Can You Help? As Synod approaches, a few clergy have come up needing accommodations for the event. If you are interested in hosting one of these, please contact Stephanie in the church office. So far, we need housing for two.
Special Event Faith in History Players presents Safely Home, a stage adaptation of the novel by Randy Alcorn. Please come support Sarah Dreher in her senior year as she plays Li Cuan, the pastor of an underground Chinese Christian church. “It cost him everything he had… but he gained everything that mattered.” You are invited to the free performance of this show.
Saturday, May 6 at 7PM at the State Theatre in Deposit
CANA East Synod Our diocese, CANA East has asked Good Shepherd to host the annual Synod meeting this year. It’s an honor that Good Shepherd has been chosen to host this event. This year is even more special, as it’s the 500th year anniversary of the Reformation. On May 4th-6th, close to 300 clergy and lay people from around the country will come together to decide church business, and to worship and fellowship together. This year, the keynote speakers will be Archbishop Foley Beach (Archbishop of the ACNA), and Dr. Rev. Lee Gatiss.
Synod Volunteers There will be a informational meeting held after the 10:30 service this morning. If you’ve signed up to help with synod, would like to sign up to help, or just want more information, please Join Anne and Steph in the youth room.
VBS Vacation Bible School is coming! Think about joining in the fun of telling our neighborhood kids about Jesus.
Look for the sign-up sheet downstairs and save these dates: Monday, July 31- Thursday, August 3. 6:00-8:15 PM
Scheduling Reminder If you need to make an appointment with Pastor Matt, please be sure to contact Stephanie directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Often when people come to speak with Matt after the service on Sunday, he’s already been working for over nine hours, and doesn’t always remember to put it into the calendar. This can cause double bookings, or forgotten appointments. Please keep in mind that the office is closed on Mondays and Fridays, but you can always leave a message. Thank you so much for your understanding.
Children’s bulletins are available to help your children follow all parts of the service today. Please pick one up from an usher.
Bread and Wine If you are interested in joining a group of moms for a monthly supper and discussion of women in the bible, please contact Liz Hull, or the Good Shepherd Office. The next meeting is on May 13th.
Health and Wellness Our bodies are “the tents” that the Lord has given us to house our souls. Begin to take care of the body which God Has given you. Check your blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight every Sunday in the Parish Hall 9-10AM. Please see Dolly Shaller or Carmen Swoffer-Penna for more details.
Member Food Pantry Have you had times of adversity, when things don’t go the way you planned? Well it happens more often than not, and especially to those who live paycheck to paycheck. We know that food clothing and shelter are essential parts of a healthy life, but add rent and utilities, and it can become overwhelming. People then have to prioritize what things are most important, and sometimes food takes a backseat to everything else. Then it’s up to pantries like ours to meet the need. By keeping our pantry filled with healthy foods, we can provide families what they need for a proper diet. The next time you are out shopping please try to remember our member food pantry, and give to it generously.
Items Needed: Soups and stews, canned veggies, canned meats and tuna, bottled juice, one box meals, peanut butter, jam or jelly, salad dressings, powdered milk packets, coffee creamers, canned fruits, other than cranberry/applesauce, assorted pastas and sauces, rice in 1 lb packages, and anything else you’d like to bring.
Note: Please don’t bring flour or sugar, or leave any open packages of pasta or rice in the pantry, as it attracts mice.
Last Week in Christian Ed Taking a break from our evangelism series, we discuss the evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ focusing primarily on 1 Corinthians 15. You can listen or download it here.
This morning we dive back into Exodus and take a look at the first three plagues: blood, frogs and gnats. These are not natural disasters but divine acts of judgment on Egypt, Pharaoh and the false gods of the Egyptian pantheon. With each plague God destroys the boasts of human pride and the imagined deities of human religion. And yet there is no repentance. This is a picture of the human condition apart from God’s grace of new birth. Unless he draws us to himself, we will only meet his word and his work with disdain and hardened hearts. It is a sad picture with regard to the human condition and yet it also points us forward to God the Son who in Jesus Christ drew all judgement and plague to himself, becoming sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God.
Preventing Grace Podcast Did you know that Matt and Anne have a podcast? They talk about everything from church polity to rustic breads. In this week’s episode, Speech and Identity, Matt and Anne talk about the difficulty of having a substantive debate about ideas in an era wherein people identify “self” and personhood with their opinions, beliefs, and behaviors.
You can catch up on all of the older podcast episodes here.
This Week in Christian Ed We will finish up our look at the Resurrection of Jesus tomorrow beginning at 9:15am by completing our look at the evidence from 1 Corinthians 15 and then discussing the effect of the Resurrection. How does Jesus’ resurrection contribute to his work of salvation?
This Week’s Sermon is based on Luke 24:13-35. We’ll learn about Jesus’ appearance to the two men on the road to Emmaus.
That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them.But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning,and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.” And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight.They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.
Team Corinthians is working on the altar this Sunday with Melissa Boeker.
Shepherd’s Bowl Team 2 will be working this week with the Osgoods (5/4).
Altar Guild Christine Osgood is serving this Sunday.
The PDF Bulletin for this Sunday’s 10:30 service can be downloaded here.
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