CAST YOUR CARES MINISTRY
Cast Your Cares is an outreach ministry to the needy and homeless living in the Kensington sections of Philadelphia. It offers food and water through their food cupboard and soup kitchen, clothing, and the life-changing proclamation of the Gospel. Good Shepherd members assist this ministry by volunteering time at the last Saturday of the month soup kitchen. Typically, helpers meet at Good Shepherd at 2:30 p.m. to car pool down and return to the church by 7:30 p.m. Consider joining this growing group of volunteers.
If you are unable to assist in staffing the soup kitchen, you can still provide much needed assistance by cooking/donating food. The menu changes monthly and recipes are provided.
If you would like to help in any way, please contact Dave Smith through the church office.
Beginning in 2006 Good Shepherd entered into a relationship with Logan Hope, a non-profit Christian ministry committed to embody the love of Jesus Christ to the Logan community of North Philadelphia by serving its most overlooked population. They do this as a response to the love and care for the poor that was characteristic of Jesus’ ministry.
Good Shepherd supports the good work of Logan's Hope through financial and material assistance and service. Work days, where church members help repair and refurbish the school's facilities, take place twice a year - in the Spring and Fall.
Th Prayer Shawl Ministry makes prayer shawls which are given to people in need of comfort and healing. At meetings, ministry members pray over completed shawls and work on other projects such as afghans for the Abington Hospice, lap robes for homeless shelters and Veteran homes, baby blankets for Project Linus, and knit hats for children on Indian reservations.
The Prayer Shawl Ministry meets the third Tuesday of the month at 10:00 a.m.. Anyone can join who likes to knit or crochet (or learn how). If you cannot attend the meetings, you can still help by knitting or crocheting items as you have time.
The Social Ministry Team looks for ways in which the congregation can extend Christian compassion and help to people in need of physical or spiritual aid. This is done through specific appeals such as: providing meals for Aid For Friends, monthly food in-gathering for the local food cupboard, providing food at Thanksgiving for area families, collecting gifts for forty children in foster care, collecting articles for the Red Cross Homeless Shelter and infant formula for the Bucks County Department of Health.
Social Ministry also coordinates financial support for the ELCA's World Hunger Appeal, Church World Services Blanket Program; Baby Manna, Lutheran Charities, and ELCA's International and Domestic Disaster Relief Appeals.
We provide financial assistance to the Good Shepherd Mission in Puttur, India and the Logan Hope School in Philadelphia using money earned through selling Giant gift cards and the Acme cash-back program.