Ministry Teams

Ministry Teams are a great way to get involved at GPS! All of our Ministry Teams gather on the 1st Monday of each month from 6:00-8:00 p.m. We begin all together with a devotion and announcements and then go into individual team meeting time. At the end we come back together to share updates from each team. Teams are always looking for new members to join them. See the names and descriptions of our Ministry Teams below to find one that interests you. Want more information? Contact Pastor Brandon at

  • Building & Grounds Team

    The Building & Grounds Team oversees basic and some skilled maintenance and repair needs of GPS, including the upkeep of the grounds. This team coordinates an annual church-wide cleaning day, is responsible for mowing in the warm months and snow/ice removal in the cold months, and works to keep the building in good shape.

  • Community Life Team

    The Community Life Team is responsible for the things that help create a sense of community at GPS, such as Sunday morning hospitality, connecting with returning visitors, and coordinating opportunities for fellowship (potlucks, outings, etc.).

  • Family, Children, & Youth Team

    The Family, Children, & Youth Team is currently looking for members. This team oversees and coordinates the ministries and events that involve the young families, children, and youth of GPS. These include Nursery, Sunday School, VBS, Growing Families, Confirmation/Pathwayz, Sr. High, and retreats for kids and youth.

  • Prayer & Care Team

    The Prayer & Care Team ensures that the members and regular attendees of GPS are taken care of and prayed for in times of need and times of joy. This includes praying over all prayer requests received, sending cards as needed, setting up meal trains when requested, reaching out to those in our faith community who have been absent due to illness or injury, providing people to pray with others during worship on the first Sunday of the month, coordinating semi-annual prayer services, and hosting meals for funerals as needed.

  • Social Ministry Team

    The Social Ministry Team coordinates the ministries of GPS that focus on serving those outside of our faith community, such as the Helping Hands Pantry, our partnership with Maple Elementary, and more. This team also is on the lookout for new ways we can serve and new partnership we can create in the community

  • Special Events Team

    The Special Events Team is an ad-hoc team with members from affected teams and other interested members of GPS who meet as needed to plan larger scale, special events at GPS (i.e. Easter Fun Fest, Rummage Sale, Fall Fest, etc.).

  • Worship Team (Altar Guild)

    The Worship Team focuses on ensuring GPS is ready for worship services on Sunday mornings. This includes preparing and cleaning up Communion, assisting with planning/set-up for special worship services (i.e. Baptisms, Christmas Eve, Easter, etc.), coordinating the decorating of the church for various seasons, and inventorying candle and other worship supplies.

GPS Faith Community

10714 North 2nd Street

Machesney Park, Illinois  61115

(779) 221-8491


A congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)