Board of Social Ministry
THE BOARD OF SOCIAL MINISTRY with its Chairperson has the objective to coordinate Good Shepherd’s service toward the physical, tangible, and social wellbeing of people, within and outside our fellowship, locally, nationally and worldwide. In partnership with Good Shepherd’s other Administrative Boards, the Board of Social Ministry seeks to address the needs of the “whole person”, acting as a bridge between individuals and families, the community of faith and local resources and/or appropriate agencies.
(James 2:14-17) “My friends, what good is it to say you have faith, when you don’t do anything to show that you really do have faith? Can that kind of faith save you?”
If you know someone who doesn’t have any clothes or food, you shouldn’t just say, “I hope all goes well for you. I hope you will be warm and have plenty to eat.”
What good is it to say this, unless you do something to help?
Faith that doesn’t lead us to do good deeds is all alone and dead!
Christmas “Adopt-A-Family” Program
(Roberta Beany, Coordinator/845-661-3718):
This Christmas Good Shepherd will be adopting a large family through the Warwick Valley Ecumenical Council’s “Adopt-A-Family for Christmas” Food Basket program.
Good Shepherd has been assigned a family of seven, three adults and four children; the ages are a 4 year old girl and three boys ages 8, 10 and 11 years old. Some suggestions for donations could be clothes (sizes are posted on the bulletin board), gift cards to some local stores, toys and food.
Look for a sign-up sheet with suggestions for donations as well as a box for the donations in the Narthex.
All donations may be brought in until Sunday, December 17th.
What a wonderful way to celebrate this holiday by providing a meal and Christmas gifts for a local family.
A Joyful Toyfull Christmas
(Linda Bayer, Coordinator/845-469-8312)
The Board of Social Ministry will be collecting new, unwrapped toys to be donated to the ecumenical food pantry. As families pick up their Christmas baskets, there is a toy room where parents can “shop” for gifts for their children.
Look for the Toy Wagon in the Narthex where toys will be collected starting Sunday, November 26th thru Sunday, December 17th. After the 10AM service on the 17th toys will be brought to the Methodist Church where distribution of the Christmas baskets takes place.
The Social Ministry board thanks you for your support in all our endeavors as we follow Christ’s example to help and serve our neighbors. If you have questions, contact Linda Bayer at 845-469-8312.
(Maggie Adams, Coordinator/845-544-2030):
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is sponsoring a child!
His name is Fenanois Luseno.
He is 6 years old and lives in Kenya. His sponsor # is 3854167.
There is a photograph posted on the bulletin board in the Narthex.
Through Compassion International every child has the opportunity to learn about the love of Jesus.
In the developing world, local churches are a haven for children in poverty.
Partnering with these churches is the ideal way for Compassion to serve children in Jesus’ name.
These church partners focus on child development, transforming children by the hope and promise of Jesus.
There is a “Change for a Chance” receptacle in the Narthex to receive your spare change.
Everyone can help. Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters add up quickly.
These will be used to continue our sponsorship in 2017.
If you have any questions either about Fenanois or Compassion, please call Maggie Adams at 845/544-2030.
We collect for three food pantries on a three month rotating schedule – Warwick Ecumenical Food Pantry, Orange County Veterans Food Pantry and Back Pack Snack Attack. This way we can help more people.
Orange County Veterans’ Food Pantry
(Barbara Johnson, Coordinator/845-986-6453)
During the month of December Good Shepherd will be collecting items for the Orange County Veterans Food Pantry in Goshen. This food pantry delivers to about 200 Veterans and their families every week. Let’s try to match or surpass the seven bags that were donated in September. Thank you for continuing to generously support our Veterans.
“Backpack Snack Attack”
(Nancy Mauro, Coordinator/845-986-7198)
We will be collecting for the “Backpack Snack Attack ” program in January. This program ensure that all children always have enough to eat when school is and is not in session through out the year. Items such as single serve microwaveable soups and mac & cheese, fruit cups, pudding, cheese & crackers, fruit bars, juice boxes, etc are needed. Please place donations in the gray cabinet in the Narthex. Thank you.
Warwick Ecumenical Food Pantry
(Linda Bayer, Coordinator/845-469-8312)
In February we will be collecting food and staples for the Warwick food pantry at the Warwick Methodist Church. The Food Pantry supplies residents of the Town of Warwick. The amount of people receiving food is steadily increasing. Please consider including an item or two when you grocery shop this month for those families in need of our donations. Your donations can be placed in the gray cabinet in the Narthex. The need is great; let us share of our bounty! Thank you for your donations for the month of November.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
(Barbara Johnson/845-986-6453 & Karen Laiso/845-986/2784, Coordinators)
Prayer shawls are given to those in need of comfort and solace, as well as in celebration and joy. Many blessings are prayed into every shawl. If you know of someone who could use a shawl/lap robe, please contact Barbara or Karen.
The women’s ministry library is located in the conference room – across from the Church Office. All are welcome to browse and borrow the books located there. There are many great, Christian stories, some non-fiction and also reference books to choose from. Please feel free to ‘grab a good read’.
Meals On Wheels Bulletin: Meals On Wheels Bulletin
Can you spare about an hour of your time a month? Our Neighbors and Community need you.
You can click on the link above to get more information. Thank you.