GOOD SHEPHERD  United Church of Christ

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

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

                                    Scrip Orders Delivered

              11:00 am       Youth Choir Practice

11:15 am       Faith Formation Team Meeting

Mon:       6:00 pm       Girl Scouts

Tues:       7:00 pm       Chancel Choir Practice

Fri:          7:00 pm       AA Back to Basics

Sat:          11:00am      Rededication at Towamensing

Cemetery & Luncheon

Sun:        9:00 am        Faith Formation Classes

May 22  10:00 am       Worship Service

              11:00 am       Youth Choir Practice





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]>.



Our Church Staff

Pastor                                                                   Rev. James D. Robison, Jr.

Faith Formation Director                                                       Amanda Dieter

Preschool Director                                                                   Karen Weaver

Organist                                                                                                  TBD

Choir Director                                                                            Beth Kutzner

Secretary                                                                               Eileen Andrews

Treasurer                                                                           Erin Stenger-Guth

Financial Secretary                                                                Colleen Shields

Sexton                                                                                         Barry Silfies

Upcoming Events in the Life of Our Church

  • If you would like to have a service member, who has passed away honored at the May 29th church service, please email a photo with name and service information to Deb Craig at:  [email protected]. by Sunday, May 22.  If you are unable to email a photo and the information, please give your photo to Deb Craig, or Beth Kutzner at church.
  • Graduation Sunday is June 12th. Please let us know those graduating and their next step in life. Information cards can be placed in the collection plate by May 22nd.
  • Enrollment for Preschool is now open. Contact Karen Weaver at 610.657.5133 for more information.
  • Memorial Rededication Service, Towamensing Cemetery, Palmerton will be May 21st at 11:00 am followed by luncheon in Good Shepherd Fellowship Hall.
  • Preschool Graduations are May 25th & 26th at 6:00 pm.
  • Memorial Day Service will be at Slatedale Cemetery on May 30th at 8:30am.
  • Kids Packs for the Northern Lehigh Food Bank is asking for 125 of each of the following items: Single Serve Fruit or Applesauce. Please bring to church by June 5th.
  • Youth Ensemble Party is June 12th from 11:00 am-1:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall.
  • Chancel Choir Picnic is June 14th.
  • Vacation Bible School will be June 26-30. Registration forms in the Narthex.
  • Summer Camp open to 3 years old and up: June 13-17, June 20-24, June 27-July 1, July 18-22, July 25-29 from 9am-1pm. Camp tuition is $100/week plus a one-time registration fee of $15. Tuition is due on or before May 27th. Registration forms are in the Narthex.

Our Worship Leaders Today

Guest Organist                                                                             Cindy Geho

Acolyte                                                                                         Abby Allen

Lay Reader                                                                             Amanda Dieter

Head Deacon                                                                              Joe Conway

Greeter                                                                        Joe & Sharon Conway

Altar Guild                                                                                       Julie Solt

Media Production Team          Deb Craig, Stacy Cunningham, EricHantz

Bryan Horninger, Evan Horninger, and Beth Kutzner

Altar Flowers are to the Honor and Glory of God.

Bulletins are to the Honor and Glory of God.



Good Shepherd Prayer Care List

For the Families of… Harold Betz, Marge Solt.

Family and Friends needing prayer: Randy Andrews, Joseph Schramel, Dawn Viavro, Madeline Balliet, Janet Berger, Dean Brobst, Bob Gross, Mary Heiney, Cindy Jones, Penny Keen, Rich Keen, “Kitch” Kitchell, Wayne Kuhns, David May, Craig Scheffler, Chase Slanina, Edgar Smith, Karen Smith, Debra Warhurst, Willis, The People of Ukraine, Jane Achey, Dave Bauer, Lisa Gilly, Jane Haldeman, Alice Schnell, Nancy Schumaker, Dee Dee Sloane, Craig Solt, Sallie Solt, Rich Taylor.

*Prayer requests are purged at beginning of each month.

Renews are welcomed

Homebound Members: Marge Bass, Mary Bilheimer, Kay Costenbader, Dale-Ann Derr, Dennis Derr, Janet German, 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.

Wedding Anniversaries

May 16- Walter & Donna (Kuntz) Fox

May 16- Terry & Debra (Ledo) Derhammer

May 17- Gerald & Shirley (Bowman) Phillips

May 21- Dale & Amy (Neff) Knittle


Mission Calendar

Our Mission focus for May is Muscular Dystrophies Association. MDA is leading the fight against MD, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence, and life. You can place your donation in the Mission Calendar Envelope and place it in the Offering Plate in the Narthex.

CACPAC contributions may be placed in the shopping cart in the narthex for the food bank that serves the people of Palmerton.

Backpack Buddies donations may be place in the blue plastic container in the narthex to help feed hungry children on weekends and school vacations for Northern Lehigh students.

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) 

May 01- $1,111.00 E-Giving $166.69 (64)

May 08- $1,720.00 E-Giving $592.25 (77)

Online offering at

or text GIVE to 610-615-7657


May 15- Richard Kuntz

May 15- Elliott Zink

May 16- Donna Fox

May 17- Thomas Wentz

May 18- Anna Trelease

May 18- Dale Ann Derr

May 19- Linda Schock

May 20- Zachary Dodd

May 20- Aiden Conway


Birth of Freya Lynn, daughter of

Sean & Brandi (DeLong) Palmer




Order of Worship

May 15, 2022 – Fifth Sunday of Easter

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



Our service is in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Alleluia! Christ is alive; let all the people praise him. Let all creation sing with joy. Alleluia!

* HYMN ~ I Cannot Dance, O Love [first verse choir]                                                #290


Trusting in the love of God to make all things new, let us confess our sin to God and our neighbor.


God of mercy, Your command to love one another across all differences opens us to new horizons, yet we often respond with fear and judgment that hinders Your goal for humanity. Forgive our sins, we pray, and give us a true repentance that leads to life for all creation. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.


God’s promises are trustworthy and true; your sins are forgiven. Be at peace to serve the Lord, and may you always be known by your love.  Amen.

A READING according to the Book of Acts 11:1-18 [NRSV]

Now the apostles and the believers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also accepted the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him, saying, “Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?” Then Peter began to explain it to them, step by step, saying, “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. There was something like a large sheet coming down from heaven, being lowered by its four corners; and it came close to me. As I looked at it closely I saw four-footed animals, beasts of prey, reptiles, and birds of the air. I also heard a voice saying to me, ‘Get up, Peter; kill and eat.’ But I replied, ‘By no means, Lord; for nothing profane or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ But a second time the voice answered from heaven, ‘What God has made clean, you must not call profane.’ This happened three times; then everything was pulled up again to heaven. At that very moment three men, sent to me from Caesarea, arrived at the house where we were. The Spirit told me to go with them and not to make a distinction between them and us. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man’s house. He told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house and saying, ‘Send to Joppa and bring Simon, who is called Peter; he will give you a message by which you and your entire household will be saved.’ And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as it had upon us at the beginning. And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ If then God gave them the same gift that he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could hinder God?” When they heard this, they were silenced. And they praised God, saying, “Then God has given even to the Gentiles the repentance that leads to life.”


These are the Words of the Lord. Thanks be to God. Amen.

HOMILY ~ Boundary Breaking

SPECIAL MUSIC ~ Celebrate God’s Love                                                 Chancel Choir


Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on 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.


I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” Let us with gladness offer to God the gifts of our labor, life, and love. Amen.


* DOXOLOGY                                                                                                         #46

Praise God from whom all blessings flow

Praise God, all creatures here below

Praise God above, ye heavenly host

Creator, Christ, and Holy Ghost. Amen.


Loving God, we give You thanks for the ministry of reconciliation to which You call us in the name of Jesus Christ and his resurrection. Accept these gifts for Your mission to heal all creation. May they be a testament to Your love for us as we share them in love for You; through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen!

* HYMN ~ Help Us Accept Each Other [to the tune of Jesus, I Have Promised]   #487



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