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Did you know that most people who have stepped out of church have not lost faith in God? We have found that a physical move, a change in schedules, or being hurt by Christians or a church before have effected many when it comes to being in Christian community.

At The Shepherd’s Fellowship, we have a huge heart for those outside of church … especially those who have been hurt before. Many of us, including myself can relate due to our past church experiences.

However, we find it’s clear in the Bible that God has created us for community – to work together, encourage each other, enjoy life together, worship together, and help each other. We see that God adopts us into His family and not to be orphans in Christ.

What we have found that if you chase after Biblical community, there is a real beauty in the messiness of true relationships. Many who have not felt comfortable in other types of church communities have found a home at The Shepherd’s Fellowship.

With this in mind, we want to take a moment and invite you to “Back to Church Sunday” on September 18th. Our Sunday morning gathering will start at 10:30am and will include music, a study that’s life applicable,share in some ways to make big impacts in our community, and more! There will also be kid’s ministry going on with TSF Kids for babies – 5th grade for those who wish to plug in.

We don’t expect this invite to serve as enough to give you a feel for who we are and why you should give church with us a chance so please stop by our web-site at www.tsflife.com and learn more about us. If you have any additional questions, touch base with me through our leadership page and I’ll help any way I can. Hoping to see you!

Pastor Tom Hypes
The Shepherd’s Fellowship


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At The Shepherd’s Fellowship, we continue to be in an interesting season as a church and as individuals.

We are reminded that there is more to come!
We celebrate dreams God has placed on our hearts!
Now, we enter into a study on what we need to do to receive the promises!

This week’s study will cover the team work in our church life as well as serve as a foundation of the next few week’s of studies and “Next Step Challenges”.

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In this study, we are digging into one of the most important qualities a person can adopt: Integrity!

If you are…

– dealing with a decision between what is right verses what is a quick fix

– at a point you want to give up doing the right thing because it just gets you treated like crap by others

– a little uncomfortable with how comfortable you have become with fudging things to get ahead

– tired of phonies and hypocrites

… then we hope you will dive into what is a powerful study as we look at the benefits, complexities, and the foundation of integrity living!

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A local church has some new billboards around our town that caught my eye today. It says “Attention Believers: 5 Lies You Should Know About the Bible”. Well, that certainly caught my attention. So when I got back to my office, I pulled up the website to see what all the fuss was about.

What I found causes me some concern. The “5 lies” suggest that most churches are lying to people in some big areas and while I agree that churches have some different views on different things, for the most part…. I find the post very misleading and painting a picture I do not recognize. I normally wouldn’t say anything but as a local pastor, I feel this can be damaging and throw some people off so I feel led to offer a different view-point.

With that said, I will just copy and paste the “lies” and offer some thoughts.

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If you have not heard of it yet, there’s a great new radio station in the Bellefontaine, Ohio area called Shine FM. If you don’t live in that area, no worries…. you can listen on-line! I suggest you do, this is an awesome station with a great ministry heart and mix of music.

Now, I may be a little bias as I have been on the board of directors the last couple years working with a great team supporting the general manager, Mark Boyer and his vision. Mark is an old friend that I respect and love what he’s doing as well as his heart.

Today is the launch party for the station now that they have been on air for a little while. Mark held an open house at the station from 4pm-6pm and then a concert tonight with the new national band, Royal Tailor.

I went today for the open house to support Mark. In the midst of a busy week, there were other things that need attention but I wanted to be there for him. I also wanted to be there because it was the last event for me as a board member (for now).


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I get the opportunity to work with and talk to many in the Marion, Ohio area that are struggling with getting food. It’s one of the reasons we support a local food pantry by volunteering and keeping a small food pantry for individual needs at our church. However, in talking with folks, I am finding a challenge for folks that is understandable but is one to find an answer for.

You see, our area is blessed with several food pantries so whenever I talk to someone in need, that resource comes up. However, I am finding many have a kitchen full of non-perishables from the food pantries but can’t get help in one crucial area…. meat. In other words, “Hamburger Helper” without the hamburger.


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The Shepherd’s Fellowship is going to be giving away 100 backpacks full of school supplies to local children who are in financial need on July 24th. This is a great way to show the love of Christ in a practical way and we invite you to help out!

The following is  a list of supplies that we need….

Yellow, #2 pencils
Black and blue pens
Glue or glue sticks
Packs of 24 crayons
Round-tipped scissors
Boxes of tissues
Two-pocket folders

Not included in the above list is bookbags.  We are able to purchase a bulk amount of bookbags through a website for about $4.50/bookbag.

You can purchase these items and drop them off at The Shepherd’s Fellowship or you can donate towards this project at our web-site. Please just mark the donation for School Supplies and we will do the shopping for you or put it towards the books bags!

Thank you for considering being part of this great event!

For more info, contact Josh Kramp at josh@theshepherdsfellowship.org

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