What’s Happening at Good Shepherd
Women’s Bible Study The Women’s Bible study for this week (December 26th) is cancelled.
A Heartfelt Thanks We share our thanks for the music ministry of Liz and James Hull. They have volunteered their time for the last year and a half. We look forward to their return after a much needed time of rest.
Choir Practice There will be no choir practice on Jan 6.
Did You Know? You can now give online to Good Shepherd! Use the link below to give via credit card or bank account transfer. You can even set it up to give automatically, so you don’t have to worry about forgetting your check book on Sundays! Keep in mind that the processing cost is less for bank account transfers than for a credit card.
If you prefer to use envelopes, you can continue to do so. Giving online, however, is easier, and it helps you keep track of your giving more easily. I would definitely encourage you to try it!
Shortly after the start of the year, we will have Breeze set up so that you can go online to your own account and keep track of your giving.
For now, please use this link…it is very straightforward and easy to use! If you have any questions at all, feel free to contact Lauren Kirst.
Go to https://goodshepherdbinghamton.breezechms.com/give/online now to give!
Food Distribution The Mobile Food Pantry will be distributing free food to all those in need on December 30, 10-11am . This event is held rain or shine, please bring bags or boxes to carry your items home.
A Special Day On January 2, 2016 Mary Lindsey turns 99..yes 99! Good Shepherd will celebrate Mary with a birthday cake after 10:30 service on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2106! Please be sure to stay and help us celebrate.
Hospital visits A number of parishioners have recently been hospitalized and have wondered why they have not received a visit from someone at Good Shepherd. In the past hospitals notified clergy when parishioners were admitted. Several years ago laws were changed to protect patient privacy. Hospitals no longer inform clergy when you are admitted. You must volunteer the information or we will not know that you have been hospitalized. Last week we distributed cards with information about the church and numbers to call if you are hospitalized. If you did not receive one, they are still available from the church office. Call 607-723-8032 or email our secretary, Stephanie, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Good Shepherd Food Pantry The food pantry has recently been blessed to overflowing! Thank you all so much for your generous donations. The food pantry has all it needs right now to feed many hungry families.
Sermon Last week’s sermon, ‘God’s Power and Human Frailty’ was based on Luke 1:5-45. You can listen to or download it here.
Tuesday Morning This Tuesday Matt took a much needed rest for the holiday. Bible study will resume January 5th. You can catch up on all of the older Tuesday morning Bible studies you might have missed here. You’ll need to have a LiveStream account, but it’s free and easy to sign up for.
This week’s sermon is based on John 1:1-18.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known. (John 1:1-18 ESV)
Team Corinthians is working on the altar this Sunday with Melissa Boeker.
The readings for this week are: Isaiah 61:10-62:3 and Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7.
The PDF Bulletin for this Sunday’s 10:30 service can be downloaded here.
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