Kick Off Sunday
Please join us on Sunday, September 9 at 10 am for worship service. We will be “Blessing the Backpacks”, so be sure to bring yours with you. After the service, join us for the church picnic. There will be games, lots of food, a “make your own ice cream Sunday” bar and more. If you are going to bring a dish, please let Marie know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday School: Sunday School will officially begin on Sunday, September 16th at 9 am. We will introduce a new curriculum, this year also. Letters were sent home with registration forms and calendars. If you did not receive one, there are some on the table in the Narthex. If you have any questions, please reach out to Marie in the church office at email@example.com, or go to gs4nj.org and search Sunday School. There are registration forms and the calendar.
New Member Orientation: Join us for a new member orientation on Saturday, October 6 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. You can sign up on line at 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.
Baptism Orientation: Good Shepherd Church of Old Bridge is hosting a baptism orientation on Saturday, October 6 at 11:30 AM (following the New Member Orientation). 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 at about baptism on our church website. If you have any questions about this orientation, make sure to contact our church office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Workshop: You are invited to join us for the Joining Jesus on His Mission Workshop with Greg Finke on Saturday, September 22 starting at 8:30 am Somerset Hills Lutheran Church in Basking Ridge, NJ. “Joining Jesus on His Mission” will alter the way you see your life as a follower of Jesus and take you beyond living your life for Jesus to living life with Jesus. Simple, powerful and applicable insights show you how to be on mission and recognize where Jesus is already at work in your neighborhoods, workplaces and schools. You will feel both relief and hope. You may even hear yourself say, “I can do this ” as you start responding to the everyday opportunities Jesus is placing in your path. If you are interested in attending, please email Marie in the church office so we make arrangements for carpooling.
Building & Grounds Team: The next meeting for the Building and Grounds Team (B&G) will be on Thursday, September 6th at 7:30 pm. If you are interested in becoming part of the team, please let Ron Humiston or Mike Lanzafama know by emailing them. We are also getting ready to plan our “fall” workday, a Saturday in October.
Old Bridge Day: Please join us on Saturday, September 22nd at Old Bridge Day. The festivities begin at noon and go until 5 pm. Good Shepherd Children’s Center will be manning a table. If you would like to help that day, please email Marie in the church office.
It’s a “Back to Preschool Drive!”:This year’s Mission is a “Back to School Drive” for Good Shepherd’s Child Care Center. We need all kinds of supplies for the upcoming school year.
SUPPLIES NEEDED: Paper towels; 6” Paper plates; 9” paper plates; Baby wipes; Windex; Clorox wipes; Googly eyes (large); Elmer’s glue (gallon size); 5 oz clear plastic cups, Ziploc sandwich bags; Ziploc gallon size; Napkins; Tissues; Plastic Forks; Plastic Spoons; Gold Paper fasteners; Glue sticks; Beginner pencils (large size); LARGE crayons (not standard crayons); Construction Paper — Single color ONLY; Nitrite exam gloves, medium size for clean ups
SNACKS: NOT single serve packs; Pretzels; Graham Crackers; Nilla Wafers; Animal Crackers; Gold Fish; Ritz crackers
There are copies of the Care Center ‘wish list’ on a table in the Narthex. Please help us get ready for another year of love and learning in God’s house. If you have Back to School items you want to donate for older kids (K-12), you can put those on the table too and we will give them to the Old Bridge Food Bank to give to local kids in need. The drive will run through early September. Thank you for your help.
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EVENTS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY: Worship service @ 9:15
MONDAY: Happy Labor Day!! Church Office and Children’s Center Closed; NA Group 7 pm
TUESDAY: GSCC First Day of Classes
WEDNESDAY: GA Group 7 pm
SATURDAY: AA Meeting 8:30 am;
SUNDAY: Kick Off Sunday — Worship service @ 10 am followed by church picnic; Blessing of the Back Packs; Blessing of all teachers
September 4 – First Day of School for Children’s Center
September 9 – Kick Off Sunday – ONE service at 10 am followed by church picnic, Blessing of the Back Packs
September 11 – Deacons Meeting 7 pm
September 16 – Sunday School begins 9:00 am in Sanctuary; Worship Services at 9 and 10:30 am
September 19 – Children’s Center First Chapel
September 20 – Admin Board Meeting 7:30 pm
September 22 – Old Bridge Day, 12 – 5 pm; Joining Jesus on His Mission 8:30 am
October 6 – New Member Orientation 8:00 am; Baptism Orientation 11:30 am