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May 23 2021 - 9:00am

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.

Celebrate Pentecost with Red Geraniums

Sunday, May 23, 2021 - 9:00am

Help "Paint the Sanctuary Red" on Pentecost with a garden of geraniums or help paint the Good Shepherd garden pink with wild geraniums. Order through the mail with the order form provided in the May newsletter, in person during office hours at church, or online here. Please note in the comments if you are choosing a potted or a wild geranium and if you'd like to dedicate your flowers to someone. Pentecost is on May 23 and plants must be ordered by May 9th. 

After Pentecost, if you choose a potted red geranium, plants may be taken home to be enjoyed in your own garden.  

ELCA Youth Gathering

COVID-19 has certainly changed plans for many of us in so many ways! One change is that the national ELCA Youth Gathering has been delayed from summer of 2021 to summer of 2022. The place is the same though: Minneapolis!

What is a Youth Gathering? Once every three years, Lutheran youth from across the US (and around the world) come together as one large community. For five days, we worship, serve, play, pray, commune, laugh, cry, dance and sing together, 30,000 strong! It is a youth experience unlike any other!

 

10.18.20 Worship - Giving to God

10.25.20 Worship - Reformation Sunday

What to wear

This is easy. Wear whatever you feel comfortable in. Good Shepherd is an informal church. You can expect to see people wearing jeans (or shorts in the summer) and other casual wear. Festival Sundays, such as Easter and Christmas, you might find people in suits and dresses. Whatever you wear will fit in at Good Shepherd.

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.

Communion via Zoom

Communion Wednesdays at 6:30PM
Join us virtually when we gather for Communion that includes a reading, a prayer, and a blessing. Communion ends at 7:00PM so you can stay online to hang out with the Wednesday gathering. Those that are just signing in for the Wednesday gathering, use the same link:  Zoom link

10.11.20 Worship - God's Rich Feast for Everyone

  • This Sunday we welcome back Pastor Kathy and reflect on God's abundance when times are hard.
  • Join worship on Facebook or YouTube.  Watch LIVE on Facebook at 9:00 a.m. 
  • Your donation keeps Goo

For those with children

We are a family-friendly congregation. Children are welcome to attend worship with you and you're welcome to sit near the front so they can see better - or to sit anywhere you like. Ask the ushers for the books, crayons and toys for quiet play if it is helpful. If you prefer, we offer professional nursery care for pre-schoolers during the 10:30am service (or 9:30am in summer).

Every service, younger children are invited to come forward to listen to a short children's message and receive an activity bulletin. While communion instruction happens around 2nd grade, all baptized children are invited to commune. We leave the choice of communion or blessing for each child to her or his parents.

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.

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.

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. Though we are on hiatus at this time, we look forward to the time when we can once again meet and explore new places!

 

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Coming Soon: A Fresh Look for the Good Shepherd Website

Our church has recently had an interior refresh, and soon our website will too!
Over the last several months, a dedicated team has been working to develop a new website that will expand read into the community and provide a better experience for members of the congregation. We anticipate the launch of the new site to take place around Easter. Stay tuned!


10.4.20 Worship - Travel to the Carribean

  • This Sunday we travel to the Caribbean!
  • Join worship on Facebook or YouTube.  Watch LIVE on Facebook at 9:00 a.m. 
  • Your donation keeps Good Shepherd ministries going!

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 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.

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 »

Title Post date File
Advent - Those Who Dream Dec 4 2020
Building Usage Guidelines During Pandemic Sep 24 2020
Restoration Plan and Guidelines for COVID-19 Sep 24 2020
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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