Church of the Good Shepherd, UCC

We are a progressive, LGBTQ-friendly, inter-generational church of the United Church of Christ, located in the NE Heights in Albuquerque, NM.

Church of the Good Shepherd UCC is a progressive, diverse community of faith, friendship and service. Worship at 9:00 and 11:00, Sunday School classes for children, youth, and adults at 10AM. Professionally-staffed nursery. Programs throughout the week. We are a friendly church. Lots of congregations say that. We actually live it. Whether it’s a first time visitor or someone whose been attending for decades, we try to welcome each person genuinely. Our goal is nothing short of loving, honest relationships with God and one another. We are Open and Affirming of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people, their families and their friends. We celebrate their love, lives and ministries both in our church and the world. We are intentionally anti-racist, seeking justice and equality for all people, everywhere. We work to eliminate racism and prejudice in ourselves, and to honor and celebrate the different racial identities and backgrounds in our church family. We are inter-generational, with a variety programs and activities for children, youth and adults. We’re a safe church. We have policies and practices to assure that every child and adult is safe from abuse of any kind at all times. We are an active, service-oriented church. We gather food, serve meals, shelter homeless families, provide resources and supplies for under-funded school children, and more. We don’t all believe the same things – and we celebrate that! Each of us is on a journey of faith, seeking to serve God and walk in the ways of Jesus the Christ as best we can. Our lives lead us down different paths. As community, we strive to love and support one another along the way.

Operating as usual

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Pastor Appreciation Day, October 11, 2020

Tomorrow, October 11th is PASTOR APPRECIATION DAY. Here's a little video we made to show our appreciation for Pastor Sarah. https://vimeo.com/466960484

Also, just a reminder that we have two worship services tomorrow. One at 9 am and one at 11 am. Also, our Contemporary Theology class meets at 10 am. All of the events tomorrow can be accessed via our Zoom link, https://zoom.us/j/337700714

Thank you to our pastor, Rev. Sarah TevisTownes for your love and dedication to the members and friends of Church of the Good Shepherd, UCC, and to the greater community…

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Community Update 10-7-20

WHERE WE ARE THIS WEEK & WHERE WE'RE GOING - Pastor Sarah's Weekly Message & Update. https://youtu.be/RbqDUrQYUgg

Visit our church at ucccogs.org. Live on Zoom Sunday mornings: ucccogs.org. Daily posts and regular live broadcasts on TikTok (til someone cancels it) @goods...

If you missed our guest speakers, Torian Richardson and Royce TevisTownes (Pastor Sarah's husband,) on Sunday, September 27th, we encourage you to view the video. You'll find it here, on the homepage of our website. https://ucccogs.org/

Pastor Sarah on YouTube today, Friday, October 2nd. TURN THE OTHER CHEEK
https://youtu.be/vYcQB1miCmo

[10/02/20]   This just in from the Southwest Conference. You can watch the SUNDAY service from the conference LIVE at 10 am (MDT) on the SWC website. https://swcucc.org

Traveling this road with brothers and sisters across the world.

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Announcements for the Week of 9 30

PASTOR SARAH'S weekly message.
https://youtu.be/wzXvEA6DJEc

Visit our church at ucccogs.org. Live on Zoom Sunday mornings: ucccogs.org. Daily posts and regular live broadcasts on TikTok (til someone cancels it) @goods...

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Sacred Ally Quilts visibly underscore anti-racism work in New Hampshire

From John C. Dorhauer, UCC

ucc.org Nine UCC congregations in New Hampshire collaborated to create a project to “prove that racism is not the only reality.” With a series of quilts that display the last words of George Floyd, they offer a graphic reminder of the need for racial justice.

THIS WEEK'S MEDITATION

"A MEDITATION FOR AUTUMN"

The spiritual connection we share with the natural world is ancient and real and necessary.

Episcopal priest Josephine Robertson of Bellevue, Washington writes -

The seasonal changes in nature resonate so deeply with us because they mirror the movement of our own lives. We aren’t always aware of it, but our lives experience seasons of growth, abundance, decay, and death on a regular basis. It’s a natural part of life … But too often we aren’t aware of this natural movement. And so, we think that the seasons of decline or death we experience will last forever, we cannot see an end because we don’t recognize them as a season.

This passage gave me pause as I pondered, “what do I notice?” I began to feel the changing of the light, the volatility of the wind and the weather; the subtle changes of color in the trees and plants, the waning harvest in the garden of summer’s fruits, and the sudden spurt of cooler-weather greens.

There is a shift in my mood, too. I seem to be gathering myself in, quieting down, taking stock of chores and changes to be made on and in the home. Clothes to fetch from storage and others to gently store away. Food to fix and projects to bring to fruition.

Josephine goes on to say -
The gentle changing movements of the natural world through the wheel of the year are our teachers, our signposts, our training ground for the ways we must navigate the turning of our own lives. The seasons teach us about our bodies, our spirituality, and our personal growth.

The meditation challenge for this week is to take stock of our outer changing natural world and the effect on our inner landscape. Take this week to sense how the changing of the season resonates within. Are you more anxious or calmed? Is the cooling of temperatures invigorating or aggravating? Are you having faith that changes are temporal and passing not permanent and overbearing?

Take some extra self-=pampering restorative steps this week. Sleep a little more, eat as healthfully as possible and strengthen the body’s immune response. Take an Epsom salt bath, laugh, feel the sun of your face and cuddle with the baby of your choice – even if it’s a stuffed toy.

Take solace. In John 16: 33 [Jesus said to the disciples,] "I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart because I have overcome the world."

God is with us in every season of our life. We are never alone. And the changing of the season helps to remind us we are always loved.

Offered by Asaera Cote on behalf of the COGS Retreat Team – September 28, 2020

NOTE: We would love to hear from you. Share with us your thoughts, reflections, responses by e-mail to [email protected].

The Retreat Team would like to make these Meditations more interactive. We invite you to send us a response to the question at the end – or any other thoughts inspired by the Mediation you are reading. You may attach your name or let us know if you’d prefer this to be anonymous. After we collect a few, we will share them the same way the Meditations are published. In addition, if any of you would like to write a Monday Mediation, please let us know, and we would gladly give you a Monday. So that we don’t overwhelm the church e-mail, please send them to: [email protected]. We know there is a lot of wisdom and spirituality among the members of our congregation, so let them be shared with all of us.

COGS KIDS-This from Ms. Joanna on Sunday school yesterday, September 26th.

We had a fun Zoom Sunday school today as we learned about Jesus and Nicodemus. We learned how when we open our hearts to God, we are made new. Sometimes it takes time, just like a caterpillar doesn't turn instantly into a butterfly.

We made a craft out of whatever we had around the house -- made something old into something new. We all blessed our pets, too!

COMING UP TOMORROW - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th.

9:00 Worship - OUTSIDE at COGS - Blessing of the Animals, Re-Commitment Ceremony, George and Judith Newby.

10:00 am - Contemporary Theology - Zoom https://zoom.us/j/337700714

10:15 Sunday School on Zoom link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89517852388

11:00 am worship service via Zoom https://zoom.us/j/337700714

12:30 pm Congregational Meeting - All members are requested to attend this critical meeting to discuss and vote on financial matters relating to needed repairs to our building and grounds. https://zoom.us/j/337700714

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Church of the Good Shepherd Update 9-23-20

THIS WEEK'S MESSAGE FROM PASTOR SARAH.
https://youtu.be/8KDE8o-lNEI

Visit our church at ucccogs.org. Live on Zoom Sunday mornings: ucccogs.org. Daily posts and regular live broadcasts on TikTok (til someone cancels it) @goods...

THIS WEEK'S MEDITATION.
Meditation on the 23rd Psalm

My 5th grade teacher in a New York City public school made the class memorize this Psalm (those were different days!) Since then, it has been one of my favorites; something I call forth in times of need.

The Lord is my Shepherd,

This phrase comforts me. Whoever or whatever “the Lord” means to each of us, or what name we use - God, Eternal Sprit, Spirit of Life, the Ground of Being - just as shepherds take care of their sheep, this Eternal Spirit will take care of me. The shepherd provides for and protects the flock.

I shall not want.

Since God will take care of me, I will not be in want. I will not be in want for food, shelter, safety, warmth.

God makes me lie down in green pastures, and leads me beside still waters.

A serene, wondrous scene, with pastures full of green grass, wildflowers, butterflies and bees, a peaceful brook, lake or seaside.

God restores my soul.

God not only restores my body with food and drink, but restores my soul, my inner being, my thoughts and my dreams, restoring them with peace, love, grace, purpose, and hope.

I am led in right paths, for God’s name’s sake.

Being in peace in body and soul, I will be led unto the right path – a path toward the safety of home, a path that will make life better for me and for others around me, a path where I can make a difference in our world through my actions and thoughts. A path toward justice in our Earth community. And I walk these paths in order to honor the Spirit, to honor God.

Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…

We each walk in the shadow of death. There are time when the shadow of death seems very near, and other times when it seems far away. Whether young or old, healthy or ill, happy or unhappy, we know we will all die one day. Some of our loved ones have already died, and some probably will while we are still present to mourn them.

I fear no evil;

I am not afraid. I trust. I have confidence.

for you are with me; your rod and your staff— they comfort me.

I am comforted by your strength and guidance – comforted so that I am less frantic, not paralyzed by fear or overwhelmed by anxiety about the future.

You prepare a table before me, in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

In the presence of my fears, the shadows that haunt me, the thoughts that oppress, you treat me to a banquet, food and drink that is plentiful, nutritious, comforting. I love the phrase, “my cup overflows.” It reminds me of times in my life, whether moments, hours or days, when I am so happy that it does, indeed, feel like my spirit would overflow.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the presence of the Spirit forever.

As one translator interprets this line, “I shall dwell in the heart of the Beloved forever.” Safe, protected, cared for, fed and clothed, all my basic needs and wants assured.

AMEN

Meditation by Mary Stuart for the COGS Retreat Team,
September 21, 2020.
NOTE: We would love to hear from you. Share with us your thoughts, reflections, responses by e-mail to [email protected].

The Retreat Team would like to make these Meditations more interactive. We invite you to send us a response to the question at the end – or any other thoughts inspired by the Mediation you are reading. You may attach your name or let us know if you’d prefer this to be anonymous. After we collect a few, we will share them the same way the Meditations are published. In addition, if any of you would like to write a Monday Mediation, please let us know, and we would gladly give you a Monday. So that we don’t overwhelm the church e-mail, please send them to: [email protected]. We know there is a lot of wisdom and spirituality among the members of our congregation, so let them be shared with all of us.

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Church of the Good Shepherd

HEY KIDS! Calling all kids ages 5-12. You're invited to join us for virtual Sunday School today at 10:15 am. Here's what's happening. We'll meet at 10:15-10:45 AM to continue our series about Jesus' life and ministry. This week is about Matthew 9: 9-13, Jesus Calls Matthew. We'll do a Bingo game -- totally doable and fun over Zoom. Please have paper and pencil available; nothing else needed. View the lesson and download the activity sheets here: https://ucccogs.org/event/1887545-2020-09-20-sunday-school/downloaded here.

Enter Sunday School at 10:25 here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89517852388

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IT'S SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH. HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING TODAY!

Worship: 9AM and 11AM https://zoom.us/j/337700714
Sunday School: 10:15-10:45 - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89517852388

12:00 pm following the 11:00 worship service a PRE-CONGREGATIONAL INFO MEETING. Q & A with Nena-Joy Almovodar, Ministry of Administration, and members of that team will discuss the repairs needed to save our building and the upcoming vote at the Congregational Meeting on 9/27. The cost of everything and how we're are going to pay for it - Pat Gore, Ministry of Generosity who is heading up our Capital Campaign team will provide an overview and answer questions.

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Happy Birthday, dear Pastor Sarah!

TIME CHANGE FOR PICNIC IN THE PARK.
By popular demand, this event will start at 12:00 noon on the 23rd. Please see the Event page for all information on this event.

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Church of the Good Shepherd Update 9-16-20

TWO EXCITING MESSAGES FROM PASTOR SARAH FOR YOUR WEDNESDAY VIEWING.
1. Sunset group prayer 6:30 PM this evening OUTSIDE at COGS. Please bring a chair. Face masks are required as we fellowship together at a safe distance.
2. The first in a series of WEEKLY videos from Pastor Sarah.
https://youtu.be/wLRiq3H4LYA

Visit our church at ucccogs.org. Live on Zoom Sunday mornings: ucccogs.org. Daily posts and regular live broadcasts on TikTok (til someone cancels it) @goods...

In prayer and in our hearts.

This Week's Meditation: SIDEWAYS IN THE KITCHEN

Yellow snakeweed is blooming profusely near my house right now. And, I nearly stepped on a rattlesnake (eeek!!!!) as I entered the open space on my morning walk a few days ago. These two snaky things made me think of something I wrote about 15 years ago. It’s about FEAR. Sometimes laughter can dispel fear, at least temporarily. In these pandemic days, laughter is imperative!

All home disasters during my 38-year-marriage seem to occur when my husband, Jay, is traveling. I’m used to muddling through these things on my own and, most of the time, I’m a model of calm efficiency, falling apart only after the crisis has passed. However, on a recent autumn evening, I walked into my Albuquerque kitchen, only to discover a snake in the middle of the floor. The sight of a snake, large or small, venomous or not, strikes terror in my heart. My snake radar is always on when I hike the desert near my home because, unwillingly, I concede them the right to live outside my fence. But this was a snake in my kitchen, my refuge and sanctuary, the place where I make homemade macaroni and cheese and chocolate chip cookies. Of course, as you probably already imagined, Jay was out of town.

Now, I will admit that the snake was tiny, maybe ten inches, pencil-thin. No rattle was visible. This should have been reassuring but there was the possibility that he might have many siblings, all of whom could also be living in my kitchen. And, where was his much larger mother? My immediate irrational thought was that the whole snake family would be watching my Norman Rockwell calendar for the dates my husband would be gone and would schedule another visit then. Or, perhaps when I was ready to make my very popular butternut squash soup, I would find a tangle of them, nestled in my favorite cooking pot. Good Housekeeping certainly never instructed me on this kind of problem in the kitchen.

Fueled by terror, I grabbed my Tupperware cake holder, storer of sour cream coffeecake, rum cake, and many other delightful desserts. The most recent cake in that container was pumpkin chocolate cake that was 700 calories per serving.

The recipe came from Better Homes and Gardens who should be sued for anything that tastes that good but is that bad for you. But I digress. With my trusty Tupperware, I trapped that snake, placing a large, heavy pan on top for extra fortification. The mere thought of a snake disappearing under my refrigerator escalated my fear to new heights.

But now, I was completely stumped. This was just too big to handle on my own. I caved. Instead of my usual mode of calling my husband after I cleverly resolved the current crisis, I called him immediately. In a frantic voice, I told him I had a snake in Tupperware in our kitchen. It was with considerable difficulty that I convinced him this was a very serious situation indeed and if this snake got loose, we might have to move to another home, perhaps in New Zealand or Ireland where they have no snakes. After all, how could I ever again prepare chicken tetrazzini, an excellent low-fat recipe from Cooking Light magazine, wondering if there is a snake in my vermicelli?

When Jay finally caught his breath after laughing, he suggested that I use a flat, stainless steel cookie sheet to slide under the Tupperware. That cookie sheet was part of a wedding gift from my brother and hadn’t seen much use lately. Teflon is so much easier to clean than stainless steel. Although I usually long for my husband to be sympathetic to my concerns rather than to provide manly instructions on how to solve my problem, this was one time I needed him to be practical. His advice was on target—the cookie sheet was perfect for the job. I slid it under the Tupperware and I slowly and carefully headed for the door. Just as I cautiously maneuvered out the side door, the snake escaped. To hasten his departure, I used a broom although the snake seemed motivated to move quickly across the brick patio. Perhaps he was not fond of the lingering aroma of pumpkin in the Tupperware.

For days after this frightful experience, every time I walked in the kitchen, I fully expected to see a snake slithering here or there. Snake sightings in a person’s home most likely cause post-traumatic stress disorder. It has taken me quite some time to recover and restore my cooking confidence. I’m happy to report that I was able to make a new recipe from Bon Appetit this weekend, Chicken and White Bean Chili. If you add seven ounces of green chile, it is quite tasty. Since the creator of the recipe was from New Jersey she probably is not familiar with that staple of New Mexican food, green chile. She probably is not familiar with snakes in her kitchen either.

Carol Jordan
COGS Retreat Team

The Retreat Team would like to make these Meditations more interactive. We invite you to send us a response to the question at the end – or any other thoughts inspired by the Mediation you are reading. You may attach your name or let us know if you’d prefer this to be anonymous. After we collect a few, we will share them the same way the Meditations are published. In addition, if any of you would like to write a Monday Mediation, please let us know, and we would gladly give you a Monday. So that we don’t overwhelm the church e-mail, please send them to [email protected]. We know there is a lot of wisdom and spirituality among the members of our congregation, so let them be shared with all of us.

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7834 Tennyson St NE
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