Nov 16 2018 - 7:30pm
Nov 17 2018 - 9:00am
Nov 18 2018 - 10:00am
Dec 2 2018 - 8:30am - 12:30pm

Gratitude Sunday

Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 10:00am

We celebrate God's work in a Joint Worship service on Sunday, November 18th with First Baptist at 10:00am. People will share their stories of gratitude within the service. Immediately afterwards, we break bread in a Gratitude Luncheon catered by Robinson's Ribs. We request a $10 donation for all participants above age 10; children 10 and under are free, and complimentary tickets are available for those who cannot afford the $10 fee. Tickets sell out, so get your's online here

Take a Hike on November 17

Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 9:00am

Events around the country are scheduled to celebrate Take a Hike Day.  Laura Derks leads us in a walk through Austin Gardens. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather and gather in the Western Lobby at First Baptist at 9am. There will be kid-friendly games, including a scavenger hunt. Afterwards we reconvene to identify ways to work together as a church to care for our Earth. Let the office know if you plan to attend. Hiking can burn between 400-550 calories per hour. Read more »

Christmas Market Place

Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 8:30am - 12:30pm

Make a dent in your holiday shopping Sunday, December 2nd with handcrafted and fair trade items!  The annual Christmas Market Place will take place from 8:30am to 12:30pm. Find global gifts with Ten Thousand Villages, unique jewelry, handcrafted plush toys and local honey. Many other local crafters with cards, knit crafts and other items will be on hand to assist shoppers with wonderful gifts for the holiday season. The Christmas Market Place has been an annual event for about 20 years, and is a great opportunity to support social service agencies through purchases of hand-crafted items, many of which are produced in developing countries.  

The 5th Season of Jazz Prayer!

Friday, November 16, 2018 - 7:30pm

Jazz Prayer continues at our temporary location at the First Baptist Church, 820 Ontario St., Oak Park! November's theme is "The Journey" and we will explore this thing that we often call our life. Some days are filled with joy, others have nothing but hardship. There are days when everything is stuck and others that move too quickly. The goal is to stop and take notice of where we are. The goal is to remain the present.  Doors open at 7:10pm for appetizers and conversation. 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.


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.

Education Hour at 9am and Worship at 10:30 am.


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 »

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.

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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