Posts tagged Building Connections
The Metaphor of the “Lit” Window
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For more than forty years, people have come to Good Shepherd and marveled at the enormous window in Shepherd’s Hall. The “Shepherd window” is beautiful, warm, and vibrant. We’ve seen it from the inside when we’ve gathered for worship, fellowship, and education. However, that window has never been lit up in such a way that folks can see it as they drive by; at day or at night. I came to church on a recent Thursday evening and, to my surprise, the Shepherd window was shining bright for all to see. Apparently, when we intentionally turn on the new LED lights in Shepherd’s Hall in the darkness of night, the beautiful colors pour out for all the world to see. 

 

This is a great metaphor. Our church is called to shine brightly amid times such as this; when much of our culture is anxious, confused, and looking for hope. As the people of Good Shepherd, we know we provide that hope. We are confident. We follow the Spirit, we model our lives around the teaching of Jesus, and we strive to overflow with generosity so that this congregation shines brightly.

 

Help our ministry shine brightly in 2020 with your intentional generosity. In the coming weeks, we’ll be providing lots of information about the 2020 Ministry Year; ways in which we’ll continue to strengthen and grow our ministry. We’ll also share what projects remain in our Building Connections Campaign.

 

Commitment Sunday is on Sunday, November 3. Every year, we celebrate the ways in which God has blessed us and we intentionally take time to commit a percentage of those resources to God’s work here at Good Shepherd. We see it as a celebration because people who learn to reflect God’s generosity help change the world! So, let’s shine and change the world together.

 

A ROUTE 355 COMMUNICATION TOOL

You may have noticed the new electronic sign at the corner of our property. It’s “up and running” and now has some nice new landscaping surrounding it. The sign rotates through a few informational messages: Worship Times, Website, Time/Temp, and Preschool Information. We can schedule in advance other slides that we want to appear (i.e. Special Events/Notices). For example, we have a Blessing of the Animals Service slide that will appear for a few days this week in preparation for next Sunday’s event.  We’ve created draft slides for Christmas services which will appear in mid-December.   Thank you for the generous support for the Building Connections Campaign. We wanted to put an electronic sign on our property for at least 12 years. You’ve helped make it possible. This sign clearly is a route 355 communication tool, providing info to the countless people passing by.   

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Special Gifts: A Big Success
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I think it’s fair to say that “I’m confident in the people of Good Shepherd.” You rise to the occasion again and again. You have this inner drive to be generous and you are ready to act. In June, we launched a Special Gifts Campaign in which we invited you (the people of Good Shepherd) to help us furnish the newly renovated Shepherd’s Hall as well as some of the Education Wing. Many of you made donations in honor or memory of others. What a wonderful way to celebrate someone’s Christian witness. We’ve been able to move forward and purchase a lot of new items: tables, chairs, A/V system, and some new plants. Other items will soon be ordered. I want to simply say thank you. The total amount raised for the Special Gifts Campaign was $49,147 from 89 households. Amen! Your generosity has provided our spaces with a new, fresh, and inviting look. We will enjoy the use of these spaces for plenty of important ministry for many years to come!  

 

*Note: We will have a re-dedication of Shepherd’s Hall on Sunday, October 20.*

 

Building Connections- Project "Fence" Update

One of our Building Connections projects was to replace the fence along the edge of our church property.   Our old fence was teetering and part of it had fallen down.  We wanted to get it fixed so it looked good and also helped us be good neighbors to those who live next to the church.

 

Work began on the installation of a new fence this morning and will continue into Holy Week.   Many thanks to all those who've supported our Building Connections Campaign so far.  Your early support has enabled us to tackle this project.   

 

Stay tuned throughout the Spring as we will have updates on other projects that were "on the list".  

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