Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
A Church of Joy!
3434 Hempstead Turnpike, Levittown
(516) 731-7387 . firstname.lastname@example.org
On April 23, 1950 ground breaking for the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church occurred.
The church was a white wood clad structure built on 2 acres of land and inside there was wood paneling, stained glass windows, green carpet & folding chairs.
The first service of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd was held on September 17, 1950.
There were one-hundred eleven Charter Members. Pastor Herbert A. Hanson was the founding Pastor, 1950 – 1952.
Good Shepherd grew quickly with some of its members consisting of families of returning G.I.s settling in Levittown.
In the mid-1950s membership was at its peak with 595 confirmed members and 700 children in Sunday School.
The congregation was ethnically diverse with families of Polish, Italian, Irish, Chinese, Hispanic, German & Scandinavian backgrounds.
Good Shepherd provided a meeting place for many community groups, as it still does today.
In 1963, an extension was put on the church to enlarge the Sunday School room and the Sanctuary. The entrance door was moved as was the altar,
In 1976, Pastor John W. Harmon arrived at Good Shepherd. He served 1976 to 2004.
In September of 1980, Hempstead Town Councilman Joseph Mondello presented a Proclamation commemorating the 30th Anniversary of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Levittown to Pastor Harmon.
The Good Shepherd Mission Statement, "Knowing Christ, and Making Christ Known" is seen in its mission projects, in Pastoral care and in educational programs.
Good Shepherd is truly a church that has grown and prospered as,
"We (the church) have shared together the blessings of God." Philippians 1:7
Sixty Seven Years of Faithfulness
May God bless You as You
Continue to Guide us Into a Deeper Relationship with Him.
Pastor Remo and Jo Ann Madsen have been our ministry team for 10 years. When they speak to you know that they hail from some other place. Some have guessed Ireland, others Canada. The latter is correct! Pastor Remo is the called Pastor to Good Shepherd and gives the weekly Sunday message and serves as the leader of this congregation. He is always available; even when on vacation. As he likes to say: “ You can call me at 3:00 am in the morning and I’ll be there!”
Jo Ann Madsen does much of the Pastoral Care in this church as well as teaching the popular Wednesday Night Discipleship Bible Study.
Jo Ann holds a Masters of Christian Studies Degree from the Interdenominational Seminary “Prairie Graduate School” while Pastor Remo’s is a Masters of Divinity Degree gained from the “Lutheran Theological Seminary”
Our Ministry Team is here for the community and are ready to journey with you in whatever life brings to your doorstep.
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