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.
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
DID YOU MISS PASTOR RICK'S INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE ON "I WILL NOT LEAVE YOU ALONE"?
If you missed the webcast this past Sunday - not a problem! You can still view this terrific video on the Good Shepherd FACEBOOK PAGE.
To watch the video CLICK HERE. Or visit the church's Facebook page: Good Shepherd Church Pasadena. Click on the video tab and enjoy!
It's Worship in the Park With Pastor Rick. 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!
The Los Angeles County Office of Education and its collaborating agencies have announced the next 2017 Spring Hiring Spree. Once again this will be held at the beautiful Ganesha Park in Pomona, outdoors under permanent shade pavilions. DATE: TUESDAY, MAY 23 FROM 9AM TO NOON.
There is absolutely NO COST to participate and there are JOBS for diverse job-seekers from throughout East San Gabriel & Pomona Valleys.
Click on the link below to see a short video from the 2016 event:
Over 40 employers along with many service provider agencies are expected to participate. Here is a partial list of CONFIRMED employers READY TO HIRE:
Robertson's Ready Mix Concrete
All City Management Services
City of Pomona Police Department
Los Angeles County Probation Department
KKW Trucking, Pomona
Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center
FedEx - Bloomington,
Modern Times & Skanska 6th St. Viaduct Project
Ready Pac Foods, Inc. Irwindale
PRGRM Restaurants, Craft Hill & White Horse Lounge
In2Vision Programs, LLC
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center
California Highway Patrol
The Learning Connection, Pomona Unified SD
GraybaR Electrical Supply
US Customs and Border Protection
PASTOR RICK TO BE A CELEBRITY JUDGE AT
PRIDE COMEDY FESTIVAL
Pastor Rick will be serving as one of the "celebrity judges" for "Comic Cure - Pride Comedy Festival" May 23-24 in Los Angeles. Comic Cure began in September of 2015 with one simple mission - use the unifying power of laughter to engage the community around important causes while developing promising, local talent. Comic Cure produces live comedic events showcasing this talent to raise awareness, funds and volunteers for local charities. They specialize in matching comedians with non-profit organizations and mission based companies.
40+ LGBTQIAP and Ally Comedians performing to benefit Equality California and other local LGBTQIAP non-profit organizations.
Location: Union Nightclub - 4067 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019 (Mid-City)
Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Show Times: 8:00 PM / Doors open at 7:00 PM
Location: El Cid - 4212 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029 (Silverlake)
NOW HERE'S THE COOL PART:
If you mention Good Shepherd Church Pasadena when purchasing your ticket, the church will get a percentage of the ticket. Also, if 10 tickets are purchased and Good Shepherd is mentioned, Pastor Rick gets to go up on stage and tell people about Good Shepherd and our ministry. SO BUY TICKETS! MENTION GOOD SHEPHERD! SUPPORT A GOOD CAUSE!
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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