GSCC "Mini" Update - August 27, 2020
From the Pastors:

Special Prayers:

Our prayers are with all on our prayer list, as well as:

     -those affected in Kenosha, Wisconsin and around our nation as we continue to
awaken to the rise and impacts of racism (intended and unintended) in our societal systems and to the anger and violence that have erupted. May God's wisdom and love move us forward to greater understanding and love of each other and for healing of our people.

     - storm victims of Hurricane Laura's destruction in Louisiana. May God be with all victims, first responders, and those responding to significant property damage. May your hope bring new life through the caring hands of others.

     - the family and friends of Virginia Smith, who passed lovingly into God's presence last Friday evening. A family graveside service was held on Tuesday with Pastor Nina officiating. Our loving sympathy and prayers to all who mourn the loss of Virginia. We give thanks to God for her life.

Earlier this week, on Monday, Pastor Nina wrote:

"Standing in our faith. That's our charge in these times. To stand in our faith. When we pass a lawn sign that makes our blood pressure rise, stand in our faith. When we hear relentless news coverage that makes our souls ache, stand in our faith. When we read social media posts or hear friends' comments that jar us, stand in our faith. When we hear the cries of the suffering, stand in our faith. When we cry out, stand in our faith. Be alert for God's call, rest, comfort, and strength.

I often go back to the pillar scriptures as part of my foundation. The two greatest commandments that Jesus lifts for us: 'Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength'...AND...'Love your neighbor as yourself'. (Mark 12:28-31; Matthew 22:34-40; and Luke 10:25-28). The book of James tells us we are to put our faith into action. Micah 6:8 answers 'What does the Lord require of you?...but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.'

When the world's needs seem too great for any one of us to address (always, and especially now), we are reminded that 'standing in our faith' means practicing our faith so it is strong and putting into action the particular unique gifts that God has brought to us. As we come together, as the Body of Christ, stronger in our different gifts and acting together to share the power of God's love, our world will transform."

As the week has progressed, we find these words even more important. May we turn to one another in love, seek understanding, and be  willing to learn from each other. May we stand in our faith and may we draw our circle wide.

With the Spirit,
Pastor Nina & Pastor Jill

Sunday, August 30, 2020

 Worship on Sunday, August 30, will be offered via live stream or dial-in.  Please watch the website (and these update emails) for more information. To view the live stream video go to the Good Shepherd Christian Church website.  After clicking the "Live Stream" button on the website you will be redirected to the YouTube channel for Good Shepherd Christian Church.  Make sure you click the "like" and "subscribe" buttons under the live stream video!
If you do not have access to a computer to join the live stream follow these easy steps to dial-in:

Call this TOLL FREE number: 1-866-899-4679
When prompted dial this access code: 668-689-701 

As a reminder, we do have online giving available. Click here to be taken to our online giving form. The Development team is also checking the church mailbox for any checks sent to the church. If you are mailing or dropping off your offering in the church mailbox be sure to put it in a sealed envelope and mark it Attention: Don Taylor OR Development Team.



This past Sunday during worship Pastor Nina, Glenn, and Gabriel officially became members of Good Shepherd Christian Church! We are so very excited to welcome them! Here are a few pictures to share with you, courtesy of Terry Bartlett.

Prayer Gathering

Please join us on Sunday, August 30 at 6:15 pm for a prayer service outside of the church. Please bring your own chairs and be prepared to wear masks and physically distance.

Meeting Pastor Nina

Pastor Nina is eager to meet everyone in the congregation, and we expect the feeling is mutual among us! There are several meeting dates/times available, and those are listed below. Some of you may have already been contacted by your Shepherding Group Elder or Averil McClelland about these meetings. If you already have a time scheduled there is no need to schedule again. If you have not been contacted, or would like to schedule your time to meet Pastor Nina independently of your Shepherding Group, please choose a date/time below and contact your Shepherding Group Elder or Averil McClelland by phone or email. All contact information can be found in Breeze. If you do not have access to Breeze, you are unsure of who your Shepherding Group Elder is, and/or need contact information please email the church office.

Virtual meeting dates/times:
(via GoToMeeting)

Sunday, August 23 @ 11 am
Sunday, August 30 @ 11 am
Sunday, September 6 @ 11 am
Sunday, September 13 @ 11 am
Sunday, September 20 @ 11 am
Sunday, September 27 @ 11 am

In-Person meeting dates/times:
(In the parking lot OR picnic pavilion at the church)

Wednesday, August 26 @ 6:30 pm
Thursday, September 3 @ 6:30 pm
Wednesday, September 9 @ 6:30 pm
Tuesday, September 15 @ 6:30 pm
Wednesday, September 23 @ 6:30 pm


Virtual Gatherings of the Week:  

There are no Virtual Gatherings remaining for the week of Sunday, August 23 through Saturday, August 29.

In-Person Gatherings for the week of Sunday, August 30 through Saturday, September 5:
  • There is a prayer service outside of the church on Sunday at 6:15 pm.
Virtual Gatherings for the week of Sunday, August 30 through Saturday, September 5:
  • There is a Worship Team meeting on Monday at 6:30 pm via GTM.
  • Morning prayer group will be Wednesday at 9:30 am via GTM.
  • Bible study will be Wednesday at 10 am via GTM.
  • There is a Development Team meeting on Wednesday at 7:30 pm. Please use the Development Team meeting room in GTM.

To use GoToMeeting:
  • To join us from your computer, tablet, or smartphone please click here or go to 
  • If you do not have access to a computer, tablet, or smartphone, you may also dial-in using your phone.  To join us using this method please call this toll-free number 1-866-899-4679, and when prompted, dial this access code: 668-689-701.
  • New to GoToMeeting?  Get the app now and be ready when the first meeting starts: Click here: GoToMeeting or visit

*This section will be a permanent addition to our biweekly updates and will be updated to reflect meeting times every week*
Updated GSCC Building Policies and Procedures 
(for use during the coronavirus pandemic)

Hello GSCC family & friends! The Administrative Team and church leadership have passed new policies and procedures regarding church building and property use during the pandemic. These policies and procedures are to be used by ALL people using and/or entering the church building and property. Please click the link below to view these policies and procedures. 

GSCC Policies & Procedures for Use During the Coronavirus Pandemic

It is important to note that there is now a health screening survey that must be filled out when entering the building. The link for this survey is at the bottom of the policies and procedures document. As of Wednesday, August 26, 2020, ALL people entering the building will have to fill out a survey based on the instructions in the document. It is also important to note that ALL people entering or leaving the church should do so through the front doors ONLY. There will be no entering or exiting the building by the back door of the church (with the exception of the Welcome Table staff and volunteers to take waste to the dumpster. The Welcome Table staff and volunteers should NOT use the back door for initial entry or final exit). This is to keep accountability and to discourage walking through the building before you are able to take your temperature and/or fill out the health screening survey. On the entry table, inside the front doors of the church, should be a thermometer and masks (for those that forgot their own mask). There will also be a hand sanitizer stand and dispenser next to the entry table to sanitize your hands upon entry. There is now a key lock box mounted next to the front doors of the building. If you do not have a key and need to enter the building, please contact Pastor Nina, Pastor Jill, or the church office for the code to the key lock box.

For your convenience a QR code will be posted on the front door of the church. For smartphone users: Before you enter, please use your smartphone camera and hover it over the QR code. Your camera should read the code automatically and redirect you to the procedures and policies document. Once this happens, please read the policies and procedures and then proceed to the health screening survey link to fill out the health screening form. For those without smartphones or are having difficulty with using the QR code:  Paper copies of the policies and procedures, as well as the health survey, will be left right inside the front door of the church on the entry table. Please read the policies and procedures document, fill out a paper survey, and place it in the folder that is labeled "Completed Health Screening Surveys", also on the entry table.  

If you have any questions and/or concerns please contact the
church office.

Welcome Table Food Ministry
Community meals are the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month! We now distribute dinners through a drive-thru format, placing bagged meals directly into the guest's trunk so we protect our guests and volunteers through social distancing. Please be respectful and adhere to social-distancing policies while using this service. We will also have bags of shelf-stable food available for pick-up at GSCC on Wednesdays from 11:30 am - 12:00 pm. Please email us here or here for assistance.

Welcome Table Volunteer Opportunities
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- Pinewood Gardens- Thursdays in September
Community Meal - Sunday, September 6
Community Meal - Sunday, September 20

If you would like any clarification or additional information please email the Welcome Table Food Ministry.

The September issue of the Welcome Table newsletter will be viewable here September 24.


If you have a prayer request for the Pastors and/or to be held in prayer by members of our community, please fill out the new Prayer Request form.  You can also find the
form on the homepage AND the "Contact Us" section of our website.


A reminder that you are welcome to join our email prayer chain. You will receive weekly updates for prayer requests.  Let us know you're interested!

                        We have DVDs available!
If you have trouble calling in for worship or do not have internet access but have a DVD player and want to SEE worship, we can have a DVD made up for you and sent directly to your house! If you are interested in receiving a DVD please
                                        contact Pastor Jill or the church office.

                          Calendar Information
Please check the church calendar often!  You can find the calendar by clicking the Events tab on our website.  We will be updating the calendar weekly.  We will be doing this to keep you as up-to-date as possible on any cancellations or postponements of church events. 

        Birthdays and Anniversaries

Frank Schwartz - September 2
Abby Goodman - September 2
Gretchen Nahas - September 7
Mary Weigand - September 7
Mary Lee Pinkstaff - September 10
Eric Goodman - September 11
Karen Diller - September 12
Fran Snyder - September 13
Edith Nuhfer - September 13
Sophia Belli - September 14
Judy Sublett - September 19
Peggy Clark - September 25
Callan Hensley - September 29
Robb Hensley - September 30
Michael Jowers - September 30
Alice McCray - September 30
Elisa Unangst - September 30

Terry & Diane Bartlett - September 7
Gary & Sharon Pugh - September 14
Gene & Jan Bittner - September 25
Robb & Kaleena Hensley - September 27

*This section will be a permanent addition to our biweekly updates and will be updated in the last "mini" of every month.* 

Monthly Newsletter Information
Due to the "day to day planning" nature of our lives right now, all of us at Good Shepherd Christian Church have agreed that we would be able to better serve you by keeping you updated more often!  This is why we are temporarily suspending the monthly newsletter to be replaced by these biweekly "mini newsletters". If there is anything you would like to share with the congregation, we would be happy to share it for you in these updates! The "minis" will be sent out every Monday and Thursday afternoon.  If there is something you would like to add please submit those requests by 9am Monday (for Mondays "mini") and 9am Thursday (for Thursdays "mini").  Those submissions may be sent to As always, you may also visit our website for more information at
If you have questions, or difficulty with this email, please contact Pastor Jill at
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