GSCC Summer Camp: The Children’s Center is expanding their Summer Camp Program to 5 full days (6 am to 6 pm). If you know someone with young children, please invite them to take a tour of the school and tell them about our Summer Program. If you need more details, please contact Marianne Krawiec — .
Teacher Appreciation Week: May 6-12. We would like to show the teachers of the Children’s Center how much we appreciate them. We would like to treat them to a nice breakfast one day that week. (Tuesday May 8th is the tentative date right now). If you would like to donate orange or pineapple juice, flavored creamers for coffee, home baked muffins, or fresh fruits for them to enjoy throughout the day, please let in the church office know by Sunday, April 29th. These items would have to be in church by 8 am on the day of their breakfast. If you would like to make a monetary donation to put towards purchasing what we need, please put it in an envelope, and clearly mark: FOR MARIE for Teacher’s Lunch and put in my mail box outside the church office.
Mother’s Day Sale Volunteers needed: The Children’s Center will be selling “Violet Ray” Handbags just in time for Mother’s Day. If you would like to volunteer to come to the school one (or two mornings) from 8:30 – 9:30 to sell the bags to parents, or 3:30-4:30 in the afternoon, please let Marie in the church office know. These bags will also be available to the congregation if anyone is interested in purchase a handbag. The bags will be on sale for $10, $15 and $20. There are many different types of handbags for all ages, so please come and look. These will make great Mother’s Day gifts. I could use a few volunteers to sell these bags after the 9 am service at the kitchen counter also. Please let know if you can help. It only takes a few minutes.
Spring Work Day: Mark your calendars; Spring Work Day will be Saturday, May 5th starting 8:30 am. There are always many different types of jobs to be done in and around the church, and the more hands the better. Please email in the church office.
Bagging at Shoprite: On Saturday, May 12th, we will be bagging groceries at the Shop Rite on Route 9 North from 10 am – 4 pm. There will be a sign- up sheet in the Narthex. You can take a two-hour shift, or stay the whole time, whatever works into your schedule. ALL proceeds will go towards the Numana Meal Packing Event. If you have any questions, please see Mike Lanzafama or .
Mowers Needed: Spring, yes Spring is upon us, and that means it’s time for the grass to start growing, and the weeds will begin to pop up. If you are interested in helping keep the grounds looking nice, please sign up on today’s connection card. Even if you are already on the “team”, please sign up so we know who is going to continue to help with mowing, weeding, weed whacking, etc. If you have any questions, please see
New Member Orientation: Join us for a new member orientation on Saturday, June 16 from 8 am-11:30 am. During the new member orientation, we will look at what we believe, what we value, and what it means to be a member of Good Shepherd. This is for everyone who desires to learn more about the church, is interested in becoming a member, or desires to review the basics of our faith. Sign up on line at www.gs4nj.org/new-member-orientation-june-16! After the orientation is over, you will have the opportunity to sign a new member covenant and then be received as a New Member of Good Shepherd.
Baptism Orientation: Are you Expecting or have in infant. Join us on Saturday, June 16 at 11:30 am for the baptism orientation. This orientation is for any parents who are interested in having their child baptized at Good Shepherd. The orientation will last approximately one hour. It will be led by Pastor Phil. We will look at what we as Lutherans believe and teach about baptism. We will also go through the commitments which parents make before the Lord on the day their child’s baptism. If parents are not members of Good Shepherd they should make arrangements to attend the New Member Orientation prior to the Baptism Orientation.
VBS–Shipwrecked: There are all types of fun was you can help. We need group leaders, group guides, session leaders and helpers, and just bodies to be sure that all the kids have a fantastic time. It’s a week filled with fun and laughter for you and for the kids. VBS will run from July 30 – August 3 from 6 – 8 pm. If you have any questions, please reach out to Barbara Ressler or .
Numana Meal Packing Event 2018: We will be hosting our meal packing event on Saturday, June 2, 1028. We packed 80,000 meals last year, but this year we hope to double that number and pack 160,000 meals. Double the meals will help double the children. This means we will need to raise $48,000 to make that happen. That is a big number, but we can break that number down. We will pack 740 boxes that contain 216 meals each. Each box is $65. We need just 740 donations of $65. Another way of looking at it is that each meal costs 30¢. For every .30¢ that is donated, we can provide one more meal. It happens just a little bit at a time. Donations can be made online by going to gs4nj.org/mealpacking. This link will take you to the donation page for our meal packing event on Numana’s website. If you would like to send a check, it can be made out to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and specify “For Numana Meal Packing event” on the memo line.
Spare Change for Haiti: We will be collecting any spare change each week to help our Numana Meal Packing Event. So, each Sunday bring in any spare change and drop it in the offering plate as it passes by.
Shopping with Scrip! AT THE KITCHEN COUNTER! Don’t forget to get your Texas Roadhouse gift cards. Be sure to go to the kitchen counter to pick up your gift cards. There are many cards to choose from. 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 24 – Numana Meal Packing Meeting @ 7 pm
April 30 – May 11 – Children’s Center Handbag Sale (please support the CC handbag sale bags will be available at the kitchen counter for purchase)
May 5 – Spring Work Day 8:30 am
May 6 – First Communion Sunday
May 7 – 10 – Teacher Appreciation Week
May 8 – Teacher appreciation breakfast (tentative)
May 12 – Bagging Groceries at ShopRite on Rt 9 N (be sure to sign up 10 – 4 pm)
May 20 – Confirmation Sunday
May 28 — Children’s Center and Church Office Closed: Happy Memorial Day
June 2, 2018 – Numana Meal Packing Event
June 18 – Children’s Center Graduations
June 25 – Children’s Center Summer Camp Begins
July 4 – Children’s Center and Church Office Closed: Happy 4th of July
July 13 – Blake Flattley Concert
July 16 – 20 – Marie’s Vacation
July 22 – Blood Drive
July 30 – August 3 – VBS 6-8 pm