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June 13, 2018
Dear Disciples and Friends of Good Shepherd,
I write to you today to report an important decision regarding our life and ministry together. After various discussions over a period of time, our Church Council voted unanimously to schedule the retirement of our long time Administrative Assistant, Loretta Covert. Needless to say, this was a difficult decision made by our leaders and a difficult decision received by Loretta. In the presence of the Holy Spirit, though, it was felt to be a decision made at the proper time.
I would ask you to remember both Loretta and Good Shepherd in your prayers as we move forward to further our common mission. The Council will keep the congregation apprised of the next steps to re-organize our office. In the meantime, please direct any concerns or questions to either our president, Ron Disque or myself.
On behalf of the Council
Your partner in mission,
Pastor Ed Heim
October 13-14, 2017
Mar Lu Ridge Inn
Women of all ages are invited to a women’s retreat at Mar Lu Ridge Inn and Conference Center. Together we will study women of the Bible, spend time in fellowship with our sisters in Christ, and enjoy the beautiful fall colors at Mar Lu Ridge.
Cost: $100, which includes one overnight stay
(including linens) and 3 meals:
Friday evening meal, Saturday breakfast, and Saturday lunch
Deposit of $50 due by August 31st – please complete the information form
(forms are located on a cube in the Narthex)
Contact Kim Keefer with questions:
The finale of the Luther 500 Festival, was a performance of Luther the Rock Opera. What a fun and creative summary of Martin Luther’s life. After the show, some of us headed for home. Others stayed to further explore Germany. Before we parted ways, we chose our last Fruit of the Spirit – love. We have enjoyed this scavenger hunt and hope you have too. If you’ve missed any of the previous fruits, feel free to go back and add to them. We love to hear what you find.
Our last full day in Wittenberg, we challenged ourselves to a high ropes course. It was a lot of fun and we enjoyed the fellowship and team building the experience offered us all. We ate lunch with some youth from Oakland and even learned to felt. And.. because it was Day 8 of our Fruits of the Spirit Scavenger Hunt. We looked around town for the spirit of self control.
Today we visited the towns of Eisenoch and Erfurt. Eisenoch is the home of the Wartburg Castle where Frederick the Wise protected Martin Luther after Pope Leo X excommunicated him. It was also where he translated the New Testament. In Erfurt we saw St. Mary’s Cathedral where he was ordained and visited the Augustinian Monastery where he served as a monk and presided over his first mass. It was a great place to make us think about the Fruit of the Spirit – Faithfulness. We’ve be doing this Scavenger Hunt for 7 days and it’s been a lot of fun. We hope you will visit our Facebook page and share your fundings. If you find a different Fruit of the Spirit and would like to share it, feel feel to go back to that fruit’s post and share. We love to hear from you.
We spent the day in Wittenberg. It started with a tour of the Luther House – where we saw his actual Bible (complete with his notes and underlines.) Afterwards we toured the town on bikes. Of course we searched for today’s Fruit of the Spirit – Gentleness.
You can participate in our Fruits of the Spirit Scavenger Hunt too. Just check out our Facebook page and share your findings as a comment to that day’s post!!
- We visited Berlin today. There we saw the usual tourist stops: Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, the Memorial to Murdered Jews, of course the Berlin Wall, but we were also able to have prayer time in St. Mary’s Church. The Martin Luther statue below is just outside the church. While we were exploring, we also searched for our Fruits of the Spirit Scavenger Hunt fruit of the day – Peace. We have enjoyed all of your posts sharing where you see the fruits in your life. Don’t be shy. If you missed a day you can come by on another. So…to play along, just click on our Facebook page and share in the information.
Tuesday was a nice day – no travel. We instead were able to really get to explore Wittenberg a bit. We learned about Lucas Cranach (and his snake with bat wings,) toured the town of Wittenberg, and searched for joy in our Fruits of the Spirit Scavenger Hunt. We invite you to check out our Facebook Page and play along with us as we search for all the fruits of the spirit.
Monday was the third day of our Fruits of the Spirit Scavenger Hunt and we searched for Kindness. It was another day of travel – about 4 hours by bus from Rothenburg to Wittenberg, but Wittenberg will be home for the Festival. So now we can unpack our bags and only hop on a bus for day trips. We had a great time exploring Martin Luther’s town. Check out Facebook to see where we found kindness and share your experiences with us too!!
Yesterday the fruit of the spirit we searched for was patience. As is often the case in travel – things didn’t go perfectly smoothly. There was a lot of traffic on the way to the Philadelphia airport. Our flight was delayed and when we finally pushed back and thought we were on our way, the weather had caused problems and we learned it would be a while (13 planes ahead of us) until we took off. We landed in Frankfurt 2 hours late to wait even longer because the tram was not available to pick us up. Our group – youth and adults alike – showed great patience and smiled through the difficulties and enjoyed beautiful Rothenburg. We are all just very grateful to have this opportunity to be together and celebrate the Reformation.
You can join in on the fun and post your findings of the fruits of the spirit on our Facebook page.