What’s Happening at Good Shepherd
A Heartfelt Thank You Birthright of Binghamton expresses our deepest appreciation and ‘Thank You’ for your continuing and generous support of our Mother’s Day flower Sale. Birthright is a non-profit pregnancy center staffed by dedicated volunteers. All of our services are free, including pregnancy tests (58 in 2016), newborn layettes (71 in 2016), clothing (244 clients were helped with clothing in 2016), diapers (233 babies in 2016) and resources, as well as guidance, support and friendship. For further information, or if you are interested in volunteering please call Diane at (607) 372-0312! We look forward to hearing from you!
Diane Yajko, Birthright Co-Director
An Offer of Prayer The prayer team prays for the needs of the church on a weekly basis. If you have a specific request (Praise or intercession) please fill out a card and place it in the “prayer box” by the bulletin boards in the parish hall. All prayers are kept confidential.
‘Thank You’ Doesn’t seem sufficient for all the work that was done in preparing for, working at, and most importantly praying for the CANA East 2017 Synod! The synod was a great success, and over and over again, we heard that our volunteers were warm, welcoming and helpful. Thank you!
CHE Garage Sale Heartfelt thanks from all of us at the CHE Association, Nicaragua! The yard sale was a big success. Thanks to the Mission Committee at the First Congregational church, Harford, $1200 was raised to support Dania and Jose Luis Jimenez. This brother and sister are Area CHE leaders in northern Nicaragua, working with 10 small, rural communities. Thanks to the sale, they have another 3 months of support. Thanks be to God for bringing us all together, whether we live in PA, NY, Nicaragua, or beyond, to be part of the CHE world-wide movement which God is using to bring abundant life in Christ to individuals, families, and communities. Thank you to everyone at Good Shepherd who donated.
Health Fair and Ice Cream Social This Saturday June 3rd noon to 3PM we will again be hosting our Health Fair and Ice Cream Social! This is a great means of reaching out to the community with the love of our Savior, Jesus Christ! It is also a perfect venue for evangelism! Please plan to participate in the event and be sure to invite friends and neighbors to come! In the Parish Hall, there is a sign-up which includes the many ways you can help!
An Invitation Lauren Kirst and Nick Sluyter are getting married! All are invited and welcome to celebrate the beginning of their marriage at the wedding ceremony. It is taking place here at Good Shepherd on June 24th at 2:00pm.
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
Captial Campaign Many of you have asked for information on the capital campaign. Look for a letter in the upcoming weeks with more details.
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.
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 What is the difference between ‘doing’ and ‘helping’? The dictionary describes ‘doing’ as: an activity or proceeding, and ‘helping’ as: to assist. Our food pantry can be thought of in much the same way. It is a thing we ‘do’ to have a food pantry available to Good Shepherd members, but we can ‘help’ by continuing to keep it stocked with good, healthy foods.
Items needed: peanut butter, canned meats, tuna, coffee, tea, canned/powdered milk, canned fruit, canned veggies (except for green beans), rice in 1lb bags (brown or white), gluten free items, sugar free items, condiments: mayo, mustard, ketchup, relish, fruit juices (other than grape), kid foods, and anything else that you’d like to bring.
Last Week in Christian Ed as is our custom after we finish a lengthy series, we had a Q&A session. Look for an update on what we’ll be studying next later in the week from Matt.
You can catch up on all of the older classes here.
This Week in Christian Ed Look for an update on what we’ll be studying next later in the week from Matt.
This Week’s Sermon is based on Hebrews 8.
Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord set up, not man. For every high priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices; thus it is necessary for this priest also to have something to offer. Now if he were on earth, he would not be a priest at all, since there are priests who offer gifts according to the law. They serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things. For when Moses was about to erect the tent, he was instructed by God, saying, “See that you make everything according to the pattern that was shown you on the mountain.” But as it is, Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion to look for a second.
For he finds fault with them when he says:
“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord,
when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel
and with the house of Judah,
not like the covenant that I made with their fathers
on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt.
For they did not continue in my covenant,
and so I showed no concern for them, declares the Lord.
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel
after those days, declares the Lord:
I will put my laws into their minds,
and write them on their hearts,
and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people.
And they shall not teach, each one his neighbor
and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’
for they shall all know me,
from the least of them to the greatest.
For I will be merciful toward their iniquities,
and I will remember their sins no more.”
In speaking of a new covenant, he makes the first one obsolete. And what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.
Team Corinthians is working on the altar this Sunday with Melissa Boeker.
Shepherd’s Bowl Team 6 will be working this week with Amanda (6/8).
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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