||Our faith in action is an act of thanksgiving...our response to all the ways God has blessed us.
The people of Good Shepherd are involved in a variety of Mission Projects through our schools, neighborhood groups, work places and personal involvement in favorite mission causes. In addition, members and friends support many mission projects at Good Shepherd – projects that address health, education, hunger, emergency relief, housing and a variety of other needs.
Here are some of the ways we do that in our local area.
Albany Lutheran Cluster Projects
Joining with other area Lutheran churches, we collect designated items for people in need. Recent collections helped families of premature babies (Albany Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit), arts and crafts supplies for the Parsons Child and Family Center, care baskets for the Venture Church, and food and personal care items for the clients of the Sister Maureen Joyce Community Center.
Member churches of the Albany Lutheran Cluster are:
Albany CROP Walk
Good Shepherd traditionally takes home the Albany CROP Walk trophy for the most walkers and most money raised for this 10K walk to benefit local food pantries and international hunger relief organizations. We won’t be letting up our efforts, but we sure do hope the other Albany Lutheran Cluster trophy contenders beat us next time … so that together we can stop hunger!
Homeless and Travelers Aid Society
HATAS was formed in 1924 with the mission to end homelessness within Albany County and the Capital Region. We meet the immediate need for shelter, food and clothing in addition to addressing the long-term need for affordable housing and employment. HATAS is located at 138 Central Avenue Albany, New York 12206. You can reach HATAS by calling (518) 463-2124 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Because hands and feet get cold in winter, all the mittens, gloves and warm hats that cover our tree at Christmas time find their way to local social service agencies.
Good Shepherd Endowment Fund
This fund receives gifts from individuals, using the generated income to support:
- missions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America at home and abroad
- community needs
- church related educational experiences, scholarships or grants
- capital improvements, debt reduction or building programs of the church
Recent beneficiaries included The Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless, Capital Region Theological Center, Albany Maritime Ministry, Regional Food Bank, St. Paul’s Center for Homeless Women and Children. Since its creation in 1985 the fund has distributed over $10,000 to local charities and missions of the Lutheran Church.