Serve Our community
Christ Our Shepherd is engaged in many ways in community service, most significantly in feeding people.
Joshua's Gift is a ministry that feeds under-resourced school children by providing backpacks filled with food for the weekend.
Our summer sack lunch program provides 245 kids with lunch and books delivered to their homes each Monday. We partner with 2 community churches and are part of a larger program of community churches that help to feed families Monday through Friday
Three times each week, we collect day-old breads and pastries from a local grocery store and deliver them to Redeemer Soup Kitchen and Union Mission in downtown Atlanta.
COS volunteers help prepare and serve lunch twice a month to the homeless at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Atlanta.
Each month, Christ Our Shepherd supports a local Ministry of the Month. Past Ministries of the Month have served women's shelters, foster children, the homeless, veterans, food pantries and animal shelters.
Serve at COS
Once we’ve served our community, we find delight in serving those closest to us. Here are some ways we do that at Christ Our Shepherd:
You can be an important part of worship ministry.
Worship Assistants (High School/Adults)
Read scripture, lead prayers, and serve communion.
Ushers (High School/Adult)
Greet worshipers, distribute bulletins, collect offering, and guide communion. Ushers serve approximately once every two months.
Communion Assistants (High School/Adults)
Distribute the bread and wine to worshipers.
Altar Guild (High School/Adults)
Prepare for communion, maintain candles, and prepare for baptisms as needed. Altar guild volunteers serve for a month at a time.
Acolytes and Crucifers (6th Grade and up)
Light candles, carry the processional cross, receive the offering from the ushers, and serve at communion.
Technology Ministry (High School/Adults)
The Tech Team will plan, set up, and implement in the following areas: Sound Engineering, Camera Operating, Sling Studio Broadcasting and Slides & Projection.
Serve with Music
Music is a vital part of the worship experience at Christ Our Shepherd, and there are numerous ways you can get involved whether by singing, playing an instrument, ringing handbells, or participating in a special event.
Serve our region
Each year Christ Our Shepherd plans a disaster long-term recovery trip to assist people recovering from disasters in our Synod. We partner with Lutheran Disaster response (LDR), the Synod Disaster Ministry Committee and its social ministry organizations R3SM and Inspiritus to assist those needing assistance in recovering from a disaster. Long-term recovery involves tasks that include insulation, drywall, painting, siding, and other items that help people return to a home that was damaged in a storm or flood. Anyone with a willingness to serve others is welcome to be a part of the team! No experience is necessary as there is an experienced construction manager on-site to train the team.
Christ Our Shepherd supports regional Lutheran camping ministries as vital places where children and youth grow in faith. COS has also hosted Men's Retreats at Lutheranch. The regional camps are; Lutheranch in Tallapoosa, Georgia , Lutheridge in Arden, North Carolina, Lutherock in Newland, North Carolina and Luthersprings in Hawthorne, Florida. These camps are managed through NovusWay Ministries.