Jul 31 2015 - 7:00pm - Aug 2 2015 - 12:00pm
Apr 20 2018 - 7:30pm
Apr 22 2018 - 8:00am - 10:30am
Apr 22 2018 - 9:15am - 10:15am
Apr 27 2018 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Jazz Prayer: ReNew the Cool

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 7:30pm

ReNew the Cool is the answer to global warming in on April 20th. Those who come by bike or on foot will receive a special treat. Music will include Miles Davis from the album "Birth of the Cool", which was credited with starting the cool jazz movement, as well as "In the Beginning" from Duke Ellington's Sacred Concert. Doors open at 7:10pm for appetizers and conversation. Music begins at 7:30pm.  This non-denominational event creates an opportunity for reflection and meditation in an ambiance of quality live jazz music. You'll encounter an hour of music like this. Read more »

Celebrate Earth Day

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 9:15am - 10:15am

Walk or bike to church on Sunday and receive a packet of non-GMO heirloom seeds. During the Education Hour adults delve into the issue of Environmental Justice with Bill Peterman, emeritus Professor of Geography and Urban Studies at Chicago State University. One issue will be the impact of the Eisenhower Expressway on communities that have low automobile usage. Children and Youth learn about the hierarchy of Sustainability's 3 R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. This all takes place on Sunday, April 22nd.

Good Shepherd Supports LSSI

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 8:00am - 10:30am

LSSI (Lutheran Social Services of Illinois) has been caring for God's lambs and sheep for 151 years, ever since it opened its first orphanage on Illinois' western prairie. On April 22 we celebrate our partnership with LSSI, which remains the largest statewide provider of social services. Today, LSSI serves almost 50,000 people — of all ages, races, incomes, and religions — helping them to address important needs and make essential changes in their lives. Give today by going to LSSI, click DONATE.

Rev. Alex Awad

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Rev. Alex Awad is pastor of East Jerusalem Baptist Church and Professor at Bethlehem Bible College in Palestine. He hopes to offer the world an insight into the developments in the Palestinian Territories. Born and raised in Jerusalem, he was greatly influenced by the Christian example of his mother, after his father died in 1948 from crossfire in the Israeli-Jordanian conflict. With this perspective he offers pragmatic approaches to peace and a vision for hope in the midst of dark times of continuing conflict.

2018 Summer Congregation Retreat

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 7:00pm - Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 12:00pm

Mark your calendars for our 8th annual summer retreat!  July 27-29. Enjoy a weekend at Walcamp amidst 180 acres of forest and open fields along the Kishwaukee River in Kingston, only 70 miles west of Oak Park. It begins with hayrides on Friday. On Saturday adults explore holiness, while children explore nature. We all enjoy water sports, hiking or a long nap, as we choose. There are sure to be 'smores over a campfire. Find a brochure here. Check out Walcamp here.

We're Buying a Farm - 2 in fact!

THANK YOU! We earned more than enough for the two farms with Global Hunger. You can still donate your dollars, coins and checks (or visit our online "store" to donate) to the cause. The farms are given to communities so that they can break the cycle of poverty and begin the journey to providing a steady source of food for their families. 

We Rent Space--Book Your Event at Good Shepherd!

Think about holding your recital, concert, party or business meeting at Good Shepherd!  With both a baby grand piano and pipe organ, as well as great acoustics, our sanctuary space is perfect for recitals and concerts.  Our basement space has pass-through access to a large kitchen and a dedicated nursery space.  Or meet outside in our south lawn or one of several classrooms.  See pictures attached.  Contact Vicki to come take a look! Read more »

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

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.

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

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