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SOCIAL SERVICES MINISTRY – GOD’S WORK, OUR HANDS

God works through us to change lives. The Social Services Ministry provides opportunities and encourages the disciples of Christ Our Shepherd to reach out to those in need within our church, our community and the world.

MINISTRIES of the MONTH


Our outreach has spanned the globe:

ELCA Malaria Campaign

ELCA World Hunger

Lutheran World Relief

Operation Christmas Child

Rahab’s Rope

Hope International Mission

Haitian Timoun Foundation

Wheelchairs for the World

God’s Eye

Within our local community, we have supported and/or provided :

Backpacks, school supplies and Easter baskets for DFCS children and Children’s Village at Christian City

Thanksgiving meals to local families

Fayette Samaritans and The Real Life Center Food Pantries

Toys, toiletries and clothing to A Promise Place and The Welcome House, domestic violence shelters

Shopping experiences for foster children at BLOOM CLOSET

Christ Our Shepherd Preschool

Souper Bowl of Caring

Joshua's Gift

What if you were part of a family that didn’t have enough food to eat? Children are able to eat a healthy breakfast and lunch at school during the week; however, over the week end, that help isn’t provided. How does COS answer this question? JOSHUA’S GIFT. This ministry fills backpacks every Wednesday with different kinds of food. On Thursday, the backpacks are delivered to Fayetteville and Huddleston Elementary Schools, where they are distributed to food insecure families. Donating food items, packing and delivering are ways that YOU can help. Think how easy it is to change a child’s life providing food!

To see a complete list of food items needed,Click Here

Contact – Jayne Troy, troy_h@bellsouth.net

Summer Lunch Program

The Summer Sack Lunch Program is a MUST for all ages to give back! For many children, summer vacation begins a time of food insecurity, a time when they aren’t certain when they will receive a meal because their primary food resource, the school cafeteria, is closed. Christ Our Shepherd provides a sack  lunch every Monday. YOU can help by assembling, packing or delivering lunches. It is extremely rewarding to meet, feed and interact with these families each week.

Contact – Jayne Troy, troy_h@bellsouth.net

Bread Run

Every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday our Bread Run Group collects day-old breads and pastries from a local grocery store and delivers them to Redeemer Soup Kitchen and Atlanta Union Mission in downtown Atlanta. Always looking for new recruits!

Contact – Jayne Troy, troy_h@bellsouth.net

Redeemer Soup Kitchen

Twice a month, a group from COS travels to Redeemer Lutheran Church (Soup Kitchen) to help feed the homeless. All are welcome to come along!

Contact – Barb Anderson, 1bwanderson@gmail.com

Prayer Shawl

Care and the love of knitting or crocheting have been combined into a prayerful ministry that reached out to those in need of comfort and solace. Many blessings are knitted into every shawl. The knitter begins each shawl with prayers for the recipient. Intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. When the shawl is completed, it is offered a final prayer before being sent along its way.

To request a prayer shawl or to volunteer in this ministry, contact Christ Our Shepherd's Church office at
770-487-8717 or contact Deborah Handy at handymom4@gmail.com

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry is a confidential, caring ministry of trained Christ Our Shepherd lay members. Our Stephen Ministers provide distinctively Christian care to anyone who would benefit from the continuing presence and prayers of a caring Christian confidant. If you or someone you know is struggling through a difficult time in life—experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or some other life crisis, please contact Pastor Miriam Beecher, Pastor Fritz Wiese, or one of our leaders, Dolores Daniel 770-229-2229 or Joyce Pilch 678-364-0738, to learn more about receiving care from a Stephen Minister. For more information about this caring ministry, please go to https://www.stephenministries.org/

Cross Ministry

The Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church cross ministry hand forges crosses that are frequently handed out to people.

The cross is a reminder that God loves us. It is made from a piece of square metal bar, a couple of inches in length, which must suffer much stress to become a cross. First, it is cut with a saw in three different directions; then heated to approximately 1,500 degrees; then twisted in three different directions, and finally hammered flat while still red hot.

Our Cross Makers – Wayne Martens, Ron Bowman and Al Curtis – are available to answer questions and share their experiences. If you are interested in becoming a cross maker, they will help you get started. Ask about other ways you can help with this ministry.

If you have received a cross and have a story to share about its impact, send a quick email to communications@coslutheran.org.

Property Ministry

The Property Committee is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the church building, exterior grounds and church vehicles. The determination of facility improvement priorities and the oversight of renovation projects also fall within the scope of the committee. We need your help!  Do you have the ability to do electrical work, plumbing, drywall, painting, design or landscaping? We have a place for you to share your gifts. We are in need of at least six people to join our team. To volunteer please contact:

Sue Kunig, Director of Operations, operations@coslutheran.org