Gifts of the Heart Opportunities:
- Angel Tree– sharing hope and love with children of the incarcerated, one gift at a time. We have a virtual list of 100 children available HERE You will need to enter code YVDTL to access the list.
- Mission Trees– Give the ultimate gift of hope this year to families living in poverty on an Indian Reservation or those in Honduras and Guatemala impacted by the pandemic and hurricanes HERE
- Christmas FOSTER love – provide gifts to at-risk children in the foster care system through Lutheran Social Services. All 40 children have been sponsored – gifts due back 12/5/21.
- Hesed House Serving our next serving opportunity will be January 12th. Sign up link will be available two weeks prior.
- Loaves and Fishes Community Services HERE
- Feed my Starving Children HERE
Full details about these and other mission opportunities including child sponsorship below.
Meet with Jon Dunsmore – Our Missionary serving in ElAyudante, Honduras on December 5
Jon, one of our beloved members currently serving on mission in Honduras, will be back at Good Shepherd for the first time in over 2 years! He plans to be at Worship each Sunday between now and December 5th. On December 5th we will have a formal meet and greet opportunity after services. This is a time for others to connect with Jon and learn about all that he has been doing in Honduras as he serves with ElAyudante!
Gifts of the Heart!
Join us in tangible acts of generosity this holiday season! Together we can impact our community and beyond! Be God’s love in action to families living in poverty, isolated seniors at a care facility, children of the incarcerated, and so much more. Gifts of the Heart include:
Angel Tree – A program of prison fellowship. One in 49 children in the U.S. has a parent behind bars. Incarceration can strain family ties to the breaking point. Through Angel Tree, churches can share the love of Christ in a tangible way and help strengthen family bonds, delivering personalized gifts and the Gospel to children on behalf of their incarcerated parent at Christmas. Our virtual list of 100 children is available through the link below. From the link, select a child you wish to support and complete the online process through Prison Fellowship. Each child will receive a gift certificate, a card or note from their parent, and a bible.
We have a virtual list of 100 children available HERE You will need to enter code YVDTL to access the list.
Gifts of the Heart Trees supporting families in Pine Ridge, Guatemala, and Honduras
We are committed to finding ways to bring joy to those in need this Holiday Season! Give the ultimate gift this year to families living in poverty on an Indian Reservation or those in Honduras and Guatemala impacted by the pandemic and hurricanes. Your generosity will help these hurting families buy groceries, essential items, and medical supplies, in addition to building materials for latrines, bunk beds and home repairs. Now that is a gift of HOPE! Starting on November 24th through December 19th, individuals can select an item from one of our “Gifts of the Heart” trees located across from the connect center. Online option available now through December 23rd HERE
Friends of the Lakota – Pine Ridge Indian Reservation: help provide building materials for bunk beds, latrines and home repairs or personal care suppies for families living in extreme poverty on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Pine Ridge Reservation, has the lowest per capita income ($8,768) in the country, and ranks as the “poorest” county in the nation. Through the organization that we support, Re-Member, we help them to build. Together we build beds for children who do not have one. We build outhouses for those without functional plumbing. We build knowledge and support self-sufficiency through the community gardens. Together we build hope for a better tomorrow, by focusing on the promise and possibility of what can be. Join us in our efforts HERE
Guatemala – Hearts in Motion: a $40 donation provides a month’s worth of groceries to families in Guatemala! Another amazing gift from the heart opportunity is the gift of a home! We are looking for 40 people to partner with us for a $75 donation which would purchase all the materials needed to build a home! We have a designated team going to Pueblo Modelo in January with the purpose of building that house! As a thank you for your donation, please take one of the homemade ornaments from the children and seniors at the Good Shepherd Learning Center in Pueblo Modelo Guatemala. Online options available HERE
Honduras – World Gospel Outreach: your generosity will help support brigades in Honduras reaching people with medical needs and the Gospel of Jesus! Due to the Pandemic, we have been unable to send a mission team for the past two summers. We are so grateful for the creative ways that WGO has found to continue the ministry. Through WGO’s Carepay program doctors and staff go door to door providing medical assistance including vital medicines and in-home water filters for increased health and hygiene. This is a lifeline for the Honduran people. As a thank you for any donation to Carepay, please select a small complimentary bag of Honduran Coffee off the WGO tree. This cloud forest coffee is harvested and roasted at the WGO Orphanage, Rancho Ebenezer (and makes a great stocking stuffer too!) You can support carepay online HERE
To watch carepay in action, watch on youtube HERE
Stocking the Supply Pantry at Bridge Communities
A true ThanksGIVING moment! Thanks for your generosity to help stock the shelves at Bridge Communities and provide for DuPage families in need. This bounty filled eight SUVs and is the largest supply drive Bridge Communities has ever received! They expressed true gratitude that their empty shelves would be filled for months to come! TOGETHER we are making an impact in our community and beyond!
Shining Star – DuPage Care Center
Shining Star – Thank you for partnering with us to bring smiles to the 60 residents we adopted at the DuPage Care Center this holiday. All residents have been adopted and gifts are due on November 28th. The original sign-up list is HERE
Operation Christmas Child
Thank you Good Shepherd for your generosity! 330 shoeboxes were collected in November bringing JOY to children around the world!
Thank you for sponsoring 59 children!
Thank you Good Shepherd for your generosity in sponsoring 59 children in 52 days! This is life-changing for God’s precious children in Africa, Guatemala, and Honduras! Your sponsorship helps provide access to education, nutritious meals, and critical care supplies for these at-risk children! Over the next few weeks, each new sponsor should receive a welcome kit with further details. For any questions, contact our Director of Missions HERE
If you still would like to partner with us to sponsor a child, we have sponsorship opportunities with three of our long-time mission partners.
– Cheryl’s Children’s Home, Nairobi, Kenya
– Hearts in Motion, Pueblo Modelo, Guatemala
– World Gospel Outreach, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
There is a need for sponsorships in all locations!
Feed My Starving Children.
In-person serving. Great for families and small groups! 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
Hesed House is the second-largest homeless shelter in Illinois and a long-time mission partner of Good Shepherd. Helping the most vulnerable among us remains one of our highest priorities.
Our team serves breakfast and dinner to the guests at Hesed House six times a year. Our next serving opportunity is January 12th & 13th.
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.
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. Current needs are school supplies for low-income school districts and cancer care bags for a new support ministry at Good Shepherd. EMAIL LEADER to learn more!
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:
Participating in Virtual Coffee Hour: We have a Good Shepherd team that is hosting a virtual coffee hour to connect and communicate with Residents.
Shining Star – Help bring joy this Holiday to Residents living at DuPage Care center! Adopt a Resident this holiday ranging in age up to 102 by purchasing gifts from their Christmas wish list HERE
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.