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A Word from the Fold

September 2019 edition of the Seasonal Shepherd's Staff

Dear Friends in Christ,

I hope you all have had a terrific summer enjoying some carefree relaxing days with family and friends. I’m chuckling a bit as I write this thinking about how we look forward all winter and spring to the lazy days of summer and sometimes they are anything but. After shuffling kids to and from camp, and organizing visits with relatives and friends near and far, and mapping out vacation plans, these summer days often wind up busier than the rest of the year. I think however, that it’s the change in routine that we long for; eating meals outside, walks on the beach and hikes in the mountains, longer daylight hours, and get aways to vacation homes. Regardless of how you’ve enjoyed this summer, I pray you found some space to stop for a moment and reconnect with God, taking in the beauty of the natural world around us.

Today I am grateful for cooler temperatures and even for the clouds hanging over Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island which is where I am as I write this “word from the fold.” This place is a source of relaxation and rejuvenation for our family in the midst of the hustle and bustle of life. And I am thankful for the time away after a busy summer of planning and preparing for the new program year at Good Shepherd!

While the search committee has been busy writing the church profile, I’ve been meeting with the Wardens, the Vestry, Mission Outreach and Christian Education members getting things ready for the September kick-off. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone at our Re-gathering Sunday celebrations taking place on September 15. This is the day that church school begins and worship will be followed by an ice cream social!

There are lots of opportunities to get involved here at Good Shepherd. I hope you’ll visit our Ministry Fair on Sunday, September 29 after both services and find a way that you can plug in and share your gifts and talents. This year’s fair will feature sign ups for the various service ministries within the church from altar guild to lector ministry, from choir to coffee hour host, and lots more. You will find in this edition of the Shepherd Staff an article about the new Multi-Generational Mission Sunday and how we are working to integrate the Church School with our Outreach Ministries.

Enjoy these waning days of summer! I look forward to welcoming you all in September as we continue in our journey of faith finding ways to walk in love and in service to the Lord.