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A Day of Living Abundantly- Thanks for a great Fall Women's Retreat

Over 60 women gathered for “Christian Minimalism: Living a Truly Abundant Life”. Together we focused on God's true gifts for us- not stuff, but rather love, fulfillment and growth. We collected over $350 for the DC Diaper Bank and the Women of the ELCA, and a mountain of feminine products for the DC Diaper Bank. Thanks to all who provided food for the taco bar, setup and cleaned up fall decorations, provided wonderful worship music and so much more. The Winter Women's Retreat will be Jan. 24-26 at Shepherd's Spring Retreat Center.

Women's Ministry Event- Matilda the Musical on Nov. 3

Our own Breton Stailey will be performing in Matilda!!

Show tickets - Sunday, November 3rd, 2pm:
$18 for Seniors/Students
$22 for Regular

To get tickets and sign up for this event, contact Pastor Kate.

Still working on our restaurant for dinner, but perhaps JoJos again!!

Info on the show: Matilda the Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She’s unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other’s lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda’s extraordinary personality.

Matilda’s school life isn’t completely smooth sailing, however – the school’s mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don’t abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts and could be her classmates’ saving grace!

NEW Thursday Evening Women's Study- Starts Sept. 5

ROMANS- The Letter that Changed the World!



Shepherd’s Hall

A 13 week study starting Sept. 5th

Discover just how radical a message Paul's letter to the Romans really was--why it has inspired both hope and conflict through the centuries and why today it continues to challenge our culture and change hearts and lives. 

 For more info, contact the church office or Elise Bowman.


Women's Book Club- September 2019

On September 24, we will continue learning about Muslims in a historical study of the Mughal Empire through the eyes of a woman. The book is “Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan” by Ruby Lal.

October 22-  “Izzy's Fire: Finding Humanity in the Holocaust” by Nancy Wright Beasley, which focuses mainly on the Ipson family's life in hiding in a Lithuanian farmer's potato field. The book depicts how 13 members of five Jewish families survived the Holocaust through their own ingenuity and the generosity of a poor Catholic farm family. All 13 Jews ended up living in a 9'x12'x4' underground hole as World War II raged around them. Some lived underground for about seven months before being liberated by the Russian Army.

Dec 3 (date change to avoid Thanksgiving week)- “Educated” by Tara Westover.  Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes and the will to change it.

Women meet to visit and then discuss our book of the month, usually in member’s homes. Please contact Pastor Kate for more info and locations.

Sisters in Grace- New Women's Study for Fall 2019

The first official meeting of Sisters In Grace for the fall will be Thursday, September 12, from 9:30-11:30 am. Our new Bible study will be "The Armor of God" by Priscilla Shirer. It is a 7-week study that has a weekly video and a member book for each participant. Member books are $15 each from Sisters In Grace Members are responsible for the cost of the book. As always, book scholarships are available for those in need. For more info, contact Pastor Kate Costa.

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2019 Fall Women's Gathering- Sept. 28

Ladies of the church - quick! Pull out your calendar and put a big star on Saturday, September 28, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm! You don't want to miss this day of learning, loving, laughing and sharing together in our Fall Women's Gathering. This year's theme is "Christian Minimalism- Living a Truly Abundant Life" led by Pastor Becca Ehrlich. There is no cost for this event and lunch is included. A free will offering will be collected in the closing worship.

Please register by emailing Pastor Kate (


Phoebe Study- Fall 2019 Topics

Ladies of the church are invited to join the Phoebe circle on the first Tuesday of the month in the Lobby Classroom. This group studies a different character of the Bible each month. A great way to grow in your knowledge of the Bible, your connection with others, and your understanding of God’s word.

For more information, contact the church office.

Upcoming topics:

October 1- Mark

November 5- Peter

December 3- Luke

Celebrating Bold Women: This Sunday & Every Sunday

In 2016, Leymah Gbowee was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She did so by following a dream where she heard God say to her, "Gather the women and pray for peace!" By organizing the women of faith of Liberia- Christians and Muslims- to hold unconventional protests for peace, she helped bring an end to the Civil War that had been raging for 14 years.


She writes:

“We must continue to unite in sisterhood to turn our tears into triumph. There is no time to rest until our world achieves wholeness and balance, where all men and women are considered equal and free.”


Together, when all men and women are considered equal, we can do truly powerful things. Today we celebrate the bold women of scripture- Sarah and Mary, Esther and Miriam- and the bold women of today- Leymah Gbowee and Malala Yousafzai and Pastor Beth Platz (the first female Lutheran Pastor in America). At Good Shepherd, we celebrate the leadership of women not just this one Sunday, but all through the year, and strive for a day when women’s contributions will be honored equally across the globe.

Spring Women's Gathering 2019

Women's Gathering- Living the Beatitudes


May 11, 2019


Time: 9:30am - 3:00pm

Location: Shepherd’s Hall, GSLC


Women's Gathering- Living the Beatitudes

May 11, 2019

Time: 9:30am - 3:00pm

Location: Shepherd’s Hall, GSLC

Cost: Free

(Donation will be collected for the Women of the ELCA and Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp and Retreat Center)

Saturday, May 11-Join us for a special day to celebrate our blessings! The Rev. Heidi David-Young will be our guest speaker who will bring us wisdom and insights for daily life, together with inspiring activities led by Pastor Kate, and more.

Email to RSVP