News

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

No Food Waste Holidays

Food Waste currently takes up 20% of landfill by weight. It is the largest single municipal waste source. The methan released by food is a greenhouse gas 21 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. This November we commit to reducing food waste within our homes. Start by taking the Food Waste Challenge found as an attachment. You can also go to the EPA website for information. Think about these changes in your habits: Read more »

Nominations for Leadership Positions

The nominating committee has entered into a time of prayer and discernment as they prepare the slate of nominees for available 2020 leadership positions. The committee invites you to join them by prayerfully considering those who you believe God might be calling to positions of leadership in the church. Read more »

Christmas Worship

Sunday, Dec. 22, Morning Worship at 10:00am ONLY (no Christian Education)

Tuesday, Dec. 24th, Christmas Eve Worship at 5pm and 9:30pm:

  • Family Worship 5:00pm: Communion Worship with Children Telling the Story of Christ's Birth. Come at 4:45 for pre-music. 
  • Candlelight Worship 9:30pm: Joyous Festival Music, Candlelight and Holy Communion. Come at 9pm for pre-music. 

Sunday, Dec. 29: Worship 9:00am ONLY (no Christian Education)

Regular Schedule Resumes January 5 (Christian Education resumes) 

HELPING HANDS SURVEY Offering time and talents as part of stewardship

The 2019 Helping Hands survey is launched! Click here to complete the survey on your phone or computer:  HELPING HANDS SURVEYThe Helping Hands survey is an opportunity for every adult, child or youth to indicate how you would be willing to offer your time and talents to support Good Shepherd’s ministries.  You’re just indicating your interests on the survey, not making commitments.  Continue to use the YES sheet and SignUp Geniu Read more »

Christmas Market Place

Sunday, December 8, 2019 - 8:30am - 12:30pm

Make a dent in your holiday shopping Sunday, December 8th with handcrafted and fair trade items!  The annual Christmas Market Place will take place from 8:30am to 12:30pm. Find global gifts with Ten Thousand Villages, unique jewelry, beautiful felted hats, handcrafted plush toys and local honey. Many other local crafters with cards, knit crafts and other items will be on hand to assist shoppers with wonderful gifts for the holiday season. 

Christmas Poinsettias

Help fill the sanctuary with poinsettia plants in red, white and pink to celebrate this joyous Christmas season! Sponsor plants by ordering online or by using the order form in your Sunday bulletin. Plants you order can be taken home after Christmas Day service or left to be enjoyed until Epiphany. Deadline to order: December 8.

First Sunday Schedule

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

December 15: Rev. Kirsten Hedlund, Army chaplain; will talk about the life of a military chaplain.

January 12: Deaconess Debbie Speer: The Deaconess Association celebrates 100 years.

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!

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 »

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. 

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 »

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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