It was with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have been reading about the apparent suicide of the great comedian Robin Williams. This sadness was only compounded by the revelation of his continuing battle with depression. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mr. Williams. Depression affects not only the individual, but his or her own family as well. The disease of depression knows no distinction between rich or poor, black or white, celebrity or blue collar, gay or straight.
What makes this news even more tragic is the fact that the entire life of Robin Williams was given to comedy and bringing happiness and laughter to other people. His brilliant mind took us on flights of fantasy that few people could even match. Apparently this same mind that brought us so much laughter and comedy, also was clouded by dark depression. The terrible thing about depression is that it fools us into thinking that there is no hope or that there is no way out of all of the pain.
As a pastor, I have always sought to make my ministry and that of Good Shepherd one of hope. In the LGBT community we are no strangers to depression and suicide, particularly in light of gay bullying and public humiliation on the internet. At Good Shepherd, we offer no magical solution or program to cure depression. What we are doing however, is showing the grace and love of God to each and every person who walks in the front door of Good Shepherd. My goal as the pastor of Good Shepherd is to ensure that you leave church feeling better than when you first walked in.
I cannot take your depression away. Only God can do that. However, at Good Shepherd we can help you develop the tools to face the challenges that life presents to you. What we can do for you is to give you at least one hour every Sunday where you are accepted and loved and cherished for exactly who you are. We can provide that opportunity for God to come into your life with light and grace. We can give you an hour of hope. Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible.
If you look for the positive things in life, you will find them. My prayer is that you look for Good Shepherd and find us. I know that God is looking for you. Please join us this Sunday morning at 10:30 AM as we celebrate God's love for each and every one of us, and feel the light of a new dawn chasing away the darkness of all sadness.
~ Rev. Rick Eisenlord, M.Div
IT’S HAPPENING AT GOOD SHEPHERD!
Reception. Please join us immediately following the worship service for refreshments and fellowship.
Good Shepherd Choir Rehearsal. Wednesday August 13. 7pm-8pm
WE REMEMBER planning meeting - Sunday August 17 immediately following Mass.
Good Shepherd Women’s Ice Skating Party - Saturday August 23 @ 8pm. Pasadena Ice Skating Center, 300 East Green Street, Pasadena. $13/person. Pay at the door. Includes skate rental.
Good Shepherd Children's Bell Choir Rehearsal - Saturday September 6 @11am. In the Music Room at Westminster Presbyterian Church.
4th Anniversary Celebration of Good Shepherd Church Pasadena - Sunday September 14 @10:30am. Please join us for a Mass of Praise and Thanksgiving at 10:30am followed by a grand festive celebration luncheon in Morrison Hall. All are invited. Bring friends and family.
2014 CELEBRATING ALL FAMILIES FIESTA
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We are growing!!! We would like to put together a short 3 minute YouTube video of "We Are Good Shepherd", highlighting all the wonderful things happening at Good Shepherd. Samantha Kim has agreed to be our video specialist for this. If you have any photos or videos that you took at Good Shepherd, send them on to Pastor Rick at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are also looking for an individual to direct our social media campaigns. If interested, contact Pastor Rick. Let's do this!
Happiness is building a great choir!!!
Help us build an awesome LGBT Choir. We are a new LGBT nondenominational Christian church with an openly gay pastor looking to build up its adult choir for our worship services. We meet every Sunday at 10:30am in Pasadena. Music is a central and important aspect of our worship service. Both leads and amateur singers are needed. Let’s put together a choir that will be a wonderful example to the wider community of LGBT Pride in the San Gabriel Valley. Choir rehearsal: every Sunday at 9:15am before worship, and 7:30pm every Tuesday evening (Voices of a New Tommorrow community choir).
We worship in Morrison Hall on the campus of Westminster Presbyterian Church,
1757 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena, CA 91104
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Good Shepherd Church
Pasadena is 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
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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Pastor Rick & Good Shepherd Church Featured On The Cover of Pasadena Weekly! We are delighted that the Pasadena Weekly has given special coverage to Good Shepherd Church and the issue of gay teen suicides.
From the article: "Virginia Uribe, executive director of Friends of Project 10, an organization that works mostly with gay and lesbian students in Los Angeles schools, agrees with Eisenlord that much depends on the individual congregations. She wholeheartedly supports what Good Shepherd is trying to do.
"Good Shepherd is doing what every church should be doing: opening up their church to everyone," she said."
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SHOW YOUR SUPPORT! SEND AN EMAIL TO THE PASADENA WEEKLY THANKING THEM FOR COVERING LGBT ISSUES AND TO DO MORE! EMAIL: KEVINU@PASADENAWEEKLY.COM.
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