UPCOMING EVENT: FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT

Saturday, August 27 at 6:30pm

All are invited to a family movie night on Saturday, August 27 at 6:30pm in the Fellowship Hall. We’ll choose between two musical movie adventures to sing-along to and watch together (movies rated PG). Movie snacks will be provided. This is a great way to meet other families involved in the Sunday School program. We hope to see you there!

REGISTER FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL

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Registration for Sunday School is open! All children ages 3 – high school are invited to participate in our educational programs. Sunday School (ages 3 -4th grade) and Bible Adventures (5th & 6th grade) meet on Sunday mornings at 9:15, following the children’s message in 9am worship. Confirmation (7th grade and up) will meet on Sunday afternoons and Wednesday evenings in Advent and Lent. Children’s Music groups will also be gathering on Sunday mornings. For more information about these programs, click on the registration button or scroll down.

Register Today!

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UPCOMING EVENT: CONGREGATION RETREAT

October 1-3, 2022 at Camp Calumet

Get ready for the annual Congregation Retreat at Camp Calumet! This weekend adventure, open to all ages, is a time to grow in faith and deepen community ties through bible study sessions, worship, prayer, relaxation, building new friendships and nurturing the old ones. More information about the theme and registration coming soon!

Education at Good Shepherd

Welcome!

At Good Shepherd, learning is a fundamental way in which we strive to grow, nurture, and make disciples in Christ. We see learning as a lifelong process: in every chapter of life, God reveals new aspects of Godself, and our understanding of what it means to be disciples evolves and grows! Click through the descriptions below to find out more about the learning opportunities available at Good Shepherd.

The little ones

The littlest members of our community are learning a lot about what it means to be a disciple simply by being in church with us! We welcome children as worshipers in our congregation, and know that the praise they give to God includes lots of wiggles and whispers in the pews. 

We provide worship bags for kids with fresh content in it each week so that they can engage with their faith in age-appropriate ways while in worship with us. 

And if they (or their caregivers!) need a break from the sanctuary, the Nursery is located right next door to it. We are currently not providing childcare in the nursery on Sunday mornings, but it is always open for caregivers to use.  

Children’s Sunday School (Ages 3 – 4th Grade)

GSLC Sunday School each week from September 18, 2022 to May 21, 2023 for three year olds through grade four at 9:15am. Children begin in worship with their families at 9am, then head upstairs with their teachers after the children’s message. At Sunday School, we begin with a Large Group introduction to the day’s lesson, then break into age-specific classrooms to read the bible story, play games, and make a craft.  

The Sunday School curriculum follows the lectionary, which means that the kids get to engage with the same bible stories their caregivers hear in worship. Our hope is that this fosters conversations about God’s word as a family. 

Bible Adventures (5th & 6th Grade)

“Bible Adventures ” is a class designed for fifth and sixth graders to get a solid grounding in the Old Testament and New Testament before entering confirmation. The two grades are taught together, and the curriculum alternates from year to year between the two testaments. This is a fun, approachable class that not only gives an overview of the Bible, but also gives the kids an opportunity to process their faith lives with peers. This year, we will be exploring the New Testament.  

Bible Adventures meets on Sunday mornings at 9:15 am in the Kenneth O. Bean Library on the 2nd floor of our building (Bible Adventurers begin in 9am worship with their families, then head upstairs with their teachers following the children’s message). We will also gather on Wednesday evenings during Advent and Lent for additional classes to dive deeper into additional New Testament topics.  

Confirmation (7th Grade & Up)

Confirmation is a two-year program for seventh and eighth graders, and prepares them to take ownership of their baptismal promises by offering an overview of the Bible, of Christian doctrine, and or our Lutheran perspective. Upon completion of the class, students are eligible to be confirmed through a rite called the Affirmation of Baptism during a special Sunday morning service.

Teens at Good Shepherd

Opportunities for fellowship, service, and learning continue with TAGS, our program for teens at Good Shepherd. Monthly meetings from September through June are complemented by social gatherings (like escape rooms and corn mazes) and service opportunities (hosting a Halloween party for the littlest kids in the congregation, participating with a feeding ministry in Northampton). We also serve God and our neighbor through yearly mission trips during the summer. Email TAGS@goodshepherdcares.org for more information!

Camperships

Good Shepherd provides financial support for campers attending Camp Calumet from Good Shepherd and Concordia Lutheran Church. This summer, we helped 19 campers, along with 10 counselors, CITs, youth and adult staff members, experience Calumet and grow in their faith in God and friendships with one another. Learn more about the Campership Fund and how to get involved here.  

Adult Learning

Sunday Adult Forum 

Adult Forum gathers throughout the year in a series format from September – June. Our first Sunday morning series, the History of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, will gather at 10:15am on Sunday mornings from September 18 – October 23.

Weekly Bible Studies 

We have two groups that gather every Monday and Friday at 9:30am. Usually, we’re working through a devotional book together that deepens our understanding of scripture and the life of faith. 

Wednesday Evening Adult Study 

On Wednesday nights during Advent and Lent, there’s a learning opportunity for adults at 6:30pm. Topics range widely, and in the past have included a series on faith and science, the anatomy of worship, racial reconciliation, and Russian Icon painting. These Adult Studies are currently being held in a hybrid format, please contact Samantha Menapace, Director if Christian Education  at samantha.menapace@goodshepherdcares.org for more information about these classes. 

NEW THIS YEAR – We will be gathering for a four-week book study during the month of October. We plan to meet on Zoom on Wednesday evenings from 8:30-9:15pm. Book TBD – contact Samantha Menapace with your book suggestions if you’d like to participate! 

Safe Church

Our mission statement – We are growing, nurturing, making disciples in Christ – calls us to create a community of faith where children, youth and adults can participate together in ministry in a safe and secure environment. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is committed to being a safe haven for children and youth and all adults – a place where all persons are protected from any form of exploitation and abuse. We therefore adopt this policy for the protection of everyone and prevention of abuse in our church. Click the links to download PDFs of our policy summary and the full draft of our policy.

Safe Church Policy Summary

Safe Church Policy

Wednesday Evenings at Good Shepherd

During Advent and Lent, Bible Adventures, Confirmation, and Adult Learning classes take place at 6:30pm on Wednesday evenings. Adult Learning meets both in-person and via Zoom as a hybrid class. At 7:30, we end our evening by gathering for an Evening Prayer service. We look forward to these special, seasonal gatherings that bring folks of all ages together in faith formation and worship.

Library

Named in memory of Good Shepherd’s longest-tenured pastor, the Kenneth O. Bean Library houses a diverse collection of spiritual and theological resources that are available to check out and take home! Visit the library, on the second-floor education wing, whenever you come by.

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