Since its founding in 1958, Good Shepherd has had a long history of mission involvement and outreach. Outreach continues to play a very important role in the life of the congregation as we strive to extend God’s loving hand to others in the community and around the world.

Welcome Neighbors Picnic

Good Shepherd has been hosting the Welcome Neighbors Picnic since 2010. It is an outreach program designed to celebrate the community and provide an opportunity to get better acquainted with each other and with the congregational hosts. The church committees of Evangelism, Education, and Social Justice have joined together to plan the event, which is held in the back yard of the church. This “free” picnic highlights local food and music and provides activities specifically designed for children. The goal of the picnic, besides the good food, is for everyone to renew acquaintances and meet new neighbors.

Men’s Breakfast

Each Wednesday morning at 7:30 a.m., a group of men gather at Good Shepherd for fellowship and conversation.

The Decorah Community Food Pantry at First Lutheran Church

Our congregation helps to support The Decorah Community Food Pantry located at First Lutheran Church.

Decorah Community Meal

Since February 2012, people from all walks of life have gathered to enjoy a free meal together from 5-6:30 pm at First Lutheran Church, 604 W. Broadway in Decorah. Called the Decorah Community Meal, it is hosted twice a month, on the first and third Thursdays, by the Decorah faith groups, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, First Lutheran Church, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and Ryumonji Zen Monastery. McCaffrey’s Dolce Vita Restaurant donates the main course while side dishes are provided by various volunteers representing diverse area organizations. The meal has served anywhere from 90 to over 200 people at one time.

Congregation member David Judisch is a member of the steering Committee. Contact information for the Decorah Community Meal is: decorahcommunitymeal@gmail.com.

Decorah Area Faith Coalition

Good Shepherd participates in an interfaith coalition of local congregations serving the needs of the community. The coalition sponsors a weekly Free Health Clinic at First Lutheran Church, as well as other services.

Northeast Iowa Peace & Justice Center

Good Shepherd supports the Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center located at 119 Winnebago in Decorah. Started in November 2010, the Center grew out of the ministries of the Decorah Area Faith Coalition and others interested in peace and justice. The mission of the Center is to provide “a space for education and networking. We create initiatives to promote peace, human rights, and social and environmental justice.” The Center is working to provide mediation services to the area, hosts visiting speakers, and helps to host film showings and discussion groups. Their website provides a calendar of community events which support their mission.

Sharing Facilities

A big part of Good Shepherd’s outreach initiative is making our facilities available to numerous diverse community groups:

For information on how to share our facilities, please consult our Facilities Use Guidelines.