Welcome to our web site. As you look around, I hope you get a glimpse of the life of the congregation here at Shepherd United Methodist Church.
We are people who worship together, work together, and fellowship together. We take seriously Jesus’ commandments that we are to love God with all that we are and all that we have, and that we are to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. We care for one another, people in our local community and in our world through prayer, service, and mission giving. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we strive to be the people and faith community God created us to be.
You are invited to join us. If you are passing through and looking for a place to worship, or if you are looking for a more permanent church home, you are welcome here.
Peace and grace,
Pastor Kathy Kursch
VCI (Vital Church Initiative) team members have been doing a lot reading. Each book or resource has given us tools and insight into both ourselves as individuals and as leaders in the congregation. They have also given us insight into various healthy and not-so-healthy characteristics of life together as a congregation. One of the responsibilities of the team is to share what we are learning with the congregation, with all of you. In an effort to do that, we want to share with you one of the books we read: Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations. The five practices outlined in the book are radical hospitallity, passionate worship, intentional faith development, risk-taking mission and service, and extravagant generosity.
At this time, there two small groups that meet on Sunday evenings on a regular basis. Both of these small groups will begin reading and discussing the book in mid-January. A third study group for those of you not currently meeting with a small group will be offered in mid-January as well. This new group will begin on Sunday, January 19, at 3 p.m. All three groups will meet every other week for a total of six sessions. Leadership of the three groups will be shared by the seven members of the VCI team.
We would like to see as many people as possible participate in the study of this book. If you are not in one of the existing small groups, we hope you will consider becoming part of the third study group. Not only is this an opportunity for us to share with you, it is an opportunity for you to learn and grow, as well as to share in the VCI process and enjoy good fellowship. In order to order books for this third group, we are asking you to sign up on the sheet posted on the bulletin board in the hallway to the fellowship hall.
Each week a group from SUMC visits a local nursing home/assisted living facility to spend an hour singing with the residents. Song sheets are provided and the residents are encouraged to participate in singing beloved Christian hymns. This is a special time which the residents look forward to.
We encourage you to join us to lead in the singing, pass out the song sheets, or distribute homemade cookies.
For more information, please contact Darci Draper at or the church office:
Nursing Home Sing-a-long Schedule in March 2014
All sing-a-longs are at 2:00 p.m.
Appalachia in the Fall
Have you ever dreamed of having an opportunity to spend a week in Appalachia in the fall when the colors are at their peak? Have you ever had a desire to go on a mission trip, but never had the time to go?
If so, we are looking for interested members of our church family who are willing to meet in the near future to begin
planning a trip to Henderson Settlement in Frakes, Kentucky, where we will help residents in that area. We can select the dates in 2014 we want to go and the type of work we wish to complete while we are there. To learn
more about the Henderson Settlement, please visit http://www.hendersonsettlement.com/
If you are interested, please contact Tom or Kathy Shepard.