Your CGS council will be gathering together for a time of fellowship, conversation, and dreaming this coming Sunday, June 25th from 11:30am – 2:30pm. Feel free to reach out to any council member after Sunday to hear about what we discussed. Thank you to all of our council members who are spending this additional time to imagine the future of our ministry together!
Ever wonder why we call ourselves Lutherans? Want to know what distinguishes our beliefs from other Christians? Curious why we seem to have so many potlucks? If you have these or any other questions about our shared heritage, join Pr. Kris for Lutheranism 101: an adult education opportunity for five Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00pm beginning on June 28th. We will explore Lutheran history, theology, and practice, from the Reformation in the 16th century, to our current beliefs and practices in the ELCA. People of any level of knowledge and experience of Lutheranism are welcome to attend. In fact, you don’t even need to consider yourself a Lutheran—as you’ll learn, Martin Luther didn’t himself! We’ll meet in the fireside room the last Wednesday in June, and every Wednesday in July.
An interfaith group of faith-based organizations is forming in the South Bay to help build relationships, cross divides, and organize community support for the most vulnerable in the Bay Area. The group is the Silicon Valley Sponsoring Committee and it is a collection of congregations committed to community organizing rooted in the model of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF)—the largest and oldest network of faith-based organizations in the US. This local South Bay chapter is holding an assembly to launch its organization on Sunday, June 25th, from 3-5pm at St. Lucy’s Catholic Church in Campbell (2350 S. Winchester).
Pr. Kris worked with a well-established IAF organization during his time in Boston (the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization) and has seen firsthand the incredible work that such a group of united congregations can do for its community. For an example of the kind of work that these organizations do, take a look at this CBS News report from last year, detailing some of the work that the East Brooklyn IAF organization has been undertaking for decades to increase home ownership and build generational wealth in poor communities.
We’ve been invited to get to know these neighbors at the launch of this organization, and to be a part of building what could become a transformational coalition in this community. Please consider joining Pr. Kris and other members of CGS to learn more about the organization, what they’re planning on doing for our community, and consider if there are ways that we might get involved as a congregation. Carpools are available if you’d like a ride to St. Lucy’s. Come build connections with other people of faith in the South Bay!
Does someone you love have a birthday coming up? Has God done a great work in your life? Is there a loved one you would like to remember? Consider providing altar flowers to celebrate the occasion, honor or remember a special person, or give glory to God.
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Thank you to everyone that participated in our Cross Display in the Narthex/Lobby area. What started as a participatory project for lent, got extended due to the positive feedback of members and visitors. Thank you to those that brought a cross from home to include in our display. How wonderful to see the wide variety of crosses we treasure in our homes and lives. The display of crosses will be removed at the end of the month. If you brought a cross to share, please pick-up after worship this Sunday, June 25.
Christ the Good Shepherd
Various editorials, articles, and other items of interest.