Outreach

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your

good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” — Matthew 5:16

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is able to commit 25% of our Annual Budget to outreach because of the generous support of our membership.  It is the reason we can faithfully support the mission of organizations like the Haitian Timoun Foundation, the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and the Edge House (our campus ministry on the boundary of the University of Cincinnati).  If you’d like to donate to our mission, CLICK HERE.

For an up-to-date list of volunteer opportunities and special fundraising campaigns, connect with our News and Events Page.

Featured Outreach Ministries

Graceworks Lutheran Services
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Graceworks Lutheran Services

While we are all likely beyond pleased to have warmer and sunny days of late, did you know Good Shepherd was busy in the cold, snowy days of February providing a little sunshine to residents at Graceworks Affordable Housing communities?  Thanks to the generosity of anonymous Good Shepherd members, all residents at three communities - one each in Maysville, KY, Lawrenceburg, IN and Milford, OH - received care packages with some cleaning supplies, fresh fruits & vegetables, and craft supplies/activities such as adult coloring books, needlework kits, and wooden birdhouses to paint.  Three teams of Good Shepherd members prepared and delivered the care packages; all hearts were warmed by the smiles of the “ambassador” residents who welcomed the teams and gifts.

With Graceworks staff, Good Shepherd is exploring opportunities to create a longer-term relationship with residents at St. Marks community in Milford, Ohio.  Watch next month’s Horn for a recap of a very special Easter visit involving our young people and for news of a summertime, COVID-safe opportunity for more of us to meet and learn about each other.

Good Shepherd has been involved with Graceworks Lutheran Service for many years; we are a “member” congregation and three Good Shepherd members currently serve on the Board of Directors. As part of its Faithful Caring mission Graceworks offers residential communities for low-income elderly and disabled individuals throughout Ohio and Indiana and several in Kentucky.  Residents of Graceworks apartment communities enjoy well-maintained, spacious and attractive apartments. Residences are clean and secure with easy access for people with mobility impairments.  Communities incorporate dedicated common areas for social, recreational and educational activities. Most facilities also employ a service coordinator who help residents, who on average are 73 years old, stay healthy, engaged, and connected during their senior years.

If you are interested in learning more about being involved in this developing ministry, please contact Mary Adams (adamsmarydmjk@gmail.com) or Pastor Heidi Johns (hjohns@goodshepherd.com).

An article about the donations was written in several local newspapers about our outreach efforts with Graceworks.  You can read more about that here:  https://maysville-online.com/news/187919/graceworks-residents-receives-gifts or https://www.registerpublications.com/news/lutherans-help-out-its-community.

 

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Other Organizations We Support

Hands Against Hunger (formerly Kids Against Hunger) - GSLC members regularly volunteer at food packing events that benefit the hungry throughout the world.

Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) - an organization dedicated to providing emergency shelter for homeless families.  GSLC members and families host nights at a local church where they serve a meal, play games, and provide a safe place for homeless families to stay.

Inter Parish Ministries - an organization dedicated to providing clothing, food, and support to people in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Matthew 25 Ministries - an organization that provides humanitarian aid and disaster relief throughout the world.  GSLC has regular volunteer opportunities at the organization doing whatever work is needed and forms a walk-run team for the annual Hunger 5k which raises money for their mission.

Lutheran Disaster Response - the disaster relief and response arm of the national ELCA.  GSLC donates regularly to this organization as well as during special appeals for funds in response to disasters such as hurricanes or flooding.

Northeast Emergency Distribution Services (NEEDS) Food Pantry - a Kenwood-area food pantry that serves the local area.  GSLC regularly supports this organization with various events throughout the year and the annual Souper Bowl of Caring.

Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank - GSLC volunteers and donates to this organization that provides diapers to folks in need in our community.

Tikkun Farm - GSLC regularly volunteers at this organization that provides food for those in need, while also caring for Creation.

Vida E†erna–Iglesia Luterana (VEIL) - GSLC volunteers and provides tutoring to members of this spanish-speaking worship community that finds a home with Lord of Life Lutheran Church in West Chester, OH.