Welcome to Shepherd United Methodist Church

A Word from Pastor Janet

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To all friends, and those who are slightly curious:

One of my favorite church signs says, “This church is not full of hypocrites.  There is room for more.”  What I appreciate most is the self-deprecating humor and the honesty.  We are hypocrites, falling short of our calling in Christ on a regular basis.  We are not full; there is room for more.

In a time when Christians are more well-known for public moral failures, condemning the sins of others, and our hypocrisy, it is no wonder that the life-changing message of God’s unconditional love for everyone gets lost.  In a time when the best way to feel better about one’s self is to put others down, it is no surprise that we are accepted by God as we are gets drowned out.  I appreciate why some decide to have nothing to do with the church.  I also appreciate that the good news of God’s love for the world is relevant for our time. 

I also know that I and the people of Shepherd UMC are living in grace.  We are practicing Christ-followers.  We are always learning what it means to follow Jesus’ way of living in this world.  Sometimes we do pretty good at it; other times, not so much.  Sometimes we build up God’s good reputation, sometimes we damage it.  Sometimes we love each other unconditionally, sometimes we do not.  At times we serve others without hesitation, sometimes we question whether we should. 

All that said, here we are by God’s grace, hoping to make the world a better place.  If you are looking for a church home, do not expect to find perfect people or a perfect pastor here!  What you will find when you come through the doors are people growing in grace.  What you will find is a loving and accepting community of Christians.  You may find a place to apply your skills and passions in serving others.  You may find we are the people God sent you to so that you have companions to walk with you on your faith journey.  What you may find is a group of people loving Christ, loving neighbors near and far, and willing to love you as you are.  Check us out.  We may be hypocrites, and you might feel right at home with us.  There is plenty of room for you. 

Peace for the Journey,

Pastor Janet Larner