VACCINE CLINIC UPDATE
On Sunday, March 21st, Good Shepherd partnered with Jewel Osco to bring a vaccine clinic onsite. We vaccinated 570 individuals from our church family and surrounding community!  Our gratitude goes to Jewel, our congregational care and mission teams along with 36 eager volunteers who made this possible. Now that’s God’s love in action! 


Dose Two Vaccine Clinic – April 18th 12-5 pm
We will repeat the process for the same 570 individuals on April 18 completing the full Moderna, two-dose vaccine. Here are some important reminders:

• Individuals are automatically booked for the same appointment time they had on March 21st
• Please do not arrive prior to 15 minutes of your appointment time

What you will need to bring:
• Your Picture ID
• A completed Dose 2 consent form (given at check-out on 3/21)
• Your CDC card to be updated with the final dose information

NOTE: We are not able to accept any new registrations or waitlists for this event. This clinic is the second step in the process for those individuals who received their first dose with us on March 21st.

Serving
Interested in serving on April 18, please EMAIL LEADER


HONORING HEALTHCARE WORKERS!
We are so grateful for the important role that Healthcare workers have played during the Pandemic and Vaccine rollout! Join our team to assemble and deliver thank you bags to healthcare workers in our church and community. Sign up HERE.

If you are a Healthcare worker, please go online in Realm and make sure your profile information is up to date.


Feed My Starving Children.

FEED THE NEED 2021. While COVID-19 has drastically altered how we live and gather these days, it has not altered the commitment and mission we share with Feed My Starving Children to provide life-saving meals to the world’s most vulnerable. We are partnering with Feed the Need to help feed 2,021 kids for a year!

Good Shepherd had two dedicated packing sessions the weekend of February 12&13th. Thanks to the generosity of Good Shepherd, we helped to pack enough meals for 299 children to eat one meal a day for a year. Our work continues!

In-person serving. FMSC’s Aurora location has enhanced safety procedures due to COVID-19:
• The new packing setup has been changed to accommodate group sizes of one to five people.
• Children must be age 5 or older to participate.
• Masks are required (bring your own)
• A reservation is required; no walk-ins will be accepted.
• Watch a video on what to expect when packing HERE
• General sign up for FMSC serving HERE


Cheryl’s Children’s Home in Nairobi, Kenya

New beginnings for Cheryl’s Children’s Home!

Cheryl’s was founded to rescue abandoned, orphaned children from the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. Their remarkable journey included eviction and relocating to a sub-par temporary facility. The search for a permanent home has been years in the making. It is with joyful hearts that we announce that Cheryl’s now has a future home! 

In November, CCH closed on a property that will become their permanent site!  There is still a long journey ahead, but we are now a few steps closer to realizing the dream of a beautiful new school and dormitories for these precious children. 

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Together we can move this project forward and help rebuild lives and futures! If God lays it on your heart to give, above and beyond your normal Good Shepherd giving, you can do this online in a few simple steps HERE.

100% of these funds will be designated to build a new school and dormitories for Cheryl’s Children’s Home and Learning Center improving the quality of life for 70 orphans living at Cheryl’s and another 175 students from nearby slums who attend K-8 school at Cheryl’s and receive 2 meals a day.


Helping the Homeless

Hesed House. This homeless shelter in Aurora is the second largest in the state of Illinois and a long-time mission partner of Good Shepherd. During this time of crisis, helping the vulnerable is among our highest priorities.

May 12th is our next serving opportunity. A signup link will be posted two weeks prior.


Loaves and Fishes Community Services. This local food pantry and ministry partner is serving over 1,000 families per week with grocery assistance during the Pandemic.

In-person serving options through Loaves and Fishes:
• Great need for individuals who can lift 20-pound boxes
• If you are a new volunteer, complete an online volunteer profile HERE.


DuPage Care Center. Good Shepherd has a long relationship with DuPage Care Center, where we have been serving the Senior Community since 2000. During the Pandemic, our team has found new and creative ways to support this community, including streaming online worship services, providing music in the courtyard, hosting virtual coffee hours, organizing puzzle drives, and care bag donations. Email our leader below to get connected in any of these ways:
Music Performances: Do you sing or play an instrument? Help us to delight Seniors by providing music in the courtyards outside resident rooms. Youth are welcomed and encouraged! Date: Monday-Friday 9 am- 3:00 pm (depending on the area).
Shopping: Since residents can’t go out and shop, we are looking for volunteers who would want to shop for them.
Participating in Virtual Coffee Hour:  We have a Good Shepherd team that is hosting a virtual coffee hour to connect and communicate with Residents.

Additionally, DuPage Care Center has put together an Amazon wishlist to help support its residents and their quality of life during COVID-19 restrictions. Learn ways to help support HERE.


Thrivent Action Teams. If you are a Thrivent Member, you are eligible for a $250 gift card to support community involved service projects. Please consider partnering with Good Shepherd to put this money into action with our current community outreach efforts! Together we can make an impact! We will walk you through the easy process step by step.


To help EMAIL LEADER

Read more about the inspirational impact of our outreach here

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