Each Christmas, LCGS is involved in this outreach program through Sharing House. The people of LCGS purchase gifts for those in need and deliver them to Sharing House. Staff there use the gifts to set up a “store” where clients can shop for gifts and wrap them.
On the third Tuesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. (9:00 a.m. in the summer), the Adopt-A-Highway “Road Warriors” meet at Good Shepherd, then clean up the designated highway area. LCGS has consistently participated in this activity for more than 20 years.
Bread for the World’s Offering of Letters
Good Shepherd participates in Bread for the World’s Offering of Letters Campaign each year, when we write letters to our congressional representatives urging them to support various nutrition programs. Our campaign in August of 2015 resulted in a greater understanding of hunger and 84 letters written to representatives. Learn more about Bread for the World here.
Bread of Life
Bread of Life is Brevard’s “soup kitchen.” Each winter, LCGS youth are involved in Souper Bowl Sunday, including a skit during worship, a fundraiser and a luncheon. The goals are to raise our awareness of those in need in our community and raise money for Bread of Life. Learn more about Bread of Life here.
Good Shepherd Crèche
The people of Good Shepherd help support the Good Shepherd Crèche, run by the Betsy Elizabeth Trust in Tamil Nadu, India. The Good Shepherd Crèche enrolls approximately 50 children, ages three to five years, who in all likelihood would spend their days hungry and unsupervised while their parents struggle to earn the pittance needed to sustain life were it not for the crèche. Typically, the youngest children in the family are the last to be fed and sometimes receive only the water left from boiling the family’s evening rice. At the crèche, children are safely sheltered and protected during the day. They receive two nutritious meals a day and two sets of clothing a year, as well as basic health care and education. Their families also receive assistance with health practices and job skill training.
CROP Hunger Walk
The CROP Hunger Walk is Brevard’s annual walk to raise awareness about and funds for local and world hunger. Koinonia sponsors this event, while LCGS provides some of the principal leadership. This year, the walk will be held on October 11. One quarter of the money raised will be given to Sharing House to help Transylvania County residents.
ELCA Malaria Campaign
Good Shepherd joined the efforts of the ELCA Malaria Campaign in 2014 and 2015 to help eliminate deaths from this disease in Africa. Working though Lutheran partners in Africa, the ELCA Malaria Campaign is uniquely positioned to help provide mosquito nets, education, testing, medication and more. Good Shepherd’s campaigns included educational, worship and stewardship opportunities, and resulted in nearly $5,000 in donations. The ELCA’s goal of raising $15 million by the end of 2015 to fully support their malaria programs in 13 African countries has been met! The ELCA will continue to support these programs in 13 countries in Africa through their World Hunger Appeal, It is amazing what we can accomplish together, in Christ’s name. Learn more about the ELCA Malaria Campaign here.
Global Church Sunday
Every fall, Good Shepherd celebrates Global Church Sunday, highlighting Christ’s mission in the world and the part that we all play in it. The celebration involves international liturgy and music during worship, and food, items/decorations and pictures from around the world during Coffee Hour.
LCGS joins with other city and county faith communities to support and develop opportunities for joint fellowship, worship, and community outreach programs. In 2013, LCGS participated in a Community Lenten Worship Service (during which an offering was collected to benefit SAFE), The CROP Hunger Walk in October (just over $1,000 was raised to support local and global hunger programs), a Thanksgiving Worship Service and the Community Christmas Dinner.
Lutheran Disaster Response
Donations are collected to assist victims of natural and man-made disasters. Learn more about Lutheran Disaster Response here.
Our quilters meet every Tuesday to sew items for this organization, as well as assemble school and other kits. These items are then sent to those in need throughout the world by LWR. In 2015, 56 quilts and 46 school and personal care kits were made and shipped. Learn more about Lutheran World Relief here.
Rev. Chad & Natalie Rimmer
In early 2015, Good Shepherd began sponsoring Rev. Chad and Natalie Rimmer, ELCA missionaries who are working in Senegal in Western Africa. Chad is the Theological Advisor for Leadership Development in the ELS (Lutheran Church in Senegal), and participates in the church’s growing programs for theological education. He works with the interfaith center in Dakar, the capital of Senegal, which is largely Muslim. Learn more about the Rimmer family in their November, 2015 newsletter. Rimmer Senegal Nov 2015 Newsletter
Rise and Shine Volunteers from LCGS provide after-school tutoring and supervision to children in this program. Learn more about Rise and Shine here.
S.A.F.E. provides shelter, counseling and support services for abused women and children. Several members and friends volunteer at S.A.F.E. Learn more about S.A.F.E. here.
LCGS supports Sharing House by collecting items and funds throughout the year, which are then delivered to Sharing House. Several friends and members of LCGS also volunteer their time at Sharing House. Learn more about Sharing House here.
The Haven is the homeless shelter in Transylvania County. Volunteers from Good Shepherd provide weekend meals for The Haven residents twice a year. Learn more about The Haven here.
In June, Good Shepherd recognizes World Refugee Sunday, when we focus on immigrants and refugees in the world and the work of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service and Lutheran Services Carolinas. Learn more about Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service here. Learn more about Lutheran Services Carolinas here.