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  • Sunday
    Church
    School

  • Holy
    Communion


  • Confirmation
  • Adult
    Bible
    Studies
  • Vacation
    Bible
    School
  • Meet
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    Teachers

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Sunday Church School (SCS):

Our Sunday school program helps to build a child's Christian education foundation by embracing the teachings of Jesus Christ through worship, ministry and fellowship.

During the school year, our Sunday school meets every Sunday during the 10:30 a.m. service. All children aged 3 through the 5th grade are welcome and encouraged to attend. Your child's morning will begin with a children's service including worship, prayer and music. The classroom lessons that follow nurture a child's faith in a positive, safe learning environment. Using lectionary based material in a fun and interactive way, our staff helps your child grow in his or her understanding of what it means to be a follower of Jesus.

The curriculum shares the Gospel of Jesus Christ based on the best loved Bible stories for a firm faith foundation. They use hands on lessons and activities that prepare students to put their faith into practice in all situations. All materials are taken home to encourage faith building for the whole family.

Please note: registration for Sunday Church School is held in September, but new children are welcomed throughout the year.

Holy Communion:

The Service of Holy Communion is central to our worship. In Holy Communion we believe that the risen Christ is present with us in his true body and blood in, with and under the forms of bread and wine for the assurance of forgiveness and for the strengthening of faith. Christians sharing in this faith and desiring communion with the Lord and his church are invited to the Lord's Table. Those who have questions about receiving are welcomed to speak with the pastor.

First Holy Communion is usually held for fifth grade students. Reception age is determined in consultation with the pastor and family members. Children coming to us from other congregations and parishes who have received the sacrament in those places are invited to receive at Good Shepherd Church.

Confirmation:

According to Luther's Small catechism, confirmation is the rite by which a baptized person renews his or her baptismal vow, publicly confesses his/her faith, and is received into membership by the congregation. Confirmation is a time of preparation for baptized Christians to publicly profess that they do indeed believe these things promised for them in their baptism. It is a passing of the torch, if you will, from parental responsibility to personal responsibility for one's own Christian faith.

Confirmation is held in the spring semester for eighth graders after they have completed Confirmation preparation in the sixth, seventh and eighth grade programs.

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Upper Room-6th through 8th grades:
(meets during 10:30 a.m. Sunday school Hour)

Once your child has gone through Holy Communion, they begin their work towards building faith knowledge which allows them to make their public confession and to become a full member of the congregation. They are expected to attend weekly worship services, and many opt to attend the Contemporary worship at 9:30 a.m. which gives them time to attend Upper Room during the 10:30 a.m. service.

Your child's continuing education will be hands-on by participating in the various outreach opportunities to help and care for others. Some of the various activities include arts and crafts, biblical learning, participating in a skit to be presented to the entire congregation in addition to singing and visits to local nursing facilities.

Adult Bible Study

Most Americans, religious or not, have heard of and read part or even all of the Bible. It is arguably one of the most often referenced books - or set of books - in our culture.

In its most basic definition, the Bible is a diverse collection of writings, divided into two main sections:

  • the Old Testament, which tells the story of God's relationship with and work on behalf of the Hebrew people

  • the New Testament, which shares the story of Jesus, God's Son, and his teachings, death and resurrection, as well as the experiences and faith of the first followers of Jesus

But its meaning - and its significance to the Christian faith - is far more complex and profound.

As Lutherans, ELCA members believe that the Bible is the written Word of God. It creates and nurtures faith through the work of the Holy Spirit and points us to Jesus Christ, the living Word and center of our faith. And in reading the Bible, we are invited into a relationship with God that both challenges us and promises us new life.

Join us for adult bible study on Wednesday nights.

Vacation Bible School (VBS)

Each August, over 100 school children, teachers and youth assistants meet together for a week-long half-day (9 a.m. to noon) learning experience open to the community for children 4 years old through 3rd grade. .

Children experience the wonderful news of God's love and Jesus through Bible stories, songs, crafts, games and other activities. Snack is served daily.

On the last day of VBS, we have a closing program, where the children share God's word through songs and skits.

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Sunday Services

  • 8:00 am - Traditional Worship

  • 9:00 am - Contemporary Worship

  • 10:30 am - Traditional Worship with Choirs

  • 7:15 pm - Fellowship Hall


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