GET INVOLVED

Our church is a vibrant place, full of passionate and spirited people.
On Sundays we invite you to contribute your gifts and talents to our worship services.
Explore opportunities for Personal Growth and Spiritual Growth as you connect with others.
Many in our congregation are actively involved in a number of projects and programs of Mission and Outreach, so you are sure to find something that will engage your interests.

In addition to the church programs, our facilities are used by many local organizations to carry out their important community programs.
Explore some the opportunities described on the pages in this section. These are just some of the ways that you can get involved.

There's a place for you at The Good Shepherd United Church of Christ.



PERSONAL GROWTH

Come and get involved!

The Good Shepherd invites you to find a place to connect with others.

Stephen Ministers
The Stephen Series from Stephen Ministries is a complete system for training and organizing lay people to provide one-to-one Christian care to hurting people in and around the Good Shepherd congregation and in the surrounding Sahuarita/Green Valley community.

Coed Book Group
“Books, Books, Books” is a co-ed book group that meets monthly, on a Wednesday evening. Locations are announced in the Sunday bulletin. All are welcome!

Women’s Book Group
The “Bookworms” have both an evening and daytime women's book discussion group. Join in for lively discussion and fellowship.

The Evening Bookworms meet at 7 PM on the third Monday of each month. For more information, contact Sandra Rooney, srooney8@cox.net 

The Daytime Bookworms meet monthly in participants’ homes for book discussion and warm fellowship.  Current information will be available in the Sunday bulletin.

Spanish Language Classes
For over 20 years, The Good Shepherd has offered fun Spanish classes at varying levels. The classes normally take place twice a week for 5 weeks in January and February.. In addition, there is a trip to Puerto Penasco or San Carlos, Mexico offered. Related cultural programs include a two-week Spanish Immersion Program in Antigua, Guatemala and support for the Probigua Scholarship program.


Visit the Probigua website for more information, www.probigua.org

Men’s Fellowship
This group organizes social and inspirational activities as well as events that support the missions of the Good Shepherd.  These include Monday breakfasts, Kiva evening fellowship, brown bag lunches, retreats and enjoyable fundraisers such as the annual Patio Sale.

Women’s Fellowship
The Women’s Fellowship sponsors many activities that provide opportunities for uniting in fellowship while supporting the church, community and the wider world.  Retreats, lunches with interesting speakers, quilting and knitting ministry groups and estate sales are some of the possibilities for involvement with this active group.

Caring Ministry to homebound
Visitors make friendly visits to members at their homes or care centers.  Get to know some great folks who are part of the Good Shepherd family but who may not be able to get out to church events easily.

Youth Group & Mission Trips
The Good Shepherd UCC middle school and high school youth groups actively focus on education, faith development, social awareness, and service work. Contact Nathan Watts, Assistant Minister, Nathan@thegoodshepherducc.org.

Church Camp
United Church of Christ summer camp is held each June. It’s a time for our youth to learn, have fun, enjoy nature, build friendships and grow spiritually and emotionally.
For more information contact Director of Faith Formation, Julie Ingham at julie@thegoodshepherducc.org

SPIRITUAL GROWTH


The Good Shepherd encourages all on their faith journey.

Taize Style Worship
5:00 pm, Second Wednesday of the Month. October through May

Taize is a time honored style of worship that involves candles in the dark, simple music with piano and voice and a reflective meditation.  It is the perfect way to quiet yourself before God and listen to still small voice of God.

Adult Education Programs
The Good Shepherd offers a variety of education opportunities for adults, including an adult forum on Sundays, reading and study groups, Spanish classes and so much more. We encourage you to check them out.

Our Whole Lives (OWL)
This comprehensive program helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their relationships, health and behavior in the context of their faith. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information.


Visit the OWL page at the United Church of Christ

MISSION AND OUTREACH


Mission and Outreach happens in and around The Good Shepherd nearly 24/7.

Our Mission and Outreach Team is active in a number of projects and programs that reach far and wide, so you are sure to find something that will engage your interests.
And in addition to the projects and programs listed below, there are those things that just happen at The Good Shepherd -- because that is the kind of church we are.

Javarita Coffee House

Shows begin at 7:00 p.m. on the second Friday of the month, October through March.
Bringing the best acoustic, roots music to the Santa Cruz Valley, where great harmonies are not just sung but also emit a purpose. Any net profits made from the concerts during the year are given to the Sahuarita Food Bank.

Sahuarita Food Bank at the Good Shepherd
The Food Bank provides food to those needy individuals and families without. A large percentage of those receiving assistance through these services are the working poor and senior citizens.

Samaritans
Meet at 8:00 a.m. every other Monday at the church.
The Green Valley/Sahuarita Samaritans formed in the spring of 2005 as a loose coalition of area men and women who came together to give humanitarian aid to migrants in distress. The Samaritans do not have a formal membership structure and welcome all who want to participate.

Estate Sales
For the past twenty years a group of volunteers within The Good Shepherd have offered their services to the community to prepare and host estate sales. This is an incredible service for those who are moving or selling their house and do not have the time, stamina or experience to take on a sale. It is safe to say the Estate Sales volunteers have the credentials; they have over 250 sales under their belts. Contact The Good Shepherd at 625-1375, press 2 to leave a message.

Alternative Gift Fair
This year's at the Alternative Gift Fair will be held after both worship services on
November 19th, December 3rd and 10th. With an alternative Christmas gift, you honor your loved ones and make a difference in the lives of people around the world at the same time. These gifts don’t get returned.

Kiva Micro-loan Project

The Good Shepherd, working through an organization named KIVA, gives out small loans to the working poor of the world; farmers, small shop owners, women running their own businesses. When the loan is repaid (99%+ repayment rate), the money is then given out to another deserving individual. Starting with $6,500 from the congregation, the church has given out over $116,00 in loans to 1200+ individuals on 5 continents.

BorderLinks
BorderLinks is a bi-national, nonprofit educational organization at the U.S./Mexico border that focuses on cross-border relationship building opportunities, issues of immigration, community formation and development, and social justice in the borderlands between Mexico, the U.S., and beyond.  On average, nearly 1,000 individuals participate annually in BorderLinks learning opportunities.

Pima County Community Justice Board
Every Monday evening for the past ten years the Sahuarita Community Justice Board has used two of our classrooms to meet with youth that have gotten in trouble with the law. The Community Justice Board facilitates meetings with parents, victims, and sees that a full process of retribution is carried out by the youth which leads to a clean record and a journey away from the criminal justice system.

Visit the Pima County Community Justice Board website for more information

Humane Borders
The Good Shepherd was one of the founding members of Humane Borders, which since 2000 has been offering humanitarian assistance to those in need through the deployment of emergency water stations on routes known to be used by migrants coming north through our desert. The sole mission is to take death out of the immigration equation. The water tanks are on a combination of private and public lands. In all cases written permission has been given to locate the water stations on the different sites.

AA
Meets every Saturday at 7:00 p.m. in classroom #6 at The Good Shepherd.

Stay and Play
Children and parents gather in our Redman Room every Thursday at 10:00 a.m. to participate in this innovative group that provides an opportunity for parents to learn how the little things they do affect their child’s healthy cognitive and emotional development.  Activities take place in a safe and stimulating playroom and include songs, games and play that promote language acquisition, social/emotional skills, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, and intellect.

 

The United Way and the Parent Connection sponsor Stay and Play.
For more information, visit The Parent Connection website or call: 520-321-1500520-321-1500.

Amado-Sahuarita Adult Learning Program
This group meets every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at The Good Shepherd.
The Amado-Sahuarita Adult Learning Program offers multiple levels of English as a Second Language (ESL), GED Preparation, and Citizen Preparation Classes to help community members become proficient with their language skills as well as move forward with their education goals.
For more information, contact Jane Burns at 520-399-0750520-399-0750.

Boy Scout Troop 301
The Boy Scouts meet every Tuesday evening at The Good Shepherd.
The Good Shepherd is the proud sponsor of Boy Scout Troop 301. This is a very active troop of more than 30 scouts and their parents and has produced more than ten Eagle Scouts and many more to come. The troop has many different components to it which include a Varsity Crew, a co-ed Venture Scout group, as well as nurturing a Cub Scout Pack that meets once a month at the Church.