The Shepherd's Voice
What's Happening Today
As We Gather
We read today about three servants. Two were good and faithful. One was evil and faithless. Two enter into the joy of their master. One does not. Our Lord has entrusted us with many good and gracious gifts and sends us into the world to make disciples and multiply the gifts we have received. Yet, it is not our own work that leads us into the joy of our Master; rather, it is our Master’s work on our behalf. Jesus’ saving work of death and resurrection brings us into the joy of our Master.
O.T. Zephaniah 1:7–16 (The Day of the Lord is near.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/zephaniah/1/7-16
N. T. 1 Thessalonians 5:1–11 (Let us live as children of the light.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/1-thessalonians/5/1-11
Gospel Matthew 25:14–30 (The parable of the talents) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/matthew/25/14-30
Our Christian Congratulations
Are extended to Adam and Carly Zupkus Bachmann upon the baptism of their daughter, Eliana Grace Bachmann. Eliana's godparents are Bryan Zupkus and Molly Nash. May the Lord bless Eliana as she grows in the grace and knowledge of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
Our Christian Sympathy
is extended to the family and friends of Harry MacMaster who died last week. Harry was one of the "card sharks" of our Wednesday Senior Connection. He regularly attended and enjoyed the food, companionship, and conversation. May the God of all comfort strengthen all who mourn with the hope and promise of the resurrection and reunion in heaven.
November Mission of the Month
You are invited to make a gift to St. Gregory’s Pantry, a local food pantry helping to feed those in need. This Christmas alone, St. Gregory’s will distribute to over 300 needy families and have gifts for children. Through generosity and commitment, St. Gregory’s Pantry provides temporary aid to approximately 10,000 individuals annually. Please make your check out to Good Shepherd and memo it “Mission of the Month”. Thank you!
Free Stuff Table
Located in the narthex/foyer we have a table set up with free items, mostly books. Pastor just added a whole new bunch of stuff. Please check it out and take whatever you think you or someone you know would like.
Adult Forum Resumes!
Our Adult Forum has resumed (formerly known as Bible Class) on Sundays at 9:00 AM. We meet in the nave, in the "closed" (taped) pews, until 9:45 AM, and we livestream for those who cannot attend in person. We are looking at the New Testament book of Acts based on the video series "A.D.", which will take us a bit beyond Acts, to 70 AD. This study is meant to pick up where Pastor's sermon series on the apostles left off. Please join us!
What's Happening Soon
Our Fall Voters Meeting will be held on November 22nd, immediately following our 10:00 AM Service. It will be livestreamed, just like our October 4 Voters Meeting. The main items on the agenda are the election of Church Council members (see below) and an initial look at the 2021 budget. After the Meeting, our Deacons would like to provide a light lunch, with individually wrapped items (subs, etc.), to enable us to have some socially distanced conversation and fellowship. If you would like to attend, please sign the sheet in the foyer/narthex. or call/email the church office.
Nominations and Elections
Every Fall, we elect or re-elect people from our church to serve on our Church Council. Each of our four Boards has at least one opening: Executive (Vice President), Elders, Deacons, and Trustees. The Vision Team also has at least one opening, and the Nursery School Board has several openings. (See below for a listing of responsibilities.) Please consider serving Jesus and our church in this way. You can volunteer yourself or nominate someone else to Ed Mohlenhoff, our Nominating Committee Chair. Thank you!
To help you in your consideration, here are the areas of responsibility for our Boards:
Executive: Administrative, Financial, Legal
Elders: Worship, Education, Christian Care
Deacons: Fellowship, Outreach, Christian Service
Trustees: Buildings, Grounds, Maintenance
Vision: Seeing and adapting to the Future
Nursery School: Supporting our school
Please consider where your interests and skills coincide with these responsibilities. Thank you!
Thanksgiving Eve Service
Will be held on Wednesday, November 25th at 11:00 am. Please join us to thank God for the many good things He has given us! A loaf of bread will be given to each family in attendance.
It is that time again! Once again, we will be placing poinsettias around our altar area. The cost per plant remains $8, 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.
Operation Christmas Child
The Christmas season is on the way! Since 1993, more than 178 million children, in over 150 countries, have experienced God's love through the power of a simple shoebox gift.
Shoebox donations for Operation Christmas Child will look a little different this year, but, we will still be collecting! National Collection Week (NCW) is Monday, November 16, to Monday, November 23, and Good Shepherd is registered as a Drop Off Location for the third year in a row! Donations of shoeboxes from the community will be accepted during NCW with No Contact Drop Off Procedures to promote health and safety for all. Shoebox Donors are encouraged to Build a Shoebox online; however, personally packed boxes will also be accepted at the Church. These may be delivered to the Church no later than Sunday, November 22.For more information about Building a Shoebox online or for Samaritan's Purse COVID-19 protocols, please visit: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/buildonline/, or Contact OCC Project Leader and Site Manager, Amber Brown, at 732-580-5034 for more information or to serve during NCW. Additional contact: Dani Sloan 732-608-1641
What's Been Happening
The Open Door thanks our Lydia Circle for its generosity in giving and extends God’s blessings.
Good Shepherd Nursery School -Update
The Nursery School would like to thank the Church Congregation for all the wonderful donations! Thanks to your generosity we have an ample supply of napkins, bleach and hand sanitizer!
In addition, we have been able to fill the position for Teachers Assistant in the Pre-k classroom. Thank you all for your continued prayers for a healthy, happy school year for our children and staff! 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):
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.
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 Eckna
Leah Farina Vicky Forte
Paul Giannantonio Garrett Gruendling
Punna Khanna Jeanie Lyness
Daniel McCallum Linda McKelvey
Erna Meyerle Susan Rentas
John Shand Dennis P. Smith Jr
Harler Jean Visbeck
Special Needs: Doris Mingay, 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 Kate Gruendling
Kelly Handy Travis Harvey Jonathan Kaster Matthew Orgill
Mason Remondelli David Schauer
Readings for Next Sunday
Zephaniah 1:7–16 (The Day of the Lord is near.)
1 Thessalonians 4:13–18 (We will always be with the Lord.)
Matthew 25:1–13 (The parable of the ten virgins.)