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Good Shepherd,

In light of recent updates regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), we will no longer be gathering for Sunday services through the month of March.

See the below updates from Pastor Thomas Brashears.

 

March 20 Update

Currently, our church will be closed until such time we’re able to meet. It might be the end of April.

Our church services are available HERE and are being emailed out each Friday. Our design is to have materials for you to worship in your home with family or friends that can be used at the time you want, from any device you want. While this is not a “live streaming” event, we encourage you to follow the guide at 10:00 am each Sunday.

The Worship Guides follow a simple format:

  1. Prayer
  2. Singing (there are links to songs)
  3. Reading of Scripture (the lesson has a link)
  4. Morning Message (recorded by a pastor)
  5. Singing
  6. Discussion
  7. Prayer
  8. Giving

Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Refuse to let worry and fear drive your thinking.
As Christians we believe that God is in ultimate control, wide awake and ready to take care of his children. He answers prayer. He cares about you very deeply. That isn’t to say that God will always answer all of our prayers exactly the way we’d like. We still live in a world of sin, suffering, and free agency. We will experience troubles and suffer losses. But even if you suffer physically, even if you walk through pain and grief, God will never leave you, nor forsake you. You’re safe and secure from eternity’s viewpoint when you trust in Jesus.

We get to walk by faith, not by fear. We can step away from the panicked frenzy around us. To put it more plainly, as Christians, we never need to overreact with situations that freak everyone else out. Let’s not be ruled by the tyranny of worry and anxiety. Instead, pray continually. Pray about every need you have, for provision and protection, and then trust God to handle things according to his holy and loving nature.

Prepare wisely.
In the current case of coronavirus, people in positions of influence and authority such as leaders and scientists with the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are offering us ample information about what is happening globally and how to prepare for it. So, prepare. Stock up on food, medicine, and supplies (because that’s wise), but don’t hoard things (because that’s foolish). Wash your hands, more than usual. Stay home. Check in on loved ones. Avoid unnecessary travel. And stay tuned in to what is really happening. All of that is wise.

Love your neighbor.
This may be our finest hour! We now have a HUGE OPPORTUNITY to prove our faith and let our light shine so that the world may see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven.

In Christ,
Pastor Thomas Brashears

 

March 15 Update

All church activities and services will be postponed from March 18 to April 1.

We will live stream a worship service for our entire church at 9:30 am on March 22 and 29.
Please check back here or refer to your email for access to the live stream.

During the closure we will be sending materials home via email for adult bible study, children, and LifeNotes to the congregation.

We hope to be back in the Sanctuary on April 5, Palm Sunday.

For live stream assistance or material requests, please contact:
Jessica Mickelson – Director of Communications – jessica@gslcirvine.org – 949.398.5172

For all other questions, please refer to our Staff page to find additional contact information.

 

March 12 Update

In these uncertain times, I wanted to reach out to you personally about what we are doing here at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and Preschool in regard to your health and safety.

As the situation around novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, we are doing everything we can to provide for everyone’s wellbeing and create maximum flexibility. Our leadership team (Carol Boland, Julie Goodman, Cary Spohr and me) is monitoring all communication from the World Health Organization and Center for Disease Control, following guidelines as recommended, and has designed and implemented protocols for all employees, students and volunteers. We will be reviewing this with the church council next week. We’re on it.

As a church we encourage the following:

  1. Use hand sanitizer (it’s in the foyer) or wash before and after worship.
  2. Refrain from shaking hands (bump elbows or bow).
  3. Offering will be placed in the plate as you come forward for communion, so we don’t pass the plate with people touching it.
  4. Communion assistants and pastors will continue to wash hands before and after communion.
  5. Regarding communion – you can come forward for a blessing, just the bread, or the bread and wine/grape juice.
  6. Regarding patio refreshments – we will be hosting coffee only; no food items will be provided.
  7. If you’re sick, stay home.

Personally, I’d like to encourage you, if you’re at higher risk of serious illness (60+ years old with serious, chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease) to think and pray about attending church. If you want to talk about it, please call me. We want what’s best for you.

Finally, and most importantly, Paul has something for you and me…
Philippians 4:6-7   Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

1. Refuse to let worry and fear drive your thinking.
As Christians we believe that God is in ultimate control, wide awake and ready to take care of his children. He answers prayer. He cares about you very deeply. That isn’t to say that God will always answer all of our prayers exactly the way we’d like. We still live in a world of sin, suffering, and free agency. We will experience troubles and suffer losses. But even if you suffer physically, even if you walk through pain and grief, God will never leave you, nor forsake you. You’re safe and secure from eternity’s viewpoint when you trust in Jesus.

We get to walk by faith, not by fear. We can step aside from the panicked frenzy around us. To put it more plainly, as Christians, we never need to overreact with situations that freak everyone else out. Let’s not be ruled by the tyranny of worry and anxiety. Instead, pray continually. Pray about every need you have for provision and protection and then trust God to handle things according to his holy and loving nature.

2. Prepare wisely.
In the current case of coronavirus, people in positions of influence and authority such as leaders and scientists with the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are offering us ample information about what is happening globally and how to prepare for it. So, prepare. Stock up on food, medicine, and supplies (because that’s wise), but don’t hoard things (because that’s foolish). Wash your hands, more than usual. Stay home. Check in on loved ones. Avoid unnecessary travel. And stay tuned in to what is really happening.
All of that is wise.

3. Love your neighbor.
This may be our finest hour! We now have a HUGE OPPORTUNITY to prove our faith and let our light shine so that the world may see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven.

I will be contacting you as things evolve and adjust.
What questions do you have?

In Christ,
Pastor Thomas Brashears

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