May 6 2018 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Aug 26 2018 - 9:30am - 1:30pm
Sep 9 2018 - 8:00am - 12:30pm
Sep 14 2018 - 5:00pm - Sep 16 2018 - 10:00am
Sep 29 2018 - 7:00pm

Vacation Bible School

The 3rd week of June is our VBS week!  This is a week long learning experience which combines a meal, Bible stories, music, fun and games.  The theme changes each year.  We hold VBS Monday through Friday from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.

Christian Ed Calendar

 Here is the link for the new Christian Education calendar.  (New and under maintenance, please be patient)

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 »

Kurtenbach Farm Trip

Friday, September 14, 2018 - 5:00pm - Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 10:00am

When is the last time you enjoyed a day on a farm?

Saturday, September 15 we have a whole day to enjoy this treat at the Kurtenbach Farm in Chatsworth Illinois. This 1800 acre farm, which has been in the family for over 150 years, is less than 2-hours away. Saturday begins with a tour of the many animals: chickens, goats, pigs and more. Then we cool off in the huge pond. Little ones will enjoy a sandy beach. Older ones will enjoy the paddle boat and swimming dock. We might even get to use the tower and zip line. Saturday ends with a campfire by the pond. Those who like to camp are invited to start on Friday, September 14 or stay through Sunday, September 16. Pick up a brochure at church for more information and the address.

Celebrating 10 Years Together!

Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 9:30am - 1:30pm

Pastor Kathy arrived on August 1, 2008. A lot happens in a decade!

Come celebrate 10-years of working together, praising God, building disciples and sharing God's grace with the World. The day begins in worship with Joseph Glenn and his steel drums. We'll baptise a baby and bless backpacks. Then we move to games. Girl Scouts bring a lemonade-making bicycle. There are bounce houses and bocce, bag toss and badminton. Oh, and there will be lots of food. Come, share your stories and kick-off the next ten-years with Pastor Kathy.

Unveiled Ticket

Rohina Malik in Unveiled

Playwright and performer Rohina Malik delves deep beneath the skin — and behind the veils — of five distinct characters in her deeply affecting one-woman show “Unveiled”.


September 9th - Program Year Starts with Connections!

Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 8:00am - 12:30pm

God's Work Our Hands is more than 1 Day!

Regular Worship Hours of 8am and 10:30am begin this day with a worship theme of Connections to the World. Social Ministry is one of the pillars of Good Shepherd. We strive to be conduits of God's grace in what we do. This pillar is lifted in worship with song and testimony. After both worship services is a Social Ministry Fair. Representatives from many Social Service agencies, such as PASO, AMMPARO, LSSI, and Kidz Express will be present to tell you more about their work and invite you to join their work. Visit all of the booths and you will be eligible for a prize!

Unveiled - A One Woman Play

Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 7:00pm

Racism.  Hate crimes. Love. Islam. Culture. Language. Life.

Five Muslim women in a post-9/11 world serve tea and uncover what lies beneath the veil in this critically acclaimed one-woman show. Rohina Malik returns to present her play. Afterwards, stay for a discussioon over a light meal. Tickets $20 in advance. $25 at the door. The Chicago Tribune hails Malik as "a remarkable new theatrical voice in Chicago. Read more »

Lutherans Stand Up for Immigrants

Good Shepherd works with PASO and AMMARO

Whether Bishop Eaton, Bishop Miller, youth at the National Gathering or countless other individuals, Lutherans are standing up for immigrants. All affirm the concern for the wellbeing of vulnerable migrants who cross our borders fleeing from danger and threats to their lives. Good Shepherd continues to move forward on this issue as they work with both PASO and AMMPARO. Here are some suggestions on what you can do:

PRAY: Pray for the safety of migrants. Your pray stirs both your heart and God's.

DONATE: Read more »

Youth Share in Worship

Six youth traveled to Houston in June to join 30,000 others for the National Youth Gathering. On August 19th during worship they will share some of their experiences. Hear the stories of the Servant Day, as shown in this picture. Find out more about the speakers at the Mass Gathering. Learn about who they connected with along the way and how they view the larger Church. Ask them how they have changed. Join them in prayer for their continued faith journey.

America To Me

Join a Viewing Party

Local filmmaker Steve James spent a year documenting students at Oak Park River Forest High School. His movie, "America to Me", examines racial, economic and class issues in contemporary American education. The series debuts on Sunday, August 26th at 8pm on STARZ, continuing on for 10 episodes. Good Shepherd has a viewing party each Sunday where participants will be able to discuss the film after each episode. Doors will open each Sunday at 7:30pm. No need for reservations. Feel free to bring snacks.

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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