Daily Devotions
 

Hello Good Shepherd!

During these summer months our Daily Devotions will continue with Good Shepherd’s Pastors along with Jen Jarman and Matthew Petersen each taking turns writing them week by week.  The topics and themes will be as varied as the Staff members themselves!  We hope you will check us out each day as you continue your daily Vine Time with God.  Open yourself to what God is saying to you through this writing, and pray that the Spirit will bring forth fruit from your life for the sake of the world. 

Also, as a way to encourage each other, use the comment box at the end of each day’s devotion to leave a thought, a prayer or a reflection of your own.  

Pastor Heidi Johns

Daily Devotion
Jen Jarman

Daily Devotion

Give Happily To God Leviticus 23

GSLC seeks to be a caring Christian community where we share God’s grace, grow in faith and serve others. VBS is a ministry that truly allows us to do all those things at the same time. But how can we serve others when we can’t gather together? How could we incorporate a mission project into our digital VBS program this year? The solution came in the form of a partnership that I never imagined for VBS.

Hebrews 13:16

“Don’t forget to do good and to share what you have, because God is pleased with these kinds of sacrifices.” 

As GSLC staff were cooking up a new way to deliver VBS, our friends at Prince of Peace (POP) Lutheran in Loveland were also trying to discern how to offer VBS to their community as well. As I was sharing our new format with a group of Youth and Family ministry folks via a monthly Zoom meeting, an idea was sparked - what if GSLC and POP combined to offer VBS together? GSLC had a new delivery model, a curriculum ready to use, and the Worship Window format for delivery. POP had musicians, staff to help with written instructions for activities and contact with mission partners. We each gave what we had happily to the mission of VBS.

We are also giving out our VBS Take Home boxes free of charge this summer. Families will be given all the materials that they need to complete a daily craft, game and science experiment at no charge.

Finally, we are inviting families to practice giving happily by supporting current ministry partnerships that both GSLC and POP also currently support - Haitian Timoun Foundation (HTF) and Vida Eterna-Iglesia Luterana (VEIL). For every $80 we collect for HTF, one Haitian family will receive two months of food, including cooking oil, 12 packages of pasta, 55lb bag of rice, box of canned fish. VEIL is asking for donations of the following ethnic food staples their families depend on: Bagged White Rice, Goya Canned Beans (Black or Red), Bagged Dry Beans (Black or Pinto Beans), Tortilla Flour, Spices: Salt (not Kosher or Sea Salt), Ground cumin, Adobo seasoning (it's a powder), Cilantro (broken leaves), Bay leaves (Hoja de Laurel in Spanish), Black pepper, Cinnamon (for sweet dishes).                                

How have you given happily to God recently? Can you give happily to God through an additional gift to HTF or VEIL in support of our VBS collection? GSLC is accepting Cash/Check donations for HTF and food donations for VEIL through July 4th.

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