Sep 14 2018 - 5:00pm - Sep 16 2018 - 10:00am
Sep 21 2018 - 7:30pm
Sep 29 2018 - 7:00pm

Fire Update - September 6

Wednesday, around lunch time, a fire took place in our church building that resulted in significant damage. I praise God that no one was injured. The church is not habitable as it is damaged with water and smoke throughout, but the structure is still sound. The rough estimate is that repairs will take us into 2019.

I am thankful that no one was hurt, that the fire department responded quickly, and that we have a responsive insurance company and possible fire restoration company. I am particularly grateful that the Council and church leaders have already stepped into action. Read more »

Worship on the Move

The Randolph Street building is now a fire remediation 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. We ask that you leave parking directly in front of First Baptist for their congregation, unless you have ability issues. Parking is available in the Public Garage at 720 North Blvd. by the Green line elevated train. Wait at the elevator lobby for a shuttle if needed.

Sunday, September 16: We will have Education Hour at 9am and Worship at 10:30 am. Read more »

Fire Update - September 15

Pastor Kathy has spent lots of time shuttling between her two new offices. The two chairs on the porch at the front doors of Good Shepherd allows conversation outside of a building that is still filled with smoke. An office on the third floor of the west wing at First Baptist is turning into the office space for Good Shepherd staff.

The week has been filled with two activities: First, there have been lots of meetings with insurance adjusters. Last week we focused on remediation at the building, which is the process of getting all of the water out, boxing up things that need an ozone treatment to remove the smoke, and scrubbing the air of smoke. Except for the boxing, the rest is an ongoing process. The floors and ceilings are still showing signs of significant water.  Read more »

The 5th Season of Jazz Prayer!

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 7:30pm

Kick-off the 5th Season with us on September 21st at our temporary location at the First Baptist Church, 820 Ontario St., Oak Park! The musical line-up includes Interplay by Bill Evans, Steps by Chick Corea, Moondance by Van Morrison and It's Going to Rain Today by Randy Newman. All of this is interspersed with prayers and readings to help decompress from the week. Doors open at 7:10pm for appetizers and conversation. Read more »

Kurtenbach Farm Trip

Friday, September 14, 2018 - 5:00pm - Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 10:00am

When is the last time you enjoyed a day on a farm?

Saturday, September 15 we have a whole day to enjoy this treat at the Kurtenbach Farm in Chatsworth Illinois. This 1800 acre farm, which has been in the family for over 150 years, is less than 2-hours away. Saturday begins with a tour of the many animals: chickens, goats, pigs and more. Then we cool off in the huge pond. Little ones will enjoy a sandy beach. Older ones will enjoy the paddle boat and swimming dock. We might even get to use the tower and zip line. Saturday ends with a campfire by the pond. Those who like to camp are invited to start on Friday, September 14 or stay through Sunday, September 16. Pick up a brochure at church for more information and the address.

Unveiled - A One Woman Play

Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 7:00pm

Racism.  Hate crimes. Love. Islam. Culture. Language. Life.

Five Muslim women in a post-9/11 world serve tea and uncover what lies beneath the veil in this critically acclaimed one-woman show. Rohina Malik returns to present her play. Afterwards, stay for a discussioon over a light meal. Tickets $20 in advance. $25 at the door. The Chicago Tribune hails Malik as "a remarkable new theatrical voice in Chicago. Read more »

Lutherans Stand Up for Immigrants

Good Shepherd works with PASO and AMMARO

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: Read more »

Time for Greece!

Follow in the Footsteps of Paul to visit places found in the Bible from September 8 - 20, 2019. Visit Philippi where Paul delivered his first sermon and baptized Lydia, the first European convert. Visit Byzantine churches with their ornate mosaics and see the monasteries of Meteora that seem to hang between heaven and earth. After several days in Athens, board a cruise ship to sail through the Greek Islands of Mykonos, Rhodes and Santorini on the way to Kusadasi, where you can tour the ancient ruins of Ephesus in Turkey. Download the brochure or contact Pastor Kathy for details.


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.

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

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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