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.
Our ministry continues because the needs of people continue. God's grace and love continue.
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
THIS SUNDAY! PASTOR RICK LIVE FROM
THE WORLD FAMOUS MUSCLE BEACH AND VENICE BEACH BOARDWALK
Break out the speedos and sunblock! It's summertime and Pastor Rick is celebrating by broadcasting LIVE from the world famous Muscle Beach in Venice California.
Muscle Beach refers to the exclusive Santa Monica location of the birthplace of the physical fitness boom in the US during the 20th century, started in 1934 with predominantly gymnastics activities on the south side of the Santa Monica Pier.
Muscle Beach Venice is the contemporary title of the outdoor weightlifting platform constructed in Venice, California, a distinct neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles, 18 years after Muscle Beach was established.
Muscle Beach Venice was officially titled in 1987 by the City of Los Angeles with the distinguishing name 'Venice' added to the location to honor the original Santa Monica site.The contemporary Muscle Beach Venice is located two blocks north of Venice Boulevard on Ocean Front Walk in Venice, California.
Santa Monica's "Muscle Beach" landmark derives its name from the growing local and national reputation of gymnastics and strength athletes who congregated at what was first known simply as the "Santa Monica Beach Playground", with the 'muscle' term gaining momentum by 1940. The 1940 opening of the first of an eventual nationwide chain of weightlifting gyms by famed pioneer gym chain operator, Vic Tanny, only two city blocks from Muscle Beach in Santa Monica, is commonly considered a key contributor to the increasing attraction of bodybuilders and strength lifters to Muscle Beach from across the nation.
By the 1950s, Muscle Beach established worldwide fame and helped to popularize and bring legitimacy to physical culture with acrobatics and bodybuilding and contribute to a nationwide health and fitness movement continuing into the 21st century.
We will also take a stroll down the equally famous Venice Boardwalk with its many merchants and characters you will only find in California!
The fun starts this Sunday at 10:30am on the church's Facebook page: Good Shepherd Church Pasadena.
JUNE 27 IS NATIONAL HIV TESTING DAY
In just under two weeks, the country will observe National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) on June 27, 2017.
TO LOCATE AN HIV TESTING SITE NEAR YOU,CLICK HERE.
For further info on HIV, you can visit HIV.gov on the internet. The site provides many useful resources and helpful information.
RANDOM ACTS OF LOVE
In Pastor Rick's message from Farmers Market he spoke about "Random Acts of Love". Here is a copy of the list Pastor was referring to:
An example of "Random Acts of Love": Cook an extra portion of dinner (or dessert) for someone who needs it. Aid for Friends is a Philadelphia area nonprofit that delivers about 500,000 meals yearly to people in need. It started with one woman’s small acts of kindness. She made an extra meal each night to give to someone who needed it.
1.Say "Good morning" to a person standing next to you in the elevator.
2.Pay the toll for the driver behind you.
3.Take a minute to direct someone who is lost, even though you're rushing.
4.Write a letter or email to a child who could use some extra attention. Kids love getting mail.
5.Offer to pick up groceries for an elderly neighbor, especially in extreme weather.
6.Give a homeless person your doggie bag.
7.Say "I love you" to someone you love.
8.Put a coin in an expired meter.
9.Help a mother carry her baby stroller up the subway stairs, or hold a door open for her.
10.Each time you get a new item of clothing, give away something old.
11.Take someone's shift as the car-pool parent.
12.Bring a friend coffee.
13.Out of the blue, send flowers to a friend.
14.Say "please" and "thank you"—and really mean it.
15.When you're on a crowded train or bus, offer your seat to an elderly, disabled or pregnant person.
16.Don't interrupt when someone is explaining themselves.
17.Let a fellow driver merge into your lane.
18.Offer to baby-sit for a single mom.
19.Put your shopping cart back in its place.
20.Call or write to a teacher who changed your life.
21.Bring a box of doughnuts to share at the office.
22.Forgive someone a debt–and never bring it up again.
23.Listen with all your senses.
24.Write a note to the boss of someone who helps you, and explain how great a job that person is doing.
25.Simply say "I'm sorry" when you're wrong.
26.Throw away your trash—and someone else's—after a movie, picnic or visit to a park.
27.Encourage someone who seems despondent.
28.Volunteer to take care of a friend's dog while he is vacationing.
29.Help a friend pack for a move.
30.Ask someone "How are you really doing?"—and then really listen to their response.
31.Offer change when the person in front of you at the register comes up short.
32.Before a friend moves away, give them your favorite recipe or quote and a photo of the two of you together.
33.Leave a generous tip for a pleasant waiter or waitress.
JUST IMAGINE: IF EACH ONE OF US DID JUST ONE RANDOM ACT OF LOVE A DAY WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD!
THE STATS ARE IN!
When we started our online presence with social media and our live broadcasts, we did not know how this would be received. We are attempting something totally new and "out of the box". We wondered, would people watch or respond to our Facebook Live broadcasts?
The stats are in for May - and they are amazing! 639 people saw Good Shepherd on Google Search. 350 people viewed Good Shepherd on Google Maps.
That means 989 people found Good Shepherd Church Pasadena on Google in May 2017! And even now the results are terrific: the last time I looked, the Farmers Market broadcast was up to 198 views and climbing!
Good Shepherd Church Pasadena is reaching people all ,over the world with a message of the power of the inclusive love of God thru Jesus Christ. This is the future of the church - and we are leading the way!
IT'S GAY NIGHT AT THE LA GALAXY!
It would be fun to get a group together and carpool to GAY NIGHT AT THE LA GALAXY! MARK YOUR CALENDARS: JUNE 24. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, EMAIL PASTOR RICK AT
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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