At Divine Shepherd attendance at Bible Studies has increased. More people are expressing an interest in attending a Bible Study. This is good, because Divine Shepherd’s Mission Statement says, in part . . . “We are his family, called together to receive His gifts” . . .Bible study is a priority for our members, and we want to honor their desire to be in God’s word. The challenge at Divine Shepherd is finding adequate space on Sunday mornings for the Adult Sunday School class. Fellowship is a valued tradition at Divine Shepherd and an important part of our Christian life. How do we support both Bible study and fellowship?
Beginning on Sunday, October 17th, the Adult Bible study will relocate to the fellowship hall. Fellowship will be relocated to the Narthex and entryway. Coffee and treats will be provided of course, and members are encouraged to visit with friends and neighbors in those areas.
Bible study is a great fellowship experience and we invite all members to join in the Sunday morning Adult Bible study. Meeting in the fellowship hall will allow more pVicar and other study leaders will be able to use the technical equipment installed there, and they will have a sound system to facilitate discussion.
We know change can be difficult. It is not our intent to create difficulties. Rather, the words of Colossians 3:15-16 can be helpful to us as we are called together to receive His gifts:
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through Psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
Thank you for understanding that the study oof God’s word, his gift to us, is the priority and can be a fellowship opportunity at the same time. But also continue to fellowship with friends and neighbors in the narthex and entryway.
In Christian Love,
Pastor Randy Sturzenbecher
Vicar Dennis Mercer
Randy Wombold, Head Elder
Rick Rathert, Congregation President