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Good Shepherd Church

October 2020

Pastor's Message


 
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Pastor's Message
A wholistic response to this crisis
It was the third week of being ordered to shelter in and we had lines of people coming to our church's doors asking for food. It was two families in our neighborhood that came asking for food for their children. I went to the basket where every weekend, in our worship space, we gather to share what we have and gave out what we had collected there. That was the start. Currently, we are still averaging about eighteen hundred families per week who come to us to pick up grocery care packages. We are also sending prepared, hot meals to about four hundred people per week and groceries.  Around eighteen tons are loaded up in trucks, vans, and cars and are brought to Good Shepherd where a few of us unload and pack. Eighteen tons of fresh produce, some grains and basic staples are given out by our dedicated volunteers. Right when we began our feeding ministry, I began asking the question about what sustainable practices we, as an organized community, need to take on and integrate in our worshiping community (the altar table is connected to our kitchen, school and work tables). Then one of our members came to us and said that he was going to begin sowing seeds on the back of our church. An empty stretch of about 8X20 that was used by our children as a playground. There we began the seeding and eventually transplanted those fledgling seeds to our roof garden. I have to say I am grateful for the dedication of a handful of volunteers and members of our church and larger community who continue to show up (even remotely) and continue to be faithful to the task of being witnesses of a liberating message of hope in these difficult times. 
It has been an honor to continue to work with the mutual aid groups, friends in the neighborhood, North Brooklyn Angels, Tacombi Community Kitchen, and some others who are helping  us to be more sustainable as we keep bringing meals to the homebound, giving out grocery, care packages to those that we call to our doors.    
If you want to volunteer either by driving, handing out food, preparing or want to support somehow please do write to  revjcruizgoodshepherd@gmail.com or want to donate go to our webpage  http://www.goodshepherdbayridge.org

Thank you. Your generosity keeps us being bearers of hope as we continue to be in solidarity with our neighbor. 

In gratitude, 

Rev. Juan Carlos Ruiz
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Given the alert of Covid19 cases in our area 
now we are making appointments for all those who 
need assistance. Do text name and number of persons to (347)724-6928 and we will text you when you can come to pick up your care package. 
Sound Therapy, gardening, music, English classes and other activities are being organized.
We continue to have our zoom services every Sunday at 10:45 am in English and at 1:00 pm in Spanish.
If you want more information please do contact Rev. Ruiz or email revjcruizgoodshepherd@gmail.com
 We are planning a festival to memorialize those who have fallen and continue to die given the irresponsibility of our government in early November. Do check our webpage http://www.goodshepherdbayridge.org for updates and information. Thank you all. 
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"We are church, we are Lutheran, we are church together, and we are church for the sake of the world."—The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

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