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!

Lutheran Disaster Response

Lutheran Disaster Response – 2019 Hurricane Relief

“Total destruction.” These are the words used over and over to describe the effects of a direct (and lingering) hit by Hurricane Dorian on the Grand Bahama Island and the Abaco Islands. And Dorian continued its devastation in the Carolinas. The full extent of the loss of life is not yet known, but heart-rending stories are already starting to emerge. 

For information on the situation affecting our brothers and sisters in Christ in the Bahamas, visit the Facebook page of the Florida-Bahamas Synod. The Social Ministry Team has approved a donation of $1000 to Lutheran Disaster Response out of the Gift of Love Fund. Individual contributions may be made to Lutheran Disaster Response/2019 Hurricanes or directly to the Florida-Bahamas Synod Disaster Response Fund. or

Let us also pray for the safety of the rescuers and all offering aid, and that the healing Presence of God will give those affected peace and hope in this time of need.

Women’s Retreat: BE BOLD!

Join us for a retreat : Friday, November 15th – Saturday, November 16th

“Be Bold!” at Camp Nawakwa. $85, includes one night of lodging, Friday evening meal, Saturday breakfast and lunch, Bible study, worship, and time for fellowship with our siblings in Christ.

Camp Nawakwa

Nawakwa is located outside Arendtsville, Adams County, Pennsylvania. Wear a Nawakwa sweatshirt and you’re sure to run into someone who’s been there. That’s because Nawakwa has been an outdoor gathering place for Lutherans since 1929. We are proud of that history, and seek to preserve well-loved traditions as well as look ahead to new ways of sharing the Word. Our 336 wooded acres provide hiking opportunities, outdoor chapels, playing fields, volleyball and basketball courts, ropes course and a swimming pool.

Located at 1033 Nawakwa Road, Biglerville, Pennsylvania.

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

Brown Bag Bible Study

Brown Bag Bible Study  meets at NOON on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month in the pastor’s office.  We are studying the book of Galatians. Bring a bag lunch .

Next meeting is Thursday, October 10th. Newcomers always welcome!

Brown Bag Bible Study

Trunk or Treat

Saturday, October 26, 2019 4:00-6:00 PM

What is a Trunk or Treat??  It’s a trick or treating event where people hand out candy from the trunks of their vehicles.  Although it is certainly not required, many people choose to decorate or dress up their trunks or entire vehicles & themselves, to create a huge tailgating party. Cars will be lined up like a Car show in the church parking lot.  The kids will then Trick or Treat down all the trunks. This year we are also offering spaces in the church and along the walkways for people to set up.   

In addition to Trunk or Treating, children and families will be able to explore our Zoofari. Zoofari is a continuation of our Roar VBS and will have lots of fun activities to remind us that life is wild.  God is good. So, come dressed in your favorite costume and collect lots of sweet treats and be reminded of the sweetest treat of all – God’s love for us.

Invite your friends to come Trunk or Treating at Good Shepherd! Everyone is welcome.

Register your Vehicle for Trunk or Treat

If you would like to hand out goodies to the children, we estimate that you will need enough for 100 children.  Vehicle set up begins at 3:00pm. We hope you will join us to help make this event a fun success!! Contact the church office to register your vehicle!

Emergency Family Shelter

Good Shepherd is hosting Emergency Family Shelter from September 28th through October 12th.  The Religious Coalition will provide volunteers for September 28 – October 4, but we are responsible for providing volunteers October 5 -October 12. 

Please note that the Community Room will not be available during those dates as we provide much needed services to these families. 

Please watch for a collection box in the Narthex for items needed to help support the families while they are with us!

Volunteers Needed

We are still in need of more volunteers to come spend time with the families. It is a great way to live our mission statement!  Youth members are also welcome; call the church office if you would like to help. Volunteers need to register and have a background check done.   

About the Program

Local churches partner with the Religious Coalition to provide emergency shelter for families in need. The shelter comes to Good Shepherd every quarter and we open up our Community Room to provide a safe, warm place to sleep.

Learn more about the Religious Coalition in Frederick on their website:

Annual Good Shepherd Yard Sale is Saturday, August 10

Just a few days more than a month until Good Shepherd’s Annual Yard Sale on Saturday, August 10. We’ll be setting up on August 8 and 9; please gather up your treasures and plan to drop them off at the church from 7 – 10 a.m. and 4 – 7 p.m.

Sign-up sheets for volunteers will be on the Social Ministry bulletin board by the men’s restroom. Please contact Marilyn Ayres if you have a particularly valuable item(s) that you’d like to donate and we’ll look at selling it on Facebook or ebay. Proceeds will benefit Good Shepherd families in need.

Proceeds from post-sale “surplus book” sales will go to the Good Shepherd library.

Yard sale volunteers.
Tired but happy volunteers at the end of another successful yard sale!!