A Community of Faith in the Jupiter, Tequesta and Hobe Sound Area
The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
"We Have A Place For You."
The Rev. Douglas F. Scharf
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Dear Friends in Christ,
An Emerging Vision
Last August, we began an intentional process of strategic planning and visioning for the future of our church and school. This process, which has been facilitated by our consultant, Christina Drouin, has been a time of listening, discernment, and research. It has been a time of deeper formation as a Christian community. And above all, it has been a time of spiritual awakening as we witness a renewed sense of mission and vision begin to emerge and take shape within the shared life of our church and school. In the next two months, there will be two final stages of this process that I would like to invite you to participate in.
In early February, we gathered for Visioning Day, which was an opportunity for members of the church and school to come together to dream about the “big picture” – what is God’s vision for our future? Our work on Visioning Day was spiritually energizing as we reflected on our shared mission and ministry. However, in order for the work of Visioning Day to really make a difference, it must be further developed into specific goals, strategies, and initiatives. These final components of our strategic plan provide us with the clear and measurable tasks that will ultimately make the plan a reality. So, on Sunday, April 8, after the 10:00 AM service, you are invited to join us as we develop the specific initiatives that will enable us to put our plan into action. This is the work of the whole congregation, not just a few! Your gifts, talents, and passions for ministry are an essential part of our congregational life!
Launching the Vision
Finally, on Pentecost Sunday, May 20, we will be unveiling and “launching” the final version of the strategic plan. It is fitting that we will be entering into this next phase of our congregational life on the Feast of Pentecost, the day we celebrate the outpouring of God’s Spirit. For it is the anointing of the Holy Spirit that empowers us to participate in God’s mission in the world. It is the power of the Spirit that motivates us to reach out to others with the unconditional love of God. And it is the presence of the Spirit that inspires us to lift our vision higher and to open ourselves to God’s dream of healing and transformation for the world. So, please mark your calendars for Pentecost Sunday, May 20, as we gather to celebrate God’s vision and embark on an exciting journey of mission and ministry together!
I am grateful for the work we have accomplished so far and look forward to our future together as we seek to live into God’s vision. Let us offer our thanks and praise to God, “whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20). May God bless you always!