4th Friday in Lent
Why do you stay and continue to participate in Good Shepherd?
We moved to Northbridge from out of state in March 1977 and came to Good Shepherd for the first time on Palm Sunday. Back then our facility and congregation were both small, but oh so welcoming! Before long I was teaching Sunday School and Verle was an Elder and Worship Assistant. Our girls both loved Sunday School and Bible School. Our only paid staff then was Pastor Bean. Everything else was done by volunteers. We even took turns cleaning the old sanctuary, classrooms and bathrooms. The kitchen was what is now Steve’s supply closet in the narthex, so not too much to clean there.
We were small, intimate, connected, committed and growing. Many congregations work at retaining their members. At Good Shepherd it is just understood that we will gain members moving here for jobs and then lose them moving away for jobs. Therefore, active and welcoming have always been two of our adjectives. The best part of a constantly changing membership is the influx of fresh points of view. We must rely on our Bible as our basis because it is our constant. A fringe benefit is that we have managed fairly well to avoid the old, “we’ve always done it this way” mentality.
Good Shepherd has gone through many growing pains. Now we are much bigger, but still intimate, connected and committed to working to support one another in our efforts to share the joy of God’s God News. That’s “why we stay and participate at Good Shepherd.”
Lord, thank you for the blessings of your Word to guide us and your love and saving grace. Amen.
Examine what you threw away today. Put a coin in your bank for everything that could have been recycled.