Good Shepherd has a multitude of ministries in which lay people commit their time and talents to lead and serve in the redeeming work and mission of Jesus Christ through His church. God has equipped each of us to do the work of ministry; we are all ministers. When we use our God given gifts in harmony with God’s will we experience immense personal fulfillment, others are blessed and God is glorified.
A sampling of some of the ministry opportunities available at Good Shepherd is provided below. When you are ready to enter the work of ministry you can start by visiting with the clergy, our Lay Ministry Coordinator, Father Jim Benbrook 433-5244
Acolytes – Youth serve on the Altar for our Sunday morning liturgies assisting the clergy by carrying the cross and torches, and assisting in other tasks throughout the liturgy.
Altar Guild – prepares the church and altar for worship and maintains all the vessels, frontals, linens etc. A schedule for service is maintained and Gayle Polk is our chair.
Altar Guild Wedding Consultants - work with the wedding parties to prepare the church and to assist the priest in the mechanics of the wedding. Contact Father Jack Myers 433-5244.
Chancel Choir - We are always in need of heavenly voices to assist us in worship. Contact Dr. Fred Sahlmann 433-2423.
Greeters & Ushers - provide a welcome to worshippers entering the church answering questions about nursery and rest room locations and responding to questions about the liturgy. Ushers take attendance, assist communicants to and from the altar during commuion, point out handicapped commuicants to the priest for communion and are generally “on duty” to respond to any needs.
Eucharistic Ministers - are licensed by the Bishop to assist the priest with the distribution of Holy Communion and help in the liturgy by leading prayers and reading the scripture. Interested persons should speak with the clergy.
Lector - read the scriptures during the liturgy. A schedule is maintained and the readings are mailed in order to prepare. Youth and adults are encouraged to volunteer
Oblationers - Bring the gifts of bread, wine and the collection to the altar during the liturgy,. Everyone is encouraged to serve in this simple ministry including parents and children.
Christian Education (Adults) - Sunday morning group discusses a variety of subjects usually with a DVD presentation. Opportunities to both teach and provided support. Contact Virginia Webb: 433-5244 and leave a message.
Christian Education (Children all ages) – The times and places are in flux but opportunities to teach, support and assist abound. Contact Faith Hooks 433-5244, with the good news of your interest.
Lay Pastoral Care, Hospitality & Parish Life
Angels on Wheels - provide a ride to church.
Breakfast Cooks – Teams of men prepare a great breakfast served between services on Sunday morning. Good comraderie and great food are the result. To join a team Contact: Guy Richards 302-8916
Donut Delivery – Pick up donuts prior to church for coffee hour - an essential ministry!
Flower Delivery – Help rearrange and deliver Altar flowers to those in need on Monday or Tuesday.
Funeral Hostess – Help prepare Hardtner Hall for visiting hours or light receptions in conjunction with funeral services.
Lunch Bunch – Join church women for a monthly lunch at one of our local restaurants.
Meal Delivery – Prepare meals to freeze for parishioners during times of need. Fresh meals are also needed from time to time to deliver to for those recovering from surgery etc. Contact Father Jim Benbrook to be placed on a volunteer contact list.
Notes to Friends & Students - Write notes to friends and college students who have left our area or are away at school.
Receptionist volunteer - Spend a few hours at Good Shepherd answering the phone and doing various office tasks . Contact Margie Collins at the Church office. 433-5244
St. Cecilia’s Guild – a woman’s fellowship group of fun, food and learning. Contact: Eleanor Hilton, 477-5750
TLC - Tea, Lemonade, and Care provides newcomer information and conversation to our guests and visitors following the 10:30 service. To assist contact Sandra Leder, 478 5974.
Visitor of the Sick and Lonely – Visit shut-ins, those hospitalized and in Care facilities to pray, chat and share Holy Communion (must be trained and licensed
Lake Charles, La 70601
Phone: 337 433-5244
Fax: 337 439-8728
Hearing augmentation devices are available from the ushers upon request.
Sunday (nursery provided)
8:30: Holy Communion - Rite 1 limited music
9:30: Breakfast and Christian education – all ages
10:30: Holy Communion - Rite 2 with choir
6:00 pm: Holy Communion - Rite 2
Noon: Holy communion with prayers for healing
Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Big Lake (open Easter - Labor Day)
11:00: Holy Communion - Open air chapel
Please call the church office, 433.5244, if you or a family member would like a visit while in the hospital. Home visits as well!
Eucharistic Ministers available to visit those in need of Home Communion, call Fr. Jack Myers or Margie Collins, 433.5244.