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 going on at Good Shepherd.
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.
Donate to Good Shepherd
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.
It has been the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church tradition to offer a Thanksgiving Eve service for our community. This year we will be offering an online service, after 5 pm, on November 25, 2020. You can access the link and worship bulletin to that service here. Take a moment and reflect on all that God has done and give thanks and praise. Have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving.
Hardly a day goes by that we don’t hear a statement about “unprecedented times.” In these unprecedented times, the seasons of Advent and Christmas will be unlike any previous celebrations. Yet even as Advent quickly approaches, we can’t predict what will be going on around us or exactly what those celebrations will be like. Many people will forego family gatherings and travel. Many people won’t join the hustle and bustle of shopping for those perfect gifts. Many annual parties won’t happen. Our worship services are likely to be different from every other year. These are unprecedented times, after all. But are they? In our Wednesday Advent services we will explore the readings from Isaiah assigned for the Sundays of Advent, and trust God’s Word to tell us what we need to know in these unprecedented times.
DECEMBER 02- LAMENT- Isaiah 64:1-9
DECEMBER 09- COMFORT- Isaiah 40:1-11
DECEMBER 16- DELIVERANCE- Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
Disappointed that we can’t have our beautiful and traditional Christmas Eve services? Feeling like the Grinch because we can’t sing our favorite carols together? Join us for our first ever drive-in worship services. Come in your car to a 2, 7 or 9 pm service, where parking attendants will meet and direct you.
You might even decorate your car to add to the fun. There will be live worship leaders and the service will be transmitted through your FM car radio. You can sing away inside your car. Rather than candle lighting, you should bring flashlights or phones or glow sticks, or any source of light. Watch for more information about these services coming soon.
For those who would be more comfortable staying home, we will be posting a prerecorded Christmas Eve service online. Of course you could do both! This service will include a program by the children and youth of our congregation and sing-along carols.
Since we will be unable to celebrate Holy Communion at our Christmas Eve drive-in services, we will be offering outdoor communion (as we do on Sunday mornings) on Christmas morning from 10 AM to 12 PM. Come and receive the best gift you are going to get: God’s gift of forgiveness, salvation and life!
Advent family packs for school age children (look for your name) and Advent calendars and devotions are now available on our front porch. Pick one up the next time you are in the area of the church.
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.
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.
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
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.