GSCC Update - December 23, 2020
From the Pastor:

Beloved of Good Shepherd Christian Church,

As I write this we have just marked the longest night of the dark winter season.  Our church region, the Christian Church in Ohio, marked the night with a special “Blue Christmas” online service for anyone who has experienced loss this year, providing a safe and sacred place to collectively grieve. 

The longest night this pandemic year of 2020 was also marked by the planetary alignment of Jupiter and Saturn, causing, just for a brief window, what astrophysicists have labeled “The Christmas Star”.  This last appeared as brightly 800 years ago.  (Many scholars believe that on the year of Jesus’ birth, Jupiter and Saturn were joined with Mars, creating an even brighter phenomenon in the night sky.)  Here in the NE Ohio area, last night’s sky was too cloudy for to see the Christmas Star.

Too cloudy to see.  … Yet the bright light was shining, even if we couldn’t experience it directly.  Some of my dear friends have posted pictures of it from around the nation.  We didn’t see it in our area, but it did exist.
Beloved, this fits with our weary souls: too cloudy to see.  This also fits with our Advent & Christmas theme “I Believe, Even When”.  From the words of our powerfully moving virtual choir anthem, by Mark Miller, based on the anonymous Jewish poem scrawled on a wall during the Holocaust:

          I believe in the sun
          Even when it's not shining

          I believe in love
          Even when I don't feel it

          I believe in God
          Even when God is silent
This Christmas is different, unfamiliar, difficult, and even lonely.  Beloved, you are held in our prayers.  I believe God is holding each of us, all of us, comforting us and calling us forward to a new era of peace.  I believe, even when.
Praying you God’s love this Christmas Season and giving thanks for each and all of you!  With a sacred love,
Pastor Nina


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The Welcome Table Food Ministry is operating on a serious volunteer shortage! If you are able, please consider donating some time to this very important ministry of GSCC. If you would like to volunteer your time with the Welcome Table Ministry, there are multiple opportunities to do this. Below are the links to the sign-up forms.

Food on the Move - Thursdays in January
Community Meal - January 3
Community Meal - January 17

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Calendar for the week of December 23, 2020 - January 6, 2021:

Wednesday, Dec 23

9:30 am - Conversation Time via GTM

10 am - Bible Study via GTM

Thursday, Dec 24 - Christmas Eve

5 pm - Christmas Eve Service online

6:30 - 8 pm - Christmas Eve Candle Light Walk @ GSCC - cancelled ( walk-through video will be available via YouTube)

Friday, Dec 25 - Christmas Day

*office closed*

Sunday, Dec 27 - Sunday after Christmas

10 am - Worship online

Tuesday, Dec 29

11:30 am - 12 pm - Pantry Item pick-up at GSCC

Wednesday, Dec 30

*No Conversation Time or Bible Study*

Friday, Jan 1 - New Years Day 2021

*office closed*

Sunday, Jan 3 - Epiphany

10 am- Worship online

4 - 5:30 pm - Drive-thru Community Meal @ GSCC

Tuesday, Jan 5

7:30 pm - Development Team meeting via GTM
*please use the Development team meeting room*

Wednesday, Jan 6

9:30 am - Conversation Time via GTM

10 am - Bible Study via GTM

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Birthdays and Anniversaries for Dec 23, 2020 - Jan 6, 2021:

Linda Palagyi - Dec 25
Melanie Delaney - Dec 26
Holly Schwartz - Jan 6

Kevin & Melissa Albrecht - Dec 25
Jim & Carol Hensley - Dec 27
Jill & Eric Goodman - Jan 4

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