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Pinata for ELCA Malaria Campaign

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 9:15am

During Lent we have been filling "Skeeter," our present-shaped pinata with offering money to go to the ELCA Malaria Campaign.  On Easter Sunday at 9:15am, we will gather in the Fellowship Hall to break open the pinata and count the donations.  Then, we head out to the front lawn for a 9:30 Easter Egg hunt!

Easter Breakfast

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 8:30am - 11:00am

The high school and middle school youth of Good Shepherd will be hosting an Easter breakfast as a fundraiser for next summer's Youth Gathering trip and other activities.  Breakfast will be served from 8:30-11:00am so that no matter which church service you attend can come and enjoy a wonderful meal!  A freewill offering will be taken and food donations requested to help offset the cost of the meal.  Hop on down to the Fellowship Hall on Easter Sunday, April 20th!

Good Friday Children's Service

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 10:30am - 11:15am

One of Good Shepherd's beloved traditions is to have a Good Friday worship service that is geared especially for our young people, to help them understand the meaning of this pivotal moment in the Christian story. Children will visit various stations that tell the unfolding story of Holy Week. This year's service will take place on Good Friday, April 18 at 10:30am.  

Splash! Faith Formation from birth to age 3

Traditionally called "Cradle Roll," this ministry is aimed at our youngest members – our children from birth to the age of three.   At baptism, we as a congregation make a promise to support the baptized and their families in their spiritual journey.   Through resources offered by our congregation and Augsburg Fortress we can help parents in their role of bringing up children of God.  Splash! materials are sent out on a regular basis which offer ideas for faith-filled play, worship, meals and prayer together.  It is one way as a congregation we stay connected with young children and their families.  

2014 Summer Congregation Retreat

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 7:00pm - Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 12:00pm

Mark your calendars for our 4th annual summer retreat!  July 25-27.  This year we are heading back to Lutherdale Bible Camp where we will have access to a spacious lodge (single beds, shared bathrooms) with A/C as well as a large lawn where we can pitch as many tents as we'd like.  There will also be options for nearby hotels for those who don't like a lot of "rough" in their "roughing it."

There will be special activities for children of all ages during the adult retreat sessions.  Come and experience swimming, pontoon boat rides, games and activities for children, outdoor worship and the beauty of Lutherdale!  More information will be coming out soon.  In the meantime, check out the camp at

Easter Egg Hunt

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 9:15am

Children gather on the South Lawn for an Easter egg hunt at 9:30am on Easter morning. This is the last part of a fun time for little ones. We begin in the basement for a hearty breakfast (with proceeds helping the youth fund). At 9:15am children break open "Skeeter" the pinata. Skeeter is filled with money for the ELCA Malaria Campaign. Worship surrounds these events at 8:00am and 10:30am. See you on the lawn!!

Educational Opportunities on Sunday morning

SUNDAY SCHOOL is for children ages 2 through 6th grade. It begins in the sanctuary at 9:15 with music and then breaks into age group classes for rotations that go along with the Bible story of the week.

MIDDLE SCHOOLERS (7th/8th grade) meet on Sunday mornings as part of the Confirmation program. They also meet for Confirmation on Wednesday evenings beginning at 6:30pm.

TEENS meet at 9:30am on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Sundays of the month. "Second Sunday" is our time to meet for lunch after the 10:30am worship service.

1. Sunday Morning Bible Study meets in the Library at 9:15am for readings, on-the-spot research, stimulating discussion and good fellowship. No previous Bible-study background required. No homework!