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The Rejoicing Spirits ministry reaches out to enrich the spiritual lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, friends and other supportive community members.
God's message of love is shared through a meaningful and adapted 30-45 minute Christian worship service. Individuals are free to be themselves while actively participating as contributing members in an inclusive faith community. Fellowship prior to the service allows time for networking and building friendships.
The service includes lots of music and joyous singing, along with brief, meaningful messages. There are lots of opportunities for worshippers to serve, lead, learn and participate. Especially important is that it's a shush-free environment.
Through a Rejoicing Spirits Ministry, congregations become aware, educated and accepting of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Attitudinal barriers are removed allowing us to truly be one body united together in Christ.
This month's worship: June 10, 2012
4 pm - Fellowship with
4:30 pm - Rejoicing Spirits Communion Service
This month's theme:United We Stand; Divided We FallRejoicing Spirits Puppets make an appearance!Recognizing Dads
All are welcome! Meet our new Rejoicing Spirits coordinators:Rick Tuozzo &Theresa Rainey
More About Our Shepherd Lutheran Church
Our Shepherd Lutheran is known for its spring and fall chicken barbecue fundraisers, with proceeds benefiting various nonprofits. Pastors Kathy Morris and Earl Janssen work as a team to lead the church in worship, prayer and religious education. Morris asked that this statement be shared from the church website: "The people of Our Shepherd Lutheran Church are a mix of people much like you will find in your neighborhood. We are young and old. We are employed and retired. We are longtime residents and newcomers to the community. What we all find here are opportunities to experience faith in many different ways. We welcome and celebrate new ideas and we also treasure some traditions, which extend back to our founding over 50 years ago."