Welcome to The Lutheran Church of The Good Shepherd in Olympia, Washington!
The pictures and links on this site are a window into our life together.
Welcoming and hospitality are an important part of who we understand ourselves to be as a community of faith. As in everything else, our model is Jesus. In one of this letters, the Apostle Paul urges his readers to “welcome one another just as Christ has welcomed you.” A contemporary translation reads, “Reach out and welcome one another … Jesus did it, now you do it!”
Several years ago, in an effort to do what Jesus did, our congregation adopted an Affirmation of Welcome:
The Lutheran Church of The Good Shepherd Welcomes All People
- The poor and the rich, the young and the old,
- People who are single, married, blessed, divorced, separated, partnered, or widowed,
- People of all abilities,
- People of all sexual orientations and gender identities,
- People of all nations and ethnic backgrounds.
No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.
As in everything else, our “welcoming” is a work in progress. We’re not perfect and we don’t expect you to be either. But we hope you’ll be inspired by what you see and read here to check us out in person. We promise to do our best to make you feel at home!
We worship together on Sunday morning at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. After worship, we gather for fellowship time and our Faith Formation (Christian education for all ages) begins at 9:50.
Our nursery is available during Sunday morning services and the education hour, for infants to 5-year-olds.
Hearing assistance is available – Our facility is equipped with a hearing assistance system. Please ask an usher for a receiver. We also offer printed copies of Pr. Amy’s sermons to those needing hearing assistance.
All are welcome to the Lord’s table – including children!! We believe that the Risen Christ comes to us in, with, and under the bread and wine of Holy Communion with gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation for all. Please indicate your intention to receive bread and wine with open hands. Folded hands signifies that you choose to receive a blessing rather than bread and wine. Gluten-free wafers are also available. The clear liquid at the center of the tray is grape juice for those who prefer it. In the name of the Risen Christ, welcome to the Lord’s Table!
We hope to see you Sunday!!