Verse of the Week :
So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!”John 12:13, ESV
Join us for the Good Shepherd Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and Children’s Center in Old Bridge, NJ. We will have two separate sessions this year at 9 am and 10:45 am. Each session will last approximately one hour. Please sign up for either one of the sessions. This will be a fun event for the whole family. And there will be more than just the Easter Egg Hunt. We also have a craft, story time, and music, and more! Volunteers are needed to help with set up, clean up, filling the eggs and helping with crafts and games. If you are interested in helping, please email Barbara Ressler.
Holy Week Schedule
- Maundy Thursday, April 18, 7pm
- Good Friday, April 19, 7pm
- Easter Egg Hunt, April 20 9am & 10:45am
- Easter Sunday, April 21, 9am & 10:30am
- Easter Sunday Breakfast 9:30-10:30am
Volunteers for Easter Breakfast: We need volunteers for helping with the Easter Breakfast. We need people to help with set up and clean up, servers, and “egg crackers”. Breakfast will be served at 9:30 and go through until about 10:45. Any questions, please contact Dan Cinquegrana
Haiti Meal Packing
Numana Meal Packing Event: Good Shepherd is once again partnering with Numana and McDivitt Elementary School to help prepare meals for children in Haiti on Saturday, June 1. Mark your calendars now! In 2017 we packaged 83,160 meals. In 2018 we packaged 90,452 meals. This year we hope to do the same or more. The next planning team meeting will be held on Thursday, April 25th at 7 pm.
Loose Change for Haiti: We will be collecting loose change to help our Numana Meal Packing Event beginning on Sunday, March 3rd and go through May. Bring your spare change and put it in the jug in the Narthex each week. Every 30¢ is one more meal.
ShopRite Bagging: Help us raise funds for our Haiti Meal Packing Event by serving on April 20 at ShopRite. We will be bagging groceries for shoppers at the store. In return, we are able to take donations for the event and to share about our work. Voluteers can sign up to work three hour shifts. Please contact Martha if you can volunteer.
Confirmation and Youth News
First Communion Class: For all students in 6th grade, or who are in confirmation program and have not yet received first communion, there will be a first communion class on Saturday, April 27th at 10 am in the Sanctuary.
Confirmation is looking for donations of material (60 x 60) or monetary donations to make blankets. There will be a collection for material on the stage in the fellowship hall, and a collection box for money in the Narthex on the table by the Sunday School Sign in. If you have any questions, please see Doreen Humiston.
Cinco De Mayo Auction will be held on May 5th. Time to be determined, but mark your calendars now. This will be a meal and an auction event to help raise funds for the Youth to go to Minneapolis for the National Youth Gathering.
Spring Clean Up Day: Our next work day is schedules for Saturday, May 4th with a rain date of May 11th. All are welcome to come and help. There are many jobs to get done. Some big some small. Easy and hard. Will train as you go. Please email Mike Lanzafama if you can help out.
ALOA (Adult Lutherans Organized for Action) of the NJ District is hosting a conference at Good Shepherd called Transitions: Navigating Life’s Changes: Saturday, May 11,
Garden Helpers / Mowers: Yes, it is that time again. We are in need of people to help keep the church and school grounds looking beautiful. We need people to mow the lawns, and help with weeding etc. We will train you on the mowers if you need help with that. If you can help, please contact Maureen Puricelli.
Mission Classic Golf Outing: On May 16, 2019, the NJ District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod will be sponsoring its annual Mission Classic Golf Outing. Each year a speciﬁc charity is designated as the beneﬁciary of the funds raised by this event. This year’s charity is our Kairos Network, which trains pastors to be church planters in various locations throughout the state. Part of the day’s events includes a tricky tray auction. We are asking for donations for our tricky tray in the form of gift cards, gift baskets, or gift certiﬁcates for grocery stores, restaurants, Starbucks, movie theaters, specialty shops, etc. If you would be interested in playing, contact Pastor Phil at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHOPPING WITH SCRIP
$2000 was donated to the church by the people who purchased gift cards. It is so easy everyone can help. You get dollar for dollar on each card, and the church/school make money on EVERY card that is sold. Be sure to stop at the kitchen counter and see what is available, or order from the 1000’s available on the website. You can visit the website, shopwithscrip.com to purchase gift cards to hundreds of shops and restaurants. Support the ministry of your choosing. Good Shepherd’s code is F67D7L9421914.
- April 13 – Rehearsal for Holy Week 10 am – singers and musicians
- April 14 – Palm Sunday; Sunday School Bible Buck Exchange
- April 18 – Maundy Thursday Service 7 pm; run through of Good Friday Service 8 pm
- April 19 – Good Friday Service 7 pm
- April 20 – Easter Egg Hunt, 9 am & 10:45; Set up for Easter Breakfast; Shop-Rite Bagging for Numana 9 – 4
- April 21 – Easter Sunday; services at 9 and 10:30 am – NO Sunday School; Easter Breakfast
- April 27 – First Communion Class 10 am
- May 4 — Spring
Clean UpDay (rain date May 11)
- May 5 – First Communion Sunday
- May 12 — Mother’s Day (NO Sunday School)
- May 13 — Vision Team Meeting 5 pm
- May 19 – Confirmation Sunday
- June 1 – Numana Meal Packing Event