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As We Gather
Sunday, “the eighth day of the week,” is celebrated by Christians as the first day of the eternal life into which they were baptized. Today, the beginning of the great and Holy Week of Lent, we begin with the note of great joy as the crowds receive Jesus entering Jerusalem. This will be the last time He comes to the holy city. We then follow Him to the judgment hall, the cross of suffering, and the fearful tomb of death. The penitential season of Lent concludes with the three holy days, the Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Let us follow our Lord and allow Him to take our sins upon Himself that we may receive His new life in the forgiveness of our sins and the joy of the resurrection.
O.T. Zechariah 9:9–12 (The coming King of Zion) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/zechariah/9/9-12
N. T. Philippians 2:5–11 (Every knee shall bow at the name of Jesus.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/philippians/2/5-11
Gospel Mark 11:1-11 (Christ’s Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/mark/11/1-11
Today’s Altar Flowers are Given to the Glory of God
By Moira, Jeff, and Dan Largiader in commemoration of the triumphant arrival of our Savior, Jesus Christ, into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.
Last Call: March Mission of the Month
Make-A-Wish creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. When a wish comes true, it creates hope and the ability to experience life beyond illness. Make-A-Wish believes a single wish transforms the lives of wish children and their families. Make-A-Wish New Jersey was founded in 1983. Serving children in every municipality in the Garden State, Make-A-Wish New Jersey has granted more than 10,000 wishes since its inception and strives to fulfill the vision of granting the wish of every eligible child, approximately 700 children a year in New Jersey. Your support is vital to accomplishing this vision.
Sign up for Easter
As discussed last Sunday, in order to help us better plan for Easter morning, please click on the link below to reserve your seat(s). Select April 4 to sign up. All the restrictions are explained in the chart. Odd numbered pews/rows are on the right/lectern side facing the altar; even numbered pews/rows are on the left/pulpit side. There are also three rows that can be set up in the foyer/narthex, and two rows in the choir loft, so that we can safely accommodate about 70 people in one Service. When you come to worship on Easter, please sit in the seat(s) you have selected. We plan to have a chart to help you remember. Here is the link: https://www.signupgenius.com/index.cfmgo=s.signup&urlid=10c0a4ca4a62aaaf58-good&view=calendar&mo=1617231600
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. May God grant us a blessed celebration of Christ's victory!
These palms are handmade throughout the year by families in seven mud hut villages in Tanzania, East Africa, to supplement meager incomes. Sales help support community projects such as agricultural and vocational training, schools, water systems and emergency relief. These crosses are formed with a loop at the top, allowing them to be hung or worn on a cord. Crafted from dry palm fronds.
COVID friendly Busy Bags are available on the table in the foyer/narthex for children who would like an activity to do during the Service. These were printed, packaged, and sanitized in the home office of one person. Feel free to take one for your child(ren) and take them home with you. As these are a one-time use type of activity, they should not be returned or left at the church. Thank you.
Free Stuff Table
Now loaded with all new goodies in the foyer/narthex. Check it out and help yourself.
What's Happening Soon
THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS
March 31 is the final day to direct any 2021 Thrivent Choice dollars remaining in your account.
Every year, members like you completely wow us by going out of your way for the causes you care about. As a Thrivent Member Network – a local community of Thrivent members like you and for you – we’re here to help amplify the impact you make. Through Thrivent Choice®, enrolled organizations can receive funding to help support their important work. Don't miss your chance to recommend where Thrivent donates some of its charitable giving.
Holy Week Services
As the pandemic restrictions ease up, we will once again hold our annual Holy Week Services on Thursday and Friday, April 1 and 2, at 7:00 PM. The Holy Thursday Service on April 1 will include Communion and the traditional Stripping of the Altar. The Good Friday Service on April 2 will be the traditional Service of Darkness. Both Services will involve one time use of a hymnal and bulletin -- please pick them up as you enter the church and leave them in your seat at the end of the Service. Also, the Thursday Service will sit in the "open", "non-taped" pews, and the Friday Service will sit in the "closed", "taped" pews. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!
If you have some extra time, gloves, and a pick up truck, and would like to spend some time outdoors doing something constructive, please feel free to gather and remove the brush and branches that have fallen on our property over the winter. Our grounds will look better and be much better prepared for “spring cleaning” when the time comes. Thank you.
What's Been Happening
A Few Words from Pastor
Melinda and I are so thankful for your Christmas gift to us! Thank you to each of you who made it possible. We are also thankful for the Christmas cards, best wishes, prayers and support that you have blessed us with. May God grant all of us a new year filled with opportunities to trust God, love each other, and share our faith! Thank you!
Many Thanks from Amanda Perea
Thank you all for your Christmas gift! I have been with Good Shepherd Lutheran Church for over a year now and this experience has been enjoyable and humbling to me. I am here to help with whatever you may need and look forward to continuing to help carry out the church’s mission. Thank you!
From Jennifer Jones, Nursery School Director
Dear Good Shepherd Family,
I can’t tell you what a wonderful surprise it was for me to find the card and check in my mailbox today! I was so touched by your generosity but even more so by your thoughtfulness.
As my service at Good Shepherd is soon coming to a close, I want to thank all of you for the support you have shown both myself and the school these last several years .
I know you have prayed for our success and many have contributed to our scholarship fund as well as donating snacks and cleaning supplies this year.
I’m happy to share with you that we are already full next year ! We have never had a full enrollment so early in the year and I’m overjoyed to see the school's reputation blossoming as well as the love of Jesus being shared with so many little ones!
I will always be thankful for my years at Good Shepherd Nursery School and I will make sure to come back and visit! Thank you for the opportunity to serve in your ministry.
God Bless You, Jennifer Jones
Remember Our Homebound and Elderly
Please remember our homebound and elderly in prayer or with a card or phone call: Annaliese Benson, Fran McCallum, Doris Mingay, Robert Mueller, and Rev. Paul Voitko. Contact information is listed on the board in the foyer/Narthex.
Thank you for your continuing support!
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 Alice Blaze
Dan Boettcher Sheryl Borkowski
Kieran Dillane John Eckna
Vicky Forte Punna Khanna
Ray Kuri, Sr Daniel McCallum
Linda McKelvey Erna Meyerle
Ruth Mohlenhoff Susan Rentas
Mena Schollenberger John Shand
Cathy Shawhan Dennis P. Smith Jr
Harler Jean Visbeck
Special Needs: Garrett T. Midgett II, Doris Mingay, Robert H. Mueller, the Murray family, Ilona Poitras, and the Zupanc family. Those in Texas affected by the winter storms. All who serve to keep us healthy, fed, and supplied.
Armed Forces: All who serve to keep us safe.
Justin Gruendling Kate Gruendling
Kelly Handy Travis Harvey Jonathan Kaster Matthew Orgill
Mason Remondelli David Schauer
Readings for Next Sunday
Isaiah 25:6–9 (He will swallow up death forever.)
1 Corinthians 15:1–11 (Christ appeared to His disciples and to more than five hundred witnesses.)
Mark 16:1–8 (He is risen; He is not here!)