One Church. Two Locations. - Pastor Dan Dornfeld

A brand new poll has been conducted by leading church consultant Thom Rainer, which shows that 35% of churches in the U.S. are actually growing right now! That is amazing news given that it has been well established that only 20% were growing just a couple years ago. But here’s the startling and shocking reality: according to our ELCA national office only TWO PERCENT of the 9,000+ ELCA churches are growing at all. That is a stark contrast to the national trend, and highlights the utterly unique position we are in at Good Shepherd, as a church that is actually exploding in every conceivable metric. That’s something I don’t take lightly and is something I ask you to join me in giving thanks to God for this very real blessing.

I am amazed at what God continues to do through us together. I am overjoyed that we have raised the full scope of our capital appeal in order to better connect people of all ages with our Good Shepherd. And we cannot “rest on our laurels” knowing the kind of impact that I truly believe God wants to make through us outside of our walls. Because of how very rare our congregation really is in the ELCA, it's a tremendous responsibility we have to push further into our mission together. There are so many others that need to know the promise and grace of Jesus.

That is one of the reasons that the birth of our downtown Fargo campus is such an exciting and pivotal time in the history of Good Shepherd. The last time a Moorhead church birthed another one in our denomination? Over SIXTY years ago, when Trinity Lutheran birthed Our Savior’s! I just heard some very compelling reasons on a recent podcast for what multi-sites and new campuses do for a “parent” congregation. More growth, evangelism, discipleship, engagement and financial blessings all occur in the vast majority of multi-site congregations. That is exciting on every level because these are all signs of the real gift: that we are able to serve and love God in helping ALL to know the Good Shepherd in our mission together.

And just how can we serve and love God and others?

PRAY.

CHEERLEAD this with others.

WE set the tone for our mission, so grab those pompoms!

JOIN us on Sunday and welcome our guests. Be friendly. Sing out and praise God!

INVITE others. MOST people will come when invited!

SHARE your time, talent, and resources. YOU can make the difference.

 

Pastor Dan Dornfeld

Lead Pastor 

ReFORmation! - Pastor Mary Suomala Folkerds

October is the month where our teaching series moves from the theme of “FOR Fargo Moorhead” to “ReFORmation!”

On October 31, it will 500 years since Martin Luther started what became known as the Protestant Reformation by nailing 95 theses, or grievances, to the doors of the Wittenberg Church. But church historian, Dr. Christopher Gehrz, says, “If we Protestants are ‘reformed and always reforming,’ then commemorating the Reformation should cause us not so much to celebrate the past as to renew our mission and ministry in the present.”

Martin Luther’s central conviction was that in Christ, God has freed us from sin

and death, and thus has freed us FOR service to our neighbors! This has been the focus of our “FOR Fargo Moorhead” teaching series.

As we move into the “ReFORmation” teaching series, we will look at how the early Reformers shifted the way that the church of their day witnessed to Jesus, and how we can faithfully witness to Jesus in these changing times!

Here are some fun facts about the Reformation that I found in the July 2017 issue of Living Lutheran. As you read about these changes, think about the ways that social media, worship styles, and church planting impact how we do ministry today:

  • There were reformers well before Luther and what became known as the Reformation, but Luther and other reformers of his time harnessed the power of the printing press to give their ideas a wide audience.

  • Prior to the Reformation, congregational singing—and even talking—during church services wasn’t standard practice in Germany.

  • Reformation is still needed as recent research and surveys reveal that about one-third of mainstream Protestants believe eternal life depends on our actions and living a good life, despite the biblical understanding and teachings of the reformers that salvation is a gift from God received through faith in Christ, through no effort of our own.

  • The Reformation emphasis that God sees ALL believers as spiritually equal had profound repercussions in the church—especially when applied to women.

  • Today, more than 200 denominations and churches in North America have histories connected to the Reformation.

    Happy October! I am excited to see how we are still ReFORming! - Pastor Mary 

New Family Directory!

Be included in our new church family directory! We need you to make our new directory complete! 

Our directory will:

1. Put names with faces!

2. Help us connect with each other!

3. Help us reach out to new families!

Each participating family receives a free directory and complimentary 8x10 photograph. 

Precious Memories

- Professional photography

- Dedicated customer service

- Upfront pricing

- Fast delivery

Bring meaningful items to your photography session. Invite your extended family for a special photograph. Wonderful gift ideas & greeting cards.

Schedule your photography online here!

Tuesday-Saturday: Aug. 22-26

Tuesday-Saturday: Sept. 19-23

Tuesday-Saturday: Sept. 26-30

Weekdays: 2-9 p.m.

Saturdays: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you!

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What does The Church need to work?

What does a cell phone need to work?” asks Coach Mitch.
CHARGE!” yell 25 excited kids at the morning session of Cross Training Basketball Camp here in the Gym at Good Shepherd (22 more kids were in the afternoon session).

How do we get charged up?” asks Coach Mitch.
By staying connected to Jesus!” answers a bold 2nd grade boy!

These same answers apply when we talk about the Church! We, THE CHURCH, stay charged by staying connected to Jesus. We stay charged by living out our mission at Good Shepherd:

We GATHER, GROW, and GO so that ALL may know the Good Shepherd and have abundant life in His Name!

One way we want to live out our mission is to add an Education Wing to CHARGE UP more followers of Jesus of all ages!

We are down to the wire for collecting pledges for this Capital Appeal! We need a full-court press to fully fund this new addition! It is time for ALL of us to be ALL IN! Every gift of ANY amount is needed to turn this dream into reality!

We want EVERY household to be part of this appeal at ANY LEVEL OF GIVING so we are throwing down a FUN challenge to raise the rest of the FUNds! When we get 100 more gifts or pledges of ANY size, Pastor Taylor will get a pie in the face (yes, a literal pie)! When we get 50 more gifts, Pastor Mary will get a pie in the face (Eeek)! When we get 50 more gifts, Pastor Dan will get a pie in the face!

If we harness this 4th quarter momentum, we will get to our goal of providing educational space for all ages WITHOUT incurring more debt! So who else would you like to see with a pie in the face? Oh, the possibilities!

What does THE CHURCH need to work? CHARGE!

How do we get charged up? BY STAYING CONNECTED TO JESUS!

Go Team!

Pastor Mary