The Shepherd's Voice
What's Happening Today
In the opening verses of Revelation, the last book of the Bible, John greets the readers of his epistle in this singular way: “Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come” (Revelation 1:4). John is confident that God’s grace is readily available for the readers of his letter who are scattered in many Christian gatherings across the area of Asia (today’s Turkey). And he is certain that the peace of God can reach to all of his readers in their very different and individual situations. The Advent season brings us the assurance that God’s plan is still unfolding and that we continue to abide in His peace. In this season of busyness, we can be peaceful and peaceable people by God’s grace!
O.T. Isaiah 11:1–10 (A shoot shall come forth from the stump of Jesse.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/isaiah/11/1-10?_ga=2.69113494.689062632.1669647202-257035986.1643645019
N. T. Romans 15:4–13 (Paul points to Christ as the source of hope.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/romans/15/4-13?_ga=2.69113494.689062632.1669647202-257035986.1643645019
Gospel Matthew 3:1–12 (John the Baptist preaches in the wilderness.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/matthew/3/1-12?_ga=2.69113494.689062632.1669647202-257035986.1643645019
Reader: Matt Martz
Today’s Altar Flowers are Given to the Glory of God
By Charlotte Visbeck in memory of Ray.
December Mission of the Month
Upon recent routine inspection of Good Shepherd, it was found that we have many doors and signs around our church that need to be added and upgraded to meet the current fire code. This will unfortunately cost tens of thousands of dollars for our already struggling financial situation but is necessary for the safety and longevity of Good Shepherd. Therefore, this month’s Mission of the Month will contribute to upgrading the building to meet fire safety regulations.
Our chancel is vested with blue paraments to indicate the hope within us as we await the arrival of God’s Son to save us.
The winter editions of Portals of Prayer and Hope-full Living are available on the table in the foyer/Narthex. Please take one for yourself and a friend.
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. Only 6 plants are available!
Last Call: Media Booth News
Now that Melinda and Emily are “retiring” at the end of December after many years of service, they would like to train one or two or three people to operate the media booth. Our church’s Administrative Assistant, Amanda, will continue to be involved. If you would like more information or are being led to learn and serve, please speak to Melinda or Emily. Thank you!
What's Happening Soon
We will be having mid-week Advent Services on Wednesday, December 7 and 14, at 11 am. We will be looking at the three legs of the stool of spiritual growth. Please join us!
Sunday, December 18 9:00 am Worship in the Woods will be indoors (we will attempt to sing)
10:00 am Scripture, Song, and Sacrament (a Service of Advent and Christmas Readings and Carols)
Saturday, December 24 4:00 pm Christmas Eve Family Candlelight Service
Sunday, December 25 9:00 am NO Worship in the Woods
10:00 am Traditional Christmas Day Service with Communion
Sunday, January 1, 2023 9:00 am NO Worship in the Woods
10:00 am Traditional New Year's Day Service with Communion
Please join us and invite or bring someone with you!
As we prepare to close out the year and start a new calendar year, I wanted to share some details about the different ways you can give your offerings.
You have several options available to you at Good Shepherd!
1. Offering Box Set: This is an annual box set that is provided to you, with an assigned number and a variety of different envelopes for different offerings throughout the year.
2. Online Offering: This is available directly through our website for a one time or a recurring debit. This is a great way to "set it and forget it"! Check it out at https://gsppnj.org/
3. Mail in Offering: For members who are not local throughout the year or unable to attend church, you can send in your offering via Mail. You do not need a box set for this but if you prefer to have a box set, please contact our Financial Secretary, Dani Sloan @ 732-608-1641 to reserve your box set for 2023.
4. Check or Cash, no envelope: This is an option for those who prefer not to use a box set or don't have their envelopes with them. You can place a check or cash in the offering plate or use a pew envelope. As long as your name is on the check or pew envelope it will be applied to your Annual Statement.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 732-608-1641 (call or text). I will be happy to help you choose the option that's best for you! Blessings, Dani Sloan Financial Secretary
Thank You Fund
It's the time of the year that we want to say "Thank You" to the people who serve us, Pastor and our Administrative Assistant. You can make your contribution in-person on Sunday or by mail to the church office. Please make your check payable to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and memo it “Thank You Fund”. You can also label your envelope “Thank You Fund”. Thank you!
What's Been Happening
From Pastor Dale
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In this month in which we give thanks, we pause to remember the Lord's many gifts to us. Even in the midst of our struggles, we see the hand of God supporting and providing for us. One of the ways He provides for us is through generous supporters such as yourself, who see our work as the mission of Christ. He seeks to bring more within the Church so that they might know the salvation He freely gives. So, receive this note of thanks, and we pray that God will richly bless you with all things needed and with His Holy Spirit to make you bold as a witness to Christ.
Giving thanks to God for you, Pastor Dale and Suzanne Kaster
Your missionaries to the Czech Republic
We are grateful to Diane Mohlenhoff and our Deacons for hosting a wonderful Soup Luncheon after the Voters Meeting last Sunday. Thank you also to all who contributed food. It was a great way to “break bread” together!
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: Garrett Gruendling, Joann Hrunka, Dale Kaster, and John Meyerle
Under Doctor’s Care:
Joan Aldarelli J.R. Aldarelli,
Carlee Allfrey, Alice Blaze,
Kieran Dillane, 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
Isaiah 35:1–10 (The desert shall rejoice and blossom.)
James 5:7–11 (An encouragement for Christians to wait for the Lord with patience)
Matthew 11:2–15 (Jesus speaks about John the Baptist.)