No matter where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.
At Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, we gather together to find strength through our common belief in One God, in Jesus our mentor, who taught us how to live and treat each other, and in the Holy Spirit who works through us to create a better world through love and kindness.
Good Shepherd United Church of Christ is a member in good standing of the Reading Association of the UCC, the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference, and the United Church of Christ at the national setting. We are an open baptism church (recognizing baptisms from outside our religious tradition) and welcome people of faith to be part of our church family.
The mission of the church is to reach out and touch the lives of others with the love of Jesus Christ. To that end we are directly involved in a number of mission endeavors. On the last Friday of each month we prepare and serve dinner at Opportunity House in the city of Reading. On the third Thursday of the month we participate with six other congregations to distribute food at the Muhlenberg Churches Food Pantry. The distribution is held at Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church at the intersection of Tuckerton Rd and Stoudts Ferry Bridge Rd. This pantry is open to all residents who reside in the 19605 and 19560 zip codes. People of the congregation volunteer for the Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries which provides temporary assistance to people who need transportation to the doctor, grocery shopping, cleaning, etc.
We host Scout Troop 155 and Pack 155 as an extension of our ministry to youth. In October we walk in the CROP Walk sponsored by Church World Service to aid in their efforts to alleviate hunger worldwide. 25% of the proceeds raised at the walk are given to the Greater Berks Food Bank. We participate in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life to fund cancer research. Still others donate blood through the Miller-Keystone Blood Bank, hosting the event a few times a year. We also provide financial support to a number of mission efforts. We continue to look for worthy organizations to support.