Caring Ministries

God is with you every step of the way, and at Good Shepherd we want to walk along side you in the journey in times of joy and in times of sorrow.

Whether you are celebrating a new birth or looking forward to a marriage, or have just received unexpected news of grief or illness, we are here to help you seek God’s promises of comfort and love.

Baptisms

We are delighted to welcome you and celebrate your growth in Christ. Baptism is the beginning of life in Christ and a glorious welcome to God’s family. At Good Shepherd, we celebrate this sacrament with infants and children, as well as adults. If you are interested in taking this next step, please contact one of our pastors for more information and to schedule this special day.

Weddings

What a joy it is to celebrate a new relationship together. If you are planning to be married and are interested in holding the ceremony at Good Shepherd, please contact us as soon as possible to schedule a meeting with one of our pastors.

First Communion Classes

Communion is God’s holy meal, and a special sacrament in the Lutheran Church. We hold communion classes each January for children in 1st grade and above. Contact our Director of Christian Education Ministry for more information.

Hospital Visits and Prayer Requests

If you are in the hospital for an extended time, staying in an assisted living facility, or unable to get to worship for another health reason, please let us know so that we can support you in this difficult time. You can also submit a prayer request.

Funerals and Memorial Services

At the hardest moments in life, we have a team ready to care for your family as you grieve. Please contact our pastors to begin the funeral planning process. God’s promises of eternal life are certain and bring comfort in these difficult times.

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Stephen Ministry

From receiving unexpected news to lives being turned upside down, people facing trials of many kinds can quickly find themselves anxious, afraid, and alone. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church's Care Ministry, seeks to be the compassionate touch, the ears, shoulders, and feet of Christ for those who are who are hurting.

Stephen Ministers are members of the Good Shepherd Lutheran congregation who are trained to provide care to one person at a time, meeting once a week for about an hour. Twice a month, Stephen Ministers gather with their Stephen Leaders for supervision and continuing education.

Stephen Ministry is a One on One lay caring ministry which equips and empowers lay caregivers to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.

Receiving Training...

  • Receive 50 hours of initial training in important caring ministry skills and concepts

  • Visit another person regularly and dependably and offer Christian support and care

  • Participate in regular support and supervision under the guidance of trained Stephen Leaders

  • Are committed to preserving the confidential nature of the caring relationship

  • Serve for at least two years

  • Receive continuing education and skill building

Meeting People's Needs...

  • Those who are hospitalized

  • Those who have received an end-of-life diagnosis and their families

  • People who move into and out of our community

  • Those grieving a death or serious loss the home-bound and institutionalized prisoners, ex-offenders and their families

  • Those with a job crisis the aging and elderly

  • Those with disabilities and their families

  • Those needing the support of a Christian friend

  • Those facing life transitions the separated or divorced

  • Households experiencing birth or adoption

  • Those in spiritual crisis

If you are interested in learning more about Stephen Ministry, please contact Brenda Kessler or call Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Office.