Shepherds exist because peace doesn't. Today we're looking at how the birth of our Good Shepherd Jesus brings us peace and a future to hope in today.
Order of Worship – December 4th
Countdown: Our Prayer
Welcome & Opening Prayer: Mr. Adam Vitoulis
Song: Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus
Call to Worship: Psalm 4:5-8 – Mrs. Gencina Vitoulis
Song: God With Us
Advent Candle Lighting – Candle of Peace
Mutual Greeting: (252 Kids Dismissed (K-5th grade)
Announcements:(Missions Trip Prayer Update – Natalie & Chance)
Offertory: Glory (Let There Be Peace)
Message: Bad Reasons for Good Shepherd - Rev. Samuel Sutter
Closing Hymn: It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Join us after the worship service concludes for a time of connection and fellowship – join us in the school gym for coffee hour
December Second Offerings: 11- Spanish Church Plant, 18- Faith Promise, 25- Middletown Warming Station
- Sunday, 4th – 3pm Warwick Valley Choral Concert
- Monday, 5th – 7pm Sewing Circle
- Tuesday, 6th – 10am Coffee Break (Women’s Bible Study)
- Tuesday, 6th – 7:30pm The Bridge (Young Adults)
- Wednesday, 7th - 7PM Congregational Meeting (Council to Follow)
- Thursday, 8th – 7:30pm YOUTH GROUP
- Friday, 9th – 6:30pm Spanish Bible Study
- December 11th – 5pm Night of Christmas Carols (and cookies)
- December 13th – GEMS/CADETS -Girls/Boys Clubs
- December 14th – 7pm – Prayer Meeting (Elders to Follow)
- December 25th – 9:30pm Christmas Worship Service
Christmas Concert – We’re happy to welcome the Warwick Valley Choral this Sunday afternoon for their Christmas concert. Join us at 3pm in the sanctuary for a wonderful afternoon of singing.
Night of Carols (and cookies) Join us for a special night of Carols and the Christmas Story (candle light) – Sunday at 5pm on December 11th – Bring some cookies to share.
Congregational Meeting: Join us on Wednesday, December 7th at 7pm in the sanctuary as we discuss the 2023 annual budget for approval (copies are available in the back).
Church Administrator: We’re hiring someone for a new church administrator position. If interested please contact Scott VDW or Pastor for details.
GEMS Post Office: We are happy to announce that the GEMS post office is open for sorting and passing out your Christmas cards to the members of our congregation. There are two boxes located in the back of the church and the office door. If possible, please stop by the church lobby and check your mailbox. A donation to the GEMS, in lieu of postage is gladly accepted. All cards not collected by Dec. 20th will be mailed out by the church office.
We’ve started to fill out pledge cards for another year of Faith Promise missions support. Fill out a card in the back, or do it online at https://goshen.church/faith-promise
God’s gracious hand has been on us. Just over three years ago our building committee rejoiced at the completion of our wonderful new addition! We were able to expand our greeting and entrance areas, replace and relocate our service elevator indoors, expand our children’s ministry area and nursery and add new bathrooms both on our lower level and on our worship level. Praise God! To accomplish these goals one of our funding models has included our Faith Partners program. Faith Partners are a group of dedicated individuals who have generously committed to make an annual $1000.00 donation to our building fund over the next 6 years. If you are not yet a Faith Partner, please consider becoming one. If you are already a Faith Partner than we want to take this opportunity to both sincerely thank you and to remind you to kindly submit your pledge amount to Jeff Davis, Henry Vogel or the deacons by December 25, 2022. Please note that all donations are tax deductible. Thank you for prayerfully considering how you can be a faith partner and supporter of God’s vision at Goshen Christian Reformed Church.
December 4th – Maddie Van Pelt & Paige Matuszewski
December 11th – Amber Goudreau & Jessica DeVries
December 18th – Marci Wade & Britanni Gaucher
December 25th – Anne Amels & Brooke Vellenga
December 4th – Betsy/Vickie Van Der Molen & Rich & Heather De Vries
December 11th – Karen Van Eeuwen & Jim & Joyce Amels
December 18th – Doug & Marci Wade & Dan & Christine LaFrance