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Apr 21 2019 - 8:45am - 11:45am
Apr 21 2019 - 10:30am
Apr 28 2019 - 11:30am
May 5 2019 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
May 17 2019 - 7:30pm

Donate to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

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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

Join us any Sunday at 9:00am, 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 »

Sunday School Age Levels

Our Sunday School time begins at 9:00am with music and story intro in the Chapel (main floor of First Baptist on the east end of the building). Our classes are tailored to each age and stage.  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.

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.

Good Shepherd PrayGround

Good Shepherd values our children! When we return to our renovated space, we will once again have a Prayground space front and center.

What's a "Prayground"? It's a dedicated space in our church where little ones (suggested for ages 5 and under) can play, color and explore. It's a space where they can see and hear the pastor and worship leaders clearly. And it's a place where the congregation can celebrate the joy that your child--wiggles, noises and all--brings to our congregation!

In the meantime, look for activity bags for children as well as a staffed nursery during our 10:30am worship time at the First Baptist temporary location.

 

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, 30,000 strong! It is a youth experience unlike any other!

The 2018 Gathering took place in Houston Texas. Six students, along with Pastor Kathy and Deaconess Debbie, cleaned the streets in a Houston neighborhood, enjoyed an interactive Synod Day and explored the convention center that was filled with games, activities, crafts, creative experiences and more! Our kids grew closer to God and to each other through their time at the Gathering.

Thank you to our generous congregation for all of your support in helping us get to Houston! Read more »

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: www.kidzexpress.org. Read more »

Make a Memorial Donation

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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 »

Springtime on the Islands

Friday, May 17, 2019 - 7:30pm

May is the last Jazz Prayer for the season - so you won't want to miss it!. The theme is Springtime on the Islands, featuring some fun bossa nova beats such as St. Thomas by Sonny Rollins, Fungii Mama, by Blue Mitchell, and Minha Saudade by Joao Donato and Joao Gilberto. It will be even more fun with the return of steel drum player, Joseph Glenn. Read more »

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.

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 9:00-10:00am 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 »

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!

 

Splash! Faith Formation from birth to age 3

This ministry is aimed at our youngest members, and helps to keep the congregational promise to support the baptized and their families in their spiritual journey. We do this by helping parents in their role of bringing up children of God.

Materials are sent out on a regular basis, with ideas for faith-filled play, worship, and more. For more information, or to sign your family for Splash mailings, contact Deaconess Debbie at christianed@goodshepherdlc.org.

 

 

Looking for a Church for Your Marriage?

Good Shepherd recognizes that love is a gift from God for LGBT couples and heterosexual couples.

As a Christian congregation we celebrate with couples who have found a life-long partner and wish to make a binding commitment to one another. We happily perform wedding services for all couples. Wedding preparation guidelines for all couples include three counseling sessions. Please contact Pastor Kathy for more information and a copy of our Wedding Guidelines.

Kidz Express tutors: an hour a week to change a life

Kidz Express, the after school program in Austin started by Good Shepherd members, is seeking volunteers to tutor elementary school students on Tuesdays from 6:00 – 6:45 pm.  Anyone ages 13 or older is welcome, and rides can be provided.  Tutoring occurs at the Kidz Express center at 5221 Congress, Chicago. For more information, to sign up, or to join the carpool, contact Pastor Kathy, Duane Ehresman, Warren King, or Lynn Railsback.

For those with children

We are a family-friendly congregation. Children are welcome to attend worship with you and you're welcome to sit near the front so they can see better - or to sit anywhere you like. Ask the ushers for the books, crayons and toys for quiet play if it is helpful. If you prefer, we offer professional nursery care for pre-schoolers during the 10:30am service (or 9:30am in summer).

Every service, younger children are invited to come forward to listen to a short children's message and receive an activity bulletin. While communion instruction happens around 2nd grade, all baptized children are invited to commune. We leave the choice of communion or blessing for each child to her or his parents.

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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