The Shepherd's Voice
What's Happening Today
As We Gather
What is your favorite family tradition? Perhaps it is an annual celebration such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Christmas. Perhaps it is a more common tradition—an old family recipe or a favorite game. Traditions are passed down from generation to generation. They are often wonderful and meaningful. But sometimes we pass down traditions that are not good for us or the world. The Israelites had passed down traditions related to ritual and giving that were not what God had intended. Jesus rightly criticizes such traditions. Today we consider the most trustworthy tradition that we continually pass from generation to generation: Jesus.
O.T. Isaiah 29:11–19 (Isaiah’s vision of God turning things upside down) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/isaiah/29/11-19?_ga=2.173042090.846090249.1629216921-402095793.1559144528
N. T. Ephesians 5:22–33 (Submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/mark/7/1-13?_ga=2.173042090.846090249.1629216921-402095793.1559144528
Gospel Mark 7:1–13 (The Pharisees argue with Jesus about traditions.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/mark/7/1-13?_ga=2.173042090.846090249.1629216921-402095793.1559144528
Reader Matt Martz
Today’s Altar Flowers are Given to the Glory of God
Moira and Jeff Largiarder in memory of their mothers', Joan Breslin and Marie Largiarder, birthdays.
Our Christian Sympathy
is extended to the family and friends of Richard Thamsen, who died Saturday, January 2, 2021 at his home in Lakewood. His family held a private ceremony for him. May the God of all comfort strengthen all who mourn with the hope and promise of the resurrection and reunion in heaven.
August Mission of the Month
Panthers Let’s Eat is a group of parent volunteers from the Point Pleasant Community. They work in conjunction with the Ocean Road School PTO. Their mission is to provide children who are on the free/reduced lunch program healthy meals when school is not in session. They receive food and monetary donations from local residents and business, which help to provide families in the program with meals and snacks during school breaks. Their goal is to replace the meals that a child would normally receive during the school year. Panthers Let’s Eat provides assistance in all four schools of Point Pleasant Boro: Ocean Road, Nellie Bennett, Memorial Middle School, and Pt. Pleasant High School.
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 Happening Soon
September 11 Observance
On Saturday, September 11, our church building will be open for prayer, remembrance, and reflection from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM. All are welcome. A brief Prayer Service at 10:30 AM will conclude the morning. Please join us and invite others. Our new "Outdoor Prayer Chapel" will be open all day on this 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. "Lord, have mercy."
Family Fun Day
Join us on Sunday, September 19, in Riverfront Park in Point Pleasant (site of the former hospital) for our first "Family Fun Day"! We will have our Sunday Service at 10:00 AM under the Pavilion, which will include our annual "Back to School Blessing". Immediately following our Service, we will have a Picnic, featuring individually wrapped Jersey Mike's subs. Please sign up using the sheet the foyer/narthex. Please mark what subs you and your family member would like.
What's Been Happening
A word from Jennifer Jones
Dear Members of Good Shepherd Lutheran, I pray this message finds you all well. Today I received your beautiful card thanking me for serving as Director of GSNS. I can’t tell you how much it meant to read your kind words, as well as your well wishes for our new business. I have said many times that serving as Director these past five years has been one of the greatest joys of my life. I was beyond blessed to have had the opportunity to connect with the children and families of my hometown and I truly loved every minute. While I genuinely appreciate the gesture of the check, I would love nothing more than if you would put the money towards the Nursery School Scholarship fund or Panthers Let’s Eat. I will leave that for you to decide. I have continued to communicate with Katie the new Director over the summer and will be happy to support her and the school in any way I can. Praying for a successful school year for the staff, as well as for new and returning families! I will be back to visit! Thank you again and God Bless you.
Meditation Platform Complete
Thanks to all the efforts of those who donated time or money towards my project, it has finally been completed! The platform is ready to use for meditation and prayer. I once again thank you all for all the support that was given, I couldn’t have done it without you! - Brandon Erlenmeyer
There are currently a few tasks around the church and church grounds that need some tending to. It takes a lot of work and a lot of hands to keep things in good shape. Please take a look at the list below and assess if there is something you would be able to help with. With your help we will be able to get our church in tip top shape in no time.
1. Replace all 11 shades in the Sanctuary (Lowes accordion shades).
2. Caulk and weather strip around/ between the main doors and Christian Education Building doors.
3. Paint two ceiling tiles in Pastor’s Office.
4. Replace or wash light covers in Fellowship Room.
5. Reattach bottom of left sink cabinet in upper basement.
6. Repair 4 light fixtures in far right corner of upper basement.
7. Paint red door and white panel by choir loft and clean/paint cross on elevator tower.
8. Adopt-a-Spot (see below).
Any questions regarding these repairs, please see a trustee. Thank you!
Now that the growing season has "sprung" upon us, it's time to keep up with the weeds around our church building. It would be wonderful if one or two people or families would "adopt-a-spot" and maintain it into the Fall. There are six spots that need attention:
1. South end of our Christian Education Building (where the garbage bins are located)
2. Left of the entrance to our Nursery School entrance- in progress
3. Between the south side of the original church building and the ramp - in progress
4. West side of the original church building (between the main and back doors)
5. Inside the courtyard (our Nursery School playground)
6. North side of the church building, along Route 88 (definitely more than one person/family)
You don't need permission or to tell anyone (unless you want to). Just show up and make the weeds disappear. We'll even reimburse you for minor expenses. 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.
Thank you for your continuing support!
Resuming in September
Men of Faith-September 1
Every first and third Wednesday at 5:30 PM in the kitchen, the Men of Faith explore various topics. Each meeting begins with dinner, which men take turns providing.
Bible Basics Class for Adults- September 16 or 18
This class in intended for people from a non-Lutheran background who would like to join Good Shepherd, and for people from our church who would like to refresh their theology and beliefs (and get to know some potential new members). There is no obligation to join. The class can meet on Thursday at 7:00 or 7:30 pm, or on Saturday at 9:00 or 10:00 am. Please sign the sheet in the foyer/narthex to indicate your preference, or email Pastor (email@example.com).
Wednesday Bible Study for Adults -- September 22
Wednesdays at 4:00 PM, join us in the Fellowship Room for an opportunity to grow in God's Word. The topic is chosen by those in attendance, and Pastor will have some suggestions. We conclude at 5:00 PM.
Sunday Bible Study for Adults -- September 26
Sundays at 9:00 AM, join us in the Fellowship Room for a time of growing in God's Word. The topic is chosen by those in attendance, and Pastor will have some suggestions. We conclude by 9:45 AM to get ready for the Service.
Bible Adventure Time for Kids- September 26
Sundays at 10:00 AM, children join their families in the Service until the Sharing of Peace, when they are dismissed for an age-appropriate lesson in Bible Adventure Time. They rejoin their families before the Service concludes.
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
To Those Who Mourn: Family and friends of Richard Thamsen.
Under Doctor’s Care:
John Aldarelli Carlee Allred
Kevin Brady Alles Blaze
Kieran Dillane Sr Jerry Ferrara
Jeff Luckenback James McCaffrey
Daniel McCallum Linda McKelvey
Susan Rentas Bernadette Roman
John Shand Harler Jean Visbeck
Special Needs: Garrett T. Midgett II, Robert H. Mueller, the Murray family, Dan Largiader, and Zupanc family. 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
Deuteronomy 4:1–2, 6–9 (Moses’ encouragement to the Israelites)
Ephesians 6:10–20 (Put on the whole armor of God.)
Mark 7:14–23 (What defiles a person?)