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The Church of the Good Shepherd


An Invitation from the Rector

Living Our Faith On Purpose

We all step into a church at different points in our lives, for different reasons. Sometimes it's in a moment of crisis. Sometimes it's out of curiosity. Sometimes it's a matter of habit, and sometimes it's because we know we need to make a change (or, rather, we're ready to listen for the change God wants to make in us). 

However you have wound up reading this email as part of The Church of the Good Shepherd, two things are pretty much guaranteed. Firstly, there are a lot of people who have yet to encounter a credible form of Christianity, of modeling one's life on Jesus' life, that is healthy and not hateful. And those people need us and God speaking and acting through us to help them encounter the unconditionally loving God in whom we live and move and have our being.

Secondly, whether you are a preschooler or you come to church on Christmas Eve to make your parents happy or you're retired or you're not sure you believe in the bodily resurrection - the invitation God extends to us is this:

To find your story in the Episcopal story, which is the story of God.

Starting on Pentecost, we're going to have a 5-part class to get to know ourselves and our stories and our God better.

  • We're going to get to know each other, whether on a deeper level or for the first time.
  • We're going to get to spend time savoring the things about Episcopal practice and prayer that resonate with us, that confuse and intrigue us, and that keep us coming back.
  • We're going to imagine how our walk of faith with Jesus, spoken with an Episcopal accent, is inviting us to embody simply and clearly the love and welcoming embrace of God in our daily work, caregiving, and life.

Quick FAQs

  • Where? Ennis Suite (in the Parish Life Center)
  • What time? 9-10 AM
  • Which dates? May 28, June 4, June 11, June 18, June 25
  • What if I'm not here for all five parts? No worries! Come when you can.
  • Do I have to read a book beforehand? Nope! But if you want to, you can grab a copy of The Episcopal Way: Church’s Teachings for a Changing World by Stephanie Spellers and Eric H.F. Law We'll refer to it as we go.
  • What's the general vibe of this gathering? Warm, relaxed, humorful, curious. 

Questions? Imogen comes back to kick off the class on May 28th, so contact David Baggett if you have any wonderings before then.

If you'd like to let us know you're coming, please click HERE.

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