The Shepherd's Voice
What's Happening Today
As We Gather
There is a war going on. It is quite evident in the outward conflicts within society. And, as Jeremiah and David realized, the world has warred against people of faith throughout history. But in today’s Epistle, James reveals that the struggle continues within each of us. Our passions are often opposed to God. Our Lord Jesus, by His death and resurrection, has won the victory—and therefore, peace—over outward and inward warfare. His grace assures us of daily and eternal peace.
O.T. Jeremiah 11:18–20 (The prophet relies on God’s protection.)
N. T. James 3:13–4:10 (God’s peace as we struggle with inner warfare.)
Gospel Mark 9:30–37 (Jesus teaches the disciples how to serve humbly.)
Reader Carlie Zeidler
Our Christian Sympathy
is extended to the family and friends of Irene Rush who died on Saturday, September 11. Her daughter, Jill Bontempo, was our congregation's Administrative Assistant for 10 years in the early part of this century. May the God of all comfort strengthen all who mourn with the hope and promise of the resurrection and reunion in heaven.
September Mission of the Month
As a result of Ida's remnants passing over New Jersey, one of our Pastor's homes has become a "total loss". Pastor Dan Fenco's ("Camino de Fe", Bernardsville) basement was completely flooded, with water rising into the first floor. After his family abandoned the house, his neighbor's house exploded, further damaging his home. While recovery will take a long time, there is an immediate need for everyday things, like food, clothing, etc. Your donation will help Pastor Fenco and his family meet basic needs in the coming weeks. Thank you for your kindness.
Family Fun Day
Join us today 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.
Free Stuff Table
Now loaded with new goodies in the foyer/narthex. Check it out and help yourself.
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
Nursery School Scholarship Fund
Now that school has started, please remember to use the Good Shepherd Nursery School Scholarship Fund envelope in your box of offering envelopes. If you don't use envelopes, please donate to the Fund either online or by mail and clearly mark your donation. The Fund is used in unusual circumstances to help a family send their child to our Nursery School when they experience financial hardship. Thank you for your generosity.
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.
Following the 10am Service on September 26th, there will be a Voter's Meeting to discuss and seek approval for necessary projects at our beloved church. We urge your prayerful consideration for this meeting and please plan to attend.
What's Been Happening
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 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!
Mission of the Month Update
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 Irene Rush
Hospitalized: Marion Dillane and Dan Largiader
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: Afghanistan, 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
Numbers 11:4–6, 10–16, 24–29 (The Holy Spirit even comes upon two men in the camp.)
James 5: 13–20 (James outlines what Christians ought to do for one another.)
Mark 9:38–50 (God values all who have a relationship with His Son.)