During the summer, I led a training in the personal, and practical, application of Appreciative Inquiry. As I’ve said many times, Appreciative Inquiry is a method for managing change that emphasizes carrying the best of the past into the present and future. It is a powerful methodology, but one that requires a bit of a “paradigm shift” for many of us (since we seem to default to trying to fix the worst of the past).
In late October, I will be heading off to CREDO (which stands for “Clergy Reflection, Education, and Development Opportunity”). It is amazing week of thinking, praying, reflecting and resting. It’s all about affirming wellness—in my case, the wellness of clergy.
It’s that time again to bring our four (six or eight or no) - legged friends before God and recognize, with them, that they are blessed! And that we are blessed by God through them. This year, our celebration will be on Sunday afternoon, October 6 at 2 pm. The location will be at the Shelter at Willow Creek Park (8000 E Phillips Cir., Centennial CO, 80112).
Have you ever been told you are a good listener? Do you have a desire to be with others, hear their stories, and provide encouragement? If you have this gift, consider being part of our Presence Ministry. With a congregation of our size, we need folks to serve with our pastor and other volunteers in Congregational Care.
Jill Briscoe is a British American author, editor, and speaker. She has written or co-written over 40 books and serves as the founder and Executive Editor of Just Between Us magazine. This devotion was presented by Chris Hall at a recent Vestry Meeting. He’d like to share it with you.
Our budget is small, the need is great, and we are asking for your support for our annual fundraiser on Friday October 25 from 5 until 7 pm. The event will be held at St. Clare’s which is located at The Episcopal Church of St. Peter & St. Mary 126 W. 2nd Avenue Denver, CO 80223.
Godly Play and Living the Good News are the two offerings for children on Sunday mornings, beginning at 9:45. Please keep in mind that Sunday school will meet every Sunday in October 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.
Preparations are already underway for this year’s Quest Youth Retreat weekend which will take place at Frontier Ranch in Buena Vista on the weekend of October 25-27, 2019. Good Shepherd youth along with other participating churches in our diocese will gather for a weekend retreat entitled, #Blessed.
The 2020 Stewardship Campaign will begin on Sunday, October 6 this year as we commission our Stewardship Leaders, our Ambassadors, and our Prayer Team during the 10 am service that day. Commitment Sunday – the annual celebration of submitting our pledge cards - will be Sunday, November 10 at all three services.
This is to thank you for your support, prayers, and financial contributions over the last eight years as we have worked to pay off our church debt. As many of you are aware, we started this journey to pay off our debt in 2010, and have had four Capital Campaigns which generated $750,000. This has reduced our debt to the current $30,000.
In October, the Men’s Group will meet on the Saturday mornings of October 12 & 26. We’ll meet in the parish hall for a full breakfast on October 12 at 7:30 am and there again for a light breakfast on October 26 at 7:30 am.
A graphic representation of our financials through August 2019
At the end of August, my wife and I ferried our daughter back to college in eastern Iowa (Cornell College—not Cornell University, for the curious). She and I decided to take the opportunity to vacation in Iowa; we were already there, after all! Being fans of minor-league baseball, we hoped to do three (baseball-related) things:
It was a wonderful morning at Good Shepherd on August 18 when Bishop Kym Lucas made her first episcopal visitation to Good Shepherd! She blessed us with her open presence and a wonderfully challenging sermon — asking the question “Where are WE called to spread the love of God?”
Yes, we know! Teachers and students, in many cases, have been back in the classrooms for a little bit! But we wanted to make sure we gathered everyone in the teaching/learning roles and ask God’s blessings on them all.
Have you been wanting to get more involved at Good Shepherd? Perhaps you want to, but just don’t have enough information about what groups are available, what the time commitment is, or whether you would fit in. Join us Sunday, September 8th
It’s almost time for Hungry Flock to resume. We will start on October 12 and continue meeting the second Saturday of the month through May.
The bell choir resumes this month. We are always eager for, and need, new members. We ring monthly at the 10:00 service, Christmas Eve, and Easter Sunday. The requirements are that you can count to four, occasionally six, but that is very rare.
Do you like music, but don't want a formal choir experience? Do you secretly sing in the shower? Have you been meaning to pick up that musical instrument you used to play, or want to finally learn how to play something?
Your Congregational Care Ministry committee (Karin Elsen, Bev White, Rev. Sandy Boyd, and Greg Bell) has been meeting, and hosting Sunday Forums during the summer, with the objective of identifying needs for care in our congregation, centering on three ministry areas: