The Shepherd's Voice
What's Happening Today
As We Gather
Blind Bartimaeus in today’s Gospel, by the enlightenment of God’s Word, believed that Jesus as the “son of David” is the divine agent, the Son of God come to save. He had heard through Isaiah the prophet that one of the first things the Messiah will do would be to open blind eyes (Isaiah 35:5). With this blind man, we come today with the heartfelt prayer “have mercy on me”. Our eyes are enlightened to see God’s mercy as we join this man and Jesus’ disciples following Him, on the road to Jerusalem. There we discover the mercy and gracious rule of God in the mighty suffering, death, and resurrection of our Lord of life.
O.T. Jeremiah 31:7–9 (The LORD will turn mourning to joy.)
N. T. Hebrews 7:23–28 (Jesus, our perfect High Priest forever)
Gospel Mark 10:46–52 (Jesus heals Bartimaeus.)
Reader Jeff Largiader
Today’s Altar Flowers are Given to the Glory of God
By Charlotte Visbeck in memory of her father, Charles Johnson.
October Mission of the Month
You are invited to make a gift to St. Gregory’s Pantry, a local food pantry helping to feed those in need. The holidays are around the corner and this Thanksgiving and Christmas, St. Gregory’s will distribute to over 300 needy families at each distribution and have gifts for children. Through generosity and commitment, St. Gregory’s Pantry provides temporary aid to approximately 10,000 individuals annually. Please make your check out to Good Shepherd and memo it “Mission of the Month”. Thank you!
Sundays at 9:00 AM in our "Outdoor Prayer Chapel" we will meet in front of the big white cross. Feel free to bring your own seating, or you can sit in the benches provided. It will be a spoken Service so it should conclude by 9:40-ish.
We will meet as long as the following two conditions are met:
1. it's not raining or snowing (although it might be fun to meet in the snow:)
2. it's above 32 degrees in actual temperature and wind chill temperature.
If it's raining, snowing, or below 32 actual or wind chill degrees, we will not meet.
Unfortunately, at this time, Holy Communion will not be offered at this Service, but it will continue to be offered every Sunday at our 10:00 AM indoor Service. However, Pastor can arrange for private Communion for you. Please contact him so he can set up an appointment.
The weather should be really nice for the next several weeks, and we'll need to bundle up a bit in November. Then we'll see how things go in December. Please join us as you are able.
Bible Adventure Time for Kids
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.
Free Stuff Table
Now loaded with new goodies in the foyer/narthex. Luther stuff in the right; church stuff on the left. 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
All Saints Day: November 7, 2021
If you would like a relative or friend who died as a Christian in the past 12 months to be remembered in the Service, please submit their name to Pastor or the Church office by Wednesday, November 3rd.
One More Time
We will try again to re-launch a midweek Bible class in November which will meet at 4:00 PM on the 3rd, 10th, and 17th. The topic will be chosen by the class; Pastor will have several options from which to choose. The class will also decide what happens in December and on into the new year. Please join us!
Call For Nominations
We are looking for a few enthusiastic people to serve on our Nursery School Board and on our Vision Team. The task of the Nursery School Board is to guide and support the staff and operation of our Nursery School; some familiarity with the state education system is helpful but not required. The task of our Vision Team is to advise our Church Council and help guide our church forward into our community; an ability to "see the future" is helpful but not required. Please nominate yourself or someone you know to Pastor ASAP. Thank you!
Last Call: Trick or Trunk
This year We will be participating in the Point Boro Trick or Trunk on October 26. We are looking for donations from the congregation for bags of candy that can be dropped in the foyer/narthex by today. We invite families to come out and enjoy the evening with us!
What's Been Happening
Church Life Photos
We would like to dedicate one of our bulletin boards to church life and memories. If you have photos of any events or happenings with Good Shepherd then please email them to email@example.com or pop them in the church office mailbox. Thank you!
Nursery School Update
By March, we will have 30 students enrolled in our school. We are licensed for 28/day. ( Our students all come different days so even with 30 enrolled we won’t be going over the 28/day). I have spoken with Gayle (our Office of Licensing rep). She is trying to assist us in changing our license to 30/ day and also add on a 2.5 year old classroom. That classroom will be six 2.5 year olds with Janice as the lead teacher with an assistant on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
We did not want to turn away families for enrollment, so on Wednesdays in the spring, we will have a lot of students and most will be very young. Therefore we are going to add a third teacher on Wednesdays for the spring of 2022 to ensure that those days go smoothly.
Minus the hiccup of the mask mandate, we are having a great start to the year! We already had a visit from the Point Pleasant Fire Department!
Thank you for your support!
Kate Roach, Director
Church Council Positions
We have important positions in our Church Council still open, to those who are willing to volunteer their time and effort towards the maintenance and governance of our church.
Currently, we have the following openings:
· Elder (one year vacancy, for 2022)
· Deacon 2022-2024
· Trustee 2022-2024
If you are interested in further serving our Lord, please contact Jeff Largiader by call or text
(732-757-2984) or speak with him or Ed Mohlenhoff at our Sunday church service.
Thanks then to all who serve for the benefit of all of us, on behalf of our Lord.
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 passeds, it's time to deal with the weeds around our church 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: Bill Bartsch, 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
Under Doctor’s Care:
John Aldarelli Carlee Allred
Alles Blaze Kieran Dillane Sr
Marion Dillane Mary Elliott
Jerry Ferrara Jeff Luckenback
James McCaffrey Daniel McCallum
Linda McKelvey Susan Rentas
Bernadette Roman John Shand
Harler Jean Visbeck
Special Needs: Dan Largiader, Garrett T. Midgett II, Robert H. Mueller, the Murray family, and Zupanc family. All who serve to keep us healthy, fed, and supplied.
Armed Forces: All who serve to keep us safe.
Kate Gruendling Kelly Handy
Travis Harvey Jonathan Kaster Matthew Orgill
Mason Remondelli David Schauer
Readings for Next Sunday
Revelation 14:6–7 (The Gospel is eternal and must be proclaimed everywhere.)
Romans 3:19–28(The righteousness of God comes through faith in Jesus Christ.)
John 8:31–36 (Jesus’ truth will set you free.)