No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey ... you are welcome here!

In the desert it is sometimes hard to find a cool, safe place to rest, a place where your spirit is renewed by community and refreshed by living waters. We are glad you have found your way here to receive our extravagant welcome.

We hope you will come to know us as a vibrant, relaxed and diverse community of faith, and as a church that In thegathers to nurture, share and celebrate the wonder of life.

For at The Good Shepherd we are all spiritual seekers who find joy in community; meaning in living faith-filled lives; purpose in seeking to promote justice and compassion; and direction in following in the way of Jesus.

Christmas and Advent at The Good Shepherd

December 1 First Sunday in Advent  “The Light of Hope” (Matthew 24:36-44)  Rev. Randy J. Mayer

December 8 Second Sunday in Advent  “The Light of Peace”  Rebecca McElfresh

December 11  Taizé Worship   Wednesday 5:00 pm

December 13  Javarita Coffeehouse   Friday 7:00 pm  "Mariachi Christmas" with Mariachi Azteca del Sol

December 15  Third Sunday in Advent  The Light of Joy” (Luke 1:46b-55)  Rev. Randy J. Mayer

December 20  Friday 7:00 pm  “Lessons and Carols”  The Good Shepherd Choir Jeff Vanderlee, conductor

December 22  Fourth Sunday in Advent  “The Light of Love” (Matthew 1:18-25)  Rev. Randy J. Mayer

December 24 Christmas Eve

6:00 pm  A family Christmas Service with carols, contemporary music, and participation of our children and youth

8:00 pm  A Service of Carols, Candles, Communion and favorite Christmas music

December 29  (One Service Only 10:00 am) Kay Jean Moore playing favorite Christmas carols  Rev. Randy J. Mayer

January 5  (One Service Only 10:00 am)  Lisa and Diane leading the spiritedmusic

Santa Cruz Valley Border Issues Fair &

Common Ground on the Border

January 16-18, 2020


Friday, December 13, 2019, 7 pm

Mariachi Christmas: Mariachi Azteca del Sol

In Arizona there is no better way to get into the Christmas spirit than to experience a mariachi group singing Feliz Navidad and traditional posada music. Mariachi Azteca del Sol is Southern Arizona’s premier mariachi group with breathtaking arrangements and one-of-a-kind vocalization ... truly the best. Tickets $10





10:15 am in the large classroom

December 1

Joe Watson, American Friends Service Committee

"Justice Reform"

December 8        

Mission Social Justice Committee

"Alternative Giving"

December 15

Kelvin Kent

"Understanding Islam"


Uncommon Gifts for the Common Good: The Good Shepherd UCC Alternative Gift Fair
Sundays from 10-11:15 November 24, December 8 and 15

Christmas is soon here; a time we share gifts with each other celebrating what an incredible gift God has shared with us—Jesus, Emmanuel, God-with-us, then and now.

The Fair is a chance to support projects and programs that serve to lighten the load, comfort, heal, make a “level playing field” for the dismissed or excluded, advocate for justice, feed the hungry. It may be a program or issue dear to your heart … OR dear to the heart of the person to whom you give it. Give it some thought and come shopping!

  • Thornhill-Lopez Center on 4th

SAAF LGBTQ Youth, Peer Support and Advocacy, Tucson, AZ

  • Manos Amigas – Genesis House

Ending Domestic Violence Programs & Shelter, Valley Presbyterian, Green Valley

  • Probigua Scholarship Fund

Public Education for middle/high school students in rural villages, Antigua, Guatemala

  • Babies, Blankets, and Borders

Green Valley area to Nogales, Mexico

  • HIV (He Intends Victory)

Leon Holmstom Preschool and People Living with HIV

Ft. Portal, Uganda + 16 more countries

  • Florence Project

Immigrant Detention Legal Advocacy for Immigrants Florence, AZ


9:00 am Spirited Traditional Service

11:15 am Relaxed Contemporary Service

Nursery and Church School during 11:15 Worship

Youth Group following Worship

Fellowship Time after both Services

Church Office hours are 9:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday - Thursday

Open and Affirming

We believe God embraces all people equally, regardless of gender, race or sexual orientation. Read about our commitment to welcome all into our fellowship.

Good News!

See the The Good Shepherd's current monthly newsletter and keep up to date with all that's happening here.

Javarita Coffeehouse

A ministry of The Good Shepherd UCC dedicated to supporting and bringing fine live acoustic music to the Santa Cruz Valley for more than 15 years.

Coming in February to The Good Shepherd    

Carrie Newcomer and Parker Palmer

What We Need Is Here: Hope, Hard Times and the Human Possibility

Join Carrie Newcomer, award-winning songwriter and performer, Parker J. Palmer, bestselling author, teacher, and activist; and Gary Walters, composer and educator, in a dynamic interweaving of music, poetry, prose, personal story, and audience participation. www.newcomerpalmer.com/events