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Shepherd's Path & Community Garden

Posted September 16, 2020

This weekend Good Shepherd dedicated our “Shepherd’s Path and Community Garden!” This effort was led by John Tighe as his Eagle Scout project. Thank you to the many people who volunteered to support this endeavor.  Our Shepherd’s Path and Community Garden is the culmination of hundreds of hours of volunteer service that germinated from the seed of a single idea, “How can Good Shepherd be better connected to our Elgin neighbors?”

The genesis for our Shepherd’s Path started way back in January of 2020. Good Shepherd Church Council was thinking of ways to save energy and to be better environmental stewards. “The Green Initiative” that leadership adopted, would focus on reducing energy usage by providing more efficient lighting. Another important aspect of the Green Initiative was to create a prairie grass and wild flower area on a portion of the 15 acres of the Good Shepherd campus.

In January 2020, John Tighe offered a proposal to church leadership to create a path though the prairie grass area as part of his Eagle Scout Project.  The intent of John’s path was to create a connection between Good Shepherd and the Elgin Community. This path project soon became known as “The Shepherd’s Path and Community Garden.”

I encourage you to take a walk on our path sometime soon. I encourage you to prayerfully meditate on Psalm 23 as we recall how your Good Shepherd Jesus leads and protects you in every aspect of your life.  I encourage you to see how you can connect with our Elgin community as we share the love of Jesus!

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake!”

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