The Rich Man, Donald Trump and The Eye of The Needle...
We read in this Sunday's Gospel of Mark about Jesus talking with His disciples regarding money and heaven. Do you think you can "buy" your way into heaven? Do you think Jesus read Donald Trump's book "The Art of the Deal"? Can you negotiate your way into Heaven?
"Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!" The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, "Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God." Mark 10:23-25.
You are invited to worship with us this Sunday as I preach on "The Rich Man, Donald Trump and The Eye of the Needle".
We worship every Sunday at 10:30am in our beautiful new sanctuary at 1021 East Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA 91106.
I look forward to seeing you this Sunday. May God Bless you!
~ Rev. Rick Eisenlord, M.Div, Pastor Good Shepherd Church Pasadena
Good Shepherd Church Pasadena is 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.
An 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?
Making this the BEST Christmas EVER!
Good Shepherd To Sponsor 2 Christmas Projects for Deserving Children
This Christmas Good Shepherd will be involved in sponsoring 2 projects for children in need.
1. Laurel Foundation. Good Shepherd will be hosting the Annual Christmas Party for the children of the Laurel Foundation. These are young people impacted by HIV/AIDS. We need new and unwrapped toys for about 70 children. And we need volunteers to staff the party.
2. Villa Esparanza. We will be assembling 100 Christmas Stockings for children with developmental challenges. We need small items/toys/goodies to put into the stockings. Santa and Mrs. Santa from Good Shepherd will make the presentations.
If you would like to help with either of these two projects, please contact Pastor Rick at firstname.lastname@example.org. Specific dates and times for the parties will be forthcoming - but we want to start collecting the toys NOW!
1st Communion Classes Continue THIS SATURDAY October 10 at 10:30am
Schedule of Classes:
Saturday October 3 - 10:30am-11:30am
Saturday October 10 - 10:30am-11:30am
Saturday October 17 - 10:30am-11:30am
Saturday October 24 - 10:30am-11:30am - Rehearsal
Sunday October 25 - 1st Communion Mass
THESE CLASSES ARE OPEN TO BOTH ADULTS AND YOUTH.
PLEASE NOTE: You must be at least 9 years old and have been baptized to take 1st Communion Classes. Participants are required to attend all classes and worship services during October.
Confirmation Classes will begin on Saturday January 16, 2016 and run thru Saturday February 27, 2016
Confirmation Sunday - February 28, 2016. To attend you must have been baptized and received 1st Communion.
Click on the link below for MapQuest directions...
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Bullying and Suicide Prevention....
Bullying has been shown to be a contributing factor in many cases for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth who have attempted and committed suicide. While the causes of suicide are multi-faceted and include intersecting issues of race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, gender, gender identity, gender expressions, sexual orientation, body shape, age, physical and mental abilities, to name a few, LGBTQ youth have attempted suicide at a much higher rate than other groups. The Suicide Prevention Resource Center estimates the rate of attempted suicide for LGBTQ youth to be between 30 and 40 percent.
October includes two especially important observances. National Coming Out Day (October 11) celebrates the power in publicly identifying as LGBTQ or an ally. Coming out is not a one-time event, but is a constant empowering process of day-to-day life. Every person who speaks up changes more hearts and minds, and creates new advocates for equality.
Spirit Day (October 15) encourages all to make a public witness against bullying and to show their support for LGBTQ youth by wearing purple. See GLAAD for more resources www.glaad.org/spiritday.
If you can't make it to church... church can come to you! We live stream our Mass every Sunday at 10:30AM PDT. Watch the Mass... hear the music... see the service as it happens!
Log into your Twitter account, then go to @GoodShepherdPas.
You will see a link (it may say 'Meerkat') If you do not see the link, hit the refresh button on your browser. Click on the link...and enjoy!
We now accept PayPal for online donations!
Contribute to the programs and mission of Good Shepherd Church Pasadena by using PayPal. Just click on the DONATE tab above. Thank you and God Bless!
For our new home we are going to need to purchase chairs, desks, tables and furnishings. You can help! May God Bless you for your donation!
A Free Gift For Your Online Donation!
For those who donate $25 or more to Good Shepherd on our website using the PayPal button, they will receive a free copy of the book "Life Without Limits" by Nick Vujicic. This is the amazing and inspiring story of a 27 year old young man born without limbs who did not let his disability hold him back. In his book he shares his experiences in dealing with adversity and obstacles with faith, hope, love and courage. This is a must-read for all those facing the trials of life!
Your generous financial contribution goes to the following programs:
World AIDS Day Celebration on Dec. 1
School supplies for children with HIV/AIDS
Men's Support/Social Group
Women's Support/Social Group
Easter Baskets to children who are physically and mentally challenged
Stuffed Christmas Stockings to physically and mentally challenged children
Outreach to LGBT high school students and GSA's
Annual Celebrating ALL Families Luncheon
LGBT Scholarships for continuing education
Good Shepherd Choir
Your contributions enable us to be the hands and feet of God to the LGBT Community. Thank you for whatever you can give. It is deeply appreciated. Thank You!
"My Gay Church" 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!
Listen to Pastor Rick's Sermons Online!
After a brief break, we have started posting Pastor's sermons on line again. This is a great way to hear the sermon again, or hear it for the first time if you missed Mass. Just click on the "Sermons Online" tab above. Or you can just CLICK HERE. We hope the sermons inspire you and give you hope!
We worship every Sunday at 10:30am at 1021 East Walnut St., Pasadena, CA 91106.
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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