When we discovered Jen was pregnant with our first child we were still in Princeton, NJ, entering the last year of our seminary adventure. It was the summer of 2000. In the fall of that year we traveled back home to southern California. We celebrated Jen’s birthday...Keep Reading
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Next Saturday, August 25th, our elders are meeting for a bi-annual retreat day. We do so every January and August, and they have become two of my absolute favorite days of the entire year, not only because we have a lot of fun together, but also because I learn so much from each one of the leaders on the team....
My family and I live on a quaint little street near El Dorado park. It’s common on weekends to drive by epic birthday parties and large family reunions sprawled out in the vast open space of the historic park. My children, 4 and 7, always feel left out of playing on the...
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter...
The truth is, every church needs young people. Their passion enriches the soil around them. The curiosity they bring to Scripture and the authenticity they bring to relationships keep your church’s teaching fresh and fellowship fruitful....
An amazing thing happened on the way to Jerusalem. The first half of our gospel accounts depict Jesus ministering in and around Galilee. He calls disciples, tells parables, and performs healings on behalf of fascinated crowds. But about halfway through the...
I am cast upon a horrible, desolate island, void of all hope of recovery. I am singled out and separated, as it were, from all the world, to be miserable. I am divided from mankind – a solitaire; one banished from human society… I have no soul to speak to or relieve me....
It’s been said that “words create worlds.” And it’s difficult to argue with that statement. Think, for instance, of the outset of the Scriptures, where God declares “Let there be light.” And, sure enough, there’s light! The next day God creates the sky. The next day...
Erwin Rommel was a genius, no doubt about it. The problem was that he put his efforts to use working for the Nazi regime. And yet, despite his evil intent, we can learn something from Rommel to be put to use for God’s mission in the world. And in our church....
The events that took place last weekend in Charlottesville have deeply troubled me to the core. But now, a week later, it is not only the events themselves, but the response - across our country - which reveals how deeply fallen and divided America is. I have sought...
After two weeks in Charlotte, North Carolina, at a second-year residency for my Doctorate in Ministry, it is good to be back! And no, I don't miss the humidity! I am grateful for how Josh and Paul kicked off our summer series, The Stories Jesus Told....
This week our church family suffered a very difficult loss as the 26-year old son of Julie Varley, Alex Bradley, was killed in a car crash. A couple of days later Julie pulled from the wreck a photocopy of the hymn “It is Well with My Soul,” which Alex had played on...
Have you ever clicked onto Ancestry.com or another genealogy site to learn more about your family’s history? My mother has done so, tracing Bronzan family roots on one side through Yugoslavia and on the other side through the family of Abraham Lincoln! ...
Southern California doesn't really have seasons, per se. And most of us probably like it that way. It's a bit colder in the winter months, but nothing worth bundling up for. Where I grew up in the Central Valley, seasons were more pronounced. August afternoons were...
A strange thing happens in Luke 9. We learn at the outset of the chapter that after Jesus called his disciples, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and...
It happens in movies all the time. Two characters are engaged in some surprising conversation or activity when a third character reacts incredulously. That third character can’t believe what they’re seeing or hearing. And in so doing, they model for us - the viewer...
A juxtaposition is defined as "two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect." I’m sure there are a few in this weekend’s movie release, Rogue One, which continues the Star Wars franchise. There’s certainly one in this week’s...
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go! And I suppose it's time. A few weeks ago, I lamented how quickly our society jumped from Halloween to Christmas, skipping right over Thanksgiving. I wrote: This year I noticed, more than...
Apparently teaching through the Book of Acts is a dangerous thing for a preacher to do. Now I know. This fall we've been engaging this book of early church history, as we live into our mission, "Inviting all people to grow into a Christ-centered life in God's family."...
A strange thing happened this week. No, it doesn’t have to do with the Presidential Election. And no, it isn’t the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series for the first time since 1908. Though that was fun (for them!). It has to do with Halloween - or, better yet,...
"How's the running going, Curtis?" It was a simple question. And it deserved a simple answer. "Great!" I could've said, responding succinctly. Or, "Really well, actually, I'm running five days a week, three miles each day," if I wanted to give more details....
I'm 35 years old (believe it or not). I'm married, with two kids. We live near El Dorado Park in a little fixer upper (that, in five years, we haven't fixed up all that much!). I like reading philosophy and listening to indie rock and drinking strong coffee and rooting for...
I’ve told my friends, I don’t really go to retreats to get sleep - although some manage to. Mostly, it’s a much needed break from the usual routine, a time to gain a sense of renewal - renewing old friendships, finding new ones, and recharging our intimacy...
As we transition from summer into a busy fall, one particular passage has been on my mind. In chapter 3 of Paul’s letter to the Philippians, the Apostle to the Gentiles writes, I want to know Christ - yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation...
I like to have a plan. What I don’t like is when reality does not quite match up with my planned expectation! I am quickly getting used to this being a part of life that I cannot control. I have found myself in a situation where my “perfect” plan has been altered....
On Thursday night, my wife Cassie and I attended a concert at the Greek Theater. The band isn't her favorite musical act, but I had been looking forward to this show since I got tickets back in December. With work commitments and a busy family life, it had...
Somewhere around 90% of American households own a car, but that wasn't always the case. A hundred years ago, the automobile was not accessible for most of the population. Then, along came Henry Ford. He once quipped that if he gave people what...Keep Reading
With 3 and 5-year-old children, the most common television shows in my home are cartoons. While my wife and I limit screentime, there are a few favorites: Paw Patrol (which features talking dogs that come to the rescue of anyone that needs help)...Keep Reading
As we transition from summer into a busy fall, one particular passage has been on my mind. In chapter 3 of Paul’s letter to the Philippians, the Apostle to the Gentiles writes, I want to know Christ - yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation...Keep Reading
I like to have a plan. What I don’t like is when reality does not quite match up with my planned expectation! I am quickly getting used to this being a part of life that I cannot control. I have found myself in a situation where my “perfect” plan has been altered....Keep Reading
I want to first thank everyone for their patience during the recent construction delays related to the flood in our Narthex. We were able to move the process along with the insurance company and the new carpeting has been ordered. We will not have firm...Keep Reading
You may recall a new practice we've begun this year in an effort to increase trust and transparency between Good Shepherd's congregation, staff, elders and deacons. As previously noted, we will be posting here on our blog Session's monthly...Keep Reading
You may recall a new practice we've begun this year in an effort to increase trust and transparency between Good Shepherd's congregation, staff, elders and deacons. As previously noted, we will be posting here on our blog Session's monthly...Keep Reading
If you attended our annual congregational meeting, you may recall my saying that we need to increase trust and transparency amongst Good Shepherd's congregation, staff, elders, and deacons. To that end, in hopes of increasing trust and transparency...Keep Reading
2015… What a year in the life of Good Shepherd! It was a flurry of activity the whole year through! Think of all we’ve gone through in just the past twelve months… At our Annual Congregational Meeting in January, the Covenant Partners of our church...Keep Reading
Interested in learning more about our updated By-Laws? Click here to read or download a draft for future congregational approval. The name of this church shall be Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church of Orange County, Los Alamitos, California. This church was...Keep Reading
During a 1993 radio interview, the host complimented author William Gibson for the accuracy of past predictions. While downplaying his ability to predict the future, he stated, "The future is already here - it’s just not very evenly distributed."...Keep Reading
Have you been wondering about the construction activity around the church? This summer has proven to be filled with surprises all around our church campus! In mid-July, we discovered that the entire row of classrooms in the front of campus (near Los Alamitos...Keep Reading
What a summer it has been at Good Shepherd! This summer included a life changing Confirmation Adventure for our 8th graders in Yosemite, a great week of fun at Campus by the Sea for our Middle and High Schoolers, over 290 children at Everest...Keep Reading
In my last blog post, Two Horses are Better than One (Or are They?), we engaged the process of alignment. You may remember the various analogies, or perhaps the graphic representation of the stages of alignment. If you missed that post, check it out before...Keep Reading
I once read a story about a pastor who, while in seminary, purchased a Toyota Cressida from a fellow seminarian. On his first road trip from Dallas to Houston, upon accelerating to 65, the car began wobbling violently. After a front-end alignment, though,...Keep Reading
It is hard to believe that the time has come for my transition from Pastor of Good Shepherd to the “former and retired” Pastor of Good Shepherd. Connie and I have been processing this significant change as best we can - coming to terms with the fact we will...Keep Reading
Richard Foster’s classic book, Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth, engages spiritual disciplines as the door to liberation in a life of Christian faith. You may know and practice some of these spiritual disciplines already: meditation, prayer, fasting...Keep Reading
Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” This saying is a sobering reminder to the Vision Team, made up of myself and Elders Milt Houghton, Sue Nelson-Brown, and Roberta Ramont. And like so many other great sayings...Keep Reading
"The only constant is change." No doubt you've heard this saying before! It's been attributed to Heraclitus, a 5th century BC Greek philsopher, who authored a number of other similar phrases, as well: Everything changes and nothing stands still....Keep Reading
Dear Good Shepherd Covenant Partners and Friends, Greetings! I pray this finds you well. I hope you have received your invitation and are planning to attend the service and dinner celebrating the ministry of Rev. Dr. Jim Wilson on Sunday, June 28...Keep Reading
Abraham Lincoln, America's sixteenth President, once declared, "Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe." His quote - at first seemingly counterintuitive - clearly illustrates the importance of preparation!...Keep Reading
As we continue the series entitled “The Story” and continue to get an overview of God’s “Upper Story” that is being played out, I am all the more grateful for the incomparable gift of Jesus. He is at the center of God’s purposes of reconciling all things. He is at the...Keep Reading
Last week we bid a heart-felt “farewell” to Marie Crenshaw who is retiring from her role as our Director of Senior Ministries. Thank you for the numerous expressions of gratitude for Marie, her faithfulness, and her unending enthusiasm for serving Christ’s people...Keep Reading
Farewell Marie Crenshaw! The date has finally arrived and Marie is moving into retirement. Our Director of Senior Ministries for over 15 years is stepping out of that role. Marie, we will miss you as part of the Good Shepherd Staff team but we know you will...Keep Reading
We have been going through The Story and discovering the ways God has continued to act to bring about the accomplishing of the divine “Upper Story” of reconciliation of all things through Jesus Christ. One of the things that strikes me is the number of transitions...Keep Reading
A very important Congregational Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday evening, February 24th at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary. The purpose of this meeting is to approve the terms of the dissolution of the pastoral relationship between Good Shepherd and Pastor Jim...Keep Reading
It was a very significant evening. I’m referring to Wednesday, January 28th and our Annual Congregational Meeting. First of all, I would like to say “Thank You” to all who were able to attend. Second, if you were at the meeting you know there was a definitive...Keep Reading
It never fails. During the Christmas Holiday season advertisers rigorously attempt to persuade us that one can experience ultimate joy and satisfaction by receiving the right gift (of course, the one they are promoting). Can Wal-Mart really give true joy...Keep Reading
The Advent Season is a special time as we look forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus. Because Christmas represents the greatest gift of all, the gift of a Savior through whom we are reconciled to God and blessed with a joy-filled and everlasting life, it is easy...Keep Reading
It has come so quickly that I need to catch up to the reality that Christmas is just a week and one-half away! It's appropriate for us to celebrate the birth of Jesus, after all, this is the occasion of God giving us the most precious and needed gift of all...Keep Reading
I love how our media cover rain storms that hit Southern California. One network news channel goes on "Storm Watch" and another turns to their treasured "Mega Doppler 7000 in HD" to help us track and survive the imminent disastrous effects...Keep Reading
Just a few minutes before I began to write these words I received an email from the individual who helped Connie and me to refinance our home mortgage a few years ago. His email conveyed "Three Reasons I am Thankful for You." I was flattered that he thought...Keep Reading
On Saturday, November 1st, over 120 pastors and elders from 26 churches gathered at Malibu Presbyterian Church for the first meeting of the Presbytery of Southern California of our new denominational home ECO: A Covenant Order of Presbyterians....Keep Reading
It was one of those moments we weren't quite prepared for as parents. It was just a couple weeks ago, when my family and I were in Santa Barbara for the weekend to attend my wife's college reunion. We were staying with good friends, Dana and Beth Allin...Keep Reading
Daylight Savings Time ends November 2nd - be sure to set your clock back one hour on Saturday night! Speaking of Daylight Savings Time (DST), you may know that American inventor and politician Benjamin Franklin is often credited with being the inventor of...Keep Reading
For a number of years in the early 1980â€™s I was selling supercomputer timesharing for Boeing Computer Services Company. One afternoon I was waiting to meet with an engineering manager when through the office wall I overheard his rather loud and heated...Keep Reading
When will all the changes take place? This is a question that was conveyed to me that has been being asked by some within our congregation concerning our new affiliation with ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians. It is a very good...Keep Reading
Our journey through The Story is a great way for us to grasp the scope of Godâ€™s love and desire to have a relationship with all people, everywhere. Itâ€™s a remarkable Story of God coming to us, restoring, reconciling, forgiving, and making all things new...Keep Reading
Fall is in the air. Did you notice how the summer-like weather gave way to that crisp, fall-like nip in the air last weekend? Okay, itâ€™s about 90 degrees today and seems like we are right back in summer. But it is fall - a new season is upon us. The same...Keep Reading
Our Town Hall Meeting on September 21st was well attended and included significant information, helpful questions, and good dialogue. Last year, as I began to look forward to retirement in 2016, I was convinced it would be in the best interest of...Keep Reading
On Sunday, September 21st the Good Shepherd community gathered in the Sanctuary to be updated on our denominational transition and hear a report from Don Goehner, who served as a consultant earlier this year regarding upcoming staff transitions. If you...Keep Reading
One of my favorite stories is about a young Navy Commander whose leadership was tested one day when his ship was threatened by an unidentified aircraft that was closing rapidly. As the account goes, the alarm was sounded, calling the crew to their...Keep Reading
Have you saved the date? Iâ€™m referring to Sunday, September 21st at 6:30pm, to be specific. The Session is inviting you to a Town Hall Congregational Information Meeting that is of real significance. Through the summer months two very important...Keep Reading
I'll give you the bad news first: Summer is over. And now the good news: Fall is here! As students head back to school and adults return to a busy season at work, many of us mourn the loss of summer's long days, time spent leisurely laying (or actively...Keep Reading
Solomon, the king of Israel known for his exceptional gift of wisdom, penned his reflections on God's sovereignty and headship over all things: "There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under the heavens..." Ecclesiastes 3.1-8 is a familiar...Keep Reading
"Who is that new person?" In recent weeks it has not been unusual for one of our staff or members to ask me that question. We have been blessed to have welcomed a number of new...Keep Reading
What an amazing week! I'm referring to our recent Vacation Bible School at which nearly 200 kids ages 3 to 11 took an "Amazing Adventure" with some weird animals and...Keep Reading
On July 20th we will have special "All Together Now" worship services. This is in conjunction with having Rev. Dr. Dana Allin, the Synod Executive of ECO: A Covenant Order...Keep Reading
Can you believe we are already past the 4th of July? The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is next week. Summer is in full swing. It's summer vacation time. This Sunday as we...Keep Reading
As we have been moving through the series of messages in the series, Strengthening the Soul of Your Faith, we have seen that Moses was shaped - in part - through experiences of...Keep Reading
A few weeks ago, we thought together about an event in Acts 15 where Paul and Barnabas separated in ministry because of a disagreement. Verses 36-41 read, Some time...Keep Reading
One of my favorite passages in the Bible is Isaiah 40.28-31 in which the Lord asks the people of Israel a profound question in the midst of the threat of captivity in Babylon: Do you not know?...Keep Reading
Our recent series of messages around the theme The Art of Battling Giants has been particularly meaningful to me and I hope it has been significant to you as well. In particular I have been...Keep Reading
God bless our Mothers! Though it is not one of the holy days found on the Church calendar that point to the marvelous deeds of God, Mother's Day offers a very unique opportunity...Keep Reading
Sometimes it's easy to long for an earlier time of life - one that was simpler, for one reason or another. Having children of our own has prompted my wife, Cassie, and I to recognize the...Keep Reading
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Those words are echoed through churches around the world on Easter Sunday as Christians gather to celebrate the most phenomenal and history-changing...Keep Reading
Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, â€œHosanna! Blessed is he...Keep Reading
Growing up in Southern California meant delight-filled days at the beach. One of those days found me, my mom and dad swimming off the shore of Huntington Beach. But our pleasant...Keep Reading
There is a story about a ship's captain who was determined to "stay the course" even when the crew sighted a distant light that was directly in their path. The captain ordered...Keep Reading
During the month of February, nearly 85 people, including members of our Session, staff, and congregation at large, spent time with Don Goehner, a Church Staffing Consultant....Keep Reading
Sunday, March 2nd we met Mallory Anne Farrar, who recently joined our staff as Student Ministries Assistant. Check out this short video if you missed getting to know Mallory!...Keep Reading
Phone. Text. E-mail. Voicemail. Facebook. Twitter. Skype. Instagram. YouTube. Weâ€™ve come along way from the Pony Express! Answer this. Respond to that. Post, tweet, like, comment. We have...Keep Reading
We live in very interesting times. I just read about the effort by scientists and engineers to develop a "Quantum Computer" capable of performing trillions of computations per second...Keep Reading
I have been reflecting on the "benediction" by the Apostle Paul found in Ephesians 3.20-21, where he seems to stop almost in mid sentence to express his sense of the amazing wonder...Keep Reading
Our Annual Congregational Meeting held on January 21st was particularly significant in its focus upon transitions. We welcomed three people who are serving as Representatives...Keep Reading
Dear friends, Don't forget! Our Annual Congregational meeting is tomorrow, Tuesday, January 21st at 7pm. At the outset of our regular meeting, Presbytery Representatives will meet with...Keep Reading
2014. I sometimes have to stop and let that sink in. Do you remember the flap over Y2K? Yep, fourteen years ago! How about the Beatles appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show? Fifty years...Keep Reading
It was the summer of 2004. I had just graduated high school and I spent some of the summer at Sonshine Ministries, a Christian summer camp for middle and high school students that...Keep Reading
I remember it like it was yesterday. Standing in that baptismal pool, it felt like I was miles above the rest of the congregation seated below. Next to me in the waist high water was Reverend...Keep Reading
After months of study, discussion, and prayer regarding our denominational affiliation, our Session - consisting of both Pastors and Elders - are meeting this Tuesday, December...Keep Reading
Greetings Good Shepherd Members, As we continue the process of discernment concerning our separation from the Presbyterian Church (USA) the Session will be answering the question...Keep Reading
It has been some time since we have had an update concerning our Season of Discernment regarding our affiliation with the PC(USA). So, let me help to bring you up to speed on what has...Keep Reading
We all need reminders of God's faithfulness and of how we impact the lives of others. I received such a reminder in the mail this past week and think you should know about it too. A young...Keep Reading
As you may know I have been helping with a church in downtown Long Beach that has become a very small congregation; so small, in fact, that the Presbytery is nearing a decision...Keep Reading
As we have been working our way through the Letter of 1 John during our â€œSummer of Loveâ€ series, the central theme appears repeatedly: â€œDear friends, let us love one another...Keep Reading
I just came from a meeting with a representative of a community advertising organization. As we began our meeting she shared an observation about Good Shepherd. Her comment...Keep Reading
The Session of Good Shepherd made a very significant decision at its last Stated Meeting on July 30th. That decision was to formally enter into the Denominational Joint Solution...Keep Reading
Ellen (not her real name), like many people today, is looking for a church home. She has taken the time and invested herself in a number of different churches - studying what...Keep Reading
We woke this past Wednesday morning to news stories that began like this report from NBC News: In a pair of landmark decisions, the U. S. Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down...Keep Reading
Ah, summer! For me the season brings memories of my earlier years; of long, warm days spent at the neighbor's pool, trips to the beach to lounge in the hot sun and swim and surf for hours...Keep Reading
Saturday morning I joined Pastors Jim and Paul, as well as a number of Elder Commissioners from our church at a Los Ranchos Presbytery denominational discernment meeting...Keep Reading
I was sitting in my office while one of our Good Shepherd family was reading John 15.1-8 out loud in preparation for reading it in our worship service at 10:30am yesterday...Keep Reading
The School year is coming to a close and Summer is right around the corner. This means new opportunities for Connecting with God, Growing in Faith, and Serving in Love! It all begins...Keep Reading
On many occasions I've referred to the rear yard re-landscaping project Connie and I undertook five years ago. After demolition of over 70 tons (that is correct, 70 tons) of concrete...Keep Reading
Greetings Good Shepherd Family, We are continuing in a Season of Discernment regarding the denominational affiliation that best enables us to live out our call to make disciples who...Keep Reading
It's no surprise that our world is changing rapidly. Among the effects of rapid social change is the fact that the Christian church is no longer widely appreciated, understood, and influential...Keep Reading
I've been reflecting upon the wonder and blessing of Christian community this past week, prompted by all the ways I have been - and continue to be - blessed by the Good Shepherd...Keep Reading
No doubt you have heard the expression "You can't see the forest for the trees." I tried to find the origin of this phrase and discovered it is not attributed to a specific person...Keep Reading
Greetings Good Shepherd family, In an effort to increase the physical security of our campus, we have decided to re-key our locks. This work will take approximately two days...Keep Reading
I once saw an image showing the earth being held by divine hands and an adaptation of the words of the American poet, T. S. Eliot: "He (referring to God) is the still point of the...Keep Reading
We will be presenting a series of small group opportunities Friday through Sunday, March 15th-17th, for you to hear more about the issues facing our denomination. These small...Keep Reading
We're mid-way through the season of Lent, a time during which we take on new disciplines. For some it is fasting in which we voluntarily do without food or certain foods in order to...Keep Reading
I am grateful for this faithful family known as Good Shepherd and for the fact that we are experiencing life as followers of Jesus together. Our call is to make disciples, that is, to help...Keep Reading
Greetings friends, Our friends at Church Plant Media, who designed and host our home on the web, recently updated our content management system (fancy terminology...Keep Reading
Pastors Jim, Paul and I recently received an e-mail update from Jessica Knutzen, who is a member of Good Shepherd and is "under our care" for ordination. You may recall ...Keep Reading
Did you know you can "like" Good Shepherd on Facebook, but still miss status updates, pictures and posts!? It's true! Here's how to be sure you're not left out: Click onto our...Keep Reading
Your Change Will Make a Change! Bring your change to church next Sunday, July 29th to "make a change" for our worldwide missionaries! Successful We Care Food Drive...Keep Reading
Parents! Join us Saturday, July 28th for a short topic on strengthening your marriage from 6-6:30pm in the Fireside Room... and then enjoy a date on your own with your spouse up until...Keep Reading
On June 30th & July 1st, we are collecting these food items in the parking lot (look for open car trunks!). We are collecting: canned fruit, canned chicken, canned roast beef...Keep Reading
Good Shepherd is currently seeking nominations for elders and deacons to serve in a variety of positions. You can learn more about the open positions in the "Working Together"...Keep Reading
Visit the Men's Ministry table on the patio this weekend to pick up a free book for the father, husband or son in your life. Limited number of copies... One per family, please....Keep Reading
If you received a prayer letter, please let us know if there is something specific we can pray for you and your family. E-mail your request or write your request on the back...Keep Reading
Self Help Interfaith Program, an outreach to those struggling with homelessness in Orange County, is returning to Good Shepherd June 30th through July 13th. Sign up on the patio...Keep Reading
FLIPT is wrapping up with a giant family BBQ on Wednesday, May 30th. Don't miss it! The main course will be provided, you bring a dessert to share! RSVP to Karen and be sure...Keep Reading
Would you like to gain more understanding of God's Word and enjoy the fellowship of others on your spiritual journey? We are happy to answer those questions and more...Keep Reading
Looking for a Mother's Day Gift? Women's Retreat Committee are selling beautiful flower bowls, herb gardens, and a new succulent bowl on the patio this weekend!...Keep Reading
Parents! Join us for appetizers and a short topic on strengthening your marriage from 6-6:30pm in the Fireside Room - and then enjoy a date on your own with your spouse...Keep Reading
Parents! Engage the story of Jonah at home with your children by picking up your FREE copy of Jonah and the Worm, by Jill Brisco, when you gather for worship this weekend!...Keep Reading
The women who went to the tomb to properly treat Jesus' body for burial, went with heavy hearts, dashed hopes, and the dread that comes from the death of a loved one. ...Keep Reading
Palm Sunday is upon us, ushering us into Holy Week. As I look toward this time it's with extreme gratitude. Gratitude for the things God has done through the person of Jesus...Keep Reading
As we approach the fifth Sunday in Lent the observances of Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday are just around the corner. I hope you will...Keep Reading
After months of thinking, praying and dreaming together about how we can welcome those not yet here, Good Shepherd will embark on a new chapter of mission and ministry...Keep Reading
The season of Lent is a time of change, a time to be transformed by God - to strip away attitudes and behaviors that dishonor God and to adopt new ways of living lives of gratitude and service....Keep Reading
The season of Lent is a special time within the Church year - a time to focus on the events of our Lord's "Passion." Passion is the Christian theological term used for the events...Keep Reading
The South Gate entrance is closed from the parking lot to pedestrian traffic due to construction. Please use the North Gate entrance (or, if it's open, sneak through the gym!)....Keep Reading
I have been impressed by reading some of author Henri Nouwen's reflections on drawing near to God. He cites that our English word "absurd" comes from the Latin for...Keep Reading
February 22nd is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the season of Lent. This is a special time of focusing on the events of the last week of Jesus' earthly ministry, his crucifixion,...Keep Reading
As we move into 2012 there are two significant things I would like to comment on. First is the celebration of 50 years of Good Shepherd's ministry. This is a significant milestone...Keep Reading
Join us at the Open Table between 5:30 and 7pm on Tuesday, January 31st for dinner and then our Annual Congregational Celebration at 7pm in the Sanctuary. Childcare...Keep Reading
Hi friends, My apologies that I'm only now posting this week's e-Bulletin! Here it is! I missed sending it out earlier as I was away at a conference this past week on behalf of...Keep Reading
Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin! May the many opportunties it holds lead us to connect with God, grow in faith and serve in love! See you soon, Curtis ...Keep Reading
Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin! Note especially the many programs and classes that start back up this week! Why not start off the New Year with a new opportunity to connect...Keep Reading
Hi friends, In the midst of the excitement of New Year's day and return to our study of the Letter to the Hebrews, I neglected to post our weekly e-Bulletin. Here it is! Be sure to note...Keep Reading
Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin! As always, it's available in printed form on campus tomorrow morning. I look forward to gathering with you then!...Keep Reading
Hi friends, Here is this week's e-Bulletin! Note especially our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day schedule... and don't forget about our annual Festival of Carols tomorrow at 3pm!...Keep Reading
Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin! Please also note an update to our website: In an effort to simplify the top navigation, News and Resources menu options are now found under...Keep Reading
Hi friends, We've all heard that tryptophan, found in our Thanksgiving turkeys, makes us sleepy. Apparently, it makes ME forgetful, considering that I forgot to send out last week's...Keep Reading
Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin (also available in printed form on Sunday morning). As always, it's filled with a number of opportunities to connect with God, grow in faith...Keep Reading
Hi friends, My apologies! I forgot to send out our e-Bulletin this past weekend! I'm sorry... You may have already picked it up on Sunday morning. If not, here it is!...Keep Reading
Dear Good Shepherd Family, If you were in worship this past Sunday you heard the report from our Session concerning a clear vision for our ministry of making disciples of Jesus Christ...Keep Reading
Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin. As always, it's also available in the Sanctuary Narthex and Zirbel Hall tomorrow morning. Don't miss two great opportunities:...Keep Reading
Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin! As always it is filled with opportunities to connect with God, grow in faith and serve in love. Note especially a number of events this weekend...Keep Reading
Hi friends, My apologies!!! I was so excited to spend some time at this weekend's camp out that I forgot to send out the e-Bulletin! You probably already picked one up on Sunday...Keep Reading
Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin! It's overflowing with all kinds of opportunities to connect with God, grow in faith and serve in love! May that not only be true of our e-Bulletin...Keep Reading
Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin! May the many opportunities guide us in connecting with God, growing in faith and serving in love. See you tomorrow...Keep Reading
Greetings, The Health Ministries Team is providing free flu shots at Good Shepherd this Sunday, September 25th! If you would like a flu shot please head to the Gym. Wearing shirts, blouses...Keep Reading
Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin! Please note the financial update through August... Thank you for your faithful (and often sacrificial) giving! See you tomorrow,...Keep Reading
Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin! Be sure to note the Antique Car Show and Old Fashioned Family Fun Festival next Saturday as well as fall kick-offs for small groups and children's...Keep Reading
Hi friends, You know fall is fast approaching when our e-Bulletin begins to overflow with upcoming programs and activities! And that is certainly the case in this week's edition! Note...Keep Reading
Hi friends, I hope and pray this finds you well, and somehow, staying out of the heat! Here's this week's e-Bulletin! If you're attending Camp Surf Day tomorrow, please note we'll be at Tower 18...Keep Reading
Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin! We learned after "going to press" that our food drive for WeCare resulted in over a ton of food... LITERALLY! 2,139 pounds! ...Keep Reading
Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin! Please note our financial update through July: Tithes and offerings continue to exceed our budget! Thank you for your faithful - and often...Keep Reading
Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin! May it guide us in continuing to connect with God in worship, grow in faith and serve in love. See you tomorrow!...Keep Reading
Hi friends! Here's this week's e-Bulletin. Note especially our Vacation Bible School SonSurf Beach Bash kicks off Monday as well as Pastor Jim's upcoming class on Biblical Perspectives...Keep Reading
Hi friends, Happy Friday! I hope this finds you well. Here is this week's e-Bulletin! Don't miss out on some fun opportunities this weekend: Date Night / The Bug Guy Saturday night and the...Keep Reading
Hi friends, My humblest apologies! I neglected to post our weekly e-Bulletin Friday! Here it is! Note especially Date Night / The Bug Guy on Saturday night and the Pool Party at McGaugh...Keep Reading
Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin. May it guide us in Connecting with God, Growing in Faith and Serving in Love. See you soon, Curtis...Keep Reading
Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin! My apologies that it's only now being posted! Note a couple different growth opportunities that begin this week and that we are still in need of willing...Keep Reading
Hi friends, Our July/August Newsletter is now available online! If you get a chance, send a note of thanks to our Deacon and bookkeeper Kristi Tinker for putting it all together!...Keep Reading
Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin. As always, it's also available via a shortcut on the front page of our website (see screenshot). See you Sunday as we continue our journey through...Keep Reading
Hi friends, Last week I was able to congratulate my friend, Good Shepherd member and former Student Ministries intern, Jessica Knutzen upon her graduation with a Master of Divinity...Keep Reading
Hi friends, Happy Friday! Here's this week's e-Bulletin. As always, it's filled with a number of ways to fulfill our mission: to connect with God, grow in faith and serve in love. Note especially our...Keep Reading
Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin! May it guide us in connecting with God, growing in faith and serving in love. Note especially the opportunity to serve alongside the SHIP program...Keep Reading
Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin! May it guide you in connecting with God, growing in faith and serving in love! Note especially two growth opportunities this summer...Keep Reading
Here's this week's e-Bulletin! As always, it contains a number of great opportunities to connect with God, grow in faith and serve in love. One detail isn't included in our e-Bulletin about Tuesday...Keep Reading
Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin. As always, it features a number of opportunities to connect with God, grow in faith and serve in love. Note especially our Campus Improvement...Keep Reading
Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin! As always, it can also be sent to your inbox or picked up Sunday morning in the Sanctuary and Zirbel Hall and during the week in the front office....Keep Reading
Hello Good Shepherd Friend, I am writing to inform and remind you about two upcoming meetings. The first is a "Town Hall Meeting" scheduled for this Sunday, May 15th between worship...Keep Reading
Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin! As always, it features a number of opportunities to connect with God, grow in faith and serve in love. If you're able, please plan to attend the Called...Keep Reading
Hi friends, The May/June edition of the Shepherd's Voice is now available on the Newsletter page. Click on over to check it out! And while you're online, how about sending a note of thanks...Keep Reading
Greetings Good Shepherd participant, Here is a letter related to a proposed amendment to our denomination's Book of Order. It was e-mailed to everyone on our e-mail list, but is posted here...Keep Reading
Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin. As always, it's filled with a number of opportunities to connect with God, grow in faith and serve in love. Note especially our new series on the Letter to...Keep Reading
Hi friends! Here's our weekly e-Bulletin. If you're able, please remember to carpool tomorrow morning, to make room for the many who will be joining us to celebrate the Resurrection!...Keep Reading
Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin! As always, it's filled with a number of opportunities to connect with God, grow in faith and serve in love. If you'd like to submit an event to be included...Keep Reading
Hi friends, In an effort to conserve the resources of creation and more effectively communicate all the great things happening at Good Shepherd, we are moving forward with a new e-Bulletin...Keep Reading
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, we need your help! â€œVery Challengingâ€ is the phrase that best describes our financial situation at Good Shepherd. Mindful of our calling to make...Keep Reading
In James 5.16 we are called to "confess our sins to each other." And, friends, I've got some confessing to do! Let me begin by stating what may be obvious: I love my job! I am so thrilled to be able...Keep Reading
Hi friends, I wanted to let you know the Good Shepherd newsletter for November & December is now available! Previous months can also be viewed on the Newsletter page. Or, if you'd like to...Keep Reading
Did you know Associate Pastor Paul White wears a size 16 shoe? Or Student Ministries Director Werner Ramirez has a pacemaker? Or Children's Ministry Assistant Michelle Heath earned a...Keep Reading