Calling and Caring
This committee focuses on pastoral care to those in times of life change. Open to all, they meet every other month on Tuesday afternoon. One main pastoral support has been a ministry of making bibs for new babies in the church community, and delivering them to the new parents with love. They also concentrate their pastoral visits on those older adults who are not able to be a regular part of church worship services. Lay Leader: Marcia Guilbert
Care for Creation
Grounded in our understanding of creation as the work of God, this ministry is working to make the Good Shepherd community mindful of the need to care for our environment. Participants are actively engaged with education and with projects that will help the Good Shepherd campus develop sustainable practices, modeling a responsible, “green” approach to the world around us.
East Side 2.0
Good Shepherd has partnered with East Side Elementary School and the Chattanooga Food Bank to bring healthy food to the children at East Side and their families, many of whom become food insecure when their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) funds run out, typically around the 21st of every month. Everyone is welcome to volunteer to help distribute food bags at East Side as part of the Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry on the third Wednesday of the month. For more information and to volunteer, contact Bena Devaney. Lay Leader: Bena Devaney
Family Promise (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network)
“When was it, Lord, that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you?”
Since 2001 Good Shepherd has been privileged to be a part of Family Promise’s network of more than 20 churches that provide homes for 4 weeks a year (one week per quarter) in their church buildings for families who are temporarily without housing.
Everyone – families and singles, young and old, can have a place in this ministry of hospitality as “entertaining angels, unaware.” All you need to bring is a caring heart and a warm smile. To volunteer for Family Promise, please contact Kathleen Crevasse.
The focus of Good Shepherd’s international outreach has long included the people of Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, located on America’s doorstep. In the 1990’s, The Diocese of Haiti was a companion Diocese to ours, and there was great interest in developing programs to support the Haitian people. In 1995, two programs connected to Good Shepherd began in Haiti—a school construction project and a children’s nutrition program. Parishioners from Good Shepherd, as well as other churches in the area, take several trips each year to Haiti to help with medical clinics.
Click here to learn more about our Haiti ministry.
This ministry is designed to help those parishioners who, for any reason, need a ride to church, appointments, or any other local destination. Drivers are needed to help in this effort. Contact the church office to volunteer to serve in this ministry.