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Celebrate Advent, Christmas and Epiphany with us!

We warmly welcome family, friends and the community to join us during Advent, Christmas and throughout the year.

 

We think of ourselves as a community of believers, questioners and questioning believers. If you're new to Good Shepherd, a member or a regular, we welcome you for worship or to any of our service, learning and fellowship activities. Help us build a #biggerTable!

  • New Year's Day Worship

     

    Sunday, Jan. 1

    10 AM

    In-person & online


    As we look ahead into 2023, read about the beautiful creations from Sanctified Art we’ve used through our Advent journey. As the art subtext heralds and as we enter into the new year, we can choose a better way.

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  • Morning Prayer

     

    Weekdays

    9 – 9:30 AM

    Online


    At Weekday Morning Prayer, we offer praise to God through psalms, scripture and song. We also pray on behalf of loved ones and for our community, nation and world. Everyone is welcome! Learn more

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  • Epiphany Worship

     

    Sunday, Jan. 8

    8:30 AM

    9:45 AM Leads into Sunday School

    11 AM

    In-person & online


    All Sunday worship services includes holy communion. Go to worship details and info on our Advent to Epiphany art, From Generation to Generation.

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    Gifts of Hope

     

    Looking for a Christmas gift for a loved one who doesn’t need or want any more “stuff?” Consider giving a Gift of Hope.


    Gifts of Hope is an alternative, tax-deductible gift-giving program and ministry sponsored by the Metro DC ELCA Synod. See info in our lobby.

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  • Children's Christmas Program: The ABCs of Christmas

     

    Watch online (starts at 20:02) | See photos

     

    Program: Sunday, Dec. 11

    During 9:45 AM worship

    In-person & online


    Our children will explore the Christmas story one letter at a time and reveal the true meaning of Christmas! All children are welcome to participate.

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  • Advent Joy: Nativities

     

    Each year, Good Shepherd folks share nativities to decorate the windows in the worship space through the Advent and Christmas season. Take some time to view them individually online or in person – there are always some familiar and new scenes.

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  • F.I.R.E. Youth Fun & Service

     

    Sunday, Dec. 4

    6 - 9 PM

    Fellowship hall (lower level)


    We'll bring joy to a family in the city of Alexandria by providing wrapped gifts for Christmas. Join us for pizza, holiday games followed by gift wrapping while enjoying cookies and hot cocoa.

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  • Christmas Tree Trimming

     

    Thursday, Dec. 8

    6:30 PM

    Fellowship hall (lower level)


    Join the Women's Discussion Group, also known as Circle 3, for the annual GSLC tree trimming. Following dinner, we'll decorate the tree in the worship space, including vintage Chrismon ornaments lovingly made over 50 years ago by Circle 3 members.

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  • Cookie Exchange

     

    Wednesday, Dec. 14

    7 PM

    Fellowship hall (lower level)


    Help bring a smile to our folks who can't be with us in person by baking (or buying) cookies for the cookie exchange. Bring 5 dozen cookies of the same recipe and exchange for 4 dozen different cookies. The remaining dozen will fill cans to be delivered to our friends who are homebound.

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  • Angel Tree

     

    Gifts due Sunday, Dec. 18 at noon


    Help us share joy and care with two local families by providing Christmas gifts for children. In addition to gifts from the children's wish lists, Good Shepherd will also give each family a $100 grocery store gift card.

    If you'd like to participate:

    • Pick an ornament from the angel tree in our lobby.
    • Purchase the gift listed.
    • Gift wrap it and place it under the tree by noon on Sunday, Dec. 18. Please include a receipt if possible.
    • Be sure to tape the ornament to the gift so it goes to the correct person!

    Some of the requested gifts are pricey (each child has a bike on their wish list). Perhaps you could join forces with a church friend?

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  • Poinsettias

     

    Sunday, Dec. 18: Last day to order


    The Altar Guild will again create a lovely display of poinsettias to decorate the sanctuary for Christmas Eve. GSLC friends are invited to purchase one or more red poinsettias in honor or memory of family, friends and loved ones. The poinsettias are $12 each and can be taken home after the 7 PM Christmas Eve service.

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  • Christmas Eve Worship

     

    Saturday, Dec. 24

    4 PM Family-friendly worship

    7 PM Festival worship

    In-person & online


    Join us as we welcome the Christ child anew with carols, communion and candlelight. The 4 PM service will feature piano music; the 7 PM service organ, winds and the Good Shepherd choir.

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  • Christmas Eve Winds Quartet

     

    Saturday, Dec. 24

    6:40 PM

    In-person & online


    Patagonia Winds, a professional wind quintet will share a special offering of music, partially sponsored in memory of George Chadwick. Jay Chadwick, the french horn player, grew up at Good Shepherd.

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  • Lesson & Carols

     

    Sunday, Dec. 25

    10 AM

    In-person & online


    An annual favorite with scripture reading and sacred Christmas carols.

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