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.

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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.

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

October Gifts of Love

In the spirit of generosity…

Our VBS Roar Jeep!

Social Ministry and Youth are partnering to pack meals to feed people in Frederick who are facing food insecurity. Our goal is $3,000 to pack 10,000 meals. That’s TEN THOUSAND MEALS! Generous contributions from families who participated in our Roar VBS this summer and the sale of our Jeep have raised $1,200 towards our $3,000 goal.

For the month of October all Gifts of Love offerings will be used to pack these meals and feel people right here in our community. If you would like to support this event, just place your donation in a Gift of Love envelope found in the pew rack. Then place the envelop in the offering plate.

Meal Packing Event

Everyone is invited to join together on November 3rd at 12:00pm (noon) in the Community Room to pack the meals. This is truly an inter-generational community event. We hope to see you!