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 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 2018-2019:
- Neighbors Inc. Food Shelf & Clothing Closet
- IGH All Church Back Pack Bonanza
- Summer Breakfast Program
- ELCA God’s Work our Hands
- Friends of Huruma
- The Union Gospel Mission
- Operation Christmas Child
- Walk for Hunger at the MOA
- Meals on Wheels
- Feed My Starving Children
- Variety of Community Collection Drives
- Senior High Youth Mission Trips to Flat Head Reservation in MT and Chicago
- Lutheran World Relief
- Elpis (Hope) Enterprises
Calendar of Events:
~ June 23-29, 2019 “Senior High Mission Trip Experience” Senior High students will head to the South Side of Chicago, IL partner with local ministries working with children, the elderly and those who are homeless. In the evenings, they will experience a taste of downtown Chicago and enjoy community events.
~ March 2019 “Minnesota Food Share Month” to support the Neighbor’s Inc food shelf.
~ A team has been formed to assist with serving “The Summer Breakfast Program” for those in need at Henry Sibley school.
~ “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.
~ 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.
~ 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.
~ November “Winter Clothing Drive” Support Neighbors’ Inc this Christmas Season by bringing unwrapped mittens, gloves and scarves for our Giving Tree. The greatest needs are: waterproof mittens/gloves, hats and scarves.
~ 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.