FAITH ADS

Listed below are ministry ideas that are looking for interested persons to develop them into an active program here at Good Shepherd Church. Contact FAITH ADS through the church office, churchoffice@goodshepherdwb.org , or 570-824-2991, to express your interest.

Food Re-distribution – Are you upset knowing how much food is wasted at grocery stores and restaurants in our area? Are you concerned that there are many families in our community that do not have enough food to feed their household? Would you like to help develop a program that puts unused food on needy family’s tables? If so, contact FAITH ADS.

Knitting Group – Do you like to knit? Would you like to learn how to knit? Are you looking for a knit related service project? Would you like to participate in a time of fun and fellowship while knitting? If so, contact FAITH ADS.

English Language Learner Classes – Have you noticed Wilkes-Barre is changing and more English Language Learners are moving into our community? Are you interested in assisting our new neighbors in learning English? If so, contact FAITH ADS.

Evening Women’s Group – Are you a woman whose life is busy during the day? Would you like to meet other women in the evening for fellowship, support, and faith – building? If so, contact FAITH ADS.

Wanted: Ministry Ideas

We are a congregation in downtown Wilkes-Barre that “engages in a vigorous ministry to its members and to all people”.  We are constantly looking for new ideas for ministry that helps put our faith into action and serves our community. If you have an idea for  ministry contact our church office, churchoffice@goodshepherdwb.org , or 570-824-2991. We will post those ideas to see if there are interested people to help develop that idea into an active program through our congregation.

Church Picnic

Come and enjoy a day of fun, food, and fellowship on Sunday, July 31st, at Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre. Outdoor, informal, casual worship begins at 12:00 noon in Pavilion #3 (next to the softball field and playground), picnic begins at 1:00 pm. Hamburgers and water will be provided by the church. You are welcome to bring something to share.

Bear Creek Day Camp

The Bear Creek Day Camp has begun for one week only (July 25 – 29), 9am – 3 pm, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 410 South River St., Wilkes-Barre. Call St. John’s Lutheran Church, 570-823-7139, for more information to register.

Proceeds Distributed

Proceeds received during the Street Fair last year that we call our “Fellowship Fest” was distributed to two community non-profits on Sunday.  The Wilkes-Barre Free Clinic received $1000, and Making a Difference Ministries received $200.

This year our “Fellowship Fest ” will be held at our church on Saturday, September 24th. God willing, with the help of our neighbors and friends we hope to continue to raise money for worthy organizations in our community.

ELCA World Hunger

Today, 1 in 9 people lives in extreme poverty, living on less than $1.90 a day. In the United States, 46.7 million Americans live in poverty and 795 million people around the world do not know where their next meal is coming from. As members of the ELCA, we are called to respond.

ELCA World Hunger has been working to address hunger and poverty through education, advocacy, relief and development for 42 years. from microloans to health clinics, water wells to animal husbandry. Contributions to ELCA World Hunger support innovative solutions that get at the root causes of hunger.

During the month of May, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is receiving special offerings for ELCA World Hunger. The offering received will be given during our NEPA Synod Assembly on June 17 – 18. If the ELCA World Hunger collection there reaches $15,000, it will be matched by another $15,000 by a generous couple in NEPA.

ELCA World Hunger is funded solely by gifts from ELCA members and congregations. More than 90 cents of each dollar given goes to directly support programmatic work.  More information about ELCA World Hunger can be found at ELCA.org/hunger

Appalachian Ministry Town Hall Meeting

The ELCA is re-envisioning Appalachian Ministry and wants to hear from the people who live and work in Appalachia about the opportunities and challenges in Appalachian contexts. This town hall meeting will be held on Thursday, March 10, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 474 Yalick Road, Dallas, PA  18612. For more information and to RSVP go to the NEPA website: www.godslove.org

Mission District Ministry

SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY INITIATIVE

Good Shepherd is one of 20 congregations that make up the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Mission District of our NEPA Lutheran Synod. Currently our mission district is involved in a cooperative outreach ministry Susquehanna County.

Each month our mission district provides $200.00 to the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) in Montrose, PA. This money helps the WRC to give some assistance to the mothers and children who are their clients. It may help pay a utility bill, rent, or another emergency situation that may come up. The WRC especially appreciates the support since the state’s budget has not yet been passed.  The mission district also provides holiday and birthday gifts to two needy families anonymously a year.

New this year, the mission district is a partner in the “Church Without Walls” project in Susquehanna County. Paul Theiss, a seminary intern, is developing faith-based relations in the Montrose area and exploring possible ministry needs. After Paul’s year of cultivating the land, the mission district will look at where potential seeds for ministry can be planted and nourished.

Good Shepherd’s active involvement in the ministry of the mission district allows this to happen.

 

Homeless Men were our Guests

About 15 – 20 homeless men were our guests for seven nights this past week through the Mother Theresa Haven program.  They were given a warm, safe place to sleep, and several evening meals were provided for them at the church. Thanks for all those who helped in this ministry.  Mother Theresa Haven will be at St. Ignatius Church, Kingston this coming week, and then moves to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Wilkes-Barre.