July Verse of the Month
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.1 Corinthians 10:13, ESV
Online Worship for July 26, 2020
Worship begins this morning at 10am. We will stream live on Facebook and Youtube. We continue our message series on the Lord’s Prayer. Today’s Message is on the Sixth Petition of the Lord’s Prayer which is “Lead us not into temptation.”
If you are worshipping online, make sure to share a comment on our live feed on Facebook or YouTube to let us know you are with us! If you miss one of our live stream worship services, they are archived at gs4nj.org/virtual-worship.
Reservations Available for August 2 Worship Service
Because of current restrictions caused by the pandemic, we are requiring everyone to make a reservation before attending in-person worship. Reservations are now available for next Sunday. Please note that reservations close each week at the end of the day on Thursday. Reservations are first-come, first-served as we are limited to 75 people in worship. If you are not one of the first 75 people to make a reservation, you will be able to put your name on a waiting list.
Everyone who attends will be required to:
- Wear a mask at all times – please bring your own. Masks will not be provided.
- Maintain social distancing – pews will be marked. Ushers will direct you to your assigned seats.
- Use hand sanitizer as needed.
Fellowship Hall Renovation – Help Wanted
We continue our work on making updates to our facility. The drywall has been installed. The next step will be to tape and paint.
We are in need of volunteers to help us with the painting. The first date will be Friday, August 7 at 7pm and the the second date will be Saturday, August 8 at 11am. If you can help, please email the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Video & Sound Volunteers
Our AV team is in need of additional volunteers to help with our live streaming efforts. We are in special need of individuals who would be willing to be cross-trained in operating both sound and video equipment. This is ministry is vitally important in helping us to continue to minister to those who are unable to worship in-person with us. We thank you for your consideration in serving in this important kingdom endeavor. For more information, contact Pastor Phil at email@example.com.
Good Shepherd Ministry Update
The Good Shepherd Children’s Center re-opened on July 6, 2020, to a limited number of students. We have three classes of 10. So far, everything is running smoothly, with the children having lots of fun and adventures. Things look a bit different this summer, but we have all the new procedures under our belt, and we are ensuring our staff and children stay safe and healthy, as well as …
Men’s Bible Study
The current Men’s Bible Study is “Kingdom Stewardship” and meets on Sunday mornings at 8:30 am in the Fellowship Hall (be sure to wear your mask). This study will run until September 7th. This Bible Study is also available through Zoom: at the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87993766119?pwd=ZDlXRlBaUTBsblR6NUVRbUticlpNUT09
A reservation is not required to attend the Bible Study in-person, but if you plan to worship, make sure to make your reservation.
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 to:
3139 County Rd 516
Old Bridge, NJ 08857
NJ Blood Drive Critical Need
Unfortunately, we canceled our summer blood drive because of Covid-19 restrictions. But there is still a critical need for blood. Learn how you can give by visiting https://donate.nybc.org/donor/schedules/zip. Please note that there is a blood drive scheduled at St. Thomas Church (333 Route 18, Old Bridge) on Saturday, August 1 from 8am to 2pm.
- The Congregation Voters’ Meeting scheduled for May 31 to approve the 2020-21 budgets has been postponed until September 27. The Admin Board will prepare an “emergency” draft budget that will be used until we reconvene as an assembly in September.
- Confirmation and First Communion have been postponed until September 20.
- There will be no Vacation Bible School this Summer.
- Good Shepherd Children’s Center has re-opened for summer camp.
Share Your Prayer Request
We also have a Wednesday Prayer meeting that is held every week at 7pm. You can join us via Zoom. Zoom Link
Shop with Scrip
Scrip gift cards will be available immediately following the 10 am service in the Narthex. If you are interested in purchasing gift cards please stop by and see Faith. We are grateful for all who have purchased these cards in support of our ministry. Last month we received a check for $2,000 from our participation in this program.