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