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The Serving Community

My hometown was smaller than Church of the Shepherd. Like COS, it was full of wonderful people with all the skills and talents needed to make a community. As a community, they, all of them, were there to watch over me, encourage me, teach me, provide boundaries for...

How to be Fearless in 6 Steps

We all have fears, and facing them takes practice. Here are six steps to help you learn to be fearless. Name your fear. It all begins with giving a name to your fear. Owning your fear is the first step to getting past it. It won’t be easy, but addressing your fear out...

Building Community in Our Own Backyard

Did you know the playground behind Church of the Shepherd isn’t just for members of the church? When we built the Let’s Play! Community Playground a little over a year ago, we hoped it would be a place where kids of all abilities could have fun together and serve as a...

Finding Faith on the Ice

Cardinal Nation went Blue this week and most of us learned a whole new meaning of the word “Gloria” as the St. Louis Blues brought home the Stanley Cup. People who had never watched a hockey game were cheering as we watched the last place Blues become first place...

Updates from Puerto Rico

The high school mission team arrived in Puerto Rico on Sunday, June 9, and they have already accomplished so much! Here are just a few of the projects they are working on: Building relationships with students at the Boys and Girls Club Playing games and going on field...

Finding God in the Weeds

We’re often told to “stop and smell the roses.” But Church of the Shepherd member, Karen, shares with us what happened when she stopped to admire, of all things, the weeds!  

How to Practice Sabbath

We are created in the image of God. This statement is full of hope, power, identity, and so much more. It defines who we are. It also defines how we are to be in the world. In addition to being co-creators with God through our work, we are signs and symbols of the new...

The Night Shift: Trusting God While I Sleep

We often think that when we go to bed, the day is done. But God’s day continues! Our Communications Director and first-time mom, Julie Garey, shares her experience with asking God to continue His work through the night. "I never thought much about God continuing to...

8 Scriptures to Help You Face Your Fears

We all have fears, but we don’t have to face them alone. Here are 8 scriptures to turn to when you have a fear of: Loss “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” -...

10 Ways to be a Spiritual Companion

Spiritual companions are friends who listen, accept, and walk alongside each other as they share their faith. But what makes a great spiritual companion? Here are 10 tips to help you develop a healthy and encouraging spiritual relationship with a friend: Tend to your...

What Is a Spiritual Companion?

“Christian friendships are call-and-response friendships. We tell each other over and over, back and forth, the truth of who we are and who God is. Over dinner and on walks, dropping off soup when someone is sick, and in prayer over the phone, we speak the good news...

Finding Nourishment Part 3: Practicing Healthy Nourishment

Life is hard, and we could all use some help staying connected, grounded, grateful, and happy. To do this, we need to be mindful of how we nourish ourselves, not just physically and spiritually, but also emotionally, mentally, and relationally. By doing this, we’ll...

Finding Nourishment Part 1: Finding Nourishment in the Everyday

How is your soul? How do you answer that question? How do you want to answer? The answers to these questions are connected to your everyday living, a huge part of your life which often goes unnoticed. Things like the lunch we eat every day or the amount of water we...

Making Space for God

Each day, we all take part in our own routines and rituals that form us in profound ways. What would our day look like if we spent a little time being intentional in our routines? Sarah Meggers, Worship Director at Church of the Shepherd, shares how a small change in...

Making the Bed: Intentionally Seeking God in the Everyday

We all have routines and little rituals we do that form us in profound ways - like making the bed each morning. What would it look like if we spent a little time being intentional in those routines? Jack, a member of Church of the Shepherd, shares how he intentionally...

Awakening to the Presence of God

Many of us want to have or sustain a passionate faith life. We are all called to grow in our relationship with God. With all the options available, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and fall into checklist kind of faith. However, at the root of our actions, we must desire...

Waking Up with God (Part 2)

Gina Brinkman, the Children’s Ministry Director at Church of the Shepherd, shares how she awakens to God’s presence each morning. What time does your morning routine with God begin? "I typically wake up around 4:15 am. The house is quiet, no one is demanding anything...

Waking Up with God (Part 1)

Robin Long, the Connections Director at Church of the Shepherd, shares how she begins each day spending time with God. What time does your morning routine with God begin? "I usually start at 6:00 am. I’m a morning person and this time fits with how God wired me up! I...

Practicing Self-Compassion

“Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people.” - Mr. Rogers How many of us are the picture-perfect version of ourselves before we even roll out of bed? Anyone? How’s your hair? Do you have...

When We Can’t See God in Our Ordinary Days

How are you encountering God in your everyday life? Sometimes it’s just hard to include God in our average, ordinary day because we expect extraordinary things from Him. How could He possibly be at work while we’re doing our grocery shopping, responding to emails or...

When We’re too Distracted to Connect with God

When we think about connecting with God and our faith, sometimes we are too distracted and become frustrated when thinking of where to start. The Bible is a big book and deciding where to start can be half the battle. And even after you finally settle on reading...

Too Busy to See God? Let’s take another Look.

Why is it so hard to take time out of our day to spend a minute with God? For some of us, it’s that we think we’re too busy. We’re cramming for tests or running to soccer practice so we can get that scholarship. We’re staying late at the office or skipping meals with...

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