Message from our Church President

Peace of the Lord to you.

I truly miss sharing those words with each of you during Worship. I miss being with each of you on Sunday morning, but it is as it must be for now. I want each of you to know that I pray for our family each and every night looking forward to when we can be together again.

Until then we can be together in spirit. I thank Pastor Poole and Daren Bernecker for producing the wonderful message each Sunday and hope that you will watch as the Holy Week approaches.

This year will be different for sure but our being apart is also our protection. How long this will last is hard to tell but through prayer we will get to the other side.

Thank you to all of you who have mailed in your offerings. I check the mail everyday. Several people have called me about their offerings and I ask that if you are able please send them to the church. Your support is still needed and appreciated.

If you have a special need or questions many have my number or you can call the Church.

Peace of the Lord be with You All!

Guy French

Church Activity Updates

As events with the Covid-19 pandemic unfold we find it necessary to cancel all regular worship services and in person meetings/activities through at least Easter. Video worship services will continue to be available online every Sunday as long as we are able to continue recording them. Maundy Thursday and Good Friday video services will also be available online.

Pastor Wes is available for pastoral care if needed. Please leave a message at the church office (570-824-2991) if you are in need of pastoral care.

Online meetings can be arranged for leadership and ministry teams as needed. Please email Daren Bernecker at to set up a meeting.

The CEO Weinberg Food Bank and NA will continue to use our facilities. Please contact those organizations to verify their schedule.

In Christian love continue to uphold one another and the world in thoughts and prayers. Remember that God’s love is everlasting and he is always with us. We will weather this storm together in spirit even though we are physically apart.

Please continue to check back here for future updates. If you are not receiving updates by email you can register to receive them by entering your email in the box under Receive Updates by E-mail.

Worship March 29th

Pastor Wes leads us in our second video service of Word & Prayer.

Bible passages:
First reading – Ezekiel 37:1-14
Psalm 130
Second Reading – Romans 8:6-11
Gospel – John 11:1-45

Special thanks to:

  • Rebecca Elfman for accompany Pastor Wes for the song.
  • Ian Poole for video recording of the song.
  • Trinity Lutheran, Kingston for use of their church for the song

Comments on this service are welcomed.

Online Services Continue

It was a pleasure to see all of the positive comments from this past Sunday’s video service. We will be posting this Sunday’s service also. The service can be viewed anytime after 8:00am Sunday morning.

As events unfold we find it necessary to continue with online video worship through Easter and possibly longer. We are planning special video services for Holy Week and Easter to enhance the worship experience. The schedule for services available online will be:

  • Palm Sunday 8:00am
  • Maundy Thursday 7:00pm
  • Good Friday 7:00pm
  • Easter Sunday 8 :00am

You can watch the services anytime after they are available. We will keep each service available online as long as possible.

As we continue through this unprecedented time we must stay grounded in our faith and continue to pray for all those affected by this virus and everyone in need.

Service of Word and Prayer

Our doors to our building may be closed for the safety of everyone but worship continues. Pastor Wes leads us in a video service of word and prayer from our homes. The video can be watched anytime you and your household is ready to worship and pray.

Follow along in your Bible or go to to read along with the following passages:
First Reading – 1 Samuel 16:1-13
Psalm 23
Second Reading – Ephesians 5:8-14
Gospel of John 9:1-41

Feel free to share your comments or prayers.

Video Worship is Coming

Life as we know it is changing around us. For now we cannot meet in person to worship but we can worship in our homes. At 8:00am tomorrow a video service of word and prayer will be available at Log in anytime to view the service lead by Pastor Wes. The service will be able to be viewed on any device you have. Have your Bible ready or go to to follow along with the readings that will be listed with video.

Church Activities Cancelled

In accordance with CDC recommendations as the Covid-19 virus emergency evolves we are canceling all church services and church related activities through April 4th. At this time we are planning to resume services on Palm Sunday, April 5th. Easter services will be held according to schedule on April 12th but we will not be serving Easter Breakfast.

We are currently researching options to post an abbreviated video service online. Check back for more updates later this week.

The church office will also be closed during this time however messages can be left at the church if anyone needs pastoral care. Messages will be checked regularly.

Other groups using Good Shepherd Facilities may or may not continue to meet. Please check with your organization’s leaders for updates on non-church related activities.

As always we should to continue to uphold one another, our extended communities, and the world in prayer. Even alone in our homes, we aren’t helpless. Keep praying for all those affected. God is always with us.

Posted on behalf of Pastor Wes Poole and Guy French

The Red Team Wins

The results are in from Good Shepherd’s Youth Souper Bowl collection and the red team pot (neutral) wins. The total raised for Meals on Wheels is $186.75. There were also 82 food items collected for the CEO Weinberg Food Bank.

Three pots were available for donations, one for each team playing in the Super Bowl, plus a pot labeled “The Red Team” for those who could not decide which team they wanted to win.

The donations in each pot were:
$92.00 “Red Team” (Neutral)
$76.51 Chiefs
$18.24 49ers

Thank you to everyone for your support to tackle hunger.

If you missed donating cash or food items we will still be collecting next Sunday. Simply put cash donations in a green envelope marked “souper bowl” or send donations to the church office. The box for food items will still be in the narthex for donations next week.

Good Shepherd Welcomes New Pastor

Good Shepherd welcomes Patrick Wesley Poole to serve as our
congregation’s pastor. We look forward to having Pastor Wes as part of Good Shepherd’s ministry. The gifts he brings will allow Good Shepherd to continue proclaiming the love of Christ through partnership with the members of Good Shepherd.

Pastor Wes received his Master of Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia South Carolina. He also has a Bachelor of Arts in Music/Vocal Performance from Newberry College, Newberry South Carolina. He has served in churches in Florida, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and New York. He also has taught at Wyoming Seminary Preparatory School and Marywood University. He is a member of the Arcadia Chorale Group where he also does chorus and solo work.

Pastor Wes and his family reside in Kingston. He enjoys cooking, science fiction, and collecting guitars.