The Shepherd's Voice
What's Happening Today
As We Gather
Of all the animals that could have been used to portray humanity, does it feel strange to be called a sheep? After all, it is not the most honorable creature. There are no defense mechanisms to escape a predator, no intimidating roar, and limited ability to fend for one’s self when it comes to seeking nourishment, water, and safety. Yet these things reveal the point we are called to understand. It may not be good to be a sheep on our own, but it is great to be a sheep with a Good Shepherd to care for the flock. Jesus is our perfect shepherd who protects and defends, feeds and nourishes, leads and provides all we need in this body and life. Together as His flock, we are blessed to follow Him as by His Word and Means of Grace He leads us to streams of living water and paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
First Acts 8:26–40 (Philip witnesses about Jesus to the Ethiopian official.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/acts/8/26-40
N. T. 1 John 4:1–11 (An exhortation to lives of Christian love) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/1-john/4/1-11
Gospel John 15:1–8 (Jesus is the Vine and His people are the branches.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/john/15/1-8
Reader Jamie Hawthorne
May Mission of the Month
Dottie’s House provides housing assistance and programs for women and children dealing with domestic violence in Ocean County NJ, serving all of NJ. Dottie’s House is a long-term, comprehensive program offering a multitude of services to the residents who live there including weekly case management, supportive counseling, domestic violence groups, and therapeutic art classes for the children. They reside in fully furnished apartments, equipped with everything necessary to complete their homes and are able to take everything with them when they successfully graduate from the program. Your donation will help families receive ongoing support on a daily basis to ensure their recovery as they work towards independence and a life free from violence.
If you would like to join our small band of merry Readers, please contact Jeff Largiader (732-918-9028) or speak to Pastor. We are developing a rotation of Readers and would love to include you. Some level of skill in public reading is preferred, but not required because it can be learned. Please consider this opportunity to serve the Lord and our church.
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.
What's Happening Soon
Welcome Back, Amanda!
Now that our Administrative Assistant's family has been vaccinated, Amanda is able to resume her normal working hours from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Monday to Friday, starting tomorrow, May 3. It'll be wonderful to have her back in the office on a regular basis!
Men of Faith to Resume!
Starting this Wednesday, May 5, at 5:30 PM, our Men of Faith study and fellowship group will resume meeting in the upper basement (we will practice social distancing). Gentlemen, please bring your "Attributes of God" pamphlet. Ed Mohlenhoff is providing our meal followed by Ray Visbeck’s favorite dessert.
Friendly Seniors are Back!
Our Friendly Seniors will meet again this Wednesday, May 5, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. As usual, there will be lunch, an activity, and lots of wonderful fellowship and conversation. Please join us and bring a senior friend! Contact Judy Gruendling (732-899-6859) so she can plan for lunch.
Sunday Bible Class is Back!
Starting on Sunday, May 9 (Happy Mother's Day!), at 9:00 AM, we will resume meeting in the church and live-streaming our Sunday morning Bible Class. Through the end of June, we will be looking at the early Church as recorded in Acts; then we'll decide what to do for the Summer and Fall. Please read ahead so that our time is spent learning and discussing. Here's a brief schedule to get us started:
May 9 -- the Ascension of Jesus in the closing verses of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John
May 16 -- the time between the Ascension and Pentecost in Acts 1
May 23 and 30 -- Pentecost in Acts 2
Please join us!
What's Been Happening
Remember Our Homebound and Elderly
Please remember our homebound and elderly in prayer or with a card or phone call: Annaliese Benson, Fran McCallum,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
Hospitalized: Joan Aponte and Jeff Luckenback
Under Doctor’s Care:
John Aldarelli Alice Blaze
Kieran Dillane Ray Kuri, Sr
Daniel McCallum Linda McKelvey
Erna Meyerle Susan Rentas
Mena Schollenberger John Shand
Harler Jean Visbeck
Special Needs: Garrett T. Midgett II, Robert H. Mueller, the Murray family, and Zupanc family. 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
Acts 10:34–48 (People from every nation are accepted by God.)
1 John 5:1–8 (The victory of Christ overcomes the world.)
John 15:9–17 (Obey Christ’s commands and remain in His love)