NEWS & UPDATES

It seems that the church is becoming more and more divided. Why are we failing to love each other—and allowing jealousy and ambition to prevail? Challenging God's people to come together as one body, In this series, we will relentlessly pursue peace, and strive for unity within the church.

You're not alone.
Your journey of grief may be recent or not so recent. Maybe you are feeling overwhelmed or just unsure about how to navigate what's next.  Grief Share can help!  Grief Share is an opportunity to be around others who understand what you are feeling. You will learn how to recognize the symptoms of being stuck in grief.  You will learn valuable information about facing your new normal in life and renewing your hope for the future.

Grief Share launches October 5th and will go through December 28th.

For more information or to register, call or email Janet Ploch. (636-795-8886)

FOURTH SUNDAY BASH!

You won't want to miss our "LAUNCH PARTY" happening on the 4th Sunday at both 9:00am and 10:30am services!  We will be LAUNCHING our FEARLESS LOVE for God with bottle rockets, space exploration & more STEM experiences.  A time to connect with God beyond this world!  Plan on sticking around a few minutes after church to connect with others & watch your kiddo LAUNCH their faith into new heights! 

Under the Stars | Birthday Bash

SHEPHERD STUDENTS! Join us Sunday, September 26th for our first Birthday Bash! If you have a birthday in September, we want to celebrate you. We will come together with our middle school and high schoolers for an amazing night under the stars. We’ll have a s’mores bar, amazing worship, and an incredible guest speaker, Becky Kronauge! Everyone with a birthday in September will leave with a special gift as well. See you all this Sunday from 6:30pm to 8:00pm! 

Are You All In?

There are so many ways to jump in and serve at Church of the Shepherd. Check out our All In landing page to see where you can help out! Do you love tech stuff? Check out our AV team! Are you musically inclined? Maybe look into joining our choir or worship band. Are you just a friendly person who loves meeting new people? If that's the case, our hospitality team might be a great fit for you. No matter what your passion is, there's probably a place for you to express it through serving at Church of the Shepherd. 
Support UMCOR Disaster Relief Efforts
In these past few weeks we've seen hurricanes hit the coast of the United States affecting multiple states. We've seen Haiti deal with a massive earthquake. We've seen the entire globe continue to be ravaged by the Coronavirus. We are, of course, keeping those affected in our prayers, and for those of us who are looking for a way to help and have the means, consider donating to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief). UMCOR is on the ground both domestically and internationally, and they stay there long after these disasters have gone from our news feeds. If you want to make sure that your gift has an effect not just in the here and now, but persists into the future, UMCOR is a great place to give. Together we can help support and enable the hands and resources to be placed in the right places at the right time as we the body of Christ reach out in love and care. 
"Compassion, Caring, Sharing the LIGHT of Christ, Encouragement, Support...that is the heart of a Stephen Minister & that's why I became a Stephen Minister."
—Katie W.
"I walked through the darkest time in my life with a Stephen Minister by my side.
 So, I understood the value, that I could share with someone else.  That's why I became a Stephen Minister."

—Vickie F.  
"What I found...God was really helping me.  The training which I received helped me in all areas of my life and I found community in a team of ministers who care for & support me in my faith journey. That's why I am a Stephen Minister."
—Ann B

What about you? Come hear more about the caring team of Stephen Ministry on November 9, 2021 via Zoom from 6:30-8:00.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Ann Borgmeyer.
Wondering how you will survive the weeks surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas? Are you dreading these holidays, knowing that everything has changed and that happy memories from past years can’t be recreated?

Our Surviving the Holidays seminar is especially for people who are grieving a loved one’s death.

We'll talk about
  • How to deal with the many emotions you’ll face during the holidays
  • What to do about traditions and other coming changes
  • Helpful tips for surviving social events
  • How to discover hope for your future

Surviving the Holidays will begin this November

Are You In?

You can make a huge difference in the lives of kids in our church community.   Are you ready to start serving in Shepherd Kids? Our children are the future of the church, so let’s join together and help them have fun diving deeper as they learn about God and God’s unconditional love for all.

We're currently looking to expand our group of volunteers that make Shepherd Kids possible. If you're interested in helping out with our Pre-K through 5th grade program, then click the link below to get started.
BLESS is a four week Training & Equipping Course
Our Goal is to cultivate a Culture of Discipleship through Relational Hospitality designed to be a natural part of who we are as Christ’s own Ambassadors being sent out into our world. We take and reflect the love of Jesus wherever we naturally go.

  • We want to offer you some simple Training & Equipping that we believe will enable each one of us as Disciples to live into the Great Commission with clearer understanding of Jesus’ own model of Blessing people, that has practical application for us today. Our Faith & Actions pair up together and speak volumes about who we are, by how we live, and how we treat other people.
  • With the use of a simple tool, you will create your own faith story, and become prepared to have an answer when and if someone asks you why do you believe in Jesus? What difference does knowing Jesus really make in your life?

If this Training & Equipping sounds like something you would like to be a part of, then Register to join our next Bless Group now!
 
Every Monday, September 13 – October 4th
There will be two meetings times—either the 1:00pm – 2:00pm Group or the 6:30pm – 7:30pm group, so pick the one that works best for you. Registration will be open soon, so stay tuned for more details!
Every journey begins with the decision to MOVE. Whether you're new to faith, back after a break, or just looking for what's next, MOVE is your best first step!

We want to invite you to join us from 6:30 pm - 7:30pm on every third Sunday as we MOVE together! We will be gathering online on Zoom, and you'll have an opportunity to learn more and connect with Church of the Shepherd to see where we've been, where we're going, and how each of us fit in to play a part where God is leading.

We will also be doing a "Meet and Greet" with the Pastor's at 11:30am the same Sunday as MOVE. Feel free to sign up for both events.

We can't wait to help you join the movement!

Register Now For Fall Groups

Current Groups, Bible studies, activities, and more. 
Alpha
Do you have questions about faith? Life? God? Alpha will offer the space and encouragement to explore those and other questions we have in life.

Alpha is an online series of group conversations where we will explore life, spirituality, and faith through a Christian lens. This will be an open environment where anyone who is atheist, skeptic, or just curious about faith can easily explore questions of life with new friends.

There’s no obligation to say anything. And there’s nothing you can’t say. It’s an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective in an honest, friendly and open environment.

No preaching.
No judgment.
No pressure.


Disciple
Learning scripture is an important part to growth as a Disciple, and we can have a deeper understanding of God and who we are called to be as Disciples when we spend time studying the Bible. One thing you can expect from this study: you'll learn the meaning of servant leadership. Disciple aims at transformation, not just information

This fall we will be offering Disciple Bible Study: Fast Track designed to be as meaningful and engaging as the Disciple Study, but geared towards people who are busy. What a special chance to deepen your knowledge of God’s word with other members of our church family and to build lasting relationships with others.

Books are needed and available to purchase once you join the group.

(W)Holy Faith: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality
As Peter Scazzero learned the hard way: "you can't be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature." And for many of us, we feel the pressure of obstacles to fully embracing and living out God’s grace.

This group will offer you an opportunity to awaken to the freedom that comes with emotional and spiritual maturity, and offers a way to experience life in abundance through an integration of classic practices of contemplative and holistic spirituality with biblical truth and emotionally healthy practices.

This will begin a journey towards life transformation by incorporating weekly spiritual practices that embody this integrated life we are called to and can result in abundant living.