What’s Happening at Good Shepherd
Prayer Shawl The next meeting for GS Prayer Shawl Ministry will be Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 11:15. Keep Knitting!
“And as for your little ones…”
Children’s Bulletins Children’s bulletins are available from the ushers. They are designed to help children 8-11 engage more fully with the worship service and sermon. Younger children who are worshipping with you may also find them helpful.
Catechesis recently began for children 3-6 years old. Please ask Anne Kennedy for a classroom tour and consider bringing your children or becoming involved as an occasional classroom assistant.
Upcoming ACW Events
Anglican Church Women Have you ever wondered what it would be like to grow up in Africa as a child of missionaries? Come to the ACW meeting on Saturday, November 14 at 11:15 and find out! Anne Kennedy will be speaking and lunch will follow!
RSVP not necessary, but appreciated! Please see Christine O. for more details.
Upcoming Outreach Events
Food Giveaway Food Bank of the Southern Tier is going to be at Good Shepherd on Wednesday, Oct. 28th from 10-11am for another food distribution. If you are part of this ministry, please see Don or Carmen for more details.
Trunk-n-Treats Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd (360 Conklin Avenue) will again host Trunk ‘N Treat from 4 to 7PM on October 31st. There will be hot chocolate, donuts, cider, games, antique cars, and trunks of treats.
Jeremy the Illusionist will share the gospel as he performs his amazing “magic” show from 6 to 7PM! Please come in costume with decorated trunks full of treats and enjoy the fun! Also invite friends and neighbors to this family-friendly event!
Balloon Animals If anyone is interested in making balloon animals for outreach events, please see Carmen.
Saratoga Outreach Please let Carmen know if you would like to share some special time (30-45 minutes) with the kids at Saratoga Youth Center. Some ideas: read a favorite book/books to the children, talk about a country where you have lived/visited, teach a craft, play a game, cook, etc. Also feel free to join us in the garden usually at 10:30AM on Tuesdays depending on the weather. Afterwards we prepare a salad from the harvest to enjoy in the Parish Hall. We have also made zucchini chips and kale chips, but are eager for more healthy, kid-friendly recipes. Thanks for continuing to pray for these beautiful children!
Good Shepherd Garden Good Shepherd has a community garden containing 11 personal plots. If you are interested in helping in the garden, or if you’d like to learn about gardening, please contact Steph Warner or Carmen Swoffer-Penna. We’re in need of waterers, planters, weeders, and knowledgeable folks to mentor newer gardeners.
This Week It’s time to close down another successful year in the Good Shepherd Garden! This year we expanded our flower garden, rebuilt two beds, got some new equipment, made lots of tasty meals with the Saratoga kids, and spent some time with the youth group, growing our relationships and knowledge along the way. Praise God for all of the work he’s done with our little patch of dirt! Thank you to all who tirelessly gave of themselves to make the garden such a success once again!
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 When stocking your pantry at home, please remember to buy some things for our member food pantry. Keeping it full provides food for those of our members who need to put a healthy meal on the table for themselves and their families. So if you can donate, please give generously. God will surely bless you for your kindness.
Pantry Needs: Canned peaches, pears and pineapple, canned veggies, soups and stews, cereal other than cornflakes, pasta sauce, tea bags, coffee packets, cocoa, sugar free items, kid foods like ravioli, juice other than grapefruit, and anything else you’d like to bring.
Sermon Last week’s sermon: ‘The Death of Death’ based on 1 Corinthians 15:20-28 by Bishop Dobbs can be listened to or downloaded here.
Mission Group Discussion Questions
1 Corinthians 15:20-28
(1) What effect do verses 12-19 have on the reader concerning the resurrection of Christ? How do these verses make a connection between Christ’s resurrection and the resurrection of the dead? How does the tone of the passage beginning in verse 20 differ from that of verses 12-19?
(2) What is the meaning and significance of the word “firstfruits” in verse 20? What hope does this give to Christians?
(3) According to verse 22, who was the firstfruits of death? Was this the reason Adam was created by God? Why did God create Adam and Eve? How did the first sin of Adam and Eve change God’s original intent for humanity? What is the most devastating consequence of sin?
(4) Now that death is the fate of all humanity brought on by Adam, what is necessary to restore humanity to their original place according to God’s purpose? What does the resurrection of Christ signify? Is there any significance to the fact that Christ was fully human and fully God in order to restore the intended order?
(5) For what reason in verse 23 does Paul need to be clear about the order and timing of the resurrection?
(6) What does it mean in verses 24 and 25 that “he [Christ] must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet”? Why is this necessary? What is the significance of the reference to Psalm 8:6 in verse 27?
(7) From verse 26 through 28, how many times is the word “subjection” or “subjected” used? In these verses, what are the objects or persons subjected? How is this picture of subjection related to the original order intended when Adam was created?
Tuesday Morning This Tuesday’s Bible study: ‘Joseph Meets His Brothers’ was based on Genesis 42. It can be seen 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 1 Corinthians 15:29-34.
Otherwise, what do people mean by being baptized on behalf of the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized on their behalf? Why are we in danger every hour? I protest, brothers, by my pride in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die every day! What do I gain if, humanly speaking, I fought with beasts at Ephesus? If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame. (1 Corinthians 15:29-34 ESV)
Team Galations is working on the altar this Sunday with Jerry Shriver.
The readings for this week are: Job 42:1-6, 10-17 and 1 Corinthians 15:29-34.
The PDF Bulletin for this Sunday’s 10:30 service can be downloaded here.
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