CREATING A JUST WORLD!
Following Christ’s example, we at The Church of the Good Shepherd strive to create a more inclusive, welcoming, and just world. We support the National United Church of Christ through several offerings a year which go towards disaster relief internationally and within the United States.
On the local level, our Ministry of Justice and Community Interface coordinates with a number of local Outreach Partners; members and friends of our church participate one-on-one with these groups to help the hungry and homeless families and to be good stewards of the Earth.
The Ministry of Justice and Community Interface also makes year-end donations to several of our partners, such as Family Promise, Wings for Life, and East Central Ministries.
If you click a heading below, it will link to that particular partner.
Twice a year for up to 2 hours at a time, we head out with our bright green cleanup vests (provided by the City of Albuquerque), sunscreen, hats, and gloves to clean up our one-mile stretch of Tramway Boulevard. Because of the frequent winds, we work in teams with one person holding a white recycle bag and black garbage bag and the other person picking up trash with a grabber and putting it into the appropriate bag.
CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service
and organized by religious groups, businesses, schools, and others to raise funds to
end hunger in the U.S. and around the world. In 2016, the CROP
walk organizers have decided to move away from the CROP walk to a dinner and to
target more of the money raised to local organizations.
COGS participated in a spring workday (2016) at East Central Ministries, an organization
serving people in the International District. Members helped pot plants, label pots, and
provide other help to the ECM. It was a great way to get our hands dirty for a good
cause. We look forward to continuing our relationship with this amazing ministry.
In late summer, we at the Church of the Good Shepherd collect school supplies for students at East San José Elementary School. Similarly, presents are given to needy students just prior to Christmas.
Four times a year, the Church of the Good Shepherd hosts three or four homeless families at our church. Members and friends lend a hand and volunteer a few hours during the week to provide a meal, drive the van, visit with the guests, and/or be an overnight host.
2016 Update: due to a number of circumstances such as our partner church dropping out of Family Promise in 2016 and not wanting to wear out our volunteers, we are cutting back; for the rest of 2016, we will be hosting June 12 through June 19. We have also volunteered to host for the week that ends with Christmas day.
We partner with La Trinidad, an historic, Spanish language UCC congregation, for friendship and service. Each summer, our youth embark on a pilgrimage, which includes service work as well as relationship building. During the 2014 summer pilgrimage, our youth, grades six through 12, painted, built shelves, made the church facilities more wheel chair accessible, installed a new door, and even hosted a week-long arts camp for local children. In addition, they built relationships with church members and other community leaders who taught them about Chicano culture, civil rights, poverty and border issues, and community organizing.
The parade begins at University and Martin Luther King Boulevard, and follows the road west to Harry E. Kinney Civic Plaza downtown. During the parade, a celebration of drumming and marching precedes the commemorative ceremony on Civic Plaza downtown. Everyone is invited to the event. Register to join the march. A commemorative program will take place at the Plaza after the march.
When: Saturday of MLKJr weekend 10 a.m.
Where: Begins at University and MLK Boulevard, moving west to Civic Plaza, 1 Civic Plaza NW
We are a member congregation of this statewide ecumenical organization of the United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church, Roman Catholic Church, Presbyterian Church (USA), Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Episcopalian Church, Community of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). For more than 45 years, the New Mexico Conference of Churches has identified areas of need in the state and has developed programs to meet them. A list and details of some of the programs initiated by the Conference may be found by clicking on the header/link above.
We are a member congregation of the New Mexico branch of this national ecumenical organization whose mission is to engage faith communities and individuals in caring for the earth and responding to climate change.
Project Share is about serving Hope, one meal at a time, since 1984.
Six nights a week, hungry and homeless people come to Project Share for their evening meals. Anywhere from 127 to 230 guests include children, families, women and men share the dinner table and receive hot nutritious meals.
2016 Update: Project Share has merged with St. Martin’s and relocated to 1201 Third St. NW. At the new location, dinners are served weekdays and Saturdays, but not Sundays. COGS will be sharing fifth Saturday service with the Unitarian Church. Our months are April and December. If anyone wishes to tour the new facility during the week, please contact the Lead of the Ministry of Justice and Community Interface.
Our primary connection to the broader United Church of Christ is the Southwest Conference. Our church is one of forty-five UCC congregations in New Mexico, Arizona and El Paso County, Texas. Meetings of the Southwest Conference are held each year.
According to its website, The Storehouse is New Mexico’s largest food pantry. The
Storehouse provides free food and clothing to those in need. During the program year,
COGS hosted concerts to benefit The Storehouse and continues to collect food in
specially marked barrels.
Wings for Life is a ministry that assists prisoners, released prisoners, and their families. WFL has a history of relationship with COGS. The Executive Director of WFL, Anna Edenfield Sweet spoke to the congregation on January 31, 2016. On Saturday March 19th, 2016 COGS hosted WFL’s 21st Annual Easter Party.