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Jesus said ““I am the good shepherd. The sheep hear the shepherd’s voice and he leads them. They follow him because they know his voice.” 2010 John 10:11,3-4 The Shepherd’s Voice Inside this edition Worship with us on Sundays Lent and Easter Preparation 2 2 Worship Services Church School Adult Forums In our Congregation 3-4 of Holy Communion for children age 3 & at 9:45 AM 8:15 and 11:00 AM Making a Difference 5-7 older at 9:30 AM Study-Discuss-Learn 8 Childcare offered all morning Gathering and Supporting 9 March 7 Girl Scout Sunday—see page 11 Families and Young People 10 March 14 Prayers for Healing during worship Youth Ministry 11 March 21 Grace Alive! Church Family 12 March 28 Palm Sunday—See page 3 Worship Stewards 13 Holy Week and Easter—See page 3 Calendar 14 Spread with the word!! WORSHIP Hope for Haiti Concert the fifth of our Saturday, March 13 ~7:30 PM faith practices! right here at Good Shepherd “O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord, our maker.” HAITI Psalm 96:6 Earthquake As disciples, we are called to do the things that enrich our journey with Jesus. We all Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity will be holding a benefit need to nurture regular worship in our concert for Haiti. More details on page 6 families. Step away from the patterns and stresses of daily life to intentionally love Highlights in this issue: and find peace through God. Continuing your Lenten Journey and Prepare for Easter on page 2 Worship brings us into God’s presence and calls us to prayer and praise. New Guidelines for Youth Special Event Funding on page 3 Worship refreshes us through Baptism and Changes in Summer Worship Schedule on page 3 Holy Communion Worship energizes us through God’s Spirit Thrivent Choice—giving back a new way on page 5 to live lifestyles that are Christ’s style! Updates on Souper Sunday and Pancake Breakfast on page 5 Worship within our church community First Communion Class on page 10 allows us to share and grow together. Worship can be public or private, indoors Women’s Retreat April 23-24 on page 8 or outdoors, upbeat or reflective. Worship can be formal or informal, with Reminder: Set your clocks ahead one hour on music or with word alone, as drama or Saturday night, March 13. with crafts. Worship has to do with an attitude of Mission Statement: reverence for God and genuine Forgiven by God’s grace and led by God’s love, We are: expressions of love, thanksgiving and + Gathered to worship and learn devotion. + Strengthened to follow Christ; and “Let us give thanks, by which we offer to + Equipped to serve God an acceptable worship with reverence For the sake of the world and awe.” Hebrews 12:28b Continue your Lenten Journey Preparing for Easter Page 2 Easter Flowers and Memorials Tuesdays—12:00 Noon In celebration of Christ’s resurrection Parables and Prayers Bring Your Own Lunch. We’ll provide For Easter lilies or tulips to decorate the coffee and tea and a round table discussion of one of church, please use the white “Flowers and Jesus’ parables found in the Gospel of Luke. Plants” envelopes available in the pew racks and Wel- come Center to designate how you would like your gift used. Cost: $8. Wednesdays, February 24, March 3, 10, 17 and 24 For monetary gifts to the Memorial Fund, please use 7:00 Soup & Bread Supper the green “Memorial Gifts” envelopes. 7:30 Prayers & Proddings Come enjoy homemade soup, wonderful bread and If you need an envelope mailed to you, please contact the cookies. Then stay to view a 15-minute Nooma video by church office. You may mail your gift to the office. Rob Bell and join in the discussion and devotions that Deadline is Sunday, March 21. follow. These thought-provoking videos give a presen- tation of various Christian faith tenets that we all try to An opportunity to help live by in daily life, but find at times we struggle to do Individuals may sign up for specific Worship Steward what is faithful. duties during our Easter services. Please see the kiosk to sign up at whichever service you plan to attend Come whenever you can, for each Wednesday evening Easter Day. is a complete topic of discussion and not a series. We will “fill in the blanks” by assigning individuals based on their availability. We’ll send you a reminder Adult Forums, Sunday Mornings at 9:45 of what you’ve committed to in March as we draw “The Return of the Prodigal Son” Explore this gospel closer to Easter. Thanks in advance! through literature, art, music and film. March 7 – The Elder Son We need hard-boiled eggs… March 14 – The Father Messy Faith is the theme for our 2010 youth ministry March 21 – A Story of Forgiveness events for youth in grades 6, 7 & 8 (page 11). Their “Messy Faith” servant project for April is coloring eggs for our morning refreshments and egg hunt on Easter Sunday, March 14, 7:00 PM—Book Sunday. Discussion—“Prodigal God” – by Timothy Keller. Uncover the essential message of Jesus locked inside Please bring a dozen hard cooked eggs to church on this most familiar parable, ‘The Prodigal Son’. Books Sunday, March 28 – Friday, April 1, and put the eggs are available to purchase for $15.00. in the church kitchen refrigerator off Luther Hall. Holy Week and Easter Saturday, March 20 Look for a special mailing in the coming weeks with Cross and the M.U.D more information. Movie Under Discussion April 1, Maundy Thursday “My Sister’s Keeper” 7:30 PM Worship 6:00 PM Dinner April 2, Good Friday 6:45 PM Movie and discussion 10:00 AM Brief informal service Explore the role of unconditional parental love within a 3:00 PM Cross-Generational Experience family when challenging medical issues collide with The Day Jesus Died emerging teenage independence. 7:30 PM Tenebrae Service April 4, Easter Sunday 7:00 AM Sunrise On-Line—weekly Reflections on Gospel Lessons. at 9:00 AM Family Worship followed by Egg Hunt gslutheranchurch.org 11:00 AM Festival Worship IN OUR CONGREGATION Page 3 Our Congregation Council at its February 9 Meeting … • received letters of thanks from the Somerset Home for Temporarily Displaced Children and Raritan Val- ley Habitat for Humanity for our financial support. Worship will remain at • reviewed draft letter to Pastor Jorge of the Chris- 8:15 & 11:00 AM tian Center of Somerset County, confirming our agreement that the Christian Center will be in an- Why the change? After reviewing studies related to other facility by September 1, 2010. reaching out to newcomers, the Worship Planning Team • reviewed the positives/negatives of the Congrega- proposed to Council the need to keep worship service tional Financial meeting of January 31. times consistent throughout the entire year. This was • approved the Day Care’s hiring of Kelly Carvajal also thoroughly discussed at the Annual Congregational and Judy Pfister as teachers’ aides. meeting on January 31. • asked for volunteers to attend the Synod Assembly to be held in East Brunswick, NJ on May 7-8, Visitors, unfamiliar with the change of worship times 2010. Dorsey Finn and Nancy Waltermire tenta- during the summer, often arrive at 8:15 or 11:00 AM tively volunteered. only to discover there is one service at 9:30 AM; they • discussed council and committee chair positions often do not return for a second visit and an opportunity that will become open this June and the Nominat- to welcome visitors is lost. Also, when visitors attend a ing Committee tasks necessary to fill them. worship service where the seating in the back is totally • learned that Pastor Bruce Davidson accepted Pas- filled (even though there are seats available in front), tor Chris’ invitation to facilitate the process in- they sense there is no room for them. Summer worship volved in taking the next steps to discern the direc- at 9:30 AM is almost totally filled in the back and con- tion that the council and congregation should take. veys the message: “No room for you.” • learned that the glass panel in the memorial garden door will be replaced and its controls programmed Continued on “Why the Change” on page 4 to be open when appropriate. Children and Youth Ministry Team washes, dinners, etc will be free will offerings/ Special Event Funding Policy donations only, rather than the sale of goods and ser- Approved by the Congregation Council, December 2009 vices. Children and Youth Ministry Team Guidelines for All youth of the appropriate age for the designated Youth Special Event Funding event will be encouraged to participate in the funding events. All requests for Special Event Funding will be sub- mitted to and approved by the Children and Youth The opportunity to participate in special funding events Ministry Team. enables our youth to gain sweat equity, increase self- esteem, and build community. Youth events eligible for Special Event Funding have registration and travel costs that exceed $200 per youth. The Children and Youth Ministry Team will designate The first 10% of the total dollars received/earned will be distribution of special event funds. Funds can be used to reserved for the offering at the event or designated by cover either group expenses such as hotel rooms, van the group for charitable giving. rentals, etc. or no more that 50 % of individual costs. In line with our Theology of Stewardship, any funding See articles: Sr. High Service Projects—Page 5 events organized to support our youth such as car Youth Ministry—Page 11 IN OUR CONGREGATION Page 4 Property Work Day Why the change? (continued from page 3) What a workday it was! We also discovered we have church members who do Thank you to all those who gave of not worship during the summer months because the their time and talents on January 23. 9:30 AM service is too late in the morning, while others With our 30 stalwart volunteers we find 9:30 AM too early due to medical needs. were able to strip wallpaper and begin painting in Lu- ther Hall, paint the new banner closet, spackle & paint Council supports and promotes keeping worship service the blue Daycare bathroom, spackle, tape & paint the times consistent throughout the year. Members who ceiling of the pink Daycare bathroom, caulk windows attended the annual meeting on January 31 voted their throughout the church, repair & install insulation in support by approving the 2010 Spending Plan which Room 9, and clean out & paint in closets. included additional funding required to compensate the There is still a lot more to do! We are looking for vol- organist for playing at two services throughout the en- unteers for the following tasks: tire year. • Paint the pink Daycare bathroom (the tape is still up and the ceiling is done!) We look forward to giving thanks and praise to God each • Paint Luther Hall on March 5 & 6 Sunday throughout the year at 8:15 and 11:00 AM! • Cut back grasses and bushes on Sunday, March 21 after the second service • Put a second coat of paint on the banner closets Spring Cleaning? • Put a second coat of paint on the SCS bookshelves Think of our by the Sunday School office Daycare Program • Finish stripping the wallpaper in Luther Hall Ideally, we would like to have all of this done before The aftercare program (3-6 PM) Easter. If you are available for any of these tasks, for our Daycare is in need of some items to enhance and please sign up on the Kiosk or email or call Judy Pfis- expand their program. If you have any of the following ter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 908-874-7796. All items, please bring them in and leave in the Narthex by supplies are ready! the oval table marked “For Daycare”. Future dates to be put on your 2010 calendar See page 10 for a list of items needed. April 10 ~ August 21 ~ October 23 Outdoor Landscaping LET US KNOW! Volunteers Needed! If any of your contact information changes, please be sure to notify the church office 908-685-1660 or We are in need of outdoor landscap- email@example.com ing volunteers for Mowing and It’s very important that we have your current informa- Weeding from April to the end of June. The Time & tion on file so we can communicate with you. And Talent sheets done in the Spring are not available for don’t forget, if your email address changes, please be scheduling until the end of June and of course the sure to let us know that as well, since we send impor- grass cutting and weeding won’t wait once the weather tant notices via email quite often. Thank you! starts warming up. Opportunities to serve include mowing with the John Deere riding mower or self pro- pelled push mower, trimming grass edges, or weeding Articles for the next issue are all the gardens. We would like enough volunteers to due Sunday, March 14 cover 11 weeks through the end of June. Please sign This issue will cover April 5 through May 1. up on the kiosk. Any questions, see Judy Pfister. MAKING A DIFFERENCE Page 5 Thank You!!! Thrivent Choice 349 Cans of Soup were collected and donated to the Touch lives. Warm hearts. Your way. Somerville Food Bank. Thanks to your efforts this year, more lives have been changed and the entire community Launching in spring 2010, Thrivent Choice is a has seen the good that happens when we all work to- new giving program that lets members help choose gether to help those in need. where Thrivent Financial gives back. Thrivent Nationally, the 2010 Souper Bowl of Caring: Choice will replace the GivingPlus® and Care in Total Raised $7,351,869 Congregation® programs available in past years. Pounds of Food Collected 3,894,810 Participating Groups 8,079 Thrivent members can participate in one or two Participating Youth 187,120 ways: Senior High Servant Projects Voting: All benefit and associate members will be “Share God’s Love” eligible to "vote" to distribute a portion of Thrivent Pancake Brunch Financial's charitable funds among a short list of na- tional charities (Lutheran and non-Lutheran), one to Fourteen High School youth with the help of seven two times per year. The first Voting Event will be adults hosted a Pancake Brunch for the congregation this April and members can vote via a business reply Sunday, February 14. Several of our young people card in the Thrivent magazine. shared their recent experiences at the NJ Synod Winter Youth Assembly including having everyone join in Choice Dollars: Approximately 30% of benefit singing their favorite song – Build Up. members will be able to direct Thrivent Choice Dol- A free will offering totaling $610 received at the brunch lars to thousands of Lutheran nonprofit organiza- will help offset the expenses for our youth attending the tions, including Lutheran congregations. ELCA North East Regional Gathering in July 2010. In (Approximately 75% of past participants in the Giv- accordance with our new Youth Special Event Policy ingPlus® program will be eligible to direct Choice (page 3), our youth will donate the first 10% or $61 to Dollars.) Eligibility for Choice Dollars is based on a the ELCA NE Regional Gathering offering in July. benefit member's insurance premiums, account val- ues and volunteer leadership. Most eligible benefit Paper Bag Campaign members will be able to direct between $25 and Our Senior High Youth joined with the NJ $100, and some may be able to direct as much as Anti-Hunger Coalition to highlight the impor- $500. tance of Child Nutrition programs. On Sundays February 7 and 14, youth advocated for If you're interested in learning more about the pro- continuing and improving food programs that will al- gram, sign up for the monthly Thrivent Choice Infor- low more children to have access to healthy food that mation Update eNewsletter at will help them learn and grown to their full potential! https://service.thrivent.com/forms/thriventchice/ email_update.html. The congregation was asked to decorate brown lunch bags with messages to show elected officials just how Copies of the monthly newsletter are also posted on many of their constituents care about childhood hunger the Thrivent bulletin board in the hallway outside and nutrition. Room B. In total, the youth collected over 75 bags that will be displayed during a press event at the State House and If you are a Thrivent member, Benefit or Associate, then given to congressional Representatives. please stop by the small table in the Narthex on Sun- days during March to confirm that we have your cor- Thank you for helping us make a difference. rect contact information. See Page 11 for Youth Ministry MAKING A DIFFERENCE Page 6 Food Baskets I was hungry and you fed me. HAITI Matthew 25:35 Earthquake Each year we help 15 needy families within the church and community by providing a Hope for Haiti Concert week's supply of food and household necessities at Saturday, March 13 ~7:30 PM at Good Shepherd Easter. How can you help ~ Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity will be holding a DONATE FOOD –Take grocery bags with a list of benefit concert for Haiti. A free will offering will be the items needed and bring it back filled! taken at the performance. All proceeds will be going to Habitat for Humanity International in Haiti to provide DONATE MONEY –monetary gifts are used to temporary shelter kits and aid in the rebuilding process. purchase turkeys and other perishables. Please use the Blue “Outreach/Extra Mile Giving” envelopes • Performances by the Bonnie Brae Knight Drum available in the pews and Welcome Center. Speci- Corps, who performed at the presidential inaugural ficy Use as “Food Baskets”. Make checks payable parade to GSLC. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans sup- • Music from “The Ten”, an all male a cappella ported. group who have their roots in the 125 voices of the HELP ASSEMBLE THE BASKETS – on Satur- University Glee Club of New York City. day, March 27 at 9:00 AM. Sign up on the kiosk. • Displays will be set up throughout the Narthex, ex- If you are willing to deliver a basket, but can’t come plaining Habitat’s involvement in Haiti. that morning - note it on the sign-up. • Refreshments will follow the performance. If you would like to provide a baked good for refresh- World Day of Prayer ments for this event, please sign up on the kiosk. Saturday, March 6 at 2:00 PM Invite your friends—come with a crowd. First Baptist Church, Somerville The World Day of Prayer is a world-wide ecumenical movement of women of many faith tradi- Interfaith Hospitality Network—IHN tions who come together to observe a common day A Ministry to the Homeless of prayer each year. We will host IHN guests the week of Arbor Glen Worship March 7—13 March 14, 1:15 PM Check the kiosk for opportunities to help. We gather in the Holly Center to share IHN provides shelter, meals, and support services to the Word, praise and prayer. families without homes through a cost-efficient and ef- Come join us. fective community response to family homelessness. Volunteer sign-up in the Narthex. Coordinator—Bill Jonat Coordinators: Janice Reinhardt and Sandy Alexander Looking Ahead: Community Groups Biloxi Mission Trip Meeting at Good Shepherd September 27—October 2, 2010 Thrivent Builds AA on Mondays, 8:00–9:00 PM ESL (English as a Second Language) on Consider participating with a group from Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30–11:30 AM Good Shepherd. MAKING A DIFFERENCE Page 7 Caring for God’s Earth — Be the Solution Military Support A message from the Environmental Team A letter from Pastor Rick Former Associate Pastor 1991-1995 So, how are you doing with making those small sus- tainable changes in your daily life to help improve the Hello friends at Good Shepherd: quality of our environment? Our suggestions don’t I am back in the United States now. seem to pertain to you? Well this month we are fo- cusing on the Bathroom – something that pertains to It has been a challenging year: sometimes frightening, all of us. Water is a very precious commodity and often frustrating, always with an undercurrent of ten- something that we, in the United States, take for sion from life in a war zone. Over the course of the granted as it flows clean and fresh at the turn of a tap. deployment, we lost four of our own soldiers and nu- merous others in our area of southern Iraq. In the sta- Bathroom: tistical report for the whole of Iraq, soldier suicides • Retrofit your old toilet with a water saving device outnumbered combat-related deaths. Clearly the ongo- or place 1 or 2 weighted bottles in the tank being ing nature of this conflict is taking its toll. sure they do not interfere with operation. • Replace your old toilet with ultra low flush models. As our Minnesota National Guard soldiers transition This can save up to 17,500 gallons a year. back to civilian life, many will go to college. Others • Fix all leaks - (toilets, faucets, washers, outside fau- will return to civilian jobs. Forty percent will be unem- cets, showers) ployed. All will come back to communities that have • Report tap leaks and faulty toilets in public places to learned to get along without them. Studies show that it management so they can be fixed. takes about a year for soldiers to recover from the op- • Take shorter showers by turning off water in the erational stress of a deployment. For some, the re- shower while lathering up integration is with those soldiers who seek additional • Install a water control valve on your showerhead, help, both in my role as an Army Chaplain and as a this keeps the hot and cold water mixed while shut therapist at Lutheran Social Service. off—you don’t have to run water to get the mix. We all bear the burden of decisions made on the inter- • Turn off the water while brushing teeth or shaving national stage. I encourage you to continue to pray and • Install water savings devices if your fixtures are act thoughtfully for peace, and to care for the soldiers non-conserving. Faucet aerators and low flow who return to your own community in New Jersey. regulators can reduce water output by 40-50%. Thank you for your interest in my ministry, for your • Avoid using your toilet as a wastebasket support for our soldiers, and for your prayers and good • Buy a cloth shower curtain that will outlast plastic thoughts. ones. Hemp resists mildew and is machine wash- able. God’s peace to you all, • Use a strainer on all drains to catch hair and pre- Chaplain (CPT) Rick Rittmaster vent clogs. If you get a clog use a snake not drain 34th Infantry Division Family Life Chaplain cleaner to unclog it. Fix slow drains using ½ a cup ~ ~ ~ of baking soda followed by ½ a cup of white vine- Join us on gar. Let sit for 20 minutes then pour 2 quarts of Saturday, March 13, boiling water down the drain. • Turn your soap scraps into usable shavings. Grate at 10:00 AM to continue planning for how them with a cheese grater and put in a bowl next to we might “Welcome Home” the sink. Tale a pinch, add water and lather. our veterans and support their families. STUDY—DISCUSS—LEARN Page 8 Sunday “Unfurl New Wings” Mornings Good Shepherd’s Women’s Retreat 9:45– 10:45 AM Begins Friday, April 23 (childcare available) Pre-session at 3:00 PM Lenten focused discussions—See page 3 Dinner at 6:30 PM Ends Saturday, April 24 at 3:30 PM Bible Studies America’s Keswick Two Opportunities Conference Retreat Center All Are Welcome Whiting, NJ (near Garden State Parkway Exit #77) Wonderful things happen when we get together with Wednesday afternoons from 1:00-2:00 at church other women and share our struggles, our joys, our con- Drop in when you can—Come as you are— cerns, and our love. We can find people who will be- Currently studying Genesis lieve for us when we are unable to believe in God’s love Coordinators: Joan Grace and Jan Schnitzlein and power. We can have people pray for us when we Thursday mornings at 10:00 AM are unable to pray for ourselves. And we can know Currently studying Deuteronomy God’s love as he loves us through our sisters. March 4 - Mary Khoury’s home We’ll have time for Bible study, devotions and prayer, fun March 11 - Lynn Wirth’s home and fellowship, quiet walks and lively talks. Bring a friend March 18 - Evelyn Kruck’s home or neighbor to join us at this wonderful retreat center. They March 25 - Jeanne Locke’s home Coordinator: Jeanne Locke have two lakes with walking trails, a modern activity center with heated pool and Jacuzzi and delicious meals. We will be in our own building with motel style rooms and a com- fortable meeting room with fireplace. COME AND FIND YOUR WINGS Mission and Ministry Across the Generations diakonia Saturday, March 20, 8:00-3:30 An ongoing 12-course study of 5 sessions in a Steinert High School, Hamilton Square, NJ small group setting. Keynote Speaker: Kristen Glass A recent graduate said, “diakonia has provided me the Director for Youth & Young Adult Ministry Voca- spiritual nourishment I have been seeking.” tion Education Unit, ELCA Next Course: • Dozens of workshops encompassing Children, Lutheran Faith in the American Context Taught by Rev. Mark Summer Youth, Family, Service, Mission and Ministry, Justice and Peace Class will meet: Thursdays, March 18 and 25 and • Join in Worship April 8, 22 and 29, 7:00-10:00 PM • Visit Displays Enrollment is open. Info on the kiosk. Contact the Be sure to check the KIOSK for more information church office or Joan Grace if you wish to participate. and registration forms, or talk to Linda Walker. “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for build- Register by March 10. ing up the body of Christ” (Ephesian 4:12) GATHERING AND SUPPORTING Page 9 Women Meet Sisters of Ruth Monday, March 22 at 1:00 PM at church This month we will be preparing health kits for Lutheran World Relief. Coordinator: Sandy Alexander Daughters of Eve Informal gathering with a focus on women’s issues and outreach projects. Tuesday, March 2, 7:30 PM at church — Armchair Travelers Come and join us as we see photos and learn about Marisa Lohse and Nancy Davis’ adventures in Egypt. Looking Ahead: Saturday, April 17, the WELCA Thank Offering Service will be at Good Shepherd. More information to follow next month. Prayer Shawl Ministry Shepherd Stitchers Crafteers Saturday, March 6 at 10:00 AM Mondays at 6:30 PM Meets Wednesdays at 9:30 AM March 1 and 15 Our prayer shawl ministry knits or Create mementos celebrating Tuesdays at 1:00 PM crochets shawls that are given to the events in our church family. March 2 and 16 sick, grieving and homebound as a Join us on Wednesday mornings tangible symbol of our prayers, love Creating quilts and other projects to -or- and concern. share with others around the world. If you enjoy doing needlework at Come join the fellowship while you home, we have kits available to work. create at your leisure. All are welcome to participate in any or all of these groups. No experience necessary. Supplies and instruction provided. Lutheran Men in Mission 60 +’ers Saturday, March 6 & 20 Wednesday, March 10, 1:00 PM 7:30 AM in Luther Hall Join us for good fellowship, interesting programs All men are welcome to join us in Luther Hall for and refreshments on the 2nd Wednesday of the breakfast and interesting discussions on the 1st and month. Coordinator: Marilyn Mountjoy 3rd Saturday of the month. Norm Smith, former member now residing in Kan- sas, is the current LMM national president. He is “Hope in Times of Trouble” involved with piloting a course, “Building Men for March 11 and 25, 7:30 PM Christ”, which will be offered regionally around the U.S. Support, fellowship and prayer while providing some Coordinator: Dean Levin networking among those gathered? For those who have lost your job or if you have a job. Care for the Caregiver March 14, 9:45 AM The intent is to gather on every other Thursday of Support for those caring for a family member with a each month. The facilitator is Jeff Davis. long-term illness? . Meets the 2nd Sunday of the Coordinators: Jeff Davis and Carl Schulz month. Led by Brenda Linton. FAMILIES AND YOUNG PEOPLE Page 10 Christian Day Care and Little Lights For Young Children (ages 0-6) and Pre-School Their Caregivers NAEYC Accredited Thursdays March 4, 11, 18, and 25 • We celebrated Dental Health Month with a 10:00 AM—Play and Fellowship dentist coming to visit all of the classes and focusing on community helpers. Friday, March 19, 6:00-8:30 PM Pajama Dinner Party! • During Lent, the children are learning how to We'll each bring fun finger foods for dinner to take care of the world God gave us. They are share! Wear your PJ's and bring your blanket and learning about the people who followed Jesus pillow for a 'pretend' Pajama Party! You can also and the miracles Jesus performed. bring a favorite music CD and/or game to play! • This month we are planning a school wide trip to the Circus near the Patriot Stadium. For more information or to “sign up” contact • The Center will be preparing for and firstname.lastname@example.org participating in The Week Of The Young In God's Love, Heather Gliot, Coordinator Child in April with special activities for the children. If you would like to help or First Holy Communion participate in any way, please contact Pat. Classes for 3rd Graders All third graders and their parents are We are opening summer and fall registrations to invited to attend a two-part series of the general public as of March 1. For information, classes to help the children prepare to receive their please call Pat at 908-704-0080 or first Holy Communion on Palm Sunday, March 28. email@example.com Classes will be on Sundays: March 14 and March 21 Cleaning for Spring? 12:15-2:00 PM in Luther Hall Think of our Daycare Program • Pasta luncheon will be served Continued from page 4 • Each session will include some Bible study and fun activities, too! If you have any of the following items to enhance our 3-6 PM aftercare program, please bring them Each student’s parents should have received a letter in and leave in the Narthex by the oval table from Pastor Chris that outlines expectations and class marked “For Daycare”: schedule. Questions? Please contact either Pastor Chris or Lynda Pullis, Director of Children & Youth, • Small containers of latex paint in various colors at the church office by phone or email. • Children’s songs on tapes or CD’s for ages 2-5 • Glitter and glitter glue • Small foam shapes (usually come in buckets) Good Friday April 2, 3:00 PM • Old Valentine cards For all ages • Games Hi Ho Cherrio & Chutes and Ladders Cross-Generational Worship Service • Lots of Dominos – Doesn't need to be a full set The Day Jesus Died • Wooden train track and trains (Thomas the Tank Engine or look alike) We will remember God’s loving, sacrificial act on be- • Age appropriate (2-5) computer games for half of broken humanity by gathering around a Lenten Windows 98 or higher table of learning, sharing and nourishment. Through story, song, and drama we will remember that Jesus Thank you, Miss Judy & Miss Kelly died for us. YOUTH MINISTRY Page 11 See Page 3 for information on Children and Youth Ministry Team - Special Event Funding Policy March 7—Girl Scout Sunday Calling all Daisys, Brownies, Junior, Cadettes and Senior Girl Scouts. Help us celebrate 98 years of Girl Scouting in America at the 8:15 and 11:00 services. Scouts will be ushering, do readings and serving re- freshments. Bring cookies, a cake or brownies to share. ELCA NORTHEAST REGION Wear your VEST or UNIFORM. YOUTH GATHERING 2010 July 22-25, 2010 Sign up on the kiosk or contact Emily Schwiederek. West Chester University, West Chester, PA To be eligible youth must be 14 years old or older Junior High Ministry or have completed 8th up through 12th grade by Messy Faith June 2010. For youth in grades 6,7,8 and friends Registration opened February 1. March Sunday, March 21, 6:00-8:00 PM Cost: $325 (Financial assistance is available) Pajama Movie Night Sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board outside Room B/C Senior High Ministry Night April – Saturday, April 3, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Sunday, 7:00-8:30 PM Easter Egg Hung Prep and Egg Coloring February 28 and See Page 2 for info on hard-boiled eggs March 14 Sunday, April 4 - Help with Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 17 - Sunday, April 18 Senior High updates Hunger Awareness Lock-in Thanks to all who participated May – See Page 5 for an updates on Sunday, May 16, 12:30-2:30 PM Tie Dye T-shirts & Picnic Share God’s Love Pancake Breakfast June and Monday, June 28, 8:00 AM-11:00 PM Paper Bag Campaign Lutheran Day at Great Adventure Serving With a Grateful Heart Junior High Servant Trip—Washington, DC Confirmation Classes June 29—July 3 Thursday, March 4, 11, 18 and 25 Five days of 7:00 PM-8:00 PM in Room D making new friends serving others – often in shelters and soup kitch- Looking Ahead: ens The Rite of Confirmation will be on seeing the sites of Washington, DC Pentecost Sunday praising God! May 23, 2010, at the 11:00 AM Service OUR CHURCH FAMILY Page 12 I N O UR T HOUGHTS AND PRAYERS Stephanie Davis Lynn Wirth and family, grieving Homebound Members Loretta Grace the death of Ralph Salvesen, Louise Baldwin Hanna Jacobson Lynn’s father Emily Blenderman Gail Jorgensen Christian Schaeffer Frieda Connor April Newton-on disability Ron Throndson Ruth Lombardy Amy Wacker Andrew Martiny Nancy Mastrianni Arlean Meck P LEASE P RAY FOR OUR C HURCH F AMILY ON THEIR B IRTHDAYS 3/1 Ed Gould 3/8 Dennis McCullough 3/19 Dorothy Morris Ruth-Ann Ingram Dan Groth Paul Cirillo Susan Soldivieri Bob Day 3/20 Chris Jaworski Jimmy Shimalla Katie Lee 3/21 Andrew Martinez Bailey Klemm Luke Calder Sabrina Eilers Emily Baxter-Green Nicholas Dubinsky 3/23 Amy Zambrano 3/2 Ted Jermansen 3/9 Jeff Ingram Michelle Behling Lauren Shotwell Justin Sapiezynski 3/24 Richard Alagona Gail Velcheck Emma Grace 3/25 Elizabeth Gyeski 3/3 Diane Taylor 3/10 Karl Anderson 3/26 Karen McCullough Jessica Thieme 3/12 Jo Slavin Terese Hatch Michael Thieme David Rochow Jim Paterno Emily Parker Ben Fieselmann 3/27 Mike Engebretson Emily Helm Christopher DeMarco 3/28 Evan Ngo 3/4 Suzanne Westberg 3/13 Zachary Orlowski 3/29 Marilyn Kerr Steve Fenyar 3/14 Charlene Walker John Hauschild Michele Letko 3/15 Maureen DeMarco Linda Yang 3/5 Pat Whitehead Garrett Laws Rob Andrews Matthew DeMarco Aubrie Pillsbury Kyle Lee Connor Dunne Brian Turck 3/30 Ben Parker Gianna Garofolo 3/16 Alma Donlay Joshua Fuller 3/6 Rich Lee Lauren Marchese 3/31 Laurie LaMonica 3/7 Alice Cotton 3/17 Dot Rack Nancy Martinez Kyle Mountney Alyse Lynch Peter Throndson Jason Smith Cassie Mountney Emilie Kassis 3/18 Doug Allen Eric Westberg If your March birthday is incorrect or not listed here, please call the church office. Thanks.
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