Happy Sunday. We are glad you are here. Join us in celebrating the joy of Jesus and the freedom he gives during worship 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 5:1-9. Paul continues his discussion on relationships in the family and in the workplace. The quality of these relationships greatly affects the quality of our overall well-being. Good relationships at home and work translate to greater happiness. Bad relationships in those places can leave us miserable. Paul encourages us to take personal responsibility in the way we honor those in authority over us and treat those who are under our authority.
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Good Shepherd Youth Return
The Good Shepherd Youth have returned from their Adventure to Houston, TX for the 2022 LCMS Nation Youth Gathering. The next gathering will be held in New Orleans, LA in 2025. All our current Youth who are entering 7th-10th grade will be eligible to attend. This morning we will get to hear some of the stories from their trip.
Verse of the Month
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.Ephesians 6:10–11, ESV
Join us on September 11 starting at 10 am to celebrate the beginning of a new school year. Worship will include the blessing of the backpacks, so make sure to bring your kid’s backpacks for this special day. We will also be recognizing our 2022-23 Children’s Center Staff along with our Sunday School Teachers. Following worship, we will be hosting a picnic outside. We are looking for help to organize the picnic. Email us at email@example.com if you would like to help us organize.
Member Assistance Fundraiser
Bob Shipley has started a Go Fund Me Campaign to help Dan Cinquegrana. You can read what Bob says below:
My name is Bob Shipley and I have friend named Dan Cinquegrana. Dan and I have been friends for 15 years. We met at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Old Bridge, NJ. We have worked together on many service projects at the church throughout the years.
Several years ago Dan was diagnosed with CRPS – Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. CRPS is a very rare chronic neuropathic condition that causes intense pain. This pain has prevented Dan from working – leaving the burden of providing income for the family on his wife, Linda. This reduction in income caused them to lose their house and move into an apartment. Even with these set-backs Linda and Dan continue to be active in the church. Dan helps with the men’s group and Linda is the primary handler for the church’s comfort dog, Lily.
The medication that Dan takes, among the other side effects, causes severe tooth decay. This side effect combined with their inability to afford dental insurance and the resulting lack of dental care recently caused him to have two teeth extracted. He also will have to have more teeth pulled and will require a full set of dentures. Due to his debilitating condition, his medical bills have depleted his and his wife’s savings, and the procedure to replace his teeth with dentures is estimated to cost $16,000.
There is a donor who is willing to match up to $5000 in donations. Please give generously!
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.