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Good Shepherd Family, 

As the current situation involving the wildfires continues to be uncertain, we hope that you and your families are safe and getting the resources that you need. We, as Pastors and Elders, will continue to be in constant prayer over this situation, asking God to calm the fires, bring peace and comfort to those in need, protect and be with our first responders, and use this moment to embolden our faith in Him, bolster our unity as a church, and allow us to be a light for Him in our community. 

Important Information:

  • Due to the current hazardous air quality from the smoke as well as the “Level 2” evacuation line being very near the church, we will not be meeting in person this weekend (Sept. 12/13)  

  • We will have services streaming online at the usual service times  

Our priority is to ensure the safety of our church body, while still maintaining Scripture’s mandate to teach God's word and meet together. 

Speaking to this Moment:

This situation is an opportunity for us to life out our "Oneness & Witness vision. Our Oneness with God allows us to acknowledge our situation and recognize that Jesus cares and sympathizes with us (Heb. 4). We can see Him as sovereign over chaotic circumstances, and trust that He is working for our good (Rom. 8:28). We can cast our anxieties and place our burdens on Jesus, because He cares (Matt. 6:25-34). Our grief and pain, because of Jesus, is laced with a hope that extends far beyond our present sufferings (Rom. 8:18).

Our Oneness with our church family allows us to support the people in our community who have experienced loss and uncertainty. Faithful members of our body have been partnering with us to aid and provide resources, meals and a safe space to those who are in need in our community. 

Our Witness to the world allows us to minister to the lost, broken and hurting that seemingly have no hope during times of uncertainty. Peter Hibbs, Pastor of Global and Local Outreach, and his team have been working hard to provide meals for people who have been displaced or lost homes to the fires, create space on our campus for RV’s, and pray and care for people. The life of Jesus shines brightly in His Church as we come together in His name to heal and restore those in need.  

Good Shepherd family, we wish we could see you in person. However, we are grateful for how you are persevering through difficult times. We pray that you will remain in prayer and support others during this crisis. We are confident that God will continue the work He has begun in our body (Phil. 1:6). Our online services this week will speak into our Oneness and Witness during the wildfires and how we are to respond. We will move our final message of the Churches in Revelation to the following weekend when we hope to finally meet together indoors! 

If you have a space to share or are in need of space due to displacement by the wildfires, please click one of the buttons below.

If you have prayer requests or any needs please click here.
 
Your Executive Pastors, 
Steve Keels, Greg Cahalan, and Paul Norquist
 
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Weekends

Last weekend: Oneness & Witness, Part 7
Speaker: Jonathan Martin
Title: Learning To Love The Hills

Passage: Revelation 3:7-13

This weekend: Oneness & Witness In A World On Fire
Speakers: Steve Keels, Greg Cahalan & Peter Hibbs 

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Local Outreach Opportunities

Here are some opportunities we are asking for this week that are directly related to the wildfires:

  • We have the opportunity to support our local fire fighters-- we are collecting 100 headlamps (they specifically asked for Pelican brand, 2720, LED lights), AAA batteries for the headlamps, toe skins - and moleskin, 72 inch boot laces, hydration tablets for water, and energy drinks. You may take items directly to the Clackamas Fire Training Center (15990 SE 130th Ave, Clackamas 97015).
  • If anyone would like to make a "Thank you!" poster/card or two for our Fire Fighters we would happily deliver them. Thank you for supporting our fire fighters in this way!"
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Breakout & KidsQuest

KidsQuest and Breakout is a discipleship curriculum for children ages four through grade five designed to be used in a small group at church or with a parent at home, it’s just a matter of how you want to implement it! Whether you are in a small group at church or working through one of the books at home with a parent, each child will grow deeper spiritually with Kids Quest and Breakout. Registration is open now on the Good Shepherd website.

Register Here

Growth Groups

Are you passionate about connecting members of our church with God and others? Do you enjoy being hospitable, facilitating discussion, and growing deeper in relationships? In Growth Groups, we value community coming together to experience God and discover how we can learn to live together like Christ. If you are willing to host and facilitate a Growth Group in your home please let us know by clicking the button below.

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GriefShare

Update: Class will now begin on September 20th.

It may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now. If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel.

This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before. “Going to GriefShare feels like having warm arms wrapped around you when you’re shivering.”

GriefShare will meet weekly this Fall to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. Classes at Good Shepherd will now begin Sunday, September 20, in the Green Room, from 4:30-6:30 PM. Materials for the class cost $30. You can pay when you come to the class.

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Financial Update as of September 9, 2020
 
General Fund  MTD Fiscal YTD
Giving $79,364  $759,122
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$89,583 
$806,250
Over/(Under) ($10,219)  ($47,128)
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