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EASTER EVENTS & OFFERINGS

I AM: WHAT DO YOU SEE?
Through the season of Easter, we will examine the seven "I Am" statements of Jesus in the Gospel of John. With each statement, we discover how God is present in the world around us and how God is revealed to us when we take the time to "see" with new eyes. Each week will focus on a particular statement followed by a reflective question.

Week of April 4 :
I Am the Resurrection and the Life
Read: the story of Lazarus in John 11
Where are you experiencing the hope of the resurrection in your life?

Week of April 11:
I Am the Light of the World
Read: John 8:12-13
How have you come to follow God in new ways, finding light when it has seemed most dark?

Week of April 18:
I Am the Bread of Life
Read: John 6
What nourishment have you been offered or found in unexpected ways over the past year?

Week of April 25:
I Am the Gate for the Sheep
Read: John 10:1-10
As you have listened for the voice of the Shepherd, how have you been led to new opportunities, to new life? What new way has been opened for you?

I Am the Good Shepherd
Read: John 10:11-18
How have you come to be known by God?  How has God come to be known by you?

Week of May 2:
I Am the Vine
Read: John 15:1-17
As you have sought to remain in God during this time of being apart, how have you come to find connection with God? With the Good Shepherd community? With those you love?

Week of May 9:
I Am the Way the Truth and the Life
Read: John 14:1-7
In what ways have you encountered God as Way, Truth and Life during this time when the world has seemed so different?

What Do You See — Photo Sharing
Keeping in mind these seven statements of Jesus as we journey through the 50 days of Easter, I invite you to share encounters with the Good Shepherd, the Vine and the Light of the World through quick snapshots of those moments. By sharing our photos we help one another see God in new ways, through one another’s eyes. Please email your photos to aimee@gsaustin.org Photos will be shared via social media and video.

50 DAYS OF EASTER—100 BAGS OF CHANGE!
We challenge you Good Shepherd to clean-up Austin! Throughout the 50 days of Easter we ask our Good Shepherd community to pick up 100 bags of garbage!

Do you have a place where you feel deeply connected to creation and God that could use a little sprucing up? Fill that bag with as much garbage as possible and snap a quick picture of it.

Email aimee@gsaustin.org so we can tally how many bags of garbage we picked up for Easter.  Earth Day falls within the season of Easter and what a beautiful way to celebrate new life and resurrection together. Let’s make God’s world a more beautiful place together!

WEEKLY FORMATION OFFERINGS

ONLINE FORMATION   |   ADULTS

Men’s Bible & Brew
Mondays   |   6:30pm
We will meet virtually on Mondays. New members are welcome to join us. For more information and for a link to join the meeting, please contact Stanford Adams.

Mom’s Bible Study
Tuesdays   |   9:30am
We meet virtually on Tuesdays at 9:30 am.
We are reading Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle; please join in at any time if you’ve read the book or not. Our time together will serve as continued connection and support for each other. For more information and for a link to join the meeting, please contact Jessica Riels.

Transitions Bible Study
Tuesdays  |   1:30pm
Transitions is a supportive group of women at various points of transition in their lives. The group is currently reading The Friendship of Women: The Hidden Tradition of the Bible by Joan D. Chittister and reflecting on women in the Bible.Please share with your friends as they are welcome to join us. For more information and for a link to join, please contact Aimee Bostwick or Marcea Paul.

Contemplative Prayer Groups
Wednesdays   |   5:15pm
We will meet virtually on Wednesdays. Join us for a 20-minute practice of contemplative prayer. We will begin by check-in as people are welcomed into the space followed by a 20-minute sit. Please invite others that you know will appreciate this practice. For more information and for a link to join, please contact Aimee Bostwick.

Thursday Forum
Thursdays  |   10:00am
The Thursday Forum is a co-ed Bible study that meets virtually each Thursdays at 10:00am. It is a safe space to both wrestle with the challenging questions raised by the Holy Scriptures and to celebrate the insights, learning and joy that come from reading the Bible in community. Whether you have studied the Bible your whole life or whether you’re just beginning to engage the biblical texts, you will find a warm welcome in this group. ​The Thursday Forum is currently studying the Pauline epistles. For more information and for a link to join the meeting, please email Aimee Bostwick.

Women on the Journey
Thursdays  |   11:00am
Women on the Journey is a sacred circle of women who gather to share their wisdom and companionship with one another. All women are welcome to join our circle! For more information and for a link to join, please email Aimee Bostwick.

Lectionary Reflection Group
Sundays   |    9:30am
Join us for a virtual study and reflection on the readings for our worship at 10:30am. Experience Sunday worship in a new way as you learn from your fellow parishioners. For more information and for a link to join, please contact Aimee Bostwick.

Contemplative Prayer Group
Sundays  |   5:15pm
We will meet virtually on Sundays. Join us for a 20-minute practice of contemplative prayer. We will begin by check-in as people are welcomed into the space followed by a 20-minute sit. Please invite others that you know will appreciate this practice. For more information and for a link to join, please contact Aimee Bostwick.


ONLINE FORMATION   |   CHILDREN

Edge
Wednesdays   |   6:30pm
Every week our 3rd – 5th graders will gather in the “Edge Lounge” for games and a discussion. Please email Jessica Riels for more information.

Children’s Choir
Wednesdays   |   6:00pm
Every week, subscribers to our Youth Choir email will receive an invitation to join us in making a joyous noise on Wednesday evenings. It is open to all children that find joy and comfort in singing. No previous choir experience necessary. If you would like to subscribe to the Youth Choir group, please contact Christina Baird.


ONLINE FORMATION   |   YOUTH

High School EYC
Tuesdays   |   3:00pm
We will meet virtually via Zoom. For more information and Zoom link, please contact Jessica Riels.

The Good Place Viewing Party + Discussion
Tuesdays   |   6:30pm
All 8th and 9th graders are invited to join us every Tuesday at 6:30pm as we watch NBC’s The Good Place. We will stream together over Netflix Party and then discuss the different themes in each episode. For log-in information, please email Jessica Riels.

Middle School EYC
Wednesdays   |   6:30pm
We will meet virtually via Zoom. For Zoom meeting ID and password, or if you would like to subscribe to Youth Ministry email, please contact Jessica Riels.

High School Formation
Sundays   |   12:00pm
We will meet virtually via zoom. For Zoom meeting ID and password, or if you would like to subscribe to Youth Ministry email, please contact Jessica Riels.