Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
What a blessing it is that we are going to celebrate 20 years as a chartered congregation of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. My family and I have been here for fifteen years of those twenty, and we are thankful for the Lord leading us to Good Shepherd.
One thing you know about our church’s short history is how God’s hand has led this congregation. He has showered us with His love, grace, mercy, hope, and faithfulness. We are the blessed recipients of His eternal work. In our small groups, Bible studies, chatting over coffee and doughnuts or even when we are all together most of us are aware of the Lord and what He has done to get us to this place. It is almost an unlimited list. The actions of our Lord help to confirm what a small group of dedicated members envisioned years ago. The signs are there and continue to be there. Thanks be to God!
I would like to hear from you on this front. During the months leading up to the Anniversary, which we will celebrate in July, I would like to include in the prayers on Sunday morning certain things you are thankful for from Good Shepherd’s history. Please contact me through my e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or on my cell (838-0306). As I compile a list we will lift them to the Lord for all His gracious work.
Another request: We would like to invite former members of the congregation to this Anniversary Celebration. We will be working on this in the church office, but we would like your help as well. If you know the address of a former member or members who have moved away, please let the church office know. As they come to me, I try to write them down, but if we work together, we have a better chance of not overlooking anyone.
“Great Is Thy Faithfulness” is our theme for the Anniversary. The Lord has been faithful, and the gift of Christ our Savior gives us an eternal hope. An Anniversary ties together the past, the present, and the future. The one constant in all three is the love of Christ for each one of us. Let’s celebrate that.
In Christ’s Love,