given by___________________________________________________  

 
Total Amount Paid _____________ Check #___________ Cash ____________
 
_____I want to donate to our homebound and to our members in facilities.  
 
OR
 
____ I will pick up Lily after 10am Easter Worship Service
 
Please attach your payment with your order….make all checks payable to Good Shepherd UMC. In the memo line write “Lilies”.

OPPORTUNITIES to VOLUNTEER

  • Sign up in the Narthex to help deliver the lilies to our homebound members.

  • Sign up to read the Scripture on the clipboard in the Narthex.
EASTER CANDY DONATIONS

Donate individually wrapped Easter Candy in the box located in the Narthex.


We are collecting for Easter for the children at Page Park.



Please have all donations to the church before Monday, March 29th.
WORSHIP WITH US
Saturday In Person Worship - Vespers on the PATIO at 4:45 PM every Saturday. If the temperature is below 70 or rainy, we will meet in the Sanctuary. Please register to attend. Bring your own chair to the patio or use one of the metal chairs from the church. We have space in this worship service.

Sunday In Person Worship - Sunday at 10AM. Please register to attend as we have limited seating. This past Sunday we were full and it was a blessing. Please wear your mask and be prepared to observe social distancing and no singing.
Make a reservation 9AM - 3PM Monday - Thursday
Friday 9-11:30am by calling 239-543-2686.
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Pastor’s Wednesday ZOOM Bible Study - GOSPEL OF MARK
This Wednesday @ 7 PM by ZOOM. Please contact the Church Office to register and receive the ZOOM link to join. We will be using, N.T. Wright’s - For Everyone Bible Study Guides, “Gospel of MARK” - 20 studies for Individuals and Groups. Intervarsity Press 2009, purchase book from Amazon or Cokesbury. $9.99.
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Women's Bible Study
Finding Peace in An Anxious World
A monthly women's Bible Study - next meeting is March 22 at 1pm - Zoom and in person. Contact Beth Ferris at 239-543-6295 to sign up.