What’s Happening at Good Shepherd
Kennedy Family Vacation Starting on July 19th, the Kennedy family will be 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.
A Plea from Good Shepherd’s Junior and Senior Warden
As members of the body of Christ we are called to be examples to the community around us. When trash is left in and around the church it affects our ability to be effective with our neighbors and those who visit. Some might wonder, if we care so little for our church grounds, how could we care about them? As such, the Wardens would like to make an appeal.
Please ensure that everyone is putting trash where it belongs just like we would in our own homes. Further, if you see trash, particularly outside on the grounds of the building, you are fully empowered to pick it up on our behalf! Do not feel shy about doing this, no one will punish you!
All joking aside, we do not have a full time Sexton (janitor), and so Good Shepherd depends on it’s parishioners to be responsible for cleaning up after themselves, and caring for the property.
Please help keep Good Shepherd a welcoming and clean place to worship.
Thank you for your increased diligence in this important matter,
Chris Jones (Senior Warden) and Darrell Dean (Junior Warden)
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 interesting in doing, please contact Steph in the Good Shepherd office. The position would require about 20 hours per week.
Vacation Bible School is coming soon for children 5-11 on July 31- Aug 3 from 6-8 PM. We will take a journey with Jonah, sing some scripture, make new things, and play interesting games. Invite the kids in your neighborhood and your friends!
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.
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.
Thank you! This year’s Change for Life campaign at Good Shepherd raised $653.61. All the money will go to help women and men in our community before, during, and after unplanned pregnancies!
Mission Group Announcement Weekly scheduled Mission Groups are on summer break starting the first week of July. Occasional gatherings through the summer may be planned by each group’s leader. Regularly scheduled meetings and discussion questions will resume at the end of August. If you are interested in joining a group, learning more about mission groups, or want to be guaranteed an invite to any mission group summer activities see Ben Murphy or any Mission Group Leader.
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.
Tuesday Morning Bible Study was not broadcast due to technical difficulties. We will be back to broadcasting 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, Eugene Peterson, Arguing in the Lord, and Program Notes, Matt and Anne discuss Eugene Peterson’s embrace of “gay marriage” and his subsequent sudden retraction, arguing with other Christians, and we give a few program notes…
You can catch up on all of the older podcast episodes here.
This Week’s Sermon is based on Galatians 1:1-10.
Paul, an apostle—not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— and all the brothers who are with me,
To the churches of Galatia:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.
For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Team Ephesians is working on the altar this Sunday.
The PDF Bulletin for this Sunday’s 10:30 service can be downloaded here.
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