Join us for worship in person at 9:30 on Sunday mornings! All are welcome!

8:45am Sunday School for families with children ages Pre-K to 6th grade!

Office Hours:

               Mon. - Thur. 9-4:00

               Fri: 8-12pm

DID YOU KNOW: If you subscribe to our YouTube channel and click the notification button, you get a notification as soon as the service starts?  True!

Go to YouTube: Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd- Duluth MN or:

Click on this link

Look in the upper right-hand corner.

Click on the Subscribe button.

Then click on the notification button (it looks like a bell!).  

Now you will get notified when the service goes LIVE!





“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit 20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” -Matt 28:19-20


Our church has a very important mission in our community- making disciples and introducing people into the life-giving way of Jesus Christ.  This year’s Stewardship theme is “Offering Our Lives” in support of this mission and will focus on growing our commitment to daily discipleship as well as increasing our financial generosity to enhance current and future ministry.  Our 2023 Annual Financial Response will be the first three weeks in October with a church-wide book study of Pastor Michael Foss’s book, Real Faith for Real Life: Living the Six Marks of Discipleship and a homily series with a focus on the Gospel of Matthew.  Books will be available in the office and Gathering Space with small discussion group sign-up online and in the Gathering Space.  Additional information will be in the weekly email and Sunday bulletins.


Join Us on Commitment Sunday October 22, 2023, for Worship and Brunch to Support Youth

Rev. Dr. Pastor Mark Skinner, Senior Pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brainerd and Synod Lay Leader Program Instructor, will be out guest homilist at worship at 9:30 AM on Commitment Sunday.  A congregation brunch in the Fellowship Hall following worship will be hosted by our youth and family ministry team with a free will offering going towards supporting youth.  Pastor Skinner will present a short informative session immediately after brunch on planning for ministry with the many challenges churches face today- time to learn and discern together.  Thank you for your support of this year’s Annual Financial Response!

Choir is starting again for the year! Calling all people who like to sing! Join us for practice



Oct. 15 - Rehearsal downstairs 8:40am (This is Confirmation Sunday)

Oct. 22 - Rehearsal in Sanctuary 8:40am and possibly Sing for Worship (This is Commitment Sunday and a lunch)

Oct. 29 - Rehearsal in Sanctuary 8:40am and Sing for Worship (This is Reformation Sunday)


PLEASE SIGN UP TO USHER! We are hoping to have everyone get a chance to usher during worship! If you haven't ushered at LCGS before, no worries! We will set you up with an usher that knows the ropes! Sign-up HERE


CONGREGATIONAL SERVICE PROJECT!! we already have had a school bin refilled! so we'd love for you to keep school snacks coming. Thank you!



This year, CHUM is asking us for 700 cans of FRUIT COCKTAIL!!

Last year we collected thousands of cans of soup for Thanksgiving boxes that CHUM hands out to our neighbors in need. This year they will be giving out MORE as food prices skyrocket. More and more families are going without.

As you shop in the next several weeks, look for deals and grab an extra can or 2 of FRUIT COCKTAIL!

We will be collecting them on OCTOBER 29TH!!


LIVE MUSIC AT GOOD SHEPHERD Free Public Concert Series at LCGS, Sundays at 3 PM   Freewill offering to support local hunger needs through Second Harvest


October 22: Clear Water Chamber Players- Enjoy the harmonious interplay of Kate Lanzer  Gierhart, piano; Ryan Poquette, violin; and Susan Halderman, cello as they perform trios by    Dvorak, Beethoven and Shostakovitch.

November 19: “Good Shepherd Musicians and Friends”- presenting a diverse musical experience encompassing vocals, instruments, and a brass quintet.






Safe Haven Presentation - Tuesday, October 10, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.  Fellowship Hall

The Women’s Ministry group of LCGS is pleased to host and provide space to Safe Haven for this important presentation.  Safe Haven Shelter and Resource Center provides safety, space to heal, advocacy and empowerment for women, children and all survivors of domestic violence.

The purpose of this presentation is to provide and educate others in our community about the issue of domestic violence. The presentation will include a “In their shoes” activity for guests to participate in.  All are welcome!


Quilt Auction benefitting the ELCA Hunger Appeal

More than 820 million people - that's about 11% of people in our world today - are hungry. As members of the ELCA, we are called to respond. We are a church that rolls up our sleeves and gets to work. Working with and through our congregations, in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Lutheran churches overseas and other partners, ELCA World Hunger is uniquely positioned to reach communities in need. You can support this from NE Minnesota by bidding for a quilt made by church members in the area, including our own Pat Johnson who created the quilt in the gathering space! IT IS    STUNNING!  The ONLINE Auction will take place October 11-14th at 2:oopm. You can go to the site now to see some of the quilts already donated. If you are a quilter or know a quilter that would like to donate let Amy Loken or Pat Johnson know. Please share the site with friends who want to make a difference!                       &


Thank you Vision Council!

Cole Peterson                   -President

Lauren Nyenhuis              -Vice President

Jess Kramer                      -Secretary

Dave Larsen                      -Treasurer

Sara Hendrickson

Tim Kreft

Seth Loeffler-Kemp

Karen Pagel Guerndt

Cyndi Venberg

Pastor Dave Mesner


Vision Council Minutes

Vision Council Mtg. Minutes 2-13-23

Vision Council Minutes for 1-17-23






Mission and Vision 

Vision Council Recommendations HERE

Mission Vision Final Report with links  HERE


We are located in beautiful Duluth, Minnesota, a few blocks up for the great Lake Superior! You are welcome to join us if you live here or are visiting the North Shore!


Land Acknowledgement 

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd's property rests on ceded territory established by the Treaties of 1837, 1854, 1855, and 1866 between the Anishinaabe/Ojibwe Nations and the United States government. This region is the traditional homelands of the Ojibwe, Dakota, Northern Cheyenne, and other Native nations. We humbly acknowledge that we are on traditional Indigenous land. The NE MN Synod of the ELCA is actively building mutual respect based on trust and understanding.

At Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Duluth, MN, we believe that our purpose is to make disciples of all nations by going, teaching and baptizing.  Jesus' Great Commission inspires our Mission Statement:

We are a Community of Christ

experiencing God,

reaching out,

nurturing faith.