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.

Our Organ

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church features an M.P. Moller Organ Opus 11814, located on the front wall of the church sanctuary. It was dedicated on February 10, 1991. This custom unit organ consists of two manual, eleven ranks, thirty speaking stops, and 762 pipes. The console is of all natural materials: polished bone natural keys with walnut accidentals and stop controls of maple.

Good Shepherd has been blessed with many wonderful organists over the years, and the organ is currently being played by James Broström .

M.P. Moller Organ | Opus 11814 | 1990

Organ Specifications


  • 8′ Principal, 61 pipes
  • 8′ Holzgedeckt, 61 pipes
  • 8′ Genshorn, swell
  • 4′ Octave, 12 pipes
  • 4′ Waldflote, 12 pipes
  • 2′ Super Octave, 12 pipes
  • III-IV Mixture, 220 pipes
  • 8′ Trompette, swell
  • 16′ Bourdon, pedal
    • Chimes, 21 bells
    • Temulant

SWELL ORGAN (Expressive)

  • 8′ Rohrflote, 61 pipes
  • 8′ Gemshorn, 61 pipes
  • 8′ Gemshort Celest TC, 49 pipes
  • 4′ Principal, 61 pipes
  • 4′ Spillflote, 12 pipes
  • 2 2/3 Nazard, 61 notes
  • 2′ Blockflote, 12 pipes
  • 1 3/5 Tierce TC, 49 motes
  • 1 1/3 Quinteflote, 19 notes
  • 16′ Contre Trompette, pedal
  • 8′ Trompette, 61 pipes
  • 4′ Clairon, 12 pipes

Happy Reformation Day!

Martin Luther (1483–1546)
Artist: Workshop of Lucas Cranach the Elder 
c. 1532
Oil on wood
Martin Luther (1483–1546)
Artist: Workshop of Lucas Cranach the Elder
c. 1532, Oil on wood
MET, New York

On this day, Lutherans celebrate the symbolic beginning of the Protestant Reformation. According to Philip Melanchthon, 31 October 1517 was the day German monk Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses on the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Electorate of Saxony in the Holy Roman Empire. This event set in motion a dramatic separation from the Catholic Church, even though Martin Luther did not intend to leave the church.

Lectionary Readings:

  • Jeremiah 31:31-34
  • Psalm 46 (7)
  • Romans 3:19-28
  • John 8:31-36

Almighty God, gracious Lord, we thank you that your Holy Spirit renews the church in every age. Pour out your Holy Spirit on your faithful people. Keep them steadfast in your word, protect and comfort them in times of trial, defend them against all enemies of the gospel, and bestow on the church your saving peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


Annual Congregational Gathering

Sunday, November 10th, 2019

Please join us for one service at 10:00am followed by a light lunch and a word from our Church Council.

Paolo Veronese  (1528–1588)   
The Wedding at Cana
Oil on Canvas, 1562/3
 Musée du Louvre, Paris

Brown Bag Bible Study

Next Brown Bag Bible Study is on Thursday, October 24th!

The Brown Bag Bible Study meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month in the pastor’s office. We gather from Noon for a brown bag lunch, followed by study, wrapping up around 1:30pm. Newcomers always welcome!

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!

The Miraculous Catch

Celebrating God’s Miraculous Abundance at Good Shepherd

On Sunday, we considered the story as told in the Gospel of John, the 21st Chapter.

1 After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. 2 Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin,[a] Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. 3 Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

4 Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 Jesus said to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?” They answered him, “No.” 6 He said to them, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish. 7 That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea. 8 But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards[b] off.

9 When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

In this passage, we have 7 of the disciples at work. These are not men for a weekend of recreational fishing; they are professional fishermen. This is their job. And it’s going very badly. The nets are empty, and they begin to despair. We can imagine that they prayed during the night for God to offer some help. Without fish, there is nothing to eat. Suddenly, someone appears at the shore and asks them about their catch. He instructs them to fish in a different place.  They listen and haul in a miraculous abundance of fish! Of course it was Jesus.

Dear Lord, bless our generous response to your bounty & multiply its impact to our world.


Take the Next Step.

Consider all the ministries of Good Shepherd & decide which one moves your heart the most. What action can you take?

Watercolor by Sarah Hempel Irani

A Heartfelt Good-bye and a Warm Welcome

Thank You, Pastor Ed!

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is celebrating with Pastor Ed in his retirement after 40 years as a minister of the Word and Sacrament. He has served Good Shepherd for the past two years as interim minister and has done so much for our parish. We offer our gratitude for his faithful service; and will miss both Pr. Ed and his wife, Janet.

October 20th is his last Sunday with us.

Welcoming Our New Pastor

We also gather together to welcome Pastor Dave Simpson as the new pastor at Good Shepherd! Pastor Dave comes to us from Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Millersville, Maryland. We are delighted to welcome him and his wife, Karen, to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Pastor Dave’s first Sunday with us will be October 27th.

Welcome, Pastor Dave!

Youth Ministry: FreeRide Retreat

For Middle Schoolers, October 18th-20th

For young people in grades 6th-8th and their friends. FreeRide is a fun retreat for middle school youth. It is a weekend of service projects, faith-filled discussions and friendship building. The retreat costs $150, which includes programs, lodging, meals, activities, and a t-shirt. For more information, talk to Brian or Lisa.

OCTOBER 18-20, 2019

NorthBay Adventure Camp
11 Horseshoe Point Lane
North East, MD 21901

Design a T-Shirt Contest!

Photo by Nicolette Meade on Unsplash

Show us your artistic side! Design a T- shirt to celebrate Good Shepherd. The winning design will be used in our spirit wear sale to help raise money for youth activities, such as scholarships for Mar-Lu-Ridge, synod retreats, and the high school mission trip.

Design a T-Shirt Rules

  • Must include “Good Shepherd” and “Frederick, Maryland”
  • Limit one entry per person/team
  • The design will be on the front of the shirt
  • Limit design to one color

Designs are due October 27th.

On November 3rd, the congregation will vote on the design they feel best represents Good Shepherd. The designer(s) of the winning design will receive a free T-shirt.

Contact the church office for entry details! Call (301) 663-3344 or email [email protected]

Senior Luncheon

Gladchuk brothers

The Senior Luncheon will be held THIS WEDNESDAY, October 16th at Gladchuk Brother’s Restaurant, located in Patrick Shopping Center, 489 West Patrick Street in Frederick. Gladchuk’s is an old-school, white-tablecloth venue featuring an American menu with European flair and a full bar. Our reservations are for 12:15pm. Meet at the church at noon to carpool, otherwise we will see you at the restaurant!

RSVP: Please contact the church office. Call (301) 663-3344 or email [email protected]

All seniors are welcome!