Feb 14 2018 - 7:30am - Mar 21 2018 - 6:30pm
Mar 19 2018 - 10:00am
Apr 20 2018 - 7:30pm
May 6 2018 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Lenten Pinata Offering


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

Wednesdays during Lent

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 7:30am - Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 6:30pm

MATINS PRAYER 7:30AM - 8:00AM  Begin your day grounded in God

DINNER 6:30pm - 7:30pm: Simple supper for everyone

HOLDEN EVENING PRAYER 7:30pm: Quiet Spiritual Oasis in the middle of the week


About Us

At Good Shepherd, we value diversity. Our mission statement, in its brief form, says it well: Embracing the diversity of God's creation and celebrating our oneness in Christ. We embrace diversity by welcoming all people regardless of race, nationality, marital status, family composition, sexual orientation, gender-identity, socioeconomic status, or physical ability. In embracing diversity we seek to be a bridge of understanding among people, to live in the creative tension of differences, to be a blessing to a community and a world where dialogue, understanding and collaboration among diverse people is needed. Read more »

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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. 

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 »

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 »

Reformation 500 Celebration!

Reformation Sunday, 2017, was the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses on the door of the Castle church in Wittenberg, Germany. At Good Shepherd we have been celebrating this historic event in various ways to focus on what the Reformation means.

We began our celebration year on Oct. 30, 2016 at Thatcher Woods Pavilion where we shared a meal, had some fun dressing up and taking pictures with a photo booth, and held a silent auction. We held a potluck and Jell-O cook-off in November. What is a Lutheran potluck without Jell-O? During the Education hour, adults started at the beginning with a Lutheran Basics class and discussed how the German political scene at the time influenced Luther. Read more »

What to wear

This is easy. Wear whatever you feel comfortable in. Good Shepherd is an informal church. You can expect to see people wearing jeans (or shorts in the summer) and other casual wear. Festival Sundays, such as Easter and Christmas, you might find people in suits and dresses. Whatever you wear will fit in at Good Shepherd.

2018 ELCA Youth Gathering

Once every three years, Lutheran youth from across the US (and around the world) come together as one large community. For five days, we worship, serve, play, pray, commune, laugh, cry, dance and sing together, 35,000 strong! It is a youth experience unlike any other!

The 2018 Gathering will take place in Houston Texas on June 27-July 1. Students eligible to participate will have completed 8th grade through those that have completed 12th grade in the 2017-2018 school year.

**Please be sure to support our students by participating in their fundraisers! Upcoming fundraisers include Gift Card Sales (Nov/Dec) and a Bake Sale on December 3.**

Kidz Express

Kidz Express was founded as part of Good Shepherd's social ministry in 1997 to move forward in faith by providing programs and services for students in Austin. Today Kidz Express is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; however, it remains closely partnered with Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. While programming for over 60 children takes place each weekday and for the bulk of the summer, volunteers are always needed on Tuesday nights at 6pm to help with tutoring. To volunteer at Kidz Express please talk with Pastor Kathy or go to: Read more »

Make a Difference in the Life of a Child

What a privilege it is to share God's story with our young people! Our rotation model of Sunday School means that you prepare your lesson once and then teach it 1-3 weeks to different age groups of children. Materials are provided and team-teaching is encouraged! For more information, please contact Deaconess Debbie. Check out the online sign up here. Thank you!


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 »

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Educational Opportunities on Sunday morning

SUNDAY SCHOOL is for children ages 2 through 6th grade. Ages 2 through 4th grade begin in the sanctuary at 9:15 with music and then breaks into age group classes for rotations that go along with the Bible story of the week. 5th and 6th graders have class in the Youngman Room using 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.

1. Sunday Morning Bible Study meets in the Library at 9:15am for readings, on-the-spot research, stimulating discussion and good fellowship. No previous Bible-study background required. No homework! Read more »

Worship Schedule

Regular Worship
8:00 a.m. Worship/
9:10 a.m. Sunday School
for age 3 through adult
10:30 a.m. Worship (attended nursery available)
11:30 a.m. Fellowship Hour

Summer hours Memorial Day - Labor Day
Summer Worship: 9:30am

More worship details

Youth Ministry

Read on to learn more about the programs we offer for 7th-12th graders. And be sure to check us out on Facebook at Good Shepherd Youth-Ministry!

Confirmation (Middle School):
The Confirmation program at Good Shepherd is for students in 7th and 8th grade. Confirmation classes are held on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15am during the school year. Sunday worship attendance and monthly student gatherings round out our program. Students are confirmed in the fall of their freshman year. For more information, click on the Confirmation page of our website.

Youth Group (High School):
The Youth Group Ministry nurtures our high school-age youth in their relationships with Christ and each other. Opportunities include: Read more »

Title Post date File
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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