Category Archives: ELC

ELC Grandparent Program Resuming

Are you a Grandparent? Do you have Grandchildren close by? Some of the children at the ELC have that, and some don’t. Good Shepherd has had an “Adopted Grandparent/Grandchild” program for many years, but it was interrupted in 2020 when Covid made its appearance. Now it’s time to start again.

What is an Adopted Grandparent?

  • Someone who shares the love of Jesus with a young child?
  • Someone who stands in the gap for a child who needs more adults in his or her life?
  • Someone who visits the ELC during special events and remembers the little one’s birthday with a card and/or small gift?
  • Someone who calls and prays for a specific family on a regular basis?
  • Someone who invites the child and family to worship and/or special activities at the church?
  • Someone who helps a family make a connection between the ELC and the church?
  • Someone who would like to be blessed by having a young child run to you yelling, “Grandma, Grandpa” when you visit?

We invite you to pray about joining the Adopted Grandparent Program and enjoy the blessings of having a sweet young child be a part of your life.

Stay tuned for more information about how to become a part of this outreach ministry.

Early Learning Center Drop-in Information

    • Call the ELC at 321-264-1069 for a registration packet
    • $50 Drop-in Registration Fee
      • Present proof of vaccination and a doctor’s physical

    Costs: $30 half-day (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
    $75 full-day (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

    Please schedule drop-in days in advance

    Lutheran Schools Week at Our Early Learning Center

    Second to the Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church has many more pre-schools, elementary and high schools, and colleges than any other denomination. This next week is set aside to celebrate all of those wonderful places of learning, not only about reading, writing, and arithmetic, but about the love of God and all of the Blessings He bestows on us.

    The munchkins at the ELC are celebrating Lutheran Schools Week with a Spirit Week of their own. So if you see any of them dressed crazily, or munching on pizza, you’ll know why! While they are wearing crazy outfits and learning more about the Beatitudes (Have a BEE-ATTITUDE, not a ME-ATTITUDE), they will also be preparing to bless you with song next Sunday during Worship. Be sure and welcome the ELC families as they join us next Sunday. Prepare to be Blessed!

    A huge “Thank You!”

    Much thanks to those who worked so hard to improve and beautify the Early Learning Center’s playground and to spread the multiple cubic yards of mulch given us by Lowe’s. Thank you also to Lowe’s for the generous donation.

    Early Learning Center is Hiring Staff

    Applicants should be a minimum of 18 years of age, and able to pass a background check and a drug screening. Most importantly, applicants should have a love of children. There are part-time morning and afternoon slots as well as full-day work available.

    We will train the right candidate and pay for the required certification from the Early Learning Coalition. Once the certification training is completed, there is a start-up bonus of $200 with raises and bonuses as each step of training is accomplished.

    Our school has part-time and full-time childcare of children ages 2-5 years and after-school care of children in elementary school.

    Please let your friends and family know that we are looking for staff. For more4 information, and how to apply, please call the Center at 321-264-1069 and ask for Heather or Irene.

    Bon Voyage, Ms. Anne

    Thank you, Anne Dobbins, for giving nine years to the Early Learning Center as its Director and more years as a child yourself at the preschool. Your tireless leadership brought us from a great school to an outstanding school. Your love for the children and your devotion to making sure that each and every child learned about Christ’s love, is what stood out so clearly under your leadership. May you be blessed as you continue to bless the children and families at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and Preschool in Orlando. Please pray for Anne as she begins her new adventure. We will miss your smile!

    Welcome, Ms. Heather

    Welcome, Heather Coleman, as our Interim Director. Heather’s son Sam joined the ELC when he was two and is still with us in Summer Camp and the Aftercare program. Ms. Heather has worn many hats at the ELC for the past several years, first as a teacher of the three-year-old class and then as the VPK teacher. She has all of the credentials to take over as our Interim Director and we are pleased to welcome her into her new position at the Early Learning Center. Please pray for her and for the continued success of Good Shepherd Early Learning Center.

    Early Learning Center Staff Openings for Summer Camp

    We are hiring for temporary part-time positions this summer. Must be over 21, have experience with kids, and pass a drug test (including THC and cannabinoids) and background screening. Pass the word to anyone you know who is looking for summer employment. Call Anne or Irene at the Early Learning Center (321.264.1069) to schedule an interview.

    Spring Picnic Thank you

    The 1st Annual Spring Community Picnic was a success with all
    the first responders showing up. Titusville police,
    Fire department, Brevard Sheriff’s Department, the
    Bomb squad, Sheriff Wayne lvey and his dog
    Junny, and of course the Titusville Mayor Dan
    Diesel. Also a special thank you to Pastor Bruce for
    the blessings and prayers offered up.

    But it would not have been a success without
    members of our wonderful congregation! Great Big
    Thank You’s go out to so many people.

    Gail, Randy and Joel Gilchrist and Aunt Mary for
    donating and making all that delicious food, serving
    and cleaning everything up better than it was.
    Amber and Stu Womack for all their organizational
    skills, ideas, set up and clean up. Ron and Jeanne
    Forte for inviting their car club and bring all those
    beautiful cars. Leo for donating all the hamburger
    and hot dog buns and desserts. Andrea and Hallie
    for face painting. Kimmie for working the rock
    painting station. Judy for working the Sunday school
    table. Mikey for running the snow cone machine.
    Ralph for securing the pond area. Lyle and Merrilu
    for watching the bounce house and keeping the kids
    safe. The quilters: Betty, Sandy, Mary and Margo.
    Anne for opening the preschool. Troy for keeping
    the trash picked up, set up and clean up.

    All the people involved with set up, clean up,
    donations, time and talent to make this a success:
    Mike Corey, Bob Minor, Bill Makey, Chris Rich, Paul
    Maurer, Glen Farnum, Rick Green, Joe & Helen,
    Carl & lrene, Jerome, Jackie, Gary & Barbara, Brett
    Stone, and of course Rickey Hall for working so
    hard to keep this all on track by searching out and
    inviting all the first responders and guests. All the
    hard work behind the scene leading up to the picnic
    day, setting up the P.A. system and hand-picking all
    the music played during the picnic, and leading the
    children’s choir singing at the picnic.

    l’m sure I missed some people and I apologize, but
    know we really appreciate you.

    Thank You for Being Awesome!

    Good Shepherd Early Learning Center is Hiring

    You can make a positive difference in the world. Good Shepherd Early Learning
    Center is hiring caring individuals who strive to make a difference in young
    children’s lives. Multiple positions are available, both full and part time. We are
    seeking staff who are kind, gentle, patient, and see the significant importance and
    value in working with all young children. You would be expected to care for each
    child as an individual as well as in a group setting, develop lesson plans each
    week, and provide a safe, fun, and engaging learning environment. We emphasize
    learning through play and active engagement for preschoolers in our program.

    We are looking for preschool teachers who understand the importance of assisting
    children with social-emotional development both by instruction and by personal
    example. Individuals hired are expected to perform at a level of professionalism
    that adheres to policies as laid out in the employee and other handbooks as well
    as be in agreement with the preschool’s stated mission and philosophy statements.

    We support our teaching staff by reimbursing all required training expenses, we
    accept TEACH scholarships, and we provide retirement and disability benefits to
    full time workers. If you are hired, we will pay for your CPR certification and FBI
    Level II background screening. We offer competitive pay and pay is based on
    experience and certifications. Multiple opportunities are available beginning at
    $10/hr. for entry-level positions through $14/hr. based on certifications and
    experience. We are currently offering a sign-on bonus.

    Please come and check us out as you consider your employment options.
    Interested? Please email for more information or to set up an interview

    Christmas Baskets For The Early Learning Center Families

    Please think about donations for Christmas baskets. We need non-perishable items, such as dressing mix, cornbread mix, canned vegetables (sweet potatoes, green beans)–anything that you would serve in a Christmas dinner as well as money to buy items (like turkey) to complete the meal Money donations
    can be marked as such in order to purchase gift cards for turkeys.

    There is a basket in the Narthex for your donations.