What’s Happening at Good Shepherd
Reminder This Sunday will be the Ojetayo family’s final week with us at Good Shepherd before they head off to begin a new chapter in their lives. Please join us after the 10:30 service in the parish hall for a potluck lunch celebrating their time as part of the Good Shepherd family. Please bring a dish to pass, but come and celebrate even if you don’t!
Slavery Still Exists Join Women At Risk, International as they shed light on the issue of human trafficking in the state of New York. Learn about what makes our community susceptible, how to identify a victim, and respond. Experience what it means to become a circle of protection around our community! You can become an advocate for freedom by attending a one day training event hosted by the NY ministry network at:
Calvary’s Love Church, 1315 Reynolds Rd., Johnson City, NY on July 8, 2017 9am-4:30pm.
The registration cost is $35 and includes all training materials and lunch. Please call 616-855-0796 or 607-797-3757 for more information, and go to www.warinternational.org and click on Civilian First Responder to register.
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 Life Choices, an organization that focuses on helping 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.
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.
Scheduling Reminder If you need to make an appointment with Pastor Matt, please be sure to contact Stephanie directly at email@example.com.
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. The next meeting will be on 7/8 at 6pm.
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.
In Christian Ed We continued the Q and A sessions. This class was called ‘Question and Answer: Infant Baptism’. It can be listened to or downloaded here.
Last Week’s Sermon was given by Mr. Ifeoluwa Ojetayo, and was called ‘The Sacrifice That Cleanses the Conscience’ and was based on Hebrews 9:11-14 and can be listened to or downloaded here.
Tuesday Morning Bible Study was called ‘Thus the Lord Saved Israel that Day’ and was based on Exodus 14. You can watch here, or in the window below. You’ll need a LiveStream account, but it’s free and easy to sign up for.
You can catch up on the last month of classes here.
Note: There will be NO Tuesday morning bible study next week. We’ll return to Chapter 15 of Exodus on July 11th.
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, ‘”Gay Pride” and Prejudice’, Matt and Anne Kennedy discuss “pride” month and how Christians deal with same sex attraction.
You can catch up on all of the older podcast episodes here.
This Week’s Sermon is based on Hebrews 9:15-22.
Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant. For where a will is involved, the death of the one who made it must be established. For a will takes effect only at death, since it is not in force as long as the one who made it is alive. Therefore not even the first covenant was inaugurated without blood. For when every commandment of the law had been declared by Moses to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, saying, “This is the blood of the covenant that God commanded for you.” And in the same way he sprinkled with the blood both the tent and all the vessels used in worship. Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.
Team Romans is working on the altar this Sunday.
Shepherd’s Bowl Team 5 with Michael and Martha Rice (7/6).
Altar Guild Pat Chaney is serving this Sunday.
Nursery Stephanie and Rachael Warner are working in the nursery this Sunday.
The readings for this week are: Isaiah 2:10-17 and Hebrews 9:15-22.
The PDF Bulletin for this Sunday’s 10:30 service can be downloaded here.
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