ALSO, we are streaming our Wednesday Night Adult Bible Study at 7:00pm, via Zoom! Below is the link to download and install the program. If you would like to receive the lesson via e-mail for you to print out and participate with, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org to request your copy.
Once you create a login, you can join the meeting by entering the meeting ID below:
We will continue to provide updates via our website and Facebook page. If you need any more information, check out McDonough County Health Department and MDH.
2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
As believers in Jesus, we need to have hope even in moments like these, and use our faith. We do not need to give into panic and fear. Please continue to pray for all those that have been affected, loved ones, friends, co-workers, and family members. Please pray for the community service people, nurses and doctors, that are working to aid those in need and the scientists and medical professionals that at laboring to find a speedy cure.
Whether we are together or not, we are deeply and truly bonded in the Spirit, and this spiritual reality only increases our desire to be with each other face to face. It even sustains our love for one another when we are apart. It is why the book of Revelation gives us this insight, The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come.’ We are one with Jesus by the Spirit, and together, we long to be with Him.
Jesus loves you and so do I!
Back to School Picnic at Everly Park!
We are excited to be having our annual Back to School Picnic and Games on Sunday, September 12 following the morning service at Everly Park in the Evergreen Shelter. Please bring two dishes to share. Drinks and table service will be provided. Please also bring any outdoor activities or games. A playground is nearby to this shelter, as well as a port-a-potty.
Youth Fishing Tournament!
Come to the Youth Fishing Tournament on Saturday, September 18th from 4-7 pm at Pastor Doug and Trisha ‘s house, 39 Vine Lane, Avon. We will have fishing, boating, prizes and food for ages 5-18. Please let us know if you are coming so we can plan accordingly. We will be in need of donations and volunteers for this event. We hope to see you there!
I would like to take a moment to say thank you for visiting our webpage and to offer to you a personal invitation to visit our church if you are looking for a new church home. I remember when I was younger and searching for the right church, seeking God, praying, and waiting on the Lord to reveal to me where I was to go; it was important to me then to know what God had for me and for my family. So I identify with your heart, and want you to know that it is very important to me as well. I believe life is a journey, and each church experience is a step in that journey, as it has the potential to grow you in your personal relationship with Jesus Christ and for you to discover your purpose and value in the kingdom. Everyone is important, every life matters, and if you believe God is bringing you to our church, I will do all I can to help you in your journey. Jesus loves you, and so do I! Pastor Doug
Opportunities to grow and serve!
YOU HAVE GIFTS?
We would like to invite you to serve in a ministry within the church! We have many opportunities, so pray about what you feel might be a good fit. We encourage everyone to serve in one area if possible so that we are all working together in God’s house! Talk to us (Pastor Doug & Trisha) to get started.
Nursery (ages 0-4) 1 x monthly
Children’s Church Teacher (ages 5-12) every 4 weeks
Greeters for the month (every 4 months)
Offering Ushers (every 3 weeks)
Sound Technicians (rotation)
Cleaning Ministry (deep cleaning projects)
Praise Team Members (rotation) Drummer needed!
Special Music (rotation)
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We encourage and promote fellowship and serving one another to grow and strengthen the body of Christ
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We have opportunities for everyone!
From serving the youth, to outreach in the community, there's a place for you to fit here!
Check your calendar for these events coming up!
Stay Tuned for more information and upcoming events as we more forward!
September’s Activities & Events
1—Adult Bible Study 7:00 pm in the Adult Bible Study Room downstairs—drink some coffee and study the Word! Also available on Zoom, meeting number 479-164-4981, password 038578
8—Adult Bible Study 7:00 pm in the Adult Bible Study Room downstairs—drink some coffee and study The Word! Also available on Zoom. Meeting number 479-164-4981, password 038578
12—Fellowship 9:30-10:15 am; Worship Service and Children’s Church 10:30 am; Back to School Picnic and Games at the Evergreen Shelter in Everly Park Macomb—Please bring two dishes to share (drinks and table service provided) and outdoor games/activities.
15—Adult Bible Study 7:00 pm in the Adult Bible Study Room downstairs—drink some coffee and study The Word! Also available on Zoom. Meeting number 479-164-4981, password 038578
18—Youth Fishing Tournament 4 pm—7 pm at Pastor Doug and Trisha’s house, 39 Vine Lane, Avon—boating and fishing for ages 5-18. Please let us know if you are coming. Prizes and food provided
19—Fellowship 9:30-10:15 am; Worship Service and Children’s Church 10:30 am; Mission Sunday
20—Council Meeting 1:00 pm on Zoom
22—Adult Bible Study 7:00 pm in the Adult Bible Study Room downstairs—drink some coffee and study The Word! Also available on Zoom. Meeting number 479-164-4981, password 038578
26—Fellowship 9:30-10:15 am; Worship Service and Children’s Church 10:30 am; Special Music: Trisha Kuster; Elder’s Meeting 12:30 pm
29—Adult Bible Study 7:00 pm in the Adult Bible Study Room downstairs—drink some coffee and study The Word! Also available on Zoom. Meeting number 479-164-4981, password 038578
My name is Pastor Douglas Kuster, and I have served here at Shepherd's Gate Foursquare Church as senior pastor for 25 years. I gave my life to Jesus Christ on March 10, 1991 and became a born again Christian from that day forward. Jesus is my savior, my king, my all and all, my everything, and without Him I would be nothing. From the minute I gave my life to Christ (at age 26) my life was changed. At a most accelerated pace, I grew very rapidly in the Lord, starting with serving as Youth Pastor, then as Associate Pastor, Assistant Pastor, and lastly appointed by the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel to serve this congregation as a licensed and ordained Senior Pastor.
My life verse is Jeremiah 29:11 "Behold I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans of good and not evil, to give you a hope and a future." This verse is my motivation for anyone who comes to our church, God has plans, and a hope and future for every person, and I find great fulfillment in helping them discover what those are.
I am happily, blissfully in love with my wife, Trisha, and by the blessings of God, we have recently celebrated 28 years of marriage. (and are praying for many more). I have three daughters, Jennifer, Mariah, and Trinity and am also a grandpa of four awesome grand-children!
I love the Bible! King Josiah is my favorite character in the Bible, and my favorite book of the Bible is Proverbs. I love praise and worship and have played bass guitar since I was 13. I count it a real gift to get to play for the Lord each Sunday in our praise teams. I am a computer enthusiast. (I love PC gaming) and I enjoy watching sci-fi, kung-fu movies, nature shows, and anything with history, air-conditioning and coffee...oh did I say coffee?
Honestly though, mostly I enjoy people, "every-one has a story" and if you give me a few moments of your life, I would love to hear yours and share mine (with coffee, of course)!