Verse of the Week
And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!” And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen.”(Luke 9:35-36, ESV)
Join us for Ash Wednesday worship on March 6, starting at 7 pm. Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, 40 days leading up to Easter. On this evening, we will participate in Holy Communion and the Imposition of Ashes.
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.
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.
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.
THRIVENT LUNCH & LEARN: Dinner will be served; Sunday, March 10th at 4 pm. Turn retirement concerns into confidence. Get positive, professional guidance from a membership organization of Christians that have been helping its members be wise with money and live generously for more than 100 years. Learn about Economic Update, Social Security: Timing is Everything, Income taxes and retirement. This workshop is geared for people age 50+. To reserve your spot, please RSVP to Lorraine.Mcmanmon@thrivent.com
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!
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.
Youth Giving Envelopes
Youth Group Fund Raiser for the July 2019 National Youth Gathering in Minnesota. Take an envelope and put that amount or any amount higher in it and return by March 3rd. Envelopes range from $1.00 to $50.00. Thank You for your support. If you have any questions, please see Rachel Bergfeldt or any of the youth going on the trip. The youth that are going are: Skylar & Ryan Andersen, Dorien & Tommy Byrnes, and Abby Ressler. The leaders going are Dan & Rachel Bergfeldt, and Pastor Phil. Keep them all in your prayers are they prepare for this great adventure.
Thank You to everyone who came out to donate blood on February 17th. We had about 70 people come to donate and received about 63 donations. The most we have ever received. Thank You all for your help and your dedication.
Flowers on the Altar
If you would like to have flowers on the altar for any occasion; i.e. birthday, anniversary, Glory to God, etc. Please sign up in the book on the table in the Narthex under the TV. Flowers are $30 each. Any questions, please see Marie Bergfeldt.
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.
To see full church calendar visit gs4nj.org/calendar
- Feb 28–March 4 – Church office closed
- March 6 – Ash Wednesday Service @ 7 pm
- March 7 – Meal Packing Planning Team 7 pm; B&G Meeting 7:30 pm
- March 10 – Thrivent Lunch & Learn 4 pm
- March 12 — Deacons Meeting 7 pm
- March 16 – AA Anniversary Meeting
- March 18 – Numana Meal Packing Planning Team 7 pm
- March 30 – New Member Orientation 8 am; Baptism Orientation 11:30