Updates Category

Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?

With 3 and 5-year-old children, the most common television shows in my home are cartoons. While my wife and I limit screentime, there are a few favorites: Paw Patrol (which features talking dogs that come to the rescue of anyone that needs help)...Read More

Forget What is Behind and Strain Toward What is Ahead

As we transition from summer into a busy fall, one particular passage has been on my mind. In chapter 3 of Paul’s letter to the Philippians, the Apostle to the Gentiles writes, I want to know Christ - yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation...Read More

Update on Sanctuary Carpet

I like to have a plan. What I don’t like is when reality does not quite match up with my planned expectation! I am quickly getting used to this being a part of life that I cannot control. I have found myself in a situation where my “perfect” plan has been altered....Read More

Campus Flood Update

I want to first thank everyone for their patience during the recent construction delays related to the flood in our Narthex. We were able to move the process along with the insurance company and the new carpeting has been ordered. We will not have firm...Read More

Session-Approved Action Items - April 26, 2016

You may recall a new practice we've begun this year in an effort to increase trust and transparency between Good Shepherd's congregation, staff, elders and deacons. As previously noted, we will be posting here on our blog Session's monthly...Read More

Session-Approved Action Items - March 15, 2016

You may recall a new practice we've begun this year in an effort to increase trust and transparency between Good Shepherd's congregation, staff, elders and deacons. As previously noted, we will be posting here on our blog Session's monthly...Read More

Session-Approved Action Items - February 23, 2016

If you attended our annual congregational meeting, you may recall my saying that we need to increase trust and transparency amongst Good Shepherd's congregation, staff, elders, and deacons. To that end, in hopes of increasing trust and transparency...Read More

2015... What a Year!

2015… What a year in the life of Good Shepherd! It was a flurry of activity the whole year through! Think of all we’ve gone through in just the past twelve months… At our Annual Congregational Meeting in January, the Covenant Partners of our church...Read More

By-Laws

Interested in learning more about our updated By-Laws? Click here to read or download a draft for future congregational approval. The name of this church shall be Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church of Orange County, Los Alamitos, California. This church was...Read More

This Fall at Good Shepherd

During a 1993 radio interview, the host complimented author William Gibson for the accuracy of past predictions. While downplaying his ability to predict the future, he stated, "The future is already here - it’s just not very evenly distributed."...Read More

What's With All the Construction!?

Have you been wondering about the construction activity around the church? This summer has proven to be filled with surprises all around our church campus! In mid-July, we discovered that the entire row of classrooms in the front of campus (near Los Alamitos...Read More

Staff Updates

What a summer it has been at Good Shepherd! This summer included a life changing Confirmation Adventure for our 8th graders in Yosemite, a great week of fun at Campus by the Sea for our Middle and High Schoolers, over 290 children at Everest...Read More

Steps Toward Alignment

In my last blog post, Two Horses are Better than One (Or are They?), we engaged the process of alignment. You may remember the various analogies, or perhaps the graphic representation of the stages of alignment. If you missed that post, check it out before...Read More

Two Horses are Better than One (Or are They?)

I once read a story about a pastor who, while in seminary, purchased a Toyota Cressida from a fellow seminarian. On his first road trip from Dallas to Houston, upon accelerating to 65, the car began wobbling violently. After a front-end alignment, though,...Read More

God Will Carry on to Completion...

It is hard to believe that the time has come for my transition from Pastor of Good Shepherd to the “former and retired” Pastor of Good Shepherd. Connie and I have been processing this significant change as best we can - coming to terms with the fact we will...Read More

The Discipline of Celebration

Richard Foster’s classic book, Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth, engages spiritual disciplines as the door to liberation in a life of Christian faith. You may know and practice some of these spiritual disciplines already: meditation, prayer, fasting...Read More

Where There Is No Vision, People Perish

Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” This saying is a sobering reminder to the Vision Team, made up of myself and Elders Milt Houghton, Sue Nelson-Brown, and Roberta Ramont. And like so many other great sayings...Read More

Pastor's Note | Sunday, June 7th

"The only constant is change." No doubt you've heard this saying before! It's been attributed to Heraclitus, a 5th century BC Greek philsopher, who authored a number of other similar phrases, as well: Everything changes and nothing stands still....Read More

Upcoming Staff Transitions

Dear Good Shepherd Covenant Partners and Friends, Greetings! I pray this finds you well. I hope you have received your invitation and are planning to attend the service and dinner celebrating the ministry of Rev. Dr. Jim Wilson on Sunday, June 28...Read More

Pastor's Note | Sunday, May 10th

Abraham Lincoln, America's sixteenth President, once declared, "Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe." His quote - at first seemingly counterintuitive - clearly illustrates the importance of preparation!...Read More

Pastor's Note | Saturday, April 4th

As we continue the series entitled “The Story” and continue to get an overview of God’s “Upper Story” that is being played out, I am all the more grateful for the incomparable gift of Jesus. He is at the center of God’s purposes of reconciling all things. He is at the...Read More

Pastor's Note | Saturday, March 7th

Last week we bid a heart-felt “farewell” to Marie Crenshaw who is retiring from her role as our Director of Senior Ministries. Thank you for the numerous expressions of gratitude for Marie, her faithfulness, and her unending enthusiasm for serving Christ’s people...Read More

Pastor's Note | Saturday, February 28th

Farewell Marie Crenshaw! The date has finally arrived and Marie is moving into retirement. Our Director of Senior Ministries for over 15 years is stepping out of that role. Marie, we will miss you as part of the Good Shepherd Staff team but we know you will...Read More

Pastor's Note | Saturday, February 21st

We have been going through The Story and discovering the ways God has continued to act to bring about the accomplishing of the divine “Upper Story” of reconciliation of all things through Jesus Christ. One of the things that strikes me is the number of transitions...Read More

Pastor's Note | Saturday, February 14th

A very important Congregational Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday evening, February 24th at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary. The purpose of this meeting is to approve the terms of the dissolution of the pastoral relationship between Good Shepherd and Pastor Jim...Read More

Pastor's Note | Saturday, February 7th

It was a very significant evening. I’m referring to Wednesday, January 28th and our Annual Congregational Meeting. First of all, I would like to say “Thank You” to all who were able to attend. Second, if you were at the meeting you know there was a definitive...Read More

Pastor's Note | Saturday, January 10th

It never fails. During the Christmas Holiday season advertisers rigorously attempt to persuade us that one can experience ultimate joy and satisfaction by receiving the right gift (of course, the one they are promoting). Can Wal-Mart really give true joy...Read More

Pastor's Note | Saturday, December 20th

The Advent Season is a special time as we look forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus. Because Christmas represents the greatest gift of all, the gift of a Savior through whom we are reconciled to God and blessed with a joy-filled and everlasting life, it is easy...Read More

Pastor's Note | Saturday, December 13th

It has come so quickly that I need to catch up to the reality that Christmas is just a week and one-half away! It's appropriate for us to celebrate the birth of Jesus, after all, this is the occasion of God giving us the most precious and needed gift of all...Read More

Pastor's Note | Saturday, December 6th

I love how our media cover rain storms that hit Southern California. One network news channel goes on "Storm Watch" and another turns to their treasured "Mega Doppler 7000 in HD" to help us track and survive the imminent disastrous effects...Read More

Pastoral Transition Update

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Pastor's Note | Saturday, November 22nd

Just a few minutes before I began to write these words I received an email from the individual who helped Connie and me to refinance our home mortgage a few years ago. His email conveyed "Three Reasons I am Thankful for You." I was flattered that he thought...Read More

Pastor's Note | Saturday, November 15th

On Saturday, November 1st, over 120 pastors and elders from 26 churches gathered at Malibu Presbyterian Church for the first meeting of the Presbytery of Southern California of our new denominational home ECO: A Covenant Order of Presbyterians....Read More

Pastor's Note | Saturday, November 8th

It was one of those moments we weren't quite prepared for as parents. It was just a couple weeks ago, when my family and I were in Santa Barbara for the weekend to attend my wife's college reunion. We were staying with good friends, Dana and Beth Allin...Read More

Pastor's Note | Saturday, November 1st

Daylight Savings Time ends November 2nd - be sure to set your clock back one hour on Saturday night! Speaking of Daylight Savings Time (DST), you may know that American inventor and politician Benjamin Franklin is often credited with being the inventor of...Read More

Pastor's Note | Saturday, October 25th

For a number of years in the early 1980’s I was selling supercomputer timesharing for Boeing Computer Services Company. One afternoon I was waiting to meet with an engineering manager when through the office wall I overheard his rather loud and heated...Read More

Pastor's Note | Saturday, October 18th

When will all the changes take place? This is a question that was conveyed to me that has been being asked by some within our congregation concerning our new affiliation with ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians. It is a very good...Read More

Pastor's Note | Saturday, October 11th

Our journey through The Story is a great way for us to grasp the scope of God’s love and desire to have a relationship with all people, everywhere. It’s a remarkable Story of God coming to us, restoring, reconciling, forgiving, and making all things new...Read More

Pastor's Note | Saturday, October 4th

Fall is in the air. Did you notice how the summer-like weather gave way to that crisp, fall-like nip in the air last weekend? Okay, it’s about 90 degrees today and seems like we are right back in summer. But it is fall - a new season is upon us. The same...Read More

Pastor's Note | Saturday, September 27th

Our Town Hall Meeting on September 21st was well attended and included significant information, helpful questions, and good dialogue. Last year, as I began to look forward to retirement in 2016, I was convinced it would be in the best interest of...Read More

Town Hall Meeting | Saturday, September 21st

On Sunday, September 21st the Good Shepherd community gathered in the Sanctuary to be updated on our denominational transition and hear a report from Don Goehner, who served as a consultant earlier this year regarding upcoming staff transitions. If you...Read More

Pastor's Note | Saturday, September 20th

One of my favorite stories is about a young Navy Commander whose leadership was tested one day when his ship was threatened by an unidentified aircraft that was closing rapidly. As the account goes, the alarm was sounded, calling the crew to their...Read More

Pastor's Note | Saturday, September 13th

Have you saved the date? I’m referring to Sunday, September 21st at 6:30pm, to be specific. The Session is inviting you to a Town Hall Congregational Information Meeting that is of real significance. Through the summer months two very important...Read More

Pastor's Note | Saturday, September 6th

I'll give you the bad news first: Summer is over. And now the good news: Fall is here! As students head back to school and adults return to a busy season at work, many of us mourn the loss of summer's long days, time spent leisurely laying (or actively...Read More

Pastor's Note | Saturday, August 30th

Solomon, the king of Israel known for his exceptional gift of wisdom, penned his reflections on God's sovereignty and headship over all things: "There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under the heavens..." Ecclesiastes 3.1-8 is a familiar...Read More

Pastor's Note | Saturday, August 16th

"Who is that new person?" In recent weeks it has not been unusual for one of our staff or members to ask me that question. We have been blessed to have welcomed a number of new...Read More

Pastor's Note | Saturday, August 9th

What an amazing week! I'm referring to our recent Vacation Bible School at which nearly 200 kids ages 3 to 11 took an "Amazing Adventure" with some weird animals and...Read More

Pastor's Note | Saturday, July 19th

On July 20th we will have special "All Together Now" worship services. This is in conjunction with having Rev. Dr. Dana Allin, the Synod Executive of ECO: A Covenant Order...Read More

Pastor's Note | Saturday, July 12th

Can you believe we are already past the 4th of July? The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is next week. Summer is in full swing. It's summer vacation time. This Sunday as we...Read More

Pastor's Note | Saturday, July 5th

As we have been moving through the series of messages in the series, Strengthening the Soul of Your Faith, we have seen that Moses was shaped - in part - through experiences of...Read More

Pastor's Note | Saturday, June 21st

A few weeks ago, we thought together about an event in Acts 15 where Paul and Barnabas separated in ministry because of a disagreement. Verses 36-41 read, Some time...Read More

Pastor's Note | Saturday, May 24th

One of my favorite passages in the Bible is Isaiah 40.28-31 in which the Lord asks the people of Israel a profound question in the midst of the threat of captivity in Babylon: Do you not know?...Read More

Pastor's Note | Saturday, May 17th

Our recent series of messages around the theme The Art of Battling Giants has been particularly meaningful to me and I hope it has been significant to you as well. In particular I have been...Read More

Pastor's Note | Saturday, May 10th

God bless our Mothers! Though it is not one of the holy days found on the Church calendar that point to the marvelous deeds of God, Mother's Day offers a very unique opportunity...Read More

Pastor's Note | Saturday, May 3rd

Sometimes it's easy to long for an earlier time of life - one that was simpler, for one reason or another. Having children of our own has prompted my wife, Cassie, and I to recognize the...Read More

Pastor's Note | Saturday, April 19th

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Those words are echoed through churches around the world on Easter Sunday as Christians gather to celebrate the most phenomenal and history-changing...Read More

Pastor's Note | Saturday, April 12th

Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, “Hosanna! Blessed is he...Read More

Pastor's Note | Saturday, March 29th

Growing up in Southern California meant delight-filled days at the beach. One of those days found me, my mom and dad swimming off the shore of Huntington Beach. But our pleasant...Read More

Pastor's Note | Saturday, March 15th

There is a story about a ship's captain who was determined to "stay the course" even when the crew sighted a distant light that was directly in their path. The captain ordered...Read More

Pastor's Note | Saturday, March 8th

During the month of February, nearly 85 people, including members of our Session, staff, and congregation at large, spent time with Don Goehner, a Church Staffing Consultant....Read More

Meet Mallory Farrar!

Sunday, March 2nd we met Mallory Anne Farrar, who recently joined our staff as Student Ministries Assistant. Check out this short video if you missed getting to know Mallory!...Read More

Pastor's Note | Saturday, March 1st

Phone. Text. E-mail. Voicemail. Facebook. Twitter. Skype. Instagram. YouTube. We’ve come along way from the Pony Express! Answer this. Respond to that. Post, tweet, like, comment. We have...Read More

Pastor's Note | Sunday, February 16th

We live in very interesting times. I just read about the effort by scientists and engineers to develop a "Quantum Computer" capable of performing trillions of computations per second...Read More

Pastor's Note | Monday, February 10th

I have been reflecting on the "benediction" by the Apostle Paul found in Ephesians 3.20-21, where he seems to stop almost in mid sentence to express his sense of the amazing wonder...Read More

Pastor's Note | Monday, January 27th

Our Annual Congregational Meeting held on January 21st was particularly significant in its focus upon transitions. We welcomed three people who are serving as Representatives...Read More

Annual Congregational Meeting and Denominational Discernment Update

Dear friends, Don't forget! Our Annual Congregational meeting is tomorrow, Tuesday, January 21st at 7pm. At the outset of our regular meeting, Presbytery Representatives will meet with...Read More

A New Year and New Year's Resolutions

2014. I sometimes have to stop and let that sink in. Do you remember the flap over Y2K? Yep, fourteen years ago! How about the Beatles appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show? Fifty years...Read More

It Was the Summer of 2004

It was the summer of 2004. I had just graduated high school and I spent some of the summer at Sonshine Ministries, a Christian summer camp for middle and high school students that...Read More

Pastor's Note | Saturday, December 14th

I remember it like it was yesterday. Standing in that baptismal pool, it felt like I was miles above the rest of the congregation seated below. Next to me in the waist high water was Reverend...Read More

Pastor's Note | Monday, December 9th

After months of study, discussion, and prayer regarding our denominational affiliation, our Session - consisting of both Pastors and Elders - are meeting this Tuesday, December...Read More

Where is God Leading Good Shepherd?

Greetings Good Shepherd Members, As we continue the process of discernment concerning our separation from the Presbyterian Church (USA) the Session will be answering the question...Read More

Pastor's Note | Monday, November 18th

It has been some time since we have had an update concerning our Season of Discernment regarding our affiliation with the PC(USA). So, let me help to bring you up to speed on what has...Read More

Pastor's Note | Monday, September 30th

We all need reminders of God's faithfulness and of how we impact the lives of others. I received such a reminder in the mail this past week and think you should know about it too. A young...Read More

Pastor's Note | Monday, August 26th

As you may know I have been helping with a church in downtown Long Beach that has become a very small congregation; so small, in fact, that the Presbytery is nearing a decision...Read More

Pastor's Note | Monday, August 19th

As we have been working our way through the Letter of 1 John during our “Summer of Love” series, the central theme appears repeatedly: “Dear friends, let us love one another...Read More

Pastor's Note | Monday, August 12th

I just came from a meeting with a representative of a community advertising organization. As we began our meeting she shared an observation about Good Shepherd. Her comment...Read More

Pastor's Note | Monday, August 5th

The Session of Good Shepherd made a very significant decision at its last Stated Meeting on July 30th. That decision was to formally enter into the Denominational Joint Solution...Read More

Pastor's Note | Monday, July 8th

Ellen (not her real name), like many people today, is looking for a church home. She has taken the time and invested herself in a number of different churches - studying what...Read More

Pastor's Note | Monday, July 1st

We woke this past Wednesday morning to news stories that began like this report from NBC News: In a pair of landmark decisions, the U. S. Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down...Read More

Pastor's Note | Monday, June 24th

Ah, summer! For me the season brings memories of my earlier years; of long, warm days spent at the neighbor's pool, trips to the beach to lounge in the hot sun and swim and surf for hours...Read More

Pastor's Note | Monday, June 17th

Saturday morning I joined Pastors Jim and Paul, as well as a number of Elder Commissioners from our church at a Los Ranchos Presbytery denominational discernment meeting...Read More

Pastor's Note | Monday, June 10th

I was sitting in my office while one of our Good Shepherd family was reading John 15.1-8 out loud in preparation for reading it in our worship service at 10:30am yesterday...Read More

Pastor's Note | Monday, May 20th

The School year is coming to a close and Summer is right around the corner. This means new opportunities for Connecting with God, Growing in Faith, and Serving in Love! It all begins...Read More

Pastor's Note | Monday, May 13th

On many occasions I've referred to the rear yard re-landscaping project Connie and I undertook five years ago. After demolition of over 70 tons (that is correct, 70 tons) of concrete...Read More

Denominational Discernment Update

Greetings Good Shepherd Family, We are continuing in a Season of Discernment regarding the denominational affiliation that best enables us to live out our call to make disciples who...Read More

Pastor's Note | Monday, April 22nd

It's no surprise that our world is changing rapidly. Among the effects of rapid social change is the fact that the Christian church is no longer widely appreciated, understood, and influential...Read More

Pastor's Note | Monday, April 15th

I've been reflecting upon the wonder and blessing of Christian community this past week, prompted by all the ways I have been - and continue to be - blessed by the Good Shepherd...Read More

Pastor's Note | Monday, April 1st

No doubt you have heard the expression "You can't see the forest for the trees." I tried to find the origin of this phrase and discovered it is not attributed to a specific person...Read More

New Campus Keys

Greetings Good Shepherd family, In an effort to increase the physical security of our campus, we have decided to re-key our locks. This work will take approximately two days...Read More

Pastor's Note | Monday, March 18th

I once saw an image showing the earth being held by divine hands and an adaptation of the words of the American poet, T. S. Eliot: "He (referring to God) is the still point of the...Read More

Small Group Discernment Opportunity

We will be presenting a series of small group opportunities Friday through Sunday, March 15th-17th, for you to hear more about the issues facing our denomination. These small...Read More

Pastor's Note | Monday, March 4th

We're mid-way through the season of Lent, a time during which we take on new disciplines. For some it is fasting in which we voluntarily do without food or certain foods in order to...Read More

Pastor's Note | Monday, February 18th

I am grateful for this faithful family known as Good Shepherd and for the fact that we are experiencing life as followers of Jesus together. Our call is to make disciples, that is, to help...Read More

Good Shepherd Goes Mobile!

Greetings friends, Our friends at Church Plant Media, who designed and host our home on the web, recently updated our content management system (fancy terminology...Read More

An Update from Jessica Knutzen

Pastors Jim, Paul and I recently received an e-mail update from Jessica Knutzen, who is a member of Good Shepherd and is "under our care" for ordination. You may recall ...Read More

Facebook Users: Don't Miss Out!

Did you know you can "like" Good Shepherd on Facebook, but still miss status updates, pictures and posts!? It's true! Here's how to be sure you're not left out: Click onto our...Read More

The Weekly | July 23rd

Your Change Will Make a Change! Bring your change to church next Sunday, July 29th to "make a change" for our worldwide missionaries! Successful We Care Food Drive...Read More

The Weekly | July 7th & 8th

Parents! Join us Saturday, July 28th for a short topic on strengthening your marriage from 6-6:30pm in the Fireside Room... and then enjoy a date on your own with your spouse up until...Read More

The Weekly | June 30th & July 1st

On June 30th & July 1st, we are collecting these food items in the parking lot (look for open car trunks!). We are collecting: canned fruit, canned chicken, canned roast beef...Read More

The Weekly | June 23rd & 24th

Good Shepherd is currently seeking nominations for elders and deacons to serve in a variety of positions. You can learn more about the open positions in the "Working Together"...Read More

The Weekly | June 16th & 17th

Visit the Men's Ministry table on the patio this weekend to pick up a free book for the father, husband or son in your life. Limited number of copies... One per family, please....Read More

The Weekly | Sunday, June 10th

If you received a prayer letter, please let us know if there is something specific we can pray for you and your family. E-mail your request or write your request on the back...Read More

The Weekly | Sunday, June 3rd

Self Help Interfaith Program, an outreach to those struggling with homelessness in Orange County, is returning to Good Shepherd June 30th through July 13th. Sign up on the patio...Read More

The Weekly | Sunday, May 27th

FLIPT is wrapping up with a giant family BBQ on Wednesday, May 30th. Don't miss it! The main course will be provided, you bring a dessert to share! RSVP to Karen and be sure...Read More

The Weekly | Sunday, May 20th

Would you like to gain more understanding of God's Word and enjoy the fellowship of others on your spiritual journey? We are happy to answer those questions and more...Read More

The Weekly | Sunday, May 6th

Looking for a Mother's Day Gift? Women's Retreat Committee are selling beautiful flower bowls, herb gardens, and a new succulent bowl on the patio this weekend!...Read More

The Weekly | Sunday, April 29th

Parents! Join us for appetizers and a short topic on strengthening your marriage from 6-6:30pm in the Fireside Room - and then enjoy a date on your own with your spouse...Read More

The Weekly | Sunday, April 15th

Parents! Engage the story of Jonah at home with your children by picking up your FREE copy of Jonah and the Worm, by Jill Brisco, when you gather for worship this weekend!...Read More

The Weekly | Sunday, April 8th

The women who went to the tomb to properly treat Jesus' body for burial, went with heavy hearts, dashed hopes, and the dread that comes from the death of a loved one. ...Read More

The Weekly | Sunday, April 1st

Palm Sunday is upon us, ushering us into Holy Week. As I look toward this time it's with extreme gratitude. Gratitude for the things God has done through the person of Jesus...Read More

The Weekly | Sunday, March 25th

As we approach the fifth Sunday in Lent the observances of Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday are just around the corner. I hope you will...Read More

The Weekly | Sunday, March 18th

After months of thinking, praying and dreaming together about how we can welcome those not yet here, Good Shepherd will embark on a new chapter of mission and ministry...Read More

The Weekly | Sunday, March 11th

The season of Lent is a time of change, a time to be transformed by God - to strip away attitudes and behaviors that dishonor God and to adopt new ways of living lives of gratitude and service....Read More

The Weekly | Sunday, March 4th

The season of Lent is a special time within the Church year - a time to focus on the events of our Lord's "Passion." Passion is the Christian theological term used for the events...Read More

The Weekly | Sunday, February 26th

The South Gate entrance is closed from the parking lot to pedestrian traffic due to construction. Please use the North Gate entrance (or, if it's open, sneak through the gym!)....Read More

The Weekly | Sunday, February 19th

I have been impressed by reading some of author Henri Nouwen's reflections on drawing near to God. He cites that our English word "absurd" comes from the Latin for...Read More

The Weekly | Sunday, February 12th

February 22nd is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the season of Lent. This is a special time of focusing on the events of the last week of Jesus' earthly ministry, his crucifixion,...Read More

The Weekly | Sunday, February 5th

As we move into 2012 there are two significant things I would like to comment on. First is the celebration of 50 years of Good Shepherd's ministry. This is a significant milestone...Read More

The Weekly | Sunday, January 29th

Join us at the Open Table between 5:30 and 7pm on Tuesday, January 31st for dinner and then our Annual Congregational Celebration at 7pm in the Sanctuary. Childcare...Read More

e-Bulletin | Sunday, January 22nd

Hi friends, My apologies that I'm only now posting this week's e-Bulletin! Here it is! I missed sending it out earlier as I was away at a conference this past week on behalf of...Read More

e-Bulletin | Sunday, January 15th

Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin! May the many opportunties it holds lead us to connect with God, grow in faith and serve in love! See you soon, Curtis ...Read More

e-Bulletin | Sunday, January 8th

Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin! Note especially the many programs and classes that start back up this week! Why not start off the New Year with a new opportunity to connect...Read More

e-Bulletin | Sunday, January 1st

Hi friends, In the midst of the excitement of New Year's day and return to our study of the Letter to the Hebrews, I neglected to post our weekly e-Bulletin. Here it is! Be sure to note...Read More

e-Bulletin | Sunday, December 18th

Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin! As always, it's available in printed form on campus tomorrow morning. I look forward to gathering with you then!...Read More

e-Bulletin | Sunday, December 11th

Hi friends, Here is this week's e-Bulletin! Note especially our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day schedule... and don't forget about our annual Festival of Carols tomorrow at 3pm!...Read More

e-Bulletin | Sunday, December 4th

Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin! Please also note an update to our website: In an effort to simplify the top navigation, News and Resources menu options are now found under...Read More

e-Bulletin | Sunday, November 27th

Hi friends, We've all heard that tryptophan, found in our Thanksgiving turkeys, makes us sleepy. Apparently, it makes ME forgetful, considering that I forgot to send out last week's...Read More

e-Bulletin | Sunday, November 13th

Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin (also available in printed form on Sunday morning). As always, it's filled with a number of opportunities to connect with God, grow in faith...Read More

e-Bulletin | Sunday, November 6th

Hi friends, My apologies! I forgot to send out our e-Bulletin this past weekend! I'm sorry... You may have already picked it up on Sunday morning. If not, here it is!...Read More

Session Report | Sunday, October 30th

Dear Good Shepherd Family, If you were in worship this past Sunday you heard the report from our Session concerning a clear vision for our ministry of making disciples of Jesus Christ...Read More

e-Bulletin | Sunday, October 30th

Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin. As always, it's also available in the Sanctuary Narthex and Zirbel Hall tomorrow morning. Don't miss two great opportunities:...Read More

e-Bulletin | Sunday, October 16th

Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin! As always it is filled with opportunities to connect with God, grow in faith and serve in love. Note especially a number of events this weekend...Read More

e-Bulletin | Sunday, October 9th

Hi friends, My apologies!!! I was so excited to spend some time at this weekend's camp out that I forgot to send out the e-Bulletin! You probably already picked one up on Sunday...Read More

e-Bulletin | Sunday, October 2nd

Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin! It's overflowing with all kinds of opportunities to connect with God, grow in faith and serve in love! May that not only be true of our e-Bulletin...Read More

e-Bulletin | Sunday, September 25th

Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin! May the many opportunities guide us in connecting with God, growing in faith and serving in love. See you tomorrow...Read More

Flu Shots | Sunday, September 25th

Greetings, The Health Ministries Team is providing free flu shots at Good Shepherd this Sunday, September 25th! If you would like a flu shot please head to the Gym. Wearing shirts, blouses...Read More

e-Bulletin | Sunday, September 18th

Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin! Please note the financial update through August... Thank you for your faithful (and often sacrificial) giving! See you tomorrow,...Read More

e-Bulletin | Sunday, September 11th

Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin! Be sure to note the Antique Car Show and Old Fashioned Family Fun Festival next Saturday as well as fall kick-offs for small groups and children's...Read More

e-Bulletin | Sunday, September 4th

Hi friends, You know fall is fast approaching when our e-Bulletin begins to overflow with upcoming programs and activities! And that is certainly the case in this week's edition! Note...Read More

e-Bulletin | Sunday, August 28th

Hi friends, I hope and pray this finds you well, and somehow, staying out of the heat! Here's this week's e-Bulletin! If you're attending Camp Surf Day tomorrow, please note we'll be at Tower 18...Read More

e-Bulletin | Sunday, August 21st

Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin! We learned after "going to press" that our food drive for WeCare resulted in over a ton of food... LITERALLY! 2,139 pounds! ...Read More

e-Bulletin | Sunday, August 14th

Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin! Please note our financial update through July: Tithes and offerings continue to exceed our budget! Thank you for your faithful - and often...Read More

e-Bulletin | Sunday, August 7th

Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin! May it guide us in continuing to connect with God in worship, grow in faith and serve in love. See you tomorrow!...Read More

e-Bulletin | Sunday, July 31st

Hi friends! Here's this week's e-Bulletin. Note especially our Vacation Bible School SonSurf Beach Bash kicks off Monday as well as Pastor Jim's upcoming class on Biblical Perspectives...Read More

e-Bulletin | Sunday, July 24th

Hi friends, Happy Friday! I hope this finds you well. Here is this week's e-Bulletin! Don't miss out on some fun opportunities this weekend: Date Night / The Bug Guy Saturday night and the...Read More

e-Bulletin | Sunday, July 17th

Hi friends, My humblest apologies! I neglected to post our weekly e-Bulletin Friday! Here it is! Note especially Date Night / The Bug Guy on Saturday night and the Pool Party at McGaugh...Read More

e-Bulletin | Sunday, July 10th

Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin. May it guide us in Connecting with God, Growing in Faith and Serving in Love. See you soon, Curtis...Read More

e-Bulletin | Sunday, July 3rd

Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin! My apologies that it's only now being posted! Note a couple different growth opportunities that begin this week and that we are still in need of willing...Read More

July/August Newsletter

Hi friends, Our July/August Newsletter is now available online! If you get a chance, send a note of thanks to our Deacon and bookkeeper Kristi Tinker for putting it all together!...Read More

e-Bulletin | Sunday, June 26th

Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin. As always, it's also available via a shortcut on the front page of our website (see screenshot). See you Sunday as we continue our journey through...Read More

An Update from Jessica

Hi friends, Last week I was able to congratulate my friend, Good Shepherd member and former Student Ministries intern, Jessica Knutzen upon her graduation with a Master of Divinity...Read More

e-Bulletin | Sunday, June 19th

Hi friends, Happy Friday! Here's this week's e-Bulletin. As always, it's filled with a number of ways to fulfill our mission: to connect with God, grow in faith and serve in love. Note especially our...Read More

e-Bulletin | Sunday, June 12th

Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin! May it guide us in connecting with God, growing in faith and serving in love. Note especially the opportunity to serve alongside the SHIP program...Read More

e-Bulletin | Sunday, June 5th

Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin! May it guide you in connecting with God, growing in faith and serving in love! Note especially two growth opportunities this summer...Read More

e-Bulletin | Sunday, May 29th

Here's this week's e-Bulletin! As always, it contains a number of great opportunities to connect with God, grow in faith and serve in love. One detail isn't included in our e-Bulletin about Tuesday...Read More

e-Bulletin | Sunday, May 22nd

Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin. As always, it features a number of opportunities to connect with God, grow in faith and serve in love. Note especially our Campus Improvement...Read More

e-Bulletin | Sunday, May 15th

Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin! As always, it can also be sent to your inbox or picked up Sunday morning in the Sanctuary and Zirbel Hall and during the week in the front office....Read More

Upcoming Meetings

Hello Good Shepherd Friend, I am writing to inform and remind you about two upcoming meetings. The first is a "Town Hall Meeting" scheduled for this Sunday, May 15th between worship...Read More

e-Bulletin | Sunday, May 8th

Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin! As always, it features a number of opportunities to connect with God, grow in faith and serve in love. If you're able, please plan to attend the Called...Read More

May/June Newsletter

Hi friends, The May/June edition of the Shepherd's Voice is now available on the Newsletter page. Click on over to check it out! And while you're online, how about sending a note of thanks...Read More

A Letter Concerning Amendment 10A

Greetings Good Shepherd participant, Here is a letter related to a proposed amendment to our denomination's Book of Order. It was e-mailed to everyone on our e-mail list, but is posted here...Read More

e-Bulletin | Sunday, May 1st

Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin. As always, it's filled with a number of opportunities to connect with God, grow in faith and serve in love. Note especially our new series on the Letter to...Read More

e-Bulletin | Sunday, April 24th

Hi friends! Here's our weekly e-Bulletin. If you're able, please remember to carpool tomorrow morning, to make room for the many who will be joining us to celebrate the Resurrection!...Read More

e-Bulletin | Sunday, April 17th

Hi friends, Here's this week's e-Bulletin! As always, it's filled with a number of opportunities to connect with God, grow in faith and serve in love. If you'd like to submit an event to be included...Read More

e-Bulletin

Hi friends, In an effort to conserve the resources of creation and more effectively communicate all the great things happening at Good Shepherd, we are moving forward with a new e-Bulletin...Read More

End of Year Financial Update

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, we need your help! “Very Challenging” is the phrase that best describes our financial situation at Good Shepherd. Mindful of our calling to make...Read More

A Confession

In James 5.16 we are called to "confess our sins to each other." And, friends, I've got some confessing to do! Let me begin by stating what may be obvious: I love my job! I am so thrilled to be able...Read More

November/December Newsletter

Hi friends, I wanted to let you know the Good Shepherd newsletter for November & December is now available! Previous months can also be viewed on the Newsletter page. Or, if you'd like to...Read More

Staff Bios

Did you know Associate Pastor Paul White wears a size 16 shoe? Or Student Ministries Director Werner Ramirez has a pacemaker? Or Children's Ministry Assistant Michelle Heath earned a...Read More

GSPC 2.0

Welcome to Good Shepherd's new home on the world wide web! This new site exists to serve the purpose of GSPC: to form disciples of Jesus Christ who connect with God, grow in faith and...Read More