From time to time…
We’re going to start a new feature here in the update. At the top of the update, you might find, from time to time, some interesting facts about things going on around Good Shepherd. Nothing that wouldn’t be shared publicly will be found here, but we thought it would be a nice way to acknowledge things that are going on within our congregational community. If you know of an item that might be fun to share, please do pass it on to Stephanie in email or by phone.
Congratulations! Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Keith LaGier! Debbie and Keith got married in a small intimate ceremony here at Good Shepherd earlier this week. They’ll be off celebrating this Sunday, but please remember to congratulate them when you see them next weekend!
Welcome Home! CJ Johnson is home from the rehabilitation center! We’re so glad that she’s back with us at Good Shepherd. Welcome Home CJ!
A Joyous Occasion! Bob and Cookie Finch recently celebrated 50 years of marriage! Congratulations!
What’s Happening at Good Shepherd
School Supply Giveaway and FREE Barbecue Please begin to looking for sales of backpacks, crayons, folders, etc in preparation for the School Supply and FREE Barbecue which will be on August 27th noon to 2PM. This is always a big event and another way to reach out to the community with the love of Christ.
And Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink”… There are bottles of water in the church refrigerator which are available to offer to anyone who is in the vicinity of the church. These are not for members of COGS, but are for those outside our walls. Please use this gesture to show others that we care.
Mission Groups Mission groups are meeting again! The location and format for each group may change weekly through the month of August. There is no printed schedule. Contact your Mission Group Leader for specific details for your group. See Ben Murphy if you have questions about Mission Groups or for help joining a group!
Ministry Head Meeting This Saturday, there will be a ministry head meeting at 11am in the youth group classroom. Please bring your mission statement for your ministry.
ACW Anglican Church Women (ACW) are inviting all the women of Good Shepherd to a lunch on Saturday, September 10 from 11:30-2:30. Come enjoy good food, fun, and fellowship at the Chaney’s home! Reservations are not required, but appreciated. If you need a ride or directions, see Pat Chaney or Christine Osgood.
Church Picnic Good Shepherd’s annual church picnic is this Sunday! It will be held at Cole Park, Pavillion #1, immediately following the 10:30 service. Please bring enough meat for your family, and a dish to pass. There will be great food, fellowship, a softball game, swimming and hiking. We hope to see you there! If you need transportation, please let Stephanie know, and we’ll try to coordinate a ride for you.
Food Distribution The next Broome County Mobile Food Pantry food distribution will be Weds, August 23rd from 10-11am. All are welcome, please bring containers to take away any goods that you receive.
Update and Announcements If you have an item you’d like to have announced on Sunday morning, or included in the update, please be sure to forward the item to Stephanie by Wednesday afternoon, and specify if you’d like it announced or just listed in the updates. It will then be edited and forwarded to Anne/Ife to announce on Sunday and/or added to the paper and digital update.
“And as for your little ones…”
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.
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 Our food pantry custodian is absent for the next few weeks. Let’s do our best to keep the pantry stocked well in her absence.
Needs: powdered milk, canned meats, canned soups and stews, one box meals, canned fruit, assorted cookies and crackers, kid foods, canned or bottled juice, white or brown rice, and anything else you care to bring.
Last Week in Adult Christian Education This was the fifth class session of our Christian education course on the 39 Articles. We discussed Article 9, Pelagianism, the necessity of God’s grace, and capacity of the human will to choose and do good after the Fall. You can listen in here: Article 9: The Devastation Wrought Through the Fall of Adam
Last Week’s Sermon: was called ‘If Anyone Suffers, Let Him Pray’, and was based on James 5:13-15. You can listen to or download it here.
Tuesday Morning Bible Study This Tuesday’s Bible Study was called ‘What is Owed’. We finished up Paul’s discussion of civil authority in Romans 13 as he moves on to discuss what is owed not only to those in authority but also to one another. There is a debt every believer is called to pay, a debt of love. Sadly we tend to redirect what is owed to others toward the self. Nevertheless, Jesus has died for us and has taken away our sins and is, right now, transforming our hearts so that self-love is eclipsed by selflessness. As Romans 13 draws to a close, Paul contrasts these two loves and exhorts his readers to live in keeping with the new nature Christ has given us.
You can view it here, or watch it below.
Missed a study? You can catch up on the last month of the Tuesday morning Bible studies you might have missed here.
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, The Marriage Episode Matt and Anne Kennedy discuss communication in marriage, the way men and women talk to each other, and how a liturgical mindset makes for a healthy marriage. You can catch up on all of the older episodes here.
This week’s sermon is based on James 5:16-20.
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit. My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins. (James 5:16-20 ESV)
Team Romans is working on the altar this Sunday with Chris Jones.
The readings for this Sunday are: Isaiah 28:14-22 and James 5:16-20.
The PDF Bulletin for this Sunday’s 10:30 service can be downloaded here.
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