Community Outreach

MUST Thanksgiving Bounty

Through October 22 – November 12, we are collecting canned goods for MUST Ministries to provide in their Thanksgiving bounty for those less fortunate in our community. MUST will provide turkeys to 1,000 families this year. Per MUST’s request, we are again concentrating our giving on canned yams and cranberry sauce and will also be accepting monetary donations to help provide turkeys that MUST can purchase from local retailers at a negotiated discounted price. Please provide yams in the smaller cans as it is easier for MUST to distribute. The collection bins for the canned goods is in the Fellowship Hall and the collection box for turkey donations is in the entryway. Please designate MUST Ministries Thanksgiving on the envelope or tagline.

LSG Shoebox Campaign

Our Christmas shoebox campaign benefitting Lutheran Services of Georgia will be from Nov. 12 – November 26. Please help make a recently relocated refugee child’s Christmas a little more special by filling a shoebox with wonderful small gifts this season. The boxes are located in the entryway and are sorted by gender and age. A list of suggested gift items is located in each box. Please return all shoeboxes by Sunday, November 26. There is no need to wrap the box. We prefer they be turned in unwrapped. Filled shoe boxes should be returned to Pastor Paul’s office.

Caretakers of Our Community

Adopt a Senior. For the months of November and December we will be helping make the Christmas season brighter for some of our Cherokee County seniors. We are asking for donations to be wrapped and delivered to our local area seniors serviced by Cherokee County. Suggested items include:

  • new bath towels (set of two)
  • grocery store gift cards ($25 suggested amount)
  • books of stamps
  • liquid body soap
  • boxed candy
  • emery boards/nail care kits
  • warm socks

Items should be placed in the collection bin in the entryway by December 17.

“Pay it Forward” Gift Card Program

Gift Cards are returning to Good Shepherd to help make your holiday shopping easier. Once again, we will be offering gift cards to some of the country’s largest and best known brands, including grocery, department stores, restaurants, home improvement stores, and more. If you are planning to purchase gift cards as Christmas gifts this holiday season, please consider doing so with us. The process is easy and orders placed on Sunday are available for pick up the following Sunday. We will begin placing orders every Sunday throughout the holiday season beginning November 5 in the Fellowship Hall.

Read more about our Gift Card Program…

Holiday Caroling

We invite you to join the youth of Good Shepherd as we spread some holiday cheer. Accompanied on piano by our resident choir director, Thomas Eisnor, we will be singing Christmas Carols to the residents of Autumn Leaves memory care center on Sunday, December 17 at 12:30 PM. We will share a pizza lunch in the Fellowship Hall before traveling across the street to Autumn Leaves. Caroling begins at 1:00 PM and usually lasts 30-45 minutes. This was a highlight of the holiday season last year, so be sure to join us and help yourself catch the holiday spirit.

Lutheran Coalition for Habitat

On October 1st, Max Epling from Lutheran Coalition for Habitat presented to Pastor Paul a plaque commemorating Good Shepherds participation in the building of a new home for Angela Scheitlin and her two children. Angela thanked both the Lutheran Coalition for Habitat and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church for their support and generosity and shared what this home ownership means to herself and her family. The Lutheran Coalition for Habitat was one of the major sponsors for this build.