News

Sep 11 2019 - 9:00am - Sep 25 2019 - 9:00am
Sep 14 2019 - 5:00pm
Oct 19 2019 - 2:00pm

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.

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. 

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 »

Enneagram Workshop, Oct 12

Explore Your Spiritual Path through the Enneagram

The Enneagram is very helpful tool to understanding ourselves, our relationships with others, and our spiritual journeys.  Join us on Saturday, October 12 for a day-long exploration of the Enneagram. The day’s schedule includes: Read more »

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.

 

Lutherans Stand Up for Immigrants

Good Shepherd works with PASO and AMMPARO

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: www.ELCA.org/AMMPARO  www.pasoaction.org  www.LIRS.org Read more »

Daytimers

Within an hour of Oak Park there are LOTS of places to explore. Daytimers is a group for adults at any stage of life who typically meet on the 2nd Tuesday or Thursday each month. The group takes trips to local sights followed by a meal. Contact the office to make your RSVP. Check out these upcoming events: Read more »

First Sunday Schedule

Special Topics with Guest Speakers lead the Adult Bible Study once per month. This is the upcoming schedule:

October 6: Rev. David Wunsch, ELCA Global Missions, Director of Operatons; will speak about the issue of Immigration and the Church's response.

October 20: Rev. Prins, ELCSA, Central Diocese; will talk to us about the Lutheran mission in South Africa. He serves in the area that includes Johannesburg and Pretoria.

November 3: Anna Johnson, M.Div., Ph.D, Professor at Garrett Theological Seminary; will talk about the history of the Reformation

Register for Sunday School!

Sunday School begins on September 8 at 10:30am*. Before then, register your children for classes. This will help Deaconess Debbie in her planning for the year. Find an online registration form here or pick up a paper copy next time you are at church.

* Please note the change in start time! Beginning on September 8, we will be worshiping at 9:00am. Sunday School will begin at 10:30am in the Chapel. Please contact Deaconess Debbie if you have any questions.

Construction Kick-Off Celebration!

Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 5:00pm

Come and make some noise on Saturday, September 14 at 5pm as we officially kick-off the construction project that will get us back into 611 Randolph! Construction project leaders from Bulley and Andrews will be there, along with leadership from Good Shepherd. Be ready for a few activities: planting flowers on the street corner, making banners for the fence. There will be a "Build-Your-Own" sandwich station and other treats. Those present will receive a memento of the day.  

Brake 4 Breakfast

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 9:00am - Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 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. On September 11 and September 25 members of Good Shepherd will be on East Avenue giving out breakfast snacks to all who pass by. 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. We expect at least 70 to stop at the table. Join us!

Temporary Quarters

The Randolph Street building is now a 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. Worship at 9:00 am and Education Hour at 10:30am (September through May).

 

BRRM Update - July

All four motions passed at the June 23rd meeting, which allows Good Shepherd to move forward in the restoration and modernization process. Bulley and Andrews has been selected as the contractor for the job. A Capital Campaign is underway. Yet each week brings updates. To keep up with the current information meet with Pastor Kathy or one of the BRRM task force members at one of the following weekly meetings:

  • Sundays after worship - get your refreshments and come back into the gym
  • Mondays at 10am - come to the office on the 3rd floor of First Baptist
  • Wednesdays at 7pm - at Trattoria 225 (225 Harrison) 

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 »

BRRM Update - February

FEBRUARY 2019 REPORT

BUILDING PLANS

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 cathy.theys@YesTrainingAndEducation.com.

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