What is Good Shepherd?
We are a friendly and diverse group of people who come together to worship God, and receive his blessing and inspiration. Good Shepherd is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and a part of the New England Synod. We are a Reconciling in Christ congregation.
All are welcome here at Good Shepherd. Our Lord welcomes all who seek him, and so do we. We welcome you whether you have been a life long church goer or have just walked in the door for the first time. We welcome people from every tradition, and people new to faith. We welcome people of every age, every color and culture, every sexual orientation and gender identity, every socioeconomic status, marital status, every differing ability. Welcome to believers, questioners and doubters.
We pledge to our Lord, to ourselves, to you, and to all others that we will strive to live and share our love as a reconciling people. In our hearts and in this place, all are welcome to celebrate and rejoice, to grieve and be healed. We believe and proclaim that Jesus lives in all of us and we are made new through Christ’s love.
We hold two services every Sunday. The first worship service begins at 8:00am, and is great for early-birds. Our second worship service begins at 10:30am and features our church choir. We also hold Sunday services at 5:30pm twice per month.
Children are always welcome to attend the service. We have a children's sermon and "Busy Bags" (containing books, crayons, and creative activities) for children who attend the service. If you prefer, nursery care is available during worship for children ages 5 & under.
Worship unites the people of God with each other, through the Holy Spirit and a common bond of thanksgiving and praise. The worship service is made up of many participants.
Rev. Douglas Ryniewicz began his ministry as Pastor at Good Shepherd on August 9th 2013. He leads our worship services with the help of Victor Johnson, choir members, and church members.
Victor Johnson joined us in 2004. He is a gifted musician and the leader of Good Shepherd's vibrant musical community and our three choir groups.
Our choir welcomes new members throughout the year. The choir currently has 16 members, and rehearses each Thursday evening at 7:30pm. Our bell choir performs on a routine basis, and rehearses on Thursday nights at 6:45pm. The children's choir is comprised of Sunday School students and sings routinely at Sunday worship services. Musical performances by our choir groups are an essential part of the worship service.
Church members may also take part in the worship service as part of our Lay Ministry program. This ranges from being an assistant minister, communion assistant, usher, acolyte, or lector during the service to welcoming guests as a greeter, assisting with financial matters as a counter, or preparing the altar as a member of the Altar Guild.
What should I wear?
Wear whatever you feel comfortable in, whether that be jeans, shorts, or something more formal.
Will I be able to take communion?
We welcome everyone to Christ's communion table.
Can my kids come to the worship service?
Of course! Children are always welcome during worship services. During the service, we have a special children's sermon to include them. "Busy Bags" (containing books, crayons, and creative activities) are available for their amusement during the service. If you prefer, nursery care is available during worship for children ages 5 & under.
For those with disabilities...
We are committed to including everyone in our worship services and events. Our building is handicapped-accessibile. There are no stairs or steps entering the building, and we offer large-print worship guides for the visually-impaired. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us.