Chapel of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Sharps Chapel, TN recently completed its second annual diaper derby. Their goal was to gather more than last year’s total of 726. The final tally of 1414 diapers was almost double that number. The diapers were given to the Union County Food Pantry for distribution to area families.
The congregation began gathering the diapers on January 15, Sanctity of Human Life Sunday to demonstrate their belief that all of life is sacred from conception to natural death, and is to be nurtured and cherished. “Sometimes people think the church is only against everything which it deems wrong according to its beliefs,” stated Rev. Paul Kritsch, pastor of the church. “But the church is also called upon to help where there is need, and not just condemn others from the sidelines. I am always encouraged by how our church enjoys working together to demonstrate Christ’s love.”
Chapel of the Good Shepherd is the only Lutheran church in Union County. Its first worship service was in May, 2015, less than two years ago. Since then it has continued to grow in both numbers and in its desire to be a blessing to the community. Other service projects this year include helping with the monthly food distribution at Upper Room Ministries in New Tazewell, the third annual Patriot Day Dinner in September to honor the first responders in Sharps Chapel, and the year-long gathering of paper products to be given away at the Union County Christmas Charity in December.