We are happy that you have found us on the internet. It has certainly been a crazy few months. It broke my heart to close our location on Walnut Street here in Pasadena, but the operating expenses were crushing us. We had nice attendance on Sunday mornings, but the expenses of doing a worship service just proved to be too much for a small congregation to endure. As in many things in life, it boils down to money.
Having said all of that, I firmly believe in my heart that the ministry of Good Shepherd needs to continue. We need to re-define the concept of "church". Is church defined by four walls? Is it brick and mortar? Or is it something much more? Is there a more effective way to reach people in this age of the internet? Is it time for religion to adapt to a new kind of spirituality?
Because of all of this, I came up with Good Shepherd Live Online where we explore God's wonderful creation at interesting locations and combine that with Scripture and an inspirational message. Fortunately, this idea has received tremendous support, with 2 newspapers covering it, including a professor from Fuller who thought it was a terrific idea! We have already broadcast 9 episodes of Good Shepherd Live Online on Facebook from various locations in Southern California, with a total viewership of over 360! And it continues to grow! We are reaching people from Australia to Finland to Mexico with a message of God's love and grace.
While our online presence is very important, "church" is also about community. It is not just an online experience or a one to one relationship with God. Church is not just a vertical relationship with God, but also a horizontal relationship with those around us. With that in mind and to meet that need of community fellowship, we will be holding each month a "pop-up worship service" outdoors at a location in Pasadena. We held our Easter service at Washington Park and it was a beautiful experience. Keep watching our website to see where we will be worshiping next.
Our ministry continues because the needs of people continue. God's grace and love continue.
So the adventure of Good Shepherd continues. I ask for your prayers and support. Tell your friends about Good Shepherd Live Online. Share links on Facebook. Spread the Good News! Join us in our ministry together!
Rev. Rick Eisenlord, M.Div
This Sunday, August 13...
AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM PASTOR RICK
Dear Friends in Christ.
You may have noticed I have been "out of action" for the last several weeks. As many of you know, I have been fighting a cancer tumor on my hand. I have just completed 5 weeks of radiation treatments and am now in "recovery mode". I have a profound respect for all of those who go thru radiation and chemo treatments. It is a journey of faith and courage. I will be resuming my regular schedule next week.I want to thank all of those who supported me with their prayers and good wishes. It is deeply appreciated.
These past several weeks have also allowed me to step back and take a look at what is happening in our country. I am reading reports that binge drinking is increasing. Recent surveys indicate that we as a society are feeling more and more isolated and lonely, in spite of - or maybe because of - the internet. And then we have an opioid epidemic that has been described as a "national emergency". Add to that the stress of fighting a nuclear war with North Korea - and you have a recipe for depression, anxiety and substance abuse.
We need a word of hope. This Sunday I am going to live broadcast at 10:30am a very personal and heartfelt message on "Fighting Cancer, War and Finding Hope". Please join me on the church's Facebook Page: Good Shepherd Church Pasadena. I look forward re-engaging with all of my friends on Facebook. See you this Sunday!
~ Rev. Rick Eisenlord, M.Div
IMPORTANT HIV INFORMATION
Every week I get telephone calls from anxious young men who are seeking a place to be tested for HIV. There is a wonderful "locator" web site run by Health and Human Services that can pinpoint HIV testing sites for you - no matter WHERE you live.
TO LOCATE AN HIV TESTING SITE NEAR YOU,CLICK HERE.
This site will also show locations for housing assistance, mental health facilities and substance abuse centers.
THIS IS IMPORTANT INFORMATION. PLEASE SHARE WITH SOMEONE YOU LOVE. YOU COULD SAVE A LIFE! MAYBE YOUR OWN!
For further info on HIV, you can visit HIV.gov on the internet. The site provides many useful resources and helpful information.
NEW WAYS TO PREVENT HIV:
PrEP and PEP
WHAT IS PrEP? PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a daily medicine (taken as a pill) that helps a person stay HIV negative and reduces the risk of contracting HIV. PrEP has been shown to work for gay and bisexual men, heterosexual women and men and people who inject drugs. PrEP can help protect anyone whose partner has HIV. Talk to your doctor to see if PrEP is right for you. For further information you can visit GetPrEPLA.com.
WHAT IS PEP? PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) is emergency protection after possible exposure to HIV. If you are HIV negative and exposed to HIV, PEP can stop HIV before it infects your body. PEP can stop HIV if started within 72 hours of exposure. You continue to take PEP for 28 days. Talk to your doctor to see if PEP is right for you. For further information visit GetPrEPLA.com.
Easter Gifts To Villa Esperanza * Easter In The Park
It was a wonderful Easter for Good Shepherd. Last Thursday we distributed 100 Easter Bags to the clients and staff of Villa Esperanza. Then Easter morning we celebrated the Resurrection of Jesus Christ with a beautiful Mass In The Park. Many thanks go to the Briones family and to all who celebrated Easter with us on Sunday.
Did you miss the broadcast of our Easter Mass? You can STILL see the Easter Mass by going to the church's Facebook page: Good Shepherd Church Pasadena. Click on videos and enjoy
NEED A LITTLE HOPE?
Looking for a little hope? Ready for a smile for the day?
Let's face it, life can bring many storms into our lives. Sometimes we wonder if we will ever get thru it all. Take a break and listen to the latest sermon from Pastor Rick. It's a wonderful combination of humor and inspiration. Give yourself a little "happy break" today and click on the "SERMONS ONLINE" tab above.
Andy Grammer is a singer/song writer in the Los Angheles area. He has had several Top 40 pop hits. He just released a new music video called "FRESH EYES". The original song was an ode to his wife. However, for the music video, Andy chose the Union Rescue Mission on Skid Row in downtown LA. PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT AND WATCH THIS IMPORTANT VIDEO! Just click on the icon above. You will be glad you did!
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.
A 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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We Are Good Shepherd....
Good Shepherd and Pastor Rick Featured In Article in the Daily News...
To view the Daily News article on the internet, CLICK HERE.
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!
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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