What’s Happening at Good Shepherd This Week
Coffee Competition The results of the coffee competition are in! The official GS coffee for 2020 is Starbucks Morning Joe. Thank you to everyone who participated.
Offering Books and Calendars The 2020 giving envelopes are available at the usher’s table in the front of the sanctuary near the altar. Please stop to pick up your book sometime this Sunday. If you do not have a book, but would like one, please see Helen Cetton or Steph Warner.
The 2020 Good Shepherd ACNA Ordo calendars are also available in the same location. Please feel free to take one.
Christmas Concert at 3 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Endicott Celebrate the birth of Christ in music with Brio! Vocal Ensemble and Friends! Enjoy choral anthems, instrumental pieces and congregational carol singing, plus select performances by local artists. Free will offering. Refreshments to follow.
December 24 Christmas Pageant, 5pm, all children should arrive at 4pm.
December 25 Christmas Day, no Christian Education class, service is at 11am.
Bible Studies All of the bible studies that Matt teaches will be cancelled from now until after January 1.
Tuesday Morning Bible Study will resume on Tuesday January 7, 2020
Thursday Evening Beginner Bible Study will resume on Thursday January 2, 2020
Friday Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study will resume on Friday January 3, 2020
Christmas Rest The Kennedy and Van Fossens will be taking a much needed break for the week after Christmas. Please refrain from contacting them unless there is an emergency. The office will remain open.
An Invitation You are invited to the wedding of Phil Nelson and Carrie Moorhead during the service on 12/29! You are warmly invited to enjoy lunch following the service, downstairs. It would help Carrie and Phil if you could rsvp at withjoy.com/philandcarrie.
Christian Education will be held in the sanctuary. There will not be a nursery staff on duty, although the nursery will be available for parents to utilize.
Annual Meeting Notice The 2020 Annual meeting will be held on January 19th immediately following the 10:30 service. This meeting is where business of the church is discussed and decided. Please make every effort to stay after for this important meeting. There will be soup and crusty bread provided for lunch.
Thank You! On behalf of Community Health Evangelism, Nicaragua, heartfelt thanks to everyone who donated to our fund-raising sale. From all that rummage, God raised $2,359! Thank you so much to Martha Rice and CJ for all their help. Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad from Nicaragua.
Women’s Bible Study The Women’s Bible Study meets every Saturday morning from 10 to 11AM. Women of various ages join together to study the bible, moving book by book, and verse by verse. All women are extended a warm invitation to attend. The ladies are currently studying the book of Psalms. The Psalms express so much from praise, forgiveness and gratitude for God’s grace and so much more. Join us while we study this ancient collection of songs and poems that has been woven into our worship services for centuries. Please contact Christine Osgood for more information.
Women’s bible study is cancelled from Nov 30 through Dec & plans to resume Jan. 11, 2020.
Good Shepherd Member Food Pantry With Christmas just around the corner, our food pantry is low on good healthy food. We need items to supplement our current supply so that those who use it can put on a decent meal for their families.
Items needed: assorted pastas and sauces, canned hams, chicken, beef and tuna, canned green beans, carrots, corn and beets, canned soups and stews, one box meals, kid foods, cereals (hot or cold), stuffing or instant potatoes, beverages such as coffee, tea, cocoa, and juice, coffee creamers, rice (white or brown), and anything else you’d like to bring.
PS cleaning and hygiene products are always welcome.
Good Shepherd Youth Group Youth Group meets on Sunday night from 6:00 – 7:30pm at Good Shepherd. All youth between the ages of 12-18 are welcome to join as the youth group continues to study the book of Romans. Please contact Tyler Van Fossen if you’d like to know how to help or be involved in the Good Shepherd Youth Group in any way. Email: email@example.com.
Upcoming activities and info
Dec. 22 & Dec. 29: Christmas Break (No Youth Group)
Jan 5: Start-up Youth Group Sunday Evenings @ 6pm
*Feb. 7-9: Arrowhead Camp Service Project Weekend
*Arrowhead Camp Service Project (Feb 7-9)
– Please RSVP and let me know if your child(ren) can attend.
– No Youth Group that Sunday night (Feb 9th)
Preventing Grace Podcast This week’s podcast is called ‘Pragmatism’. In this podcast Anne and Matt discuss how impractical and unpragmatic God turns out to be and why that’s a good thing. Available here.
You can listen to past podcast episodes here.
Tuesday Morning Bible Study This Tuesday’s study was cancelled due to weather. The study will pick back up on January 7th in the new year.
This Sunday Matt will be preaching on Matthew 1:18-25.
Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel”
(which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.
Team Philippians is working on the altar this Sunday.
Karen C. is serving on altar guild.
Nursery Kariah M. and Addie P. are in the nursery.
Martha and Walter G. are on coffee hour.
Shepherd’s Bowl The Rices and Van Fossens will be serving dinner this Thursday.
You can find a PDF version of the 10:30 bulletin for this Sunday morning available to download at this link.
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