Social Ministry

May 1 2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Oct 19 2016 - 8:30am - 9:30am

Anti-Racism Workshop

An Analyzing and Understanding Systemic Racism workshop will take place Thursday-Saturday, October 20- 22, 2016. The workshop is an in-depth look at race and racism in the United States, and is designed to reveal how systemic racism creates barriers to true multicultural diversity and racial justice. Register online at Online registration ends October 15, 2016.   Read more »


Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

It's spring ... birds, tiny flowers and time for the CROP Walk.  Since 2005, Good Shepherd has raised over $25,000!  Let's keep it going.  Our goal is to raise $2500 this year. Click here to sign up for the walking team or to donate. The new route will take us into the Austin neighborhood and then back towards Good Shepherd where we serve as a rest stop. On May 1st registration begins at 1pm at Pilgrim Congregational on Lake Street and the walk begins at 2pm.

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.

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.


brake for Breakfast

Wednesday, October 19, 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. October 19 & 26, November 2 & 9.

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 »

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.

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!

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 »

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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