Upcoming Opportunities

  • Operation Christmas Child – Please return your completed shoeboxes by November 13.
  • Thanksgiving Gifts of Impact | Bridge Communities – Collecting supplies for Bridge Communities on November 20 & 23. See the full list of items below!
  • Christmas Gifts of Impact | DuPage Care Center – Holiday gifts for the Residents of DuPage Care Center. Click here for the signup link.
  • Christmas Gifts of Impact | Lutheran Social Services of Illinois – Holiday gifts for children in the Foster Care system with Lutheran Social Services. Name tags are available starting Sunday, November 13.
  • Loaves & Fishes – Volunteers are needed to help sort produce! Full details are below.
  • DuPage Care Center – Serve with our team at DuPage Care Center on the third Sunday of each month between 9:30 – 11:45 AM. Contact Karen Fegley.
  • Hesed House – Help provide meal service to the guests on January 11 & 12. The sign-up link will be posted two weeks prior.

Operation Christmas Child

Shoeboxes are here!

Distribution of Shoeboxes:  October 23rd & 30th
Collection of Shoeboxes:  November 6th & 13th 

Operation Christmas Child delivers great joy and the Good News of Jesus Christ to children in need around the world through gift-filled shoeboxes. Each box packed full of quality toys, school supplies, and personal care items become a tangible expression of God’s immense love for the child. For many, it is their first gift ever! The shoeboxes are distributed through churches in over 100 countries and provide an opportunity to present the Gospel to boys and girls in a clear, child-friendly way.  Please return your shoeboxes on November 13th.

Easy-to-follow steps on what to pack and how HERE.

Watch this video which shares the journey of a shoebox, it is guaranteed to make you smile! 

Christmas Gifts of Impact

DuPage Care Center

Help bring joy this holiday to residents of DuPage Care Center ranging in age up to 102!  We have adopted a list of 50 residents that have provided us with simple Christmas wish lists. 

  • View sign-up link HERE.
  • Select a resident to adopt. You will see a gift ID for each resident along with a short wish list with their gender size and requests.
  • Purchase at least 3 items using the list provided.
  • Please place all items into a single gift bag (do not wrap them each individually) and attach the number of the resident to the outside of your gift bag. If possible, include the gift receipts for items purchased.
  • Please return the gift bags on November 13th and November 20th to the Shining Star table across from the connect center. The final collection date is November 27, 2022.

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

Help sponsor a FOSTER child this Christmas through Lutheran Social Services of Illinois.  Most of these children are from difficult circumstances.  Help us foster love in their hearts this Christmas! The list will be available starting on November 13th.

  • Select a child
  • Complete the sign-out sheet with your contact information
  • Shop from the list provided and place all unwrapped items into a single gift bag
  • Return gifts as soon as you are able to the Foster Love table across from the Connect Center. The final collection date is December 11th.

Thanksgiving Gifts of Impact

Bridge Communities

Join us this Thanksgiving Eve to stock the supply closet at Bridge Communities.  Bridge Communities provides housing and mentoring for
homeless families in DuPage County.  These families are usually headed by single moms and many are victims of violence, abuse, and poverty.  This Thanksgiving, we want to bless these families with personal care supplies that are NOT covered by the link card (food stamps) which are a lifeline to families in need. Please bring with you to worship any of the following specific items:

  • Laundry Detergent 
  • Dishwasher tablets
  • Any size Ziploc bags
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet Paper

Bring with you to worship on Sunday, November 20th, or on Thanksgiving Eve, November 23rd.

Loaves and Fishes Community Services

Volunteers Needed

Due to difficult economic circumstances, Loaves and Fishes Community Services is currently serving 5,500 families or more each week and could use our help!  They have an immediate need for volunteers on M-TH from 1-3 pm to do produce sorting for distribution. This is at their Distribution Hub, 580 Exchange Court, Aurora, IL.  The only requirement is that you wear close-toed shoes and can stand for 2 hours while sorting! Email Shelly Schmitz at sschmitz@loaves-fishes.org with additional questions or to volunteer! 

Hesed House | January 11 & 12

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 will be on January 11 & 12. The signup link will be available two weeks prior.

Recap | Lutheran World Relief Collection

This year, Good Shepherd stepped up to fill a need and became a regional collection site for Lutheran World Relief. Our Good Shepherd Team, led by Jayne Reishus, warmly welcomed 22 local area churches as they dropped off donations this past Saturday and Sunday! Here is what was collected:

  • 1,520 quilts (200 sewn by Good Shepherd members)
  • 1,991 personal care kits (1,500 created by Good Shepherd)
  • 393 school supply kits
  • 1,029 baby care kits
  • 25 fabric kits

That is 672 boxes of tangible love for our neighbors in need around the world!  Thanks to all hands who were involved in this incredible act of compassion! #God’sloveinaction! #Bettertogether! 

Better Together at FMSC

Each day FMSC distributes meals in schools, orphanages, clinics, and feeding programs around the world to deliver hope and break the cycle of poverty. Kids and adults of all ages hand-pack nutritious MannaPack® meals specifically designed to assist in reversing and preventing undernutrition.

Thank you!” to those who participated in our Better Together September event where together we packed 22,032 meals. This is enough to feed 60 kids for an entire year!

DuPage Care Center

3rd Sunday of the Month from 9:30 – 11:45 AM

Good Shepherd is delighted to be back serving in person at the DuPage Care Center. Every third Sunday, we provide a team to worship with residents physically unable to go to church. Pianists, musicians, vocalists, and anyone with a smile who can push a wheelchair are invited to join our team in this impactful service!

Email us for more details 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.

Email us to learn more.

Serving Christ & Loving Our Neighbors with Compassionate Healthcare

Our mission is to demonstrate the love of Christ through free healthcare for the uninsured and those unable to afford care.

Learn more about our incredible mission here.

Aurora Christian Healthcare runs on the dedication, compassion, and skills of caring individuals. Whether you are a medical practitioner or not, there is a place for you at Aurora Christian Healthcare.

Sign up to volunteer here.

Questions? Want to help? Get in touch with our Missions team through the button below.

Read more about the inspirational impact of our outreach here.

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