In-Person Worship Suspended Indefinitely

December 16, 2020
Dear Fellow Members of Good Shepherd,
I hope this correspondence finds you and your loved ones in good health and spirits this Advent Season. 
Now that the first vaccines to treat the coronavirus are available, it is my prayer that this reality will be a distant memory for many of us this time next year.  However, this vaccine will not be widely available for some time and we must consider the best ways to ensure the health and well-being of our congregation in the interim.
After weeks of thoughtful and difficult deliberation among the members of the In-person Worship Task Force and the Church Council, it has been decided that at Good Shepherd, we will follow the advice of the Office of the Bishop of the New Jersey Synod and pause in-person worship effective immediately. 
Our worship service will be held exclusively online going forward until further notice. The Worship and Music Committee and the Church Council will re-evaluate this position in late January and make a recommendation at that time whether to permit in-person worship or continue only with the online worship service.  
An online Christmas worship service will take place on Christmas Eve at 4PM via Facebook Live. Christmas Eve Digital Bulletin    
Wishing you and your families and loved ones a safe and Merry Christmas.
Maurice Willoughby
for The Church Council

COVID-19 Updates 

The health and safety of our community members is of the utmost importance to us. Below are Pastor Jay’s answers to some frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and our church life. This page was last updated Thursday, December 16, 2020.

What is the status of church programming? The standard for church programming right now is that it takes place online only.

What does that mean for worship? Regular worship services are broadcast live every Sunday on Facebook at 10am and on YouTube later in the week. In person participation of the online worship has been suspended until further notice. 

What about Christmas? We will have one Christmas Service Online at 4pm that you can watch on Facebook and YouTube.

How are we handling pastoral visits? Pastoral visits are taking place by phone and zoom.

What is the Chinese Community Center - CCCNJ doing? The CCCNJ is meeting remotely online.

What are the Alcoholic Anonymous - AA groups doing? The AA groups are meeting remotely online.


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