Message from the Pastor

Rev. Sundar SamuelS

Dear Members and friends,

Helen Keller said, “The only thing worse than having no sight is to have sight but no vision.” The long term care team along with pastor and administrative council is accepting a challenging vision to look beyond just physically seeing things as they are and, instead, seeing things as God wants us to see - from God’s perspective - a new vision to shepherd holistically the entire congregation.

A team of twelve is spearheading this initiative and training women and men to be more intentional in connectional ministry to each other. We are calling it Lay Shepherding. Some of you who are long standing members have participated in Lay Shepherding in our church many years ago and some of you have had experience and joy in being a lay shepherd in your former churches.

As the pastor, I am inviting anyone who would like to know more about Lay Shepherding to come and join the team. Please call me at the office and my phone number is 518-477-9693 or you can reach me through my email sunsam52@yahoo.com. The team of twelve will be gathering for training and providing re-sources to help team members to serve as Lay Shepherds. This would be a wonderful opportunity for you to come and join others for training. It would certainly give you the nuts and bolts of our Lay Shepherding initiative.

I believe this is an exciting time for our church as we minister and reach out to others. This will give all of us an opportunity to grow in our spiritual lives and also invest our God-given gifts in shepherding others. My heartfelt wish and vision as your pastor is to see that our entire church be a vital part of the church family life and its ministries.

The history of the early church began with Jesus saying to Apostle Peter who is to head the work of discipling the nations: I am a shepherd, be thou a shepherd, too.

Jesus said: “Feed my lambs…
Take care of my sheep…
Feed my sheep…” (St. John 21: 15-17).
Hope you and yours are having a wonderful fall season.

Your fellow servant of Jesus…

Pastor Sundar