Who We Are

Our Vision

Saved by grace; called to serve

 

Our Mission

A caring community, anchored in Christ; reaching out to all people

We acknowledge that we gather on Treaty Six territory to the north of the Red Deer River and Treaty Seven territory to the South of the Red Deer River.  We acknowledge the many First Nations, Metis and Inuit footsteps that have marked these lands for centuries and whose respectful stewardship have enabled us all to enjoy the riches of the Creator’s blessings.  

Who We Are

Our church is a community of faith serving Red Deer and area. We organised in 1985, meeting in the Dawe Centre for four years. In 1990 the present house of worship at 40 Holmes Street was dedicated.
 
We are a friendly, helpful, open congregation of Christians of all ages, races and backgrounds. We love and serve our Lord Jesus Christ and want to be good neighbours.
 
We encourage you to attend and be faithful members of the church of your choice, but if you have no present church affiliation we would be most happy to welcome you to our fellowship.
 
We proclaim the gospel of Christ as revealed in the Bible, and as witnessed to by the historic confessions of faith in the Lutheran Reformation, especially the Augsburg Confession of 1530 and Martin Luther’s Small Catechism.
 
We worship in accordance with liturgical traditions handed down, renewed and adapted by Christians through many centuries. We desire to provide a true balance of Christ shared in the Word, and Sacraments in each service of the Lord’s Day, week by week. The word of God and the Sacraments are the centre of our life together at Good Shepherd.
 
We serve one another and our neighbours in a variety of forms: visitation of the sick and shut-ins, assisting and cooperation with inter-church community activities, Red Deer Ministerial agencies, programs of evangelism and social services.
 
We actively support efforts such as the local Food Bank, the Mustard Seed and Canadian Lutheran World Relief.

Sunday School

Sunday classes for children who are from nursery to grade 8, are held each Sunday at 9:30 am from September to June

Junior/Senior Youth Groups

The Junior Youth and the Senior Youth (grades 6-12) meet for recreation, fellowship, and fundraising events.

Baptisms

Baptisms are generally celebrated during Sunday service. The pastor should be contacted for information and arrangements. Infant baptism places a child on the Nursery Roll of the congregation and materials to assist parents are provided from time to time by the Nursery Roll secretary.

Women’s Wednesday Evening Bible Study

First meeting of the year will be held on September 8th, 2021 at 7 pm at the church. 

Confirmation Classes

These classes are designed for youth in Grades 7 & 8. The main teachings of the Christian Church are taught to prepare youth to enter more fully into adult responsibility and participation in the congregation.
 

Weddings/Funerals

These services are arranged in consultation with the Pastor and the church office. There are charges for the use of the facilities by persons who are not supporting members of the congregation. The church also has a list of gifted musicians who can be contacted if you need.

Prayers of the Church

On Sunday mornings, those whose special needs have been brought to our attention are parayed for in the Prayers of the Church.
 

Prayer Chain

Our Prayer Chain is a confidential phone fan-out when requests for prayers are received for personal, church and community concerns &/or celebrations. Prayer is available 24 hours a day.
 

Services of Prayer for Healing

These services are held from time to time. They can be a more formal service held at the church or more informal and held in someone’s home.

Praying hands

Adult Forum

From time to time, a Sunday morning Topical, Bible or Book study class for Adults is organized;
consult a Sunday bulletin or contact the church office for current dates and times. These forums have been placed on hold until Covid 19 restrictions allow us meeting.
 

Adult Bible Studies

Bible studies are held at different times; consult a Sunday bulletin or contact the church office for current times and dates.
 

Pastor’s Adult Faith Class

This is an informal class of 6 to 12 lessons, taught by the Pastor, designed especially for adults who would like to learn more about the faith and the teachings of the Christian Church and our Lutheran expression of that.
 

Personal Counselling

Personal counselling or private confession and absolution are available by appointment with the pastor.
 

Parishioner visitation

The Pastor and parish visitors call on the sick in the hospital and those in Nursing Homes. If you are in the hospital and wish to be visited, please phone the church office to request a visit as the hospital does not always record religious preference. If you wish to be visited in your home, also, call the church office to arrange a visit.
 

Church Council

We have a Church Council of 12 persons plus the pastor. From this group a Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer are elected. These are the officers of our council and our congregation. There are 8 committees that have at least one member from council plus members chosen from the congregation at large.
(1) Mutual Ministry Committee includes one Council member and all paid staff;
(2) Worship & Music Committee works with the pastor and the Music and Worship Director and oversees the worship and music opportunities offered;
(3) Learning Committee takes care of Sunday School, VBS, Confirmation, Bible studies and Adult Forum;
(4) Service (Social) Committee seeks to ensure that we continue to be an open, friendly, welcoming and evangelical community of faith and keeps before us the needy in our community and world through participation in the Canadian Lutheran World Relief and local services such as the Food Bank and the Mustard Seed;
(5) Witness & Evangelism Committee ensures that fellowship both spiritually and socially is strengthened;
(6) Property Committee oversees the care and development of our church building and property;
(7) Stewardship & Finance Committee keeps before us the needs of the congregation and the church at large for our offerings of Time, Talents, and Treasures and is responsible to see that our offerings of service and money are put to proper and wise use;
(8) Youth Committee oversees the needs and fellowship of the youth.
From time to time other special committees for specific tasks are set up. Our Church Council members are elected for three year terms at our Annual Congregational meeting which is traditionally held the first Sunday of March.