Our Mission Statement: Growing in God’s Grace, Welcoming All.
Prayer, Praise, Word and Deed ~ Good Shepherd began as a mission church in 1971 and was formally organized as a congregation in 1973. We have celebrated with joy and thanksgiving for over 50 years of witness and service. Nationally, we are a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America; locally we are a founding member of the local Ecumenical Ministry and as part of that ministry we house the local Food Shelf. We are a gathering of people in all stages of our faith and life journey.
We are young and old, and in between, living in towns near and far, held together in the Body of Christ in prayer, praise, Word and deed.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church believes that God’s love is freely given to all regardless of race, ethnicity, age, physical or mental ability, sexual orientation or gender identity. No matter who you are, how you are physically or spiritually, or where you are on life’s journey, we welcome you in the name and love of Christ.
Good Shepherd attracts people from a wide variety of religious backgrounds, along with those who belong to no particular faith tradition. We are home to people who find themselves on various stages of their spiritual journey, whether strongly committed or still seeking. We believe in God as our Creator and Christ as our Savior but, through group Bible study and religious reflection, we allow people the freedom to explore and develop their personal faith so they can grow into unique expressions of God’s love and compassion.
Good Shepherd is a globally-minded church that believes faith and action go hand-in-hand. Our members founded Good News Garage, where people struggling to get out of poverty could receive an affordable, safe and reliable vehicle; People Helping People Globally, an organization that provides interest-free loans for families in Nicaragua helping them develop businesses and income to raise them out of poverty. Good Shepherd is a distributor of Equal Exchange products and is an ELCA Welcoming Congregation, advocating for immigrants and asylum seekers the world over.
Good Shepherd reaches out to our community and state, co-hosting virtual Food for Thought public forums with Mount Mansfield Union High School.
Our members helped found the Good News Garage, where people struggling to get out of poverty could receive an affordable, safe and reliable vehicle.
Good Shepherd is very active in the Chittenden Asylum Seekers Assistance Network (CASAN), a volunteer group of interfaith individuals and people of good will in Chittenden County who have come together to support people in our area who are in the legal process of seeking asylum. We welcome others to participate in this circle of welcome and support – it is a vital and rewarding ministry, as we make real, tangible differences in the lives of people seeking to begin a new, safe life in our community.
In the 2021-2022 program year we also co-sponsor monthly Racism in America virtual forums with the Vermont Racial Justice Alliance and Mount Mansfield Community Television: this year’s series focuses on combating racism in Vermont. We believe that Christian faith must address both spiritual and worldly matters.
Good Shepherd is a Christian community of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. We express our faith in God through the love and care we have for one another, instead of through religious rules and mandates we impose on one another. We offer programs of ministry that we hope will speak to every phase of your journey with God. We also hope that you will consider becoming part of our church so that together we may increase and strengthen the ties that bind us to each other and God.
Reach Out to Us
If you’re interested in learning more about or joining Good Shepherd, contact Rev. Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas, Pastor Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 273 VT Route 15, PO Box 495, Jericho, VT 05465.
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