Urgent Haiti Mission Trip: As you know, the recent hurricane that went through Haiti left numerous people homeless. We are putting a construction crew together to go to Haiti February 4-11. (For various reasons, this trip will be men only.) The purpose will be to help build houses in southwestern Haiti, and we will be working with a group in Haiti known as Mission of Hope. If you can swing a hammer or use tin snips, you can help, you can make a difference. The Mission Trip cost will be $1175 plus Airfare for funding a roof + airfare. Airfare will depend on the rates when we buy the tickets, and are currently running about $500-$600. The minimum size of a team is 5 people. We will be staying in “primitive lodging”, so expect to “rough it” a bit. If you would like more information, contact Tony Hansen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Healing Service: Join us Sunday, January 22 at 6 pm for a service of healing. Whatever your struggle may be, know that God is the healer. We will join together believing God for miracles. God is greater. If you are in need of healing, come! If you know of someone in need of healing, invite them!
New Member Orientation: Join us for a new member orientation on Saturday, February 4; 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 at gs4nj.org/newmember!
Baptism Orientation: Good Shepherd Church of Old Bridge is hosting a baptism orientation on Saturday, February 4 at 11:30 am. 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. To sign up for either the New Member Orientation or the Baptism orientation (or both) visit gs4nj.org/newmember
Fight Night: Mark your calendar for Saturday, February 18 at 6 pm for the Fight Night Broadcast with Dr.’s Les and Leslie Parrott at Good Shepherd. This is designed to be a fun date night for couples and to serve as a relationship game-changer. You’ll laugh, learn, grow closer as a couple. And most important you will never look at fighting in the same way. Tickets for this event will go on sale in January.
Read the Bible in 2017: Join the Good Shepherd Daily Bible Reading Plan in 2017. Read through the Bible during the year. There are three readings each day. Two readings from the Old Testament and one reading from the New Testament. You can get a copy of the reading plan in the church lobby. Reading plans are also available online at gs4nj.org/biblereading. Get the Faithlife Study Bible and read on your iPhone or Android Phone by joining the Good Shepherd Faithlife Group at faithlife.org/gs4nj.
Admin Board Update: Our Admin Board met earlier this week to appoint new officers. Our new officers include: Randi Rutan (President), Marianne Krawiec (Vice President), Tony Puricelli (Treasurer), and Dawn Margolis (Secretary). Other members of our Admin Board include Dan Cinquegrana, Bob Shipley, and Jan Boyd. We thank each of these individuals for there service and leadership at Good Shepherd.
Blankets for Project Linus: The Confirmation Class is collecting material for blankets for Project Linus. The blankets are given to children in New Jersey hospitals. We need material that is 60 inches by 60 inches. Monetary donations are welcomed and appreciated.
Also monetary donations are needed for Confirmation Students that are not able to pay for Confirmation this year. Confirmation cost $200.00 a year. If you wish to donate, please use one of the envelopes in the pew and clearly mark it “Confirmation Student Help”, or write it on your check in the memo line. You may also put donation in the locked box outside the church office clearly marked what it is for. I hope that you can help us and answer our prayers.
Blood Drive: Our next Blood Drive will be held on Sunday, February 5, 2017 from 8 am – 1 pm. More information to come.
Flowers for the Altar: If you are interested in having flowers put on the altar in celebration of a birthday, anniversary, birth of a child/grandchild, or in memory of a loved one, or in thanks to God for His many blessings, please email Marie in the church office at email@example.com and let her know what date you would like to have them on the altar. Bouquets are $25.00 each, and you can take them home after the 10:30 service on the day you have selected.
Listen Online to Sermons Online. Did you miss a Sunday Worship while on vacation? Listen online to our Sunday Sermons at gs4nj.org/podcast.