Good Shepherd was a big hit at the Long Beach Gay Pride Festival and Parade.
Last weekend we told people about Good Shepherd and the love of God... and we got TV coverage to boot!
Last weekend was the Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Festival and Parade - and Good Shepherd was there! We proclaimed as loudly as we could that it is NOT A SIN to be LGBT and Good Shepherd was there to proclaim the message of John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."
We have a story to tell - one of grace and acceptance. It is important for the LGBT community to see a church like Good Shepherd AND ITS PASTOR be present and active in community activities, not just mouthing empty words of welcome. We not only told people about Good Shepherd, we handed out FREE BIBLES, placing the Word of God directly into festival goers hands. We also handed out brochures about Good Shepherd and our programs at the church.
It was an exciting afternoon as Good Shepherd participated in the Long Beach Gay Pride Parade this past Sunday. Thousands lined the parade route. What makes this even more exciting is that GOOD SHEPHERD WAS FEATURED IN THE CBS CHANNEL 2 AND KCAL CHANNEL 9 TELEVISION REPORTING OF THE PARADE! To see a clip of the TV coverage, click on the video clip below.
Welcome to Good Shepherd Church Pasadena!
In the Gospel Lesson for this Sunday we read of the compassionate miracle of Jesus Christ raising the son of a widow from the dead. Jesus knew that without a husband and her only son dead, this widow would be condemned to a terrible existence of having to beg for life's necessities. Jesus touched the coffin and commanded "Young man, I say to you, arise!"
Sometimes we go thru life like the walking dead of the zombie TV series. We go thru life blind to all of the beauty and opportunities that God provides for us. Jesus turns to us and likewise commands us "Arise and make the most of your life!"
You are invited to worship with us this Sunday as we celebrate God's love for all of us, and His urging for us to be the best possible version of ourselves. It's time for us to arise and be about LIFE, not death! Not defeat. But victory in Christ Jesus.
Rev. Rick Eisenlord, M.Div., Pastor Good Shepherd Church Pasadena
We worship every Sunday at 10:30am. Our address is 1021 East Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA 91106. A map and directions are below. Just scroll down the page.
PLEASE NOTE:WE ARE BACK TO OUR NORMAL WORSHIP SCHEDULE THIS SUNDAY. We will resume our normal 10:30am Mass schedule this Sunday. You are invited!
Good Shepherd Church Pasadenais an emerging welcoming congregation for all people, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation. We believe in God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We affirm that God loves and cherishes all His children, and has shown His love through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. We invite you to join us, regardless of your religious or denominational background.
An LGBT Church and so much more...
Our mission is to offer hope and inspiration to those who feel discouraged, who have been discriminated against or who are seeking spiritual fulfillment they are not getting elsewhere. We are God's hands and feet in a world desperately searching for hope and guidance. The Good Shepherd knows His flock and loves us fully. You are deeply cherished for who you are, gay, straight, bi-sexual, lesbian or transgendered. The Good Shepherd wants you. We want you! Please join us, won't you?
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It was a beautiful Sunday as we celebrated Mother's Day with a Celebrating ALL Women luncheon and the Good Shepherd Woman of the Year Award.
We had a full house on Mother's Day as we honored women for their nurturing role in our lives. Every woman and girl received a special blessing and a long stemmed red rose. At the luncheon, the 2016 Good Shepherd Woman of the Year Award went to Bernice Monarrez for her work with burn victims and breast cancer fund raising. Pictured is Pastor Rick presenting the award to Bernice. The next photo is our 2015 Award recipient Maria Briones together with our 2016 Award recipient Bernice. It was a special day!
It was a wonderful birthday!
On Sunday April 24 we celebrated Pastor Rick's birthday with cello, violinist, choir and wonderful music! Then immediately after Mass everyone sat down for a delicious catered luncheon - and birthday cake! A BIG Thank You to all who helped make this a special day.
Jesus asks Peter, "Do you love me? Then feed my sheep."
In the Gospel of John, we read about Jesus appearing, after His Resurrection, to His disciples along the shore of the Sea of Tiberias. We read of the miracle of the fish. In that encounter Jesus asks His disciples if they love Him. When they answer yes, Jesus gives them the directive to "feed my sheep". We learn that words alone are not enough in the eyes of Christ. They must be followed by good works.
I get frustrated many times by "establishment churches" whose only response to the needs of the poor, or the disenfranchised, or the hurting, or the hungry, or the poor, or the young, or the aged... is by forming a 'focus group' or 'committee' to study the problem. Jesus asks us that if we love Him, then we are to roll up our sleeves and DO SOMETHING. We are
called upon to FEED THE SHEEP!
With that in mind, we at Good Shepherd are working on several projects for this Spring and Summer:
1. After school low cost tutoring for LGBT youth. Helping our kids become the best they can be in a supportive and loving environment.
2. Healthy Cooking for Healthy Living. Hands on cooking lessons, developing healthy eating habits with fast, inexpensive, easy to prepare recipes. This is a 4 week course.
Week one: A healthy breakfast recipe
Week two: A healthy lunch recipe
Week three: A healthy Dinner recipe
Week four: Healthy snacks
More info to follow.....
3. Partnering with Bienestar providing HIV support groups at Good Shepherd. The 1st proposed group is called “Healthy Relationships” - a 5 week session here at Good Shepherd.
Bienestar Human Services is a health agency dedicated to enhancing the well-being of Latinos and other underserved communities. Bienestar would like to invite you to join us for the next cycle of Healthy Relationships.
Healthy Relationships is a 5-week course geared toward HIV-positive gay men. We will discuss tools for dealing with stress related to disclosing one's status. We will learn new strategies for more effective communication and self-awareness. The group is open to men who have sex with other men and are living with HIV. The class is confidential and we ask that those who join, commit to attending every session. Sessions are two hours each and will begin April 25th from 7pm-9pm at Good Shepherd. Light refreshments will be provided.
If you can help out with supplies or funding for any of the above projects, please contact Pastor Rick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay tuned for further details....
The Bible and Homosexuality...
What does the Bible REALLY have to say about homosexuality?
We have been alerted to a great little website that tackles the issue of homosexuality in the Bible. The explanations are clear and concise, and there is even a great little video to watch that really helps. All of this will give you ammunition when you get into that next argument with someone who is trying to clobber you over the head with Bible passages. Show them YOU KNOW YOUR BIBLE! CLICK HERE to check it out! Many thanks to Robert Burnham for the heads-up!
Good Shepherd To Get An Intern!
Good Shepherd Church Pasadena is pleased to announce that the church will be getting a full time Intern this Fall. Her name is Sade Kultanen and she is from Finland where she is in the Deaconate and Social Studies Program at her university. Her work with Good Shepherd is part of her international practical training and includes multicultural studies. She will be assisting in all facets of our ministry at Good Shepherd. Her term at Good Shepherd will be from mid-September to mid-December. When Sade graduates she will have a Bachelor of Social Services degree as well as serving the Lutheran church as a Deacon. In Finland a Deacon is like a church's social worker.
The principal reasons why people contact Deacon helping services in Finland is financial assistance, life situations, spiritual care and other help. Deacons also organize volunteer work, events, camps and groups. After graduating her work may take place with elderly people, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, people with alcohol and drug problems, multicultural work, community work or housing services. Also the Lutheran church has programs and activities that Sade will be involved with.
We look forward to having Sade come on board in September, and we will keep you informed of further developments.
Pastor Rick commented: "We are reaching people all over the world with our ministry. We are truly international in scope!
Every Sunday we have viewers of the live-stream of our worship service in France, Latin America, Russia and Kentucky! And now we are reaching Finland with our message and ministry. This is truly amazing for a church this size. God is good, and He has amazing things in store for us! We read in this Sunday's Scripture from Genesis: "Fear not... I am your shield; your reward shall be very great." We are on an exciting journey! And our reward is great!
Click on the link below for MapQuest directions...
Can't Make It To Church? No Problem!
If you can't make it to church... church can come to you! We live stream our Mass every Sunday at 10:30AM PDT. Watch the Mass... hear the music... see the service as it happens!
Log into your Twitter account, then go to @GoodShepherdPas.
You will see a link (it may say 'Meerkat') If you do not see the link, hit the refresh button on your browser. Click on the link...and enjoy!
GoodShepherd Internet Project - Reaching OUT To the World!
We are very excited to announce plans to expand our presence on the internet. We are currently working on 6 major areas:
1. Social Media. We now have a presence on:
Tumbler (gd.shep.tekboy.com) and
2. MeetUp. The Good Shepherd Women have their own MeetUp Group happening. The link for that MeetUp Group is: http://www.meetup.com/Women-of-Good-Shepherd-Church-Pasadena/.
3. Live Streaming of the Good Shepherd Worship Service. Coming soon! Every Sunday you will be able to tune into the Good Shepherd Twitter account to watch a live stream of the Good Shepherd Mass.
4. iTunes Podcast.Pastor Rick is now on iTunes with his brand new podcast "My Gay Church". The podcast series will highlight news, interviews and topics affecting the Christian LGBT Community.
Directions: Go to the iTunes store and head to the Podcast section. Click on the search box and enter: My Gay Church. You will then be directed to the podcast by Pastor Rick. BE SURE TO CLICK ON THE SUBSCRIBE BUTTON! Apple will then automatically notify you when new episodes of My Gay Church are available. But you need subscribe! New podcast episodes will be broadcast every Tuesday. Be sure to catch all the fun! AND IT IS FREE!
5. Sermons Online/Good Shepherd Website. People can now go to GoodShepherdPasadena.com, click on the Sermons Online tab, and listen to Pastor Rick’s sermons! There is also information on the website concerning upcoming activities at Good Shepherd.
6. Email Blasts. Our email blasts go out to over 1000 individuals with the latest news and info on our activities.
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