There are many opportunities for members and friends to be part of small groups of people for study, fellowship, prayer and service.
Women’s Bible Study (Women of the ELCA or WELCA)
This group meets the first Tuesday of the month at noon, in the Conference Room. We are reading through the book of Acts this year, with Pastor Mary teaching. Bring your lunch. Drinks, fruit and dessert provided. Contact: Sue Barrett (553-3621).
Adult Sunday School
We have at least one and sometimes two different Sunday School classes happening each week at 9:15 a.m. Contact: Bill Johnson (884-4021).
Children’s Sunday School
This class meets weekly throughout the year at 9:15 a.m. The class includes singing, a lectionary-based Bible lesson and hands-on projects. Contact: Kimberly Dunbar (884-7308).
SAGEs (Senior Adults Growing and Exploring)
This group plans monthly activities, such as going together to Brevard Little Theatre or out for a meal. Contacts: Paul and Debbie Cooper (864-221-9518).
Coffee Hour Hosts
Those who help with coffee hour usually serve twice a year, and almost everyone takes a turn. One of the benefits of the work is getting to know three to four other people with whom you’ll be paired to host. If you help in this way, you may turn in receipts for food purchased and ask either for reimbursement or credit on your annual giving statement, or simply donate the goods without paperwork going through the church office. Contact: Marite Currier (883-4680).
Throughout the year, groups from church take various hikes in Pisgah Forest, Dupont State Forest, and along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Contact: Debbie Cooper (864-221-9518).
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
Groups of eight or nine people meet monthly for dinner, with different participants hosting each month. Groups reconfigure every quarter. Contact: Roberta Price (862-4248).
Trivia Team “Fred & Ethel”
A group from the church meets every Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m. at Dugan’s Pub for Team Trivia. Contact: Hank Shore (612-860-8569).
Lutheran Men in Mission
This group is just getting started at Good Shepherd and will combine fellowship and service. More details will be available soon. Contact: Paul Cooper (864-221-9518).
This is a gathering of women, mostly from our congregation, who read a book each month. They meet from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month, at Broad Street Wines. Participants bring snacks. Contact: Barb Jackson (553-4771).
Centering Prayer Groups
In Centering Prayer, participants use silence, breath, and sometimes a word or phrase to experience themselves in the presence of God. Centering Prayer groups meet at Good Shepherd on Thursday mornings, one at 8:00 a.m. and another at 9:30 a.m. Contacts: Barb Jackson (553-4771) and Ruth Lentz (862-3200).
Lectio Divina Groups
“Lectio Divina” means “divine reading” in Latin. The practice is a way of praying Scripture by listening to it read three times and talking in a group about how the passage relates to one’s life presently. Groups begin periodically and meet weekly for about eight weeks. Contacts: Lisa Trefz (384-9206) and Margarette Kennerly (884-2162).
This group meets at 9:00 a.m. on the fourth Wednesday of the month and does odd jobs around the church building and property. Coffee and donuts are also featured in the morning’s activity. Contact: Don Rumph (890-8149).
Good Shepherd has been an “Adopt-a-Highway” sponsor for more than 20 years. Members meet at church, then pick up trash along the highway every third Tuesday of the month beginning at 9:00 or 10:00 a.m., depending on the season. Contacts: Fred and Lauren Weed (877-6154).
The choir combines fellowship and service as they prepare music and offer it at each Sunday’s 10:30 a.m. service. Singers are welcome to join for a special event (such as our work with the Fauré Requiem presented in worship on All Saint’s Sunday in 2015), participate as seasonal residents or sing through the whole year. Contacts: David Gresham (553-4383) and Peggy Schneider (883-3427).
Lutheran World Relief Quilters
Every Tuesday morning beginning around 9:00 a.m., a few women meet to make quilts that are sent overseas by Lutheran World Relief. Each year, the group makes more than 50 quilts from remnants and “upcycled” fabric. Contact: Diana Winch (862-8522).
Helpers are needed for various tasks, such as setting up for and cleaning up after Holy Communion each week, baking the bread used at Communion, and changing altar cloths and banners according to the season. No experience required; training is available. Contact: Kate Reinke (483-4560).
World & Community Committee
This group plans educational and fund-raising projects that provide members and friends opportunities to put their faith into action. The group typically meets monthly. New members of the committee, as well as those who’d like to help with hands-on projects, are always needed and welcome. Contact: Kimberly Dunbar (884-7308).