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We are currently open to worship in our sanctuary. 

Meet Good Shepherd

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Contact and Directions

Good Shepherd UCC is located at 3940 Mountain Rd Slatington, PA 18079. 

Worship With Us

We are open for in-person worship for those who are comfortable gathering in larger groups. We recognize and affirm that there are those in our wider congregation who are not yet comfortable doing so because they are in a high-risk group, and others who worship online with us because of distance or other equally valid reasons.

Our Values

Good Shepherd is a faith community that gathers around Word and Sacrament to be nourished, called, and sent into God’s world in witness and service to others in the name of Jesus Christ. We have limited our seating for services in the Scantuary.  Masks and social distancing are required.   All are welcome!

Good Shepherd News Center

Sunday Bulletin January 23rd 2022

Order of Worship

January 23, 2022 – Third Sunday after Epiphany

NOTE: People’s responses in bold; * rise in body or in spirit

Gathering for God’s WORD

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

PRELUDE

* SOLEMN DECLARATION

* CALL TO WORSHIP

God built the heavens, the earth, and everything in them. God calls us to be builders as well.

God calls us to build our lives; to restore broken places and continue to grow.

God calls us to build our faith: to study the Word and ponder its interpretation.

God calls us to build our community: to build bridges of understanding and systems of justice and to preach the good news of God’s love and liberation for all people.

* HYMN ~ Brightest and Best                                                                                  #174

Preparing Our Hearts for God’s WORD

* CALL TO CONFESSION

Let us confess our sin as an offering of our trust in God’s love and forgiveness for us.

* CONFESSION

God of our Restoration, whenever we come home to You, we realize how far we have strayed and how much we have forgotten of Your law and Your love. We have not loved You with our whole hearts or loved our neighbors as ourselves. Forgive us, heal us, and restore us to our relationship with You; through Jesus Christ, in whom we trust.  Amen.

* ASSURANCE OF PARDON

As a called and ordained minister of the Church of Jesus Christ, I proclaim the good news: Christ unmasks the idols of our world and frees us from slavery to all that would oppress us. In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.

Thanks be to God.  Amen.

* STATEMENT OF FAITH OF THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

We believe in You, O God, Eternal Spirit,
God of our Savior Jesus Christ and our God,
and to Your deeds we testify:

You call the worlds into being,
create persons in your own image,
and set before each one the ways of life and death.

You seek in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.

You judge people and nations by your righteous will
declared through prophets and apostles.

In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Savior,
You have come to us
and shared our common lot,
conquering sin and death
and reconciling the world to Yourself.

You bestow upon us Your Holy Spirit,
creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ,
binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races.

You call us into Your church
to accept the cost and joy of discipleship,
to be Your servants in the service of others,
to proclaim the gospel to all the world
and resist the powers of evil,
to share in Christ’s baptism and eat at his table,
to join him in his passion and victory.

You promise to all who trust You
forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace,
courage in the struggle for justice and peace,
Your presence in trial and rejoicing,
and eternal life in Your realm which has no end.

Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto You.

Amen.

 

 

 

Hearing God’s WORD

A READING according to the Gospel of Luke 4:14-21 [NRSV]

Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.

When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

RESPONSE

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Reflecting on God’s WORD

HOMILY – Spirited Voice

SPECIAL MUSIC ~ Trust and Obey                                               Pam Puskas, soloist

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.  Amen.

 

 

Responding to God’s WORD

INVITATION TO SHARING OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS

Each one of us is essential to the life and well-being of the whole body of Christ. For care of one another and the world, we celebrate God’s goodness as we bring our tithes and offerings forward.

* DOXOLGY

Praise God from whom all blessings flow

Praise God, all creatures here below

Praise God above, ye heavenly host

Creator, Christ, and Holy Ghost

* PRAYER OF DEDICATION

God of life and new life, bless these gifts that we have given that they may further Your reign in this world. Amen!

* HYMN ~ There Is a Balm in Gilead                                                                     #501

Departing with God’s WORD

* THE COMMISSION, BENEDICTION, AND THREE-FOLD AMEN

POSTLUDE

Liturgy from Feasting on the Word, Worship Companion, Year C, Volume 1

                                                                                                                          CCLI#1783708

Upcoming Events!

Upcoming Events in the Life of Our Church

 

  • The Worship Team is looking to enhance our music program through special donations to be used as honorariums for guest musicians. If you would be interested in honoring or remembering a loved one, please consider being a sponsor by contacting Pastor James or Beth Kutzner.
  • The Worship Team is looking for greeters and lay readers for 2022, if interested contact Pastor James.
  • CACPAC is the food bank that serves the people of Palmerton. To see a list of specific items needed. You may place your contributions in the shopping cart in the narthex.
  • Backpack Buddies helps to feed hungry children on weekends and school vacations for Northern Lehigh students. You may place your donations in the blue, plastic container in the Narthex.
  • Nominating Committee is in search of a volunteer to serve as a member of Nominating, anyone interested or have questions, contact: Janice Farber, Mary Storm, Susie Blose, or Pastor James
  • Annual Report are due by January 31st. Please email them to Pastor James at [email protected]
  • Updating Information -Someone from the church will be contacting you to update your information, such as birthdates, anniversaries, etc. Volunteers needed.
  • Soup’er Bowl Sunday – February 13th the Youth are collecting Soups and Crackers for the Northern Lehigh Food Bank Clients. See notice in the Narthex
  • Easter meals for the Northern Lehigh Food Bank. Our goal is to receive 200 cans of corn by Sunday April 3rd.
  • Organ Replacement Fund

Bulletin Cover January 23rd, 2022

  

Our Worship Leaders Today

Pastor                                                                Rev. James D. Robison, Jr.

Guest Organist                                                                          Cindy Geho

Choir Director                                                                         Beth Kutzner

Acolyte                                                                           Jazmin Richardson

Lay Reader                                                                            Susan Bankes

Head Deacon                                                                             Jim George

Greeter:                                                                              RaeAnne Creyer

Altar Guild                                                                                Mary Storm

Media Production Team      Deb Craig, Stacy Cunningham, Eric Hantz

Bryan Horninger, Evan Horninger, and Beth Kutzner

Altar Flowers are presented in loving memory of son James Skubish by

Randy & Eileen Andrews.

The Bulletins are presented in honor of Eileen Andrews’ birthday by

Tammy Schaeffer.

 

Good Shepherd Prayer Care List

For the families of…John Franssen, Brian Kistler

Family and Friends needing prayer: Marilyn Sowden, Tammy Schaffer, Shirley Blynn, Matthew Bowers, Deb Craig, Amanda Dieter, Fiona Dieter, Linda Dries, Jane Haldeman, Karen Hulings, MaryEllen Knerr, Frances Kuntz, Richard Kuntz, Charlotte Marks, Debbie Silfies, Eric Smith, Jimmy Trainer, Mike Wallace, Brad Zellner

*Prayer requests are purged at beginning of each month.

Renews are welcomed

Homebound Members: Mary Bilheimer, Kay Costenbader, Dale-Ann Derr, Dennis Derr, Janet German, Dolores Gruber, Jean Hewitt, Betty Humanick, and Susan ‘Tillie’ Waller.

All the young men and women serving our country: Colby Adams, Anthony Babb, Elijah Colon, Dalton Housenick, Kira (Kern) Kelsey, Michael Kelsey, Rebecca McMichael, Cory Musser, David Neff, Christie Peirsel, Spencer Perkins, Nicholas Sander, Benjamin Schaffer, Jacqueline Tracy, and Janel Tracy.

Prayers for Students in higher education Megan Bankes studying at Glenville State WV,  Angie Carbin studying at Widener University, Dylan Coffin studying at Susquehanna University, Carissa Fallon studying at Penn State,  Ben Griffith studying at Wilkes University, Evan Horninger studying at DeSales University,  Jade Rice studying at Bloomsburg University, Caden Shields studying at LCCC, Matthew Shields studying at Moravian College, Caleb Sommers studying at Kutztown University, Ariana Smoyer studying at Metro Beauty Academy, and Calista Smoyer studying at West Virginia University.

Snow, Ice, Winter Emergency-cancellations check out TV Channel 69, Blue Ridge Channel 13 or Radio Station WAEB 790am, our website and Facebook sites. Email or Texts.

  

 

                              Offerings

Mission Calendar

Our Mission focus for January is

VALOR

www.facebook.com/valorclinic        www.valorclinic.org

 

A Hand Up On The Home Front ~ Welcome To Paul’s House Reaching out to Veterans to provide shelter, food, supplies and access to healthcare. Veterans to help other Veterans to navigate through the process of recovering and rebuilding. VALOR’s long-term vision is to be able to provide health clinics, homeless shelters, transition homes and recovery sanctuaries for Veterans in need

.

***Mark Baylis and Amy Bamford from VALOR will be here on January 30. Bring donation items and place them in the narthex so they can take them.

 

Joyful Noise Offering

Joyful Noise Offering is designated to help our Youth Ministry. We ask that you drop your contributions into the box in the narthex

 

Financial Update

Offering & (Attendance)

Jan  02  $2,196.00  E-giving $316.65 (67)

Jan  09  snow day   E-giving $190.00 (0)

Jan  16

 

Online offering at Tithe.ly

or text GIVE to 610-615-7657

Birthdays

Jan 25 Tammy Schaeffer
Jan 25 Tami Schuck
Jan 26 Eileen Andrews
Jan 26 Barbara J. Neff
Jan 29 Michelle Allen

 

Anniversaries

Jan 29 Lester & Marge (Suarez) Bass

 

GOOD SHEPHERD

3940 Mountain Road, Slatington, PA  18080           610-767-9680

                                                

January 23, 2022

A Glance at the Week Ahead at Good Shepherd

T and Th   Office Hours: 11 am – 3 pm

Sun:       9:00 am      Faith Formation Classes

10:00 am      Worship Service

11:00 am      Youth Ensemble

Scrip Orders Delivered *

Mon:      6:00 pm       Girl Scout’s

Tue:        7:00 pm       Chancel Choir

Fri:         7:00 pm      AA Back to Basics

Sun:        9:00 am       Faith Formation Classes

10:00 am       Worship Service

11:00 am       Youth Ensemble

 

 

First-Time Guests

Welcome to Good Shepherd United Church of Christ. We are delighted that you joined us for worship. It is our prayer that you will experience the presence of God and know the love and peace that comes from sharing God’s Spirit. If you are looking for a spiritual home, please consider Good Shepherd and speak with Pastor James.

REV. JAMES D. ROBISON, JR. can be contacted at the office (610) 767-9680, his mobile phone (484-571-6083), or via his email address at <j[email protected]>.

Virtual Worship thru Live-Streaming on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/GSUCC.Slatington or Subscribe to our YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/channel or thru our Website at https://GoodShepherdUCCSlatington.org.

 

For More Information: [email protected]

 

 

Our Church Staff

Pastor                                      Rev. James D. Robison, Jr.

Faith Formation Director        TBD

Preschool Director                  Karen Weaver

Choir Director                         Beth Kutzner

Organist                                  TBD

Secretary                                 TBD

Treasurer                                 Erin Stenger-Guth

Financial Secretary                 Colleen Shields

Sexton                                     Barry Silfies

 

Upcoming Events in the Life of Our Church

§  The Worship Team is looking to enhance our music program through special donations to be used as honorariums for guest musicians. If you would be interested in honoring or remembering a loved one, please consider being a sponsor by contacting Pastor James or Beth Kutzner.

§  The Worship Team is looking for greeters and lay readers for 2022, if interested contact Pastor James.

§  CACPAC is the food bank that serves the people of Palmerton. To see a list of specific items needed. You may place your contributions in the shopping cart in the narthex.

§  Backpack Buddies helps to feed hungry children on weekends and school vacations for Northern Lehigh students. You may place your donations in the blue, plastic container in the Narthex.

§  Nominating Committee is in search of a volunteer to serve as a member of Nominating, anyone interested or have questions, contact: Janice Farber, Mary Storm, Susie Blose, or Pastor James

§  Annual Report are due by January 31st.  Please email them to Pastor James at [email protected]

§  Updating Information -Someone from the church will be contacting you to update your information, such as birthdates, anniversaries, etc. Volunteers needed.

§  Soup’er Bowl Sunday – February 13th the Youth are collecting Soups and Crackers for the Northern Lehigh Food Bank Clients. See notice in the Narthex

§  Easter meals for the Northern Lehigh Food Bank. Our goal is to receive 200 cans of corn by Sunday April 3rd.

Organ Replacement Fund

 

                              Offerings

Mission Calendar

Our Mission focus for January is

VALOR

www.facebook.com/valorclinic        www.valorclinic.org

 

A Hand Up On The Home Front ~ Welcome To Paul’s House Reaching out to Veterans to provide shelter, food, supplies and access to healthcare. Veterans to help other Veterans to navigate through the process of recovering and rebuilding. VALOR’s long-term vision is to be able to provide health clinics, homeless shelters, transition homes and recovery sanctuaries for Veterans in need

.

***Mark Baylis and Amy Bamford from VALOR will be here on January 30. Bring donation items and place them in the narthex so they can take them.

 

Joyful Noise Offering

Joyful Noise Offering is designated to help our Youth Ministry. We ask that you drop your contributions into the box in the narthex

 

Financial Update

Offering & (Attendance)

Jan  02  $2,196.00  E-giving $316.65 (67)

Jan  09  snow day   E-giving $190.00 (0)

Jan  16

 

Online offering at Tithe.ly

or text GIVE to 610-615-7657

Birthdays

Jan 25 Tammy Schaeffer
Jan 25 Tami Schuck
Jan 26 Eileen Andrews
Jan 26 Barbara J. Neff
Jan 29 Michelle Allen

 

Anniversaries

Jan 29 Lester & Marge (Suarez) Bass

 

GOOD SHEPHERD

3940 Mountain Road, Slatington, PA  18080           610-767-9680

                                                

January 23, 2022

A Glance at the Week Ahead at Good Shepherd

T and Th   Office Hours: 11 am – 3 pm

Sun:       9:00 am      Faith Formation Classes

10:00 am      Worship Service

11:00 am      Youth Ensemble

Scrip Orders Delivered *

Mon:      6:00 pm       Girl Scout’s

Tue:        7:00 pm       Chancel Choir

Fri:         7:00 pm      AA Back to Basics

Sun:        9:00 am       Faith Formation Classes

10:00 am       Worship Service

11:00 am       Youth Ensemble

 

 

First-Time Guests

Welcome to Good Shepherd United Church of Christ. We are delighted that you joined us for worship. It is our prayer that you will experience the presence of God and know the love and peace that comes from sharing God’s Spirit. If you are looking for a spiritual home, please consider Good Shepherd and speak with Pastor James.

REV. JAMES D. ROBISON, JR. can be contacted at the office (610) 767-9680, his mobile phone (484-571-6083), or via his email address at <j[email protected]>.

Virtual Worship thru Live-Streaming on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/GSUCC.Slatington or Subscribe to our YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/channel or thru our Website at https://GoodShepherdUCCSlatington.org.

 

For More Information: [email protected]

 

 

Our Church Staff

Pastor                                      Rev. James D. Robison, Jr.

Faith Formation Director        TBD

Preschool Director                  Karen Weaver

Choir Director                         Beth Kutzner

Organist                                  TBD

Secretary                                 TBD

Treasurer                                 Erin Stenger-Guth

Financial Secretary                 Colleen Shields

Sexton                                     Barry Silfies

 

Upcoming Events in the Life of Our Church

§  The Worship Team is looking to enhance our music program through special donations to be used as honorariums for guest musicians. If you would be interested in honoring or remembering a loved one, please consider being a sponsor by contacting Pastor James or Beth Kutzner.

§  The Worship Team is looking for greeters and lay readers for 2022, if interested contact Pastor James.

§  CACPAC is the food bank that serves the people of Palmerton. To see a list of specific items needed. You may place your contributions in the shopping cart in the narthex.

§  Backpack Buddies helps to feed hungry children on weekends and school vacations for Northern Lehigh students. You may place your donations in the blue, plastic container in the Narthex.

§  Nominating Committee is in search of a volunteer to serve as a member of Nominating, anyone interested or have questions, contact: Janice Farber, Mary Storm, Susie Blose, or Pastor James

§  Annual Report are due by January 31st.  Please email them to Pastor James at [email protected]

§  Updating Information -Someone from the church will be contacting you to update your information, such as birthdates, anniversaries, etc. Volunteers needed.

§  Soup’er Bowl Sunday – February 13th the Youth are collecting Soups and Crackers for the Northern Lehigh Food Bank Clients. See notice in the Narthex

§  Easter meals for the Northern Lehigh Food Bank. Our goal is to receive 200 cans of corn by Sunday April 3rd.

 

Our Worship Leaders Today

Pastor                                                                   Rev. James D. Robison, Jr.

Guest Organist                                                                             Cindy Geho

Choir Director                                                                            Beth Kutzner

Acolyte                                                                             Jazmin Richardson

Lay Reader                                                                              Susan Bankes

Head Deacon                                                                             Jim George

Greeter:                                                                                RaeAnne Creyer

Altar Guild                                                                                  Mary Storm

Media Production Team      Deb Craig, Stacy Cunningham, Eric Hantz

Bryan Horninger, Evan Horninger, and Beth Kutzner

Altar Flowers are presented in loving memory of son James Skubish by

Randy & Eileen Andrews.

The Bulletins are presented in honor of Eileen Andrews’ birthday by

Tammy Schaeffer.

 

Good Shepherd Prayer Care List

For the families of…John Franssen, Brian Kistler

Family and Friends needing prayer: Marilyn Sowden, Tammy Schaffer, Shirley Blynn, Matthew Bowers, Deb Craig, Amanda Dieter, Fiona Dieter, Linda Dries, Jane Haldeman, Karen Hulings, MaryEllen Knerr, Frances Kuntz, Richard Kuntz, Charlotte Marks, Debbie Silfies, Eric Smith, Jimmy Trainer, Mike Wallace, Brad Zellner

*Prayer requests are purged at beginning of each month.

Renews are welcomed

Homebound Members: Mary Bilheimer, Kay Costenbader, Dale-Ann Derr, Dennis Derr, Janet German, Dolores Gruber, Jean Hewitt, Betty Humanick, and Susan ‘Tillie’ Waller.

All the young men and women serving our country: Colby Adams, Anthony Babb, Elijah Colon, Dalton Housenick, Kira (Kern) Kelsey, Michael Kelsey, Rebecca McMichael, Cory Musser, David Neff, Christie Peirsel, Spencer Perkins, Nicholas Sander, Benjamin Schaffer, Jacqueline Tracy, and Janel Tracy.

Prayers for Students in higher education Megan Bankes studying at Glenville State WV,  Angie Carbin studying at Widener University, Dylan Coffin studying at Susquehanna University, Carissa Fallon studying at Penn State,  Ben Griffith studying at Wilkes University, Evan Horninger studying at DeSales University,  Jade Rice studying at Bloomsburg University, Caden Shields studying at LCCC, Matthew Shields studying at Moravian College, Caleb Sommers studying at Kutztown University, Ariana Smoyer studying at Metro Beauty Academy, and Calista Smoyer studying at West Virginia University.

Snow, Ice, Winter Emergency-cancellations check out TV Channel 69, Blue Ridge Channel 13 or Radio Station WAEB 790am, our website and Facebook sites. Email or Texts.

  

                              Offerings

Mission Calendar

Our Mission focus for January is

VALOR

www.facebook.com/valorclinic        www.valorclinic.org

 

A Hand Up On The Home Front ~ Welcome To Paul’s House Reaching out to Veterans to provide shelter, food, supplies and access to healthcare. Veterans to help other Veterans to navigate through the process of recovering and rebuilding. VALOR’s long-term vision is to be able to provide health clinics, homeless shelters, transition homes and recovery sanctuaries for Veterans in need

.

***Mark Baylis and Amy Bamford from VALOR will be here on January 30. Bring donation items and place them in the narthex so they can take them.

 

Joyful Noise Offering

Joyful Noise Offering is designated to help our Youth Ministry. We ask that you drop your contributions into the box in the narthex

 

Financial Update

Offering & (Attendance)

Jan  02  $2,196.00  E-giving $316.65 (67)

Jan  09  snow day   E-giving $190.00 (0)

Jan  16

 

Online offering at Tithe.ly

or text GIVE to 610-615-7657

Birthdays

Jan 25 Tammy Schaeffer
Jan 25 Tami Schuck
Jan 26 Eileen Andrews
Jan 26 Barbara J. Neff
Jan 29 Michelle Allen

 

Anniversaries

Jan 29 Lester & Marge (Suarez) Bass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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