Social Ministry

United Power Takes Action Against Gun Violence

On March 17th, United Power launched its campaign "Do Not Stand Idly By" to reduce gun violence. Next they worked to amend House Bill 183.

Good Shepherd is a member of United Power. If you would like to see what they are working on now, contact United Power at to learn more. Or download the attached file.


Celebrating Our Seniors!

Congratulations to Shirley Christell, James Hunt, Fred Bryant, Ann Hanson and Curt Cruver for being honored for their work during Celebrating Seniors Week! During this annual week-long event, Celebrating Seniors honors, recognizes and serves seniors in our community. Each year, this event celebrates the lives of 60 seniors who have made distinguished contributions.  Read about these 60 special seniors You can even nominate seniors for next year's "60 over 60" list!

Kidz Express

Kidz Express was founded as part of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church's social ministry in 1997. Kidz Express was a dream of the founders, Warren King and Duane Ehresman, to move forward in faith by providing programs and services that helped build self-esteem in inner city children, exposed children to the larger world around them, modeled the life of Jesus Christ as a guide for daily living, and bridged the gap between the Austin area of Chicago and Oak Park. Kidz Express has evolved into an organization focused on developing mentoring relationships with children from the Quincy and Central neighborhoods within Austin.
To volunteer at Kidz Express please go to: Read more »

Attitudes Towards Differences: The Riddle Scale

Good Shepherd rests securely in the "Nurturance" section of the Riddle Scale when it comes its welcoming stance towards GLBT people. We assume that diversity in sexual orientation within our community is indispensible. We view differences with genuine affection and delight and are advocates of those differences. See where you are on the attached Riddle Scale.

Become A Tutor for Kidz Express

You can be a part of the team that transforms lives of children and youth in Austin by tutoring for one hour per week. By caring, mentoring and guiding students you will give students a chance to overcome the challenges of poverty. Kidz Express was founded as part of Good Shepherd's Social Ministry. Although it became its own 5013c agency in 2005, we continue to support the center with our funds and time.Call Pastor Kathy for more information about Tutoring. 

Kidz Express tutors: an hour a week to change a life

Kidz Express, the after school program in Austin started by Good Shepherd members, is seeking volunteers to tutor elementary school students on Tuesdays from 6:00 – 6:45 pm.  Anyone ages 13 or older is welcome, and rides can be provided.  Tutoring occurs at the Kidz Express center at 342 S. Laramie.  For more information or to sign up, contact Duane Ehresman, Warren King, or Lynn Railsback.


West Suburban PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) is a nonprofit organization that provides meals and overnight shelter for the homeless in West Suburban Cook County. It operates for eights months of the year. Volunteers from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church purchase and deliver breakfast each Tuesday during the shelter season. For information, contact William Peterman. In addition, volunteers staff a PADS shift one Monday at Euclid Methodist church. To volunteer for a Monday shift contact Eric Wegener.

US Flooding - Disaster Relief

The Carolinas have endured catastrophic rainfall that has shattered records and left unprecedented scenes of flooding in its wake. The hardest-hit areas stretch from Columbia, in the middle of South Carolina, all the way to the coast. The flooding has led to the death of nine people, tens of thousands are without power, major highways and interstates have been closed, and homes have been completely destroyed. Donate to the relief effort here. 

Monday at PADS

Good Shepherd strongly supports PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter). Members purchase and deliver breakfast supplies for PADS every Monday evening during the shelter season. To make it easy there are instructions and a list of supplies. Breakfast for the homeless is our way of following Jesus in helping the "widows, orphans and oppressed".

In addition we staff the breakfast shift on the 4th Monday of the month at Euclid United Methodist. So there are lots of ways to help those in need!

Middle East and Europe Refugee Crises

Lutheran Disaster Response is committed to meeting the basic humanitarian needs and upholding the rights of those fleeing war and oppression. We are working – and in the coming weeks and months ahead will continue to work – with our trusted partners and companion churches, who are helping provide safety, support and basic amenities, such as water, food and shelter. Your gifts are needed now to help with immediate relief. Gifts designated for the Middle East and Europe Refugee Crisis will be used in full (100 percent) to assist those directly impacted by this crisis


World Malaria Day Thank You!

Thank you for your prayers, partnership and support of the ELCA Malaria Campaign for World Malaria Day 2014. Thanks to you and thousands of supporters like you, together we surpassed our goal of $250,000. Because of your overwhelming generosity, gifts for the ELCA Malaria Campaign totaled $300,000, given in addition to $100,000 of matching funds. We are able to launch work in Namibia this year. Thank you!

ELCA On the Ground Helping Those in Need

From the Caribbean to the northern Atlantic coast of the United States, millions of people have evacuated their homes and communities due to Hurricane Sandy. Strong winds and torrential rains have led to flooding and mass destruction.

We need your help. Donate: Through ELCA Disaster Response, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is responding in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. In the Caribbean, through our global church partnerships, we are providing basic needs such as food, water and shelter. Throughout the United States we are working hand-in-hand with synods and ministry organizations, who are experts at outreach in their communities. Read more »

Christian Peacemaker Teams

When Good Shepherd member Suzanna Collerd joined CPT after college graduation we began learning about this organization. CPT was founded in the Chicago area in 1986 by people who felt that faithfulness to what Jesus taught called us to new forms of public witness, which may include nonviolent direct action.

CPT has teams of trained peacemakers in Israel/Palestine, Iraq, on the Arizona border and in Columbia. Short-term teams (5-14 days) travel to crisis settings to protect human rights, engage in public peace witness and to report to home churches. These short-term teams are open to applicants over age 18.
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Missionary Sponsorship

Mary Borgman has just arrived in South Africa and needs our dollars to do her work. She serves with Diakonia AIDS Ministry (DAM) in Soweto as an HIV/AIDS worker. Through this work, Mary is able to use her experience as a Social Worker; for 5 years she worked with Child Protective Services and for 3 years as a Domestic Violence Legal Advocate in Washington.

Diakonia AIDS Ministry is a community intervention ministry of ELCSA Central Diocese. This is the Companion Synod to Metro Chicago; for more information see Read more »

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