This was the lead line on the report back from the US Congregational Vitality Survey that we took back at the end of March. The tag-line reflects our belief that we ARE spiritually vital and alive. And we are!
Good Shepherd is VITAL! The US Congregational Vitality Survey results are in! And WE ARE VITAL — especially in the areas of mutual care and concern, as well as in our understanding of the church. You can access the results of the survey here.
Appreciative Living is not about fixing ourselves or our lives, but in finding what works; where we excel; what we love; what makes us come alive. For four Monday evenings in July (8, 15, 22, & 29), we will meet for 1-1/2 hours to learn how transformative this practice can be!
Join parishioner Anne McMahon for an informational overview on the world of downsizing – what to do with, how to determine, and most importantly how to let go – of all those memories (and sets of dishes). The presentation will take place on Sunday, July 14th at 9 am in the Chapel.
Whether you’re a long-time Episcopalian, or new to the “Anglican Way”, there are bound to be some things that happen during the Sunday services that raise questions. So, on Sunday, July 21, ALL THREE services will be “Instructed Eucharists”.
We are pleased to welcome Forte Handbell Quartet back to Good Shepherd for another amazing concert on Saturday, July 27th at 3 pm. Many of you will remember that Forte was featured in season three of our Music with a Mission Concert Series.
Join us at 9 am on Sunday, July 28th, and then again in September on the 8th to discuss the Congregational Care Ministry at Good Shepherd and how we can improve and expand our resources.
We are now five years into this project, and we think you will agree that YES! – We have created something that resonates with our parishioners, our community and our mission organizations. The big question is – What do we do now? What would God have us do?
I hope that everyone is having a great summer! The kids may be on summer break, BUT Sunday school continues to meet EVERY Sunday at 9:45! Then at approximately 10:35, we process into the sanctuary so the kids can rejoin their family at the Peace, followed by the celebration of Holy Communion.
Take a peek at what’s happening with our Youth in July.
For 2020 we will need pledges in the $442,000 range again to balance our budget. We hope that we will have 20-25 new pledges in 2020 with the work from our Priest-In-Charge, our Invite, Welcome and Connect team, and parishioners who will help us invite new families into our Church.
We’ll meet in the parish hall for a full breakfast on July 13th at 7:30 AM and there again for a light breakfast on July 27th at 7:30 AM. A short program follows breakfast from 8:00 to 9:00 AM in the Chapel, with our meetings ending generally at 9:00 AM.
A graphic representation of Good Shepherd’s finances.
At Colorado's diocesan Clergy Conference in early May, as part of our closing Eucharist, we were invited to recall/renew our baptismal vows. I’ve done this countless times; I have the service pretty much memorized. So I was surprised when I found myself responding “I will, with God’s help!” to the question: "Will you cherish the wondrous works of God, and protect and restore the integrity of all creation?”
What do you want most in your life? —and— How do you create it? You’ve heard Appreciative Inquiry (“AI”) mentioned from the pulpit, in meetings and perhaps elsewhere. The strategies and techniques of AI can translate into one’s every-day life as well! If you are interested in the answers to the questions above, you may find participation in a four-week “Appreciative Living Learning Circle” a wonderful summer exercise.
As most of you know, Music with a Mission is only possible because of your generous donations (Angel Sponsorships) which fund the many costs of our series – i.e. artist fees, advertising, licensing and administrative costs. Because our parishioners fund the yearly cost of the series, we are then able to give all proceeds collected at each concert to our mission partners.
After several months of prayer, discernment and discussion, the Outreach Committee decided at its meeting last week not to proceed with the Pumpkin Patch this year. As you might imagine, this was a difficult decision, but we decided that at least for now, a break is in order.
One of the goals during transition is to revitalize the Congregation Care Ministry (CCM) at Good Shepherd. In this context, it is important for our congregation to understand itself as the body of Christ and to know that it is the people who do much of this ministry.
Soon you will start seeing green dots – not as a problem with your eyes, but as a way to have reminders that many of us in the pews are new! Green dots on nametags will identify our newest members to the parish.
I hope that everyone’s summer is off to a great start! The kids may be on summer break, BUT Sunday school continues to meet EVERY Sunday!