We are happy that you have found us on the internet. I hope that you had a blessed Easter. 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 7 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. Last Sunday we held our Easter service at Washington Park and it was a beautiful experience. Keep watching our website and keep reading these email blasts to see where we will be worshiping next.
In addition to this I am working with students from Arroyo High School on a documentary that focuses on depression and anxiety in the LGBTQ Community. In the Fall I will be giving a presentation to high school students at Models of Pride. My topic: "Why God Doesn't Hate You".
To illustrate how important our ministry is, I have included below an email that we received from the Director at Villa Esperanza after our visit delivering 100 Easter bags to their clients and staff. Please take a moment to read it. This email proves my point that "church" is not limited to four walls.
Rick- on behalf of all of the participants and employees at Villa ADP, THANK YOU so very much for coordinating the Easter Celebration recently. The participants had a great time and the staff also felt the love and support from what I was told. These experience are priceless for all of us, especially our participants. You and your congregation's generosity in terms of your time and resources, as well as your dedication to those whom you serve, is inspiring.
Please know that your efforts, and the efforts of the members of your congregation that volunteered their time and funds for this event, are appreciated by our program. You all are awesome!
Darryl Goodus, MBA
Director of Adult Day Program, Independent Living Services & Community Integration Program
1757 N. Lake Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91104
Our ministry continues because the needs of people continue. God's grace and love continues.
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
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
DID YOU MISS PASTOR RICK'S WEBCAST AND INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE FROM MISSION SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO?
NO PROBLEM! YOU CAN STILL SEE IT ON FACEBOOK!
If you missed the live webcast from the beautiful Mission San Juan Capistrano, you can still see it on Facebook! Just log into Facebook, and go to our Facebook page: Good Shepherd Church Pasadena. Click on "videos" and enjoy! Pastor Rick's message speaks about dealing with the expectations others have of us. Check it out!
PLEASE TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT GOOD SHEPHERD LIVE ONLINE. You are my "ambassadors of God's love". Like the Apostles, let's spread the GOOD NEWS! We can only succeed with YOUR support!
UPCOMING BROADCAST LOCATIONS....
GOOD SHEPHERD LIVE ONLINE
SUNDAY APRIL 23 - OLVERA STREET - LOS ANGELES
Olvera Street (Calle Olvera) is a historical district in downtown Los Angeles, and a part of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument. It was officially founded in 1781 in Los Angeles, and was renamed to Olvera Street in 1877. Many of the Plaza District's Historic Buildings are on Olvera Street, as well as some of the oldest Los Angeles monuments including the Avila Adobe built in 1818, Pelanconi House built in 1857, and the Sepulveda House built in 1887. The tree-shaded, pedestrian mall marketplace with craft shops, restaurants and roving troubadours is a popular tourist destination. The street has been described as a "Top Five" in the "Great Streets of America" journal.
We will also visit The Church of Our Lady Queen of the Angels at Olvera Plaza. La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles ("The Church of Our Lady Queen of the Angels") was founded on August 18, 1814, by Franciscan Fray Luis Gil y Taboada. He placed the cornerstone for the new church in the adobe ruins of the original "sub-station mission" here, the Nuestra Señora Reina de los Ángeles Asistencia (founded 1784), thirty years after it was established to serve the settlement founding Los Angeles Pobladores (original settlers).
The completed new structure was dedicated on December 8, 1822.A replacement chapel, named La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles - for Mary, mother of Jesus or "The Church of Our Lady of the Angels" - was rebuilt using materials of the original church in 1861. The title Reina, meaning "Queen," was added later to the name. For years, the little chapel, which collected the nicknames "La Placita" and "Plaza Church," served as the sole Roman Catholic church in emerging immigrant Los Angeles
SUNDAY APRIL 30 - THE GETTY VILLA - MALIBU
A recreation of an ancient Roman country house, the Getty Villa offers a taste of life in the first century A.D. Fountains, arbors, reflecting ponds-the Villa's four tranquil gardens feature designs inspired by ancient Roman models and planted with species known from the ancient Mediterranean.
The Getty Villa houses the J. Paul Getty Museum's collection of approximately 44,000 Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities. Over 1,200 works are on view in 23 galleries devoted to the permanent collection, with five additional galleries for changing exhibitions.
With objects dating from 6,500 B.C. to A.D. 400, the collection contains monumental sculptures as well as artifacts of everyday life.
About 300 varieties of plant material are used in the landscaping of the Getty Villa.
Gardens are integral to the setting of the Getty Villa, as they were in the ancient Roman home. Open spaces around the site feature bronze sculptures, fountains, and lush plantings of trees, herbs, and flowers used by the Romans.
SUNDAY MAY 7 - PARADISE COVE - MALIBU
Paradise Cove in Malibu is a public beach in front of a privately-owned facility by the same name. The property and the restaurant has surfboards all around and the outside seating area has wooden lounge chairs, palm trees, and thatched umbrellas that almost has a Hawaiian feel. Ironically though with all the surfboards around the owners banned surfing for years until the California Coastal Commission forced them to allow it.
With such a name you’d expect a pretty stunning spot. It lives up to it’s name and has even been the setting for many beach scenes in Hollywood movies. Paradise Cove is a great starting point for long beach walks. Heading east you’ll walk below some Malibu mansions and find some private beaches. Heading west you can walk below steep sandstone cliffs all the way to Little Dume Beach and Big Dume Beach in Point Dume State Beach. The entrance to Paradise Cove is clearly signed at the address 28128 Pacific Coast Highway.
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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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Good Shepherd and Pastor Rick Featured In Article in the Daily News...
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Good Shepherd was a big hit at the Long Beach Gay Pride Festival and Parade.
On May 21-22 we told people about Good Shepherd and the love of God... and we got TV coverage to boot!
On May 21-22 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. 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.
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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