Dear Church Family and Friends,

I want to share some truth with you today:

You and I were created by God.
You and I were created in God’s image.
You and I were created to join God in the work of creation.
You are I were created to do good.
You and I were created for a purpose.
As a Follower of Jesus, my worth and my identity are found in Him.
As a Follower of Jesus, I am called to be salt and light in the world.
As a Follower of Jesus, I have a purpose.

Not only do you and I have an individual purpose, we have a purpose to live out together.  That purpose is to be the church, the presence of Jesus in the world today.  This was not our idea, this was God’s idea, and Jesus gave birth to the church as His plan for us to continue the mission God had given Him.

The purpose is simple and clear- make Jesus known in every place, in every person, and make disciples in His name for the purpose of transforming the world.  We are the change agent that the world is looking for.  We are the plan that Jesus put in motion.  But how do we do that?  What does it look like?  Are we really making that kind of impact on our world that so desperately needs transformation?

That has been my prayer, the prayer of our staff and leadership teams, and many of you for the past 24 months.  During that time, we experienced the slow work of God in our individual hearts and within our community of faith.  We have wrestled with questions and decisions that were not always easy.  But, God has been, and is, faithful.  In the last few months, God has opened the floodgates and has been breaking through barriers and showing us a new way forward.  A way to reach our unchurched and de-churched neighbors and friends with the message of Jesus as we love and disciple one another to be released for our own individual ministry in the world. And I want to invite you to hear what we’ve heard.

We are calling this IMAGINING 2028.  In 2028, Church of the Shepherd will celebrate our 50th anniversary.  We want this to be a celebration of all the transformation that God has brought to individuals and to our community through the ministry of COS.  We have a goal of reaching 1600 new people in new places by that time, and we want to share how we believe God is calling all of us to do that and more.

Please join us for one of our three IMAGINING 2028 dinner conversations:

  • September 14 @ 6:30 pm
  • September 15 @ 5:00 pm
  • September 16 @ 6:00 pm

All of our pastors will be sharing their call stories, the vision we believe God is calling us to, the steps we will be taking as a church as we live out the vision together, and the new things that God is doing right now.  This will be a celebration you will not want to miss!

You can register right now by texting “IMAGINE” to 636-255-8468, by calling the church office (636-441-2434), or signing up in the lobby after worship this weekend.

We look forward to seeing all of you at this great event as we celebrate God’s plan for our church together.

Sincerely,

Pastor Jon

PS – Don’t miss worship this weekend.  Join us in person or online as we worship together and celebrate baptism at the 10:45 am worship service.