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Nov 23 2019 - 9:00am - 11:00am
Dec 8 2019 - 8:30am - 12:30pm
Dec 11 2019 - 9:00am - Jan 15 2020 - 9:00am

Brake 4 Breakfast

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 9:00am - Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 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. We expect anywhere between 60-80 students to grab healthy food on December 11 and January 15. 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. You'll find us at the corner of East and Randolph, rain, snow, or sunshine!

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.

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.

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 »

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. Check out this upcoming event: Read more »

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.

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 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.

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.

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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