New Service Times: Good Shepherd has been worshiping at 9 am and 10:30 am during the summer months. We plan to keep these same worship times as we enter into the new school year which will be a change. Sunday School will run during the 9 am worship. Children will come to worship together with their families at 9 and will be dismissed to Sunday School during the worship.
Sunday School and Confirmation began, September 17 at 9:15 am.
New Church Office Hours: The church office will begin new hours on Monday, September 4th. The hours will now be 9 – 2
Back to School Drive is ending soon: Please pick up a list of items needed for the “Back to School Drive” from the table in the Narthex. The first drop off was made on August 21, but we will be collecting until September 20th. We would like to help as many kids as possible have a good start for the beginning of the school year, so please bring your supplies in by next Sunday, August 20th. Thanks for your continued support.
Haiti Mission Trip: Have you been to Haiti and can’t wait to go back? Have you never been to Haiti, but have a calling on your heart to go? Then join us March 3-10, 2018 as HCM makes another trip back to Haiti! The vision of this trip falls in line with the vision of our ministry. Our vision is: to the share the story and to inspire God’s people to help the children of Haiti. For more information or to sign up, go to the HCM website: haitianchildrensministry.org/going-back-haiti and apply.
Pianist or musician needed: Twice a month, the Deacons go to the Golden Living Care Center on Route 18 and hold a service for the people there. They are in need of someone to play the piano (or guitar) to help with the service. It is the 2nd, 4th and 5th Sunday of the month at 10:15 am – 11 am. If you are interested, please contact .
Communion Assistant & Scripture Readers: If you are interested in becoming a communion assistant, or a scripture reader on Sunday morning, please contact .
New Member Orientation: Join us for a new member orientation on Saturday, September 23 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 on line at www.gs4nj.org! After the orientation is over, you will have the opportunity to sign a new member covenant and then be received as a New Member of Good Shepherd.
Baptism Orientation: Saturday, September 23 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.
If you would like more information about baptism, make sure to check out our FAQ section about baptism on our church website; gs4nj.org. If you have any questions about this orientation, make sure to contact our church office at .
Update your information: If you have moved, changed your e-mail, or phone number, please contact in the church office to update your information.
Youth Group: The National Youth Gathering will be here before you know it! There will be a mandatory youth group meeting for any child who is interested in going to the National Youth Gathering in 2019. Children in grades 7- 10 will be eligible to go as a participant to the gathering. Children in 11th grade to college can participate as a Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) and should still come to the meeting for information. Parents and children must attend to get information and let the leaders know if they intend to go on the trip. We will cover fundraising, cost of attendance and requirements to go on the trip. The meeting will be September 17th at 11:45 in the resource room. We will also be having the first youth group meeting on 10/1/17 from 11:45 to 1pm. If there are any questions please feel free to reach out to Rachel at
Confirmation & First Communion Pictures are in.
Fall Work Day: Fall work day is Saturday, October 7th starting at 9 am. There are many big and small things that need to be done; from cleaning windows to changing lights, etc. All are welcome. Many hands make light works. Colossians 3:23 (ESV) — Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men. Please contact the team and let them know you are coming.
Harvest Fest 2017: Sunday October 29th at 5 pm. Sign-ups will begin soon.
Congregation Voters Meeting: Sunday November 12th at 11:45 am.
Blood Drive: Our next blood drive will January 7, 2018.
College Students: If you have a child or grandchild attending college, please give in the church office the address so they can be sent a card to remind them that we are thinking of them.
Gluten Free wafers are now available for those who need it. Please be sure to let the Deacon or Pastor know when you come to the Altar so they can bring it to you.
Listen to Sermons Online. Did you miss a Sunday Worship? Listen to the Sunday Sermons at gs4nj.org/podcast.
Shopping with Scrip! 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.