Public

Jan 19 2018 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Feb 10 2018 - 6:00am - 8:00am
Feb 11 2018 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Feb 24 2018 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

When to arrive

Most people arrive only a few minutes before worship. Pastor Kathy is found in the lobby 15 minutes before worship with a warm smile to greet you. Greeters and Ushers can help answer your questions.

We have two worship services, at 8:00am and 10:30am from Labor Day through Memorial Day. Summer worship is at 9:30am only. A time for coffee and conversation is found after the second worship service when there are two.

Monthly Breakfast Staffing for PADS

In addition to bringing breakfast for the Tuesday PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter), a crew from Good Shepherd staffs the breakfast shift on the 4th Monday of the month at Euclid United Methodist. This dedicated crew meets at 5am and leaves around 7am with plenty of time to get to work. To make it easy there are instructions and a list of supplies. Breakfast for the homeless is our way of following Jesus in helping the "widows, orphans and oppressed". Talk to crew leader Eric Wegener for more information.

Flock O'Readers

We meet on the 4th Wednesday of the month - at 2:30pm.  Come join us - we're in the kitchen.

January 24 - The Tea Planter's Wife - Dinah Jefferies

February 28 - book to be determined

 

Consider joining us - as we discuss new books, favorite reads and favorite authors.  If you like to read and share what you have read, come check out our group.

ABOUT OUR CHURCH

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Good Shepherd is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Good Shepherd is accessible.

Good Shepherd is also a "Reconciling in Christ" congregation.


Sunday Announcement and Epistle Submission

To have the Assisting Minister make your announcement, click here: Announcement and Epistle Submission Form and complete the form by Tuesday midnight.  This link is also available in the Forms tab on our homepage! Approximately 3 announcements will be chosen each Sunday. The same form gathers items for the Epistle and Wednesday ENews. If you do not use computers, you may submit your handwritten requests for announcements or Epistle items to the church office by Tuesday.

Worship Content

The two worship services are very similar. At either one you'll experience most of the same music and hear the same sermon. Both share a tone of reverent informality. The 8:00 service tends to be a bit quieter and more meditative, the 10:30 service livelier (9:30 in summer). Children are welcome at both services, but you'll find more children at the later service.

Communion is offered every Sunday at both worship services. Every baptized Christian, from young children to adults, is welcome to receive communion.

In our worship, we seek to glorify God and inspire people. As we worship, we speak to God and about God using a variety of Biblical metaphors: father, mother, shepherd, rock, light, guide, and many more. Such language expands and deepens our relationship with God. And we speak of people using language that we hope includes and honors all human beings as equally beloved children of God.

Music in worship

Good Shepherd enjoys music! For leading congregational singing and providing special music we have two choirs - a senior choir and a gospel choir. There's also a contemporary worship band, Circle of Friends, that includes vocalists, keyboard, guitar, drums, tambourine, flute, harp, and even washboard to play jazz, rock, pop, rhythm and blues, country, swing, and more. In addition, members and friends of the congregation often volunteer as soloists and instrumentalists.

Celebrations in worship

From time to time, worship experiences might include a drama, dance, an opportunity for individual healing prayers, the celebration of a ministry, a baptism, reception of new members, farewell for someone leaving, or a special blessing extended to a person or group.

For some practical details about what to expect at worship, read our Visitor Information.

Attitudes Towards Differences: The Riddle Scale

Good Shepherd rests securely in the "Nurturance" section of the Riddle Scale when it comes its welcoming stance towards GLBT people. We assume that diversity in sexual orientation within our community is indispensible. We view differences with genuine affection and delight and are advocates of those differences. See where you are on the attached Riddle Scale.

About the Sustainability Committee

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Good Shepherd’s Sustainability Committee believes we play an integral part in being stewards of God’s creation. Our prairie garden on the north side of the church vividly demonstrates our concern for creation. Use the Sustainability link to find out more about our group and what you too can do for creation.

How to find us

Good Shepherd is on the southwest corner of East Avenue and Randolph Street in Oak Park (map), one block north of Washington Boulevard. There is plenty of on-street parking on both East and Randolph. On Sundays, please enter through the front doors on East Avenue. For non-worship events on other days, the back door on Randolph Street is best. Just ring the bell!

Constitution and Bylaws

The current GSLC Constitution and Bylaw Amendments is available here. You must be logged in as a member. If you have trouble accessing your account, please call Cathy at 708 848 7083 or email cathy.theys@YesTrainingAndEducation.com.

Automatic Donation Form

To set up a recurring automatic deduction from your bank account as a regular donation to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.  Deductions can be weekly, monthly or twice a month.  Please fill out the form attached and return it to the church office (by mail, in the collection plate, or in the mailbox outside the church office) along with a check with "VOID" written across the front.  Your deductions will be active within a few days of turning in your form.  Contact the church office with questions.

Who is Good Shepherd?

We are people from a variety of traditions. Some of us never or almost never attended church before coming here. Some are life-long Lutherans. Some come from other liturgical faith traditions such as Roman Catholic. Some enter through the process of seeking a church door that opens wide.

Some of us connect with God most meaningfully through action (social justice, for example). Some of us love a sense of mystical union with God. Some resonate with the divine principally through intellectual inquiry. Some enter relationship with God chiefly through heart-felt emotion. We try to rotate pieces of these paths into our worship from week to week.

Warm, open, caring, creative, concerned, prayerful, inclusive, multi-opinioned, sometimes over-achieving - these are characteristics of Good Shepherd.

We believe that the local church is the hope of the world. Although it may seem accidental that people find a congregation where they sense a good fit, we believe it's not just chance that brings us together. Rather, we are called together by God's holy spirit, nudging us and guiding us. And, in the process, lives are transformed. Together and as individuals we grow in character, strength, compassion, faith, hope, peace, joy. God accepts us just as we are, and brings us along to be and do more than we ever imagined possible.

If any of this interests you, read our visitor information or come and see!

Thanks for checking us out!

Mission Statement of Evangelism Committee

To spread the spirit and words of Christ to all men and all women.

To welcome all to worship in our service in our diverse congregation at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

To encounter Christ in each person by treating all with love,trust,and respect.

To nourish spiritual growth and encourage,teach,and support all who witness and follow Christ's example.

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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