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Where We Are

What our location means

We believe that God calls us to pay attention to our location in this particular place and time. We are:

A downtown church:

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd has been at the corner of California Avenue and Arlington Street here in downtown Reno for more than sixty years. Our congregation has regularly reaffirmed the importance of "being a downtown church," and we are always living into what that means for us as a community which follows Jesus. Here are some things it has meant to us:

  • Feeding the hungry in cooperation with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada and Shared Harvest
  • Interacting with homeless people and families in and around the community along the river.
  • Partnering with the other downtown churches on service and special worship celebrations
  • In the Truckee Meadows:

    With river, mountains, desert, and lakes nearby, we live in a beautiful place in God's creation! In 2008, Good Shepherd formed a Green Team to look at issues of faith and the environment. We're still discerning exactly what God has called us to do locally in our households and congregation and globally in our advocacy. Meanwhile, the growing awareness of our environmental "location" has crept into the way we do

  • Faith formation--i.e. projects with children, youth, families, and adults, including Vacation Bible School 2010
  • Worship--i.e. Caring for Creation Sunday
  • Service--i.e. volunteering with local organizations such as Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful and Nature Conservancy.
  • In the Sierra Pacific Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:

    See "Who We Are: Lutheran Connections" for more about our location in a particular denomination and a particular synod of this denomination (northern Nevada/northern California).

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