Outreach Ministry

Good Shepherd is passionate about service, offering outreach opportunities for nearly every age group. Find a place for your helping hands: We have a project that needs you!

 

Food Ministry

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Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is committed to helping local families. Feeding neighbors in need has always been a core component of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church  and the Food Ministry and remains a constant reminder of the miracle of the loaves and fishes. By partnering with local organizations, we are able to serve and connect with our community even in difficult times.

We truly believe that Food Ministry is an awesome and effective way for you to serve and connect with your community. Our heart is ministry, feeding people is the bonus.

Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his Bread with the poor. -Proverbs 22:9

The Food Ministry feeds approximately 6,000 homeless men and women each year through donations from within Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Donations are delivered to local shelters around the Rockville, Maryland area for those who are hungry and food insecure.

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Interfaith Works Women's Center

For over 20 years, Good Shepherd has supported the Interfaith Works Women’s Center, which provides rehabilitative services for 35-40 homeless females, offering transitional housing and support in their quest for more stable housing.
     The Center is located on Taft Court (off of Gude Drive) in Rockville. Good Shepherd, along with 60 other churches and community groups, supports the Center year-round by supplying clients three wholesome meals a day.
     If you are interested in helping, please contact the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church office. This is a wonderful opportunity to get involved in a worthwhile, church-wide community event!

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Gude Drive Men's Shelter

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church hosts the Gude Drive Men’s Shelter dinner on the 2nd Thursday and 4th Wednesday of the each month. The Thursday evening meal is youth led; families with youth are encouraged to participate.

During the cold weather season the number of men seeking a hot meal soars upward of 180-200 men. During the non-hypothermia season (April 1 - November 1) there are 60-80 men.

More help is needed to prepare the meals. If you are interested in helping in any capacity, please contact the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church office or sign-up online through Sign-up Genius.

This is a wonderful opportunity to get involved in a worthwhile, church-wide community event!

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Rise Against Hunger

This national organization's mission is to end global hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable people.

In April, volunteers gather at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church to measure, package, seal, and box 10,000-20,000 meals for school children in the neediest areas world-wide--in less than 3 hours!  This is an exciting and rewarding event that combines caring and fellowship in an afternoon of teamwork and productivity.  We welcome adults, youth, and children (ages 5 and older under parental supervision).  Contact the Church Office for more information.

 

Disaster Recovery Ministry

The Disaster Recovery Ministry mobilizes staff and equipment and enlists volunteers to provide emergency aid, as well as, recovery and rebuilding to victims of floods, storms, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. No experience necessary to join a crew, week-long or weekend, sent to nearby states, to New Jersey and Maryland for Hurricane Sandy aid, or as far as Florida and the Gulf region.

We also collect and assemble specific supplies, such as flood clean-up and personal-hygiene kits, for disaster survivors.  We take these kits to the Brethren Service Center warehouse in New Windsor, MD, where we also serve 4-6 times a year to prepare kits for shipment to disaster areas worldwide.

For more information about upcoming efforts, contact the Church Office.

 

Housing Concerns Ministry

Through the Housing Concerns Ministry at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, our mission is support those in our community who are low income, homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

We welcome volunteers with any skill who would like to provide hands-on aid through Rebuilding Together, which is held on the last Saturday of April and the first Saturday of May.

 

Wider Lutheran Outreach Ministry

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Good Shepherd supports ELCA projects, including monetary collections for its World Hunger Appeal, donating handmade quilts, health kits for Lutheran Disaster Response and school kits for Lutheran World Relief assembled by our Youth and Sunday School classes, and more.

 

Local Community Outreach

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Holiday Giving

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church provides strong support to local families in need through the City of Gaithersburg’s Holiday Giving Program.  We provide financial support, and volunteer at both the Thanksgiving food distribution and the December distribution, which focuses on clothing, books and toys for children, as well as special items for high-school youth.   Visit the Welcome Center for more information, or to get involved in this major outreach to our neighbors in the community. 

Collections

Our Outreach Ministry Committee shepherds an ongoing outreach project to those in need through collections of various items, which can be placed in the labeled baskets at the Welcome Center:

  • Non-perishable food items delivered weekly to the Gaithersburg HELP Food Pantry

  • Box Tops for Education

  • Campbell Soup Can Labels

  • Travel-Size Toiletries

  • Aluminum can pull tabs

In addition, we collect:

  • Peanut butter and jelly in June and July, to support the Germantown HELP Food Pantry

  • Backpacks and school supplies in July and August, which are donated to Interfaith Works to support area children in need.