For those standing for election to the vestry:
Vision and Values Statement
Good Shepherd means Episcopal worship. We are the church of the Holy Scriptures and the Book of Common Prayer. Our Sunday services are based on familiar patterns of worship done with simplicity and reverence, but without pretense, and we don’t get upset when someone makes a mistake. We look forward to those moments when the choir inspires us and lifts up our hearts toward God, and we like hymns that we can sing and maybe hum in the car on the way home. We love and believe in our clergy. We expect sermons that help us grow in our understanding of the faith, encourage us in our walk with Christ, and prepare us for the week ahead.
Good Shepherd means authentic community. We are like a big family, one where everyone belongs and enjoys life together. We try to be a warm and nurturing place for people of all ages, but we have a special place in our hearts for the young children running around the parish hall and the teenagers on their phones. For many of us, this church is the center of our social life. For others, we are a home away from home and a second family. People form deep friendships here and can be themselves in a way they might not be able to in other parts of their life.
Good Shepherd means significant service. We are called to be ambassadors and caregivers in our backyard, our city and around the globe. We take an active role in sharing the teachings of Jesus and serving the poor and disenfranchised in his name. As a church and as individual members, we volunteer our time and financially support efforts that make a difference in the lives of others. We love service projects where everyone contributes. We treasure our outreach partners and seek to expand those relationships to increase our impact.