“And the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invited you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’” - Matthew 25:37-40
Associated Churches Food Bank
Members and friends are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for the Associated Churches Food Pantry. Items are accepted at any time and may be placed in the carts located at the entryways of the church.
Good Shepherd hosts three blood drives a year: one in spring, one in late summer and one around Christmas. It is important we give blood; one donation can save up to three lives.
The women and children’s division of the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission is Charis House. They provide a safe place and resources for women and children in times of crisis. Monetary donations are also accepted to support this outreach. Good Shepherd also has cabinets located outside Raasch Hall where items for woman and children can be dropped off.
Emergency Assistance and J.O.Y. Ministry
Good Shepherd accepts donations for the Emergency Assistance program which gives help to those outside our church family who come to us needing assistance. The J.O.Y Ministry is a support fund for Good Shepherd members and constituents who are in need of assistance. Donations for this ministry are accepted through special offerings, Communion offerings and personal donations. Contact the office at 483-8816 to request assistance or to provide financial assistance.
The Rising Stars program, run by the Associated Churches of Fort Wayne & Allen County, is providing tangible and educational support to the students, families, and staff of our schools with the mission of building a stronger, more progressive-thinking, caring community. The Associated Churches’ staff is responsible for working with local schools to help assess the needs of students. Connectors then communicate with local churches to see how their missions and visions can possibly match area schools. Currently, Good Shepherd is paired with Glenwood Park Elementary and St. Joseph Central Elementary Schools.
Good Shepherd is excited to sponsor Fort Wayne Community School’s Study Connection program. Members and friends of the church work one on one with students from Glenwood Elementary one day a week giving extra guidance and encouragement during the school year.
Good Shepherd is committed to sending teams of persons to various areas of the United States to provide hands-on ministry. An Annual trip to Pennsylvania takes place in June. As need arises relief work teams are sent through the United Methodist Committee on Relief to disaster areas.
Our Angel Tree program is designed to help children and families from Good Shepherd and the Allen County area during Christmas time. Children receive wrapped gifts of clothing and toys while essential gift certificates go the parents or caregivers. Pick up a gift tag in the Lobby and put a smile on the faces of children and adults alike this Christmas season. For more information, please call the church office at 483-8816.
Starting in November or December and continuing through the cold months, Good Shepherd collects mittens, gloves, hats and scarves for students in need as part of the Rising Stars program.
Throughout the month of December, Good Shepherd collects sweatshirts for men at the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission.