What’s Happening at Good Shepherd
Take Them a Meal Pauline King will be having her hip replaced on August 11. Her husband John does not cook. They would appreciate any meals that you can provide as she recuperates from her surgery.
You can sign up to take them dinner at this website: http://www.takethemameal.com/meals.php?t=VPYT5077
Do You Have Room? As some of you have heard, the Radmans are providing a home during the 2018 school year for Oliva, an international exchange student from Spain. We look forward to welcoming her on Sunday, September 3rd, before the first day of school at UE!
There is another 11th grader they would be delighted for us to meet if he can be placed within the next two weeks:
Hector lives on a walnut ranch in Mexico. He loves to hike, camp, bike, swim, play tennis and golf and is interested in photography. He makes friends easily and is involved in church activities.
For more information, contact Jill Darling at 570-395-3215.
Good Shepherd Women’s Get Together The Annual “Get Together Lunch” at Pat Chaney’s will be Saturday, September 9 from 11:30-2:00 with lunch at noon. 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 will be held at Nathaniel Cole Park, (Shelter #1) on August 20th. Please bring a dish to pass and enough meat for your family (more is always welcome!). Plates, silverware, drinks, and cups will be provided. There will be swimming, games, hikes, and a softball game. This is a great time to get to know each other better! If you need transportation, please let Stephanie know, and we’ll try to coordinate a ride for you.
Sunday School Announcement The teen Sunday School class will be taking a break for the next few weeks. It will resume on August 20th. In the meantime, all teens are welcome to sit in on the Adult Sunday School class.
Minister’s Team Schedule Many of you have noticed that the minister’s team calendar that is included in the update has been incorrect recently. We are in the midst of reforming the teams to account for all of the recent changes that have taken place. Please be patient during this time. We hope to have a new calendar in place in the next few weeks. If you see a ‘hole’ in a team, and are able to fill it, please let the team leader know that you’d like to fill in, even if it’s only for one Sunday. Thanks for your patience and understanding.
Kennedy Family Vacation The Kennedy family is taking their annual vacation. They’ll be enjoying some much-needed rest, and will return to Good Shepherd on August 19th. Please refrain from contacting them unless there is a medical/physical emergency. The church office will remain open, and can be reached in all the usual ways.
School Supply Giveaway and Free Barbecue August 26th 12-2PM we will host our annual School Supply Giveaway and FREE Barbecue. Please consider donating funds/supplies for this outreach to families in need. Especially needed are backpacks, folders, and crayons. Let’s help make the beginning of the new school year a little less burdensome to the less fortunate in our community. See Carmen or Stephanie for more information.
A Quick Note from Good Shepherd’s Senior Warden, Chris Jones:
Dear Good Shepherd,
In the past few weeks, we’ve been having a series of notes from Senior Warden, Chris Jones. Last week, he promised to give a list of ways that people can help if they feel led to. Here is his quick list:
- If you are on a worship team and cannot make it to do your service, please find a replacement prior to the service and contact your team leader.
- If you are not on a worship team, or a shepherd’s bowl team, or in a bible study, please pray about joining one of these.
- Pick up trash you see around the property, it only takes a few seconds on your way in and can make a big difference in our neighborhood. Especially keep your eyes out for water bottles and other trash around the basketball area!
- Pick up after your own dishes and those of your children. While we enjoy eating and having fellowship together, it is a lot of work to setup and cleanup, so please be sure to help when you’re able to.
Help Wanted: Temporary Church Secretary Good Shepherd is looking for a person that could cover Stephanie’s work for 1-2 weeks per year. This person would need to be familiar with Microsoft Word, be able to handle light filing, answer the phones in the office, format bulletins and weekly updates, drop information into a pre-made template for the GS website, and print and put together all bulletins. If this is something you think you might be interested in doing, please contact Steph in the Good Shepherd office. The position would require about 20 hours per week.
Water Please take time to offer a bottle of cool water to a passerby or a basketball player! If you spend any time at COGS, you will notice folks just outside our doors. Make that small effort to touch them as you offer a bottle of water in Christ’s name. The water bottles with Christ’s message are in the fridge.
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.
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 Children need to be fed, so do their parents and other family members living with them. That’s one of the reasons that the GS member food pantry is so important, as it helps those at GS that financially or for some other reason can’t put food on the table to feed their families. The next time that you’re at the market, please consider picking up a few cans, boxes or bottles of something healthy to bring and put into the pantry. You will be glad that you did, and you’ll be a blessing to those who use it.
Items Needed: canned tomatoes and tomato sauce, macaroni and other pastas, instant/scalloped potatoes, olives, pickle relish, mayonnaise, pickles, peanut butter and jelly, coffee and creamers, tea, canned boxed or bottled juices, and anything else you’d like to bring.
Last Week in Christian Ed We began exploring the topic of “Truth and Beauty: How should we think about Truth and Beauty in light of God’s Word and the God who is the incarnation of both Truth and Beauty”, taught by Ife Ojetayo.
Last Week’s Sermon (given by Mr. Jerry Shriver) was called “Born of a Woman, Born under the Law”. It was based on Galatians 3:21-4:7. It can be listened to or downloaded here.
Tuesday Morning Bible Study will not be meeting during the time that Matt is on vacation. We expect to begin broadcasting again on 8/22.
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 Jesus Movement”, Matt and Anne discuss Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s “Jesus Movement’. Is it really about Jesus and the Gospel?
You can catch up on all of the older podcast episodes here.
Christian Ed We have a particularly happy surprise. Ife Ojetayo, our (recently) former Youth and Assistant Pastor will be teaching the remaining portion of the Christian Ed series he began last week.
I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder, since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me. And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.
For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts,knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
Team Romans is working on the altar this Sunday.
The readings for this week are: Exodus 34:29-35 and 2 Peter 1:13-21.
The PDF Bulletin for this Sunday’s 10:30 service can be downloaded here.
Shepherd’s Bowl Team 6 with the Rabineau family will be serving this Thursday (8/10).
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