Social Functions & Events

Wednesday Night Dinner - 1st & 3rd Wednesdays:

The next dinner will be on September 20th from 5-6:30 PM. Prices: Ages 13+ $5; Ages 5-12: $4; Ages 4 and under: Free; Family Maximum: $20.
Menu: Beef Goulash, Rolls and our Gourmet Salad Bar.
Dessert and Beverage included.
Hot dogs available for children. Cook: Carol Kern

Wednesday Night Bible Studies

Wednesday Night Bible Studies begin Wednesday, September 20 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.

New Members ~ Inquirers Class

Are you interested in learning more about Good Shepherd and exploring the possibility of joining our GSUMC family? Please join us on September 17th at 12:30 for a lite luncheon in Room 7 (off the Fellowship Hall)

UMW Potluck

The United Methodist Women would like to invite all women of the church to a potluck dinner, September 19, 2017 @ 6:30 PM in the fellowship hall. Bring a dish to share. Drinks will be provided.

Youth Group Returns!

Youth Group returns on Sundays from 6:00 - 7:30 PM for students in 6th - 12th grades. We invite parents to join us that first night for a brief intro to the 2017-2018 Youth Ministry year & to meet the Sunday Night Youth Ministry Leaders. Watch for an email with all the details! If you want to be sure that you are in the info loop, email Carol Wunderlich at to be sure we have your correct contact info.

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.