The Stief Family
Profiled March 18, 2011
A FAMILY THAT “LET’S THEIR LIGHT SHINE”
When we baptize someone, we light a candle and challenge them with Christ’s words: “Let your light so shine before others that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven” (Matthew 5:16). In early February, we welcomed the Stief family into our church community. Bill and Sue Stief, along with their daughter Kelly, are a stellar example of a family that is letting its light shine. The Stiefs have been worshipping with us for over a year now and we are delighted that they decided to join us as New Members.
Kelly is a freshman at Messiah College in Grantham, PA, majoring in elementary education with a concentration in Special Ed. She’s active in many of its campus ministries as well as serving as a DJ on their Christian radio station. Kelly’s passionate faith is so very obvious when you talk with her, and it’s easy to see her witness on her Facebook page. She is a person who radiates joy and kindness. While she was a student at Magruder High School, Kelly was a regular participant and leader in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. I hope Kelly will be around this Summer, as I’d love to get her involved in Young Adult leadership at GSLC. She’s told us she looks forward to becoming a reader at worship and other activities at GSLC when she is home on breaks.
Bill and Sue. Lots can be said of them. They are a great example of a good and faithful Christian marriage. They’re good parents -- attentive and supportive. They love music, outreach, and the Christian community. We often see them at Midweek Worship on Thursday evenings as well as on Sunday mornings. (Sue and Kelly will quickly tell you they love participating in the 11:30 a.m. Contemporary service, but support Bill’s love of liturgy and Traditional worship at the 9 a.m.)
Both Bill and Sue are quick to start conversations and extend hospitality to others. Just last Sunday, we had a new family arrive at Good Shepherd. I saw Sue nearby and quickly introduced her to them. Without hesitation, Sue simply did what she does so easily: Conveyed her genuine delight in meeting them. I have no doubt that her witness made a huge difference and sent a positive message to them about our church community.
Sue has been very involved with the Men’s Shelter Dinner ministry, both as a donor of hot meals and sides, and in serving where needed. Sue’s joy and compassion no doubt were assets in her nursing career. Sue worked 20 years as a registered nurse, with her last position at Bethesda Naval Hospital. She retired when Kelly was born.
All three Stiefs enthusiastically volunteer to work on the Shelter serving line when Kelly’s home on break. They welcome the hungry men with open smiles and offer them hospitality along with a nourishing meal. Bill is getting a reputation with Shelter guests for his “salesman” abilities when describing the hot entrée, as he dishes up generous servings and good will.
Bill has played piano for hymn singing on many Thursday evenings for us as well as serving as Sunday worship organist when we need a substitute. A retired Montgomery County Schools music teacher, Bill is highly skilled and great to work with. All of us who are involved in worship leadership have such respect and appreciation for Bill. He is a delight to work with and dedicated to his craft.
It’s wonderful to see all three Stiefs so energized by what Good Shepherd has to offer, and to see how they readily get involved. “I’ve never seen anyone so exciting to fill in our Time & Talent sheets that we give folks to help connect them with the church,” says Penny Risen, who helps coordinate the New Member Orientation sessions. “They have so much willingness to give to the life of Good Shepherd.”
“Prior to becoming members of GSLC, we visited several times -- each time being received with friendliness and warmth,” Bill and Sue commented. “We’re so glad to be a part of our new church family!”
I count the Stiefs as one of the great joys that God has brought into our lives. They are leaders and are already making our church stronger. Get to know them in the days to come. You will be blessed by their Christian friendship. - Pastor Dave
The Stiefs in Action at Good Shepherd
- Bill and Sue
- Bill visits Kelly’s Messiah College radio station
- Family at Kelly’s National Honor Society ceremony
- Kelly and Bill "jammin" (note Bill's socks)