Good Shepherd United Methodist Church
The people of God, who are the Church made visible in the world, must convince the world of the reality of the gospel or leave it unconvinced. There can be no evasion or delegation of this responsibility; the Church is either faithful as a witnessing and serving community, or it loses its vitality and its impact on an unbelieving world.
-- The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church-- 2008

Every Sunday

8:00-10:00 am  Comforter's House Chapel -- Rm 8
8:00-10:00 am  Messengers of God -- Nook
9:00 am  Adult Sunday School -- in Parlor
11:00 am  GSUMC Standard Worship Service
2:00-3:00 pm   Latino Service
4:00-6:00 pm  Full Gospel Believers -- in Parlor
Agape Fri  10-11 pm  Sat 7:30 - 12 pm; Wed 6-9; Sun 6-9

                          December 2019

Fri 06  Church Women United gathering at Millian UMC  9:30 - Noon
         13016 Parkland Dr./Rockville/20853   
         Will be collecting kits for kids at Central Union Mission

Sun 08  2nd Sunday of Advent
        Small gifts due today for BrAcres E.S. Holiday Shop
        Coat Drive final day today
        11:00 am  Blessing of the Chrismon tree
        3-5 pm 'African 9 lessons and Carols'

Mon 09  1 pm Deborah Circle at Wesley Parlor

Thu 12  10 am Rachael Circle
        GS sponsors 'Holiday Shop' at Broad Acres E.S. 
          Volunteers -- be there by 3pm with tape, scissors, and joy. 

Sun 15  3rd Sunday of Advent  (Bring Advent-Families gifts' today) 
        11:00 am 'Heavenly Banquet' service led by new members
        -- After Worship --  Trustees meeting
        DEADLINE for LOVE Notes: today
        3 pm  'Angels Voice' Advent Choir
        5:0 pm Reception

Tue 17  Tabitha Pantry Open today  10-11 am.  (Every 3rd & 4th Tues') 
          Reminder: our clients prefer from boxed cereal, dried beans,
          rice, coffee, flour, corn meal, canned tomatoes, and 
          $10 grocery cards. No home-canned or perishable foods please. 

Sat 21  10 am  'Sew What' group meets   Wesley Parlor

Sun 22  4th Sunday of Advent
        11:00 am 'Christmas Cantata' with Carols by Alfred Burt

Tue 24  Christmas Eve "There is room at the Inn"
        5 pm  Family Service
        9 pm  Festival of Holy Nativity & Candlelight Service
        Tabitha Pantry is open today 10-11am. (See Dec 17) 


Sun 29  First Sunday after Christmas
        11 am  'Nine lessons and carols' 

Wed 31  New Years Eve 
        6 pm  Family Game night begins
        10 pm  Watch Night Service

Looking Ahead         

Feb 7-9  2020   ROCK Spiritual Gathering, Ocean City MD
                For Youth 12-18, with chaperones
                Register ASAP in Church office

** the Food Pantry is constantly in need of replenishment. You can help.
  -- Buy one or more $10 food cards next time you grocery shop
  -- Buy extra of these (Just one grocery bag a month can help!)
     - dried beans and/or rice, coffee, flour, corn meal
     - Dried foods, Mac'n Cheese or 'just add water'
     - canned soups, sausages (Vienna), corn, beans (red and black)
     - crackers, peanut butter, cookies, cereals
     - ready to heat:  Chef Boyardee, Spaghettios, chili, heat-n-eat
     - nothing perishable, nothing out of date
     - NOTE: tend towards Latin American staples to make entire meals or
       extend a family meal: things like the beans, rice (2-lb bags),
       cornmeal (2-lb), canned tomatoes, flour (2-lb), soup stock, etc.
  -- Better-yet, if able, push a second cart for the food pantry.
     - Pay separately at checkout, keep receipt for tax purposes. 

  -- Most Costco and Sam's bulk items of canned and boxed food stuff still tends to be too big, even after breaking down the multi-packs. (e.g., commercial sized and 'value' sized portions of peanut butter, canned chili, et al, wherein, the cans or jars are the size of footballs and are really meant for businesses, buffets, picnics and bulk preparations.) It is best to shop at Safeway, Giant, Shoppers, Wal-Mart, Aldi, etc. for family or single-portion sizes. -- Try to use weekly coupons or discounts to save even more money on individual sized cans and jars, portions, and boxes.