Social Ministry supports local nonprofit organizations that provide food, shelter, health care and services in the community. Additionally, we support important programs that benefit God’s people around the world. These include Compassion International and Operation Christmas Child.
In recent years we have supported the Religious Coalition, the Frederick Rescue Mission, Faith House, Mission of Mercy, Shoeboxes for Seniors, Heartly House, Blessings in a backpack and ELCA World Hunger. We also contributed to ELCA’s response to hurricanes, Lutheran Campus Ministries and St. Dysmas Prison Ministry.
Other community organizations we support have included: Habitat for Humanity, Faith House, SHIP and the Community Action Agency’s food bank.
Good Shepherd also participates as a host church for the Religious Coalition’s Emergency Family Shelter. If you’d like to volunteer but have not yet been trained, contact Karen Stegman at [email protected]
The Religious Coalition will complete all background checks of adults 18 years and older, to include parents of youth who wish to participate.
During the coronavirus lockdown we’ve suspended hosting families, but we are providing meals to the families as they are housed at a 4-H camp.
Each fall we also participate in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America’s “Good Gifts” program, whereby people took ornaments and, instead of a gift, purchased a flock of chicks, a goat, a school uniform for a girl, a mosquito net, etc. to give as a gift to a loved one. More information is at https://community.elca.org/elcagoodgifts.
We also collect dozens of boxes filled with toys, hygiene items etc. for children around the world. https://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child.
In December, we collect gifts for children and moms, and collect hats and mittens for local school children.