WELCA Bible Study

The Women of the ELCA will meet on Tuesday, February 11th at 6;30 pm at the Good Shepherd Centerfor the Bible study, “We are called!”  This month the discussion will be on calls by Jesus in the NewTestament.  The Bible study is in the Jan/Feb issue of “Gather” magazine.  Bibles are available if you need one.  Contact person, Jane Hensley 570-829-4394.

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.

VBS Meeting

It may still be cold out and hard to think about warm weather but the warmth and Vacation Bible School will be here before we know it. It’s time to start planning to make 2020’s VBS a successful ministry that fills children with the understanding of God’s love. A VBS volunteer meeting will be held February 16, 2020 following the 11:00am worship service. We’d love to see everyone interested in serving as VBS volunteers attend this meeting. We’ll be discussing this year’s theme, introducing our new directors, and begin the planning. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP for the meeting below so we know how many will be attending.

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.

Help Youth Tackle Hunger

Good Shepherd’s youth are asking for your help to fight hunger in our community. They are collecting canned food to be donated to the CEO Weinberg Food Bank that serves our local community. They will also collecting cash donations to support Meals on Wheels.

Souper Bowl of Caring began in 1990 with a youth group prayer – “Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, let us be mindful of those without a bowl of soup to eat.” That simple prayer grew into a nationwide movement of youth collecting food and donations for local communities.

Help our youth tackle hunger in our community. Please bring canned goods to church and place them in the Souper Bowl box located in the narthex anytime through February 2nd. Youth will also have soup pots in the back of the church. We ask those attending services to place at least one dollar to help the fight against hunger. Donations can also be mailed to the church office or placed in a green offering envelope marked “Souper Bowl”.

Meet the Pastor Candidate

The Call Committee and the Congregational Council are putting forth a candidate to fill the pastoral vacancy. Next Saturday, January 25th, a meet and greet session from 2:00-4:00pm with the candidate will be held. Sunday, January 26th, there will be one worship service at 10:00am with the candidate leading worship. Immediately following worship, there will be a congregational meeting to vote to call the candidate. Please plan to attend these important events in the life of Good Shepherd.

Members who have made at least one contribution to Good Shepherd and received communion at least once since since January 1, 2019 are eligible to vote at the January 26, 2020 congregational meeting.

WELCA Bible Study

The Women of the ELCA will begin a four session Bible study titled “We are called”. The first session will be Tuesday, January 14th and will focus on the calls of several prophets. If you ever wondered what God’s call means come join us at 6:30pm in the Good Shepherd Center. Bring a Bible and the Jan/Feb issue of Gather magazine if you have it. Contact Jane Hensley.

Family Faith Worship

Our monthly Family Faith Worship continues this Sunday, January 5th at 9:45am. Family Faith Worship is focused on families with children.

Traditional worship also returns to our regular schedule this Sunday at 8:30am and 11:00 am.

Advent Workshop

Families created a unique Advent calendar during the Advent workshop on December 1st. The calendar will help families count down the days until Jesus’ birth. The craft included a painted cookie sheet with Christmas wrapped matchboxes. There was a matchbook for day of Advent that can hold. A piece of candy or a Bible verse. Tins were also decorated with ribbons and bells.

Gloria helps her daughter wrap a matchbox.

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