The Bible: An Owners Manual

Bible Study with Pastor Dave, Wednesdays at 7:00pm starting in January

Brown Bag Bible Study

Pastor Dave will be teaching a fun and fundamental course called “The Bible: An Owner’s Manual” in the Community Room, starting Wednesday, January 8th, at 7:00 p.m. In this study, participants will learn why there are 66 books in the Bible and about the many translations available today. Also covered will be the exciting story of how people risked their lives to bring the Bible into English. After six weeks, participants will be more familiar and comfortable with the Bible. This course is ideal for those new to Bible study as well as for “veterans” who want to know more about the most important book in the world. Questions are encouraged in this study; much of the class will be based on questions asked by those who attend. Pastor Dave learns new stuff every time he teaches this course – and he’s been teaching it for over 15 years! See or e-mail ([email protected]) Pastor Dave for more information or to let him know you’re coming. But you don’t need to register, just show up in the Community Room on January 8.

NOTE: Due to the Emergency Shelter, this course will not meet on January 22.

Good Shepherd Spirit Wear

Our winning spirit wear design , created by Caroline & Brian Keefer, is a perfect excuse to invite your friends to join you at Good Shepherd for worship, Sunday School or any other fun event.  T-Shirts, Ladies T-Shirts, and sweatshirts (crew neck & hoodies) are available!! 

Please place your order by December 8th!

Orders will be ready for Christmas gift giving!

Poinsettias for Christmas

Order your Poinsettias for Christmas to beautify the sanctuary for Christmas, and then take them home with you after the last service on Christmas Eve. Order forms are included in bulletins and in the Narthex. Deadline to order is December 16, 2019.

Image by Terri Cnudde from Pixabay

Christmas Caroling

Inter-generational Christmas Caroling Event

EVERYONE of all ages is invited to go caroling at Glade Valley Center in Walkersville on December 15th at 2:30pm. If you want to help us spread a little cheer and share God’s love with those who are not able to get out at this time of year, please meet us at the church at 2:30. We will return to Good Shepherd at 5:00 where there will be Christmas celebrations for EVERYONE.

Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

Caroling Celebration Party

Because sharing the joy of Christmas with friends in not something reserved only for youth, we will be having a party for everyone on December 15th from 5:00pm-7:00pm. We hope you will sign up for the dinner party and join us after caroling. You are welcome to join in the after-party, even if you cannot go caroling! To share the Christmas spirit with other, we will create gifts for our Good Shepherd members who are unable to attend worship. We will play a festive and fun game, so bring your young ones, too! If you’d like to bring a dish to pass, there is a signup in the Narthex. Come as you are!

Youth Ministry Upcoming Events

Mission Trip Planning Session

Attention all families of youth in grades 8-12. Our youth group is planning a mission trip this summer. Please join us in the fireside room on December 8th at noon to learn all the details. Lunch will be provided.

Inter-generational Christmas Caroling

EVERYONE of all ages is invited to go caroling at Glade Valley Center in Walkersville on December 15th at 2:30pm. If you want to help us spread a little cheer and share God’s love with those who are not able to get out at this time of year, please meet us at the church at 2:30. We will return to Good Shepherd at 5:00 where there will be Christmas celebrations for EVERYONE.

Youth Christmas Party/ Third Sunday

Youth Christmas Party All youth in grades 6-12 are invited to celebrate Christmas at our annual friendly white elephant gift exchange on December 15th 5:00-7:00pm. Please bring a $5 wrapped gift. We will have food, drinks, games and a lot of fun. We will be back from caroling by 5:00, so we hope you can join us for that too !

Photo by Juliana Malta on Unsplash

Kris Kringle Procession

** This event has been cancelled due to weather.

Friday, December 13, 2019 | 6:30 pm
Downtown Frederick & Baker Park Band Shell

Evangelism and Youth Ministry are working together to create another fun inter-generational event for our church and community as we share the good news about our Christmas Services at the parade.

The Annual Kris Kringle Procession is a fun event where so many folks in Frederick gather together in costume and song and march through the streets of Downtown Frederick!  The event begins at the corner of South Carroll and East  Patrick Streets in Frederick and ends in Baker Park with the lighting of the City Tree. Please join our Good Shepherd family as we march in the procession as a group and hand out candy canes with our Christmas Service times attached.

St. Joseph in the Narthex

You may notice a new presence in the Narthex this Advent: a larger-than-lifesize sculpture of St. Joseph! Please be aware that the sculpture is made from plaster and is fragile. Please do not touch or climb on it! And resist the urge to place items in his hand.

St. Joseph, the Carpenter

St. Joseph’s Advent

We, as viewers, are invited into a very private moment, a sacra conversazione. The woodshop setting identifies the second figure as Joseph, for he was a carpenter. At his feet are a hammer and three nails, typical contents of a carpenter’s toolbox; however, in this case, a foreshadowing of the Passion of Christ.  Joseph is shown having been distracted from his work with the carpenter’s angle still in hand.  Joseph is not wearing any shoes, a sign of humility and that we are on holy ground, witness to a holy moment.  

Joseph’s head is bowed staring into and contemplating his empty, work-worn hands. These hands, these calloused, rough working hands will hold the Infant Messiah. He has nothing material to offer the Son of Man, and yet God chose him to raise Him and protect and love the Lord’s mother.  Joseph was obedient to God and he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him.

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit; 19 and her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; 21 she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:

23 “Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emman?u-el (which means, God with us).”

24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had borne a son; and he called his name Jesus.

(Matthew 1:18-24)

About the Sculpture

This sculpture is a plaster cast from an original clay model made by Sarah Hempel Irani. She was commissioned to create two larger-than-life sized marble sculptures of the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph. She created the clay sculptures full-scale in her studio here in Frederick. Then, following Renaissance tradition, she sent this plaster cast of St. Joseph to a marble carving studio in Pietrasanta Italy to be carved. The final marble sculptures are at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Potomac, Maryland.


How Did We Move It?

2019 Stocking Drive

A note from Jesse Martin

Every year this time, I honor my late friend Mr. Chuck (Lounsbury). His kindness and his desire to make a difference in big and small ways in the lives of others touched me deeply. I will be collecting filled stockings up until December 16th. These stockings can be for babies up to teens, stuffed with toys, mittens, games, etc. There is a box in the Narthex to put your filled stockings. After church on December 16th, we will deliver the stockings to The Greater Urbana Area Food Bank. Thank you all for keeping his legacy of kindness alive.

Senior Luncheon

Please join us for a Senior Luncheon that will be held on Wednesday, November 20th at 12:00noon in the Community Room. Pastor Dave will join us. Here is a perfect opportunity to ask him questions about Good Shepherd’s future. Please bring a covered dish to share.

Bring a dish to pass!

Kris Kringle Procession Preparations

Sunday, November 24, 2019| 6:30 pm
The Community Room at Good Shepherd

Join us in an inter-generational event in the Community Room on November 24th at noon as we enjoy lunch, fellowship, and create sheep hats to wear while marching in the annual annual Kris Kringle Parade. During this time, we will also work together to attach candy canes to informational cards to share news about our Christmas services as well as regular Sunday services at Good Shepherd, to be given out at the procession.

Kris Kringle Procession

Friday, December 13, 2019 | 6:30 pm
Downtown Frederick & Baker Park Band Shell

The Annual Kris Kringle Procession is a fun event where so many folks in Frederick gather together in costume and song and march through the streets of Downtown Frederick!  The event begins at the corner of South Carroll and East  Patrick Streets in Frederick and ends in Baker Park with the lighting of the City Tree.

The Annual Kris Kringle Procession is sponsored by Frederick County Bank in partnership with Key 103 and 106.9 The Eagle  .

10,000 Meals Packed!

All generations gathered together to pack 10,000 meals to address hunger in Frederick County.

On November 3rd, the Youth and Social Ministries worked together in an effort to pack 10,000 meals for food insecure families in our community. After services, folks gathered in the community room to work together to pack the meals. It was a fantastic multi-generational event where everyone could contribute.

The meals were picked up by the Frederick Food Bank, which is operated by the Frederick Community Action Agency, where they will be distributed to the families who are struggling with food insecurity.

Good Shepherd was able to fund this project by raising over $900 through Vacation Bible School donations, plus an additional $300 came from the sale of a Jeep bed that was used during VBS as a photo booth. It was hand crafted by one of our very own members! On top of that, all of the Gifts of Love donations from the month of October went towards the meals.

Check out how together with other members of the Delaware-Maryland Synod we were able to pack 35,000 meals for hungry families all around the area!


Jesus said, “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,  I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?  And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’  And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my siblings, you did it to me.’ “

Matthew 25:35-40

2019 Holiday Gift Program

We are again invited to participate in the of the Child Advocacy Center (CAC).  We are taking care of one family of 6 children this year, they are from 2 – 12 years old.

We have received a wish list for each child that has been completed by a parent/guardian.  Your kindness will bring many smiles and tears of happiness and gratitude for the compassion shown by people they don’t even know. 

To help you make your decision about participation, the procedures for this year are:

  1. Don’t wrap the gifts as the Moms enjoy this task. You may wish to include bows, tissue paper, gift tags, and bags/boxes. We have plenty of wrapping paper for parents to use.
  2. Put a label with the Family #, Counselor’s Name, and Child’s First Name on the bag or box with each child’s presents.
  3. Include the gift receipts for each item.
  4. If you purchase small comfort items for the parents, you may wrap those gifts.

Donations will be accepted beginning the week of November 18 and continue through the week of December 9 with the 13th as the last date we can accept donations. 

Again, thank you so much for considering participation in our Holiday Gift Program. You will truly make a difference in these children’s lives and help create a happy holiday for these young victims and their families.