Good Shepherd Camping Trip!

This Spring, May 29th-31st

We are going CAMPING!! Calling all people interested in spending some time in the glory of God’s creation! Anybody is welcome to join in on Good Shepherd’s camping trip this Spring. Please reserve your campsite or rustic cabin at Gambrill State Park. Campsite 25 has already been reserved and will have group activities and meeting up around there. There will be the opportunity to meet up during the day if anybody isn’t up for spending the night.

Senior Luncheon

February 19th at 11:45am

We will meet at the Panera Restaurant on Route 26 East/ Liberty Road (1700 Kingfisher Drive for your GPS). Order your lunch when you arrive and join the group. After lunch we will visit the new Walkersville Public Library. If you have any questions or would like to drive with someone from the church parking lot to Panera and the library, please contact the church office at [email protected] or call (301) 663-3344.

Church Directory

Are You Ready? Look this way! CLICK!

We are creating a new church directory for staff and members. It is even easier than before! However, we need your help. Volunteer opportunities are available. Stop by the table in the Narthex on Sundays.

We’d love to see you and your family in our directory. And what’s more, Lifetouch is including a complimentary 8×10 photo for each family in the directory!

How to Schedule

Families must schedule a time for their photo appointment. You can schedule appointments online Monday through Saturday. On Sunday the online scheduling site will be closed, but a paper sign up sheet is available before and after the services at the church.

The photo shoot appointments are offered from 1:30pm until 9:00pm on the following dates:

  • Monday, March 16th
  • Tuesday, March 17th
  • Wednesday, March 18th

Scheduling tips: Please note that families of 6 or less will only need one time slot, while families of 7 or more will need additional time. Staff images will be taken at the same time of their family appointment.

Family Game Night

February 9th, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Photo by Randy Fath on Unsplash

The Youth of Good Shepherd are hosting a Family Game Night and EVERYONE is invited! Bring your parents, grandparents, neighbors and friends and make some fun memories. You won’t want to miss out on this great opportunity to enjoy a few laughs and get a friendly competition going. There will be lots of games to choose from, but if you have a favorite game you’d like to play, feel free to bring it along.

See you there!

Shoe Boxes for Seniors

We will be continuing our quest to fill emergency shoe boxes for homebound seniors as part of Meals on Wheels. These packages will be distributed to Meals on Wheels clients for use in the event meals can’t be delivered due to bad weather or other emergency, and to others who need immediate food assistance. We are in need of shoe boxes and single servings of staple food items. Bring donations to Good Shepherd and we will pack the boxes together.

Photo by RoseBox  on Unsplash

What should I bring?

Single servings of the following shelf stable food items should be selected. All
food must be in original manufacturing packaging, and should be heat sealed to
avoid insect access during storage. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept
homemade items, or food that has been reapportioned into smaller containers.
Please consider the sodium and sugar content, as well as the ease of opening
containers when making food selections, but anything you might enjoy eating
will most certainly also be enjoyed by our homebound friends.

Some ideas…

  • Single serve container(s) (box, can, or bottle) of 100% juice
  • Singe serve canned, instant or shelf stable soup, stew, or casserole
  • Canned meat or fish (tuna, ham, chicken)
  • Individual serving(s) of shelf stable Milk
  • Single serve cups or cans of fruits and vegetables
  • Single serve cups of ready to eat pudding
  • Single serve boxes of cold cereal or
  • Single serve packets of instant hot cereal (oatmeal, cream of wheat)
  • Single serve packets of dried fruits (raisins, prunes, etc)
  • Single serve packets or small jar of peanut butter
  • Single serve packets of crackers, cheese crackers, granola bars and/or snack bars
  • You may also choose to add a treat or surprise like wrapped hard candy, hot chocolate packets, individually wrapped tea bags or coffee, individual packs of cookies, a puzzle, holiday napkins, or a word search or crossword puzzle book.
  • Please be sensitive to the varied beliefs of our participants as you select the items or write notes of encouragement.

Upcoming Youth Events

Souper Bowl

The senior high Sunday school class’s annual Souper Bowl fundraiser to combat world hunger is now underway. Your donations of money and soup will be go to our community’s Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs. Look for the display table in the Narthex and do consider contributing to this worthy cause.


Youth Bingo Search Party

January 19th @ 3:00pm

All youth in grades 6-12 are welcome to join us for our annual BINGO Search Party on January 19th from 3:00 until 5:00. We will meet at church at 2:45 to go downtown in search of prizes for our BINGO on March 14th. We will split up into teams. Everyone who participates will receive free raffle tickets to be used at the BINGO. The winning team will receive bonus tickets! We will finish up and return to the church in time for our regular Youth Group activities. We hope to see you there!


Middle School Lock In

Coming Soon!

All middle school youth are welcome to join us for our Middle School Lock In. This will be a night filled with everything you could want: friends, food, fun, games, but probably not sleep. Friends are always welcome, so feel free to invite a friend or two. Talk to the youth leaders for details!


High School Mission Trip

This summer our high school youth will go on a mission trip! We will be repairing and replacing gutters, adding wheelchair ramps, painting, etc. to homes of elderly people on fixed income. Did you already pay your deposit? The remaining amount will be due on April 25th. More information is available in the document section of the Team App.

Preschool Open House

Good Shepherd Preschool is holding an OPEN HOUSE, Information Session and Tour for 2020-21 on Saturday, January 25th, at 10:00 a.m. Please tell your friends!!

Upcoming Events in January


The Bible: An Owners Manual

Wednesday, January 29th @7:00 p.m.

Pastor Dave is teaching a fun and fundamental course called “The Bible: An Owner’s Manual” in the Community Room. In this study, participants are learning why there are 66 books in the Bible and about the many translations available today. Also covered is 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 is 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!


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: This course will not meet on January 22.

Youth Ministry Upcoming Events

High School Mission Trip: Deposit Due January 12th

Attention all youth in grades 8-12: This summer our high school youth will go on a mission trip ! We will be repairing and replacing gutters, adding wheelchair ramps, painting, etc. to homes of elderly people on fixed income. The cost is $200 per person. $50 deposit is due January 12th. The remaining $150 will be due on April 25th. More information is available in the document section of the Team App or contact the youth leaders.

Youth Bingo Search Party: January 19th

All youth in grades 6-12 are welcome to join us for our annual BINGO Search Party on January 19th from 3:00 until 5:00. We will meet at church at 2:45pm to go downtown in search of prizes for our BINGO on March 14th. We will split 5 up into teams. Everyone who participates will receive free raffle tickets to be used at the BINGO. The winning team will receive bonus tickets! We will finish up and return to the church in time for our regular Third Sunday activities. We hope to see you there!

Middle School Lock-in: Coming Soon in January!

All middle school youth are welcome to join us i January for our Middle School Lock In. This will be a night filled with everything you could want: friends, food, fun, games, but probably not sleep. Friends are always welcome, so feel free to invite a friend or two.

Installation of Pastor Dave

January 5th, 3:00pm

To quote Pastor Dave, “I do not need to be installed to work.” Well, it is time to make it official. We have scheduled Pastor Dave’s installation by Bishop Gohl for January 5th at 3 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there as we welcome him to our family!

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Puppet Ministry

Puppeteers Needed!

Mo and Katarina are looking for some friends. The puppet ministry is returning to Good Shepherd, and we are looking for puppeteers. No previous puppet experience is required. Contact the church office with the ATTN: Puppets in the subject line at [email protected]