New Stoves!

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The “new” Frigidaire stoves  installed in the kitchen recently replace the older models which had been in that space for many years. Thanks to the Property and Management Committee, with input from the Kitchen Committee, for researching and making the purchases. Funds raised from the 25th anniversary celebration for kitchen enhancements were used for the updated equipment. The stoves each have a fifth warming burner, smooth cook tops, and self-cleaning ovens. The more functional of the old stoves replaced the worn out stove in the kitchen used by the pre-school.

Good Shepherd Joins Facebook!

A growing awareness about the powerful reach of Facebook has spurred the Communications Committee at Good Shepherd to work with webmaster Tabita Green to launch our very own Facebook site.  Although it is a work in progress, it already has received many “likes” and will become an important communications vehicle for our congregation.  The Committee is working on policies for the Facebook page.  Click on the Facebook “f” logo on the Good Shepherd homepage to go directly to the Facebook page. Google+ is also available on the Good Shepherd homepage by clicking on the Google+ logo.

Martin Bergan’s Violin

A violin hand-made by Good Shepherd charter member Martin Bergan was recently rediscovered by Drew Duffy during spring cleaning of the church.  Midge Kjome, who knew Bergan personally, has researched his life and written a biography describing his background and craft.

Midge Kjome’s Biography of Martin Bergan

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June Potluck a Roaring Success

Thanks to the Evangelism Committee for organizing a June potluck for the congregation. Wonderful food of all varieties fed a large, appreciative crowd. Pastor Mau’s birthday was celebrated with a birthday cake and entertainment was provided by Mike and Sue Blair with vocals and guitar.   The this – essaywritingplace.com Evangelism Committee will next work on organizing and promoting the Welcome Neighbors Picnic scheduled for Sunday, September 7.

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Good Shepherd 'Reached' Rwanda This Spring

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 The congregation did not travel to Rwanda during March and April, but was heavily involved in this year’s Sunday School Lenten Project, Reach Rwanda. A total of $1,247 was donated to support the purchase of essential clothing and care items for the poorest and most vulnerable new mothers and their babies.The cost of each mother/baby package is about $50; Good Shepherd’s contribution should provide for the purchase of 25. Items for the packages will be purchased locally to create an economic impact in the Rwandan villages.

Our Sunday School students shared information about Rwanda during brief ‘temple talks’ during Sundays in Lent, placed a cradle near the baptismal essaywritingplace.com font for collecting donations, and created and displayed small baby blankets representing each mother/baby package funded. In April, Jusse Hirwa, a young woman from Rwanda and student at Luther College, visited the congregation and spoke with the Sunday School class.

The Reach Rwanda Project was developed in collaboration with congregation member, Julie Jensen, who has served since August 2012 as Project In Health’s (PIH) associate director of health information systems for the Rwanda team. In her thank you message to the Sunday School students and congregation, Jensen noted that she is “grateful not only for the families it will help, but also for the chance to to bring together two different communities I consider home. That is amazing.” Since 2005 and at the request of the Rwandan government, the non-profit PIH has helped strengthen the public health system in three rural districts. PIH considers its mission to be both medical and moral – to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need and to serve as an antidote to despair.