What’s Happening at Good Shepherd This Week
Giving 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 C. or Steph W.
The 2020 Good Shepherd ACNA Ordo calendars are also available in the same location. Please feel free to take one.
Greening of the Church and Potluck ‘Greening’ is an old-English term for advent decorating. The ancient Christians traditionally hung evergreen boughs in their windows as a symbol of God’s ever-present love for his people, and that tradition continues here at Good Shepherd. Next Sunday, December 15th, please stay after the 10:30 service, have lunch and help with the greening of the church. The potluck theme will be Christmas Comfort Foods. Please bring a dish to pass, but stay and have lunch even if you don’t bring anything.
Coffee Competition As promised last year, we will be having our annual coffee competition to decide which coffee GS will be serving during coffee hour on Sunday mornings in the coming year. Please make sure to try them all and cast your vote on December 15th!
Christmas Party and Cookie Exchange Ladies, mark your calendars for this year’s Christmas party and cookie exchange! Open to all women, cookie exchange optional. Saturday afternoon, December 21st at 1pm in the parish hall. If you have questions or would like to be a part of the planning, please contact Ronnie.
Lessons and Carols The Good Shepherd Choir will sing a service of Nine Lessons and Carols, Saturday December 21 at 3pm. Nine bible readings highlight the story of redemption from the fall in Genesis 3 to the birth of Christ, ending with the prologue to the Gospel of John. Come sing Christmas Carols in context of the Christmas story. Light refreshments will be served in the parish hall after the service. The service is being held early in an effort to minimize evening travel.
December 22 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.
Marriage Class Matt and Anne have been teaching a series on marriage during the 9:15 Christian Education hour. This class is an overview of the topics that they cover in premarital instruction, with a special emphasis on communication. A great book to read before the class is Tim Keller’s The Meaning of Marriage. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!
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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming activities and info
*Dec. 15: Christmas Party during Youth Group @ 6PM
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
*Christmas Party on Sunday (Dec 15th @ 6PM)
– Inviting parents and kids to bring Christmas cookies or treats, GS will have pizza and drinks covered.
*Arrowhead Camp Service Project (Feb 7-9)
– Please RSVP and let Tyler know if your child(ren) can attend.
– No Youth Group that Sunday night (Feb 9th)
Bread and Wine Is a monthly supper and discussion for women. Please contact Liz Hull if you are interested.
Nurse’s Station Dolly, the parish nurse, will be available for blood sugar readings, blood pressure, BMI numbers, and to provide scale weights. This will occur after the 8am service during Christian Education on the first Sunday of every month.
Good Shepherd Food Pantry With Christmas slowly creeping up upon us, our food pantry is extremely low in good healthy foods. Please consider buying a little extra so that those who use the pantry can have a bountiful holiday meal.
Items needed: canned ham, turkey, or chicken, instant or scalloped potatoes, canned stews (meat/bean stews), canned corn, green beans, peas, and carrots, baking mixes, canned fruit, stuffing, powdered milk and coffee creamers, rice, tomato sauce, macaroni and cheese, and anything else you’d like to bring.
Cleaning, personal hygiene, and paper products and are always greatly appreciated!
Preventing Grace Podcast This week’s podcast is called ‘Peering into the Child’s Heart’. In this podcast Anne and Matt discuss parenting and discipline and why there is no need to peer into your soul nor even the soul of your children.. Available here.
You can listen to past podcast episodes here.
Tuesday Morning Bible Study This Tuesday we moved into Mark 9, studying the transfiguration, the failure of the disciples to drive a demon out of a little boy, and whether or not you should amputate your arms and feet and remove your eyes because of sin. Good times. You can watch at this link or in the viewer below.
Posted by Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd on Tuesday, December 3, 2019
This Sunday Matt will be preaching on Matthew 3:1-12.
In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said,
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord;
make his paths straight.’”
Now John wore a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then Jerusalem and all Judea and all the region about the Jordan were going out to him, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.
But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father,’ for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
“I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”
Team Galatians is working on the altar this Sunday.
Helen C. is serving on altar guild.
Nursery Carrie M. and Rachael W. are in the nursery.
Gary and Brenda V. are on coffee hour.
Shepherd’s Bowl Team 3 will be serving with Jeanie G.
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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