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Tell Someone! Our Shepherd Family Stories

Sometimes it just takes one person to talk to another about something they have in common. And that one thing could be grief at the loss of a loved one.

Grief is an interesting thing. Everyone experiences it at some point in their lives, yet each person walks through grief in different ways. We have the assurance of salvation through Christ, and the promise of a joyful reunion in heaven with our loved ones. Yet grief can still weigh heavily on us, because we have been separated from the ones we love.

Joan Darge knew this. It’s been many years since her beloved husband passed away, but there were still times when grief came and visited. She decided to see if there were folks at Our Shepherd, and out in the community, who were also experiencing grief. With help from Our Shepherd staff, Joan identified people within the church who might benefit from a grief care class. She provided the information to Pastor Scherbarth, and he wholeheartedly agreed to schedule and lead the class to provide information, support, encouragement, and prayer.

Joan was also aware that three women in her exercise class had lost their husbands. Joan didn’t know their church or faith backgrounds; she just knew they needed to hear about God’s love for them, and that He had a path for them through their grief. So she asked them if they would be interested in attending a grief class with her, and gave them some material about grief which is available in the church office. The ladies were thankful for the invitation. Ultimately, two of them agreed to come. Joan plans to stay in touch with the third and bring up the subject again.

The day of the first class arrived. Both Pastor Scherbarth and Joan were encouraged by the response. Many people came. Some had lost loved ones recently; some had been grieving a loss for many years. Each story was unique. The path each person followed had been different. But all paths led to this moment together, and through Pastor Ray, God worked powerfully to bring support, fellowship, and healing.

And God did even more. What started off as a grief care class for Our Shepherd members and friends became an accidental outreach. People who hadn’t been to Our Shepherd before, and perhaps hadn’t been to any church in a while, were walking into our doors, receiving care, and experiencing the love and fellowship that comes from the Holy Spirit through our Lord Jesus Christ.

All because one person told another.

 “My mouth will tell of your righteous acts, of your deeds of salvation all the day, for their number is past my knowledge.  With the mighty deeds of the Lord GOD I will come; I will remind them.”

Psalm 71:15-16

Posted by Steve Woodfin

Dill Pickles and Sauerkraut: Our Shepherd Family Stories

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Our Shepherd Family Stories
by Pastor Steve Woodfin

 Can God use anyone and anything to accomplish His purpose? Sure.

Wait…even dill pickles and sauerkraut?

Longtime Our Shepherd members Jim and Wanda Anderson would answer with an emphatic “absolutely!”

Hoping to assist with Our Shepherd’s Flood Bucket service project, Jim and Wanda recently stopped at Trevarrow Hardware with their "Flood Buckets to the Rescue" list in hand.  While there, they ran into Dennis Garbarz, owner of Trevarrow and also an Our Shepherd member.

Dennis had not yet heard about the ‘Flood Buckets’ list. After a brief conversation, Dennis asked, "Oh, so, you actually need five-gallon buckets?"  After Jim and Wanda confirmed that yes five-gallon buckets were exactly what was needed, Dennis asked, "Can you meet me at the back door?"  They pulled up  just as Dennis was putting out an incredible number of – you guessed it – five-gallon buckets.

As it turns out, the deli next door receives their pickles and sauerkraut in five-gallon buckets.  When the deli discards them, Dennis gathers them up, because, in his words, "you never know when someone might need a five-gallon bucket," When Dennis commented that they needed to be cleaned, Jim and Wanda were up to the challenge, and assured him they were very good at cleaning pickle and sauerkraut buckets. (As an aside, their garage smelled like a deli for quite a while).

Thanks to Dennis and his resourcefulness, Our Shepherd received many five-gallon buckets. Thanks to Jim and Wanda, they are washed and rinsed, dried out and aired out, all assembled into flood buckets. Thanks and praise to our Heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit, who creates opportunities, gives His gifts, and moves within His people to serve others with all we have – even pickles and sauerkraut.

Posted by Steve Woodfin

Trunk or Treat - Friday, October 25th, 5:30-7:30 PM

Friday, October 25th
5:30 – 7:30 PM
Our Shepherd Lutheran Church
2225 E. 14 Mile Road, Birmingham MI  

You’re invited to our third annual Trunk or Treat Event! Join us for Trunk or Treating, petting zoo, pony rides, and Silly Me the Clown! Food will be available for purchase. Bring family, friends, and neighbors.

Adults and High School students. Shifts available from 4-8 PM. Lutheran Northwest students will receive JOY hours too! Please register at bit.ly/OSLTrunkorTreatVolunteers





Posted by Steve Woodfin