Events help us grow in faith and deepen our relationships with one another.
The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd strives to extend Christ’s own radical hospitality by reaching out in welcome to those around us. The goal is not to tell, but to show—and share!—the love of Christ. And so, throughout the year, we invite our friends and neighbors to special events that will enable us to build relationships with one another and share the joy of life in community.
Christian Ed: Big Stories of the Old Testament
March 1 - April 5, 2020 at 9:30 AM (Education Hour)
This Lent we engage in an in-depth study of the five Old Testament readings we will hear read at the Easter Vigil: the creation story, Noah and the flood, the exodus, Jonah and the large fish, and the fiery furnace. The final week (Palm/Passion Sunday) we will examine the passion reading. Come and deepen your understandings as well as your experience of these texts we hear in Holy Week.
Fine Arts Series: Great Vigil of Easter
Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 8:00 PM
This is your special invitation to the most important liturgical celebration of the church year! The Great Vigil of Easter is the first celebration of Christ’s resurrection after six weeks of preparation through the stark season of Lent. In one sweeping liturgical gesture, the service begins in darkness, the Easter fire spreads through the congregation’s handheld candles, we hear of the wonders God has done for God’s people and are reminded of God’s promises in scripture, we proclaim the resurrection with shouts of “alleluia” for the first time since Lent began, new Christians are baptized and welcomed, and finally we gather at the Lord’s table to continue to be united with him and with one another as we are fed in faith. Dynamic music for the liturgy will include plainchant, hymns, anthems, fanfares, handbells, brass, percussion, and the Good Shepherd choir and organ.
Christian Ed: The Good Work of Luthercare
April 19 - April 26, 2020 at 9:30 AM (Education Hour)
As a Social Ministry Organization of the church, Luthercare’s mission is to provide programs and resources for the health and well being of people in the greater Lancaster and Lebanon communities. That, of course, includes retirement living and nursing care (which is an ever-changing landscape), but it also includes childcare programs like SAIL. Come and learn more about how Luthercare is responding to the changing world of long-term care as well as addressing other community needs.
Seeing Stewardship Clearly in 2020 Workshop 1
Monday, April 20, 2020 6:30PM – 9:00 PM
Please join the Rev. Rob Blezard “The Stewardship Guy,” to help us all see stewardship more clearly in 2020. These FREE evening workshops will be especially helpful to pastors and stewardship committees in search of inspiration and ideas. Session 1: A FAITHFUL VIEW OF MONEY
Session 2: FROM GLOOMY GIVERS TO CHEERFUL GIVERS
Seeing Stewardship Clearly in 2020 Workshop 2
Monday, April 27, 2020 6:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Please join the Rev. Rob Blezard “The Stewardship Guy,” to help us all see stewardship more clearly in 2020. These FREE evening workshops will be especially helpful to pastors and stewardship committees in search of inspiration and ideas. Session 1: DE-STIGMATIZING STEWARDSHIP
Session 2: MAKING THE ASK COMPREHENSIVELY AND INTELLIGENTLY
Fine Arts Series: Hershey Handbell Ensemble
Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 4:00 PM
The Hershey Handbell Ensemble was formed in 2004 and is based in south-central Pennsylvania. It was formed to fulfill the need for an auditioned community ensemble comprised of persons able to play advanced literature, interested in advancing the art of handbell ringing through education and performance while uniting people through the musical arts. The fifteen member group under the direction of Dr. Shawn Gingrich performs on seven octaves of Malmark Handbells, Handchimes, and other assorted instruments. The Ensemble will have their selection of popular CD recordings available for purchase.
Seeing Stewardship Clearly in 2020 Workshop 3
Monday, May 4, 2020 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Please join the Rev. Rob Blezard “The Stewardship Guy,” to help us all see stewardship more clearly in 2020. These FREE evening workshops will be especially helpful to pastors and stewardship committees in search of inspiration and ideas. Session 1: ANNUAL CAMPAIGNS AND OTHER STRATEGIES Session 2: WHERE DO YOU GO FROM HERE?