The Shepherd's Voice
What's Happening Today
As We Gather
The vineyard is frequently used in Scripture to denote a special place in God’s creation. To have a vineyard and enjoy its fruit is a blessing. When the prophet Isaiah speaks of the goodness of the Lord, he says that God’s favored people “shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit” (Isaiah 65:21). Vineyards were planted with a fruitful harvest in mind. We are the Lord’s planting, and we eagerly await our harvest home.
O.T. Isaiah 5:1–7(The vineyard of the Lord is judged.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/isaiah/5/1-7
N. T. Philippians 3:4b–14 (Paul witnesses to the congregation at Philippi.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/philippians-3-4b--14
Gospel Matthew 21:33–46 (The parable of the tenants in the vineyard.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/matthew/21/33-46
Our Christian Congratulations
Are extended to Daniel and Erin Patrzeba upon the baptism of their daughter, Everleigh Grace Patrzeba. Everleigh’s godparents are Kimberly Boyle and Michael Pizzi. May the Lord bless Everleigh as she grows in the grace and knowledge of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
Today’s Altar Flowers are Given to the Glory of God
in memory of the Altar Guild members; a red rosebud for Everleigh Grace Patrzeba.
October Mission of the Month
“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to take care of it and to look after it.” Genesis 2:15
When God created the world, he placed the responsibility of caring for all that He had made on mankind: the air we breathe, the land we live off of, the water we drink, and the wildlife that roams the planet with us. Today we see that we’ve fallen a bit short on that commitment, and there are non-profit organizations across the state working to improve all of these for our quality of life. These non-profits formed EarthShare New Jersey in 1994 to help raise awareness of and funding for their missions which directly impact human health and wellness. Today, we invite you to learn more about the programs EarthShare New Jersey has to help all of us have more Responsible Tomorrows. We work to mobilize people to conserve and protect our air, water, land and wildlife for a cleaner, healthier and safer place to live, work, and play. Simple lifestyle changes and choices make a big difference. Sometimes the improvements we seek are within our reach. Thank you for considering support of our mission, and for everything you do to care for and look after our Earth.
We are currently offering one Service: a 10:00 Unified Service that you can watch on our church Facebook page, or later in the day or week on our Facebook page or website. We are requiring face masks (we have extras by the front door if you need one) and social distancing (every other pew is closed). We have hand sanitizer at the front door, at each restroom door, and in each pew. We do not pass an offering plate; instead, it is located in the back of the nave for you to deposit the offering you have brought. With all of these procedures, the Service can accommodate 50 people. At the end of the Service, people are dismissed from the back pews first, then the middle pews, and finally the front pews. Please join us!
We are currently offering Communion every Sunday. However, our procedure is slightly different. Communion is now set up on a table in front of the first pew which Pastor moves to the front of the center aisle. The bread and the wine are prepared in individual disposable containers in the trays of our Communion ware. After Pastor consecrates the elements, people are invited to come forward in a single line, six feet apart from each other. They pick up a container of each of the elements and return to their seat. When all have returned, we all commune together as Pastor says, "Take, eat, the body of Christ..." and "Take, drink, the blood of Christ..." At the end of the Service, people dispose of their empty containers into the receptacle located in the back of the nave by the offering plate. Please join us as we share in the gift and blessing of this Sacrament.
Change in Sunday Schedule!
Beginning today, we will go to ONE livestream Service at 10:00 AM. Pastor mentioned this idea in the spring. Our Family Ministry Facebook group was surveyed about the time. The Church Council gave its "blessing" at its September meeting. We will do this for four months (October to January), when we will vote to continue or discontinue it at our regular January Voters Meeting. We are doing this for two reasons: to be a unified congregation so we can be stronger and "closer" together, and because there is a Voters Meeting scheduled for October 4 (see below). Please note the change and join us!
Today, after our "unified Service" at 10:00 AM, there will be a Voters Meeting to approve the installation and funding of replacement windows in the original church building. This project was discussed when we were replacing the boilers, and any excess funds from that project were "earmarked" for replacement windows. It is now time to make the window project and its funding official. Details will be provided, and provision will be made for those who cannot attend to vote electronically. If you are a voting member, please participate in this important decision. Thank you.
The October-November-December issues of "Portals of Prayer" and "Hopeful Living" for seniors are available on the table on the left side of the foyer/narthex as you leave our Service. Please help yourself. You can also stop by during the week (between 10 and Noon) to pick up your copy.
Free Stuff Table
Located in the narthex/foyer we have a table set up with free items, mostly books. Please check it out and take whatever you think you or someone you know would like.
What's Happening Soon
Men of Faith Resumes!
Beginning on Wednesday, October 7, at 5:30 PM, the Men of Faith will resume meeting in the church basement (not the kitchen!) so that we can observe social distancing. Pastor will have pizza for us, and we will catch up with each other about our lives and families for the last six months. We will also plan out the rest of the year and look forward to 2021. Men of the church over 18 and friends, please join us (and wear a mask, of course).
What's Been Happening
Looking for a live In CHHA/Caregiver for a 92 year old woman with congestive heart failure on Hospice. Location is Point Pleasant Boro. Please call for all details if interested.
Gary # 201-424-1334 Cathy # 973-960-5477
Good Shepherd Nursery School began its’ eighth year of Christian-based education on Monday, September 14, 2020. It’s been quite a year as the 2019/2020 year ended early and abruptly in mid-March due to the Pandemic. This is a challenging time to be in education, as the State is limiting our attendance to 10 per class. We anticipate an especially difficult year financially. Please support our school in your prayers; through direct donation to the school or through the Scholarship Fund; or by donating items below that will be needed this year due to the extra cleaning and sanitizing that is required (regular supplies, if donated, will help keep our operating costs down):
Hand sanitizer pumps (large, like the ones in church)
Plastic gloves (used for cleaning, size M)
Clorox or Lysol Anti- Bacterial wipes
Goldfish Crackers (individual packages only, please)
Pretzels (individual packages)
Dixie cups (smallest size)
If the school should have to close this year due to a spike in infections, we will store and use any donated items as soon as we re-open. Thank you for your support. Donations can be brought in on Sunday mornings or during the week from 10 am to noon.
Friendly Seniors Reconnect
On Wednesday, September 16, our Friendly Seniors reconnected with a Welcome Back lunch provided by Kelly McCloskey and staff at Complete Care in Brick. Twelve people attended the outdoor gathering and participated in good food, conversation, games, and weather. We are very grateful to Kelly for organizing the event. Our Seniors will reconnect again on Wednesday, October 7, at 11:00 AM -- please join us!
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
Alice Blaze Sheryl Borkowski
Kieran Dillane John EcknaLeah Farina
Vicky Forte Paul Giannantonio Punna Khanna
Jeanie Lyness Daniel McCallum Linda McKelvey
John Shand Dennis P. Smith Jr
Harler Jean Visbeck Ray Visbeck
Special Needs: Doris Mingay, the Murray family, Ilona Poitras, the Visbeck family, 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
Isaiah 25:6–9 (The Lord will bring salvation to His people.)
Philippians 4:4–13 (Encouragement for joyful Christian living)
Matthew 22:1–14 (The parable about the wedding feast)