From Pastor's Perspective
Once again, it’s time for our annual Stewardship Drive. This is the time of year when we ask you to prayerfully consider your contributions to the mission of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: Preaching, Teaching and Reaching in Jesus’ Name.
As a member, you are no doubt aware of the regular activities at the core of this mission: worship services, Sunday School and Adult Forum programs, the Harvest of Thanks and the Nativity Walk. But that’s not all we do here—not by a long shot. We are blessed with dedicated and creative members who continuously invent new ways to carry out our shared mission. Here are a few examples:
- Members of the Evangelism and Property Committees have decided to start a Little Free Library: a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange. These come in many shapes and sizes, but the most common version is a small wooden box of books. Anyone may take a book or bring a book to share. Little Free Library book exchanges have a unique, personal touch. There is an understanding that real people are sharing their favorite books with their community; Little Libraries have been called “mini-town squares.” The Property Committee will build and maintain an appropriate structure on our church grounds, and the Evangelism committee will make sure it is stocked with materials that invite everyone in the community to follow Jesus alongside us.
- Several of our members participate in LSSI’s Storybook Project, which helps children stay connected to their incarcerated parents. Volunteers assist parents in selecting a donated book and then record parents as they read the book aloud. Volunteers then make a CD of the recording, and send it along with the book to the incarcerated parent’s child. Often this is the only connection these children have with their parent.
- The Education Committee is preparing to team up with St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church to produce a combined Vacation Bible School program. This year’s program will have a camping theme, and is expected to draw youngsters from across the Champaign-Urbana area.
This is just a sampling of the many ways in which we as a congregation go about Preaching, Teaching and Reaching in Jesus’ Name. You will hear more about these and other ministries during temple talks at Worship during the month of March.
We invite you to consider ways in which you might share your time, talent and treasure to advance our shared mission. By now you have probably received your stewardship materials by mail. Please complete the pledge card and return it to the church on or before Stewardship Sunday, April 2, 2017. The Time and Talent sign up sheet may be completed online on our website: http://gslc-cu.org/stewardship/. If this is not practical for you, please complete the paper copy provided and return it to the church office on or before Sunday, April 2, 2017. Extra copies of the pledge card and Time and Talent sheet will be available at church for anyone who needs them.
Please do not hesitate to ask any Stewardship Committee or church staff member for assistance if you need it. If any of the items in the sign-up are unfamiliar to you, please consult the Time and Talent Explanations document on the website, or speak with a member of the Stewardship Committee.
Your contributions are vital to the work that we do at Good Shepherd. Thank you very much for all that you do!
In His Service,
The GSLC Stewardship Committee: Tori Corkery, Chair, Leanne Cunningham, Jodi Davis, Bob Espeseth, Jim Hack, Ron Meyer, Rob Murphy and Ashton Waller