The Shepherd's Voice
What's Happening Today
As We Gather
Do you remember what Jesus told His disciples about when He would return? Jesus said, “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come” (Mark 13:32–33). Do you remember the promise the angels shared as Jesus ascended? “This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw Him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11). Be on guard, keep awake, and remember He is coming soon.
O.T. Isaiah 51:4–6 (Keep your eyes open for Jesus—righteousness draws near.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/isaiah/51/4-6?_ga=2.205722323.1915232616.1636987557-402095793.1559144528
N. T. Jude 20–25 (Remember your identity in Christ.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/jude/20-25?_ga=2.205722323.1915232616.1636987557-402095793.1559144528
Gospel Mark 13:24–37 (The end is near.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/mark/13/24-37?_ga=2.205722323.1915232616.1636987557-402095793.1559144528
Reader Jamie Hawthorne
Today’s Altar Flowers are Given to the Glory of God
By Charlotte Visbeck in memory of Ray.
November Mission of the Month
Compassion Café is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit, in Southern Ocean County, founded to provide meaningful employment and job training for adolescents and adults with disabilities. Donations provide the cafe with everything needed to facilitate a real restaurant setting: ordering food, aprons, sanitation, advertising, menus, and much more! The majority of your donation will go directly to funding payroll for the staff of adolescents and adults with disabilities. Thank you for your support!
Worship in the Woods
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: 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
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.
We will be having mid-week Advent Services on Wednesday, December 1, 8, and 15, at 11 am. We will be looking at John the Baptist: His Birth, Ministry, and Death. Please join us!
It is that time again! Once again, we will be placing poinsettias around our altar area. The cost per plant remains $9, cash only. Please see an Altar Guild member in the narthex/foyer to place your order. Your plant(s) may be taken home after Christmas morning Service.
Good Shepherd Anniversary
Our church will be 70 years old on March 30, 2022. The Deacons are looking to put together a team of people who can plan and execute a proper celebration of this milestone. If you would like to serve on this Team, please contact a Deacon (Diane Mohlenhoff, Jenn Herkert, or Rick Patton) or Pastor. Let's give thanks to God for 70 years of ministry!
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!
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: Annaliese Benson, Fran McCallum,Robert Mueller, and Rev. Paul Voitko. Contact information is listed on the board in the foyer/Narthex.
Update from Pastor Dale
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Greetings in the Lord from Prague! We pray that all is well with you and that God's peace be with you.
In the US, people are getting ready for that great American holiday, Thanksgiving, with all its foods and traditions. Here, there is no such holiday. Still, some of our American members are planning a get-together to thank the Lord for all His blessings upon us.
One of the blessings God has sent to us is you. Your support of us - your prayers and your gifts - is beyond our capacity to thank you. Each time you pray for us and give to us is a moment when you stand with us in this work, and we are so grateful! Living in Prague is a nice thing. But the calling to share the Gospel is an uphill climb. As we draw near to Advent, and Czechs speak of Advent and holiday things, here they are empty shells, far removed from what they truly are. Please, pray that the witness to the Czechs would bear fruit unto eternal life.
God bless and keep you!
Pastor Dale and Suzanne
Your Missionaries to the Czech Republic
St. Gregory's Pantry Collection
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
Hospitalized: Suzie Moshier, and Greg Sirico
Under Doctor’s Care:
John Aldarelli Carlee Allred
Alles Blaze Eric Brown
Kieran Dillane Sr Marion Dillane
Mary Elliott Jerry Ferrara
James McCaffrey Daniel McCallum
Linda McKelvey Susan Rentas
Bernadette Roman Jenn Shand
John Shand Scott Shappell
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
Jeremiah 33:14–16 (God will come to bring righteousness to His people.)
1 Thessalonians 3:9–13 (We abound in love for one another as we await the coming of the Lord.)
Luke 21:25–36 (The kingdom of God is near.)