Share your bread with the hungry, bring the homeless poor into your house, cover the naked when you see them. –Isaiah 58:7
All ages at Good Shepherd are focused on serving others in our community and the world through works of charity and works of justice, just as Christ did. Through various activities and educational opportunities, we seek to characterize Good Shepherd as one that fosters all of us to live in love, unity and service to others in Christ’s name.
Our Social Ministry Team identifies and organizes a variety of ministries designed to feed, clothe, build, educate and advocate for others. We are able to accomplish these ministries through the generous gifts of money, donations, time and talents from the members and friends of Good Shepherd.
Some of the Ministries We are Supporting in 2017-2018:
- Neighbors Inc. Food Shelf & Clothing Closet
- IGH All Church Back Pack Bonanza
- Summer Breakfast Program
- ELCA God’s Work our Hands
- The Union Gospel Mission
- Operation Christmas Child
- Walk for Hunger at the MOA
- Meals on Wheels
- Shobi’s Table
- Feed My Starving Children
- Variety of Community Collection Drives
- Senior High Youth Mission Trips to Benton Harbor MI & Flat Head Reservation in MT
- Lutheran World Relief
- Elpis (Hope) Enterprises
Calendar of Events:
~ July 31 thru Aug. 3, A team has been formed to assist with serving “The Summer Breakfast Program” for those in need at Henry Sibley school.
~ Aug 6th thru Aug 19th “Back Pack Bonanza” The Social Ministry team and church members will assist with cash and school supply donations in order to fill 1,100 back packs with school supplies to be given to under privileged children and teens.
~ Sept 17th ECLA’s “God’s Work our Hands” The Social Ministry Team along with members and/or organizations identify jobs and projects that can be completed in a limited amount of time on the designated days. Volunteers are then asked to sign up to complete these tasks. This ECLA event has had up to 60,000 churches participate some years.
~ Oct 20 Real Food, Real People with Shobi’s Table An event for the entire family! Join us this evening as we take time to create a meal and relationships with the guidance of Shobi’s Table, a ministry of the St. Paul Area Synod! Where church comes in the form of a food truck, Shobi’s Table is “a ministry of, by, and for folks struggling on the margins in St. Paul.” Not only will you have the opportunity to make an authentic food truck meal, but you will also hear stories of real people who have struggled with homelessness and how you can be a voice for change in your community.
~ Mid Oct to Mid Nov. “Operation Christmas Child” The Social Ministry Team distributes special shoe boxes to church members who then fill with any number of things like toys, games, hygiene supplies, school supplies and edible treats and return them to church. The boxes and/or cash donations are then brought to a distribution site and sent to children all over the world.
~ Nov 23 “Walk to End Hunger at the Mall of America” The Walk to End Hunger was formed as part of the Minnesota Hunger Initiative (formerly the Twin Cities Hunger Initiative), a collaboration of hunger relief organizations that have developed a definitive plan to eliminate hunger in the Twin Cities and across the state of Minnesota. Since its inception in 2008, the Walk to End Hunger has raised over $1,200,000 to help support hunger relief organizations working to eliminate hunger in the state of Minnesota. 100% of the net proceeds of the Walk to End Hunger are distributed to our partner organizations listed below.
~ Nov 19 & 26 “Christmas Gift Collection” All invited to bring items to donate to the Neighbor’s Inc holiday programs.
~ June 17-23 “Senior High Mission Trip” Senior High students will head out to the Flathead Valley in Montana to serve. We will be partnering with Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp for a week’s worth of service work with organizations such as Lighthouse Christian Home, United Way, Shepherd’s Hand, and more who work to best serve the needs of the Flathead community.
~ March 2018 “Minnesota Food Share Month” to support the Neighbor’s Inc food shelf.