Merry Christmas! This weekend’s Ministry Update is going out a few days early because of the holiday. We will not be publishing another Ministry Update this weekend, so make sure to save this email for links to our Sunday Service. We are open again for in-person worship on Sunday. If you plan to attend, make sure to make your reservation before the end of the day TODAY!
Christmas Eve Worship at 5pm
This year has been different. And Christmas Eve will be different as well. There will be no in-person services this year because of the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic. Instead, we will be live-streaming a service – “Home for Christmas” – on Facebook and YouTube. The live-stream will begin at 4:58pm and the service will begin shortly after that. We are very excited to share this service with you and pray that you will be blessed.
Worship for Sunday, December 27
Reservations for in-person Sunday Morning worship are now available through the end of January. You must make are reservation to attend worship in-person. The deadline to register for Sunday’s worship is today.
If you are watching online, share a comment to let us know that you are with us. Answer our question of the day! The Sunday Question of the Day is: “What is your favorite Christmas movie?” Share your answer in the Facebook or YouTube comments during our live-stream starting at 9:50 am. Also, make sure to give a “Like” to our live stream and subscribe to our YouTube Channel.
Our Year-End Offering this year will go towards updating the sanctuary. There are three parts to this work. This includes new carpet, new chairs, and relocating our AV equipment.
John Macdonald Memorial Service
A Memorial service for John Macdonald will be held at Good Shepherd on Monday, December 28 at 2pm. It will be live-streamed on both our Facebook and YouTube Pages.
December Verse of the Month
A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.”(Isaiah 40:3–4, ESV)
At the end of 2019, I bought a new dry erase calendar for my office that showed me the entire 2020 year in one view. I spent several hours planning out 2020 and filling in significant events planned to take place during the year. But as we all know, very little happened as planned. It has been a year that none of us could have imagined. I am glad I got the dry erase version of that calendar because … [Read More]
No Midweek Prayer for December 30
There will be no midweek prayer gathering on Wednesday, December 30. The next gathering will be hosted on Wednesday, January 6.
2021 Daily Bible Readings
Join us in reading the Bible in 2021. There is nothing more you can do the enhance your Spiritual Growth than to read the Bible on your own. Set a goal to read through the Scriptures in 2021 for the purpose of connecting with God each day. If you would like to receive a daily email with the readings, send an email to email@example.com from your email address.
Good Shepherd Children’s Center Christmas Program
Good Shepherd Children’s Center hosted its annual Christmas Program on Saturday, December 12. Because of Covid restrictions it was entirely virtual. The children did such a wonderful job in sharing Christmas joy. Make sure to check it out.
Thank You from Pastor Phil & Barbara
Pastor Phil, Barbara, and family want to express their appreciation to the members of Good Shepherd for approving the renovation of the parsonage kitchen. There are a few small details to be completed but the major tasks were completed just in time for Christmas.
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 chose 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.