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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

Enneagram Workshop

Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 9:00am - 3:00pm

Explore your spiritual path through the Enneagram.
The Enneagram is an intriguing personality system that combines both psychology and spirituality in the search for increased self-awareness and self-acceptance. An Ennegram Workshop will be held on Saturday, October 12 from 9:00am-3:00pm. It will be facilitated by Marci Madary, an affliate with the Francisan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration and holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in Spirituality.

Workshop cost is $30, which includes lunch. For more info and registration, click here.

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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 »

Vacation Bible School

Good Shepherd Vacation Bible School is held the third week of June. In 2020 our dates will be June 22-26, 5-8pm. Registration will begin in early May.

Our VBS begins with a meal, then students move through rotations which include music, games, science, and drama. VBS is open to students that are 3 years old through outgoing fifth graders.

Questions can be directed to Deaconess Debbie Speer.

Sunday School Age Levels

Our Sunday School time begins at 10:30am 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 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.

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!

It's hard to believe, but planning for the 2021 is just around the corner. And fundraising for this event is ongoing. Stay tuned for updates as we look to YG2021 in MINNEAPOLIS!!

Date Change for Feed My Starving Children

Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 9:00am - 11:00am

Please note that the date and location of our Feed My Starving Children volunteer day has changed! We will now be serving at the Libertyville location on Saturday, November 23 from 9:00am until 11:00am.

Children 5 and over are welcome to participate in this fast-paced, fun-filled activity that makes a direct impact on hungry people all over the world. 

If you would like to carpool, we will meet at Good Shepherd (Randolph St) at 8:00am and return by noon.

To register, please access this link and sign yourself up. Questions can be directed to Deaconess Debbie at christianed@goodshepherdlc.org or 708-848-4741.

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 »

Brake 4 Breakfast

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 9:00am - Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 9:00am

What if a simple bottle of Gatorade could change the world? We can't quantify the world-impact, but we know it has been making a difference in the lives of students at OPRF in the past. On September 11 and September 25 members of Good Shepherd will be on East Avenue giving out breakfast snacks to all who pass by. Your donation of baked goods, fresh fruit, and packaged cheese will be a welcome addition. We set up around 8:45am to be ready for the students who walk by from 9am till 9:30am. We expect at least 70 to stop at the table. Join us!

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.

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.

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!

 

PADS - Weekly Breakfast

West Suburban PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) is a division of the larger nonprofit organization, Housing Forward. PADS provides meals and overnight shelter for the homeless in West Suburban Cook County. It operates for eights months of the year. Volunteers from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church purchase and deliver breakfast each Tuesday during the shelter season. For information, contact William Peterman.

For those with disabilities

We strive to be an inclusive church. Those with mobility issues can access our lift through the side entrance near the alley on Randolph Street. Just ring the doorbell. Several pews accommodate wheelchairs and communion can be served at your seat. Large-print bulletins and headsets available at the ushers station.

About membership

Do I have to join to be involved?
You are welcome to attend worship, take communion, and engage in ministry without official membership, except serving in elected positions or voting at congregational meetings.

How do I join?
Membership classes are planned throughout the year. The main goals of our new member gatherings are to build a stronger sense of community and to help you know more about us. Classes will answer any questions you might have and help you find a place in ministry. Childcare can be provided.

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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