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.
Upcoming Information Sessions:
Hospice Workshop on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 1:00pm. Amy Koehler-Killeen, a Social Worker from Our Lady of Peace Hospice & Home Care, will speak on ‘Dispelling the Myths of Hospice Care’ and outline this amazing gift of comfort.
Funeral Planning Session on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 11:30am. Jamie Roberts from Roberts Funeral Home in Inver Grove Heights will join lead this session.
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 we offer Christian Counseling and Spiritual Care to members and the community. Click here to learn more.
South Suburban Grief Coalition: Good Shepherd is a proud member of the Interdenominational Growing Through Loss Coalition of 16 South Suburban Churches. These 16 churches rotate hosting speaker sessions in the spring and fall (each series is comprised of 5 nights). The 2020 spring series will be hosted by Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran in Prior Lake on Thursdays (March 5,12,19,26 and April 2). The 2020 fall series will be at St. John Neumann in Eagan on Mondays beginning September 14 and ending on October 12. The coalition invites some of the most noted speakers on the grief and healing process and offers small group discussion after. Brochures outlining the spring series will be available in February at our Welcome Center, but for more information and resources please visit the website www.growingthroughlosstcsouth.com or email email@example.com or call 952-890-0045. Help us spread the news to anyone needing support during difficult times.
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.