God is our Refuge and Strength, an ever-present help in trouble. –Psalm 46:1
There are times on everyone’s journey where a little more care and compassion is needed because of a difficult experience. At Good Shepherd we promise to listen, empathize and be a reminder that we, your faith community, care. We will visit you when you’re in the hospital, bring communion to those of you who for health reasons can’t leave your home, provide you resources when you experience loss and pray, pray, pray.
At Good Shepherd, when one of our members is hurting we are all affected. We want to partner with you to show you our support.
The Ministries of ‘Support’ Offered:
Prayer Concerns: When you or a loved one is in need of prayer and support, please call the church office or email firstname.lastname@example.org The pastor will work with you in determining if you want your concern forwarded to our Prayer Companion Team or stay confidential between you and the pastor. Prayer grounds Good Shepherd as a community of faith, for it is an exercise of faith and hope.
Hospital Visits: Hospitals do not notify churches when their members are admitted. If you or a loved one is hospitalized, please contact the church office.
Home Visits: The Pastor and Trained Care Team Members are available to visit, support and bring Holy Communion to Good Shepherd members who for health reasons are unable to attend worship. Please contact the church office if you would like to request a visit.
Counseling Services at Good Shepherd offer Christian Counseling and Spiritual Care to members and the community. Click here to learn more.
South Suburban Grief Coalition: (Good Shepherd is a member). Membership in the Growing Through Loss, South Suburban Coalition has expanded to 16 churches. The 2019 spring series will be hosted by Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Apple Valley on Thursday evenings, beginning March 7th and ending April 11th. We are proud to announce that the 2019 fall series will be hosted by our own Good Shepherd on Tuesday evenings, beginning September 10th and ending October 8th. Many generous volunteers from the supporting churches have helped this program be so successful since its beginning in 1994. Approximately 50 people are comforted at each session through this interdenominational community effort. Contact Cathie @ 651-968-6469 for rides and carpooling info.. To learn more, please visit the Growing Through Loss website www.growingthroughlosstcsouth.com For more information email email@example.com or call 952.890.0045. Brochures describing the grief classes are also available at the Welcome Center.
Health Care Directives: Everyone needs a Health Care Directive. Please talk to your loved ones and write your wishes down.
Health Care Directive Form
Community Support Groups & Grief Resources: Brochures for area resources are located at the Welcome Center.
WAYS TO GET INVOLVED IN CARE, PRAYER & SUPPORT
If you would like to send a Card of Support and a little cheer to someone in need, Care Cards are located at the Welcome Center. Simply fill a card out, add the members name and leave it at the Welcome Center Desk and it will be addressed, stamped and mailed.
Prayer Chain Participant:
Our prayer companion ministry is a group of people who enjoy spending time with God in prayer. Do you want to participate in lifting up family, friends and neighbors in prayer? If yes, then be on our email Prayer Chain. Prayer requests from Sunday are posted to the Prayer Chain every Monday. Throughout the week, new requests are posted as they are received. If you would like to pray on an on-going basis for Good Shepherd Prayer Concerns please contact Lori at 651-230-1759.
Funeral Luncheon Helper:
If you are interested in helping to prepare and serve a funeral reception for those who have experienced the death of a loved one please contact the church office. There is no prior experience necessary. You will receive instructions the day or evening the meal is prepared. If you would like to help please call the church office.
Prayer Shawl Ministry:
Prayer Shawls are delivered to those who need to be wrapped in some extra love. If you are interested in making prayer shawls please contact the church office.