Good Shepherd Ministry Updates during Social Distancing 

Through this time of social distancing the ministry of the Church continues. Much of our life together has paused or adapted, but we are still church together for the sake of the world and continue to care for, pray for, and serve people as Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, following the latest orders for health and safety, and will keep you updated as we begin phasing back to in-person worship and ministry again. While we continue in Phase 2 of our Ministry Plan we are worshiping online at this time.

Our next Outdoor/Drive-In worship services will be on Sunday, October 25th at 9:00am and 11:00am on the hill/upper parking lot!  

We want to have an opportunity to gather together as a whole community to worship and receive Holy Communion. We all long to see one another and to receive communion in person, so we have been working on a way to do this safely, even while we wait for a return to worship in our sanctuary.

There will be bulletins and pre-packaged communion elements that you will receive when you arrive. We will have three ways/places you can be present for worship:

• For those that are comfortable and able, we invite you to gather on the grassy hill, bringing chairs and/or blankets to sit on.
• We will have space reserved in the upper parking lot for people to bring chairs and sit.
• Finally, we will be broadcasting the service via FM radio to the parking lot so that those who feel safest remaining in their cars can do so and still fully participate!

In order to keep one another safe we ask that everyone who attends would maintain a minimum of 6 ft physical distance from others and wear a mask.  For those that are able, we ask that you park in the lower parking lot and walk up to the hill. This will reserve space in the upper parking lot for those who cannot walk as easily or who wish to remain in their car for worship.

GSLC Covid19 Plan    (9.12.20 Update)
GLSC Covid19 Plan Overview   (9.12.20 Update)
St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force link

Online Worship: 

Online Worship will be available beginning on Saturday evenings. Worship can be found on our website here and our Facebook page. 

House Church will be a mid-week worship with Holy Communion on Wednesdays at 12:00 pm. We will meet in our own homes via Zoom for Word, prayer, communion, and discussion. See Friday e-news for Zoom details.
COMMUNION BREAD RECIPE

When we return to Worship in-person: (Online-Only at this time)

• Sign up via the Good Shepherd Connect App *Your Good Shepherd Connect login is first letter of first name+last name, (ex. Jbrecht)
• Sign up online HERE
• Call Brenda Ogroski at 636-391-6685 or email Brenda.

Key things to be aware of:
• We will offer two services: 9:00 Traditional, and 11:00 Contemporary
• Don’t forget your mask!
• Enter through Narthex doors where you will be greeted by someone who will check you in and someone who will check your temperature
• All materials will be removed from pews, we will not have printed bulletins, and screens will be used to guide our worship service
• Worship will be modified to eliminate physical contact.
• Communion will happen at the end of worship, and we will use wafers only (at first).

Below you will find our COVID-19 Plan & Overview, and also our Returning to Worship Plan and Overview which has more details:

GLSC Phase 3 Returning to Worship Plan
Returning to Worship Overview and What to Expect

Staff:

The church office is open M-F from 8-12:00 pm.
Staff is working remotely as much as possible.  When more than one staff person needs to be in the office, coordination will happen to ensure safe social distancing or staggering time in the building.

Children and Family: 

Family Faith Formation @ Home
In person Sunday School is on hold through December, when we will reassess our ability to gather safely. While we will not gather for traditional Sunday school, we are excited to announce Family Faith Formation @ Home! Tune into worship each Sunday for the lesson for the day and you will be invited to participate in a screen free and hands on activity at the end of worship. Materials for the entire month can be picked up at church on the first Sunday of each month.  Register here. Contact: Director of Children and Family Ministries, Emily Harrow.

Confirmation/RiSE Wednesday Nights from 6:30-7:30pm
Confirmation continues this year with a different look. Confirmands in all grades will gather for a large group lesson then break out into small groups lead by a dynamic group of mentors for further discussion. We will gather on Zoom at least through December and engage in service activities and have some fun! Register here!

Click here for a curated list of resources to refer to during social distancing orders

Community: 

Our Neighbors, Our City: Tuesdays at 7:30 pm – Via Zoom  
We are hosting virtual gatherings to discuss the recent events in our nation. This is a safe space to lament, pray, ask questions, and seek to understand the events around us. Contact Gail Brecht.

Basecamp: Our men’s ministry is meeting monthly, Sundays at 4:30 pm. Contact Michael Kerber.

Lectio Divina:  This is a women’s ministry, meeting via Zoom, every Monday at 7:30 pm. Contact Kathy Busch.

Men’s Bible Study:  This is a men’s ministry, meeting via Zoom, every Thursday at 6:15 AM. The Men’s meeting mimics the function of Panera without the travel.  The zoom meeting runs 6:00 AM till 8:00 AM and the study or guided questions will run from 6:15 AM to 7:15 AM.  I will manage Breakrooms after 7:15 AM to permit private, or not so private conversation (at your choice) until 8:00 AM.  Call Bill at 314-306-9323 (cell, preferred) or email to get invited: Bill Talbot. You can also email Bill to suggest another time and/or day of week for another meeting.

Monday Night Bible Study:  Pastor Josh will lead a study on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month.  We will go beyond Sunday, going deeper into the upcoming lectionary readings for the upcoming Sunday. This study is open to all. This study will meet with a hybrid of in-person and Zoom. In person will be masked and socially distant.  Contact the church office for more information: 636-391-6685.

FLY (Fellowship of Lutheran Youth):  Contact Pastor Amy.

College: Reach out to Pastor Amy if you have thoughts on how we can be in ministry together as college students!

RiSE in the Middle:  middle school students meet, via Zoom, each Sunday at 11:00 am. Contact Kayla Dye for info.  

Teams & Committees:  

Many of our ongoing teams and committees are continuing their work through online video conferencing.  ZOOM MEETING SAFETY

Prayer & Care: 

Stay Connected Team: A dedicated group of members has been helping us reach out to all our members with phone calls to check in, offer care, and see if there are any needs. 

Pastoral Care: Your pastors and chaplain are making calls and checking in regularly with members. We are available to talk and support you through this time. We are happy to talk over the phone or via Zoom for virtual coffee. 
Pastor Josh Brecht
Pastor Amy Stewart
Chaplain Suzie Everingham

Service Opportunities:

Help make sandwiches for Trinity Soulard.  If you can help make Peanut Butter Sandwiches, please contact Dennis & Ruth Mall.

Safe Families: Is your small group looking for a way to make a difference in the life of a child? It takes a village to raise a child, and in many aspects, the Safe Families Program provides that village. Essential items needed include receiving blankets, wipes, baby clothes up to 1 yr, baby socks, bibs, mittens, hats, bottles, pacifiers, breastfeeding pads, & breast pump/milk storage bags.  Contact: Anna Franz, 314-809-9387.

Feed My Starving Children – www.feedtheneedstl.orgFeed My Starving Children has made a profound difference in the worlds’ food insecurity. However, this year, due to the Pandemic, they have been unable to have MobilePacks most of the year. This has created a drastic loss of food for the children. They desperately need funding to pay for the mechanical packaging of food. Please consider donating here  or checks may written to Good Shepherd with FMSC in the check memo.

Need a new mask? Buy one from Feed My Starving Children here! For every mask sold, FMSC is donating a mask in Haiti. The mask you buy is handmade in the USA. The mask you donate is made in Haiti and creates jobs. Along with the original style, FMSC is also selling masks with adjustable elastic for the ears and a flexible nose piece.

Wings/Love A Child is looking for volunteers to help pack food boxes, assemble boxes, or bag canned goods October 27-30, from 9am-1pm. The location is 3137 Jefferson Ave, (south of I-44 about 1 mile). Masks are required. Their goal is to pack 4,000 boxes per month. Contact Julie Patthoff @314-591-2528, or Sandi Bahr @636-236-1737.

Lutheran Campus Ministry is looking for people to either bring a meal for 20 college students and join in for food/worship or provide funds for a meal. They meet on Sunday night at 7 pm on the lawn for a meal and worship services.  Please contact Pastor Tina Reyes, 314-863-8140.  7019 Forsyth Blvd., St. Louis, MO.