It’s Sunday morning and it’s time to worship. We celebrate Reformation Sunday. It was on October 31, 1517, the Eve of All Saints Day, when Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses to the Wittenburg Church Doors. This small action did not seem like much, but it would spark the Reformation. Today, we celebrate the event of the Reformation, but even more, we celebrate the truth which the Reformation uncovered. That truth is that we are saved by God’s grace which is received through faith and not through our good deeds.
Our message today is “Real Faith: It Matters WHAT You Believe.” The text is Romans 3:19-28.
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Blood Drive Today
Good Shepherd’s blood drive is today from 8 am to 2 pm in the church Fellowship Hall. There is an urgent need for blood. Please consider giving this gift of life!
Children’s Center Pie Sale
New Member Orientation
Join us for our next New Members Orientation scheduled for Saturday, November 20 from 8am to 12pm. During this orientation, we will go over the basics of:
- What is Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
- What we believe
- The responsibilities of membership
This orientation is for anyone considering membership. There is no obligation to join. It is also great if you are already a member but desire to understand better what it means to be a part of God’s family.
Fall Back Next Week
Don’t forget your extra hour of sleep next week. Set your clocks back on hour before going to bed on Saturday night. Of course, there is nothing wrong with forgetting to do so and arriving for worship an hour early.
Nursery Care Now Available
Good Shepherd’s Nursery is available once again since the beginning of COVID. The nursery is available during our 10am worship for any children up to the age of 5.
Because it has been a while since we have had the nursery open, we are in need of volunteers to help staff it. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help serve and welcome our families with young children.
Register Your Children!
Sunday School has begun and is hosted every week starting at 9 am. It is not too late to start. Make sure to register your children.
Volunteer to Serve
Serving as a Sunday School Teacher or Helper is a great way to serve and to make a difference. Send Audrey, our Sunday School Superintendent, an email at email@example.com if you are interested in serving!
Men’s Bible Study
Men’s Bible Study will resume this morning at 8:30am. We will begin an eight-week study called “Kingdom Men Rising.” The study will meet in the church conference room and via zoom.
Meeting ID: 879 9376 6119
Living with Loss Message Series
Our previous message series was “Living with Loss.” You can watch any of our previous messages.
- September 12 – Introduction
- September 19 – Not Alone – Get the Message Outline
- September 26 – The Necessity of Forgiveness – Get the Message Outline
- October 3 – Faith Hope and Love – Get the Message Outline
- October 10 – Community Connection – Get the Message Outline
- October 17 – Finding Purpose in Loss – Get the Message Outline
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 chose 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.
Bible Reading Plan
Join us in reading the Bible in 2021. There is nothing more you can do the enhance your Spiritual Growth than to read the Bible on your own. Set a goal to read through the Scriptures for the purpose of connecting with God each day.