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Dec 15 2017 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Dec 24 2017 - 5:00am - Dec 27 2017 - 10:30am

It's Not Too Late to Take the Helping Hands Survey

Two years ago, we launched the Helping Hands survey and now it’s time to update it.  The survey tells us what you like to do and the ways you’d be willing to share your gifts with Good Shepherd.  You’re not making a commitment – just expressing an interest in the different opportunities. Just click here to complete the survey online:  Helping Hands Read more »

Christmas Poinsettias: Red

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Order deadline: December 17

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Christmas Poinsettias: White

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Christmas Poinsettia: Pink

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Order deadline: December 17

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LWF Baby Care Kits

This month's Sunday School project recognizes that the Chrsit Child was born in poverty and need. We celebrate by preparing Baby Care Kis for Lutheran World Relief. Help collect the items listed here that are needed for each kit. Donationas are due by December 13th. Don't have time to shop? You can participate by giving money and the Christian Education Committee will do the shopping.

News From South Africa

Good Shepherd is part of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. We are the Chicago area branch of the largest Lutheran body in North America. We are also connected to other Lutheran bodies around the world through the Lutheran World Federation. One of our partners in South Africa is Rev. Dr. Phil Knutson. He serves as the Global Mission Regional Representative of the ELCA. To find his monthly newsletter and learn more about our work in Southern Africa click here

Christmas Worship

Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 5:00am - Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - 10:30am

Sunday, Dec. 24th, Morning Worship at 10:30am ONLY (no Christian Education)

Sunday, Dec. 24th, Christmas Eve Worship at 5pm and 11pm:

  • Family Worship 5:00pm: Communion Worship with Children Telling the Story of Christ's Birth
  • Candlelight Worship 11:00pm: Joyous Festival Music, candlelight and Holy Communion. Come at 10:40pm for a traditional carol sing. Stay afterwards for Gluhwien and cookies

Monday, Dec. 25th, Christmas Day: Worship 10:30am 

Sunday, Dec. 31: Worship 10:30am ONLY (no Christian Education)

Regular Schedule Resumes January 7th

A Welcome Message

Welcome to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, where our doors are wide open to people from all backgrounds.

We want to be a place of blessing. If you are just beginning to wonder about Christianity, this is a safe place to ask questions and explore possibilities. If you have been journeying with Christ for some time, this is a place to grow deeper in your walk as a disciple. If you have wandered here and there or up and down in your spiritual journey, this is a place to speculate, marvel, seek and find.

And, whether you live out your faith primarily through study, meditation, emotional experience or social activism, you can find others at Good Shepherd who share your spiritual temperament. This is a place of open doors, open minds, open hearts, open hands.

Life-giving Teachings

Here are a few snippets of teachings that we find life-giving. We recognize that faith is an ongoing journey, and we do not demand adherence to a particular understanding of creed, respecting each person's integrity in their relationship with God and each person's unfolding journey of spiritual growth.

About Being Lutheran

As Christians with roots in the Lutheran tradition, we are Christian first and Lutheran second. Lutherans have a lot of freedom - in how to structure themselves into a church (for example, bishops or no bishops), how to put together a worship service, what kind of music to use. Over time, as is true of any church, certain ways of doing things become the expected procedures. But we are always free to make modifications in how we deliver the good news of what God is doing in Jesus Christ. The what stays constant.

Typically, Lutherans are known to be people who embrace a "both and" approach. For example, each Christian is both saint and sinner (both completely forgiven and still in daily need of God's grace), we hear God's word to us as both law and gospel (both an accusation of where we fall short and a word of unconditional gift of love and blessing).

About God

We know God as Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier (as Father, Son and Holy Spirit). We teach that out of nothing God created the world and all that is in it and continues in ongoing creation. Faith and science do not need to be in conflict - the faithful proclamation of the who and what of creation and the scientific postulation of the how of creation ask and answer different questions.

In Jesus Christ the human being, God was fully present. Through Christ, God accomplished the salvation of the world and is still working out that salvation.

The Holy Spirit is the ongoing presence of God in the world, bringing courage, strength, comfort and inspiration; empowering faithful community; giving gifts of faith, hope, love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control and other gifts, bringing together people who would never imagine themselves as sisters and brothers.

About the Bible

The Bible is a book of many books - including pre-history, history, poetry, letters, visions and accounts of Jesus' life. We read the Bible as the inspired word of God to us. We teach that the Bible was not dictated by God, but that people were inspired by God to write. In reading, we take into account the historical and cultural considerations and issues of translation. We see that some things are descriptive of the times they were written and show us how God was working through the people and circumstances of that time: how people discerned God's will, what happened in their relationship to God as they followed and wandered and as God remained faithful to God's promises. Some of these historically and culturally conditioned things no longer apply today. We also see that some things are timeless and prescriptive of how we can most fruitfully live our lives in any era. It can get pretty tricky to discern which things are culturally conditioned and which things are timeless truth, so we continue to engage in dialogue with Scripture, tradition, scholarship, and one another. We see that reading the Bible breathes God's presence to us, and provides a dependable rule and guide for life. No person or group reads the Bible without filters of culture, social location, historical situation, personality, or need. This means that we must always approach the Bible with a spirit of humility, conscious of the limits we bring as human interpreters while also seeking to be prayerfully open to the truth of God's guidance.

About Experiencing God

In addition to Bible reading and study, we experience God through prayer, worship, community, and every-day moments.

Art, poetry, music, drama, nature, dreams, walking a labyrinth, silence, retreats, prayer, meditation, worship, dance, sports, laughter, tears, massage, yoga, serving and being served, protesting, friendship, love, forgiveness, generosity, gratitude, life passages and many other experiences can bring us a sense of God's presence.
About faith

Everyone has faith - in something or someone. Faith in God comes to us as a gift. We receive this gift simply by trusting that it is true that God loves us - that God forgives us, welcomes us. Jesus shows us that God is for us. Another word for faith is "trust." Faith is not the opposite of doubt. In fact, doubt can bring us to deeper understanding and deeper trust in God. A tested faith is a strengthened faith. Faith can grow through spiritual practices such as prayer and God-talk conversations with others, through "aha" moments of insight, through suffering, through deep joy, and through experiences of God such as those outlined above.

About Salvation

Salvation is not just about getting to heaven. Salvation is made real to us in this life as a lifting of bondage, brokenness, burden. Just as Jesus as messiah brought the reign of God near by bringing sight to the blind, healing to the lame, cleansing for lepers, hearing to the deaf, new life to the dead, and good news to the poor, so too today salvation is visible in healing, wholeness, blessing, peace, new life and social transformation. As Christians, we see that salvation comes to us through Jesus Christ. We understand that the Christian church has historically presented several Biblical understandings of how Jesus accomplishes reconciliation between God and humans. We also understand that, similar to the experience of falling in love, some people come to a sudden dramatic moment of accepting Jesus, while for others the experience of being a disciple is a gradual awakening. Both paths are equally valid. Also, we welcome people at all stages of clarity, doubt, peace and discontent in their spiritual walk. We proclaim our faith in Jesus as savior, but we do not condemn those who follow other faith traditions and, indeed, are glad to walk hand-in-hand with them.

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United Power

United Power is the nation's first and largest newtwork of multi-faith, broad-based citizens' organizations with 7 decades of experience winning tough batles on housing, health care, education, living wages, and immigration rights. Currently they are working on issues of mental health: creating alternatives to pushing the mentally ill into the prison pipeline, Housing in Chicago: reclaiming foreclosed housing on the southside and Gun Violence: working to change manufacturing. 

Hurricane Disaster Relief

It is estimated that 850,000 people were displaced by Hurricane Harvey. Sixty percent of the people in Florida were affected by Hurricane Irma. Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands were destroyed. While the water is beginning to recede in some areas, the devastation will last for many years. There are many wonderful agencies that need your money and are involved in the relief and restoration effort. Lutheran Disaster relief is an agency that will be there for the long haul. As a secondary responder they stay active for years helping people through the many stages towards renewed life. Give now. Give generously. Give here. 

Jazz Prayer: Holy Night/Holy Light

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm

The theme for December's Jazz Prayer is "Holy Night/Holy Light." It's on that holiest of nights that God's blessed light shone down on a tiny, obscure town. From that moment, it becomes a beacon shining in our hearts. Join us as we sing the carols of Holy Night/Holy Light. Music starts at 7:30pm; come at 7:10 for food and conversation. The non-denominational events create an opportunity for reflection and meditation in an ambiance of quality live jazz music. You'll encounter an hour of music like this. Read more »

Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study

Sunday Morning Bible Study will be focusing on the Old Testament prophets this fall. This group has met most Sundays, September through May, since 1994, and is always open to members and visitors of all ages.

The atmosphere is seminar style, with participants seated around a large table. Join us any Sunday at 9:15 a.m., in the library, adjacent to Fellowship Hall. No prerequisites, no homework -- and newcomers are most welcome! Read more »

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Confirmation Activity Slips Feb 19 2013
Automatic Donation Form Oct 18 2016
Request Money from the Memorial Endowment Fund Jun 30 2015
Leader App for Children/Youth Programming Sep 6 2013
Child Safety Policy Sep 6 2013
Parent/Student Talk Sheets Feb 25 2013
Parental Consent Form Feb 19 2013
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