Friendsgiving
Oct
25
to Oct 26

Friendsgiving

Water, turkey, mash potatoes, and green beans provided! Everything else you should plan to bring or prepare at the church. You can bring pie, stuffing, lemonade, etc. We are going to have a carry in dinner so please bring something! After dinner we are going to Amazing Fall Fun. Please bring $8.00 to participate in the corn maze.

Contact Zac Schwartz with quesitons or to RSVP: zschwartz@fwgoodshepherd.org


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Night of Prayer
Oct
12
6:00 PM18:00

Night of Prayer

When we come before God with our prayers, things change. When we become children of God we get the privilege of talking to a God that listens. Some of us have never been thrown in jail like Paul and Silas in the passage above. However, I’m sure we have all felt stuck in different prisons at times, metaphorically speaking. But we serve a God that loves to set the captives free.

 On October 12, at 6 p.m. we are coming together as a church to seek renewal in our families. That renewal can look different for each person. We may not have all the answers, but we can pray with each other. Maybe there’s an addiction you are struggling with or you just feel stuck in life. We may not be a professional counselor, but we can put an arm around one another and pray.

This will be a special time together. Hope to see you there!

 

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Christmas Festival Choir 2019
Oct
12
10:00 AM10:00

Christmas Festival Choir 2019

Christmas Festival Choir 2019
Presentations on December 14 & 15

Rehearsals for the Christmas Festival Choir begin on October 12!  Anyone who enjoys singing is encouraged to join with the Sanctuary Choir to prepare the annual Christmas choral offering – once again with orchestra members from the FW Philharmonic. 

Most Festival Choir rehearsals are 2 hours in length and none of them are shared rehearsals with the regular choir.  The first rehearsal on Saturday, Oct. 12, is highly recommended.  The Choir will be introduced to the whole musical that day with rehearsal from 10:00-noon; lunch from 12:00-1:00 PM; and rehearsal from 1:00-3:00PM.  Festival Choir rehearsals on Wednesday evenings run from 6:30-8:30 PM.   

Other Festival rehearsals are on Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons.  There are 16 hours of rehearsal options (prior to the “required” rehearsals) out of which everyone is asked to attend at least 12 rehearsal hours.  This allows time for individual conflicts, yet providing ample rehearsal to learn the music.  And of course, anyone can attend more than the minimum number of rehearsal hours.

 Complete rehearsal and presentation schedules are available around the church building.  Contact Dennis Campbell by phone at 483-8816 or 432-5162 or by email at dcampbell@fwgoodshepherd.org to reserve your spot in the 2019 Christmas Festival Choir.

 

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Go Day!
Oct
12
9:00 AM09:00

Go Day!

Fall Go Day and Food Drive

Help serve our neighbors by working at the Community Harvest Food Bank from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12. This is a family friendly event with jobs for all ages and abilities.

Community Harvest is located at 999 E Tillman Rd. 

The food drive will begin Sept 29 with items also going to Community Harvest. The most needed items are canned protein, canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned beans, canned soup, boxed dinners, and peanut butter.

Special thank you to the Good Shepherd Missions Committee for planning these Go Day opportunities. Sign up on the counter in front of Raasch Hall. You may also email with questions or to sign up: Jenni McQueen at jmcqueen@fwgoodshepherd.org or Peter Daining at pdaining@fwgoodshepherd.org.

 

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GSP Homecoming Dance
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

GSP Homecoming Dance

Good Shepherd Preschool is celebrating our 50th anniversary this year!  

One way we will be celebrating is with a family “Homecoming” Dance. Everyone who has ever been connected to the preschool invited. Parents, grandparents,  current kids, former kids, and former teachers. We hope that you can join us.

The cost is $10 per household. To get your groove on start here: https://forms.ministryforms.net/embed.aspx?formId=796e2ad4-1b90-465e-8937-e2f401d3c323&custom-templates=

There will be a chance for you to have a self-guided tour of the Preschool Classes from 6:30PM to 7:00PM before the dance starts.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

 

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UMCOR - Disaster Relief Training
Oct
5
9:00 AM09:00

UMCOR - Disaster Relief Training

UMCOR TRAINING at GSUMC

This UMCOR training will equip church teams and individuals to respond effectively when facing a disaster in their communities and beyond.

·- Discover which of your church resources can be valuable for disaster response.
- Discern how your church can best serve.
- Prepare for action.

Speed up response time and shorten recovery time.
Individuals are welcome to train, of course, but teams are urgently needed and are more likely to organize and take action.

Please note that Connecting Neighbors is an excellent resource for starting a new community outreach ministry.

We are offering four ways to prepare you and your church team for disaster response.  If you are called to:

Family, church and community outreach for preparedness, sign up for Connecting Neighbors.
Physically and emotionally helping survivors around Indiana and out of state, choose Early Response Team.
Renew and update your ERT badge, choose ERT Re-certification.
Lead and organize a church or district team ERT Team Leader

Please note that ERT requires an entire day, Connecting Neighbors ends by 3 pm and Re-Certification (am) & Team Leader (pm) are back to back 4 hour courses.  Bring a team of any size and save with a single $25 registration fee.

Registration fee covers manual, badge for ERT’s and catered lunch.

Cost:  $15 One person
             $25 Church team of any size

Registration deadline:  Wednesday October 2, 2019 at 11:59 pm

Workshop Choices:
1.  Connecting Neighbors 9 am – 3 pm
2.  Early Response Team (ERT) 9 am – 5 pm
3.  ERT Re-Certification 9 am – 1 pm
4.  Team Leader 1:30 pm – 5 pm

 

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UMW Northeast District Fall Gathering
Oct
5
9:00 AM09:00

UMW Northeast District Fall Gathering

The Good Shepherd United Methodist Women are happy to be hosting this wonderful event as they celebrate 150 years of women in missions.  Everyone is invited to attend.  The programming will include guest speaker, Cathy Burris, who is President of the Indiana Conference United Methodist Women.  The cost is $12 which includes lunch.  Registration is required and can be found at the Welcome Desk and in the main hallway.  Registration deadline is September 16.  Childcare is available upon request.  Volunteers are always needed and gratefully appreciated.  If you would like to volunteer to help with this event, please contact Bonnie Elam at 260-341-1687. Invite a friend and join the celebration!

 

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Fall Kick-Off
Aug
18
9:00 AM09:00

Fall Kick-Off

Looking to get back into a routine after a summer hiatus?
It’s time to get back to church!

Join the fun at the Fall Kick-Off at Good Shepherd on August 18, 2019!

Fall kick-off is a time to discover new kids’ programs, youth group plans, Wednesday night Family Night, LIFE Groups & volunteer opportunities!

Fall kick-off will also include:

  *Worship: 9:00am (traditional) or 11:00am (modern)

  *Backpack Blessing: Bring your backpacks as we will bless students, teachers, administrators, & the school year right after both services.

 *Good Shepherd Preschool’s 50th Anniversary:  There’s a special celebration for this milestone!

  *Family Fun:  A fun atmosphere of games and activities for the family after each service at 10am & noon.

  *Lunch: The entire church comes together for a potluck lunch at noon!  If your family name begins with A-M bring your favorite side dish to share!  Family names N-Z bring your favorite dessert to share!  Good Shepherd will provide the meat, table service, & beverage.  Sign up on the counter outside of the fellowship hall.  Lunch questions?  Contact Paulette Ross:  750-2156

Take the time to discover what awaits you at Good Shepherd this fall!

 

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Life Group Lunch
Aug
11
12:00 PM12:00

Life Group Lunch

Anyone who currently hosts a Life Group or anyone who IS INTERESTED IN HOSTING A NEW LIFE GROUP is invited to a lunch on August 11 at noon in the Fellowship Hall.

Questions can be directed to Zac Schwartz at zschwartz@fwgoodshepherd.org

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Wild Wednesday
Aug
7
6:00 PM18:00

Wild Wednesday

Good Shepherd kids and their friends are invited to join the fun, fellowship and learning at Wild Wednesdays.  Each Wednesday has a different theme with loads of fun and activity to participate in.

August 7: A Back to School Splash at GlenAqua! Good Shepherd will pay for every non-member to come in for a splash! We will have pizza for $1 a slice and FREE snow cones! We’ll also have some giveaways! See you there!

You can register & pay online at https://fwgoodshepherd.shelbynextchms.com/external/form/c2b545e7-57a3-4dc8-93a2-101e905cc528

Please contact Corrina Weikle at:  cweikle@fwgoodshepherd.org with questions!

 

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GS Youth Parent Meeting
Aug
4
12:00 PM12:00

GS Youth Parent Meeting

Parents & youth are invited to the annual parent information meeting in The Pit.

Come learn all about what is happening in the upcoming year in youth group…Confirmation, Sunday School, Youth Group, Summer Camp, Mission Trips, & Special Events!!

Join us for a lunch following the meeting @ The Food Court in the Mall.

To get updates & reminders, please…
Join our text group: Txt: @fwgsyouth Number:81010
Follow us on Instagram: gsumc_youth
To get on the newsletter email Zac @ zschwartz@fwgoodshepherd.org

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Wild Wednesday
Jul
31
9:00 AM09:00

Wild Wednesday

Good Shepherd kids and their friends (a permission form is needed) are invited to join the fun, fellowship and learning at Wild Wednesdays.  Each Wednesday has a different theme with loads of fun and activity to participate in.

July 31st:  Messy games, minute to win it and loads of fun.  This will event will take place at the church.  Mostly outside.  Come for fun and fellowship and be ready to get messy.  Please bring a towel, change of clothes and a great attitude.    Cost is $10.00 and you’ll have all the fun you can handle, lunch and snacks and a trip to Glen Aqua pool in the afternoon.

You can register & pay online at https://fwgoodshepherd.shelbynextchms.com/external/form/c2b545e7-57a3-4dc8-93a2-101e905cc528

Please contact Kaylee Evans at:  kevens@fwgoodshepherd.org with questions!

Need the universal permission slip? Print yours here.

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Blood Drive
Jul
26
2:00 PM14:00

Blood Drive

Do you know that literally thousands of units of blood or blood products have been needed to treat the folks directly associated with our church. Then add to that the people in our neighborhood, our work, our schools, etc. that have faced life threatening needs for blood. It makes the need real knowing how close it is to us. One unit of blood can be broken down to save THREE lives.

Ask yourself, can I be the one to help other people by donating at the next blood drive? If you can, please make an appointment by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), online at RedCrossBlood.org, or on the signup sheet outsidethe fellowship hall.

 

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Wild Wednesday
Jul
24
8:30 AM08:30

Wild Wednesday

Good Shepherd kids and their friends (a permission form is needed) are invited to join the fun, fellowship and learning at Wild Wednesdays.  Each Wednesday has a different theme with loads of fun and activity to participate in.

July 24th:  We’re going swimming:  An all time favorite is Jellystone water park.  Join us for a day of fun in the sun.  We will depart the church at 8:30 a.m. This day includes admission to the park, lunch, and snacks.  Be sure to bring a change of clothes, swimwear, appropriate shoes and SUNSCREEN.  We will return to the church at 5:00 P.M.  Permission slips are required and drivers are needed.  Please sign up by contacting Kaylee at the  address above.  Cost is just $10.00

You can register & pay online at https://fwgoodshepherd.shelbynextchms.com/external/form/c2b545e7-57a3-4dc8-93a2-101e905cc528

Please contact Kaylee Evans at:  kevens@fwgoodshepherd.org with questions!

Need the universal permission slip? Print yours here.

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School Supply Drive
Jul
22
to Aug 4

School Supply Drive

Help us bring school supplies to Glenwood Park Elementary! Drop off your supplies at either Pastor Tim or Jay Evan’s school bus in the lobby!

Supply list: Book Bag, Pencil Bag, Pink Eraser (No pencil cap or novelty), Post-It Notepads, Ruler, Folders with Prongs, Wide-Ruled Loose-Leaf Paper, Colored Pencils, Composition Notebooks, 16 or 24 Pack Crayons, Disinfectant Wipes, 4-6 Dry Erase Markers, Large Glue Stick, Hand Sanitizer, Tissues, Gallon Size Zipper Storage Bags, Headphones/Earbuds

Supplies will be collected until August 4.

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Wild Wednesday
Jul
17
10:00 AM10:00

Wild Wednesday

Good Shepherd kids and their friends (a permission form is needed) are invited to join the fun, fellowship, and learning at Wild Wednesdays.  Each Wednesday has a different theme with loads of fun and activity to participate in.

July 17th:  We’re going camping.  This event will take place at Matea Park.  We will have a camping theme and enjoy all the nature that the park has to offer.  We have reserved a classroom for activities, snacks and lunch.  Cost is just $10.00 and includes lunch.  Please drop off at Matea park at 10:00 a.m. and pick up at 3PM.  Make sure you bring appropriate hiking shoe and clothes and some bug spray.

You can register & pay online at https://fwgoodshepherd.shelbynextchms.com/external/form/c2b545e7-57a3-4dc8-93a2-101e905cc528

Please contact Kaylee Evans at:  kevens@fwgoodshepherd.org with questions!

Need the universal permission slip? Print it here.

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Pennsylvania Work Camp
Jun
15
10:00 AM10:00

Pennsylvania Work Camp

No two work camps are the same. Sometimes there are wheelchair ramps to build, steps to repair, windows to replace, porches to fix, yard work to do, storm damage to clear, or painting to be done. God leads people to those in need. He knows their needs just as He knows ours. Leaving the comfort of your own home and stepping into the mission field is both exciting and a bit scary. But working and getting to know those in need is just part of what happens on a mission trip. Ask anyone who has ever gone and they will tell you that the blessings and fellowship one receives is priceless. Prayerfully consider being a part of the mission trip. For questions or for more information, contact Bonnie Elam at 260-341-1687.

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Retired's Bible School
Jun
3
to Jun 7

Retired's Bible School

June  3-7, Good Shepherd will embark on it’s 27th year of Retired’s Bible School.   RBS is a favorite with adults who are available during the day.  Come for one day or come for 5!  You enjoy awesome breakfast (at 9am) and lunch (at noon), engaging bible study, fellowship, and you work behind the scenes making the children’s upcoming Vacation Bible School out of this world.  It’s FREE, FREE, FREE!!  NEW THIS YEAR,  our study leader will be Pastor Donna Goings, previously appointed at Good Shepherd.  Sign up at the display in the main hallway or contact Deb Miteff @ damiteff@fwgoodshepherd.org.

 

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Discovery Group
Jun
2
12:15 PM12:15

Discovery Group

Are you looking to become an important part of Good Shepherd and essential to God’s plan?  Then look no further than Discovery Group!  This day of fun starts out with a full lunch (free to you!) with the church staff.  We then move to a time of reflection, revelations, and a rousing game of Jeopardy!!  This day is centered on understanding Good Shepherd, yourself, and Methodism in a fun and meaningful way.  It’s also a time to bring your questions.  There is the option of church membership at the end.  If you would like to attend Discovery Group on June 2 from 12:15pm-5pm, please contact Corrina Weikle at cweikle@fwgoodshepherd.org. 

You will receive a packet of information when you signup.  Childcare is available upon request.  RSVP soon!    

Whether you are interested in the fun alone or in becoming an official member of the Good Shepherd family, you will learn the foundation of this faith and what Good Shepherd represents.

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Dinner & Dessert Auction
May
19
5:30 PM17:30

Dinner & Dessert Auction

Are you ready for a great night? Do you have a sweet tooth? Then we have the fundraising event for you! Every year, our children and youth get together to provide a spaghetti dinner followed by a dessert auction. This year, the proceeds will benefit future children and youth mission trips. Good will donation accepted for dinner. Dinner starts at 5:30 with the auction beginning at 6:15.

Every year, bakers compete for the great dessert trophy! How do you win? The dessert who brings in the most funds for our kids earns it! If you’d like to enter the contest, please have your dessert to church by 5:30pm on the 19th.

And yes we will be accepting Visa and Master Card!

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Great American Cleanup
May
4
8:30 AM08:30

Great American Cleanup

The Great American Cleanup is a great way to SEND ourselves into our community! Take a few hours to keep Fort Wayne beautiful and BE the church.
8:30 — Meet at church for coffee,  donuts, groupings, and instructions
9:00 — Groups will drive or walk to locations and begin clean up
11:00 — Leave bagged trash at designated areas
11:30-2 — Optional citywide celebration at Headwaters Park with free lunch

 

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Preschool Spring Program
Apr
28
1:00 PM13:00

Preschool Spring Program

On April 28, our preschool will present their Spring Program and Art Show! Show times are 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. Move over Monet....the kids are displaying their art work in the gym! And to top off the day, there's even a book fair!

Also as they celebrate their 50th anniversary at the start of next school year, they invite ANYONE who has taught, worked for, or attended the preschool to fill out a large colored tag that sits on the counter outside the fellowship hall. Those will be on a large display this fall!

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Snack Attack
Apr
25
2:00 PM14:00

Snack Attack

As school comes to a close we are going to be meeting with and encouraging youth and kids that walk to and from school.  We will be setting up games and a table with snacks.  As kids walk by, we want to give them a snack they can take with them.  They will also be welcome to stay and hang out while we play games in the yard.  This is going to be a wonderful way to meet and reach out to the youth in our community.  Questions? Please contact our youth director: Zac Schwartz at zschwartz@fwgoodshepherd.org.

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Holy Week
Apr
14
to Apr 21

Holy Week

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Easter is just around the corner! In so many ways it is the Super Bowl of Christianity, and it is going to be one incredible celebration at Good Shepherd!

Take a look at our Holy Week schedule!!

Palm Sunday 4/14 - Good Shepherd will host a Palm Sunday party after the 11am service!  Free pizza for everyone & activities for the kiddos with an egg hunt!

Holy Thursday 4/18 - The youth are in charge of this service at 7pm.  Come & support them as they bring the meaning of service to you through their eyes.

Good Friday 4/19 – The day of Jesus’ crucifixion is a turning point for history and for individuals.  Out of this day comes one of the most important questions a person can ask: “Who is Jesus?”  The choirs of Good Shepherd and Covenant UMCs join with professional instrumentalists to musically help consider an answer.  Presentation times: Covenant UMC at 4pm, Good Shepherd UMC at 7pm.

Easter 4/21 - Easter Sunday!  Good Shepherd has two services to enjoy.  The 9am service will have special choir performance with brass instrumentation.  The modern worship band (11am) will take you on a musical journey of the Gospel as they explore Jesus’ death, resurrection, and how we still need His love today.

 

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Discovering the Bible Life Group
Apr
7
10:10 AM10:10

Discovering the Bible Life Group

Starting on Sunday, April 7, a class will be offered from 10:10 to 10:50 AM for those who are new to the Bible, as well as, for those who would like a light refresher.   The class will start with a blank slate followed by a look at the structure and organization of both the Old Testament and the New Testament.   We will pay specific attention to the author, audience and time period of the writings.   The class will also become familiar with the books of Law, History, Poetry, and Prophecy of the Old Testament followed by a review of the Gospels, Epistles and End-time Eschatology of the New Testament.   So, get a cup of coffee, grab a donut, and come join us as we Discover the Bible.   A sign-up sheet has been placed outside of Raasch Hall.  Class will be taught by Linda Fraley

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Summer Camp Kick-Off
Apr
5
6:00 PM18:00

Summer Camp Kick-Off

All students; middle and high school, are welcome to join us at Leo UMC for summer camp kick 0ff. We will meet with Leo UMC and Trinity FW UMC who will join us in our cabin for high school camp. This is a great chance for 8th graders to meet those people they will bunk with and a great time to get together with those we were with at camp last year.

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