Good Shepherd Ministry Updates during Social Distancing
Through this time of social distancing the ministry of the Church continues. Much of our life together has paused or adapted, but we are still church together for the sake of the world and continue to care for, pray for, and serve people as Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, following the latest orders for health and safety, and will keep you updated along the way. While we continue in Phase 2 of our Ministry Plan we are worshiping online at this time.
House Church will be a mid-week worship with Holy Communion on Wednesdays at 12:00 pm. We will meet in our own homes via Zoom for Word, prayer, communion, and discussion. See Friday e-news for Zoom details. Communion Bread Recipe
Upcoming Congregation Meetings:
Town Hall Meeting Budget: Sunday, January 17 at 2pm.
Town Hall Meeting Constitution: Sunday, January 24 at 2pm. Your Good Shepherd Church Council has been updating the GSLC Constitution and Bylaws over the last few months to align with the ELCA Model Constitution as well as GSLC initiated updates. There will be a short presentation and some time to answer any questions the congregation may have. This Town Hall Zoom meeting is an effort to expedite the review and approval of the Constitution and Bylaw approvals at the Congregational Meeting on January 31, 2021. The GSLC Constitution and Bylaws are available on the Members section of the church website, the Friday email, as well as the January Newsletter.
Congregational Meeting: Sunday, January 31 at 2pm.
All meetings will meet on Zoom. The zoom links are available in the Friday Upcoming Events email and also on the Members Access section on the website (see Members Access tab at bottom of page).
The church office is open M-F from 8-12:00 pm. Staff is working remotely as much as possible. When more than one staff person needs to be in the office, coordination will happen to ensure safe social distancing or staggering time in the building.
Children and Family:
Family Faith Formation @ Home
While we are currently not gathering for traditional Sunday school, we are excited to announce Family Faith Formation @ Home! Tune into worship each Sunday for the lesson for the day and you will be invited to participate in a screen free and hands on activity at the end of worship. Materials for the entire month can be picked up at church on the first Sunday of each month. Register here. Contact: Director of Children and Family Ministries, Emily Harrow.
Confirmation/RiSE Wednesday Nights from 6:30-7:30pm
If you are interested in joining us for the spring semester, you may Register here!
Our Neighbors, Our City: Tuesdays at 7:30 pm – via Zoom
We are hosting virtual gatherings to discuss the recent events in our nation. This is a safe space to lament, pray, ask questions, and seek to understand the events around us. Contact Gail Brecht.
Basecamp: Our men’s ministry is meeting monthly, Sundays at 4:30 pm. Contact Michael Kerber.
Lectio Divina: This is a women’s ministry, meeting via Zoom, every Monday at 7:30 pm. Contact Kathy Busch.
Men’s Bible Study: This is a men’s ministry, meeting via Zoom, every Thursday at 6:15 am. The Men’s meeting mimics the function of Panera without the travel. The zoom meeting runs 6-8:00 am and the study or guided questions will run from 6:15-7:15 am. I will manage Breakrooms after 7:15 am to permit private, or not so private conversation (at your choice) until 8:00 am. Call Bill at 314-306-9323 (cell, preferred) or email to get invited: Bill Talbot.
Monday Night Bible Study: Pastor Josh will lead a study on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month. We will go beyond Sunday, going deeper into the upcoming lectionary readings for the upcoming Sunday. This study is open to all. This study will meet with a hybrid of in-person and Zoom. In person will be masked and socially distant. Contact the church office for more information: 636-391-6685.
FLY (Fellowship of Lutheran Youth): Contact Pastor Amy.
College: Reach out to Pastor Amy if you have thoughts on how we can be in ministry together as college students!
RiSE in the Middle: Middle school students meet, via Zoom, each Sunday at 11:00 am. Contact Kayla Dye for info.
Teams & Committees:
Many of our ongoing teams and committees are continuing their work through online video conferencing. Zoom Meeting Safety
Prayer & Care:
Stay Connected Team: A dedicated group of members has been helping us reach out to all our members with phone calls to check in, offer care, and see if there are any needs.
Pastoral Care: Your pastors and chaplain are making calls and checking in regularly with members. We are available to talk and support you through this time. We are happy to talk over the phone or via Zoom for virtual coffee.
Pastor Josh Brecht
Pastor Amy Stewart
Chaplain Suzie Everingham
Help make sandwiches for Trinity Soulard. If you can help make Peanut Butter Sandwiches, please contact Dennis & Ruth Mall.
Feed My Starving Children –www.feedtheneedstl.org: Feed My Starving Children has made a profound difference in the worlds’ food insecurity. However, this year, due to the Pandemic, they have been unable to have MobilePacks most of the year. This has created a drastic loss of food for the children. They desperately need funding to pay for the mechanical packaging of food. Please consider donating here or checks may written to Good Shepherd with FMSC in the check memo.
Need a new mask? Buy one from Feed My Starving Children here! For every mask sold, FMSC is donating a mask in Haiti. The mask you buy is handmade in the USA. The mask you donate is made in Haiti and creates jobs.
Wings/Love A Child is looking for volunteers to help pack food boxes, assemble boxes, or bag canned goods. The location is 3137 Jefferson Ave. Masks are required. Their goal is to pack 4,000 boxes per month. Contact Julie Patthoff @314-591-2528.