|Good Shepherd is a Reconciling in Christ Congregation
Loving, Liturgical, and Musical...
Good Shepherd Lutheran is a welcoming,
caring congregation, with programs for all ages.
The Vineyard -A Christian Preschool
Our purpose is to provide a warm, healthy environment in which your child can grow physically,
mentally, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. We have a developmental program. We provide the children with age
appropriate activities and experiences and strive to help your child feel happy and successful in the school setting.
10:45 - 11:15am
and during sermon time, then the children come back in to church
for communion and sending with their families.
Dear Members and Friends of Good Shepherd,
The 22nd of June (Fourth Sunday) is Refugee Sunday and our Fourth Sunday
Brunch at God Shepherd. Please read the following article as a reminder of our participation in this ministry of the
ELCA. We are Church together, and can do so much more because we are working together on projects like this. Thanks,
and we'll see you in worship.
Sunday, June 22nd is Refugee Sunday in the ELCA.
We join the faithful across our country who will also observe this date. At Good Shepherd, we will focus our day on
the refugees from the conflict in Syria.
For over two years, ongoing violence in Syria has led to an increased
risk of a humanitarian crisis. Many Syrians have left their homes, choosing to escape the violence by relocating to more
stable areas of Syria or neighboring countries. Syrians are also now faced with decreasing levels of security, restricted
access to primary healthcare — jeopardizing child nutrition and health — and high levels of unemployment because
Among the 2.5 million people displaced, many have taken refuge in Za’atri refugee camp
in Jordan. Like Jordan, many of Syria’s neighbors have opened their borders to receive refugees fleeing chaos and danger
in their home country. Receiving refugees is difficult work that can stretch resources and affect political dynamics in
the host countries. In these difficult times, groups already vulnerable in the region can be at even greater risk.
From the early stages of this conflict the ELCA has been committed to standing
in solidarity with our companions in Syria. This support has stretched from (former) Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson's letters
to Christian church leaders in Syria, offering support of the churches' collective call for an end to violence and his
prayers for the people in the region, to our financial support of partners working within Syria.
through our local partners we are working to provide food and items such as hygiene kits, household items, bedding sets
and clothing for internally displaced Syrians. Our partners are also addressing healthcare awareness through psychosocial
care and training in nutritional support for mothers. Additionally, rental subsidies, tuition fees and classes will be available
to help alleviate some of the economic burdens faced by displaced families.
We have contributed over $1
million to the support of those affected by the conflict in Syria. Gifts have gone particularly to help mothers and children
and to support the Za’atri refugee camp. Your gifts can help make sure we continue our response to those most vulnerable.
We will move our Third Sunday Brunch from June
15th to June 22nd, the Fourth Sunday. Our basket offering that day will be sent to Lutheran Disaster Response designated
for Syria Relief. Thank you!
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
is injury, pardon:
where there is doubt, faith ;
where there is despair, hope
where there is darkness, light
where there is sadness, joy
O divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in
pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.