Social Ministry

Nov 13 2016 - 8:00am - Nov 20 2016 - 10:30am
Dec 7 2016 - 8:30am - 9:30am

Holiday Food and Gift Basket

Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 8:00am - Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 10:30am

Each year Good Shepherd members and friends take the files of 40 families from the Holiday Food and Gift Basekt program. The Holiday Food and Gift Basket, a community institution since the 1970's, provides food gift cards for Thanksgiving to low income families, seniors and adult singles living in Oak Park and River Forest. The program also coordinates hundreds of sponsors to purchase holiday gifts delivered to the same households in December. Wrapped gifts are due back to United Lutheran the first week of December.

United Power

United Power is the nation's first and largest newtwork of multi-faith, broad-based citizens' organizations with 7 decades of experience winning tough batles on housing, health care, education, living wages, and immigration rights. Currently they are working on issues of mental health, housing on the southside of Chicago and gun violence. The next leadership meeting is December 7th at Chicago Sinai Congregation, 15 W. Delaware Pl. Chicago. Contact DiAne Boese for information and to register.

Kidz Express

Kidz Express was founded as part of Good Shepherd's social ministry in 1997 to move forward in faith by providing programs and services for students in Austin. Today Kidz Express is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; however, it remains closely partnered with Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. While programming for over 60 children takes place each weekday and for the bulk of the summer, volunteers are always needed on Tuesday nights at 6pm to help with tutoring. To volunteer at Kidz Express please talk with Pastor Kathy or go to: www.kidzexpress.org. Read more »

brake for Breakfast

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 8:30am - 9:30am

When can a simple warm cup of coffee and healthy muffin become an instrument of peace? When they are given to a high school student racing by after sleeping too long on a late start Wednesday. You can be a part of that transforming wholeness by donating drinks or breakfast treats. If you have time, you can take time to connect with students. November 9 & December 7.

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 5221 Congress, Chicago. For more information, to sign up, or to join the carpool, contact Pastor Kathy, Duane Ehresman, Warren King, or Lynn Railsback.

PADS - Weekly Breakfast

West Suburban PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) is a division of the larger nonprofit organization, Housing Forward. PADS 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.

Monthly Breakfast Staffing for PADS

In addition to bringing breakfast for the Tuesday PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter), a crew from Good Shepherd staffs the breakfast shift on the 4th Monday of the month at Euclid United Methodist. This dedicated crew meets at 5am and leaves around 7am with plenty of time to get to work. 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". Talk to crew leader Eric Wegener for more information.

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.

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: https://community.elca.org/HurricaneSandy 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 »

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