Vacation Bible School (VBS)

In Person VBS

July 12 – 16, 2021
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Registration for In Person VBS –full

Registration for In Person VBS is limited to full

July 26 – 30
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Registration for Virtual VBS

Materials will be provided for virtual participants registered by June 15.

So Proud of Our Youth

Yesterday’s Youth Sunday was a heartwarming and uplifting service lead by our very own youth. We could not be more proud of all of them. See for yourself all the great things Pastor Dave has to say.

Hi Brian and Lisa,

Please share with the young people who participated this morning how grateful I am for their talents and willingness to lead worship.

EVERYONE did an incredible job! What a witness to our congregation (and beyond – we’re averaging several hundred views of worship each week). As I said, young people are not (just) the future of the church, they are a vital part of the church right now.

Thank you Brian and Lisa for your leadership of Youth Ministry in general and of the service today in particular.

And finally, please tell Caroline how AWESOME the editing was today. It was obvious she not only knows what she’s doing, but put in the effort to make worship a seamless experience for those who watched.

Christ’s peace,
Pr. Dave

If you missed our Youth Sunday service, you can view it – along with other previous worship services on our YouTube Channel. If you subscribe, you will never miss another!

Thank you for your generosity!

Thank you so much for the generosity of our congregation.

A fifth delivery of food donations were taken to the new temporary shelter

for the homeless family shelter.

With a generous monetary gift and Easter bags being donated we were also able to put together 10 bags for the children to enjoy.

As you can see we did our part in being safe and staying healthy.

Thank you again for your donations.

Palm Sunday Breakfast

Just because we are not together physically does not mean we can’t gather for food and fellowship at the Good Shepherd Palm Sunday Breakfast on Sunday April 5 from 10:00 – 10:55 am. Cook or toast or pour out of a box your favorite breakfast food and join us on Zoom as we eat and talk together.  Please let Pastor Dave ([email protected]) know if you need help getting on Zoom so you can see and/or hear your church friends; it is doable for folks of all ages and abilities as several of our senior members have demonstrated by participating in our Zoom gatherings.

Decorate with Branches

Everyone is invited to decorate a door or window of your home – or multiple doors and windows – with branches to celebrate Palm Sunday. This can be a fun family activity! Then, take a picture of your decorations and send it to me ASAP but by Saturday afternoon either by email ([email protected]) or text (443-261-4255), and the Communications Team and I will get all of our pictures posted on our Social Media sites. 

It could be any green branch you can get. Only the Gospel of John mentions palms; the other Gospel writers talk about generic branches. This would help, despite the social distancing, to be connected as we enter into the Holiest of Weeks. (Idea from The Missionaries of the Holy Spirit)

Send Cards, Make Calls, Share Love

The Caring Ministry is looking for volunteers to help us keep in touch with our Good Shepherd family members during this time of “social distancing.”  We want to reach out to those who may be feeling particularly isolated because of health issues, because they live alone, or maybe they don’t have access to email or other technology to “keep in touch.” 

Please let us know if you would be interested in making some phone calls, sending some cards, or texting/emailing those who have this capability. 

Nothing fancy–just something to let people know we’re thinking about them and that we care. Don’t we all need this right now! 

To sign up to help or for more information email [email protected].

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.