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

2021 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 2021.

We do a jar collection and blessing on Sunday September 12th. 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 4, 2021, Green Bay MobilePack will be packing meals to feed God's children.

Annual Soup Sunday Sale
January 31, 2021.

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 2020.

Feed My Starving Children: GSLC is a church partner for FMSC for the seventh year. While we were not able to host a MobilePack here in Green Bay this year due to COVID-19, we established a goal of fundraising $120,000 so that a half-million meals could be packed by machine at the permanent sites in Minnesota and shipped all over the world to those that truly need it. We were thrilled to announce that we not only met that goal, but exceeded it by over $30,000! In a year that was so difficult for so many, donations continued to flood in up until the very last day of the campaign, for a grand total of $152,411. GSLC provided $2,416.00 through generous donations. Thank you again for your donations and prayers! For 2021, we hope to be back in the MobilePack room to pack 1 million meals!

Operation Christmas Child: This year, due to COVID-19, shoeboxes were not given out for members of GSLC to fill with gifts for children around the world. Instead, monetary donations to Operation Christmas Child or online purchasing of a shoebox of gifts through the OCC website were the options. A total of $725.00 was collected from our members and was donated to OCC. This was our sixth year of participating in this ministry.

Ecumenical Partnership for Housing: GSLC is responsible for managing and maintaining The Matthew House, a home purchased through the area’s Ecumenical Partnership for Housing (EPH) which provides a home for a homeless family. This was our sixth year for being involved in EPH. During 2020 there was a family (mother and her two sons) living in the Matthew House from December 2019 to June, followed by a new family (mother and daughter) who lives there currently. 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. Sheila Hamilton’s six-year term on the EPH board ended in June and Tarra Gallagher is now the board member representing GSLC.

Salvation Army: For the sixth year, GSLC members volunteered and baked desserts for a noon meal at Salvation Army, but only during the months of January and March. Serving at Salvation Army was then put on hold and discontinued for the remainder of 2020 due to COVID-19.

Soup Sunday: This was the sixth year of our Soup Sunday Sale, held on January 26, 2020. Members donated 52 quarts of homemade soup for others to purchase between church services. Quarts were sold for $10 each and the total collected was $630. This amount was donated to our EPH Matthew House fund for the purchase of supplies and making repairs.

Help for the Homeless Hygiene Drive: GSLC collected two large boxes of hygiene supplies during February & March. The drive is sponsored by “The Family” 91.9 FM radio station. Donations were all given to local crisis agencies. 2020 was our fifth year of participating with this ministry.

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 three years. During 2020, the local volunteers of Days for Girls did not meet as a group due to Covid19, but sewing continued in homes by individuals. Volunteers in the area sent sewn items to a central location to be assembled there. Some of the countries that were formerly receiving kits have become self-sustaining by making their own kits right in their communities. See the website www.daysforgirls.org for more information to donate and/or volunteer.

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 2020 Mission & Outreach Team – Lois Appel, Sara Fielder, Sheila Hamilton, Sadie Johnsen, Irma Knopf, Shirley Kocha, Diane Lenz, Sue Metzger, Sue Riemer, Tammy Rusch, Kelly Waeghe, Carolyn Zimmer

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