“Whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.” Galatians 6:10

Pastor’s Perspective

 Church

At the June meeting of the church council, a decision was reached that affects us all. The decision was made to offer one worship service at 9:00 am Sunday morning as we enter the fall program year.  It should be noted this was not a decision that was easily arrived at. Allow me to share some of the reasoning behind this unanimous decision made by leadership.

First, it’s no secret that our worship numbers are down. Our average Sunday worship from January 1—May 22, 2016, was 55 at 8:00 am and 99 at 10:30 am. So far this summer, we are averaging 112 in 9:00 am Sunday worship.

Second, it was pointed out that worship feels better with larger numbers. We all agree that where two or more have gathered Christ is in the midst of us. That said, with 50 people or fewer in the sanctuary it feels, well, somewhat empty. Speaking for myself, with worship numbers well over hundred this summer, as we raise our voices in song and prayer, it feels good.

Therefore, instead of changing to 8:00 am and 10:30 am worship with the Christian education time beginning at 9:15 am after Labor Day as has been our practice in the past, we will continue with one service at 9:00 am. Christian Education for all ages will be offered at 10:15 am.

Council is committed to reassessing the new schedule late in November; therefore, please share your thoughts and ideas on the schedule change with members of the leadership team.

The Worship and Music Committee has been asked to explore other service times and options. Please share your thoughts with committee members: Tim Smith, Sherrill Houchens, Linda Pein, Tori Corkery, Dorothy Oakley, June Waller, Jill Crandall, or Pastor Tom.

On another subject, it’s difficult for me to believe that as I write we are quickly moving into the month of July. Summer is passing quickly. Please, please, take Sabbath time. Time for rest and renewal. Time to be with friends and family. If you’re traveling, I pray for your safe travels. I ask that you pray for our El Salvador mission group. Pray their work be fruitful, that new friendships may be formed, and pray for their safe travels.

Serving together in Christ,

Pastor Tom Hillertz

 

Church Picnic

September 2011, Champaign IL

Our youth enjoying the dunk tank during the annual church picnic.

Baby Sunday

August 2011, Champaign IL

A celebration of the all our families with children ages 3 and under.

Apple Festival

October 2011, Champaign IL

Pie-making for our annual Apple Festival, hosted by WELCA. 

Easter Egg Hunt

April 2012, Champaign IL

Children celebrate Easter together during our breakfast & egg hunt.

El Salvador Mission Trip

2011, El Salvador

Good Shepherd members work in El Salvador to rebuild a church.

Christmas

December 2011, Champaign IL

Our young ones sharing the joy of Christmas during worship.

Trunk or Treat

October 2011, Champaign IL

After trunk or treating, our costumed kids play games in the fellowship hall.