July’s mission activity includes the Giant Yard Sale to Benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter. This huge sale will take place on July 15! If you would like to donate to the sale or volunteer to help, please contact our church office: we’d love to include you. Also on July 15 we will be collecting adult bicycles to be donated to Catholic Charities for distribution to refugees being resettled in the greater Portland area. The bicycles will help refugees save money while traveling around town to apply for work, keep appointments and attend classes. This project is a joint service effort between our congregation and All Saints Parish as part of our Reformation 500 Year. For more information on these activities and other news, please read our July newsletter by following the link below.
The Pastor’s Report 2014 was presented at our Annual Meeting of the Congregation on January 25, 2015. It’s a photo summary of some of the highlights of our year together in ministry. Enjoy the look back, and imagine what we can do together in 2015! Click the link below to begin the journey. Pastor’s Report 2014read more
“Risky Journeys: Celtic Evening Prayer Inspired by Brendan the Navigator (c. 486-575)” begins on February 22 at 5:30 pm. St. Brendan the Navigator is one of the best loved of all the Celtic saints. The stories of his sea journeys have been told and retold for countless generations leading Christians to think deeply about their faith and life. One of the delights of reading the accounts of Brendan’s voyages is the ambiguity that exists in deciding which of the journeys was an actual sailing adventure, and which was a vision. The sea faring narratives resonate with those of us who live in coastal Maine, as does the Celtic emphasis on all of creation’s salvation. This is not your average worship service: it is designed to welcome all people: those who are our faith, those who are uncertain about belief in God and Christ, and those who may have been wounded or excluded by Christians. It is a time for hope and healing where all are invited to be who they are, use the gifts that they have received and to do something that matters. For more information about this and other exciting news around Good Shepherd, click the link below to read our February newsletter. February 2015 newsletter...read more
Would you like to help Build a House for a local Veteran, take part in gentle aerobics, learn how to do chair yoga or find out more about how a local Lutheran congregation works by going to a meeting? If so, the January issue of our newsletter can show you how to do all this (and enjoy a lot of Christmas photos!). On January 10 Good Shepherd will be supplying a crew to work on the Habitat for Humanity 7Rivers Maine Veterans Build in Brunswick. On January 13 health guru Heather Preston Weeks begins a new series of Gentle Aerobics classes at Good Shepherd that are part of the Silver Sneakers plan. She is offering a FREE introductory class to Chair Yoga on January 15–an exciting and easy way to learn some yoga techniques without having to do floor exercises. On January 25 following worship, Good Shepherd’s annual meeting of the congregation takes place and all are welcome. To enjoy our complete newsletter, click the link below. January 2015...read more
Here are some of the Advent and Christmas activities scheduled at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Brunswick, Maine. Preparing for Christmas in Scandinavia is the theme of this year’s Advent pageant. On Sunday December 14 following worship you are invited to participate in a sample of the sights and sounds of preparing for the Christ Child. Sing Scandinavian carols and meet St. Lucia. Following the pageant there will be a Soup/Salad Luncheon to prepare us to go Christmas Caroling in the Neighborhood. Our hardy bunch of volunteers will be visiting local nursing homes, retirement centers and homes of shut-ins. All singers are welcome! No experience required. The more the merrier. Music will be provided. Decorating the church for Christmas takes place following worship on December 21. Everyone is encouraged to help trim the tree, decorate the windows and prepare the worship space for the festive celebration of Christmas. Christmas Eve Worship services are at 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Holy Communion is part of both services. The 4:00 service is somewhat simpler in format while the 8:00 service is the full candlelight worship. Christmas Day Worship is at 9:00 am. This is a very simple time of music, prayer and a brief homily. Service of Lessons and Carols is scheduled for December 28 at 9:00 am. Lots of good music and scripture readings surrounding the Birth of Jesus. To learn more about other activities for December, please read our full newsletter by clicking on the link below. December 2014 newsletter...read more
Highlights from this month’s newsletter: Put on your deerstalker cloak, your fore and aft caps and grab your magnifying glasses: it’s time for all great detectives to gather to solve this year’s mystery: Murder Most Green. The citizens of Blarney are invited to a St. Patrick’s Day party to honor Patrick Flaherty, owner of Flaherty’s True Green Plant Nursery. When they arrive they find out that Flaherty had died the previous night after a celebration of the nursery’s centennial year. Instead of a party, the guests are attend- ing Flaherty’s wake, the likes of which would make Ireland proud. Family members and acquaintances pay their respects to Flaherty and, in the process, drop hints that Flaherty’s death might be more than accidental. Although rumors persist that all is not well, the family has maintained an outward calm, denying all rumors of a rift. The business seemed to be going well until Pat- rick Flaherty’s body was found in the pond at the nursery. Who would want to plant Patrick in a watery grave? And why is security so intense at the nursery? These Mystery Theater evenings are our major fundraiser to support Warm Thy Neighbor, our local fuel assistance program which begins its operations in December. Funds are vitally needed at this time. If you plan on attending please sign up on the bulletin board in the gathering area. We need folks to bring finger food items to share with our guests. If you would like to help decorate for this event, set up will be on Friday Nov. 14 at 10:00 am. The Bell/ Ambrose clan have provided decorations but helpers would be much appreciated in set up. Happy Birthday, Alice Johnson! To download the entire newsletter, click the link below: November 2014...read more
August 2014 newsletters This month’s newsletter introduces the Fall Worship and Education Schedule and upcoming special events including Oktoberfest and the Fall Church Picnic at Bradbury Mountain State Park. Also featured are reflections on this year’s Synod Assembly and a report on the Girl2Girl Benefit.read more