Social Functions & Events

Wednesday Night Dinner - 1st & 3rd Wednesdays:

The next dinner will be October 18th from 5-6:15 PM. Prices: Ages 13+ $5; Ages 5-12: $4; Ages 4 and under: Free. Family Maximum: $20. Meal: Kielbasa, Mashed Potatoes, Sauerkraut, Gourmet Salad Bar, Dessert, and Beverages. Cook: Maria Winter

United Methodist Women

The United Methodist Women's monthly meeting will be held October 17, 2017, at 6:30 pm in the church parlor. There will be an election of officers. If any women are interested in being a Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer contact Linda Ford or Sarah Martin.

Mary Wattenford Scholarship Fund-raiser

Mary Wattenford Scholarship Fund-raiser sponsored by The Pampered Chef will run from October 15- November 5, 2017. If you would like to participate in this fund-raiser and support the scholarship fund, simply go to, click on Find Show (upper right hand corner) and enter Good Shepherd UMC as the host. You can also visit the Pampered Chef table at Wednesday Night Dinner on October 18, 2017. Please feel free to share this information with your family and friends to help raise the money needed to support the scholarship fund-raiser campaign. Products can be shipped anywhere within the U.S., special shipping charges will apply. All orders placed locally will be charged $5.25. shipping and 6% sales tax. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Debbie Sherouse at (301)645-4094.

Annual Live Fall Auction

The ANNUAL LIVE FALL AUCTION will be held on October 28, 2017 beginning at 9:00 AM and ending when all items are gone. You may preview items beginning at 8:30. The auction is sponsored by the Good Shepherd UMC Music Program. We will need volunteer workers and all sorts of donations if we are to have another successful auction this year. Sign-up sheets to volunteer are in the lobby between services. Here are some suggestions for possible donations: 1) Clean out your storage areas and donate nice, clean items that are no longer useful to you. 2) Talk to the businesses you patronize and ask them to donate gift certificates. 3) If you do crafts, woodworking or art work, you might donate some of your work. 4) Provide baked goods for the bake sale. If you have any questions or want to volunteer to help, please contact any Choir Member or Bud Campbell at or phone 301-645-3381

Trunk or Treat

GSUMC members and friends are needed to set up beginning at 3:30 PM and clean up directly following the event. Also to help run the games & other activities. Volunteers can sign up in the lobby or contact me directly at or 301-843-6797. We want to be great neighbors and help our families from the church, the Education Center and the neighborhood feel warmly welcomed!

Apple Dumpling and Craft Fair

Wednesday Night Bible Studies

Wednesday Night Bible Studie from 6:00 - 7:00 PM. The studies are open to anyone who would like to attend. Child Care is available in the Nursery/Childcare room from 5:55 - 7:05 PM for the children of study participants. The Women's group study is "Stuck: the Places We Get Stuck And The God Who Sets Us Free" by Jennie Allen. The group will meet in Room 7, next to the Fellowship Hall. For more information please contact Kara Paulsen (706-726-3383). Cost for the study book is $15.00. The Men's group will be using Pamela Eisenbaum's study: "Invitation to Romans." The group will meet in the Parlor, next to the Sanctuary. For more information please contact Bud Campbell ( or Ken Paulsen (706-726-3143). Cost for the study book is $17.00..

Dinners for 8ish

* Every person/couple will be assigned to a group of 8ish that will gather at least 4 times between Oct. - May for dinner. Kids are absolutely welcome (and encouraged!). * Each month, a different host/hostess will coordinate the group and pass the torch to the next month's host/hostess. If you are unable to host, make that known and you can be "skipped" on the rotation. Others in the group may be able to host multiple times. * The host/hostess prepares the main dish and others in the group bring the sides. Mains and sides can be coordinated a week ahead to complement one another. * Food allergies can be considered in food planning. * The purpose of D48 is to enjoy each other's company.

To participate, sign up in the church lobby or contact Sarah Yaneza at or 703-209-9189 by September 30.

Mission Trips 2017

Some of the 35 students and leaders who will be going out to repair homes through the Pittsburgh Project and the Appalachia Service Project. Thank you Good Shepherd UMC for sending us out with your love and support to represent our family of faith!

Click to see photos from the Pittsburgh Project 2017 Facebook page.

Photos from Vacation Bible School

Click to view photos from our Facebook page.

Prayer Weavers

The Prayer Weavers knit and crochet prayer shawls, blessing blankets, lap robes, pocket prayer squares, hats for the narthex Christmas tree and other items. We hope that the recipients of our creations will feel God's arms wrapped around them as they receive and use our "prayer weavings." The Prayer Weavers meet in the chapel from noon until two on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. If you are inter-ested in participating, join us. If our meeting times don't fit your schedule, be a prayer weaver "in absentia." Knit or crochet at home, waiting at an appointment, riding as a passenger in the car...Use your own patterns or get patterns from Nancy Bennett, Dottie Dipoli, Amy Peregoy, Nancy Blizzard, Pinterest or Ravelry, or another one of our group. Minimum sizes for prayer shawls: 72" x 16", Blessing blankets: 24" x 22", Lap robes: 50" x 50" We recommend using yarn that is machine washable and dryable.

Summer Camp

Its time to start thinking about Summer 2017! Information for our United Methodist Summer Camping ministries at West River and Manidokan is available on the Welcome Table in the Lobby. Both camps offer excellent fun and faith adventures of all kinds for kids from 3rd - 12th grades. Check it out all the opportunities at and watch for info in the coming months on how you can receive financial aid.

Church Group Travel Opportunity - LAST CALL!

Rev. Bob and Sandy Paulen will be departing Nov. 3 for Cambodia/Vietnam for 15 days to explore some of the wonders of Southeast Asia including Angkor Wat. We have room for a half-dozen additional travelers. Registration will close at the end of June. The total cost is $3,269 round trip from Dulles. Complete details may be found at or call Bob (302-226-2269;

Chancel Choir

The Chancel Choir would like to welcome any new singers. Practice is Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9 PM. Although the ability to read music is a benefit, it is not necessary. Come and sing God's praises! Please talk to Brian Turnmire for more information.

United Methodist Men

On the second Saturday of every month, the men share a breakfast at 8:00AM in the Fellowship Hall. The group often takes on service projects and holds programs of various sorts throughout the year.
Next Meeting: October 14, 2017.