Men's Ministry (UMM)
The United Methodist Church’s Men’s Ministry (UMM) provides a place where men become “brothers in Christ.” As they become friends, followers, and fishermen, they become servant leaders in their homes, churches, and communities. We equip men of all ages to have significant relationships with one another spanning generations, race, social class, and other barriers. As we become servant leaders together, the witness of the United Methodist Men is strengthened.
Individual and group strategies form the foundation of UM Men ministry:
- Enhance Evangelism, Mission and Spiritual Life (EMS), as men become servant leaders.
- Advocate programs that train men within the church to promote specific ministries, including prayer, missions, stewardship, and Civic/Youth Serving Ministries.
- Forge pastoral partnerships by men committed to the effective support and service of the clergy and congregation.
- Enhance organizational strength through effective leadership, resources, membership growth and financial accountability.
- Assist men in their ever-changing relationships, roles and responsibilities in the family, workplace, and society.
- Understand the organization, doctrines, and beliefs of the United Methodist Church.
- Fulfill the membership vows through commitment to prayer, presence, gifts, and service in the life of our congregation.
- Fulfill the Great Commission with and through the United Methodist Church as one part of the Body of Christ.
Events – Regularly Scheduled
The Men of CGS comprise a network of men who occasionally respond to the needs of other men and CGS members, as well as participating in some limited activities, such as Thursday Morning gathering/study, worship via Zoom, supporting memorial events, ushering, campus gardening, and other activities that arise during the year.
Men’s Power Breakfast
Men’s Power Breakfast meets each Thursday at 7:30 am by ZOOM during COVID-19 era and, when it becomes safe and healthy to do so, returning to in person in the Adult Education Center (AEC). The group engages in Bible and book study (as scheduled), lively discussion, fellowship, spiritual renewal, and a continental breakfast (when in person).
Contact: Craig Lucas – firstname.lastname@example.org or the church office at (626) 447-2181
Women's Ministry (UMW)
The women of Church of the Good Shepherd are working to bridge the past with the present to create a stronger community of faith for people of all ages and to develop a supportive fellowship in the global ministries of the church.
“The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.”
The statement above is the formal “Purpose” of the United Methodist Women, a national organization which helps women, children, and youth in the United States and in over 100 countries worldwide. UMW members throughout the country raise an estimated $18 million annually for mission projects locally and globally. Our UMW unit here at Church of the Good Shepherd does its best to live up to the “Purpose” and in 2019, we raised approximately $6,000 for mission projects which included: the Chaplaincy Fund and the Bear Project at Methodist Hospital, Foothill Unity Center, David & Margaret Home, Sierra Service Project, Union Station, Elizabeth House, UMCOR, and FINCA.
All women of our church are United Methodist Women simply by being a part of this local church. And, all women are invited to attend any, and all, of the smaller UMW group meetings which offer a variety of fellowship opportunities on a weekly, monthly or annual basis as follows:
- The Women’s Book Study meets weekly on Wednesdays at noon in the church library.
- Our Crafters Group meets weekly, Wednesday afternoons from 1:15 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the church library.
- Sarah Circle generally meets on the first Thursday of the month, at 7:00 p.m. in the church library.
- We have a general meeting four times during the year (dates are announced as the events arise).
- A weekend retreat is held yearly in October or November. Due to pandemic precautions, the retreat was not held in 2020 or 2021.
Thank you for your continued support of the United Methodist Women of Church of the Good Shepherd.
Joining this group of committed women is a unique opportunity – no matter who you are or where in your life you are at this moment – to move in harmony with other women who have been responding to this purpose for over 100 years.