Outreach

At Good Shepherd we believe our baptism calls us into a working relationship with God, our faith community, and our community and the wider world. Everywhere you look, there are opportunities to share God’s love and serve our neighbor. This is work we do together in the name of Jesus Christ here and throughout the world through the ELCA and its partners.

We regularly participate in our own service efforts as well as offer volunteer support to local nonprofit partners with the same goals as ours. Some of these efforts include:

  • Lutheran Services of Georgia – preparing and furnishing apartments for relocated refugees
  • Lutheran World Relief Coffee Project – through the sale of Fair Trade coffee and chocolates
  • MUST Ministries – providing 2,500 bag lunches for the Summer Lunch Program
  • 10,000 Steps Program – fundraising for our hunger initiatives and partners
  • Forever Fed Ministry – supplying manpower to help prep and sort groceries for mobile pantries and distributing used clothing
  • Habitat for Humanity – local housing builds
  • MUST Ministries – serving as a year round food and clothing collection site and providing funds to purchase Thanksgiving turkeys for families in need
  • Two-Can Sundays – collecting canned goods and other non-perishable items on the first Sunday of each month
  • Kroger Rewards – shopping at Kroger for personal groceries and participating in the program to help fund our food ministry efforts
  • Gift Cards – purchasing retailer gift cards through the church during the holiday season to help support outreach endeavors

Additional Service Opportunities

  • Caretakers of our Community – a bi-monthly collection effort of various items requested by local nonprofits in our community. Past collections have included items for homeless college students, food and treats for the local animal shelter, used shoes for Soles for Souls, and arts and craft supplies for the after school program at a local safehouse for victims suffering domestic abuse.
  • Give a Kid a Chance – a campaign to help purchase filled backpacks to distribute to needy children in our county as well as participate as a volunteer on the Give a Kid a Chance “Back To School” day.
  • God’s Work. Our Hands. Sunday of Service – an opportunity every September to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.
  • MLK Day of Service – Held in January, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is a way to transform Dr. King’s life and teachings into community service that helps empower and strengthen local communities.
  • Shoebox Program for Refugees – a Lutheran Services of Georgia program to help refugees.

There are opportunities throughout the year to put our faith in action at Good Shepherd or with one of our partner organizations. Adults of all ages, children, and families are welcome to participate in these service opportunities and annual events.

We encourage you to offer your time and talents through project participation or serving as an Outreach committee member. If you are interested in reaching out and serving in our community or have questions about how you can be involved in the missions and outreach opportunities at Good Shepherd, contact Kristin Brenneman, Outreach Coordinator at outreach@gslutheran.org or 770-924-7286.