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Sunday Worship

8/30/2020

Worship with us today! Pastor Matt preaches. Special musical guest Heather.

CLICK HERE to follow along with the print bulletin.

To learn more about our church or to donate, head back to the MAIN PAGE.

If you want more info about education and fellowship, that's in our weekly emails. If you'd like to stay informed via email, send one over to Pastor Matt: pastormatt@gsuccboyertown.org

Tuesday Prayer

8/25/2020

Pastor Matt's Tuesday Afternoon Prayer

Sunday Worship

8/23/2020

Worship with us today! Pastor Matt preaches and we bless Pastor Kim for her upcoming sabbatical. Special musical guests Dolly and Heather.

CLICK HERE to follow along with the print bulletin.

To learn more about our church or to donate, head back to the MAIN PAGE.

If you want more info about education and fellowship, that's in our weekly emails. If you'd like to stay informed via email, send one over to Pastor Matt: pastormatt@gsuccboyertown.org

Saturday Evening Bedtime Story (and special message) with Pastor Kim

8/22/2020

Join Pastor Kim for today's bedtime story about the 7 Days of Creation and a special message about taking time to rest as Pastor Kim shares her upcoming month of sabbatical.

The Spark Story Bible is used with permission from Beaming Books.

Drive-Thru Prayer

8/20/2020

Join us this Sunday from 9:00 am to 10:00 am for drive-thru prayer! We would be happy to pray for you, with you, and for any other prayer concerns you might be holding.

Dear Revs. Episode 14: Back to School Blessings

8/19/2020

This week Pastors Matt and Becky talk about going back to school, the feelings we have entering a new school year, and offer a prayer for all of us during this time.

We continue to post Wednesday afternoon videos taking inspiration from the everyday to answer questions, address things you're curious about, and discuss finding the holy in all kinds of places. If you have a burning faith question or something you would like to see us discuss to e-mail Pastor Matt (pastormatt@gsuccboyertown.org). All askers will be kept anonymous.

Tuesday Prayer

8/18/2020

Pastor Matt's Tuesday Afternoon Prayer

Sunday Worship

8/16/2020

Join us today for worship! Pastor Kim preaches about Jesus walking on water.

CLICK HERE to follow along with the print bulletin.

To learn more about our church or to donate, head back to the MAIN PAGE.

If you want more info about education and fellowship, that's in our weekly emails. If you'd like to stay informed via email, send one over to Pastor Kim: pastorkim@gsuccboyertown.org

Saturday Evening Bedtime Story with Pastor Kim

8/15/2020

This evening Pastor Kim shares the story of Jesus Walking on Water from the Spark Story Bible thanks to Beaming Books.

If you want to hear more about Jesus walking on the water Pastor Kim preaches about it tomorrow in worship online.

Opportunity for Education & Prayer

8/13/2020


If you're looking for some educational enrichment, fellowship, and time of prayer join us for an adult Zoom class on the history and function of Mandalas. It will be great to get together online for learning and mediation and some creative projects.

The Zoom link will only be emailed out to those who register. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

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Do you want a pew?

8/12/2020

Do you want a pew from Good Shepherd?

A group of volunteers is hard at work creating a new space in the back of the church to continue to record worship services into the future, even when we return to in-person gathering. Check out these pics of the work in progress.

This means there are a few sections of pew available including the end pieces and supports. The majority of the pew has been dissembled (though there are pieces up to 12 feet long). If you'd like to have a conversation about possibly acquiring a pew (or if you want the pew to use the 60 year old oak for other projects) please respond to Pastor Kim: pastorkim@gsuccboyertown.org

Tuesday Prayer

8/11/2020

Pastor Matt's Tuesday Afternoon Prayer

Sunday Worship & Communion

8/9/2020

Join us today for worship and communion!

Grab some juice, wine, or water, some bread or a cracker - whatever you have can be transformed.

CLICK HERE to follow along with the print bulletin.

To learn more about our church or to donate, head back to the MAIN PAGE.

If you want more info about education and fellowship, that's in our weekly emails. If you'd like to stay informed via email, send one over to Pastor Kim: pastorkim@gsuccboyertown.org

Saturday Evening Bedtime Story with Pastor Kim

8/8/2020

Tonight's story is The Feeding of the 5000 read with permission from Beaming Books out of the Spark Story Bible.

Drive Thru Communion: This Sunday!

8/6/2020

This Sunday join Pastors Matt and Kim for Drive-Thru (or Walk Thru) Communion. We'll be outside our new atrium under portico.

This week Pastors Matt and Becky talk about prayer, the ways God answers our prayers, and listening as a part of prayer. Join us!

We continue to post Wednesday afternoon videos taking inspiration from the everyday to answer questions, address things you're curious about, and discuss finding the holy in all kinds of places. If you have a burning faith question or something you would like to see us discuss to e-mail Pastor Matt (pastormatt@gsuccboyertown.org). All askers will be kept anonymous.

Dear Revs. Episode 13: How do We Know When God Answers Prayer?

8/5/2020

Tuesday Prayer

8/4/2020

Pastor Matt's Tuesday Afternoon Prayer

Sunday Worship & Baptism

8/2/2020

Worship with us today and celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism!

CLICK HERE to follow along with the print bulletin.

To donate return to the home page of our website by CLICKING HERE.

For Sunday School lessons, info on online gatherings for fellowship and Sunday School, and info about other happenings, contact Pastor Kim to be added to our email list: pastorkim@gsuccboyertown.org

Saturday Evening Bedtime Story with Pastor Kim

8/1/2020

Story time with Pastor Kim is back! This week we read The Prodigal Son thanks to the Spark Story Bible read with permission from Beaming Books.

VBS at Home!

7/30/2020

See the VBS fun Boyertown families are having at home this summer!

Tuesday Prayer

7/28/2020

Pastor Matt's Tuesday Afternoon Prayer

Sunday Worship

7/26/2020

Worship with us today as we finish our dive into Jesus' parables for the month of July. Pastor Matt preaches on a variety of parables about the Kingdom of God

CLICK HERE to follow along with the print bulletin.

To donate return to the home page of our website by CLICKING HERE.

For Sunday School lessons, info on online gatherings for fellowship and Sunday School, and info about other happenings, contact Pastor Kim to be added to our email list: pastorkim@gsuccboyertown.org

Updates from Pastor Kim

7/25/2020

Today we've got some updates from Pastor Kim.

First - send me your VBS photos and videos! I'm planning on making a video next week featuring all the children and families enjoying VBS at home.

Second - next week brings the return of Bedtime Stories with Pastor Kim! The Spark Story Bible allows us to share read-alouds publicly online. I'm excited to read bible stories together, share illustrations, and ask some questions about how these stories relate to our lives!

You can always email me: pastorkim@gsuccboyertown.org

Delaying In-Person Worship

7/23/2020

This week consistory met and after lengthy discussion and consideration voted to not yet gather for in-person worship. When we originally set our re-opening date for August 2nd cases were declining. Now as cases increase, folks are traveling for vacation, and long-term symptoms of COVID-19 are emerging, the church leadership has decided to halt our plans to gather in-person. We believe it is the safest decision for the congregation and our best way to serve the community at large and be part of the solution. This decision will be re-assessed monthly.

CLICK HERE to view the full letter. Please continue to contact your pastors if you have specific questions or need support.

Dear Revs. Episode 12: How are our Churches Connected?

7/22/2020

This week Pastors Becky and Matt talk about super-fun and church geeky topics such as UCC polity, what on earth an association is, and threaten to read from the MOM if they don't get any new questions. Join us!

We continue to post Wednesday afternoon videos taking inspiration from the everyday to answer questions, address things you're curious about, and discuss finding the holy in all kinds of places. If you have a burning faith question or something you would like to see us discuss to e-mail Pastor Matt (pastormatt@gsuccboyertown.org). All askers will be kept anonymous.

Tuesday Prayer

7/21/2020

Pastor Matt's Tuesday Afternoon Prayer

Sunday Worship

7/19/2020

Worship with us today as we continue to dive into Jesus' parables for the month of July. Pastor Matt preaches on The Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds.

CLICK HERE to follow along with the print bulletin.

To donate return to the home page of our website by CLICKING HERE.

For Sunday School lessons, info on online gatherings for fellowship and Sunday School, and info about other happenings, contact Pastor Kim to be added to our email list: pastorkim@gsuccboyertown.org

If you have not yet had an opportunity, please take our survey to help the pastors and church leaders discern how to best use our resources as they relate to online worship and content, Sunday school, in-person and small group gathering, outdoor worship, etc.

CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY

Thursday Update from Pastor Kim

7/16/2020

Here’s a video update from Pastor Kim today!

We put together a survey to fill out to help the pastors and church leaders decide how to best use our resources as they relate to online worship and content, Sunday school, in-person and small group gathering, outdoor worship, etc.

This survey was made before the state recommendation for indoor gatherings to be less than 25 people but we’d still like you to fill it out because it will be helpful to see how people are feeling. Know that all decisions will be made prayerfully, considering our neighbor, and with concern for public health.

CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY

Tuesday Prayer w/ Special Request

7/14/2020

Pastor Matt's Tuesday Afternoon Prayer: A Prayer for Discernment

Help Good Shepherd Staff and Leaders discern our life together over the next several months by completing our survey. We want to hear from everyone. Click on this link to take our survey - forms.gle/sH8GVpeePAV6a35T6

Sunday Worship & Communion

7/12/2020

Worship with us today as we continue to dive into Jesus' parables for the month of July. We also celebrate communion this Sunday, so grab some bread, or a cracker, juice, wine, or water - whatever you have at home can be transformed for communion!

CLICK HERE to follow along with the print bulletin.

To donate return to the home page of our website by CLICKING HERE.

For Sunday School lessons, info on online gatherings for fellowship and Sunday School, and info about other happenings, contact Pastor Kim to be added to our email list: pastorkim@gsuccboyertown.org

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VBS To-Go Pick-Up

7/11/2020

We had a great first day of VBS To-Go pick-up. We have more pick-up times in the upcoming week, and a few more unreserved VBS To-Go kits if you'd still like one.

Please email Pastor Kim if you missed your pick-up time slot today or if you'd like to reserve one of the extra VBS kits we have for your child, grandchild, friend or neighbor!

Email: pastorkim@gsuccboyertown.org

Happy 100th Anniversary Town Clock!

7/10/2020

Listen for the church bells to ring at 2:30 pm to mark the occasions.

VBS Kit Assembly & Updates

7/9/2020

We assembled 146 VBS To-Go Kits this week at Good Shepherd! Thank you to everyone who donated and to the volunteers who helped assemble. There are just a few unclaimed kits left if you want to reserve one for your child, grandchild, or even neighbor! Though the formal registration page is closed because we only have a few left you can email Pastor Kim to reserve a kit and select a pick-up time: pastorkim@gsuccboyertown.org

Dear Revs. Episode 11: What are you Reading?

7/8/2020

Join Pastors Matt and Becky as they talk about some of their favorite books and authors to read for enjoyment.

We will continue to post Wednesday Afternoon videos taking inspiration from the everyday to answer questions, address things you're curious about, and discuss finding the holy in all kinds of places. So don’t forget if you have a burning faith question or something you would like to see us discuss to e-mail Pastor Matt (pastormatt@gsucccboyertown.org). All askers will be kept anonymous

Tuesday Prayer

7/7/2020

A Prayer from Pastor Matt

Sunday Worship

7/5/2020

Worship with us today as we dive into Jesus' parables for the month of July.

CLICK HERE to follow along with our print bulletin.

To donate return to the home page of our website by CLICKING HERE.

For Sunday School lessons, info on online gatherings for fellowship and Sunday School, and info about other happenings, contact Pastor Kim to be added to our email list: pastorkim@gsuccboyertown.org

4th of July

7/4/2020

Praying that everyone has a safe and healthy holiday.

Dear Revs. Episode 10: Sabbath

7/2/2020

Join Pastors Matt and Becky as they talk about the Biblical concept of Sabbath and what Pastor Becky has been doing on her vacation.

We will continue to post Wednesday Afternoon videos taking inspiration from the everyday to answer questions, address things you're curious about, and discuss finding the holy in all kinds of places. So don’t forget if you have a burning faith question or something you would like to see us discuss to e-mail Pastor Matt (pastormatt@gsucccboyertown.org). All askers will be kept anonymous

Wednesday Updates

7/1/2020

Today we have a few updates for you!

First, Dear Revs. will be posted tomorrow as Pastor Matt had to attend to a funeral this afternoon.

If you are interested in helping to pack up our VBS To-Go kits next week, please email Pastor Kim: pastorkim@gsuccboyertown.org

If you missed the info on when we are planning to gather for worship again and what protocols we will be following, CLICK HERE to see our FAQ Sheet.


Tuesday Prayer

6/30/2020

A Prayer from Pastor Matt

Graduate Sunday Worship

6/27/2020

Join us online for worship as we celebrate and honor our 2020 graduates! Pastor Kim preaches on Joshua and working for justice.

CLICK HERE to follow along with our print bulletin.

To donate return to the home page of our website by CLICKING HERE.

For Sunday School lessons, info on online gatherings for fellowship and Sunday School, and info about other happenings, contact Pastor Kim to be added to our email list: pastorkim@gsuccboyertown.org

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Senior Photos

6/27/2020

Pastor Kim is still trying to find the best way to share bedtime stories with you while following the adjusted copyright laws for read-alouds online. We don't have one for this week though!

However, since you all enjoyed seeing Music Matt and Pastor Kim's marching band photos for Music Sunday, this week we bring you our senior photos for Graduate Sunday. For your enjoyment; Pastor Matt, Music Matt, and Pastor Kim's senior photos.

Make sure to tune into worship tomorrow morning as we bless and honor this year's graduates.

Class of 2020

6/25/2020

This Sunday we will be honoring and blessing our graduates in virtual worship. Take a sneak peak here at our grads this year! Congrats Class of 2020!

Join Pastors Matt and Becky as they talk about Bible versions and translations including some of their personal favorites.

We will continue to post Wednesday Afternoon videos taking inspiration from the everyday to answer questions, address things you're curious about, and discuss finding the holy in all kinds of places. So don’t forget if you have a burning faith question or something you would like to see us discuss to e-mail Pastor Matt (pastormatt@gsucccboyertown.org). All askers will be kept anonymous

Dear Revs. Episode 9, Part 2: Which Version of the Bible is Best?

6/24/2020

Tuesday Prayer

6/23/2020

A Prayer from Pastor Matt

Sunday Worship & Communion

6/21/2020

Join us today for worship and communion!

Grab some juice, wine, or water, some bread or a cracker - whatever you have can be transformed.

Pastor Matt preaches on Revelation and Apocalypse.

CLICK HERE to follow along with the print bulletin.

To learn more about our church or to donate, head back to the MAIN PAGE.

If you want Sunday School materials or to join us for our Zoom fellowship time, that information comes out in our weekly email. If you'd like to stay informed via email, send one over to Pastor Kim: pastorkim@gsuccboyertown.org

Re-Opening at Good Shepherd

6/20/2020

So there won't be a bedtime story with Pastor Kim tonight (as copyright rules have changed for read-alongs online) but what we are sharing today is Good Shepherd's plan for re-opening!

Good Shepherd will resume in person worship August 2nd! We are waiting to make sure we are appropriately prepared for a safe gathering (and waiting on some sanitation and cleaning supplies to be delivered in mid July). In addition, we will continue to offer an online worship option for those who choose to stay home.

CLICK HERE TO READ OUR LETTER

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FAQ SHEET

We Need Juice Boxes!

6/18/2020

VBS NEEDS JUICEBOXES! We are creating over 150 kits for parents to pick up for their kids to experience VBS at home. However 150 kits, with 5 days per kit - THAT IS HUNDREDS OF JUICEBOXES. So please hear this call from some of our children and youth to drop off juice boxes at Good Shepherd by the end of the month. Contact Pastor Kim for details: pastorkim@gsuccboyertown.org

Join Pastors Matt and Becky as they talk about Bible versions, original languages, and translations. Part 2 of our discussion will posted next Wednesday.

We will continue to post Wednesday Afternoon videos taking inspiration from the everyday to answer questions, address things you're curious about, and discuss finding the holy in all kinds of places. So don’t forget if you have a burning faith question or something you would like to see us discuss to e-mail Pastor Matt (pastormatt@gsucccboyertown.org). All askers will be kept anonymous

Dear Revs. Episode 9, Part 1: Why are there so Many Different Versions of the Bible?

6/17/2020

Tuesday Prayer

6/16/2020

A Prayer from Pastor Matt

Children & Youth Sunday Worship

6/14/2020

Today is Children & Youth Sunday! Join us as the kids and teens of Good Shepherd share the story of Jonah and the Big Fish!

CLICK HERE to follow along with the print bulletin.

Thank you to all the children and youth who sent in their videos from home (and the parents and grandparents who helped to record those videos). Continued thanks to Mike Leister who each week helps us record and this week helped Pastor Kim put together today's service.

To learn more about our church or to donate, head back to the MAIN PAGE.

If you want Sunday School materials or to join us for our Zoom fellowship time, that information comes out in our weekly email. If you'd like to stay informed via email, send one over to Pastor Kim: pastorkim@gsuccboyertown.org

Saturday Bedtime Story with Pastor Kim

6/13/2020

This evening's bedtime story with Pastor Kim is "The Cow That Went OINK" written and illustrated by Bernard Most (and read with permission from Scholastic).


As the school year comes to an end publishers are pulling their permissions for online read-alongs for copyrighted material. Next week will likely be the last bedtime story in the form you are used to. If you can think of a video or something fun you'd like to see from Good Shepherd and Pastor Kim on Saturday evenings, let us know: pastorkim@gsuccboyertown.org

Children & Youth Virtual Worship is this Sunday!

6/12/2020

Join us Sunday for our Virtual Children & Youth Worship! You'll get to see the faces of many of the kids and teens you miss seeing in person each week!

Plus don't forget to register your kids for our VBS To-Go Program by CLICKING HERE!

Dear Revs. Episode 8: I Wonder

6/12/2020

Join Pastors Matt and Becky as they talk about the Christian practice of embracing wonder and mystery.

We will continue to post Wednesday Afternoon videos taking inspiration from the everyday to answer questions, address things you're curious about, and discuss finding the holy in all kinds of places. So don’t forget if you have a burning faith question or something you would like to see us discuss to e-mail Pastor Matt (pastormatt@gsucccboyertown.org). All askers will be kept anonymous

Tuesday Prayers

6/9/2020

A Prayer from Pastor Matt

Sunday Worship

6/7/2020

Join us for virtual worship! Pastor Matt preaches about Daniel & the Lion's Den.

CLICK HERE to follow along with the print bulletin.

To learn more about our church or to donate, head back to the MAIN PAGE.

If you want Sunday School materials or to join us for our Zoom fellowship time, that information comes out in our weekly email. If you'd like to stay informed via email, send one over to Pastor Kim: pastorkim@gsuccboyertown.org

Saturday Bedtime Story with Pastor Kim

6/6/2020

Pastor Kim reads "Little Cloud" by Eric Carle (with permission from Scholastic Inc.)

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Youth & VBS To-GO

6/4/2020

The youth of Good Shepherd have been a VITAL part of our Vacation Bible School program every year. They are part of every step of the process from planning to implementation.

Jordyn says, "Getting to spend time with kids is my favorite thing about VBS. All the crafts and activities we do with them are super cute! The kids love them."

Courtney says, "VBS tells amazing bible stories and has so many fun activities to do. It is a fun and interactive way to learn the Bible."

Though we are sad VBS can't safely happen in person this year, the youth have been brainstorming and helping to come up with lots of the programs and stories that will be in your VBS TO-GO boxes.

Ryan says, "You should pick up VBS Boxes because it has a lot of cool stuff for you to do when you have free time this summer. It helps you learn more about the Bible!"

For more info and to register click here!

Dear Revs. Episode 7: A Prayer for Right Now

6/3/2020

Join Pastors Matt and Becky as they offer a prayer for our world.

We will continue to post Wednesday Afternoon videos taking inspiration from the everyday to answer questions, address things you're curious about, and discuss finding the holy in all kinds of places. So don’t forget if you have a burning faith question or something you would like to see us discuss to e-mail Pastor Matt (pastormatt@gsucccboyertown.org). All askers will be kept anonymous

Tuesday Prayers

6/2/2020

A Prayer from Pastor Matt

Pentecost Worship

5/31/2020

Feel the Holy Spirit this Sunday in Pentecost Worship! We will also celebrate virtual communion - so grab some bread a cracker, juice or wine, - whatever you have will be transformed!

CLICK HERE to follow along with the print bulletin.

To learn more about our church or to donate, head back to the MAIN PAGE.

If you want Sunday School materials or to join us for our Zoom fellowship time, that information comes out in our weekly email. If you'd like to stay informed via email, send one over to Pastor Kim: pastorkim@gsuccboyertown.org

Saturday Bedtime Story with Pastor Kim

5/30/2020

This Saturday's bed time story with Pastor Kim is "I Need A Hug" by Aaron Blabey. I'm sure we all have friends and family we wish we could hug right now!

Staying Safe & Loving Our Neighbors

5/29/2020

Good Shepherd's consistory and pastors have developed a plan for what the future will hopefully look like for our church. Knowing we can't yet schedule everything we'd like to and that much may change in the coming weeks and months, this may not answer every question you have. But we hope it will still be a guide for now.

This letter was mailed out today to our USPS mailing list, but we also wanted to share it digitally.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LETTER

CLICK HERE FOR THE PLAN

VBS TO-GO

5/28/2020

Since having over 100 kids together for VBS isn't a safe decision this summer, we want to bring Vacation Bible School into the homes of the families of the Boyertown Area!

Good Shepherd & St. John's Churches are coming together for another summer of bible-based fun, but this time TO-GO. You will be able to pick up a VBS TO-GO box that will include stories, crafts, games, snacks, a mission project and more so you can experience the fun of camp with your families. Everything you need will be included for a week of VBS down to the crayons, glue, and juice boxes!

YOU CAN CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

When registering you will select a pick-up time in July. We will load the boxes right into your trunk. You can pull into the parking lot behind the church off Walnut St.

VBS boxes are free (though donations are welcome). If you don't have kids interested in VBS but want to help out with this ministry, talk to Pastor Kim about much needed donations.

If you have any questions, you can email Pastor Kim: pastorkim@gsuccboyertown.org

Dear Revs. Episode 6: Praying for Pretzels

5/27/2020

Join Pastors Matt and Becky in their kitchen as they make soft pretzels. During this episode they share with us the connection between pretzels and the Christian faith. Note: the recipe we used comes from one our favorite chefs, Alton Brown. Click here for the recipe.

We will continue to post Wednesday Afternoon videos taking inspiration from the everyday to answer questions, address things you're curious about, and discuss finding the holy in all kinds of places. So don’t forget if you have a burning faith question or something you would like to see us discuss to e-mail Pastor Matt (pastormatt@gsucccboyertown.org). All askers will be kept anonymous

Tuesday Prayers

5/26/2020

Pray with Pastor Matt this afternoon.

Memorial Day Service

5/25/2020

The Pennsylvania Southeast Conference ministers, Rev. Bill Worley, Rev. Dr. Susan Minasian, and Rev. Cean James (and music ministers from Grace Christian Fellowship in Philadelphia) created a Memorial Day Sunday Service. Though the service was originally intended as yesterday's weekly worship we wanted to share it with you on Memorial Day as both sermons - one by the Interim Associate Conference Minister, Rev. Dr. Susan Minasian, and the other by our Conference Minister, Rev. Bill Worley (who is also an Iraq War Veteran) relate particularly to Memorial Day. We hope you find meaning in this day and in this worship.

Sunday Worship

5/24/2020

Join us for virtual worship - Pastor Matt preaches on relatiopnships and reconciliation and Paul's letter to Philemon.

CLICK HERE to follow along with the print bulletin.

For Sunday School resources and info about our 9:00 am Zoom Fellowship Time check your email from church this morning - email Pastor Kim if you have any questions: pastorkim@gsuccboyertown.org

Send in your offerings by mail or donate through PayPal by clicking the Donate button on our main web page.

Saturday Bedtime Story with Pastor Kim

5/23/2020

Join Pastor Kim for Saturday Evening's Bedtime Story: How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague. Read with permission from Scholastic.

The 23rd Psalm

5/22/2020

The Good Shepherd Children & Youth (with some help from some grown ups) share the 23rd Psalm with you.

Our Concert Sermon

5/21/2020

Normally Thursdays are videos from our Children and Youth - but this week Pastor Kim was collecting material from 21 different people and she hasn't received it all yet! She is hoping to get the video to you tomorrow.

So until then, if you missed Music Sunday this past week, or you thoroughly enjoyed the Concert Sermon and want to watch it again, you can view just the concert!

Dear Revs. Episode 5: What's in a Name?

5/20/2020

Names often have a deeper meaning than we realize. Especially Biblical names. Pastors Matt and Becky talk about the power and meaning of names.

We will continue to post Wednesday Afternoon videos taking inspiration from the everyday to answer questions, address things you're curious about, and discuss finding the holy in all kinds of places. So don’t forget if you have a burning faith question or something you would like to see us discuss to e-mail Pastor Matt (pastormatt@gsucccboyertown.org). All askers will be kept anonymous.

Tuesday Prayers

5/19/2020

Join us for Tuesday afternoon prayers with Pastor Matt.

Music Sunday Worship

5/17/2020

Make a joyful noise! Worship virtually with us for Music Sunday as we celebrate with a special Concert Sermon featuring instrumental performances from our congregation members at home. The concert will be inserted right into our worship service instead of the regular sermon.

CLICK HERE to follow along with the print bulletin.

CLICK HERE if you want to watch the Concert Sermon separate of the worship service.

Info about Sunday School Lessons, our Zoom Fellowship Time, and more are emailed out twice a week. Contact Pastor Kim if you'd like to receive those emails: pastorkim@gsuccboyertown.org

To donate to Good Shepherd you can mail us your offerings or donate on the main page of our website.

Saturday Bedtime Story with Pastor Kim

5/16/2020

This evening's story with Pastor Kim is "The Crayon Box that Talked" by Shane Derolf and illustrated by Michael Letzig. Read with permission from Scholastic.

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This Sunday is Music Sunday!

5/15/2020

This Sunday is Music Sunday! Instead of our regular sermon Virtual Worship will feature a special concert with instrumental performances at home from a variety of our congregation members. Plus Music Matt and Pastor Kim will be sharing some interesting percussion instruments during the Children's Message.

Did you know both Music Matt and Pastor Kim performed percussion instruments competitively when they were teens? They were both in the Marching Band - Music Matt was in the pit and played instruments like the xylophone and marimba. Though Pastor Kim played trumpet (and was Drum Major) in the marching band, she also played instruments like the xylophone and marimba in her high school's competitive Winter Percussion Ensemble. Scroll through the pics on the left for proof!

Check out Sunday's special worship service when it is posted and check out our FACEBOOK PAGE to share photos of YOU if you were in the band!

Favorite Memories from the Children & Youth

5/14/2020

The Good Shepherd Children and Youth chose some photos of their favorite moments at church and church-related events and shared them with you in this video.

Dear Revs. Episode 4: The Stars and Eternity

5/13/2020

If, according to Revelation, God is the light of eternity, what will happen to the stars in the life to come? Find out the answer in this week's episode! Continue the discussion with us live tonight via Zoom at 7pm. Zoom Information can be found in the GSUCC Wednesday e-mail or by contacting Pastor Matt.

While tonight's Zoom is our last planned discussion, we will continue to post Wednesday Afternoon videos taking inspiration from the everyday to answer questions, address things you're curious about, and discuss finding the holy in all kinds of places. So don’t forget if you have a burning faith question or something you would like to see us discuss to e-mail Pastor Matt (pastormatt@gsucccboyertown.org). All askers will be kept anonymous.

Tuesday Afternoon Prayer

5/12/2020

Pastor Matt's Tuesday Afternoon Prayer: A Prayer for Nurses and Other Medical Caregivers.

Sunday Worship

5/10/2020

Join us for virtual worship - Pastor Matt preaches on Noah's Ark - quite the experience in social distancing!

CLICK HERE to follow along with the print bulletin.

For Sunday School resources and info about our 9:00 am Zoom Fellowship Time check your email from church this morning - email Pastor Kim if you have any questions: pastorkim@gsuccboyertown.org

Send in your offerings by mail or donate through PayPal by clicking the Donate button on our main web page.

Saturday Bedtime Story with Pastor Kim

5/9/2020

This Saturday's bedtime story with Pastor Kim: "Five Tough & Tiny Seeds" written by Steve Metzger and illustrated by Mike Byrne and read with permission from Scholastic.

VBS-TO GO Announcement

5/8/2020

We love Vacation Bible School! But we know that the best way to love our neighbors is to do what we can to keep people healthy. That's why we decided having the over 100 teens and kids together for VBS this summer is not a safe plan. Instead we will be having VBS-TO GO! More details TBA!

The Adventures of Flat Jesus

5/7/2020

This week the Children & Youth included Flat Jesus in their weekly activities.

Dear Revs. Episode 3: Doubting Thomas

5/6/2020

In today’s episode, Pastors Matt and Becky discuss the disciple Thomas. What other descriptions might we give him other than "doubting"? Find out on today’s episode and continue the discussion with us live tonight via Zoom at 7pm. Zoom Information can be found in the GSUCC Wednesday e-mail or by contacting Pastor Matt.

Don’t forget if you have a burning faith question to e-mail it to Pastor Matt (pastormatt@gsucccboyertown.org). All askers will be kept anonymous.

Tuesday Prayers

5/5/2020

Prayers with Pastor Matt today.

Sunday Worship

5/3/2020

Join us for virtual worship - Pastor Matt preaches on the prophet Elijah.

CLICK HERE to follow along with the print bulletin.

For Sunday School resources and info about our 9:00 am Zoom Fellowship Time check your emails from church this morning - email Pastor Kim if you have any questions: pastorkim@gsuccboyertown.org

Send in your offerings by mail or donate through PayPal by clicking the Donate button on our main web page.

Saturday Bedtime Story

5/2/2020

Pastor Kim reads "Norman the Slug with the Silly Shell" by Sue Hendra with permission from Scholastic.

The children and youth of Good Shepherd share some creative projects they've worked on about life at Good Shepherd while they've been stuck at home!

Creative Projects from the Children & Youth

4/30/2020

Dear Revs. Episode 2: What’s the “right” version of the Lord’s Prayer?

4/29/2020

In today’s episode, Pastors Matt and Becky discuss debts vs. sins vs. trespasses. Why do different groups of Christians use different words? Find out on today’s episode and continue the discussion with us live tonight via Zoom at 7pm.

Don’t forget if you have a burning faith question to e-mail it to Pastor Matt (pastormatt@gsucccboyertown.org). All askers will be kept anonymous. Watch the video to start off the conversation and email Pastor Matt if you'd like to join on Zoom this evening (or church your email for the Wednesday eblast from Good Shepherd)

Tuesday Prayers

4/28/2020

Pastor Matt shares a prayer for grief this week.

Sunday Worship

4/26/2020

This Sunday Pastor Kim preaches about The Road to Emmaus.

CLICK HERE to follow along with the print bulletin.

For Sunday School resources and info about our 9:00 am Zoom Fellowship Time check your email from church this morning - email Pastor Kim if you have any questions: pastorkim@gsuccboyertown.org

Send in your offerings by mail or donate through PayPal by clicking the Donate button on our main web page.

Saturday Bedtime Story

4/25/2020

Pastor Kim reads "There's a Bird on your Head" by Mo Willems with permission from Scholastic.

Jokes & Fun

4/23/2020

The Good Shepherd Children & Youth brighten your day!

Urgent Food Drive Updates

4/24/2020

Thank you to everyone who donated to our drive for Boyertown Multi-Service!

We will be collecting for one more week so please drop off items Monday - Friday from 7:00 am to Noon on the cart outside the new atrium.

CLICK HERE for the list of items on the Boyertown Multi-Service website.

Also, thank you to those church members who continue to make masks! They have been distributed to different medical providers and at-risk members and friends of Good Shepherd. We will continue to collect masks as well.

Dear Revs. Discussion

4/22/2020

CLICK HERE to watch the First Episode of Dear Revs.

The discussion continues tonight on ZOOM at 7:00 pm. All are welcome! The ZOOM info can be found in the GSUCC Wednesday E-Blast. Contact Pastor Matt if you didn't receive that email: pastormatt@gsuccboyertown.org

You can also contact Pastor Matt if you have faith and spirituality questions that you find yourself pondering that you'd like featured in our Dear Revs. series.

Tuesday Prayers

4/21/2020

Join us for Tuesday Afternoon Prayers with Pastor Matt.

Mission Monday

4/20/2020

Check out the details for our food drive for Boyertown Multi-Service.

Sunday Worship

4/18/2020

We begin our new worship series this Sunday: Solitude & Story.

CLICK HERE to follow along with the print bulletin.

For Sunday School resources and info about our 9:00 am Zoom Fellowship Time check your emails from church this morning - email Pastor Kim if you have any questions: pastorkim@gsuccboyertown.org

Send in your offerings by mail or donate through PayPal by clicking the Donate button on our main web page.

Saturday Bedtime Story

4/18/2020

Pastor Kim reads "Let's Go for a Drive" by Mo Willems with permission from Scholastic.

Youth Playlist

4/16/2020

This week the youth sent Pastor Kim a song they've each been listening to lately - so we have for you the Youth Corona Virus Playlist. There's a little bit of everything on here. If you want to listen on YouTube CLICK HERE.

Wednesday Updates

4/15/2020

Dear Revs...An exciting new series! What burning faith question keeps you up at night? Ask us! Starting next Wednesday, April 22nd, we'll answer your questions of faith in a video and then invite you to deeper discussion via Zoom at 7pm. (Zoom info can be found by contacting Pastor Matt at pastormatt@gsuccboyertown.org)

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE INTRO VIDEO

Our URGENT FOOD DRIVE for Boyertown Multi-Service begins Friday - see details in the pic on the left.

Tuesday Prayers

4/14/2020

Join Pastor Matt for Tuesday Prayer time.

Easter Worship

4/12/2020

The church may be empty this Easter, but so was the tomb. Alleluia, Christ is Risen! Join us for virtual worship.

CLICK HERE to follow along with the print bulletin.

For Sunday School resources and info about our 9:00 am Zoom Fellowship Time check your emails from church this morning - email Pastor Kim if you have any questions: pastorkim@gsuccboyertown.org

Send in your offerings by mail or donate through PayPal by clicking the Donate button on our main web page.

Good Shepherd Youth Celebrate Easter

4/11/2020

Since the Good Shepherd Youth couldn't be at church this Saturday like they normally would for our annual Easter Bunny Breakfast and Egg Hunt, they decided to find other ways to continue to be the the church, serve their community, and spread Easter joy.

You can watch their Easter Story video posted here and try out their Virtual Egg Hunt on Facebook.

Good Friday

4/10/2020

Worship with us on this Good Friday. Remember Christ's Crucifixion with word and song.

CLICK HERE to follow along with the print bulletin.

Children & family activities for today were emailed out - if you didn't receive them please email: pastorkim@gsuccboyertown.org

Maundy Thursday

4/9/2020

Celebrate Maundy Thursday at home. CLICK HERE for the printed liturgy you can follow along with at home to remember Jesus' Last Supper.

Note: the video does not stand alone in this instance, the majority of the service is in the printed bulletin for you to follow using whatever bread-like and wine/juice-like items you have at home. The video is just the blessing of the elements.

CLICK HERE for an at-home family activity and option to make your own easy flatbread for home communion today.

Spy Wednesday

4/8/2020

Learn more about Wednesday of Holy Week with a message from Pastor Matt and Pastor Becky (pastor of One UCC in Kenhorst).

To get in on our Easter Throwback fun on Facebook CLICK HERE.

Tuesday Prayers

4/7/2020

Pastor Matt shares prayers for joy and thanksgiving today.


Make sure to check out our Facebook page tomorrow - we'll be asking for your favorite pics from Easters past at Good Shepherd!

https://www.facebook.com/GoodShepherdUCCBoyertown/

Youth Bake-Off Winners

4/6/2020

Thanks for voting in the Annual Youth Bake-Off! Check out the winners and the names of the teens who made each cake!

Copyright Info: Prelude Music: “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna” by John Carter ©1996 Hope Publishing Company. All Rights Reserved. First Hymn: The Palms – public domain Second Hymn: “All Glory, Laud, and Honor” (ST. THEODULPH) – public domain Offertory Music: Cornet Voluntary by John Travers ©1966 Oxford University Press. All Rights Reserved. Postlude Music: Ride on in Majesty, Ride on by James Mansfield ©1983 Lorenz Publishing Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE, License # A-729271.

Palm Sunday Worship & Fun

4/5/2020

Check out Palm Sunday Virtual Worship! CLICK HERE to follow along with the print bulletin.

Want to see our Palm Sunday Virtual Parade? It starts with a special parade from Music Matt and then the faces of some friends you miss seeing each Sunday. CLICK HERE!

We won't let social distancing stop the annual Youth Bake Off! CLICK HERE to see and vote for your favorite cakes.

We miss seeing each other! Join us on Zoom for Palm Sunday Fellowship Time at 9:00am. CLICK HERE to see the Facebook post with details and instructions.

Don't forget you can continue to send your offerings to Good Shepherd - either sending a check to our mailing address (35 W. Phila. Ave, Boyertown, PA 19512) or head back to the main page of our website and click DONATE to donate through PayPal.

Good Night Story

4/4/2020

The story of Palm Sunday from the Beginner's Bible (with some info about Palm Sunday online events) from Pastor Kim.

Palm Sunday Online

4/3/2020

Check out all the info in the image to the left on how we are celebrating Palm Sunday online.

Pets of Our Youth

4/2/2020

The youth wanted to spread some joy this week by sharing their pets with you!

This is the type of video we're trying to make for Palm Sunday - but with any church members and friends sending in pics or videos of them waving some sort of greenery for Palm Sunday! Please email or text Pastor Kim your pics and videos TODAY. It may seems silly, but it will come together for a joy-filled video of our own Virutal Palm Sunday Parade!

Email pastorkim@gsuccboyertown.org and if it's easier to text the pic/video and you don't have Pastor Kim's cell # it was in the letter mailed out to all members or you can email to ask for it.

Wednesday Lent Study

4/1/2020

It's our final Wednesday Lent study this year. This evening's study is about Sanctification. You can do this study on your own or around the dinner table with your family. Comment below your thoughts and questions. CLICK HERE

If you need something for the kids, here is the next video in GROUP's special series and this one is about Jesus calming our worries. Each video includes a Bible story, discussion questions for the family, and VBS style music. CLICK HERE

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Virtual Palm Sunday Parade

4/1/2020

Send Pastor Kim your videos and pics for the Virtual Palm Sunday Parade. It's easy - all we need is a pic or a few seconds of your family waving palms - the palms can be any greenery you find outside, old palms from previous years, the palm from the coloring page linked below, or just wave the palms of your hands. We just want to see each other!

CLICK HERE FOR THE PALM COLORING SHEET

Tuesday Prayers

3/31/2020

Tuesday Afternoon Prayer Video: Prayers of Lament

Psalm 25:16-22 from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide

Virtual Fellowship Time

3/30/2020

Join Pastor Kim for a Fellowship Time experiment at 6:00 pm tonight on Zoom! Chat with and see each other!

Zoom is a free video conferencing program.

If you have a laptop (which normally has a webcam/mic built in) or a desktop (with a monitor that has a webcam/mic) you can go online and download zoom for FREE.

If your only camera option is on your cell phone you can download the Zoom app for FREE and follow step by step through the app.

You can also just call in to listen and talk from a regular old phone.

Join Zoom Meeting with this link from your computer or tablet:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/652007662…

Meeting ID: 652 007 662

Password: 528642

If you download the app on your cell phone, use the above meeting ID and password to log in.

One tap mobile to just listen on cell:

+19292056099,,652007662# US (New York)

Dial by your location on regular phone:

+1 301 715 8592 US

Meeting ID: 652 007 662

Contact Pastor Kim if you have questions.

Copyright Info: Prelude Music: Prelude and Fugue in D Minor (from Eight Little Preludes and Fugues) by J. S. Bach - public domain First Hymn: “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” (CLOSER WALK) – public domain Second Hymn: “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” (BEECHER) – public domain Offertory Music: “Herzlich tut mich verlangen” by J. S. Bach - public domain Postlude Music: Prelude in C Major by J. S. Bach– public domain Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE, License # A-729271.

Sunday Worship

3/29/2020

Worship at Good Shepherd United Church of Christ

35 W. Philadelphia Ave

Boyertown, PA 19512

The Face of Friendship - Jesus Resurrects Lazarus

CLICK HERE FOR THE WORSHIP BULLETIN if you'd also like to follow along in print.

To donate to Good Shepherd you can mail a check to the address above or donate through PayPal by CLICKING HERE.

CLICK HERE to find out how you can contribute to our virtual Palm Sunday Parade for next week.

If you'd like Sunday School resources for your elementary age child please check the church-wide email - for copy right reasons they can't be posted publicly.

Good Night Story

3/28/2020

Hondo and Fabian by Peter MCCarty

Read by Pastor Kim with permission from Scholastic.

Kid's Stay at Home BINGO

3/27/2020

A follow to last Friday's Stay at Home Bingo, the Kid's Edition.

With thanks to Rev. Holly MillerShank for so generously sharing.


Youth Acolyte at Home

3/26/2020

The Good Shepherd Youth have taken up acolyting at home! Some of our youth sent me videos of their candle-lighting to remind you all that the Light of Christ is present even when we can't gather for worship.

Wednesday Lent Study

3/25/2020

CLICK HERE for your Wednesday Lent Study. This evening's study is about Atonement: The Work of Jesus. You can do this study on your own or around the dinner table with your family. Comment on our facebook page thread or email your pastors with your thoughts or questions: pastormatt@gsuccboyertown.org or pastorkim@gsuccboyertown.org

If you are looking for something for your kids - we'll be posting a Wednesday option for them as well from a new GROUP series for kids during this anxious time. This week's video is about Jesus Calming the Storm and includes stories, prayers, discussion questions, and fun VBS style music. CLICK HERE for the youtube link.

How Can We Pray For You?

3/24/2020

Pastor Matt chats with you and asks for prayer requests. Email to: pastormatt@gsuccboyertown.org or pastorkim@gsuccboyertown.org

Sew Medical Masks

3/23/2020

Hi Good Shepherd Community. Are you able to sew? We have been asked to make N95 masks by the Pottstown Hospital Emergency Room. If you are willing to do so, the instructions are linked below. Since the need is urgent, we will be doing an initial collection this Wednesday (3/25) from 11am - 1pm. There will be a box outside the parking lot door for you to drop off the completed masks. We will then try to collect weekly as long there is a need.

Click here for instructions with elastic.

Click here for instructions without elastic.

Copyright Info: Prelude Music: Prelude in D Minor by Johann Gottfried Walther – public domain First Hymn: “Just As I Am” (WOODWORTH) – public domain Second Hymn: “Be Now My Vision” (SLANE) – public domain Harmonization by David Evans, Copyright ©1927, Oxford University Press. From the Revised Church Hymnary, 1927.Offertory Music: Sonata No. 3, Andante tranquilo by Felix Mendelssohn – public domain Postlude Music: Fugue in D Minor by Johann Gottfried Walther – public domain Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE, License # A-729271.

Sunday Worship

3/22/2020

The Face of the Outcast - John 19:1-41

Jesus Heals a Blind Man

CLICK HERE FOR THE BULLETIN if you'd like to follow along in print.

Thanks for being patient as we figure this all out - there will be the Lord's Prayer and Children's Message next week.

If you'd like Sunday School resources for your elementary age child please check the church-wide email - for copy right reasons they can't be posted publicly.

Good Night Story

3/21/2020

The Stray Dog by Marc Simont

Read by Pastor Kim with permission from Scholastic.


Stuck at Home Lent BINGO

3/20/2020

Bored at home? Try Stay at Home Bingo. Created by Pastor Matt's friend, Rev. Holly MillerShank, Pastor of Olmsted Community Church in Ohio.

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Symbols of Forgiveness

3/19/2020

Pastor Kim has been spending time each day talking to the teens who regularly attend Sunday School class. Here are her reflections on forgiveness after their conversations.

Wednesday Lent Study

3/18/2020

It's still Wednesday and it's still Lent! CLICK HERE to find this week's Lenten Study about Sin & Justification. You can do the study over dinner with your family or spend some time with it alone. Feel free to reach out to Pastor Matt or Pastor Kim if the study stirs up any thoughts or questions.

pastormatt@gsuccboyertown.org

pastorkim@gsuccboyertown.org

COVID-19 Pastoral Letter

3/18/2020

You probably have lots of questions! We hope this letter will help answer some of those questions about how we plan to stay connected and be the church together in the coming weeks even though we can't meet in person. This letter was mailed out to our entire newsletter list as well. CLICK HERE TO READ THE LETTER!

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At Home Mission Project

3/15/2020

Extended Care facilities are closed to visitors - so our friends at Walnut Woods and Chestnut Knoll are unable to see their families. Plus the staff there are working hard during an anxious time in our communities. If your kids are stuck at home you can have them draw pictures or make cards and send them to the residents, or they can send cards to thank the staff for their hard work. If you aren't into drawing or making the cards you can send some extra cards you have stowed away. Make sure you put note in to let the staff know to pass along the cards and drawings to any residents having a hard time being isolated from their families. You can sign it from your first name and write "Your friends from Good Shepherd UCC are praying for you."

Please send Pastor Kim pics, especially if you do these projects with your kids at home. I'm hoping to put together a project of all the ways we continue to be the church while we are socially distancing.

Chestnut Knoll, 120 West 5th Street, Boyertown, PA 19512

Walnut Wood, 35 North Walnut St, Boyertown, PA 19512

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Morning Greetings

3/15/2020

Video greetings from Pastor Matt this morning as we transition to an online format.

COVID-19 Announcement

3/14/2020

Members and Friends of Good Shepherd,

In an effort to keep everyone healthy and be part of the solution that stops the potential spread of COVID-19 further into our communities, all events and activities at Good Shepherd will be canceled until March 30th. Of course, as this situation develops, we may need to stay closed longer.

Please stay updated with what's happening on facebook, on the church website, via email, or calling the church office. At the present moment we plan to have someone in the office able to answer the phone during regular office hours as well as having staff working from home.

This Sunday March 15th Pastor Matt and Pastor Kim will be at Good Shepherd from 7:45 am to 11:30 am if you need prayer, if you'd like to pick up a bulletin, or need to speak with one of us. Please only come to if you are feeling well. There will be no formal worship service.

Moving forward worship on Sundays will be streamed live online (more details forthcoming). In addition we will be emailing, posting, and snail-

mailing resources for personal Lent studies, resources for children and youth, and more. Furthermore Pastor Matt and Pastor Kim will have prayer and gathering times online through resources like Zoom and Google Hangouts as well as posting videos just to check in.

Pastor Matt and Pastor Kim also continue to be available for pastoral care needs. We are here to listen and talk and be present with you during an anxious time. You can email either of us (pastormatt@gsuccboyertown.org OR pastorkim@gsuccboyertown.org) or you can call the church office for our cell phone numbers (610-367-2842).

We will also be making options available for online giving.

Whether we meet in person or not we still continue to be the Good Shepherd community and Christ's church. Reach out to one another online or the phone. We can care for one another from afar and continue to be the church, so when we return to worship together in person we can share our joy knowing we've felt God's presence and each other's presence even in the midst of our social distancing.

"For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8: 38-39