June Verse of the Month
All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit.Proverbs 16:2–3, ESV
Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.
Live & In-person Worship
Good Shepherd will open for live and in-person worship on Sunday, July 5. The service will begin at 10am.
Because of current restrictions, seating capacity will be limited to 50 people. If you plan to attend, you will need to complete an online reservation. The reservations will be available on our website at 11am on Sunday, June 28. You will not be able to attend unless you make a reservation. Reservation will be first come, first served. If you are not one of the first 50 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.
There will be no childcare provided during the this service.
Online Worship for June 21, 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. This week we look at the first petition which is “(Our Father), hallowed be your name.” In this message, Pastor Phil shares what it means to hallow God’s name, how we hallow God’s name, and why we should hallow God’s name.
Share a comment on our live feed to let us know you are with us! Share a comment on YouTube or Facebook during the live feed to let us know you are joining us. Today, we will begin a new message series based on the Lord’s Prayer. If you miss one of our live stream worship services, they are archived at gs4nj.org/virtual-worship.
We offer the opportunity to participate together with us in the Lord’s Supper during our online worship. We invite you to join us if you share our beliefs and have been instructed in those beliefs. If you plan to participate, make sure to have bread and wine prepared before worship begins.
Good Shepherd Children’s Center
Good Shepherd Children’s Center will be re-opening Monday, July 6 for summer camp. If you have children who know of a family that might be interested in sending their children to Good Shepherd, please contact us at 732-679-8887.
Men’s & Women’s Bible Studies
Men’s and Women’s Bible Studies are taking a break for the next few weeks. Men’s Bible Study will resume on Saturday July 11. Women’s Bible Study will resume in the Fall.
Congratulations to Jeff Campbell
We want to congratulate Jeff Campbell on being accepted to the Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) Program at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis to become a Pastor in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. Jeff will start the distance learning program this coming Fall. As part of this program, it will be our intention to call Jeff as a vicar of Good Shepherd. After he completes two years of coursework, he will then be eligible for ordination.
We are so excited to join Jeff and this journey. And our prayer is that God would guide Jeff in this journey to serve the Lord’s Church.
Thank You from Pastor Phil
Twenty years ago, I was ordained into the pastoral ministry at my home congregation. I have been blessed to have served as a pastor all these years in Virginia, Illinois, and now New Jersey. First, I am grateful to God for entrusting me with this noble task. Second, I am also grateful for Barbara and all her support, standing by my side. Finally, I am grateful for the wonderful congregations who have been willing to follow where I believed God was leading us.
Thank you for your recognition of this anniversary milestone and your kind gifts. I was surprised by the parade and was impressed to see so many come out to celebrate together with me, even if we were socially distanced. I thank God for you and am honored to serve as your pastor.
Shop with Scrip
Scrip gift cards will be available today, June 21st from 11 – 11:45 am. If you are interested in purchasing gift cards please stop by and see Faith. She will be waiting at the picnic bench after service from 11 – 11:45 am. We are grateful for all who have purchased these cards in support of our ministry. This past week we received a check for $2,000 from our participation in this program.
We are excited to share that we have overhauled our online giving to make it easier and more convenient to give. Simply 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
Attention Children (and Parents)
Draw a picture of a Bible story or a Bible verse. Take a picture of it and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will feature the artwork on our live feed. Make sure to include the child’s name when sending the artwork.
- 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 will be re-opening in July for summer camp on July 6.
- Our first in-person worship is scheduled for July 5.
Thank You Volunteers
Thank you to all our volunteers who have worked so hard to help keep the ministry of Good Shepherd to continue to move forward. Thank you to:
- Buildings and grounds for maintaining and upgrading our facility.
- Lawn mowing volunteers who have kept the grounds looking great.
- Virtual worship contributors who have helped us feel like we are together even though we are separated.
- Our Deacons for reaching out and checking up on all our members.
- Our Admin Board for helping navigate our church through this uncertain time.
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