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Monthly Newsletter for March, 2024


Newsletter Highlights This Month


Sunday Lenten Season Sermon Series - "Climbing the Mountains of Life"

Life is a series of ups and downs. Mountains of Life imageHighs and lows. Mountain peaks and deep valleys below. No one especially cares for being in the down, low, deep valleys. Most of us would rather be at the top of the life’s mountains. How do you meet the challenging mountains of life successfully? How do you climb them and master their rugged slopes and sheer escarpments? We’ll take a look at a variety of mountains this Lent, focusing on developing the right spirit or attitude to climb these mountains. Here’s the good news–Jesus shows us the right attitude, and he instills this same spirit in us too. Let’s get climbing!!

 March 3   The Mount of Loyalty, John 2:13-22
 March 10   The Mount of Sacrifice, John 3:14-21
 March 17  The Mount of Triumph, John 12:20-33


Lent Wednesday Worship and Holy Week Series: "Jesus – King of Kings"

Jesus King of Kings imageMany hymns and songs reference Jesus Christ as King of kings. It’s a biblical theme, to be sure, lifting up this Lord of ours as ultimately superior and having incomparably greater and eternal authority than any of the mightiest rulers who’ve ever governed nations throughout history. This year’s Lenten worship will take a closer look at some of those earthly kings in the Old Testament (and one in the New), the kings over whom the King of kings reigns supreme. In other words, if Jesus is the King of kings, the King who reigns over kings, to what or whom is this King of kings compared? During these next weeks, God willing, we’ll bring to the surface King Saul, King Solomon, King Ahab, and King Zedekiah–you won’t want to miss those–and King Herod, the only king whose life intersects the Christ, the King. All of this provides prelude and builds toward Holy Week, when we will indeed lift high the King of kings.

 March 6 The King Whose Repentance Was Too Little, Too Late, 1 Kings 16:29-33; 21:20-29
 March 13  Zedekiah: The King Who Turned Out the Lights, 2 Kings 24:18-25:7
 March 20 Herod: The King Who Couldn't Kill Jesus, Matthew 2:13-20
 March 24 (Palm Sunday) King of Kings: A Humble Coronation, Luke 19:28-42
 March 28 (Maundy Thursday) King of Kings: Condemned to Die, John 18:28-19:16
 March 29 (Good Friday) King of Kings: Life through Death, John 19:17-22
 March 31 (Easter Sunday) King of Kings and Lord of Lords, 1 Timothy 6:12-16


Sunday Bible Study

10:45 AM — Psalms: Prayers and Praise – Part 2

Psalms StudyWhen we study the psalms, we are studying more than religious poetry. The psalms express far more than personal or congregational prayers. They proclaim Jesus Christ—His mission and passion, His resurrection and return.
Each session of this study focuses on one psalm as an example of other psalm “types” (wisdom psalms, psalms of ascent, penitential psalms, praise psalms, laments, historical psalms, and royal psalms). The study starts with psalms that are easier to understand and progresses to investigate some of the most difficult passages in the Bible.

Part 2

Psalm 44: God’s People Cry Out

Psalm 109: Righteous Retribution

Psalm 136: His Love Endures Forever

Psalm 72: Long Live the King

Led by Pastor Keith


This Month in Our Prayers

Recent Additions:

• MaryAnn M.—recovering from a broken leg and hip replacement
• Karin G.—serious back pain along with other back issues
• Ruth J.—broken left foot
• Elliott D.—recovering from a fall
• Joyce S.—(Fred Barbaria’s mom)—speedy recovery from her respiratory issues
• Shelley—(friend of Bonnie Moore)—prayers for healing & strength as her chemo is completed
• Barbara K.—recovery from hip replacement surgery
• Carole S.—(Dave Roman’s sister)—prayers for peace & comfort

Ongoing prayers:

• Patrick K.—(Edna Koek’s brother)—continuing cancer treatment
• Kelly—continued prayers that her liver function will improve
• Jim H.—(Sharon Larson’s cousin)—has serious infection
• Kim S.—(friend of Lizzy Savage)—prayers for healing and strength from her surgery
• Janet C.—recovery from knee surgery
• Lois K.—prayers for comfort and peace as she is now in Hospice care
• Glenn O.—(Nancy & Bob Szulczewski’s son-in-law)—prayers for healing as he continues recovery
• Shawna H.—prayers that she continues to improve
• Carolyn K.—treatment for cancer. Prayers for strength
• Susan M.—(cousin of Lorna White)—diagnosed with Dementia
• Christine K.—(cousin of Lorna White)—diagnosed with Dementia
• Margret B.—for peace
• Marika B.—praying for healing for her arthritis
• Rev. Larry M.—in memory care
• Marianne S.—cancer treatments
• Arlene K.—Parkinson’s disease
• Terry O.—relieve discomfort & suffering from her health issues
• Scott R.—cancer treatment
• Judy S.—Parkinson’s disease
• Brigitte S.—health concerns
• Farzeen, Michael & Ed—(friends of Lizzy Savage)—pray for salvation
• Marcel—good decision making for himself and his family

Additional prayer requests, prayers of thanksgiving, prayers of comfort:

Continued prayers for Centro Cristiano Vida Nueva church in Oaxaca, Mexico
Continued prayers for all people in Ukraine, Russia, Israel and Palestine
Continued prayers for Pastor Paul Nelson and family as they continue their work in Indonesia

This list is current as of February 28, 2024. Please see the most recent weekly Sunday Bulletin (posted on the GSLC Videos Page) for the latest updates to our prayer list.


Lenten Bring A Dish to Share Suppers

PotluckFellowship suppers are here! We are having our “Bring-a-Dish-to-Share” supper every Wednesday during Lent before the mid-week Lenten service.

Suppers will start at 6:00 p.m. with the service starting at 7:00 p.m. Bring any main dish, side dish or dessert you like and come have fellowship before the service. Table service will be provided.


GSLC Pantry Saturday, March 2nd

We served 146 individuals, representing about 400 people, at our February distribution.

New Needs

Shoes, men’s clothing and grade-school children’s clothing

• Plastic grocery or reusable cloth bags food distribution

Ongoing Needs

• Donate $$

• Purchase food & hygiene or paper goods and drop them off at church Monday - Thurs 8:00 am - noon.

Help prep on Friday, March 1st

• Help this Saturday morning, March 2nd, between 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


Food items that we don’t usually get from S.B. Food Bank, such as:

- Peanut Butter, canned soups, tuna/meats, stew, beans, canned veggies, canned fruits

- Non-sugary cereal (Ex: Wheat Chex, Cheerios, Raisin Bran), breakfast bars, oatmeal

4) Hygiene and household goods, such as:

- Toilet paper, tissues, paper towels, soap, sanitizers, and masks

- Toothpaste, floss, toothbrushes (or ask your dentist for a donation ! )

- For our Miscellaneous Table we are collecting individual items such as deodorant, shampoos/conditioners, cleaning supplies, diapers/wipes, male/female personal items...). Perhaps you have extras in your cupboards or can buy some locally.

Questions? Contact or see Val Eurman ((805) 705-3311) or Cindy ((805) 680-4686) after church on Sundays.


Our Livestream Services Now Include Closed Captioning

Just look for the CC Closed captioning examplesymbol on the screen (not included on phone screens due to size) and click on it. We suggest that you turn this on for Pastor's announcements and the sermon but leave it off for the liturgy and music as the liturgy and song lyrics are already on the video. Vimeo's captions are accurate and easy to read!
We livestream our Sunday service at 9:30 am. You can start watching around 9:25 for announcements. You can also watch the service recording on our website any time after the service has been competed. We also livestream and record our Lent, Holy Week and Advent services.
This livestream broadcast includes the entire service - prayers, sermon and music. The liturgy will be provided on the web site as a PDF document, along with a "public" version of the weekly bulletin (no contact information and no weekly giving statement). The recording includes the liturgy and song lyrics superimposed on the video images as well as closed captioning. You are encouraged to respond to the liturgy and sing along with Adam. Go to:
If you do not have a way to view our GSLC service at home, we have a limited number of Kindle tablets available. These are provided, upon request, with recordings of GSLC's recent church services. These are self-contained touch screen video devices. Please contact Trisha at the office during the week (Monday - Thursday, 8am to noon) at 805 967-1416 for more information about the tablets.

GSLC's Worship Schedule


Sunday worship continues with one service at 9:30 a.m. We alternate two styles of worship. On the 1st and 3rd (and 5th) Sundays the organ will generally lead us in song and the order of service is more traditional liturgy. On the 2nd and 4th Sundays the band will lead us in song and the order of service is a blend of contemporary and traditional form.


Better Read Than Dead Book Club


Book Club Readings
Reminder: We continue our in-person meetings in the Fireside Room for our monthly book club discussions.

The books chosen for our GSLC “Better Read than Dead” club discussions are below. Join us in reading along!
Book club book covers 2024

March (Linda) – Lady Tan’s Circle of Women by Lisa See

April (Nan) --The Radcliffe Ladies Reading Club by Julia B. Thomas

May (Mary) – Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell
Jump in! New folks are welcome anytime to read with us and “meet”.  Just order/start reading the “next” book in line and give me, Val Eurman, a call at 805-705-3311 or send an email for more details and to get on our email list!
Want to Keep Up With the latest GSLC News?
bulletin coverOur weekly Sunday Bulletin has the latest GSLC news!
It's chock full of our prayer list, weekly schedule, basically everything that happens between these newsletters. The "public" bulletin version (no weekly financials) is updated every Sunday morning and is easy to get to - just go to our GSLC Videos page,, and scroll down to and click on "Most recent Sunday Bulletin". It will open or download for you. The full bulletin is available (only) on the GSLC Members Page. The current Sunday Order of Service is available on the same page.


Portals of Prayer

Portals Cover 1st Quarter 2024Portals of Prayer devotion booklets for January - March, 2024 are now available at the church office.

Please call Trisha and reserve a copy or come by the church office during business hours (Mon-Thurs 8:00 am—12:00 pm) to pick one up!







Church Office Hours

Our church office is staffed Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am until noon.

Please exercise social distancing if you need to come by, or call 805 967-1416.


Altar Flowers Policy

Beginning January 1, 2024, if you would like to placeFlowers flowers on the altar, please call (805) 967-1416, or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Trisha at the church office. One beautiful bouquet is $25.

Please make out your check to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (GSLC) and write flowers on the memo line. You can mail it to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church or drop it by the church office Mon-Thurs, 8:00 a.m. to noon.


Quilting News & Notes

We will meet on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. until around 1:00 p.m. in Room 19.

Some Saturdays will be reserved for “work days” when we can get together and iron, cut and do some general cleaning of the room or accomplish special projects. We will let you know when those Saturdays will be!

For now, Wednesdays only and we hope to see you there!


Join Adam for a Musical Meditation

Morning MeditationAdam Phillips, GSLC's Music Director, provides meditative instrumental and vocal music every Wednesday morning at 10:00 am.

Please join Adam (or an occasional guest artist) in our sanctuary as they explore a variety of hymns and other musical prayers performed on a variety of instruments.

The meditation is livestreamed on GSLC's Video Page and available afterwards as a video recording until the next live event. Older meditation videos are archived.

The direct link to the Livestreamed / Latest Meditation is . The Meditation Archive Showcase to view prior Meditations is at


Are You a Photographer? We Need Your Help!
We are looking for that special person that is interested in photography and wants to expand their skills by operating the video cameras and video switcher during our services and other events. Could that be you?
We have a core group of five GSLC members that enter the weekly worship service text, organize the sermon slides, set up the video feed, do the live camera switching for the services and meditations, record the services, etc. every week.

video crew

We are looking for another camera / video switcher operator to provide relief and someone to do this when we are not able to do it.

We - and our livestream viewers - need your help so we can continue livestreaming and recording all of these services and events. Ideally, you would be able to assist with the Sunday service and/or Wednesday meditation livestreaming once a month (to stay in practice), step in if other team members are not available, and perhaps do some of the Lent or Advent evening service livestreaming.

The tasks are precise but not difficult. There's no experience needed - we will train you!

If you are interested finding out more, please contact Dan Barnett (805 729-5993) and/or Fred Barbaria (805 680-0288) for more information. Or, just come by and see us in the AV area (up in the back corner) after the Sunday service.


Most Recent Reported Weekly Offerings—

Week 8 - Through February 26, 2024

Weekly Ministry Budget $ 6,250.00
Last Week's Contributions $ 11,756.00
Other Income/Interest/stock $ 0.00
 Weekly over (under)
$ 5,506.00


Year to Date, 2024

 Budget  $50,000.00
Contributions $42,893.96
 Stock Gifts  $7,000.00
 Other Income/interest  $0
Year to Date over (under) $106.04 / 0.21%

2024 Mission Offerings:

District $290.00; Nelson Family $100.00


Let’s read God’s Word together and see the great things God does for us through His Word!

Haven’t started yet? It’s ok to jump in any time!

March, 2024

01 - Exodus 34:1-35
02 - Exodus 35:1--36:38
04 - Exodus 37:1--38:31
05 - Exodus 39:1--40:38
06 - Leviticus 1:1-17
07 - Leviticus 2:1--3:17
08 - Leviticus 4:1--6:30
09 - Leviticus 7:1--9:24
11 - Leviticus 10:1--11:47
12 - Leviticus 12:1--15:33
13 - Leviticus 16:1--17:16
14 - Leviticus 18:1--19:37
15 - Leviticus 20:1--22:33
16 - Leviticus 23:1--25:55
18 - Leviticus 26:1--27:34
19 - Numbers 1:1--3:51
20 - Numbers 4:1--6:27
21 - Numbers 7:1--8:26
22 - Numbers 9:1--10:36
23 - Numbers 11:1--12:16
25 - Numbers 13:1--15:41
26 - Numbers 16:1--18:32
27 - Numbers19:1--20:29
28 - Numbers 21:1-35
29 - Numbers 22:1--25:18
30 - Numbers 26:1--27:23
01 - Numbers 28:1--30:16
02 - Numbers 31:1-54


Good Shepherd in the World

Background: Recently Pastor Paul and Nelson FamilyGenevieve (Gena) Nelson received and accepted the call to serve on behalf of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) in Indonesia, based in Medan.

Pastor Nelson and his family served Emanuel Lutheran Church, Santa Barbara for 10 ½ years. In this new role, Pastor Paul works closely with the Indonesian Christian Lutheran Church and helps train and mentor local pastors and lay leaders.

The Need: Pastor Nelson and family need fellow believers to partner with them in this new role.How can we partner with them?

First, PRAY. Pray for Paul and Gena as they serve in Indonesia. Pray also for each member of the family as they transition to a new location and culture. Ask God to give them patience and confidence as they learn Bahasa Indonesia, the official language of the country. Pray also that they would be able to establish good relationships with the people around them in their new home. Let us give thanks that the Nelson family is serving in this part of the world.

Second, ENCOURAGEMENT. Moving is challenging no matter where you go. Moving to a different country with a different language, different customs, different climate, is exponentially challenging! Birthdays and anniversaries still come around every year. A card or a note of support and encouragement is a meaningful gift that bridges the miles and changes.

Third, MONEY. Yes, money. Pastor Nelson is required to raise his own financial support for his family. That’s how he gets “paid.”

The Opportunity: This is our opportunity to partner with Pastor and Gena Nelson and support them in their work in Indonesia. Being a partner with Pastor Paul and Gena is one of the ways we can follow our mandate of listening to the voice of our Good Shepherd Jesus and fulfill our mission of “Excite the believers and share the Gospel.” Partnering with Pastor Nelson will be a blessing for us.

The Challenge: Will we partner with the Nelsons? Are we up for it? Can we commit to meeting the needs? I hope so! I pray so! Please prayerfully consider how you might meet a need for Pastor Paul and Gena Nelson and family. I know that our Good Shepherd, the Lord Jesus, can lead usinto a meaningful partnership that will bless Pastor Nelson and his family and the church and people of Indonesia.

Please check out the video of Pastor Paul Nelson as he explains his new role as Theological Educator in Indonesia. The video is available on GSLC's web site here

If you would like to support Rev. Paul Nelson in his work in Indonesia, please go to or click on the image below:

PNelson Donation Form

Talking to Jesus in the Arts

Art therapy with the Great Comforter

Third Saturday of every month
(March 16paint traysth)
PCCA Talking to Jesus in the Arts
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Room 14 in the patio area
11:45 am to 4pm
Suggested Donation $50 (give as God leads) 
Art Supplies are provided
“Living in Rest”
In this busy world God wants us to live in a place of rest. In this session we will paint and journal what it is for us personally to live in rest. To Quiet our souls.
Using Acrylic paints you will be guided by Lizbeth to lay down color while listening to what the Holy Spirit has to say. We do not paint realistic paintings but abstract shapes and lines to get in touch with the Holy Spirit. This is a time of hearing, sensing and seeing in your heart what God is saying to you. No wrong way to do this. Prayer for you to hear, see or feel what God is saying will come. God always shows up.
Enter into His Rest. Be at peace. It is also a way of getting confirmation to something that you may be blocked to as well. God is good and is always wanting us to connect with Him. Healing hearts one color at a time.
To Sign up for this session or if you have any questions, text Lizzy Savage at 805.453.0571. One must sign up to save your space. A limit of ten people per session. Everyone is able to do this; no art experience is required. Suggested donation is $50 - Zelle or Pay Pal. Once you have paid, Lizzy will have the art supplies for you. Drinks will be available. Must be signed up to attend the session.
Talking to Jesus in the Arts sign up today!
Living in the day of Rest but not resting is a challenge. Need a little talk with Jesus is always a wonderful way to start the year.


Lizzy Savage, Director
Pacific Coast Christian in the Arts 



GSLC's On Line Giving Options - Credit Card? eCheck?

coin purseGood Shepherd has offered electronic donation capabilities (through Vanco) for a while. You now have the ability to sign up directly through Good Shepherd's web site to donate on line (through Vanco) once or on a recurring basis.

You can also make a special one-time donation (through Square) on Good Shepherd's website.

For either donation type go to and then click on the appropriate donation button. You can specify whether you are donating to the GSLC budget or the Food Distribution program. If you prefer, you can also mail us your offering or drop it off at the church office.


IRA Distributions to Charity Are a Permanent Part of Tax Code!!

Congress made permanent qualified charitable distributions from individuals. This law permits annual direct transfers to a qualified charity totaling up to $100,000 of tax-deferred IRA savings. Funds distributed to the owner first and then donated do not qualify.

This includes the mandatory distributions (MRD) for IRA owners 72 years of age and over.

This is a benefit to the donor as income taxes on social security benefits can decrease as the distribution is not reported as income for the donor. If the donor no longer itemizes their deductions this is a way to get the benefit of the donation as the IRA distribution is not included in income and thus not subject to income taxes.

To make a contribution you must contact your IRA trustee to make a transfer directly to the charity. Should you wish to make a donation to the church have the checks made payable to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and have the check mailed to us directly. Be sure that the check includes your name on the memo line.

We will issue a letter of acknowledgement that we have received your donation. Please call David at 805 967-1416 x103 in the accounting office with any questions.


Elders Available by Phone and Email

Elders assist with our public worship, oversee the spiritual life of members, and offer spiritual and physical support for our Pastor and congregation. Please contact any Elder to share your needs, concerns, and prayer requests.

 Elder  Phone  E-Mail
 Ted Hoelter  805 692-8414  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Mike McGinnis  805 967-3563  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Bill Savage  (chair)  805 845-5265  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Erik Wipf  805 683-3228  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Church Phone Extension Numbers

Please follow the auto attendant menu prompts or dial an extension directly if no one answers. Also, the preschool can be reached through the main church number as well as their direct number (805 967-6101).

 Office Admin/Trisha:   ext 100
 Pastor Keith   ext.101
 Accounting/Dave:    ext.103
 Sexton/(position open):  ext.104
 Music/Adam:  ext. 105
 Preschool/Katie:  ext.108



One-Stop Publicity!

If your GSLC committee or group is making an announcement or planning an event, you can now send ONE email with the details and it will go to those folks editing the Sunday bulletin, church web site articles, web site calendar and monthly newsletter.

The Good Shepherd publicity email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include what the event is, when and where it will be held, who is invited and any other information that will help our readers decide to attend. Also, please include a contact name and phone/email if we (or a reader) want more information.


Staff, Board of Directors and Committee Contacts

You may find the staff contact information either above or on our web site (Staff Contacts) and congregational officer and committee chair contact information here or on the Members Only web page at

Board of Directors    
 President,  Dave Roman   805 698-4596   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Vice-President,  Andrea Hoelter   805 692-8414  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Secretary,  Michelle Cochran  805 705-7997  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Treasurer,  Dan Barnett  805 729-5993  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Member-at-Large,  Alan Meeder   805 452-1591  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Member-at-Large (unfilled)    

 Committee Chairs and Group Leaders
 Elders Chair,  Bill Savage  805-845-5265  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Outreach Chair,  Val Eurman  805 705-3311  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Head Usher, Mark Preiser  805 967-2113  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Memorials/Endowments,  Tom Fisher  805 964-3692  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Shepherd's Bells,  Joan Barnett  805 729-5994  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


On Line Event Calendar

Our latest calendar is on line here. This link will take you to the "public" event calendar unless you use your member login. To see the entire calendar (with church meetings, etc.), please log in with your member ID.

No member ID? Click on "Create an account" on the right hand side of the web page to get started. Your account will be approved and then you can browse the member page contents. 


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