Dear Friends,
Following the most recent direction from our state and federal governments, Good Shepherd will be suspending all in-person gatherings and worship services until April 5th. This will mean no Wednesday Lenten services and no Sunday services. Check back for additional information as it becomes available.
In the meantime, God has blessed us to live in a time when, even though we cannot gather face-to-face, we can still encourage one another. Watch for online devotional materials that will be made available in the coming days. 
All of this probably feels very frustrating and scary, but remember that God is our refuge and strength, our ever-present help in trouble. He will see us through this, just as he always has. 
Armed with that confidence, also consider the opportunities God is giving us as his people in the midst of this worldwide crisis:
-We can pray for God’s help and healing for all those who are afflicted with this virus. 
-We can thank God for our government and health officials who are working night and day to bring an end to this crisis. We can also be a model of respecting and honoring the government, as God teaches us in the Fourth Commandment.
-We can ask God to give doctors, nurses, and other health professionals wisdom and strength as they work to bring healing and health.
-We can do all we can personally to help and befriend our neighbors in their bodily needs according to the Fifth Commandment. Do you have an elderly friend or neighbor, for example, whom you could help by making a trip to the grocery store for them? 
-Especially in this time when we cannot gather as a congregation, we can reinvigorate our personal and family devotions as an important and essential way to hear God’s Word.
-We can continue to support our congregation by responding in thanks to God for his gift of eternal life through offerings mailed to the church office or by electronic giving (See our website.) 
-We can offer encouragement and support and a listening ear to anyone who is troubled, afraid, or hurting. Whom in your life can you encourage with the good news of Jesus? 
Again, please look for additional information as it becomes available. Until then, remember the Lord’s promise to you, “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10). God bless and keep all of you!