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Weekly Update, Dec. 3
Posted December 03, 2018 by Judson Marvel

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Good morning, Good Shepherd!

 

Here is your weekly update and the worship preparation for this upcoming Sunday, Dec. 9.

As we enter the winter season, please remember to check the various avenues for a potential worship cancellation: our Facebook page, your email, and the website announcement page;

 

GATHER:

... for morning worship (9:30am) as Pastor Jud preaches on Isaiah 9:1-7 ; 

... for evening worship (5pm) as Pastor Jud preaches on Isaiah 11:1-7;

 

GIVE:

... by writing notes to our college students and members of the military. We can use this opportunity to wish them a Merry Christmas, tell them we are praying for them while they are away and/or taking final exams, or just to say hello! There will be supplies available on the countertops behind the windows in the narthex for writing notes to encourage these hard working members of our community. Please take some time to write a few words so these men and women will know we are thinking of them and praying for them. Pictures and notes from children are very welcome too;

... your time and volunteer for various needs for the church body, such as nursery, coffee preparation, etc. See the bulletin for details;

... your gift to joining a seasonal choir for the upcoming Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols service.  Practice continues Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3:30pm at the church.  All are welcome!

 

GROW

... by attending the adult Sunday school class continuing Dec.9.  Paul tells us to strive "side by side for the faith of the gospel."  Elsewhere, we are told to "exhort one another every day, as long as it is called today."  Again, the work of ministry is the work of all the saints of the church.  How do we cultivate a kind of church that we care well for one another?  Join the adult Sunday school class led by Pastor Jud as we study and discuss Ed Welch's book, "Caring for One Another" with the goal to love one another well because of God's love for us in Christ    

... by "adopting" a child for the Angel Tree ministry.  Angel Tree season is upon us again, and Good Shepherd has received 8 names of children who have an incarcerated parent that has signed them up to receive a Christmas gift this year.  Tags are placed on the bulletin board in the narthex.  Please "adopt" a child by selecting their tag, and purchase a gift of $20 or so according to the guidelines on the tag (age, gender, and preferences). 

 

Personal and Family Worship are great habits to warm your hearts to the blessings of the gospel promises and the joyful duties of walking by the Spirit by reading, singing, and praying.

Here is the list of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs we'll sing this Sunday to give you direction for personal and family worship:

 

#53, "Praise to the Lord, the Almighty"
#254, "Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed"

#460, "Amazing Grace"
#233, "To Us a Child of Hope is Born"

#21, "Sing Praise to the Lord"

#196, "Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus"


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