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Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd

Ministries and Outreach

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Church of the Good Shepherd
Mission Statement

To know and follow Christ in loving service to the Campus, the Community, and the world.

“I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and
you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and
you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me
clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was
in prison and you visited me.” (Matthew 25: 35-36)



An Invitation to Serve
By what he says, does, and is, Jesus is Good News to the poor. At Good Shepherd. we take his example of servant ministry to heart, and we strive to live it out in our daily lives. We know that God's Reign of love and justice is broader than the Church, and so we seek to partner with those of other faiths and all people of good will. In virtue of Holy Baptism, we are called to represent Jesus wherever we are, in both word and deed.

Through our different outreach ministries, we strive to meet immediate needs and to remove the root causes of injustice. We also aim to create forms of community that transcend divisions in our society. Locally, our mission reflects our context in Appalachian Ohio. Our ministries have come to cluster around feeding the hungry; sharing God's love with those who are sick, lonely, or in prison; and renewing God's fragile earth. Parishioners and clergy are also deeply involved with the work of several local non¬profits. Internationally, we share the Episcopal Church's commitment to the Millennium Development Goals, simple, achievable goals meant to eliminate the most deadly poverty, and we dedicate at least 0.7% of our budget to achieving these goals, chiefly through Episcopal Relief and Development.

Outlined below are details about some of the outreach ministries of the parish and along with contact information for those who want to get involved. Wherever you are in your journey of faith, we'd like to help you find ways to serve and make a difference.


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Outreach Committee
The Outreach Committee helps coordinate and promote all aspects of outreach ministry at Good Shepherd. It is responsible for evaluating new potential programs, for reporting regularly to the Vestry, and for making an annual budget proposal. Meetings are held on the fourth Sunday of odd numbered months (January, March, May, July, September, and November).

All interested persons are welcome! Please contact
Paul Clever     740-594-2425  


Wednesday Lunch
Each Wednesday, a crew from Good Shepherd serves an excellent meal to over 100 people. This ministry began in the late 90's by an energetic college student, Molly Gilbert. With a desire to serve, she simply began feeding peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to anyone in need of a free meal. Today th.at spark has been carried on by the parish as a whole. We have four teams who take one week of the month. There are many volunteer opportunities, from cooking and chopping up food to serving the meal and cleaning up.

If you would like to help please show up at the parish kitchen downstairs around 10 a.m. or contact
Phyllis Dean     740-593-8487;  


Athens County Food Pantry
The Athens County Food pantry began over 25 years ago as an ecumenical ministry serving people in our county who are food insecure. Good Shepherd has been involved from the very beginning. Today, we continue to be a major contributor through donations, volunteers. and board members. The pantry is located at 528 Richland Avenue, and volunteers are needed each week to help pack boxes and stack shelves. Mondays are the typical volunteer days.

Please contact Anne Braxton     740-593-5647;  
or Lynn Graham     740-593-5098;  


Lindley Inn Ministry
The Lindley Inn is an assisted living facility for men and women. Good Shepherd began this ministry over ten years ago to make Christ's love known to a group of people with varying degrees of support from family, friends, and community. After celebrating a simple Eucharist. the group shares in singing hymns selected by the residents. Everyone is welcome to participate in this service, which is offered every other Sunday at 2 p.m. We are also always in need of piano players.

Please contact Lynn Graham     740-593-5098;  


Prison Ministries
Good Shepherd is active in two forms of prison ministry both at the Hocking Correctional Facility (HCF) . The first is the Kairos Prison Ministry. Kairos is an ecumenical ministry that operates in prisons throughout the United States and in several other countries. In Ohio the organization is active in about ten prisons, HCF being one of the newest. Trained teams enter the prisons sharing the love of Christ two weekends each year. Following the weekend, there are weekly follow-up Prayer and Share sessions and also monthly reunions when team members return to renew ties with the residents. Supporters of Kairos can be found baking cookies throughout Ohio: 10,000 dozen are needed each weekend in the larger prisons.

Please contact Gregory Proctor     740-814-5985;  
or Allyn Reilly     740-592-2596;  

The second form of Prison Ministry is a Euchre playing group. The ministry involves parishioners from the Episcopal churches in Athens, Logan, and Nelsonville who play Euchre monthly with the residents of the HCF. Between eight and fifteen visitors participate each month. As this ministry is over 15 years old, bonds have developed between the visitors and the residents who increasingly come to be seen simply as fellow human beings who have made mistakes in their lives.

Please contact Jan Gault     740-698-7116;  


Soul Biscuits Cultural Series
"Soul Biscuits" community and college outreach provides socializing opportunities in Athens for people over 30. And such opportunities are vital, perhaps particularly so to professors, many of whom are single, new to town, away from home and partners, carrying heavy loads while searching a saturated market for jobs. We were fortunate to have a number of volunteers donate their time and talents to create wonderful, memorable musical events and stimulating classes with vigorous debate.

Please contact Elizabeth Thompson     918-277-2727;  


Creation Justice
The Creation Justice ministry helps educate the parish and broader community on issues of sustainability and environmental justice. This ministry parallels several efforts in other local congregations, which together form the Earth Justice Coalition. In the past, Creation Justice has led our parish and visiting groups on tours of our region’s extractive economy and to examples of a more localized and sustainable future. Actions also include performing energy audits on surrounding homes and churches, assessing our parish’s energy efficiency, and looking into renewable energy sources for our physical plant.

Please contact Dana Carlson     664-2022;  


Ways to Serve
Below is a fuller list of our ministries (beyond church officers) and ways the Church serves the larger community and a contact for each.





Goals of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd (June, 2014)

  1. To continue to build upon our Episcopalian heritage of worship that is centered in the Eucharist and in the Book of Common Prayer and supported by a strong music program.

  2. To develop programs and provide worship designed to attract young families, their children, college students and other underserved groups.

  3. To revive our historic mission of Campus Ministry by nurturing, sustaining, and invigorating our ministries to university students, faculty, administrators, and others connected with the university.

  4. To learn about and foster the financial stewardship necessary to sustain the operation and mission of the parish.

  5. To encourage and strengthen vestry and other lay ministers who provide consistent and visionary leadership.

  6. To continue to encourage and support existing individual and small group ministries and to work to establish new programs and ministries.




The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd is currently in the transition process in the search for a new permanent rector.

To find out more about Good Shepherd, please contact our Senior Warden, Allyn Reilly. Allyn can be reached at 740-592-2596 or by e-mail at reillya@ohio.edu., or contact our assisting priest the Rev. Katharin Foster. Katharin can be reached at 740-593-8615 or by e-mail at kkfoster@columbus.rr.com.




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