In an abundance of love and concern, it is the consensus of our Congregation Council that we cannot provide the necessary safety measures to accomplish that at this time. The Council has appointed a COVID-19 Response Task Force to work through the very detailed guidance for reopening provided by our synod and by the CDC. We are not setting another target date for reopening at this time, as many things still change from day to day. We will be communicating with you regularly, so please stay alert for those messages. Many new details can be found under our Covid-19 tab at the top of the page. We will also continue to post Sunday worship services for you on our website.
Click the link above for quick links to all the information and online opportunities currently going on at Good Shepherd.
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The Sunday services always renew the spirit in me. The members of Good Shepherd are giving and friendly.
Welcome to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Woodstock, Georgia, we are glad you are interested in finding out more about the life of our church. We have many opportunities to worship, learn, serve and connect! If you are visiting for the first time, please see our Visiting Page with answers to our most frequently asked questions.
Check out our Donate tab, in our header, for all the various ways you are now able to make a donation to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
Due to social distancing restrictions, caused by the Covid-19 virus, Worship Services are being pre-recorded and available online through a worship video on the designated day. You can find all our worship services with service bulletins here.
In-person Holy Communion will be offered Sunday mornings, from 8:30 am-10:00 am and from 10:45 am-12:15 pm. Read more of the specific details here.
We are looking for volunteers to help set-up/clean-up and serve. Those shifts run 8:00 am – 10:15 am and 10:15 am – 12:30 pm. We would like to have two people for each shift. You will be required to wear a mask. There is a sign-up sheet here. www.gslutheran.org/sign-up-central-online.
2021, liturgically, is the year of Mark’s gospel. It’s the shortest of the Gospels and the Wednesdays of Lent give us an opportunity to read it in its entirety. Our Wednesday Lenten services will be via ZOOM in real time at 7pm weekly. A link will be sent in our Friday, Sheep Buzz e-mails preceding the Wednesday Service. This link will be the same for all 5 weeks. If you do not receive our Sheep Buzz e-mails, contact our Media Coordinator for the link. For those unable to attend at that time, the services are available on our worship/sermon page, typically the next day.
MAUNDY THURSDAY (APR 1) and GOOD FRIDAY (APR 2) services will be pre-recorded. On Maundy Thursday, however, we will again offer outdoor communion from 4-7pm.
Sundays of Lent will continue to have pre-recorded services and outdoor communion as is our current practice.
Plans for Easter Worship are still under consideration
There are 14 volunteer spots reserved on each build day. All build days will take place on Shady Trail in Canton, Georgia.
Park at: 1498 Johnson Brady Road, Canton, GA 30115
Get all the detailed information and link to register here.
Join together with fellow supporters to study, pray and give during ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving. Obtain resources and read more here.
This Year marks the 37th anniversary of Hunger Walk Run – taking steps together with our community in the fight against local hunger!
Help Inspiritus fight hunger by joining us on Sunday, March 7 at 2pm for this fun and rewarding virtual event. (You can also participate at any time or join us virtually for our celebration on event day, March 7).
Each dollar raised will benefit Inspiritus, the Atlanta Community Food Bank, and hunger prevention efforts in your own community. The Hunger Walk Run — an annual 5K walk and “fun run” began in 1984 and is a family-friendly event that unites our community to raise awareness and critical funds for local hunger relief.
Sign up today, donate to our efforts if you can’t make it!
This is our e-mail address for you to submit prayer concerns. Prayers will be posted to the Prayer Circle, via e-mail, during normal business hours. You can also drop us and e-mail at this same e-mail address if you would like to be a part of the Prayer Circle.
Daily devotional booklets titled, “Christ in our Home” are available in a bin located on our front porch benches. Feel free to pick up your copy. This edition began Jan 1st and runs until March 31st.
The Covid-19 Task Force presented its recommendations for a safe reopening to the GSLC Council. The recommendations were unanimously accepted by the Council, to guide the process of reopening. A summary of the recommendations is now posted on our website under the COVID-19 tab. Additionally, the FAQ on the website has been updated and the results of our recent survey has been posted.
We have not set any target dates at this time for reopening, but will continue to post Sunday worship services for you on our website.
GSLC COVID Task Force Primary Resources
Watch our GSLC COVID Task Force Training Video highlighting how worship might look like when we do begin to open for in-person worship.
This week we are supporting our favorite Super Bowl LV team. Want the Chiefs to win? Put your donation in that barrel. Want the Buccaneers to win? Put your donation in that barrel. We will let you know the winning team the Monday after the Super Bowl is played.
MUST Ministries is coordinating a MUST FOOD Rapid Response program. Family food boxes will be distributed at several points around Cobb and Cherokee Counties beginning soon. They are accepting donations at their facilities seven days a week. Good Shepherd has placed a barrel outside the front doors of the church. Please consider this way of supporting our community. The top items that MUST is collecting are:
Beef Stew, Canned Pasta, Mixed Canned Veggies, Canned Carrots, Canned Meats (Tuna/Chicken), Canned Fruit, Chunky Soup,Canned Potatoes, Condensed Soup, Canned Beans, Tomato Products,Canned Corn, Spaghetti, Ramen Noodles, Bag of Pasta, Mac&Cheese, Rice, Oatmeal
If you have not registered for this year please Contact Janice, our Sunday School Superintendent. We have lots of opportunities for all ages. Traditional Sunday School for ages 2-12th grade and adult bible study small groups. Coffee and Conversation and Men in Mission. Come and pick the class that works for you. Check out our online Sunday School videos here. Look at all our other Bible Study opportunities here.
The Caring for Creation team would like to share with you on a regular basis some tips and information on how we can all take small steps to take better care God’s creation. For more information, Click here.