May 15 2019 - 7:00pm
May 17 2019 - 7:30pm
Jun 9 2019 - 10:30am

Prayer Vigil for Detained Lutheran Pastor

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 7:00pm

Pastor Betty Rendon, who serves at Emaus Lutheran Church in Racine, was detained by ICE on Tuesday, May 14 and remains in custody. Her daughter, who has DACA status, was also detained and later released. Bishop Paul Erickson of the Greater Milwaukee Synod said Rendon was a “candidate approved for ordination” but could not be ordained until she had legal status in the United States. A doctoral student at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, “She was caught in this in-between time,” Erickson said. “She’s a good preacher and she was filling in as kind of an independent contractor … but she was helping out, preaching some Sundays at Emaus in Racine.” Rendon has been trying to receive asylum for several years and was recently rejected. Read more »

Adult Topics

Enjoy learning new things? Join us in the Parlor at 9am on Sundays.

  • May 5: A Book in One Day! St. Paul's Letter to Philemon is the shortest book in the Bible - only 23 verses (335 words in Greek). "Love vs. Bondage" is a way to describe entry into its world. Pastor Fred Reklau leads discussion of this small window into an early Christian community and its wider cultural context in the Roman Empire.
  • May 12: Carl Heine, Past, Present & Future of Church Music
  • May 19: Anthony Suarez-Abraham, Parliament of Religions

Celebrate Pentecost with Red Geraniums

Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 10:30am

Help "Paint the Sanctuary Red" on Pentecost with a garden of geraniums. Order in person at church or online here. Pentecost is on June 9th and plants must be ordered by May 31st.  After service on Pentecost, plants you order may be taken home to be enjoyed in your own garden.  

Vacation Bible School

Join us for Vacation Bible School 2019, which will be held at United Lutheran Church, 409 Greenfield St in Oak Park! This year will be a ROAR! because life is wild, and God is good!

While we continue the rebuilding/remodeling phase of the Good Shepherd building (damaged by a fire in September 2018), we have been warmly welcomed by United Lutheran to hold our VBS on their campus.

The dates are June 17-21, 5-8pm. We begin with a meal, then students move through rotations which include music, games, science, and drama. Click here to register. Questions can be directed to Deaconess Debbie Speer.

Springtime on the Islands

Friday, May 17, 2019 - 7:30pm

May is the last Jazz Prayer for the season - so you won't want to miss it!. The theme is Springtime on the Islands, featuring some fun bossa nova beats such as St. Thomas by Sonny Rollins, Fungii Mama, by Blue Mitchell, and Minha Saudade by Joao Donato and Joao Gilberto. It will be even more fun with the return of steel drum player, Joseph Glenn. Read more »

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 »

Lutherans Stand Up for Immigrants

Good Shepherd works with PASO and AMMARO

Whether Bishop Eaton, Bishop Miller, youth at the National Gathering or countless other individuals, Lutherans are standing up for immigrants. All affirm the concern for the wellbeing of vulnerable migrants who cross our borders fleeing from danger and threats to their lives. Good Shepherd continues to move forward on this issue as they work with both PASO and AMMPARO. Here are some suggestions on what you can do:

PRAY: Pray for the safety of migrants. Your pray stirs both your heart and God's.

DONATE: Read more »

Time for Greece!

Follow in the Footsteps of Paul to visit places found in the Bible from September 8 - 20, 2019. Visit Philippi where Paul delivered his first sermon and baptized Lydia, the first European convert. Visit Byzantine churches with their ornate mosaics and see the monasteries of Meteora that seem to hang between heaven and earth. After several days in Athens, board a cruise ship to sail through the Greek Islands of Mykonos, Rhodes and Santorini on the way to Kusadasi, where you can tour the ancient ruins of Ephesus in Turkey. Download the brochure or contact Pastor Kathy for details.


Temporary Quarters

The Randolph Street building is now 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 and Worship at 10:30 am.


BRRM Update - February



Nevin Hedlund is working with several other firms to create the mechanical drawings that are needed to create an RFP and bids from contractors. He expects to be completed by the end of February so that the bidding process can move forward. The cost for this service is estimated at $61,950. Plans for the addition have been submitted to the Historic Commission for approval. Pastor Kathy joined Nevin at the meeting to justify choices made.

Mark Ledogar has a plan for determining answers regarding the sanctuary space. He has spoken with a Sound Engineer (Talaske) and a Liturgical Consultant. Focus groups will help make a recommendation regarding the organ and sanctuary seating. Read more »

Sunday Announcement and Epistle Submission

To have the Assisting Minister make your announcement, click here: Announcement and Epistle Submission Form and complete the form by Tuesday midnight.  This link is also available in the Forms tab on our homepage! Approximately 3 announcements will be chosen each Sunday. The same form gathers items for the Epistle and Wednesday ENews. If you do not use computers, you may submit your handwritten requests for announcements or Epistle items to the church office by Tuesday.

News From South Africa

Good Shepherd is part of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. We are the Chicago area branch of the largest Lutheran body in North America. We are also connected to other Lutheran bodies around the world through the Lutheran World Federation. One of our partners in South Africa is Rev. Dr. Phil Knutson. He serves as the Global Mission Regional Representative of the ELCA. To find his monthly newsletter and learn more about our work in Southern Africa click here

Constitution and Bylaws

The current GSLC Constitution and Bylaw Amendments is available here. You must be logged in as a member. If you have trouble accessing your account, please call Cathy at 708 848 7083 or email

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