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May 6 2018 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Oct 19 2018 - 7:30pm

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 »

Jazz Prayer sample 1


3:10 minutes (7.27 MB)

Stay Active!

Join us on Mondays at 9:00am to Stay Active. One hour once a week can help you stay fit and active. Join Sarah Jaacks, a trained physical therapist in the lobby of First Baptist for simple stretching exercises to aid mobility. No reservations needed. This class is designed for those 60 and older.

 

Jazz Prayer sample 2


2:20 minutes (5.34 MB)

Daytimers

Daytimers is open to anyone who can attend events during the day - no matter what your age. Typically, the Daytimers take trips to local sights, often followed by a meal together. Daytimers generally meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. Watch this space for events for November and December. Outings are also listed in the Epistle and the monthly newsletter.

Upcoming events -

November 14 - visit to Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie ($10 general admission for seniors). Lunch to follow at a near by restaurant.

December 19 - Oak Park River Forest Museum to see the exhibit Open House: The Legacy of Fair Housing ($5 general admission). Lunch follows at the Oak Park Conservatory ($10 for lunch). Read more »

Unveiled Ticket

Rohina Malik in Unveiled
$20.00

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”.

$20.00

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.

Faith Formation on Sunday mornings

SUNDAY SCHOOL is for children ages 2 through 6th grade. Ages 2 through 4th grade begin in the Chapel at 9:00am with music and then break into age group classes for rotations that go along with the Bible story of the week. 5th and 6th graders meet in a 3rd floor classroom and use the Connect curriculum from Sparkhouse.

MIDDLE SCHOOLERS (7th/8th grade) meet on Sunday mornings as part of the Confirmation program.

TEENS meet on Sundays at 9:15am for our Youth Connections class and monthly for lunch after the 10:30am worship service.

ADULTS:
1. Sunday Morning Bible Study meets in the Parlor at 9:00am for readings, on-the-spot research, stimulating discussion and good fellowship. No previous Bible-study background required. No homework! Read more »

Sunday School 2018-2019

We may be in a new (temporary) building, but everything that makes Good Shepherd's Sunday School great is still in place! Join us on Sundays at 9:00am during our Education Hour for meaningful lessons about God's love for us and how we can show that love to others. We start in the Chapel with a group Opening, then head to the 3rd floor classroom space. Pick up is at 10:00am.

Be sure to register your students for this year's Sunday School! You can use our online form here or pick up a paper copy at church! Sunday School is for children that are age 2 through Grade 6. 

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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Leader Application for Children & Youth Ministry Aug 29 2018
Parental Consent Form Aug 29 2018
Child Safety Policy Aug 29 2018
2018 Summer Congregation Retreat Brochure Apr 19 2018
Automatic Donation Form Oct 18 2016
Request Money from the Memorial Endowment Fund Jun 30 2015
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