Thursday, January 21, 2010

Good Shepherd Update Thursday January 21st, 2010

Dear Good Shepherd,

Thank you to everyone who stayed after the 10:30am service for the Annual meeting last Sunday. I know it was a long day especially give the playoff games that started at 1pm. I really appreciate your dedication to the mission of Good Shepherd.

If you attended services then you might remember the talk by Hilgrove Delancy regarding Haiti. He mentioned a number aid services and organizations to help the people of Haiti. In particular he mentioned Compassion International as a worthy Christian charitable organization that has a history of good work in Haiti.

This Sunday we'll be taking a special collection for the people of Haiti. This money will be collected and the whole amount given to Compassion International so please pray and think about how much you would like to contribute.

Choir Practice Next Thursday at 7pm: The Good Shepherd Choir will be gathering for the first rehearsal with Tim Wetherbee NEXT THURSDAY, January 28 at 7:00 pm in the choir loft. If you are planning to join this ministry or want more information, please contact Tim so he can have enough materials for everyone. He can be reached by phone at 748-3577 or by email at or just speak to him after the 10:30 Service.

Shepherd's Bowl: Shepherd's Bowl is carrying on as usual tonight at 5:30. Everyone is welcome to the beginner's level Bible Study after at 6:30pm.

Men's Bible Study and Breakfast:
  Bob Shaller is cooking.
The men's breakfast and bible study meets every Friday morning at 6:30am. We are currently working our way through 2nd Samuel. All men are welcome. 

New/potential/interested Member Classes: As promised, I'll be leading new member (and potential/interested member) class beginning Saturday February 7th at 2:30pm and continuing for three weeks for a total of four classes. Among other things we'll discuss:
Anglican Christianity
Anglican polity: Bishops, priests and deacons
Parish programs and ministries
The mission of Good Shepherd
The Constitution and Governance of the church. 

I'[ll be contacting new members and potential people about this in the coming weeks...

Womens' Bible Study
There will be Women's Bible Study this Saturday at 10:00am led by Carmen. All women are invited.

Acolyte practice this Sunday after the 10:30am service. Some of us, not all, have gotten a little sloppy lately, so it's important that everyone make the practice. I promise not to keep you for more than an hour.

Spiritual Discipline Resources: Two Spiritual Disciplines resources I've referenced during Christian ed that I definitely recommend:

1. Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster

2. Christian Hedonism (an article by Pastor John Piper)

Phone at the church: We have, thanks to Chris Jones, managed to recover the old church phone number 723-8032...which is great considering the fact that that number is still printed in old phone books and internet searches. For the remainder of the year, we'll keep both numbers 773-4810 and 723-8032 (which will be activated tomorrow). The rectory (my house) number has changed. You can no longer reach my family at 773-4810. That is now solely a church number.  I will send the house number out as soon as I find out what it is. 

Matt's number: My home number is 607-621-9944: Please do not call on church business on Mondays or after 6 unless it is an emergency.

Systematic Theology: Will meet this Saturday at 3:30pm We'll be, finally, starting a discussion of the Doctrine of the Trinity. The first task will be to define the concept and ground the concept in the Old and New Testaments. Hope to see you there.

Is the Bible Boring?

International Feast: Sunday January 31st is Good Shepherd's second annual International Feast Day. The meal will take place immediately following the 10:30 service. We'd like to have many cuisines represented (and already lots have been taken) so please sign up to prepare your favorite international dish. (Sign up sheet and suggestions are downstairs in the Parish Hall.) I've already claimed Indian so you can't have that one.

Good Shepherd T-Shirts/Aprons: Various styles of t-shirts and aprons with our church logo will be ordered within the next few weeks if there is enough interest. Prices range from $8 to $12 . Colors are maroon with white lettering, white with maroon lettering, and grey with maroon lettering. In case of need, a donation will be sufficient.

Vacation Bible School: I was just told this week that it is our turn to host VBS this summer...which is, I think, going to be a great way to do outreach. If you are going to be here this Summer and are interested in volunteering to help, please let Mary Foote know.

Congratulations to Mark Dreher and Chris Jones: who were elected last week to serve on Vestry. Most of you know Chris Jones. He is our former treasurer

Last Sunday's sermon: Here is the video of Sunday's sermon: Staying Spiritually Sober. God has made those who trust in his Son Jesus Christ, children of the light. How now should we live?

This week's Sermon:  This week we'll dig into 1st Thessalonians 5:12-15 and talk about those God appoints as leaders in a congregation and the way congregations can avoid division, fighting and enjoy the peace of God.   

12 We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13 and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. 14 And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.15 See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. 

Christian Education: Spiritual Disciplines: This week we'll talk about the Spiritual discipline of meditation.

Youth Group Update: Youth Group
Senior High - Sunday 6-7:30p
Junior High - Monday 6:30-8:00p

What does it mean that Jesus is God, that everything was created through Him and for Him?
One of the implications is that only God could have saved us from sin, so if Jesus was just "a great man" then His death on the cross could not save us.

This week we'll be talking about Christ's incarnation, which means Christ became human.
Hope to see you at youth group.

In Christ

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