Verse of the Month
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.Philippians 4:8, ESV
Ash Wednesday and the Season of Lent
Join us for Ash Wednesday worship and the beginning of the season of Lent on Wednesday, February 26, at 7 PM. Ash Wednesday worship will include the Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion. It is a solemn worship service to begin this reflective season in the church year. This worship helps to set the tone for our faith life for the next six weeks. [Read More]
40 Things to Give up for Lent
Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent are just around the corner. As this season of Lent approaches, many of us think about something to “give up.” Unfortunately, these things often have little impact upon our life and walk with Christ.
With that said, I would like to offer up “40 things to give up for Lent.” But this list is different. It is not the typical things like soda or chocolate. These are things truly worth giving up. There is one for each day of the season. And these are things to give up not just for Lent, but for the rest of your life.
Haiti Meal Pack Event & Videokey
Our next Community Haiti Meal Packing Event is set for Saturday, June 6. It is still several months away, but the planning and fundraising starts now. We have Videokey event scheduled for Friday, March 6 starting at 6:30pm. There will be pizza and refreshments. Come and sing a song or come and watch and listen to others sing. All funds raised during this event will go to provide meals for children in Haiti.
Also, on Tuesday, March 10 at 6:30 pm we will be doing a mailing to all our participants from previous events. We need some help putting this mailing together. All are welcome to come and join us for this effort. Many hands make for short work.
Men’s Bible Study
Deacon Jeff Campbell will be hosting a Men’s Bible study on Saturday mornings at 8 am. Bible Study will be held on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. Our next Bible Study is Saturday, February 28 at 8am in the Resource Room. We will be following Pastor Phil’s message series and study Philippians.
Women’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study is hosted on Monday nights at 7pm. The topic of the study is Great Women of the Bible. It is led by Randi Rutan and Sonya Hansen.
New Member Orientation
Our next New Member Orientation is scheduled for Saturday, March 7 at 8 am. Registration will begin in February. There will also be a Baptism Orientation at 11:30 am for all parents who are interested in having their children baptized at Good Shepherd.
Philippians Message Series
We are almost done with the Philippians Message Series During this series, Pastor Phil had three challenges for you to participate in and it is not too late to begin. You can learn more about them in the first message of the series. These challenges are to:
- Read Philippians in one sitting (15 minutes)
- Read it repeatedly (weekly or daily)
- Read different translations
The Confirmation Class is working on making blankets for Project Linus. We are in need of 60 x 60 inches blanket material to make these blankets. There will be a box on the stage to leave the material. If you cannot get material, monetary donations are welcome and appreciated as well.
We have a “security team” that is trying to develop a plan and procedures for our facility in the event we have an emergency (i.e. active shooter, or unknown threat at the school or church, fire). If you would be interested in being a part of this planning team, please email the church office. If you would like to be part of this planning team, please email the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to everyone who donated blood. We received 29 units during the blood drive! Thank you for giving this gift of life. It is desperately need. We pray for all who will receive these donations. We pray for their healing from their injuries or diseases.
Congregation Financial Update: December 2019 general fund contributions were $30,200, which was $200 more than expenses ($30,000). January 2020 contributions were $27,400 which were $1,700 less than expenses ($29,100). Our December Year-End Offering raised more than $25,000 which will be used for building repairs and upgrades.
Thrivent Action Teams – with spring approaching and various projects, many of our Thrivent members have access to $250 Action Team Credit Cards. Apply online as a member or see Tony Puricelli for help.
Lunch & Learn: Retirement, Investing, ROTH vs 401K / IRA, Taxes – Lunch & Learn for Millennials (ages 24-45). Hosted by Cindi Crane of Thrivent at Zion Lutheran on March 15 in Clark, NJ 12:00PM.
Vacation Bible School 2020
VBS will be July 20 – 24 from 6 – 8 pm each night. We need volunteers to make this a success. If you are interested in volunteering to help with this, email the church office at email@example.com.
Shopping with Scrip
Get your Gift cards from SCRIP! Stores that are available weekly are Wawa, Dunkin Donuts, Panera, Acme, ShopRite and more, there are also some Amazon Gift cards. Be sure to stop at the kitchen counter and see what is new. Order forms are available for 1000’s of other cards that are available on the website. Families can now pay for gift cards with credit cards online or you can link to your bank account. Credit card types that are accepted are Visa and Mastercard. Credit card payments are only available to families who can pay online. Good Shepherd’s code F67D7L9421914. Good Shepherd’s code F67D7L9421914.
Shopping with Amazon
Did you know that when you shop on Amazon that a portion of your purchase can be donated to Good Shepherd? Instead of typing www.amazon.com in your browser, just type smile.amazon.com and chose the cause of your choice.
- February 26 — Ash Wednesday Service 7 pm
- March 7 — New Member Orientation & Baptism Orientation
- April 9 — Maundy Thursday Service 7 pm
- April 10 — Good Friday Service 7 pm
- April 11 – Easter Egg Hunt
- April 12 — Easter Sunday
- May 3 — First Communion Sunday
- May 17 — Confirmation Sunday
See all our events on our church calendar at gs4nj.org/calendar