Public

Sep 8 2019 - 10:30am - 11:30am
Sep 11 2019 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Sep 28 2019 - 9:00am - 11:00am

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.

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 worship service at the First Baptist temporary location.

 

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.

Temporary Quarters

The Randolph Street building is now a renovation work site. We have moved operations temporarily to the First Baptist Church, 820 Ontario Street, Oak Park. Entrances are directly across from Scoville Park. The sanctuary is on the second floor. Parking is found on the surrounding streets or the Parking Garage on North Blvd, east of Oak Park Ave. Education Hour at 9am (September through May) and Worship at 10:30 am.

 

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.

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.

BRRM Update - April

Bids Have Been Requested: Five construction firms were invited into the bidding process at the beginning of the month. While two firms dropped out of the process, the remaining three meet our constitutional obligations. The bids should be returned by April 24th. The BRRM Taskforce will look at the bids with the architect and make a recommendation to the Council. It is the Council’s obligation to vote on the recommendation and then formally bring the recommendation for a vote on May 5th. Read more »

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.

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.

Flock O'Readers

Come join us!  We meet on the following Wednesdays at 2:30pm. Our meeting places will be changing - if you are interested in joining us, please touch base with Gail Frost at gsfrost@comcast.

No Meeting in August

September 11 - Discussing our Summer Reads - meeting at the home of Linda Bernat

October 23 - Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens - meeting at the home of Linda Bernat

December 4 - book tbd - meeting at the home of Linda Bernat

 

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 also a "Reconciling in Christ" congregation.


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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