Help Needed

Good Shepherd needs volunteers to assist with sexton duties while we are without a sexton.Please call the church office at (570) 824-2991 and leave a message if you are able to help with any of the following tasks. Help is appreciated even if you can help with just one of these tasks.

InsNide Tasks needed:

    Dusting in the church sanctuary and balcony
    Dusting in the fellowship room
    Cleaning glass doors and windows
    Vacuuming and dry mopping the floors of the Good Shepherd Center
    Dusting in the Good Shepherd Center
    Emptying waste receptacles in the church and Good Shepherd Center
    Cleaning church offices
    Cleaning restrooms (needed three times each week)
    Cleaning blinds

Outside Tasks needed:

    Sweep sidewalks
    Clean up leaves from sidewalks and grass areas
    Pick up litter
    Clear snow and ice from sidewalks and steps when needed

If you know of anyone interested in working part time as a church sexton or secretary please contact Brooke Yeager or leave a message at the church office.

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.

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.

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.

Palm Sunday Procession

Good Shepherd will take the message of Christ’s triumphant ride into Jerusalem to the streets of Wilkes Barre. Our Palm Sunday procession will be led by children riding a miniature horse followed by participants carrying palms and singing. The procession begins at 9:45am at the corner of Main and South streets. All are welcome to join us in the procession.

Palm Sunday 2018

Farewell and Godspeed

Good Shepherd said farewell and Godspeed to Pastors Janell Wigen and Peter Kuritz on Sunday, August 12th. The pastors led us for one last time in a special worship service celebrating 18 years of ministry to our congregation. A reception followed in the afternoon allowing us to share memories and say goodbye.

Pastors Peter and Janell inspired our congregation to build ministries that not only serve our members but reached beyond our building walls into the community. But they were more than just our pastors, they were a part of our church family. They shared in our celebrations and supported us with prayers and comfort in our times of trial. Many of us shared in watching our children grow with their son, Pete.

We thank God to have been blessed to have them as our spiritual leaders and wish them Godspeed on the next chapter of their journey in ministry. We also look forward to the next chapter in the continued ministry of Good Shepherd.

We raise our hands in thanks to God for 18 years of ministry with our pastors.

Click here to see photos of our Farewell and Godspeed service and reception.

Children Learn to be God’s Helping Hands

Over 35 children participated in Good Shepherd’s Vacation Bible School from June 18-22. “Helping Hands – God’s Plan” was the theme based on the parable of The Good Samaritan. Children learned how people lived in Bible times and how they are God’s hands by helping others.

Children were introduced to a different Bible verse each day and dressed in tunics and head dresses as in ancient times. They met the traveler who was beaten and robbed on their journey. Then saw how a Samaritan helped to he traveler while others left him lying on the road.

During games children learned to work together as a team to build a tent from a parachute in addition to playing other games to reinforce lessons while getting a chance to run and play.

In crafts children made picture frames, t-shirts, and mini flags with hearts and hands to always remind them that helping others is how God wants us to show love for one another. Children get to make their own design on each craft to show what Helping Hands – God’s Plan means to them.

Click heads to see photos of VBSThe Samaritan helps the traveler. Click here to see more photos.

Children also experienced being God’s helping hands by collecting items to HELP boost the spirits of children when they are ill or injured. Several bins full of story books, coloring books, activity books, markers, and crayons were collected.

Items collected for Kids Helping Kids project.