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Jan 31 2021 - 11:30am

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 »

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.

United Power

United Power is the nation's first and largest network of multi-faith, broad-based citizens' organizations with 7 decades of experience winning tough battles 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. 

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

LIfting up prayers that Good Shepherd Vacation Bible School 2021 will be a go! Our VBS is held the third week of June. In 2021, our dates will be June 21-25, 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.

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 »

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ELCA Youth Gathering

COVID-19 has certainly changed plans for many of us in so many ways! One change is that the national ELCA Youth Gathering has been delayed from summer of 2021 to summer of 2022. The place is the same though: Minneapolis!

What is a 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!

 

10.18.20 Worship - Giving to God

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.

10.25.20 Worship - Reformation Sunday

Meal Shepherds

Imagine that you are recovering from surgery or dealing with a sick loved one. Now imagine that a friend shows up with a basket filled with a warm dinner for your family. That is what the Meal Shepherds do. From time to time there are several families that need meals, but each Meal Shepherd is responsible for one or a few meals. Call the church office if you would like to be on the list of people who make meals. Also, please let the church office know if you would like a meal after recovering from surgery or have a sick loved one. We also provide meals for new parents those first days you are home from the hospital.

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.

10.11.20 Worship - God's Rich Feast for Everyone

  • This Sunday we welcome back Pastor Kathy and reflect on God's abundance when times are hard.
  • Join worship on Facebook or YouTube.  Watch LIVE on Facebook at 9:00 a.m. 
  • Your donation keeps Goo

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.

Daytimers

Within an hour of Oak Park there are LOTS of places to explore. Daytimers is open to anyone who has free time in the day and can join us for each event. The group takes trips to local sights followed by a meal. Though we are on hiatus at this time, we look forward to the time when we can once again meet and explore new places!

 

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Title Post date File
Advent - Those Who Dream Dec 4 2020
2021 Gift Card Order Form Nov 11 2020
Building Usage Guidelines During Pandemic Sep 24 2020
Restoration Plan and Guidelines for COVID-19 Sep 24 2020
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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