Mission & Outreach

And if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.” Isaiah 58:10

2022 Mission & Outreach Projects

Operation Christmas Child

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church members, family, friends and neighbors are once again invited to fill an Operation Christmas Child shoebox with gifts for children around the globe. Beginning October 17th shoeboxes will be available in the Narthex. Please consider taking a box (or more) home and filling it with gifts, school supplies and personal care items, and return to church by November 15th.

Operation Christmas Child is so much more than delighting a child in need with a gift, it is a powerful tool for evangelism and discipleship. After receiving shoebox gifts, the children are invited to enroll in Samaritan’s Purses’ The Greatest Journey discipleship program where they learn the Good News of Jesus Christ!

Members raise funds for the Green Bay MobilePack by collecting coins in jars. Our church has done a tremendous job in the past and we continue along this same path for 2022.

We do a jar collection and blessing on Sunday September 11th. A quarter pays for more than a meal for a hungry child. $88 feeds a hungry child for an entire year.

During the week of October 3, 2022, Green Bay MobilePack will be packing meals to feed God's children.

Annual Soup Sunday Sale
January 29, 2022.

Proceeds benefit Salvation Army.

Thanks to everyone for being a part of FMSC 2021! Over 1,700 volunteers packed 326,592 meals, enough to feed 894 kids for an entire year! Please continue to donate to FMSC this month. Two generous families will match dollar for dollar up to $30,000 to anyone who donates before October 31. These funds will be used to pack and provide meals by machines. Remember our 2021 goal is to pack and provide ONE MILLION MEALS! Thanks!
Tammy Rusch, FMSC church board member

Wish List for our ministry partner, Ecumenical Partnership for Housing (EPH):

  • Urgent Needs

  • · Bed Pillows, New, Standard Size

  • · Brooms

  • · Mattress Pads, Full &Twin Sizes,
    New or Gently Used. No Stains or Tears

  • · Night Lights

  • · 13 Gallon Garbage Bags, Small Count Boxes

  • · Shower Curtain Liners

  • · 60 Watt LED Light Bulbs

  • · Flashlights

Across the nation more people have been turning to food pantries for food during the pandemic, and the same is true in our community. Our Veggie Share ministry helped meet some of that need. From July through September $800 in donations was received by the Veggie Share ‘Farmers Market’. Those funds have been given to the Giving Tree, the food pantry for Howard and Suamico, to provide food for families in our community. And during that same time period hundreds of pounds of fresh produce – grown and donated by members – was given to the Salvation Army, some of which was used in meals they served to the hungry and the rest was distributed through their food pantry.

Thanks for the generosity of all who donated produce or cash to the Veggie Share ministry. We echo the thanks that Jesus spoke on behalf of those who were fed: "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat”, Matthew 25:35.

On “God’s Work, Our Hands” Sunday, September 12, we worked on these projects:

1. Assembling Lutheran World Relief Care Kits.

2. Braiding T-shirt jump ropes for Operation Christmas Child.

3. Baking healthy dog treats for the Happily Ever After shelter

4. Tying fleece blankets for Project Linus.

5. Packing meals for the Giving Tree.

6. Packing bags for Days for Girls.

Hygiene Drive 2021
February 14 - March 7

Thank you very much to all who donated hygiene items for the local hygiene drive. The drive ended March 7th and our boxes at church were overflowing! We collected so many products that about 6 boxes were filled! You have made a difference in the lives of those who need our care and compassion.

“Never stop doing little things for others. Sometimes those little things occupy the biggest part of their hearts.”

2020 Mission and Outreach Team Annual Report

Our congregation has a heartfelt understanding of ministry beyond our church walls.

We support a variety of local and global ministries. Good Shepherd members realize that our brothers and sisters are not just the people we meet every day, but also people we may never meet.

Following is a review of our ministries in 2021.

Feed My Starving Children (FMSC): This was GSLC’s eighth year as one of the Green Bay area partner churches for FMSC, an organization that feeds God’s hungry children around the world.

The eleven partner churches helped manage a successful 2021 MobilePack the first week in October, making accommodations due to the pandemic. Over 17,000 volunteers from the Green Bay area packed 326,592 meals at the Community Church in Howard. This was enough to feed 894 children for an entire year. Our church collected $2,739 to donate toward the meals. Tammy Rusch is on the FMSC Board, representing GSLC.

Operation Christmas Child (OCC): This was our seventh year of participating in this ministry which sends gifts to children around the world in December. There were 48 shoeboxes of gifts donated by GSLC members. The OCC organization also includes messages and lessons about Jesus before sending the boxes. The boxes were shipped to Columbia, South America and Malawi, Africa.

Ecumenical Partnership for Housing (EPH): GSLC is responsible for managing and maintaining The Matthew House, purchased through EPH, which provides a home for a homeless family. The latest family living at The Matthew House was a mother and her two young sons. Pastor Jen gave a house blessing prior to the move-in date. The home provided the support that was needed, so they were able to move forward in life, became self-sufficient and left the home in late September – a success story! Shirley and Ron Kocha continue to maintain the home, along with help from Steve and Brenda Berend, and other volunteers from church when extra help is needed. Tarra Gallagher is our EPH Board member, representing GSLC at monthly meetings and keeping our church informed. This was our seventh year of being involved in EPH.

Help for the Homeless Hygiene Drive: For the past six years, GSLC has participated in this hygiene drive which is sponsored by “The Family” 91.9 FM radio station. This year, GSLC members were asked to drop off hygiene items in the Community Room because we were still not having indoor worship services due to the pandemic. Considering these circumstances, our members donated an amazingly huge amount of hygiene items! All donations were given to local crisis agencies, including the area shelters.

Soup Sunday: This was the seventh year of our Soup Sunday Sale, held on January 31, 2021. Members donated about 35 quarts of homemade soup for others to purchase. Because of the pandemic, we offered online sign-up and ordering and also the option for home delivery. Quarts were sold for $10 each and the total collected, with additional donations, was $510. This amount was donated to the Salvation Army of Green Bay.

Days for Girls: This nonprofit organization sews feminine hygiene kits for young girls in countries who would otherwise miss school during their monthly periods. GSLC has been involved in the local chapter for four years. During 2021 the local volunteers of Days for Girls did not meet as a group due to the pandemic, but sewing continued in homes by individuals. The local chapter of Days for Girls made 739 personal care kits for girls all over the world needing sanitary supplies.

Christmas Gifting Tree: During November to early December, a Christmas tree in the Narthex was decorated with ornaments that labeled items needed by families in the area. These donated gifts were given to the local Giving Tree for sharing with families in need. We had many gifts donated!

Salvation Army: During this past year, volunteering to serve a meal as a group was put “on hold” due to the pandemic. Ringing the bell on Red Kettle Day was also not scheduled. Prior to the pandemic, a group of six volunteers from GSLC would prepare and serve lunch or help in the food pantry at Salvation Army on the 2nd Tuesday of every other month. Others volunteered to bake cookies for the lunch. This ministry was started in 2014 and hopefully will continue once the pandemic allows us to safely participate as a group at The Salvation Army on Union Court, GB.


Thank you to all who have helped make these Mission & Outreach ministries possible by volunteering your time, donating, and praying. Your efforts have helped GSLC make

a difference in the lives of many—young & old, near & far, all of God’s children.

The 2021 Mission & Outreach Team – Lois Appel, Sara Fielder, Tarra Gallagher, Sadie Johnsen, Irma Knopf, Shirley Kocha, Diane Lenz, Sue Metzger, Sue Riemer, Tammy Rusch, Kelly Waeghe

Our congregation has a heartfelt understanding of ministry beyond our church walls. We support a variety of local and global ministries. Good Shepherd members realize that our brothers and sisters are not just the people we meet everyday, but also people we may never meet.

Operation Christmas Child 2019

FMSC MobilePack 2019

Through the following ministries, we connect people with opportunities to serve just as Christ has called us to do.

  • Feed My Starving Children: www.fmsc.org

  • Operation Christmas Child: www.samaritanspurse.org

  • Salvation Army: serving meals and food pantry assistance

  • Ecumenical Partnership for Housing (EPH): https://ephgb.org

  • Soup Sale: proceeds donated to local charities

  • Help for the Homeless Hygiene Drive: www.919.thefamily.net (Sponsored by 91.9 FM The Family radio station) All donations stay local

  • The Giving Tree: local school supply drive

  • God’s Work Our Hands: www.elca.org>dayofservice

  • Days for Girls: www.daysforgirls.org

For more information: Diane Lenz, dianeandstevelenz@gmail.com