October Verse of the Month
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.John 5:24, ESV
Question of the Day
Are you a Pumpkin Spice person? Yes or no?
Attending Worship In-Person
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 through the end of November. 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.
Everyone who attends will be required to:
- Register on-line
- 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.
We ask that you would not attend worship in-person if you have:
- a fever or felt feverish in the past 14 days,
- shortness of breath or are having difficulty breathing,
- a cough,
- flu-like symptoms,
- currently experiencing loss of taste or smell,
- tested positive for COVID19 in the past 2 weeks,
- been exposed to someone in past 2 weeks who was confirmed to have COVID19, OR
- visited one of the states that currently have a NJ travel advisory requiring a 14-day quarantine in the last two weeks.
As we enter cooler weather and the flu-season, it is important that we adhere to these guidelines. It is our desire to continue to be able to worship together in-person but it will require that everyone do their part. We would rather you err on the side of caution watch online than potential expose others and threaten our ability to continue to gather in-person.
Cross Training Message Series
Our fourth message in the Cross Training series is “Setting Priorities.” This message is all about worship. Worship is about more than Sunday morning. Worship is about what is worthy of our time, our money, our energy, and our passion. And there is no one more worthy of all that than Jesus the Savior.
There is a message outline to go along with today’s message. We encourage you to download it on our website and print it out to follow along with today’s sermon.
Men’s Bible Study
Please join us in our study titled “Man Up” and see how Jesus teaches us how to step as men of faith in the challenging times we currently live in. Learn how his selfless sacrifice on the cross serves as the perfect example for us to fix our eyes and hope on him as we embark on this challenging study. Written by a Lutheran Pastor on his quest in becoming a better man, “Man Up!” cuts through all the noise of the world and goes back to what our Creator says about being a man in His creation. This is not about taking down the feminists or reclaiming your rights as a man, but it’s about living in the example and grace of Jesus. Whatever your age, this book and its study will challenge you.
The course will be broken down into two 4-week units. The first unit will run on Sunday mornings from 8:30 through 9:30, beginning on October 25th and running through November 15th. The second 4-week unit will begin January 10th and conclude on January 31st.
The link below includes a course review along with the free downloadable videos and study guide. There is a separate book that will be made available that we will use weekly as part of the course. (You can also purchase an electronic version.) You will need to fill in the form at the bottom of the page and enroll in the individual course in order to view the videos and guides.
You have the option of participating either through Zoom or in person at the Church for each session.
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
Get the Church Center App
Did you know there is an app to manage your giving and reservations? It is the Church Center app that is available on both iPhone and Android. It is quick, easy, and convenient. Make sure to check it out.
Live Prayer – Wednesdays at 7pm
Fall Work Day
Thank You to everyone who came out to help with our Fall Work Day. We got a number of projects completed.
Children’s Sunday School
We are restarting Sunday School on Sunday mornings at 9am. There are in-person and virtual options. Register your children online today!
Women’s Bible Study
Now that school is back in session and summer is coming to a close, Sonya and Randi have resumed our Women’s Bible Study group and have invited all the women to join us, whether you have previously participated or not! These are relaxed sessions lasting about an hour and a half, where we can take the time to read the Bible, discuss the topics introduced, and enjoy each other’s company.
This fall, we are studying the book of James. Over 11 weeks (we will wrap up this series on Monday, Nov 23), we will review and discuss the five chapters of this book, which is considered to be one of the earliest New Testament books to have been written. James presents a practical guide to a Christian living and chides those who would believe that faith alone is all that is necessary to lead a Christian life – “…faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” James 2:17.
We will be physically meeting in the Conference Room on Monday, Sep 14 at 7pm. If you would prefer, you may join the meeting via Zoom by following the link below:
Please email Marie at firstname.lastname@example.org to get a copy of the study guide if you plan to attend.
Good Shepherd Celebrates 60 Years
We celebrated the 60th Anniversary of our first worship service during last weekend’s worship. We showed several videos as part of that celebration. If you missed it, you can view the videos on YouTube. Much has changed throughout the years but one thing has remained the same. Jesus is Lord and Savior!
Harvest Fest Canceled
Harvest Fest at the end of October has been canceled because of the ongoing pandemic. We pray that we will be able to host it next year.
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. There are many cards to chose from and Faith can order specific cards if you want. Be sure to ask Faith 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.