May Verse of the Month
As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.1 Peter 2:4–5, ESV
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. It is Pentecost Sunday. Our reading for the day is Acts 2:1-21. And our message for the day is “Soaked in the Spirit.” 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.
Pastor Phil’s Call Updates
As you are aware, I recently received two Call to Peace Lutheran Hurst, TX and to Prince of Peace Lutheran in Springfield, VA. I notified the Call Committee of Prince of Peace in Virginia earlier this week that I am returning their Call. In other words, I am declining that Call. What that means is that I now hold the Calls to both Peace Lutheran in Texas and the Call that you have extended to me to Good Shepherd. We are continuing to discern these two Calls and where God would have us be. We appreciate the prayers and the words of encouragement we have received from you through this process. It is not easy for anyone, especially in this time of uncertainty. We hope to share a final decision on all these Calls in the near future. In Christ, Pastor Phil.
Shop with Scrip Today
Faith C. will be available in the church parking lot after worship today (around 11am) with Scrip gift cards. These are gift cards to stores and restaurants that you already frequent (Dunkin, Shoprite, Texas Roadhouse, etc.). A portion of each of these gifts cards purchased goes to support the ministry of Good Shepherd. Take a few moments to get out of the house and stop by.
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 email@example.com. 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.
- The Haiti Meal Packing Event, scheduled in June, has been canceled.
Check out Pastor Phil’s video highlighting some of the recent facility upgrades. These upgrades were funded in part from our Year-End Offering and from funds from our Cemetery Fund.
Did you know that Good Shepherd owns a section of Forest Green Park Cemetery on Texas Rd? These plots are available for purchase by Good Shepherd Members. The funds from these plots are used to help cover the expenses from special projects. Some of these funds have been used in combination with our Year-End Offering for facility upgrades. If you are interested in purchasing a plot for you or your family, please contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 732-679-8883.