Faith formation for all age groups
Good Shepherd offers faith formation for all ages on Sundays, during the week, as well as on a monthly basis.
A children’s message in worship
Faith formation for children following worship
Faith formation for adults following worship
9/22 - Preview of planned topics and gathering Ideas for future topics
9/29 - 2 of our members share OMNI Medical Mission Experience.
10/6 - 11/17 - Making Sense of Martin Luther
This video and book driven faith formation series is written and presented by David Lose, former Luther Seminary professor and now senior pastor of Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It explores the person and theology of Martin Luther, the reformer for whom our denomination draws its name and much of its theological perspective. There is no expectation that you have prior knowledge of the Bible, theology, or church history to participate in this study but lifelong Lutherans are also sure to get something out of this study as well. Just bring your questions and openness to talk about matters relating to Martin Luther and his understanding of the God we know in Jesus.
If you plan to join us, you will find it very helpful to have read the introduction and the first chapter of the book prior to the first session. But even if you haven't read the book ahead of time, come anyway. All are welcome! Copies of the book can be purchased in paperback or on kindle from Amazon.com. If you would like to participate in this study but cannot afford to buy this book just call Carola in the office: 252-338-6210 and we will see that you receive a copy of the participant book.
Youth Group 6:30pm - 8:00pm
All middle school and high school students welcome (6-12 grade). Invite your friends.
There will likely be two outings in the Fall, one lock-in, and lots of opportunities to go see and support our youth as they participate in athletics, drama, music, and other activities.
The Early Bird Special 4:00pm - 5:15pm
This is an opportunity for adult faith formation before suppertime. Topics will vary and once a month we will welcome (and advertise in the community) an invited speaker from outside of Good Shepherd to share what they do, what their organization does, and how they see God at work in our community.
9/18 - Churchwide Assembly: What does it mean to be a sanctuary church?
9/25 - A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community by John Pavlovitz.
Available for purchase in paperback or on kindle at Amazon.com. (Introduction and Ch 1-3) If you would like to participate in this study but cannot afford to buy this book just call Carola in the office: 252-338-6210 and we will see that you receive a copy of the participant book.
10/2 - Courtney Cottrell, Director of Hopeline. Debunking some of the myths surrounding sexual assault and domestic violence, identify red flags in relationships, teach us what we can do to help those who are in
jeopardy, and discover what Hopeline has to offer. Other weeks of the month will be topical or book studies of interest to the participants.
10/9 - A Bigger Table Ch. 4-7
10/16 - A Bigger Table Ch 8-11
10/23 - A Bigger Table Ch 12-15
10/30 - A Bigger Table Ch 16-18
11/6-11/20 - Ending Well Series - Details to be announced.
11/17 - Break for Thanksgiving
Dinner 5:15 - 5:45pm
We will have meal 'hosts' who will sign up in advance to provide a simple supper (and a donation basket to help offset cost).
Hymns, Hugs, Hops, and Hoopla 5:45pm - 7:00pm
Intergenerational Fellowship, where we alternate weekly between a chosen game (Hoopla) or a sing/play along (Hymns). The selected game of the night will be fun for both children and adults. Music nights will be fun and inviting for vocalists and instrumentalists of all abilities, including those who only claim to make a “joyful noise” to the Lord.
Men's Breakfast group 8:30am ~ First Saturday of every month
Come and join in some fellowship, bible study, some of Mike's great pancakes, John's fantastic sausage, and a great discussion. Breakfast starts at 8:30am. $2.00 is the requested donation for expense recuperation.
The Ladies lunch and Bible study group 12:00pm ~ Third Thursday of every month
All women of Good Shepherd and friends are invited for a time of Bible Study and fellowship. Bring your own lunch, we will take turns bringing dessert.
Ladies Prayer group 1:00pm (at Bethel AME Zion Church, Elizabeth City) ~ Fourth Thursday of every month
We are going to visit the ladies of Bethel AME Zion Church (798 Firetower Rd, Elizabeth City, NC 27909) for their prayer service. For those who would like to travel together, we are gathering at Good Shepherd by 12:30pm to carpool.
We are beginning a new format for confirmation classes that will involve an overnight weekend of worship, study, conversation, and fun (with both Pastors Kim and Matt).
This new format will be the first of four in our newly created, retreat based confirmation program. Confirmands will be able to complete their retreat requirements when they are able between sixth grade and senior year in high school with confirmations happening both Reformation Sunday and on Pentecost Sunday should the need arise.