Join us in celebrating the joy of Jesus on Sunday mornings at 10 am. You can participate online or in-person. However you participate, our prayer is that you will be encouraged and uplifted through your participation in our worship. Thank you for being part of our faith community.
Today, we continue our Ephesians message series. We will take a look at Ephesians 2:1-10. Grace is not something we easily grasp. It is not the way the world operates. Grace is not what we are taught. It is an uncommon experience. It seems just too good to be true. But it is how God relates to us. There is nothing we can do to make him love us more. And there is nothing we can do to make him love us less.
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First Communion Sunday
Today is First Communion Sunday. We have four students who will receive the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper for the first time. We pray that they will all be blessed as they receive this gift of God’s grace.
Last week, we shared how 10 people who attended worship on May 1 had tested positive for Covid. We have had no further reports of anyone testing positive for Covid. Therefore, we will invite people to come forward to commune today. Anyone who is uncomfortable doing so, may receive communion from their seat. And anyone who might feel uncomfortable attending in-person is welcome to watch online.
Verse of the Month
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.Ephesians 2:8–10, ESV
Spring Work Days
Thanks to everyone who came out to help at our recent workdays. But we still have much more work to do. We will continue work on the parsonage deck on Saturday, May 21 at 9 am. For more info, contact us at email@example.com.
Join us on Sunday, June 12 following worship for a luncheon with Gary and Sue Kessler, missionaries to Belize. Come learn about their work among refugees from El Salvador and about a potential Good Shepherd mission trip to Belize.
Men’s Bible Studies
Men’s Bible Study meets on, Sunday mornings at 8:30 am. It is a 12-week study on the Gospel of John. You can participate via Zoom or in-person in the church conference room.
Mission Tithe Support
10% of offerings received at Good Shepherd are tithed to support other ministry organizations. We recently updated the organizations we support and our tithe now goes to:
- The LCMS New Jersey District
- Lutheran Church Charities
- Gary and Sue Kessler (missionaries to Belize)
- The Kairos Network
- Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
Feel free to click on any of the links to learn more about these organizations.
Positions Available at Good Shepherd Children’s Center
Good Shepherd Children’s Center has positions available and is now hiring. To inquire, please call 732-679-8887 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ways to Financially Support Good Shepherd
Visit gs4nj.org/give to donate. You can donate with a credit card or have the funds debited from your checking account. You can also set up automated giving set up on a weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or twice-monthly basis.
Another option to give is text to give. Text any dollar amount to 84321. We will reply with a link to a quick, self-guided setup process to tie your mobile phone to our church, your donor account, and a payment source.
As always checks can also be mailed. Visit our contact page for our mailing address.
If you already shop at Amazon, it is easy to support our ministry. Instead of going to amazon.com to shop, just add “smile.” before amazon.com. So the link will be smile.amazon.com. Any time you make a purchase at this link 0.5% of your purchase will go to the charity of your choice. It may not be much, but it adds up over time and as more of us make use of this service. Please keep in mind that you need to use the smile link every time you make a purchase. If you go back to using the regular Amazon link or use the Amazon app, we will not get a donation with those purchases.
Shop with Scrip
Scrip gift cards are available immediately following the Sunday worship in the Narthex. There are many cards to choose from and specific gift cards if you want. Be sure to ask what other cards are available. There are hundreds to choose from. We are grateful for all who have purchased these cards in support of our ministry. Be sure to stop and pick up a few cards.
Daily Bible Readings 2022
The Good Shepherd Daily Bible Readings are now available for 2022. Join us in reading through the Bible in 2022. There are three reading each day. There are no readings on Saturday or Sunday. Use those days to catch up or to reflect upon previous readings.