Beyond

Brothers and sisters, grace to you and peace from God our Father and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. November 1st is traditionally known as All-Saint’s Day. And so the Sunday following All Saints Day is All Saints Sunday which has become the day that...

Imagine Abundance What do you wish you had a lot of?  Can you close your eyes and imagine an abundance- a big basket full of… what would it be full of?  Is anyone out there imagining cabbages?  Maybe it wouldn’t be your first choice… but a...

Praying Together Sunday November 10th we are asking all of Good Shepherd to join together and hold our Beyond Campaign in prayer. Throughout this day we will pray both by listening deeply to where God is calling our congregation to dream and move, and we will...

How you react when you hear Jesus say, “Do not worry about your life”? Does your mind race, with mine, to talk right back to Jesus in your head and say, “Lord, are you kidding me??!!  Do you know what’s going on in my life right...

A Story from Kay Simmons As I began thinking about my generosity story, I did what I often do – I looked up the definition of the word. It wasn’t that I didn’t know the dictionary definition of generosity, but I wanted to see the various...

A Story from the Seeland Family Simply put, generosity to me is someone giving more than is usual or expected.  My first memorable experiences of generosity came as a child growing up in a small town in Iowa.  My parents owned a local grocery store, worked...

A Story from the Miyamoto Family I consider myself a generous person. I also know and understand that my generosity can be selective and sometimes hidden within the comfortable corners of life that I — and every person at one time or another — retreat to...

A Story from Syrenne McNulty Over the years at Good Shepherd, I've been the recipient of more generosity than I can count. So many times over the years as I struggled with mental health issues, family issues, loss of confidence and more. People have gone out...

A Story from Jen Maier I have been fortunate to be the recipient of great generosity from my parents and husband especially, but also many friends and family members in a variety of forms. At this particular point one form I truly value is time. In...

A Story from Cassie Kohrs In January of 2013, I found out that I had an incredible opportunity; I was chosen to intern with Josiah Venture, an organization based in central and Eastern Europe that brings the news of the Gospel to high school and university...

A Story from the Hanson Family My earliest memory of generosity was of a time when I was a little girl and I was with my maternal grandparents. I thought the world of them. To me, they exuded true love and kindness. We had been out...

A Story from Barb Friberg My grandparents were a big part of my youth.  My grandfather, Norman, was in the Navy in WWI, and on one of his voyages back to the States delivering the wounded, he met and married my grandmother, Anna, in Philadelphia.  Norman...