Jan 18 2019 - 7:30pm
Jan 27 2019 - 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Feb 9 2019 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Memorial Service for Gordon Straw

Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

The family of Gordon Straw invites all who would like to come to his memorial service: we will be celebrating his wonderful and beautiful life together on Saturday, February 9th at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 East 55th St. Chicago, Illinois 60615. This was where he worked as a associate professor of Spiritual Formation and what he was most proud of - it was his dream job. The faculty/staff have been more than gracious enough to let us use their chapel space for the service and celebration. There will be a pre-service gathering from 1-3pm and the service will be from 3-5pm with a reception and refreshments afterwards. Please join us.

BRRM Update - December

Insurance Claims: Good Shepherd has received a check from Guide One in the amount of $17,400 to cover six months of rental space at First Baptist Church.

PM Adjusting, our public adjuster who is helping us submit and settle our claim with our insurance company, has given us their reports for the property and personal property claims. The reports are being reviewed by the BRRM Taskforce and the Insurance Workgroup. Read more »

The 5th Season of Jazz Prayer!

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 7:30pm

While we are still finalizing the song selections, January's theme of Freedom is coming together. You'll meditate on Hephzibah Menuhin: "Freedom means  "choosing your burden", and the song Mercy, Mercy, Mercy by Joe Zawinul. Doors open at 7:10pm for appetizers and conversation. Read more »

Annual Meeting of the Congregation

Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 12:00pm - 3:00pm

On January 27, 2019, the Good Shepherd congregation will come together for our Annual Meeting of the Congregation immediately following worship.  A light lunch will be provided at the start of the meeting, with nursery care during the meeting. Whether you are member or not - we hope you will join us this year! 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.


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 »

Worship on the Move

The Randolph Street building is now a fire remediation 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. We ask that you leave parking directly in front of First Baptist for their congregation, unless you have ability issues. Parking is available in the Public Garage at 720 North Blvd. by the Green line elevated train. Wait at the elevator lobby for a shuttle if needed.

Education Hour at 9am and Worship at 10:30 am.


Music Director Search

Are you an experienced church musician or do you know someone who is?

Then take a look at the attached job description! Jonathan Oblander, our gifted music director is moving out of the country opening up the position of Director of Music at Good Shepherd. Jonathan, who held the position for over 5 years, would tell you that this is a great place to work. We know that God has great plans for the future of our music program. Maybe they include you or someone you know.

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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