The Shepherd's Voice
What's Happening Today
As We Gather
Though Christmas may be our favorite, Paul reminds us that Easter is of “first importance.” If Christ had not arisen, our hope would be still locked in the tomb. Because He is risen, just as He said, we have hope of our own resurrection from the dead and look forward to the life everlasting, which death cannot touch. We come here today not simply to remember an event but to rejoice in the future made possible for us because of what happened. Before the world we confess that Jesus’ resurrection is not a hope but a fact witnessed by more than five hundred and on that fact God has built a future for us—one we anticipate now even as we wait to see it fulfilled.
O.T. Isaiah 25:6–9 (He will swallow up death forever.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/isaiah/25/6-9
N. T. 1 Corinthians 15:1–11 (Christ appeared to His disciples and to more than five hundred witnesses.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/1-corinthians/15/1-11
Gospel Mark 16:1–8 (He is risen; He is not here!) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/mark/16/1-8
Today’s Altar Flowers are Given to the Glory of God
By Paula Aldarelli, celebrating Ray Visbeck from his grandchildren.
Our Christian Sympathy
is extended to the family and friends of Doris Mingay, who died on Wednesday, March 31, at home. Visitation will be held at the Colonial Funeral Home on Route 88 in Brick on Monday, April 5, from 10:00 AM to Noon, with a Funeral Service there at 11:30 AM. Interment will follow at the Ocean County Memorial Park in Toms River. May the God of all comfort strengthen all who mourn with the hope and promise of the resurrection and reunion in heaven.
April Mission of the Month
Would you like an opportunity to offer care and comfort to the faculty and staff who are greatly affected by the closure of Concordia Bronxville? The Atlantic District, in partnership with the other East Coast Districts of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, have formed the Care & Comfort Fund. This fund will be available to all faculty and staff and will be used, in full, to support their various needs in this time. Their desire is to help as many faculty and staff as they are able. The need is great. The Care & Comfort Fund will be able to offer the support they need.
COVID friendly Busy Bags are available on the table in the foyer/narthex for children who would like an activity to do during the Service. These were printed, packaged, and sanitized in the home office of one person. Feel free to take one for your child(ren) and take them home with you. As these are a one-time use type of activity, they should not be returned or left at the church. Thank you.
What's Been Happening
Nursery School Scholarship Fund Update
The NS Staff and Board Members would like to thank all those who have contributed to our Scholarship Fund and let you know that we have used some of these funds for an enrolled student whose family is struggling financially due to the Pandemic. They are so very appreciative of this help that we are able to offer to them respectfully and discreetly. We rejoice in your generous gifts! Please continue to support the Nursery School either through the Scholarship Fund or directly to the Nursery School. Our school continues to thrive and has been (so far) able to stay open except for brief classroom closures earlier in the year. Please pray that we can continue with “in-person” learning through the end of May. Thank you!
Remember Our Homebound and Elderly
Please remember our homebound and elderly in prayer or with a card or phone call: Annaliese Benson, Fran McCallum,Robert Mueller, and Rev. Paul Voitko. Contact information is listed on the board in the foyer/Narthex.
This Week at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
In Our Prayers
To add someone to our list, please fill out a pink Prayer Request Form and submit it to Pastor or the Church office. Also, please let us know when we can remove names. Prayer requests submitted without a pink form are removed after one week. If we have removed a name in error, please resubmit the name and accept our apologies. Thank you.
Rev. Dale and Suzanne Kaster, Prague
Pastor Matt Lytikainen and the Kairos Network
Hospitalized: Jeff Luckenback
Under Doctor’s Care:
John Aldarelli Alice Blaze
Dan Boettcher Sheryl Borkowski
Kieran Dillane John Eckna
Vicky Forte Punna Khanna
Ray Kuri, Sr Daniel McCallum
Linda McKelvey Erna Meyerle
Ruth Mohlenhoff Susan Rentas
Mena Schollenberger John Shand
Cathy Shawhan Dennis P. Smith Jr
Harler Jean Visbeck
Special Needs: Garrett T. Midgett II, Robert H. Mueller, the Murray family, Ilona Poitras, and the Zupanc family. Those in Texas affected by the winter storms. All who serve to keep us healthy, fed, and supplied.
Armed Forces: All who serve to keep us safe.
Justin Gruendling Kate Gruendling
Kelly Handy Travis Harvey Jonathan Kaster Matthew Orgill
Mason Remondelli David Schauer
Readings for Next Sunday
Acts 4:32–35 (The believers were of one heart and soul.)
1 John 1:1–2:2 (If we sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ.)
John 20:19–31 (Blessed are those who have not heard and yet believe.)