The Shepherd's Voice
What's Happening Today
The saints remind us that we are not alone. We have been washed in the blood of the Lamb and brought into the fellowship of all the saints through Baptism. We live this new life by faith now, but then we shall see Him face-to-face and know Him as we are known by Him. When lonely or fearful, the company of the saints encourages us, and their devotion to the Lord inspires us to endure to the end that we might be saved. Whether known well or known only to God, the faithful are not forgotten and neither will we be forgotten.
O.T. Revelation 7:2–17 (The Lamb will be their shepherd.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/revelation/7/2-17?_ga=2.268219150.1098448785.1667224036-257035986.1643645019
N. T. 1 John 3:1–3 (Beloved, we are God’s children now.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/matthew/5/1-12?_ga=2.268219150.1098448785.1667224036-257035986.1643645019
Gospel Matthew 5:1–12 (Rejoice and be glad, for great is your reward in heaven.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/matthew/5/1-12?_ga=2.268219150.1098448785.1667224036-257035986.1643645019
Reader: Jeff Largiader
Today’s Altar Flowers are Given to the Glory of God
By Charolette Visbeck in memory of Ray Visbeck
November Mission of the Month
The memory of Hurricane Ian has begun to fade from our memories even though it has only been about three weeks. But let’s not forget the people who were victims of this storm and its destruction. We now know that we have at least a dozen churches with varying degrees of damage. This damage ranges from approximately $50,000 to several hundred. In many cases, the damage is either below their deductible or they have no coverage i.e., no flood insurance etc. In addition, we now have requests for assistance from more than 60 workers (pastors, teachers, etc.) and anticipate that we may reach 100 with need for assistance. We have several homes with flooding and only one of those with flood insurance. Most of the damage in the others is due to wind (lost roofs) and resulting water damage. The NJ District is committed to helping our brothers and sisters in need. The New Jersey District will match dollar for dollar gifts given to the Florida/Georgia District.
Our chancel is vested with white paraments to indicate the joy and triumph of the saints who are with Jesus because of His suffering, death, and resurrection.
What's Happening Soon
Congregational Voters Meeting
Will be held on November 20th following the 10 am Service. We will be discussing Pastor’s retirement and the budget for 2023 and electing Church Council members. Please plan to attend this important meeting! The meeting will be followed by a Soup Luncheon. Please use the sign up sheet in the foyer/narthex to indicate how many will be attending and if you will be bringing anything .
Thanksgiving Eve Service
Our annual Thanksgiving Eve Service will be held this year on Wednesday, November 23, 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, November 30, December 7, and 14, at 11 am. We will be looking at the three legs of the stool of spiritual growth. Please join us!
Annual Advent Family Event and Decorating
Join us for a fun morning to learn about Advent and the meaning of the four candles. This year we will be doing a Chrismon. What is a Chrismon? Come find out on Saturday, December 3rd, at 9:00 am. Families of all ages are encouraged to come to enrich their knowledge of Advent together. We will light the first candle together, sing carols, and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate. We will also be decorating the church. Bring your family and friends and join the celebration.
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.
What's Been Happening
Trunk or Treat: Thank You!
A big thank you to Diane, Jen, Pastor, Carol Crystal, and Janice, Anna, and Mary from our preschool for a successful Trunk or Treat. Thanks to the generosity of those who donated, we had plenty of candy to give out this year.
Church Life Photos
We have dedicated 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!
Remember Our Homebound and Elderly
Please remember our homebound and elderly in prayer or with a card or phone call: Annaliese Benson, Fran McCallum, and Robert Mueller. 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
Hospitalized: Joseph Kosmich and John Meyerle
Under Doctor’s Care:
Joan Aldarelli J.R. Aldarelli,
Carlee Allfrey, Alice Blaze,
Kieran Dillane, J udy Gruendling,
Dale Kaster, James McCaffrey,
Linda McKelvey, Tammy Pausz,
Susan Rentas, Kate Rubin,
John Shand, Amelia Shappell
Harler Jean Visbeck
Special Needs: The Brown family, Kim DeAngelo, James McNellis, Robert H. Mueller, the Murray family, and the Zupanc family. All who serve to keep us healthy, fed, and supplied.
Armed Forces: All who serve to keep us safe.
Daniel Gewecke Katie Gruendling
Kelly Handy Jonathan Kaster
Matthew Orgill Mason Remondelli David Schauer
Readings for Next Sunday
Malachi 4:1–6 (The day of the Lord is coming.)
2 Timothy 2:14-16; 3:1-5
Luke 21:5–36 (Jesus prophesies the destruction of the temple and