Public

Sep 8 2019 - 10:30am - 11:30am
Sep 11 2019 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Oct 9 2019 - 9:00am - Oct 30 2019 - 9:00am
Oct 12 2019 - 9:00am - 3:00pm
Oct 19 2019 - 2:00pm
Oct 19 2019 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Oct 20 2019 - 10:15am - 12:00pm
Oct 20 2019 - 10:30am - 11:30am
Nov 23 2019 - 9:00am - 11:00am

Lutheran Disaster Response

Lutheran Disaster Response brings God’s hope, healing and renewal to people whose lives have been disrupted by disasters in the United States and around the world. When the dust settles and the headlines change, we stay to provide ongoing assistance to those in need. Follow this link to learn more about current projects and make a donation. 

Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study

Join us any Sunday at 10:30am, in the parlor at First Baptist, just inside the west entrance off of Ontario St. No prerequisites, no homework -- and newcomers are most welcome!

 The Sunday Morning Bible Study has met most Sundays, September through May, since 1994, and is always open to members and visitors of all ages. 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.

HELPING HANDS SURVEY Offering time and talents as part of stewardship

The 2019 Helping Hands survey is launched! Click here to complete the survey on your phone or computer:  HELPING HANDS SURVEYThe Helping Hands survey is an opportunity for every adult, child or youth to indicate how you would be willing to offer your time and talents to support Good Shepherd’s ministries.  You’re just indicating your interests on the survey, not making commitments.  Continue to use the YES sheet and SignUp Geniu Read more »

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.

DONUT DAY FUNDRAISER--Saturday October 5th, Volunteers Needed!

Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 4:00am - 1:30pm

Join us for Donut Day, Saturday, October 5th at the Oak Park Farmer's Market! This community-building event serves as a fund raiser for Good Shepherd and lets us share our time and talents with the larger community. We are in need of over 40 volunteers to staff 2-3 hour shifts between 4:00 AM through 1:30 PM. No experience necessary. Jobs include donut mixer, fryer, people to box and sugar coat, as well as sell outside.  Sign up on the sheet posted on the bulletin board in the church lobby or contact Deaconess Debbie.  Read more »

Oktoberfest Ticket--Adult

$15.00

Annual Good Shepherd fall event--more information on home page.  THIS IS AN ADULT TICKET.  Children age 14 and younger, please order a Child Ticket.  Tickets will be held at the door the day of the event for you.  Event limited to 120 people.

$15.00

Oktoberfest Ticket--Child

$5.00

Annual Good Shepherd fall event--more information on home page.  THIS IS A CHILD TICKET.  Those 14 and over, please order an Adult Ticket.  Tickets will be held at the door the day of the event for you.  Event limited to 120 people.

$5.00

Donate to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

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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 »

Enneagram Workshop, Oct 12

Explore Your Spiritual Path through the Enneagram

The Enneagram is very helpful tool to understanding ourselves, our relationships with others, and our spiritual journeys.  Join us on Saturday, October 12 for a day-long exploration of the Enneagram. The day’s schedule includes: 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.

Bible Overview Classes

Sunday, September 8, 2019 - 10:30am - 11:30am

Help your young reader become familiar with the greatest book that was ever written - the Bible. Pastor Kathy will be leading a class for students who are entering 3rd grade and up. Parents assist their child in finding passages as we move from the Old Testament to the New Testament. 

These classes will take place over two consecutive Sunday School class periods: September 8 and 15.

On September 15, new bibles are presented to 3 year olds, 3rd graders and 7th graders. 

Worship Schedule

Regular Worship - After Labor Day
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

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. 

Flock O'Readers

Come join us!  We meet on the following Wednesdays at 2:30pm to discuss new books, favorite reads and favorite authors. If you like to read and share with others about what you have read, this group is for you. Call the office to learn the current location of the group.

  • September 11 - Discussing our Summer Reads 
  • October 23 - Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens 
  • December 4 - The Underground Railroad - Colson Whitehead

 

 

First Sunday Schedule

Special Topics with Guest Speakers lead the Adult Bible Study once per month. This is the upcoming schedule:

October 20: Rev. Prins, ELCSA, Central Diocese; will talk to us about the Lutheran mission in South Africa. He serves in the area that includes Johannesburg and Pretoria.

November 3: Anna Johnson, M.Div., Ph.D, Professor at Garrett Theological Seminary; will talk about the history of the Reformation

Title Post date File
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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