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Jesus calls us to abide in His Word. To abide means to dwell or be at home. Are you at home in Jesus’ Word? Is it the place where you long to be? Jesus’ Word is the only place in all the world where we can find the absolute guarantee of sins forgiven, hope restored, and new life granted as children of God the Father. Today, Jesus mercifully calls us to come to Him, confess our sins, and be filled with His pardon and peace. He will renew us by His Word, strengthen us at His Table, and send us forth with His blessing to proclaim to all creation: “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36).
O.T. Revelation 14:6–7 (The Gospel is eternal and must be proclaimed everywhere.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/revelation/14/6-7?_ga=2.195379054.35928744.1635167814-402095793.1559144528
N. T. Romans 3:19–28(The rig hteousness of God comes through faith in Jesus Christ.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/romans/3/19-28?_ga=2.195379054.35928744.1635167814-402095793.1559144528
Gospel John 8:31–36 (Jesus’ truth will set you free.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/john/8/31-36?_ga=2.195379054.35928744.1635167814-402095793.1559144528
Reader Matt Martz
Today’s Altar Flowers are Given to the Glory of God
By Charlotte Visbeck, in memory of her aunt, Katherine M. Schmitt.
Last Call: 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.
Last Call: 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.
Last Call: 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 life stuff on the left. Check it out and help yourself.
What's Happening Soon
Daylight Savings Time Ends
Remember the time change will occur on Sunday, November 7. Clocks will be going back one hour.Change your clocks before you go to bed on Saturday night. You don't want to be early to church on Sunday!
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!
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!
Thanksgiving Eve Service
Our annual Thanksgiving Eve Service will be held this year on Wednesday, November 24, at 11:00 AM. Please join us as we thank God for His grace and mercy and other blessings during the past year. Each family in attendance will receive a loaf of bread for their Thanksgiving table.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or pop them in the church office mailbox. Thank you!
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!
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.
Thank you for your continuing support!
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 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 7: 9–17 (The blessed ones surround the heavenly throne
1 John 3:1–3 (The blessing of being God’s children)
Matthew 5:1–12 (Jesus speaks blessings over His people.)