It is an exciting time to be a part of Good Shepherd. Good things are happening. There is a spirit of joy that is being experienced. A new day is dawning.
Over the last month I have had the opportunity to share with you a new vision for the future. It is to KNOW Jesus, GROW as his followers, and GO out as missionaries into the world. We had the opportunity to explore each of the three key words in more depth during the first three weekends in May.
If you missed any of these messages you can find them on our brand new website which also launched in May at gs4nj.org. The meaning behind gs4nj is that Good Shepherd exists for the community around us. We are not here for ourselves, but we exist to GO and share the love and compassion of Jesus with those around us. So make sure to check us out online at gs4nj.org (also make sure to check out the updated Facebook page at facebook.com/gs4nj).
In the coming weeks we will be launching a new weekly eNewsletter. If your email is on file with us, you will be receiving an email inviting you to subscribe to this newsletter. But to ensure that you don’t miss the email, you can visit the church website at anytime and sign up directly on the homepage. You can expect these weekly emails to start arriving sometime in June.
We are looking forward to the celebrations of Confirmations, Father’s Day and Graduations in June. We will also be starting a new message series on the Fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22–23. We will look at what each of the Fruit of the Spirit are and how they are produced in our lives. The schedule is as follows:
- June 2: Love Sunday
- June 9: Joy Sunday
- June 16: Peace Sunday
- June 23: Patience Sunday
- June 30: Kindness Sunday
- July 7: Goodness Sunday
- July 14: Faithfulness Sunday
- July 21: Gentleness Sunday
- July 28: Surrendered Sunday
Jesus says in John 15:5 that if we abide in him we will bear much fruit. We are not talking about the fruit grown in orchards here. It is a fruit much which is much more precious. Inevitably we will consider if we are producing this fruit in our lives and why it may be lacking at times.
If you are being encouraged by what you see and hear at Good Shepherd, consider who else might invite. Our desire is for more and more people to come to KNOW Jesus, GROW as his followers, and GO as missionaries into the world. It is an incredible experience to be a part of something that is bigger than any one of us as individuals. If you have been away for awhile, it is a great time to come back. We would love for you to join us for the adventure.