Creation Celebration Kicks Off Faith Journey

Children learned about creation and how God wants us to care for it during our Creation Celebration today. The event kicked off our Faith Journey program for 2019/2020.

The event started with a puppet show to introduce the creation story from Genesis. Children then made a “sea in a bottle with used water bottles teaching them how we can care for creation by reusing and recycling old things. They also participated in a game of creation bingo to help reinforce the creations story. The kick off ended with snacks related to the theme of the day.

Faith Journey will continue Sundays at 9:45am as children continue to learn more about creation and other Bible stories from Genesis.

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Study on Gospel of John

The Adult Forum is doing a study on the Gospel of John. The study discusses how people misunderstood Jesus during his earthly life, and how we struggle to fully understand him today.

The forum meets Sunday mornings at 9:45am in the conference room and is open to adults of all ages. Parents and Grandparents, bring the children to our Faith Journey program and stay to build you own faith.

Confirmation Orientation

Confirmation orientation will take place on Sunday, September 22nd at 9:45 am in the church sanctuary.

Children who are in seventh grade and later are eligible to attend classes. Confirmation fulfills one of the promises made by the parents, sponsors, and congregation at baptism, “to provide for their instruction in the Christian faith.”

An overview of the purpose, curriculum, and requirements for confirmation will be presented. Class schedules will be provided and the instructors will be introduced during the meeting. Parents are asked to attend orientation with the students.

A special order of a Confirmation Promise will also take place during the 11:00 am worship service on September 22nd. Students, parents, and the congregation will make a promise before God committing themselves to to being actively involved in the confirmation process.

If you have any questions regarding confirmation please email faithformation@goodshepherdwb.org.

Duffle Bags delivered to Youth Shelter

Good Shepherd has been collecting duffle bags, clothing, toiletries and other needed items for Valley Youth House since May. This month we delivered items collected to the shelter. The youth were excited and loved the duffle bags. They were picking favorites as they helped carry them into the house. You could tell how much they appreciated that someone cared enough about them. WE were just in time with the toiletries as they had just run out of supplies that day.

My wife Eileen, along with my daughters Amanda and Caela delivered the items. We also prepared lunch and spent an afternoon getting to know the youth currently at the shelter. During lunch preparation we had the opportunity to help some of the teens learn new cooking skills. Throughout our visit we learned about their hopes and dreams. These children left lasting impressions on us. It was a privilege and a blessing to be able to deliver these items and spend time with them.

The need for the items collected is ongoing. We will continue collecting items and make additional deliveries. Click here to view the list of items needed. Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far.

Food, Fun, and Fellowship Shared at Picnic

Members and friends of Good Shepherd shared the afternoon together at Kirby Park. The picnic kicked off with a short service of songs and reflection. Everyone enjoyed great food and fellowship. Children played baseball and had some water ballon battles.

See the photos at https://adobe.ly/2Zh8tSZ

Thank you to all who helped prepare for the picnic.

Children Experience Bible at VBS

Children from three years old through sixth grade experienced the story of Joseph at Good Shepherd’s Vacation Bible School. Through the Bible story children learned about jealously, bullying, forgiveness, kindness, and family love. They also learned about helping and caring for others through out Kids Helping Kids project. This year’s project gathered pasta for our lovcsl food bank.

Thank you to the volunteers and sponsors that made VBS a success through time, talent, and treasure.

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Congratulations to Confirmands

Congratulations to Alex, Lauren, and Jillian on their confirmation. The youth confirmed their faith through the Affirmation of baptism officiated by Rev. Lynn Rothrock on June 9th. Confirmation is a three year program that helps youth understand the faith so they can confirm the promises made when baptized. The confirmation program is part of Good Shepherd’s Faith Formation program to develop life long learning.

Duffle Bags for Youth

Good Shepherd is collecting duffle bags and filling them with items for youth in crisis. Valley Youth House is an emergency shelter that serves counties throughout eastern Pennsylvania including Luzerne and Lackawanna. Youth come to the shelter due to abuse, conflict in the home, homelessness, and many other reasons.  Upon arrival at the shelter they have little or no belongings to bring with them. Often when they leave the shelter they have to take any belongings they have in trash bags. Our goal is to make these youth feel valued by providing needed items and duffle bags for their belongings.

 You can help by purchasing and donating new items from the list below. If you prefer to let us do the shopping you can also make a donation. Items can be placed in the bins provided in the Narthex. Monetary donations can be placed in a green envelope marked “Duffle Bags”.

 Items needed:

• Duffle Bags approximately 20 to 25 inches long

• T-Shirts

• Sweat Pants

• Leggings

• Pajamas

• Underwear

• Socks

• Shampoo

• Conditioner

• Body Wash

• Re-usable water bottles

(Clothing sizes for youth age 12-17)