From the Rector

Dear friends,
What is God calling you to leave behind and let drop like autumn leaves from your attention and energy?
And what God is calling you to plant and tend? What is blooming with energy in your life?  How can you cultivate that with greater energy and attention?
Letting Go and Cultivating
There are many tools for joining in this annual soul spring clean we call Lent. Find what’s right for you and get to work! Here are some of the tools we are offering at Good Shepherd this year:  
Sharing Faith Small Group Dinners

These small group dinners are the ideal way to grow friendships and faith. Letting go and cultivating questions will inform our sharing faith small group conversations.
A Resurrection-Shaped Life
These questions will also be reflected in our Tuesday Book Group as we explore daily experiences of resurrection, using Jake Owensby’s book A Resurrection-Shaped Life, Dying and Rising on Planet Earth, as a jumping off point.
Lenten Devotions
We are offering two devotionals this year. One is written by Episcopal Relief and Development leaders from around the world. The other is written by leaders from Habitat for Humanity. Each can be adapted for local use. These are available through the church office, on our website, and on the church welcome table.
Hikes and Holy Week
There will be two Stations of the Cross hikes: the Second Sunday of Lent, March 17 at 11:15 and Good Friday, April 19 at 5 p.m. The Good Friday hike is followed by a potluck Soup Supper and Taize Worship. These hikes follow the Stations of the Cross, erected by Eagle Scout Thomas Luder, and they ascend the hill behind the church. It is a beautiful time of year to enjoy the wildflowers, the green grass, and the devotions.
May your Lent be blessed with spiritual cleansing, new insight, and renewed energy,

Pastor Linda+