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Jul 31 2015 - 7:00pm - Aug 2 2015 - 12:00pm
Apr 20 2018 - 7:30pm
Apr 22 2018 - 8:00am - 10:30am
Apr 22 2018 - 9:15am - 10:15am
Apr 27 2018 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
May 6 2018 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

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 »

CROP Walk

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

It's spring ... birds, tiny flowers and time for the CROP Walk.  Since 2005, Good Shepherd has raised over $25,000!  Let's keep it going.  Our goal is to raise $3500 this year. Click here to sign up for the walking team or to donate. Remember, some of the money we raise goes to local food banks, other monies go to Lutheran World Hunger and worthy agencies around the globe. On May 6th registration begins at 1pm at Pilgrim Congregational on Lake Street and the walk begins at 2pm.

Jazz Prayer: ReNew the Cool

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 7:30pm

ReNew the Cool is the answer to global warming in on April 20th. Those who come by bike or on foot will receive a special treat. Music will include Miles Davis from the album "Birth of the Cool", which was credited with starting the cool jazz movement, as well as "In the Beginning" from Duke Ellington's Sacred Concert. Doors open at 7:10pm for appetizers and conversation. Music begins at 7:30pm.  This non-denominational event creates 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 »

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.

Lenten Pinata Offering

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This year our Lenten piñata offerings will support the ELCA Good Gifts program. Donate your dollars, coins and checks (or visit our online "store" to donate) to our Lenten pinata. Our goal is to raise enough money to purchase two entire farms, $1,430. The farms are given to communities so that they can break the cycle of poverty and begin the journey to providing a steady source of food for their families. Each farm includes:

  • A cow
  • a couple of goats
  • a dozen chicks
  • two pigs
  • farming tools
  • seeds
  • agricultural training and support
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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. 

Donate to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

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Use this to make a donation to Good Shepherd's general operating fund.  Any dollar amount may be given. Just change the amount in your cart.

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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. 

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 »

Celebrate Earth Day

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 9:15am - 10:15am

Walk or bike to church on Sunday and receive a packet of non-GMO heirloom seeds. During the Education Hour adults delve into the issue of Environmental Justice with Bill Peterman, emeritus Professor of Geography and Urban Studies at Chicago State University. One issue will be the impact of the Eisenhower Expressway on communities that have low automobile usage. Children and Youth learn about the hierarchy of Sustainability's 3 R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. This all takes place on Sunday, April 22nd.

Sunday School at Good Shepherd

Sunday School classes are offered for children age two through grade 6. The two and three year olds are based in the nursery, exploring the day's story in a simplified, play-based format. PreK through grade 4 engage in our rotation format*. Fifth and sixth graders meet in our conference room for a video-based curriculum designed specifically for their age group. Check out the other pages to find out more about classes and activities offered for seventh and eighth graders (Confirmation) and high schoolers!

Our Sunday School time begins at 9:15am with music and story intro in the Sanctuary. Students then attend their rotation for that week. The education hour wraps up at 10:15 with parents meeting students at their individual classrooms for pick up.   Read more »

What to expect

Our friendly community is diverse, lively, informal and filled with children. We are gay, straight, young, old, and multi-ethnic. Our goal is a warm welcome that stays with you long after you leave.

Worship changes frequently with many different kinds of music, from classical to contemporary. We enjoy jazz, blues and gospel worship. The service is liturgical, filled with music, and easy to follow in the bulletin. While the two worship services are very similar, special music generally happens at the later service.

Weekly communion is open to all with a choice of wine and grape juice, bread and gluten free wafers.

Title Post datesort icon File
2018 Summer Congregation Retreat Brochure Apr 19 2018
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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