The Good Shepherd Barnabas Project aims to connect our youth with adult Christian mentors, encourage them to grow in their relationships with God and others, and serve as a support as they discover God's purpose for their lives. Mentors will regularly encourage and pray for their mentee as well as spend quality time with them. Group activities, insights for connecting, and learning opportunities will be provided to enhance relationship building and promote a successful Barnabas relationship. The Barnabas Project is an opt-in program, so all mentors/mentees have volunteered to participate. It is not unusual for both the mentor and mentee to benefit from a mentoring relationship and we encourage all who may be interested to connect with those who are already involved. Contact Jeff or Jolyn to be connected with participants or for more information. "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." (1 Timothy 4:12)
Dinner at Vinny’s is the third Sunday of every month. We collect sandwiches and fruit from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. for St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall. If you can make two loaves of sandwiches or provide fruit, you will be helping some of our most vulnerable people. Currently, there are no volunteer servers permitted; but sandwiches and fruit are still needed to feed the homeless.
If you need to bring your sandwiches on Sunday before collection starts at 11 a.m., you may put your sandwiches in the kitchen refrigerator closest to the coffee maker. The group leaves promptly at 1 p.m. to deliver the sandwiches. Any sandwiches left in the fridge after 1 p.m. will not be delivered.
The Drama Ministry strives to bring relatable, high quality scenes and sketches to our worship services and also mount at least one major production each year. We are looking for actors, set & costume designers, and production teams who are willing to serve through the theatre arts. If you have a heart for this type of ministry, or if you would like to try something new, please contact Barb Nelson in the Church Office. Tess Tally is the director of the Drama Ministry and Jeff Tally & Barb Nelson are the producers. For any questions, you can reach Tess at email@example.com.
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This non-profit, interfaith organization, along with participating church congregations like Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, provides shelter and housing services to homeless families. Family Promise offers families a safe and supported environment away from the trauma of homelessness, while facilitating lasting income and housing stability for the families we serve. 95% graduate into housing and 100% remain housed 2 years after the shelter! Families account for 42% of all homelessness, due to the rising costs of living/housing expenses and depressed wages. This means that over 6,000 individuals in families, mostly single mothers, are caring for their children in shelters, doubling-up with friends/family, or worse, living out of cars or abandoned buildings. By volunteering with Family Promise, and giving of your time, compassion and hospitality, you are truly changing the lives of homeless parents and children for the better. GSLC hosts three times a year by providing food, shelter, and the love Jesus calls us to give. For more information visit www.fpsl.org. The 2019/2020 Family Promise dates are: November 24-December 1, 2019, May 24-31, 2020, August 2-9,2020, November 1-8,2020.
Good Shepherd has a long tradition of the Christmas Stocking. Donations of cash and checks go into a fund that helps congregation families and individuals with short-term financial assistance through the year. The Christmas Stocking will be hung in the back of the sanctuary beginning December 1 or donate online anytime.
A Parish Nurse is a professional, licensed nurse that focuses on the intentional care of the spirit as well as the promotion of wholistic health and prevention or minimization of illness within a faith community. However, caring for our congregation and community is not something one person can provide. This ministry needs assistance and support from other professionals and non-professionals. Consider serving with the Parish Nursing team to assess needs, plan and present events, and serve your brothers and sister in Christ. Our Qualified nurses offer frequent health fairs to the community (blood pressure, diabetes checks, flu shots, medical counseling, etc.) and attend to the health needs of our homebound.
Good Shepherd Partners with Standing Together, a local para-church ministry that serves the state of Utah and acts as a catalyst to draw churches together in joint partnership with one another in evangelistic outreaches.
At the age of 18, young adults are released from the state's guardianship, many with nowhere to go. The Transitional Experience Milestone project offers qualified youth living quarters, in a safe environment as a training and intermediate step to prepare for independent living. GSLC partners with Salt Lake County and the State of Utah Foster Program and Housing Authorities to provide 3 group homes for these young adults.