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It should be no surprise, for the Lord warned them from the beginning. To follow Christ, to live our Baptism, to be a Christian will not be a life of ease, peace, and abundance, but rather one of trouble and contradiction. All the apostles and prophets found this to be true. Jeremiah’s complaint is repeated by all who have discovered the Christian life is but warfare between life and death. Because Jesus gave Himself to the defeat of the devil and our spiritual slavery by letting it all have its way with Him to the cross, all who believe are freed and made participants in newness of life by simple faith in this grace and mercy of God for us. Jesus says three times today, “Do not be afraid,” so now even with the prophet’s complaint repeated, we can rejoice with him, “Sing to the LORD! Give praise to the LORD!”
O.T. Jeremiah 20:7–13 (Jeremiah’s complaint)
N. T. Romans 6:12–23 (Slaves to righteousness)
Gospel Matthew 10:5a, 21–33 (Do not be afraid.)
June Mission of the Month- Baby Bottle Boomerang
The Baby Bottle Boomerang fundraiser usually brings in almost half of the annual budget for The Open Door! Your donation will help mothers in need. Please note, we will NOT be distributing, filling, or collecting baby bottles this year. Please donate your gift(s) to Good Shepherd either online or by mail and indicate that they are for the June Mission of the Month, or The Open Door, or the Baby Bottle Boomerang. We will then send a check from the church to The Open Door.
Indoor Service at 9:30
50 people can attend but face masks and 6 feet of social distancing are required. Therefore, please DO NOT sit in a pew marked by blue tape, and sit only at the extreme ends of unmarked pews (unless you are a family unit -- then you may take up as much pew space as you need). Everyone who attends should be symptom/exposure free for two weeks. When you come, please park in every other parking space. We will not be Sharing the Peace during the Service (except verbally) nor passing the offering plate (it will be set up by the back door of the nave). We will not be handing out bulletins (please refer to your weekly e-newsletter) nor using hymnals or pew Bibles. Bagels and coffee will not be provided, and Pastor will be dismissing worshippers pew by pew to keep the exit traffic flowing consistently. We look forward to seeing everyone! God bless!
Outdoor "Service at the Cross"
We will be holding an outdoor Service at the Cross at 11:00 AM, weather permitting. Please bring your own seating (beach chair, blanket, etc.) and join us for a spoken Service of the Word in front of the big white cross. Please park in every other spot, and maintain social distancing on the grass (at least six feet apart from non-family-members). In case of wet or hot weather, the Service will be held in the church basement. Thank you. God bless us, everyone!
Portals of Prayer
The new Portals of Prayer are ready. You will be able to get them in the foyer/narthex.
What's Been Happening
The Lutheran Church-MO Synod
Thank you for your prayers and support you have given to Rev. Dale and Suzanne Kaster. Please convey our thanks to your members. I pray you are all staying safe and healthy. Blessings.
Mile Square Church Update
Thank you so much for your donations to Mile Square Church. Our mission in the beautiful city of Hoboken is made all the more possible with your support. Whether it's for Sunday worship or its active engagement with Hoboken Housing , our ministry needs funding. Thanks for joining us on our mission to make much of Jesus in NJ. Sincerely, Pastor Matt
A Message from Vacation Bible School
Hello VBS family! We hope this finds you and your family well! You are receiving this email because your child has attended Vacation Bible School at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Point Pleasant. After much thought and prayer we are sorry to announce that we will not be hosting our VBS program this summer. Due to the current situation regarding Covid-19 we feel this is the safest decision. The safety of your kids and the volunteers is our number one priority! We will miss seeing and reconnecting with the children this summer! Personally, this would have been my 10th year directing our VBS program. With God's grace we will be back together for the summer of 2021 with our best VBS yet.
If you are interested in possibly participating in some virtual VBS activities please complete this survey by June 15th. Please copy and paste the link into your web browser.
We pray you and your family stay well and we hope to see you soon! -Lisa Waterman & the entire VBS team
A Message from Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey (CVCJ)
We have missed each one of you so very much and looking forward to being with you again soon. While face to face services are temporarily suspended, our staff continued to work remotely to contact all our senior clients and families, to ensure their safety, reduce social isolation, food insecurity, and providing them with resources through our community partners. We continue to respond to support requests on a daily basis.
Over the next few weeks we will be rolling out both our “contactless grocery shopping services” , roundtrip medical transportation and an increased level of friendly and reassuring phone calls. We have initiated “on-line training” for all volunteers who can help us achieve our mission in this new environment to keep our volunteers, our clients, and those we come in contact with safe. Our schedule of on-line training is on our website: https://caregivervolunteers.org/volunteer/ To register, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you the meeting ID number and password. You can also call us at 732-505-2273.
As we regain and add volunteers we will resume our traditional services (pet therapy, respite, and friendly visiting, Alzheimer and Dementia Care) and be able to extend our services to additional seniors needing our assistance.
While the ‘shape’ of our services may change, we assure you of our commitment to honor and serve our senior community.
We ask God’s blessings on all of you and prayers to keep you safe!
Mary Malagiere, Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey
Mary O. Malagiere
Manager of Volunteers and Community Outreach
Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey
Riverwood Plaza, Bldg 2
67 Route 37 West
Toms River, NJ 08755
Facebook: Caregiver Volunteers and Caregiver Canines
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 Barbara Bellamy Henry Benson
Alice Blaze Sheryl Borkowski Leah Farina
Vicky Forte Paul Giannantonio Punna Khanna
Jeanie Lyness Daniel McCallum Linda McKelvey
John Shand Dennis P. Smith Jr Gloria Smith
Harler Jean Visbeck Ray Visbeck
Special Needs: The Murray family, Ilona Poitras, and the Zupanc family. All who serve to keep us healthy, fed, and supplied.
Armed Forces: All who serve to keep us safe.
Christopher Garrigan Justin Gruendling Kelly Handy
Travis Harvey Jonathan Kaster Matthew Orgill
Mason Remondelli David Schauer
Readings for Next Sunday
Jeremiah 28:5–9 (Jeremiah condemns Hananiah for preaching peace.) Romans 7:1–13 (The purpose of the Law is to show our sin.)
Matthew 10:34–42 (Following Jesus takes precedence over every relationship.)