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There are many opportunities at Good Shepherd for those who want to help by serving on one of the boards. There are also other organizations which provide fellowship and service opportunities.
The Church Council, under authority received from the Congregational Assembly, has the responsibility to make decisions concerning and to administer the affairs of the congregation. A primary responsibility is preparation of the annual budget. It is responsible for overseeing all the boards and organizations operating in the Church. All members of the Council are elected by the Congregational Assembly. It consists of the Congregational President, Congregational Secretary, Director of Finance, Director of Personnel and the Chairmen's of each of the following Boards.
Board of Christian Day School:
The Board of Christian Day School oversees the operation of the School in close cooperation with the Principal and teachers. It is responsible for teacher and staff hiring, curricula, discipline and preparing the School’s Budget.
Board of Christian Outreach:
The primary role of the Board of Christian Outreach is evangelism. It does neighborhood canvassing and helps to develop activities and functions to attract un-churched members of the community to the congregation.
Board of Church Property:
This Board has the primary responsibility for the administration and maintenance of all of the congregation’s real estate, buildings and personal property. Members perform maintenance and upkeep chores themselves as well as advise the Church Council on necessary purchases and the hiring of outside contractors.
Board of Congregational Life:
This Board organizes and oversees all types of congregational fellowship activities and educational programs such as soup suppers and special speakers or concerts. It also coordinates various volunteer activities such as the Shepherd’s Hands program.
Board of Elders:
In consultation with the Pastors, this Board oversees the spiritual life of the congregation and the spiritual welfare of individual members. This Board makes decisions concerning the conduct of the worship services. It also develops the budget for pastoral and church staff salaries and other administrative expenses of the congregation.
Board of Finance:
The Director of Finance works closely with the Parish Administrator to handle all accounting, banking and other financial matters of the church. Other members of the Board consist of rotating teams of money counters who count the offerings for each weekend’s services and make a record of individual or family contributions.
This is not a Board of Good Shepherd, but consists of one or two members of Good Shepherd who sit on the Board of Metro East Lutheran High School which controls the operations of the High School. The representative is a member of the Church Council.
Director of Personnel:
This is not a board, but one individual who is responsible for handling personnel problems and developing and implementing personnel policies. He or she works closely with the Parish Administrator and Director of Finance.
Board of Social Ministry:
This Board is concerned mainly with social welfare type issues in both the congregation and the community. It operates a food pantry and delivers Meals on Wheels. Some members participate in a program to produce Bibles in Braille. A sub-committee called the Health Cabinet administers the Parish Nurse program.
Board of Stewardship:
This Board works on programs to encourage good stewardship of time, talents and financial support in the congregation. It also evaluates and approves requests from members for financial aid to help pay our School’s tuition.
The Lutheran Women's Missionary League is the official women's auxiliary of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Its purpose is to help women discover their place in God's mission through discovery of their talents and gifts and through development of skills for service to God in home, parish, community and the League itself. It helps women grow spiritually, develop leadership skills, see opportunities for Christian service and stay informed. One of its main service projects is the mite box outreach mission. Click here for L.W.M.L. Meeting Minutes or click here for the LWML Constitution. For information contact Pat Hoffmeier: 618-288-3684.
Senior Choir:Director: Eric C. Hipple Accompanist: Jeannine Moeller
The purpose of Good Shepherd’s Adult Choir is to add meaningful music to the worship services. The choir is open to all church members currently in high school or older. Music is selected to correspond with the scripture readings for the day, however other anthems are also used. Musical styles include traditional hymnody, contemporary praise, spirituals, as well as classic choral literature. The Adult Choir sings several times during the fall and spring seasons, mostly for Sunday services although occasionally for Saturday services also. They also perform two song services that feature multiple pieces throughout the worship service. All voice parts are needed (soprano, alto, tenor, and bass)! Rehearsals are every Wednesday during the normal school year from 7:00-8:00 pm in the church balcony. Rehearsals are adjusted to 8:00-9:00 pm during Advent and Lent. If you enjoy singing and lifting your voice up to the Lord in praise, then join us this coming Wednesday. Please call Eric Hipple if you have any questions (345-6293).
This organization is open to all female members of Good Shepherd, 18 years of age and older. It meets in the Fellowship Hall on Wednesdays from 8:45 a.m. until 11:15 a.m., September through the middle of May. The group provides an opportunity for Bible study and fellowship. For information contact Carolyn Ashcraft: 618-345-4260.
Anyone who can quilt or is willing to learn is welcome to join. They meet in the Fellowship Hall on Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The group makes machine sewn, hand-tied quilts for World Relief and hand quilts for individuals, School Auction and special events. For information contact Leader: Shirley Wentzel, 618-344-8205.
The Men's Ministry meets every other Saturday of the month from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. for a light breakfast, Bible study and discussion. Click here for more information or contact Tom Wehmeyer, 618-344-0734, email@example.com.