Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is in prayer and study to determine
how best to serve our communities.
We seek to develop relationships with other service organizations and other churches,
so that we can be more effective by collaborating in our ministries.
Join us on a journey to build bridges from Good Shepherd into the community,
offering our service and support to try to love our neighbor in Jesus' name.
Ministry of Encouragement
A ministry that goes out to community organizations to thank the employees and volunteers for their service. Most recently this group visited the staff and volunteers at the Albemarle Pregnancy Resource Center to show them our appreciation and thanks for their willingness to serve the public.
Ministry of Kindness
H.L Trigg -
We provide the staff at this alternative school a "Welcome Back" luncheon. During this time we have an annual Back to School Supply drive to collect donations of much needed school supplies for the students. We also support them by giving them a monetary gift from our Spring Miracle annually. Additionally, we are on standby for any needs they may have throughout the school year. We provide volunteers to help with the proctoring the annual state exams at the end of the school year.
Angel Tree -
Every December we have the annual Angel Tree, receiving 20 names from the County Social Services to provide Christmas gifts for those children in the community who are in need.
The shelter clients have continued to be the recipient of our supermarket gift cards & toiletries throughout the year. Hopeline was also given a monetary donation from the proceeds from our Spring Miracle event.
Spring Miracle -
Every Spring, our community at Good Shepherd hosts the Spring Miracle event, in order to raise funds to support our Outreach ministries. All of the proceeds go out into the community to help with our many programs (i.e. Hopeline, Food Bank, H. L. Trigg Alternative School, Knights of Hospitality, and many more).
Blue Jean Servant Sunday
What is Blue Jean Servant Sunday?
It’s a time of sharing joy by going out into our community to serve the Lord by serving our neighbors.
What do we do on Blue Jean Servant Sunday?
We come to church in our work clothes, and after worship, head to a central location to be sorted into work teams. Team leaders will guide their groups to pre-assigned job sites throughout the city where we will work for about 3-4 hours. We return to the central location afterwards to share stories and pray for those whom we were privileged to serve.
Where do the job sites come from?
Our “assignments” come from YouthBuild, from other community service agencies, and from individuals like you!
What sort of tasks do we do on Blue Jean Servant Sunday?
We can clean gutters, do yard work, wash windows, clean house, do small painting jobs, rake leaves, do minor house repairs, AND we visit with the residents we meet on these days of celebration. We do not recruit members or charge for our service, nor do we accept “donations”.
Backpack Buddies -
Good Shepherd, in partnership with many other local churches and organizations, helps collect food from the Albemarle Food Bank and pack it in bags to go home with food insecure children to eat on the weekends during the school year. We also contribute
monetarily to the program.
Knights of Hospitality -
We serve meals on the first Thursday of each month to the homeless and needy in the community, partnered with the SOULS Community Ministry. On average we serve 50-60 people at each meal.
Lutheran World Hunger -
During Lent we collect loose change with Lenten coin boxes and the donations are donated to Lutheran World Hunger.
Food Bank of the Albemarle -
They are the recipient of our monthly food donations and weekly egg donations from the chickens we raise. We donate some of the proceeds from our Annual Spring Miracle Event to help support this organization.
Men's Breakfast Group -
Annually they collect money to purchase goats and chickens for people in developing countries through the Lutheran World Hunger program.
Souper Bowl of Caring Sunday -
On Super Bowl Sunday we collect canned goods and financial donations for the hungry and donate what we receive to Albemarle Food Bank.