Good Shepherd is not a church because of a building. Our church is people.
There are so many ways to get involved with the Good Shepherd community! Browse through our list of groups, programs and community events. We would love to see you at one — or several! Contact the church office at 360-892-7770 or email@example.com for more information.
Groups & Programs
Safety Committee and Sheepdog Ministry
Our goals are to reduce threats related by accident, medical crisis, structural decay, fire, cyber attack, civil liability, criminal behavior and calamity. The Sheepdogs serve the church by watching over the flock during services.
Knitting and Crocheting Group
The Knitting and Crocheting Group makes items for primarily two charities – Babies-in-Need and the Seafarer’s Center. They knit and crochet at home and on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday afternoons at 1:30 pm in the Education Building.
Centering Prayer is a simple, four-step method of prayer that introduces a practical way of preparing oneself to receive the gift of contemplation. A Centering Prayer group meets Tuesdays, 5:30 to 6:30 pm in the Education Building.
On the fourth Monday of every month at 8:30 am, a team comprised of Church of the Good Shepherd members, friends and family arrive at Share House to prepare and serve a meal to between 100 and 200 people. Share House is located at 1115 W. 13th in Vancouver.
Ellsworth Tutors/Lunch Buddies
Members of Good Shepherd volunteer at Ellsworth Elementary school, in the classroom or as mentors and lunch buddies for the children.
Prayers and Squares
Members of the Prayer Quilt ministry meet every Monday morning to make quilts for individuals (parishioners, relatives of parishioners or very close personal friends of parishioners) facing health challenges. They also have time to work on their personal creations, while enjoying the fellowship of fellow quilters.
The Prayer Wheel
The Prayer Wheel is a group of people committed to praying for the concerns of those who request prayer.
Brotherhood of the Good Shepherd
Our men’s group is known as BOGS (Brotherhood of the Good Shepherd). The group meets every third Sunday at 7pm in the Youth Building for fellowship and sharing our walk with Jesus with each other. We sometimes have outings together at a local restaurant, attend a lecture in Portland, or engage in a book/Bible study together.
God loving. Resilient. Enthusiastic. Active. Talented. Our seniors’ program offers an holistic approach to aging in terms of physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional balance. The G.R.E.A.T. Group meets in the Parish Hall at noon the first Monday of the month, October through June, for a potluck lunch, followed by a community speaker or program of interest.
Living Alone and Laughing A Lot Group (a.k.a. LA Group)
This group of single adults meets for lunch at local restaurants and plans group trips (e.g. to the Japanese Garden in Portland, Willamette valley wine tours, walking the labyrinth at St. Luke’s in Gresham.)
Order of St. Luke
The Order of St. Luke (OSL) is an international and ecumenical ministry of Christian healing. OSL is a group of lay-people who gather together on a weekly basis to study scripture, read and discuss books on healing, and pray together. The Church of the Good Shepherd chapter meets every Tuesday morning in the music room from 10:30am-12pm. The local OSL members are trained in Christian Listening and offer up to 45 minutes of listening to those in need, and then offer prayer and anointing on their behalf. All are welcome to come and join the Order of St. Luke study group.
The Order of St. Luke is a group of people dedicated to the practice of healing prayer. Prayer teams are offered every Sunday at both the 8:30am and 11:15am services during Communion at the left side of the church in the “prayer corner.” All are welcome to come forward for prayer on behalf of another or for themselves. All prayer requests are kept confidential.
Saints and Sinners of the Silver Screen
Saints & Sinners of the Silver Screen meets every 2nd, 4th, and 5th Sundays in the Youth Building at 3pm. The group watches a film and discusses its theological and cultural messages.
The Annual Meeting of Church of the Good Shepherd is held every year on the last Sunday in January. The meeting includes election of Vestry members, election of Delegates and Alternates to Diocesan Convention, a review of the budget, presentation of the Award for Christian Service, and other business. All church members are encouraged to attend.
Women’s Annual Tea
Each spring our women gather together for a time of fellowship, service and tea. All proceeds from a silent auction go straight to local and global causes. In past years, the event has supported Open House Ministries, Second Step Housing, and Shared Hope International.
Welcome Back BBQ
The second Sunday of September we welcome everyone back from vacation with this all-parish event; one service at 10 am followed by a BBQ and fun activities.
The purpose of the Harvest Dinner is to get to know other Good Shepherd folk in a casual and friendly setting. Each year, volunteers from the congregation open their homes to serve dinner and dessert to a blend of people from both services, traditionally on the first Saturday of November.
All ages are invited to join in the fun for a pick-up game of flag football at the HP/Peace Health/Nautilus field. Directly after the game we give thanks and enjoy some fellowship at Juliano’s Pizzeria, located at 15606 SE Mill Plain Blvd.
Advent Wreath Party and Soup Supper
People of all ages are invited join us anytime 6-7:30 PM to enjoy a soup and salad supper, and then make an Advent Wreath to take home to use to prepare for the four weeks prior to Christmas. Advent wreath supplies and the soup and salad supper (one soup will be vegan & gluten free) are available.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Good Shepherd men and Acolytes join together to prepare an all-parish supper of pancakes and sausage on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Lent begins.
This simple meal on Maundy Thursday with blessings and readings reminds us of the supper Jesus and his disciples shared before the crucifixion.
Winter Hospitality Overflow
For one week each February or March, members of Good Shepherd staff the Winter Hospitality Overflow Homeless Shelter at St. Andrew’s Lutheran church.
Back to School Supplies
Each year before school starts, members of Good Shepherd donate school supplies and backpacks for local schools to distribute to low-income children and youth.
Members of Good Shepherd donate food for Thanksgiving baskets to be delivered to families who would otherwise not enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner.
We work with local schools and nursing homes to identify families and residents for whom we provide Christmas gifts. Members of Good Shepherd buy and wrap gifts and provide food baskets and toiletries. Volunteer opportunities exist throughout November and December.
Each March, the Goforth family organizes a Red Cross Blood Drive in memory of their daughter/sister, Leah.
Mystery Quilt Class
The last Saturday of January, Lawry Thorn from the Stitchin’ Post in Sisters, Oregon, instructs a Mystery Quilt Class. Participants won’t know what their quilt will look like until they are finished. This is a fun time and learning and fellowship.
Walk and Knock
The first Saturday in December, members of Good Shepherd join in this community event and walk the neighborhood collecting food for the Clark County Food Bank.
Saturday in the Park Pride
Saturday in the Park Pride, one of Vancouver and Clark County’s primary diversity events, is held at Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver on a Saturday in July from 10 a.m. to 6 pm. Good Shepherd participates by setting up an information booth at the event.