Attention Thrivent Members!!!!!! Your Choice Dollars must be designated by the end of March. Make sure to check your account to ensure your funds are directed to Good Shepherd. If you have any questions, please contact the .
Special Concert: Walther Lutheran Academy High School from Melrose Park, IL will be performing a concert on Friday, March 9, @ 7:30pm at Good Shepherd in Old Bridge. The Concert is part of their East Coast Spring Concert Tour. Everyone is invited!
We still need just a few more spots for overnight hosting. Housing forms are in the narthex/ lobby can be returned to Good Shepherd TODAY! We will be hosting a dinner for the students at 5:30 on Friday (before the concert), please talk to Linda Cinquegrana to see what she needs for this event.
Prayer Vigil: Once again, Good Shepherd will be hosting a prayer vigil from the end of the Maundy Thursday worship service to the beginning of the Good Friday service. We are in the beginning stages of making plans for this event.
Voter’s Meeting NEXT WEEK; March 11: There will be a Voter’s Meeting on Sunday, March 11 following the 10:30am worship. The purpose of the meeting will be to approve the expenditure for replacing the alarm system in the building.
Easter Egg Hunt: We are looking for volunteers to help make this event a big success. You can sign up on today’s connection card or see Barbara Ressler.
The youth group will be selling Easter Chocolates at the Easter Egg Hunt and on Easter Morning. If any youth would like to participate we will be making the chocolates on 3/24/18 at 12:30 pm. The proceeds will be going towards the National Youth Gathering and renovating the youth room. Any youth that is still interested in the Gathering please contact Rachel at email@example.com.
Easter Breakfast: The men’s group will once again be cooking Easter breakfast. Anyone interested in helping on Saturday, March 31st following the Egg Hunt to help set up and crack some eggs, please contact . Please be sure to put your name, email and/or phone number on the card. The meal will be served from 9:15 (10:30 members come early and enjoy breakfast before worship service), until 10:45 (9 am members enjoy breakfast after service). We also need helpers to clean up after the event.
CONFIRMATION NEEDS Material & Donations: 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.
Confirmation Class is also in need of monetary donations to help pay for the cost of confirmation, the materials, and retreat. If anyone would like to donate, you can put in the offering plate and clearly mark the envelope CONFIRMATION.
Numana Meal Packing Event 2018: We will be hosting our meal packing event on Saturday, June 2, 1028. We packed 80,000 meals last year, but this year we hope to double that number and pack 160,000 meals. Double the meals will help double the children. This means we will need to raise $48,000 to make that happen. That is a big number, but we can break that number down. We will pack 740 boxes that contain 216 meals each. Each box is $65. We need just 740 donations of $65. Another way of looking at it is that each meal costs 30¢. For every .30¢ that is donated, we can provide one more meal. It happens just a little bit at a time.
Donations can be made online by going to gs4nj.org/mealpacking. This link will take you to the donation page for our meal packing event on Numana’s website. If you would like to send a check, it can be made out to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and specify “For Numana Meal Packing event” on the memo line.
Join us for the Good Shepherd Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31st at 9 am and 10:45 am. There are two separate sessions. 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! It is sure to be a fun morning. This event is free; however, we are taking donations online and at the event to support this event. The suggested donation is $10/family. Please sign up at: www.gs4nj.org/egghunt.
Read the Bible in 2018: Join the Good Shepherd Daily Bible Reading Plan in 2018. Read through the Bible during the year. It is called the Commuter Plan because it can be read during your commute on bus or train in 15 minutes. There are three readings each day – five days a week. Two readings are from the Old Testament and one reading is from the New Testament. Download your copy of the plan today at gs4nj.org/biblereading or pick up a copy in the church lobby.
Be a Part of a Team: There are many ways for you to serve. You are here on Sunday mornings, so why not be a part of the “action”. See the list below of some of the ways you can help:
AV Tech Support: During either 9 or 10:30 service with the sound or screens, no experience necessary; we will train you. It would not be every Sunday, every 3rd or 4th week.
Usher: During either 9 or 10:30 service. This is a rotating schedule when you are available. Two of our faithful ushers are away, so we could use more help.
Communion Assistant: During either 9 or 10:30 service.
Nursery Help: During the 10:30 service only
Altar Guild: One month every 3 months with a team of 3 or 4 other ladies.
These are just a few of the ways that you can be a part of the service. If you are interested in helping with any of these, or Sunday School, please fill out the connection card with your information and we will get you started.
Listen to Sermons Online. Did you miss a Sunday Worship? Listen to the Sunday Sermons at gs4nj.org/podcast.
Shopping with Scrip! AT THE KITCHEN COUNTER! Be sure to go to the kitchen counter and pick up your gift cards. There are many cards to choose from, or you can visit 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 10 – Spring Forward, Daylight Saving Time
Marth 11 – Voter’s Meeting
March 24 – Youth Group Chocolate Making
March 25 – Palm Sunday (services at 9 & 10:30, Sunday School 9:15)
March 29 — Maundy Thursday Service 7 pm
March 30 – Good Friday Service 7 pm
March 29-30 – Maundy Thursday into Good Friday Prayer Vigil
March 31- Easter Egg Hunt; Men’s Group Egg Cracking & set up for Easter Breakfast
April 1 – Easter Sunday – NO Sunday School; services at 9 and 10:30 am; Easter Breakfast from 9:15 — 10:45
April 13 – 15 – Confirmation Retreat
April 28 – First Communion Class 10 am
May 6 – First Communion Sunday
May 20 – Confirmation Sunday
June 2, 2018 – Numana Meal Packing Event
July 30 – August 3 – VBS 6-8 pm