The Shepherd's Center- Beachside, Inc. envisions a society where adults over the age of 55
of different life experiences and faiths, inspired by religious values and in partnership with
congregations and communities, assume a determining role in the definition and quality of
their lives. We are people coming together and putting into action the supportive message of the Twenty-third Psalm to sustain and celebrate life.
10 YEARS OLD
In 2003, we
started the process of creating the SHEPHERD'S CENTER-BEACHSIDE INC. Six local
Churches (Ascension Lutheran-Holy Name of Jesus Catholic-Satellite Beach United
Methodist-St. Mark's United Methodist, Holy Apostle Episcopal-Our Father's
House) sat down and after many long meetings put together the basic structure
that became your Shepherd's Center. We were approved by Florida and the IRS
(501c3) as a not for profit Educational Corporation. Eastminster Presbyterian
and Immaculate Conception Catholic joined our family soon thereafter. Our
By-Laws state that your Shepherd's Center is owned and managed by its Church
Sponsors. Each of the seven Churches (Our Father's House left for financial
reasons) appoints one member of our Board of Trustees who selects the Director
and directs the Center's activities. Without the support and direction of these
Church owners/sponsors your Shepherd's Center would have never happened nor
could we continue our program. The next time you see the Pastor/Father of one
of these Churches please say "THANK YOU" for making this program possible.
Spring of 2004, the first Shepherd's Center classes started at Ascension
Lutheran Church. We had a 1 day, 8 week, session, with 7 class selections and
42 folks participating. Our 10 year anniversary, Spring, 2014, program was a 2
day, 8 week session, offering 42 classes with 355 people partaking. The preceding
Winter program also a 2 day 8 week program had 451 participants. By any
measurements our "baby" has grown up. To celebrate our
"BIRTHDAY", we had a large party at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic
Community (see pictures above). Over 200 folks joined in the party. The food
was outstanding, and the entertainment, furnished entirely by Shepherd's Center
teachers and students was fantastic!!
As we start
this next decade our goal is to not only continue to offer these educational
programs but ever improve them. Our success is the result of the efforts of
many people, primarily those dedicated folks who volunteer to lead these
classes. There are no paid employees at your Shepherd's Center. Everyone gives
of their time and talent to help make this program work. We invite you to join
our "teachers" group. We all have interests and talents developed
through our lifetime. Come share with us.
If you are
not now participating in our weekly sessions it is time for you to join. The
cost is only $20.00 for as many classes as you want to take over the 8 week
session. Cost is the same ($20.00) if you take 1 class or 1 class each hour for
both days. There is no homework or tests, and class participation is
encouraged. PLEASE, take a look at the Class Schedule on this site and we are
sure you will find a number of classes that would add to your life's enjoyment.
COME JOIN THE SHEPHERD'S CENTER FAMILY.