Verse of the Week :
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.”(Matthew 25:31-32, 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 Marie in the church office.
Holy Week Schedule
- Palm Sunday, April 14, 9am & 10:30am
- 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 Marie Bergfeldt.
40 Things to Give up for Lent
Get Pastor Phil’s devotion book for Lent. It is called 40 Things to Give up for Lent. It is available at Amazon. When you shop Amazon, make sure to shop at smile.amazon.com to help support the ministry of Good Shepherd.
Join us on this 40-day adventure through the season of Lent. Each day you will make a new discovery of something truly worth giving up. These 40 things are worth giving up not just for Lent, but for the rest of your life. You can give up things you eat and drink such as soda and chocolate. You can give up bad habits such as smoking or staying up late. But in this devotion you will look at giving up things which will transform your life. You will give up things like bitterness, loneliness, envy, and more. 40 Things to Give up for Lent is a powerful journey that will take your observance of Lent from ordinary to extraordinary.
Visual Faith for Lent
Pastor Phil shared a new resource for Lent to supplement his book, 40 Things to Give up for Lent. Melinda Ransdell, a pastor’s wife from Delaware, has created a visual faith booklet that you can print for yourself. You can read all about it on Pastor Phil’s blog.
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.
Thank You: A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to the youth going to Minneapolis. We have raised a little over $6000 so far. It will cost approximately $1750 for each person to go on the trip. There are 5 youth and 3 adults going. We are all excited for this trip which is only 4 months away now.
Next Fundraisers: Make and Take on Sunday, April 7th beginning around 10:15 am. You can make and Easter, Spring or Mother’s day board to keep or give as a gift. The large boards (4×24) are $25 each and the small boards (4×12) are $15 each. If you have any questions about any youth event, please contact Rachel Bergfeldt.
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.
New Member & Baptism Orientations
New Member Orientation: Join us for a new member orientation on Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 8am-11:30am. 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.
Baptism Orientation: Good Shepherd Church of Old Bridge is hosting a baptism orientation on Saturday, March 30, 2019, 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.
THRIVENT Choice Dollars: Thrivent Choice Dollars from 2018 expire March 31st, so get your designations in asap. This can be done online at Thrivent.com using your personal login or over the phone at 1-800-847-4836. Good Shepherd still has about $10K in Choice Dollars outstanding from the congregation. Live generously and allocate your Thrivent Choice Dollars today!
THRIVENTLunch & Learn: Sunday April 7th @ 12 pm. Turn retirement concerns into confidence. Get positive, professional guidance from a membership organization of Christians that has been helping its members be wise with money and live generously for more than 100 years. Learn more about Economic Update, Social Security, income taxes and retirement. Reserve your place today. RSVP to Lorraine.Mcmanmon@thrivent.com
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 Monday, March 18th at 7 pm. We will also be stuffing and labeling envelopes to mail out on Thursday, March 7th 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.
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 Marie in the church office if you can help out.
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. There are a few special cards for purchase right now: Cold Stone, Panera, Bed Bath and Beyond, Regal Theatre, along with the regulars like Walmart, ShopRite, Acme, etc. 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.
- March 30 – New Member Orientation 8 am; Baptism Orientation 11:30
- April 7 — Make and Take Youth Fund Raiser 10:15 – 1; Thrivent Lunch & Learn 12 pm
- April 14 – Palm Sunday; Sunday School Bible Buck Exchange
- April 18 – Maundy Thursday Service 7 pm
- April 19 – Good Friday Service 7 pm
- April 20 – Easter Egg Hunt, 9 am & 10:45; Set up for Easter Breakfast
- April 21 – Easter Sunday; services at 9 and 10:30 am – NO Sunday School; Easter Breakfast
- April 27 – First Communion Class
- May 5 – First Communion Sunday
- May 4 — Spring Clean Up Day (rain date May 11)
- May 19 – Confirmation Sunday