Exciting things are happening at Good Shepherd as we move forward with the process of calling our Priest in Charge! This is a time for us to come together as a parish – to discern our wants, to discover who we are, and if nothing else, to have others to connect with in the process of change.
The Celebrate Team met to discuss the idea of coming together for our morning services through the summer months. After much discussion, a proposal was presented to the Vestry during their May meeting for making this temporary change starting with our Parish Picnic on June 24th and continuing through September 2nd. The team also consulted with Ann Fleming from the Bishop’s Office, and she said that many churches go to one morning service in the summer because attendance naturally declines, and it is a way to consolidate resources while easing volunteer coordination. In addition, and most importantly, it will give us an opportunity to build new relationships, strengthen old relationships and walk through this process of transition together as one body in the spirit of Christ. The proposal does not apply to the 6 pm service which will be held throughout the summer.
During May’s Vestry meeting, the Vestry approved the proposal, and we are looking forward to kicking off the process on June 24th with our annual Parish Picnic. We will resume our schedule of 7:45 am and 10 am services on September 9th.
Although many parishioners were consulted about this change, it is impossible to reach every voice in our congregation. Therefore, we are providing a continuing way for you to offer feedback about our 9 am summer morning service by filling out a form on our website. We are committed to this 10 week summer trial, but we also welcome your feedback regarding how you feel it is going.
Go to https://www.gshep.org/contact-us/ to submit your feedback.