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    ReadThe Shepherd's Voice
    Sunday, May 09, 2021

    What's Happening Today

    As We Gather

    A simple and poignant Sunday School song says simply, “God sees the little sparrow fall. It meets His tender view; if God so loves the little birds, I know He loves me too.” The central theme of the song is the care of God for His creation. The words also serve as a reminder that God sees us, His children, in a special way. We are the crown of His creation, as are all the people He has fashioned. Seeing people as God sees them is central to our lives of faith!

     

    Today’s Readings

    First Acts 10:34–48 (People from every nation are accepted by God.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/acts/10/34-48

    N. T. 1 John 5:1–8 (The victory of Christ overcomes the world.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/1-john/5/1-8

    Gospel John 15:9–17 (Obey Christ’s commands and remain in His love) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/john/15/9-17

    Reader Matt Martz


    May Mission of the Month

    Dottie’s House provides housing assistance and programs for women and children dealing with domestic violence in Ocean County NJ, serving all of NJ. Dottie’s House is a long-term, comprehensive program offering a multitude of services to the residents who live there including weekly case management, supportive counseling, domestic violence groups, and therapeutic art classes for the children. They reside in fully furnished apartments, equipped with everything necessary to complete their homes and are able to take everything with them when they successfully graduate from the program. Your donation will help families receive ongoing support on a daily basis to ensure their recovery as they work towards independence and a life free from violence.


    Today’s Altar Flowers are Given to the Glory of God

    By Charlotte Visbeck in honor of all mothers and in memory of Pauline Johnson and Jean Visbeck. 


    Last Call: Readers Wanted!

    If you would like to join our small band of merry Readers, please contact Jeff Largiader (732-918-9028) or speak to Pastor. We are developing a rotation of Readers and would love to include you. Some level of skill in public reading is preferred, but not required because it can be learned. Please consider this opportunity to serve the Lord and our church.


    Sunday Bible Class is Back!

    Starting today at 9:00 AM, we will resume meeting in the church and live-streaming our Sunday morning Bible Class. Through the end of June, we will be looking at the early Church as recorded in Acts; then we'll decide what to do for the Summer and Fall. Please read ahead so that our time is spent learning and discussing. Here's a brief schedule to get us started:

    Today -- the Ascension of Jesus in the closing verses of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John

    May 16 -- the time between the Ascension and Pentecost in Acts 1

    May 23 and 30 -- Pentecost in Acts 2

    Please join us!


    Busy Bags

    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.





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      ReadThe Shepherd's Voice
      Sunday, May 02, 2021

      What's Happening Today

      As We Gather

      Of all the animals that could have been used to portray humanity, does it feel strange to be called a sheep? After all, it is not the most honorable creature. There are no defense mechanisms to escape a predator, no intimidating roar, and limited ability to fend for one’s self when it comes to seeking nourishment, water, and safety. Yet these things reveal the point we are called to understand. It may not be good to be a sheep on our own, but it is great to be a sheep with a Good Shepherd to care for the flock. Jesus is our perfect shepherd who protects and defends, feeds and nourishes, leads and provides all we need in this body and life. Together as His flock, we are blessed to follow Him as by His Word and Means of Grace He leads us to streams of living water and paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

       

      Today’s Readings

      First Acts 8:26–40 (Philip witnesses about Jesus to the Ethiopian official.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/acts/8/26-40

      N. T. 1 John 4:1–11 (An exhortation to lives of Christian love) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/1-john/4/1-11

      Gospel John 15:1–8 (Jesus is the Vine and His people are the branches.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/john/15/1-8

      Reader Jamie Hawthorne


      May Mission of the Month

      Dottie’s House provides housing assistance and programs for women and children dealing with domestic violence in Ocean County NJ, serving all of NJ. Dottie’s House is a long-term, comprehensive program offering a multitude of services to the residents who live there including weekly case management, supportive counseling, domestic violence groups, and therapeutic art classes for the children. They reside in fully furnished apartments, equipped with everything necessary to complete their homes and are able to take everything with them when they successfully graduate from the program. Your donation will help families receive ongoing support on a daily basis to ensure their recovery as they work towards independence and a life free from violence.


      Readers Wanted!

      If you would like to join our small band of merry Readers, please contact Jeff Largiader (732-918-9028) or speak to Pastor. We are developing a rotation of Readers and would love to include you. Some level of skill in public reading is preferred, but not required because it can be learned. Please consider this opportunity to serve the Lord and our church.


      Busy Bags

      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.





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        Wednesday, May 19th  •  11 am – 1 pm (EDT)
        Third Wednesday of every month
        Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
        708 Route 88, Point Pleasant Boro, NJ, 8742
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          5
          Wednesday, May 5th  •  11 am – 1 pm (EDT)
          First Wednesday of every month
          Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
          708 Route 88, Point Pleasant Boro, NJ, 8742
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            ReadThe Shepherd's Voice
            Sunday, April 25, 2021

            What's Happening Today

            As We Gather

            Of all the animals that could have been used to portray humanity, does it feel strange to be called a sheep? After all, it is not the most honorable creature. There are no defense mechanisms to escape a predator, no intimidating roar, and limited ability to fend for one’s self when it comes to seeking nourishment, water, and safety. Yet these things reveal the point we are called to understand. It may not be good to be a sheep on our own, but it is great to be a sheep with a Good Shepherd to care for the flock. Jesus is our perfect shepherd who protects and defends, feeds and nourishes, leads and provides all we need in this body and life. Together as His flock, we are blessed to follow Him as by His Word and Means of Grace He leads us to streams of living water and paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

             

            Today’s Readings

            First Acts 4:1–12 (Peter and John witness before the council.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/acts/4/1-12

            N. T. 1 John 3:16–24 (Love one another.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/1-john/3/16-24

            Gospel John 10:11–18 (Jesus the Good Shepherd) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/john/10/11-18

            Reader Ed Mohlenoff 


            Last Call: 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.


            Readers Wanted!

            If you would like to join our small band of merry Readers, please contact Jeff Largiader (732-918-9028) or speak to Pastor. We are developing a rotation of Readers and would love to include you. Some level of skill in public reading is preferred, but not required because it can be learned. Please consider this opportunity to serve the Lord and our church.


            Busy Bags

            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.





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              ReadThe Shepherd's Voice
              Sunday, April 18, 2021

              What's Happening Today

              As We Gather

              “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?” (Luke 24:38). These are questions our risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ asked of His disciples in another resurrection appearance after that first Easter morning. They are questions that could also be asked of us numerous times in our daily lives as we face trouble and doubts. Yet as Jesus kept on appearing, He kept on showing them Himself, and more than that, He continued to teach and remind them that all that was written was fulfilled in and through Him. Though we cannot physically touch His hands and side, each time we gather, Jesus continues to speak to us, affirming His work, the Word fulfilled, and the worth of humanity for whom He came. Amid troubles and doubts, through Christ, we can “see what kind of love the Father has given to us” (1 John 3:1).

               

              Today’s Readings

              First  Acts 3:11–21 (Peter preaches salvation through Christ.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/acts/3/11-21

              N. T. 1 John 3:1–7 (We are God’s children now.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/1-john/3/1-7

              Gospel Luke 24:36–49 (The resurrected Christ affirms the fulfillment of God’s Word.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/luke/24/36-49

               

              Today’s Altar Flowers are Given to the Glory of God

              By Charlotte Visbeck in honor of John Raymond Aldarelli’s 21st birthday. 


              Our Christian Sympathy

              is extended to the family and friends of (Rev. Dr.) Alan Ruscito, who died on Wednesday, April 7, and was given Christian burial on Thursday, April 15. Pastor Al and his wife Hannah assisted in our VBS many years ago, and he was our immediate neighbor on Woods End Road. 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.


              Readers Wanted!

              If you would like to join our small band of merry Readers, please contact Jeff Largiader (732-918-9028) or speak to Pastor. We are developing a rotation of Readers and would love to include you. Some level of skill in public reading is preferred, but not required because it can be learned. Please consider this opportunity to serve the Lord and our church.

              Busy Bags

              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.