Friday, June 30, 2017

Good Shepherd Episcopal goes back to its roots with fresh approach

From California-

The Good Shepherd Episcopal Church has risen from the dead. Or the almost dead. The 127-year-old church, snug in the center of Cloverdale, has seen a recent resurrection in its congregation after it nearly died out.

“When I came, people kept getting older,” said Father Ed Howell, who has been with the church since 2006. “A bishop asked me to go up there and warned I might be doing a lot of funerals.”

By 2008, the congregation shrank to 15 members. Four years later, only three members remained.

“Meanwhile,” Father Ed said with hope, “More people were joining.”

Today, the church is at its highest population, with roughly 65 people calling Good Shepherd home. “It’s the largest our congregation has ever been,” Howell said.

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