Public

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

Living Our Baptism

This year our Sunday School lessons will help us live into the promises parents and congregation make when a child is baptized. Each month we will explore a different promise through bible stories and special activities. Parents will begin the year by renewing their baptismal promises and will receive the book, "Living the Promises of Baptism: 101 Ideas for Parents." A monthly communication from Deaconess Debbie will help make connections between that month's topic and ideas from the book that can be used at home. Join us on September 15 for the kick-off of this special year-long focus on Living Our Baptism!

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. Contact the office to make your RSVP. Ch   eck out these upcoming events:

October 17, noon: Shoot for the Universe at the Cernan Center at Triton College. Meet  in the first floor lobby of Builoding B. We will have lunch at Café 54 on campus. At 1:30pm there will be a special showing of the fim "From Earth to Universe" followed by a presentation of the night sky. 

November 13: will be the semi-annual Bunco party at First Baptist. December 11: visit the Glessner House.

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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.

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.

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.


Hurricane Disaster Relief

Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas with devastating force, leading to major damage and many deaths. Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) and the Florida-Bahamas Synod of the ELCA is already at work to assist in the restoration efforts. Funds donated to LDR are used for long-term case management, relief and rebuilding throughout the entire area affected by the disaster.  Through its participation in Church World Service, LDR works in collaboration with a broad network of relief organizations. Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Freeport, Bahamas is currently serving as staging site for relief efforts. Keep them all in prayer.

Faith Formation on Sunday mornings

SUNDAY SCHOOL is for children ages 2 through 6th grade. Ages 2 through 4th grade begin in the Chapel at 10:30am with music and then break into age group classes for rotations that go along with the Bible story of the week. 5th and 6th graders meet in a 3rd floor classroom and use the Connect curriculum from Sparkhouse.

MIDDLE SCHOOLERS (7th/8th grade) meet on Sunday mornings as part of the Confirmation program.

TEENS meet on Sundays at 10:30 for our Youth Connections class and for special events as announced.

ADULTS:
1. Sunday Morning Bible Study meets in the Parlor at 10:30am for readings, on-the-spot research, stimulating discussion and good fellowship. No previous Bible-study background required. No homework! 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.

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.

 

 

About the Sustainability Committee

prairie garden path

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.

Donate to the Rebuild and Modernization

It's official! Floor boards were taken up in the ceremony to start the rebuild and modernization project. Would you like to donate towards the effort? This link will take you to the donation page. 

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!

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.

Another Success Story for Kidz Express

After 17 years with Kidz Express, Marco Dodd is ready to move on. He started with the program at 10 years old, eventually serving as the assistant director. In December 2019, Dodd will graduate from Concordia with a degree in Middle Grades Education (double major math/social sciences) and transition immediately to teaching grades 6-8 at a neighboring Chicago public school. According to Dodd, his experience at Kidz Express prepared him every step of the way. Here more about his story Read more »

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.

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.

 

Bishop Yehiel Curry is Installed!

Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 2:00pm

Congratulations to Bishop Yehiel Curry who was elected to be the sixth bishop of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod, ELCA, at this year's assembly on Saturday, June 8, 2019. 

Installation Date and Location: Bishop-elect Yehiel Curry, will be installed as bishop on Saturday, October 19, 2019, at 2 p.m. at the Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Dr., Tinley Park, IL 60477. All are invited to the installation and reception that follows. His term officially began on September 1, 2019. He is replacing Bishop Wayne N. Miller who is retiring August 31 after two terms as bishop.

 

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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