Faith in action is an act of thanksgiving
The people of Good Shepherd are involved in a variety of Mission Projects through our schools, neighborhood groups, work places and personal involvement in favorite mission causes. In addition, members and friends support many mission projects at Good Shepherd – projects that address health, education, hunger, emergency relief, housing and a variety of other needs. Here are some of the ways we do that in our local area.
Shelter Dinners On a monthly basis, volunteers from Good Shepherd make home-made dinners for up to 20 homeless men who utilize the Overflow Men’s Shelter. Each week, volunteers from Good Shepherd work at the shelter serving meals.
Summer Lunch Program Every Thursday during summer, when children are not at school to receive free school lunches, an enthusiastic group from our church prepares nutritious lunches which they deliver and serve to the families living at the Schuyler Inn in Menands. This popular program has expanded to provide books and school supplies and has been supported by individual donations, grants from the ELCA Domestic Hunger Program and Thrivent.
Heart Pillows The heart pillow project is open for any age to come cut out fabric, machine or hand sew and stuff heart-shaped pillows with gift-filled pockets to be donated to the Veteran’s Administration, Albany Medical Center and St. Peter's hospitals. This project is usually done in January so pillows are ready to donate in February (Heart Month). Those who receive the heart pillows are always very appreciative.
Outreach and Evangelism Good Shepherd’s Outreach and Evangelism team helps spread the word about our church and our ministries by welcoming new and prospective members, leading several ministries and fund-raisers, and organizing community events, including the Annual Berry Festival, a Community Day Event, Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, and Cocoa House for Children.
Blood Drives Blood Drives are held twice a year in the Fellowship Room. They are sponsored by the American Red Cross and donors are by appointment or walk in. Everyone is welcome: members, friends or folks just seeing the sign and having the desire to help increase the blood supply for our area. Donors are age 16 (with parental permission) and up and in good health. Volunteers help with registration or by serving juice and snacks.
Endowment Fund Established by generous members and sustained by contributions and good investments, each year the fund’s earnings are distributed to local charitable causes and missions of the Lutheran Church. It is administered by a committee of members chosen by the congregation.
Mitten Tree Each year during Advent the Christmas Mitten Tree appears in the Narthex. Members decorate it with mittens, scarves and hats which are then donated to the Sister Maureen Joyce Center.
Social Ministry The Social Ministry Committee manages many collections of donations and supports a variety of events, such as Red Cross blood drives and Fair Trade sales and spearheads the involvement of our congregation in numerous charitable ministries within the Albany area. They collect food and needed items for the Overflow Men’s Shelter at First Lutheran, Sister Maureen Joyce Center and Food Pantry, Equinox, and St. Paul’s Shelter. They’ve made Linus blankets for sick children, filled clean-up buckets for hurricane victims, and made and delivered meals for the Overflow Shelter. Throughout the year non-perishables are collected for a local food bank. Opportunities abound to give your time, energy and financial resources!
CROP Walk, Albany Maritime Ministry Members at Good Shepherd act as “Captains” to solicit participation and donations for various local ministries and charitable fund-raisers.
Albany Lutheran Cluster of Churches We join forces with these local churches throughout the year to support one another in a variety of ways, from youth gatherings, special worship services, pastoral and administrative support and ministries.