Following Christ’s example, our congregation strives to create a more inclusive, welcoming, and just world.
At 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, and to be good stewards of the Earth.
On a national level, we support the National United Church of Christ through several offerings a year which support disaster relief in the United States and internationally.
Adopt a Highway – Tramway
Twice a year we don our fluorescent vests, get our “grabbers” and bags and set out to clean up our portion of Tramway Blvd. Volunteer opportunities happen in the spring and fall.
East Central Ministries
COGS participates in a spring workday at East Central Ministries, an organization serving people in the International District. Members help pot plants, label pots, and provide other help to the ECM. It is a great way to get your hands dirty for a good cause.
East Mountain Food Pantry
The East Mountain Food Pantry currently provides food for approximately 283 households, and they are open 15 hrs/week. The Pantry currently has about 50 volunteers, and some of them are clients as well as volunteers. The Pantry spends about $2000per month on food. Clients receive 5-6 days worth of food, but can also come 2 times a week for produce. Other food items are made available as they are received.
Church of the Good Shepherd provides financial support to the Food Pantry which enables them to purchase food from the Road Runner Food Bank at greatly reduced prices. Members of congregation support the East Mountain Food Pantry by volunteering to distribute food on a weekly basis
We support the mission of Family Promise, to help families who are experiencing homelessness in the Albuquerque community to achieve sustainable independence.
Twice a year COGS hosts three to four families currently in the program. We provide shelter and meals to the families as they work towards finding a home and graduating from the program. Volunteer opportunities include preparing meals and eating with the families, overnight hosting, and spending leisure time with the families on the weekends.