Mark your calendars: Sunday, October 28th from 5 – 7 pm.
We will have food, games, hayrides, smores, pumpkin decorating and of course, to end the night, “Trunk-or-Treat”. All events are free, except food will be available for purchase. This event is designed to be a fun and safe alternative Halloween celebration. We encourage costumes and decorations as long as they are not scary or ghoulish. We have little children who will be in attendance and want it to be a fun event for everyone. Most important we want to honor Jesus in everything we do. Make sure to sign up to participate in this event at www.gs4nj.org/harvest-fest-2018.
- Donations and Volunteers Needed for Harvest Fest:Jugs of apple cider
- Juice boxes SMALL individual bags of chips (variety packs are good)
- Volunteers for: Games, directing traffic, driving Hay Ride, food sales at counter, pumpkin decorating, “Trunk of Treat”.
Sunday School has begun: If you have not already done so, please fill out a registration form for your child(ren). There are some on the sign in table. This year we introduced a new curriculum and have a calendar of lessons and “Theme of the Day”. These are attached to the registration forms, be sure to take a copy. A suggested donation for each family is $25.00. This will help offset the cost of materials needed for each student. If you are interested in volunteering to help with Sunday School, please let someone at the registration table know.
Confirmation Program: The Confirmation Program can be a little costly for some families. If you would like to help, you can donate towards the confirmation program, please do so by using the envelope in the pew and clearly marking it “Confirmation Program”.
Voter’s Meeting: Our next Congregation Meeting will be on Sunday, November 18th immediately following the 10:30 service.
Thanksgiving Drive: Starting October 14th, we will be taking donations for “Thanksgiving Baskets” for families in need. Faith will have gift cards at the counter to purchase, and there are also envelopes in the Narthex to use if you wish to write a check. You can put in offering plate, give to Faith at the counter, or put in the mail box outside the church office. We will also need some turkey’s, so if you get a turkey, please bring to church BEFORE the 5th of November.
Flowers on the Altar: You can have flowers put on the altar in celebration of an event, anniversary, birthday, baptism, etc., or in memory of a loved one. There is a book in the Narthex to sign up. They are $30 for a bouquet, and you can take them home after the 10:30 service if you wish.
Shopping with Scrip is at the KITCHEN COUNTER! Be sure to pick up your gift cards. There are many cards to choose from. 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.
Children’s Center Happenings:
Thanksgiving Pies: The Children’s Center will be selling pies for Thanksgiving again this year. All the pies come from Battleview Orchards and are 10” except for the sugar free apple pie which is 8”. Pies are $15.00 each. Order forms are on green paper and can be found on the kitchen counter. All orders must be in and paid for by November 5th. Pies will not be ordered unless paid for, and will need to be picked up on November 20th, time TBD.
Outback Steakhouse 15% night: Please join the Good Shepherd Children’s Staff and families at Outback Steakhouse on Tuesday, October 23rd from 4 – 10 pm. 15% from each check will go towards the Good Shepherd Children’s Center. Outback is located at 1397, US Route 9 North in Old Bridge. Be sure to bring a flyer with you. Faith has gift cards for anyone who would like to purchase them.
Kids Stuff Books: The Children’s Center will be selling the “Kids Stuff” coupon books for Middlesex, Somerset, and Hunterdon counties for $25.00 each. These are great books with many great coupons. Marianne will be at the counter on Sunday to sell the books.