New Member Orientation: Join us for a new member orientation on Saturday, September 29 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. You can sign up on line at: www.gs4nj.org
After the orientation is over, you will have the opportunity to sign a new member covenant and then be received as a New Member.
Baptism Orientation: Good Shepherd Church of Old Bridge is hosting a baptism orientation on Saturday, September 29 at 11:30 AM (following the New Member 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.
If you would like more information about baptism, make sure to check out our FAQ section at about baptism on our church website. If you have any questions about this orientation, make sure to contact our church office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kick Off Sunday & Church Picnic: Please join us on Sunday, September 9th for our “Kick-Off” event. There will be one service at 10 am immediately followed by a church picnic. There will be games, lots of food, and of course great fellowship. Please sign up on today’s connection card if you plan on attending. If you would like to bring a dish, please write it on the connection card. We also need help with set up and clean up. If you have a “canopy/tent” that we can borrow for the day, please let us know.
Sunday School: Sunday School will officially begin on Sunday, September 16th at 9 am. We will introduce a new curriculum, this year also. There are letters with registration forms and calendars on the table in the Narthex (these are also being mailed out). If you have any questions, please reach out to Marie in the church office at email@example.com.
Workshop: You are invited to join us for the Joining Jesus on His Mission Workshop with Greg Finke on Saturday, September 22 starting at 8:30 am Somerset Hills Lutheran Church in Basking Ridge, NJ. Joining Jesus on His Mission will alter the way you see your life as a follower of Jesus and take you beyond living your life for Jesus to living life with Jesus. Simple, powerful and applicable insights show you how to be on mission and recognize where Jesus is already at work in your neighborhoods, workplaces and schools. You will feel both relief and hope. You may even hear yourself say, “I can do this ” as you start responding to the everyday opportunities Jesus is placing in your path. If you are interested in attending, please the church office so we make arrangements for carpooling.
Building & Grounds Team: The next meeting for the Building and Grounds Team (B&G) will be on Thursday, September 6th at 7:30 pm. If you are interested in becoming part of the team, please let us know by signing up on todays connection card. We are also getting ready to plan our “fall” workday, a Saturday in October
Old Bridge Day: Please join us on Saturday, September 22nd at Old Bridge Day. The festivities begin at noon and go until 5 pm. Good Shepherd Children’s Center will be manning a table. If you would like to help that day, please sign up on today’s connection card.
It’s a “Back to Preschool Drive!”:
This year our VBS/Summer Mission is a “Back to School Drive” for Good Shepherd’s Child Care Center. We need all kinds of supplies for the upcoming school year.
6” Paper plates, 9” paper plates, Baby wipes, Windex, Clorox wipes, Dish detergent, Googly eyes (large), Elmer’s glue (gallon size), 5 oz clear plastic cups, Ziploc sandwich bags, Ziploc gallon size, Tissues, Plastic Forks, Plastic Spoons, Gold Paper fasteners, Glue sticks, Beginner pencils (large size), LARGE crayons (not standard crayons), Construction Paper — Single color ONLY, Nitrile exam gloves, medium size for clean ups;
SNACKS: NOT single serve packs
Pretzels, Graham Crackers, Nilla Wafers, Animal Crackers, Gold Fish, Ritz crackers
There are copies of the Care Center ‘wish list’ on a table in the Narthex. Please help us get ready for another year of love and learning in God’s house. If you have Back to School items you want to donate for older kids (K-12), you can put those on the table too and we will give them to the Old Bridge Food Bank to give to local kids in need. The drive will run through early September. Thank you for your help.
Children’s Center Needs:
The Children’s center is looking for morning and afternoon aides. If you are interested, please contact Marianne Krawiec at firstname.lastname@example.org.
They are also in need of a desk (under 62”). If you have a desk, please let Marianne know. We need this by September 3rd. Thank You!
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EVENTS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY: Worship service @ 9:15; MONDAY: NA Group 7 pm; TUESDAY: GSCC CPR/AED Training; WEDNESDAY: GSCC Orientation 9 am and 6 pm; SATURDAY: AA Meeting 8:30 am; SUNDAY: Worship service @ 9:15 am
August 29 – Children’s Center Orientation 10 am and 6 pm
September 4 – First Day of School for Children’s Center
September 9 – Kick Off Sunday – ONE service at 10 am followed by church picnic
September 11 – Deacons Meeting 7 pm
September 16 – Sunday School begins 9:00 am in Sanctuary; Worship Services at 9 and 10:30 am
September 19 – Children’s Center First Chapel
September 20 – Admin Board Meeting 7:30 pm
September 22 – Old Bridge Day, 12 – 5 pm; Joining Jesus on His Mission 8:30 am
October 6 – New Member Orientation 8:00 am; Baptism Orientation 11:30 am