What’s Happening at Good Shepherd
Ladies Christmas Party All of the women of Good Shepherd are invited to Anna Dreher’s home tomorrow (December 8) from 1-4pm for a Christmas party. Please feel free to bring a dish to pass if you’d like. For more information, please contact Anna Dreher or Christine Osgood.
Potluck There will be a potluck after the 10:30 service this Sunday. The theme will be Christmas Foods.
Keep an eye out for information on our next big competition in January, when we’ll be having a Soup and Stew Cookoff!
Christmas Caroling A group of Good Shepherd parishioners will be going caroling in the church neighborhood. If you’d like to join in, please meet at the church, 4pm on Sat, December 15th. We will be giving out a packet containing an invitation to the Christmas Pageant, and a cinnamon Christmas tree ornament. If you would like to bake a batch of ornaments, please email Anne Thompson (email@example.com). Sample recipe: https://fountainavenuekitchen.com/3-ingredient-cinnamon-ornaments/. Please pray that many of our neighbors will respond to the invitation and be drawn into fellowship with us and with Jesus.
Christmas Concert at St. Andrew’s On December 16th, celebrate the birth of our savior with music: vocal and instrumental solos and ensembles, plus congregational carol singing! The concert takes place at 3 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, 400 W Wendell St., Endicott. You can find more information by calling St. Andrews at 1-607-785-6092. A free-will offering will be collected.
Christmas Cookie Exchange On December 21 at 6pm there will be a Good Shepherd Christmas Cookie exchange at the home of Ben and Ronnie Murphy. If you’d like to participate, please see Ronnie Murphy for more details. Each person will need to bring 4 dozen cookies to swap.
- December 9 – Greening of the Church and potluck, please stay and help to decorate the church for the season of advent.
- December 24 – Good Shepherd Christmas Pageant, 5pm.
- December 25 – Christmas Day service, no music, 11am.
The Good Shepherd Christmas Pageant is receiving some much-needed attention and care this year in the form of some scheduling, rehearsal and script changes. We would love all the children to participate and any adults who would like to help. We also welcome children from outside the church to join us. If you have any questions, you can reach Anne through the office or on Sunday morning. Thank you so Much!
- December 9 – Technical rehearsal for adults
- December 16 – Full rehearsal
- December 23 – Full rehearsal
Women’s Bible Study will be taking a break and will resume on Dec 29 with Micah 6:9.
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 their continued study 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
Bread and Wine If you are interested in joining a group of ladies for a monthly supper and discussion, please contact Liz Hull. The group is currently studying a book called Money, Possessions and Eternity, by Randy Alcorn. The next meeting will be in January at 6pm, at the Hull home.
Good Shepherd Food Pantry With the holidays upon us, it is essential to keep our food pantry stocked with healthy food so that those who use it can feed their families well. Many go without the foods traditionally used at holiday time because they don’t have the money for such luxuries.
Needs: Peanut butter, pasta sauces, canned veggies, cereal, one box meals, stew, salad dressings, oils, rice, canned chicken and other meats, canned fruit, powdered milk, sugar-free drinks, and crackers. and anything else you’d like to bring.
Last Week in Christian Ed we continued our discussion of God’s Communicable Attributes. You can listen here.
Last Week’s Sermon was called ‘The Bread that Endures to Eternal Life‘ and was based on John 6:22-26. It can be listened to or downloaded here.
Preventing Grace Podcast Did you know that Matt and Anne have a podcast? They talk about everything from church polity to rustic breads. This week’s episode is called, ‘It’s Advent Sinners‘. This week Matt and Anne discuss the Christian war against Advent, legalism and antinomianism, and preaching the Gospel rather than changing the world.
You can catch up on all of the older podcast episodes here.
Tuesday Morning Bible Study This Tuesday morning’s class was based on Leviticus 17.
This week we moved into Leviticus 17. There, God commands that no animal be killed apart from the tabernacle and that no one consume blood. There is only one place where sins may be atoned for, the tabernacle, and only one means, the spilling of blood. The principle of Leviticus 17 is that God is the author of life and he alone is able to redeem the lives of sinners. He fulfills Leviticus 17 on the cross where he atones for our sins by the spilling of his own blood, blood of which he invites us to partake.
You can watch the recording here or in the window below.
Posted by Matt Kennedy on Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Christian Education We will continue our discussion of God’s “communicable” attributes…those attributes he shares with his creatures. We’ve discussed his knowledge and his wisdom (listen here), this week we will discuss his Truthfulness. If there is time we will begin our discussion of his moral communicable attributes beginning with his goodness, love, and mercy. Class starts at 9:15am. Hope to see you there!
This Sunday’s Sermon will be based on John 6:28-34.
Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” So they said to him, “Then what sign do you do, that we may see and believe you? What work do you perform? Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”
Team Romans is working on the altar this Sunday.
The readings for this week are Malachi 3:1-5 and 1 Corinthians 4:8-21.
Karen B. will be serving on the altar guild this Sunday.
Ashley V. will be working in the nursery this Sunday.
Shepherd’s Bowl Team 7 will be serving with Anne Kennedy (12/13).
To download a PDF of the 10:30 service bulletin, click on this link.
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