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Saturday 6:00 PM and Sunday 8:15 AM & 11:00 AM – Holy Eucharist
Sunday 9:30 AM – Education hour for all ages (Labor Day to Memorial Day)

Events help us grow in faith and deepen our relationships with one another.

The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd strives to extend Christ’s own radical hospitality by reaching out in welcome to those around us.  The goal is not to tell, but to show—and share!—the love of Christ.  And so, throughout the year, we invite our friends and neighbors to special events that will enable us to build relationships with one another and share the joy of life in community.

A Hymnfest for the Reformation

Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 4:00 PM

From its beginnings over five centuries ago, the Reformation spawned hymnody from all regions of the globe. This hymnfest will feature multicultural hymnody , and the instruments used— from African drums to recorders—will reflect that diversity. QuintEssentially Brass, as well as choirs, organists, and instrumentalists from area churches will add their talents to the musical feast. The Rev. James Dunlop, Bishop of the Lower Susquehanna Synod, will be participating in the hymnfest. And, because the Reformation didn’t happen in a vacuum—Jan Hus was also part of the movement, living 100 years before Martin Luther— the Mennonite and Amish traditions will be represented as well, under the leadership of Glenn Lehman. Exhibited in the church will be rare books dating from the period and photos of the world travel s of Flat Luther. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear a variety of hymns, done in a variety of ways—followed, as always, by a glorious reception!

For more information about this or any of the FREE upcoming Fine Arts events, please contact The Reverend Marilyn Witte, Cantor, at cantor@GoodShepherdLancaster.org or the church office at 717-393-3958.

Join us for a Thanksgiving Feast!

Thursday, November 23, 2017 at 12:30 PM

That special day of thanks is fast approaching and we again would like you to be part of it. Please join us at 12:30 p.m. on November 23 — Thanksgiving Day — as we enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal in the company of friends, family and community. All are welcome!

The meal will be served at the church and will include something for everyone. From roast turkey with all the trimmings to pumpkin pie and coffee, no one need leave hungry. Naturally, since this is a FREE event, there’s no need to bring your wallet, just a healthy appetite. You’ll want to be sure and sample everything.

 Hungry yet? RSVP to rsvp@goodshepherdlancaster.org with the number attending. Or call 717.393.3958.

Lessons and Carols - Advent

Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 4:00 PM
Todd Sullivan, Concertmaster of Allegro, the Chamber Orchestra of Lancaster, will begin this year’s Service of Lessons and Carols with Vivaldi’s much-loved concerto, “Winter,” accompanied by a string ensemble with harpsichord. Other Baroque favorites will be performed, as will an orchestral arrangement of contemporary composer Samuel Barber’s haunting setting of “Silent Night.” Alison MeKeel, soprano, will sing “Et Exultavit” from Bach’s Magnificat, and baritone Richard Ford will sing spirituals of the season. Among the pieces sung by the choir are Alice Parker’s orchestral setting of “Dormi Jesu” and Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.” Of course, people will be invited to sing hymns—and then stay for the “German Christmas” reception following the service. People who attend this event every year say it marks the official beginning of the Advent/Christmas season in ways nothing else does. Mark your calendar for this event, and invite your family and friends!

For more information about this or any of the FREE Fine Arts events, please contact The Reverend Marilyn Witte, Cantor, or the church office at 717.393.3958. You can download a brochure including all of this season’s Fine Arts events here.

QuintEssentially Brass

Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 4:00 PM

QuintEssentially Brass needs no introduction, especially after their 26 years closing out Mt. Gretna’s Summer Music series and their 18 years of Christmas concerts to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society, where they perform to packed houses. These are not just fantastic players; they have heart and soul—and humor!—as well, as anyone who has attended even one of their concerts can attest. Founded in 2009, QuintEssentially Brass is devoted to surprising and delighting audiences by presenting the best in the brass quintet repertoire. These five musicians describe themselves as “a group of friends who enjoy making great music together.” Together, they redefine the brass quintet. Their repertoire is varied, from strictly classical to modern jazz favorites to standard brass music, sacred and secular. They’re truly quintessential: they’re not comparable. Need we add that a great reception will follow the great music? We think not!

For more information about this or any of the FREE Fine Arts events, please contact The Reverend Marilyn Witte, Cantor, or the church office at 717.393.3958. You can download a brochure including all of this season’s Fine Arts events here.

Free Community Block Party

Saturday June 2, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Enjoy live music, games, mini-horse rides (children under 110 pounds), a magician, face painting, kids' crafts, a bounce house, barrel train ride, art show, bingo and other surprises. And with hot dogs, funnel cakes, snow cones, popcorn, and a variety of delicious desserts from which to choose, you won?t leave hungry. And remember, it's all FREE! The event is held in our parking lot and baseball field and ample parking is available on site. So plan now to join us for a fun day together!

Call the church office at 717.393.3958 to learn more.