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Wednesday Night Classes 2016

Wednesday Night Simple Meals and Classes

Why do we offer Wednesday night programming? 

As we look at the early disciples in Acts 2:42-47, we observe people gathered together to worship God, share a meal, study, pray, and serve others. The Holy Spirit worked through these simple acts and their faith grew. In a sense we are following this example of making disciples as we gather together.   


Here at Church of the Good Shepherd we have several hundred people attending four different worship services on Sunday morning. The Wednesday night programming provides an opportunity for people to connect with one another, be inspired by stories of faith, learn about discipleship, and reach out to the community. People receive both physical and spiritual nourishment through the prayer, meal and small group opportunities offered. 


This fall we will be offering the following Wednesday night connection opportunities:


Fellowship mealserved from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Christian Life Center. The cost for the simple meal is $5 or $15/family. 


Alpha Plus - (8 weeks) This study freely explores the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, honest, and informal setting.  Alpha is for anyone who is curious.  This class will be led by Pastor Michael Burkett, PhD from 6:30-8:00 p.m. and the cost is $10. 


Disciple II – Into the Word Into the World (32-week class) This study takes a deeper more detailed view of the books Genesis, Exodus, Luke, and Acts. Participants are also encouraged to practice spiritual disciplines. Pre-class reading and preparation is estimated to be 30 minutes a day. (Disciple I is a pre-requisite to this study.) This class will begin with an orientation on Sept. 7at 6:30 p.m. and will be led by Patti George. 


Invitation to John(12 week class) - You are invited on a journey through the Gospel of John. Come and see the Jesus who calls and talks, argues and prays, breaks bread and washes feet. Come and see what it means to follow the Jesus who claims to be living water, the true light, the way, the truth and the life – our life.   This short-term class will begin with an orientation on Wednesday, Sept. 7th (6:30-8:00 p.m.) and will be led by Nancy Poe. The cost is $15.


Young Adult Small Group- (6-7 weeks)  "It's Not What You Think: Why Christianity is About So Much More Than Going to Heaven When You Die" a video study and discussion.  This class will begin at 6:30 p.m. and be led by Kayleigh Ferguson.  Please register by texting your name and "young adult" to Kayleigh at (405) 401-4157.


Spiritual nourishment is about growing and being transformed, not just for our own benefit, but for the good of all God can touch through us. God changes the world through each one of us. You are invited to the journey. Come be a part! - Cathy Childers     

Empty Nesters

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Empty Nesters (C.L.C. - Room C6) - 9:45 a.m.

Whether your kids have just gone off to college or you’re grandparents looking toward retirement or past retirement, this might be the class for you.  The class will provide opportunity to connect with others and focus on issues pertinent to the group as well as Bible study. 

Co-leaders: Sue Corbin & Nancy Poe 

Summer 2016 UMCGS Family Activities

United Methodist Church of the Good Shepherd

Summer 2016 Calendar for children/family events

Promotion Sunday, June 5, 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.Children entering grades K-6 in fall meet in the theater room for pictures and celebration!

Wednesday, June 8,  all church Fishing and Cookout- Meet at the church 6 p.m. to ride church van or meet at Mr. Burris’ pond at 6:30 p.m.. Bring chairs, poles, bait. We will have hamburgers; bring something salty or sweet to add to the meal.

Sunday, June 19 , Father’s Day Breakfast for all men, 9-11 a.m. in the Christian Life Center

Monday – Friday, June 20-24 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. Vacation Bible School- Free - For children entering Pre-K through 5thgrade in fall.

Wednesday, June 29, 6:30 p.m.,  all church Pet Blessing and awards

Best dressed, loudest, unique animal, etc. Everyone bring your pet to grounds south of church at pavilion

Wednesday, July 13, 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free Church-wide swim party – Mustang Community Pool

July 18-22 Children’s Arts Camp  9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. For kids entering grades 1-5 in fall. Preparing summer musical to perform in worship July 24.

$15.00  Includes overnight lock-in July 22-23

Wednesday, July 27, Church Family cookout - Stanley Burris’ pond—Meet at the church at 6 p.m. to ride van or meet there at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 10 - Church Family cookout - Stanley Burris’ pond. Meet at the church at 6 p.m. to ride van, or meet there at 6:30 p.m.


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Messengers (C.L.C. - Room C1, Parlor) - 9:45 a.m.
The Messengers class consists of what we call Experienced Learners – dedicated to growing in faith, knowledge and wisdom. The class is a relaxed discussion-based group. Leaders are on "Teacher Rotation."



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Afterglow (Ocean Room) - 11:00 a.m.

This is a conversational group of multi-generations connecting with one another, and reflecting upon the weekly sermon, current events, or Christian season. Leader: Doug Eckert

Women Of Faith

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CLC – Room C8, Bridal Room - 9:45 a.m.


Women on a journey, inspiring one another to become more like Christ.  This group of daughters, wives, mothers, and grandmothers prays for one another, explores and discusses scripture and finds practical guidelines for life.   Leader: Sharon Burke 



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The LOFT: Living Our Faith Together (CLC – Room C7) - 9:45 a.m.

This group is not oriented to any specific age group, gender or life style.  It is open to all.  This discussion oriented group focuses on faith, discipleship and contemporary issues.  The group is suitable for those who want to attend regularly, those who can attend occasionally, and those who have never attended a group before.  Leader: Tim Bourne     


Youth - Upstairs in CLC
Our vibrant youth program meets for Sunday School in their Youth Room, which can be found up the stairs at the east end of the CLC.  Youth typically split up based on Junior High (6th-8th grade) and Senior High (9th-12th grade). Leaders: Kyle & Emily Farnham


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Discoverers (C.L.C. - Room C3) - 9:45 a.m.

The Discoverers group is open to all, whether 18 or 80.  This discussion oriented group focuses on faith and discipleship.  Join us as we connect with one another and discover what it means to follow Jesus.   Leader:  Alan Childers 






Children's Classes

Classrooms South and East of the Sanctuary
Our Children's Sunday School classes for ages 3 years to 5th grade are held in rooms theme-painted and decorated by talented members of our congregation. Children may meet in the Ocean Room, the Jungle Room, the Barn Room, the Woodland Room or the Savannah room, all designed to provide a lively, stimulating environment where our kids can spiritually and mentally grow on their faith journey. The rooms are rotated among age-groups each week so that they experience many different settings.

Children will check in at the desk in the Information Center and find out what room their class is in. Your child's safety is important to us, and Good Shepherd helps to ensure their experience by following the Safe Sanctuaries guidelines as outlined by the United Methodist Church.

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