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Parenting Topic Discussion with Kids' Movie Night

Friday, May 2, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

It's never too young to teach our children the value of both community and diversity. Join Patty Jurczak, Good Shepherd member and long-time teacher currently working at Hadley Junior High in Glen Ellyn, as she presents on "Starting Small: Teaching Tolerance in Preschool and the Early Grades."  

Dinner will be served at 6pm. Children will be invited to enjoy a movie while parents gather for the topic presentation. The evening will wrap up by 8:00pm.

A $5.00 donation per family member is requested to offset the cost of food and materials.

Please join us on May 2 for this special event! Come for a great meal, stay for rich discussion!

Youth Sunday

Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 8:00am - 12:00pm

May 11 has many designations at Good Shepherd: Mother's Day, Youth Sunday, Good Shepherd Sunday, Lutheran Social Services Sunday. Come and see how we creatively weave these themes together in one beautiful worship service. Any youth that would like to participate should contact Deaconess Debbie.

Pinata for ELCA Malaria Campaign

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 9:15am

Thanks to everyone who donated towards the ELCA anti-malaria campaign. We raised $1296, which is about $4 per baptized member in the congregation. These funds will support the distribution of mosquito nets and anti-malarial medicines in African nations.

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

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!