The Coming of the Lord
13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord,[a] that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord... himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Ernest Ivey is being released from the ICU and doing much better.
He wishes to thank you all for the healing prayers!
I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my supplications....
Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish.
Then I called on the name of the Lord: “O Lord, I beseech thee, save my life!”
Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful.
The Lord preserves the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me.
Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.
Advent and Christmas Schedule
Decorating of the Church Saturday, Nov. 25 until finished and… Construction of Bethlehem Float: Evenings from Nov. 25th to morning of Dec. 2nd
Choose Costumes Sunday Nov. 26th to Dec. 1st...
PARADE! Saturday night Dec. 2nd
All invited, bring your friends! Meet at Central Elementary back driveway, 5:00 p.m. IN COSTUME…
Park cars in front of school, on east side of school or at library
LOAD UP on float, get a battery candle!
Parade ends back at back driveway again, pick up your Child and go enjoy! Return costumes on float or Sunday at church.
Wednesday Evening Advent Services
Dec. 6th, 13th, 20th at 7:00 p.m.
Last Day to order Poinsettias for Altar
Children’s Goodie Bags-for Christmas Eve distribution Donations are greatly appreciated throughout December
Collection point is in Mailbox Office. Filling of bags
Thursday afternoon, 12 noon & evening, Dec 21st
Children’s Christmas Program Rehearsals Sundays December 3rd, 10th, 17th from 10:30 to 10:45
Sunday December 24th following the 9:30 Service
DON’T FORGET YOUR COSTUME!
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE
Dec. 24th at 6:00
Christmas Day Service
Dec. 25th 9:30 a.m. Service of the Nativity of Our Lord
Join us in celebrating the true meaning of Christmas
The Birth of Our Lord and Savior
Sad but joyful news that our retired pastor of 5 years, Pastor Jay, has gone on to his heavenly reward to be with our Savior. A Godly, gentle and loving man who stood by us and lead us through some difficult years at Good Shepherd, he will be sorely missed.
Please see the arrangements which will be this coming Saturday in Pearland's Epiphany Lutheran Church....
This from Joan:
"Thank you, he enjoyed serving your loving congregation. His funeral will be at Epiphany in Pearland Saturday the 23rd with viewing at 10 and service at 11, followed by a light lunch in the fellowship hall. The internment will be in Austin where he will be buried beside his parents."
Though we celebrate his glorious reward after a life of loving service to our Lord, we mourn his passing and pray for his grieving family.
Your sister in Christ,
Today (9-12-2017) FEMA has a Disaster Survivors Assistance team in the parking lot of the West Columbia City Hall from 1pm to 6pm and tomorrow from 10:00 am to 6pm in the same location
Matagorda & Brazoria County Residents:
The American Red Cross has launched the Immediate Assistance Program today, Monday September 11th, here in Texas. The Program is designed to provide emergency financial assistance in the amount of $400 to those Texas households in 39 federally-declared counties impacted by Hurricane Harvey, specifically in those communities where homes were most severely damaged, residents were displaced and life-sustaining services were disrupted. These counties include Galveston, Brazoria, and Matagorda counties. Clients may register at disasterverification.com
Registration will be open for 30 days (09/11/17 – 10/11/17) through a bilingual online portal that will enable applicants to self-register for assistance and select from several options to efficiently receive assistance through multiple financial channels.
...STORM SURGE WARNING IN EFFECT...
...TROPICAL STORM WARNING IN EFFECT...
A Storm Surge Warning means life-threatening inundation levels are expected somewhere within this area and within the next 36 hours. A Tropical Storm Warning means Tropical storm wind conditions are expected somewhere within this area and within the next 36 hours....
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Cor. 5:17
"For I know the plans that I have for you,' says the LORD, 'plans for your welfare, and not for calamity, to give you hope and a future."