Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Same Name, Different Coasts!

Congratulations to our two newest RIC congregations: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Gilroy, CA and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Loudonville, NY!

Good Shepherd Lutheran in Gilroy, CA is involved in many social ministry areas in the community. St. Joseph's Family Center Ministry in Gilroy and Lutheran Campus Ministry at U. C. Santa Cruz & Cal State Unitheirversity at Monterey Bay are two of  mission outreach projects. Good Shepherd has served as an alternate homeless shelter to the Gilroy Armory for weekends in the winter months. Pastor Koch participates in the Gilroy Ministerial Association, and together with other local churches, Good Shepherd members have been active in gaining community support for the city council to allow for a permanent transitional shelter to be built. On four days of the week, Narcotics Anonymous uses the social hall for meetings.

Good Shepherd Lutheran in Loudonville, NY also has many different social ministries, including Faith Matters, a provocative and lively adult discussions exploring how faith shows up in our daily lives, Homeless and Travelers' Aid Society (providing supplies to help area homeless and mentally ill people transition to independent living), and the Orphan Grain Train, helping sort and pack clothing and medical supplies for needy people in Russia and Central America.

Congratulations and welcome to the Reconciling in Christ ministry!

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