Yard Sale Pods Are Coming

Yard Sale Pods Are Coming! We should have the storage containers in place on Wednesday, Feb 28. We are very appreciative of our new partner Mi-Box and their generous discount for our storage pods. We ask that you kindly pack your donations separately so that clothing, shoes, purses & accessories can go into a dedicated pod …

Lenten Updates

Lent is Observed for the Forty Days begining Ash Wednesday until Easter – excluding Sundays. Join us on a Lenten journey where we will reflect on the battles we face in life; powers & principalities, evil, darkness, the devil, and even attempts at identity theft as a child of God. We will delve into the scriptures to …

Quilting Workshop and Blessing

Quilting Workshop – All-Day, Drop-In session on Saturday, Feb 3rd from 10am to 5pm. There will be stations for cutting squares, designing quilt top, sewing tops, matching tops to backing and for finishing the sides and threads for center knots. There is a job for every skill level. Men women and teens are invited – no experience needed, …

Picture Directory Photos This Weekend

We will be taking photos in the Gathering Area and the Fellowship Hall Jan 20 & 21 before and after all services. Our church database software allows us to create our own directory (which we already do) and to add photos if we choose. These will not be professional photos. Please stop by either photo …

Congregational Meeting

Our annual congregation meeting will be held on Sunday, January 21st following the 10:30 worship service. We will present the Annual Report, Budget 2024, updates on the Pacetti Road Property and we’ll be sharing priorities and goals for 2024 and beyond.

Five Love Languages for Children Workshop for Parents and Grandparents 

Join us Saturday, January 20th from 9am-Noon. Cost is $15 per person which includes breakfast and your book. Por Peacock will lead participants through Dr. Gary Chapman’s book, incorporating Scripture with an eye toward building stronger relationships with all the children in our lives. Let love lead our relationships with children, not guilt and shame and help …

Budget Information Meeting

2024 Budget Information Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 14th at 9:40am for those interested in receiving more in-depth information. We thank you for your support. We are able to share and show Christ in our community and in the world because of you!

Little Lambs Early Learning Center Open House

Little Lambs will host the community on Sat., Jan 13 from 10am to Noon. If you or someone you know is looking for a quality, faith-based preschool or for an accredited VPK program, please make plans to attend. Classrooms will be open, and you can meet the teachers and learn all about the robust curriculum.

Welcome To Alpha

Dear Disciple, You may have been heard about ALPHA recently and wondered what it’s all about!  ALPHA is a series of structured sessions which explore the basics of faith in an open, informal environment with no judgement and no pressure. This is a great opportunity for those who are “seeking” or wrestling in the faith …

Peru Mission Trip Update

Due to the American Embassy alert notification, we are postponing our January trip to Tarma. Mark your calendar, however, for July 29 , 2024 – August 8, 2024. If you would like information about possibly joining us on this trip, please indicate your interest on the Yellow Insert or contact the church office.

Weekend Worship Services

Weekend Worship Services Saturday at 5:30pm (Traditional Liturgy) Sunday at 8:30am (Traditional Liturgy) Sunday at 10:30am (Contemporary) – Live-streamed Other Information: Access to Online Worship Information Christmas Worship Services Christmas Eve Services – Sunday, Dec 24 at 5:00pm, 7:00pm, 9:00pm & 11:00pm 5:00pm – Traditional Service with Children’s Homily ** Live Streamed 7:00pm – Traditional Service 9:00pm – Cantata …

Christmas Day Potluck

This year the Fellowship Hall will be a place to gather with brothers and sisters in Christ after the Christmas Day Worship service. We will have a good ol’ fashioned pot-luck luncheon after the 10:30 am worship service. For additional details, please contact the church office.

Explore Alpha

Dear Disciple, You may have been heard about ALPHA recently and wondered what it’s all about!  ALPHA is a series of structured sessions which explore the basics of faith in an open, informal environment with no judgement and no pressure. This is a great opportunity for those who are “seeking” or wrestling in the faith and what …

Peru Mission Update

We are beginning to plan our 2024 trips to Tarma, Peru, targeting late January for our first trip and mid-summer for the second one. Our early trip is usually more administrative in nature, planning projects and estimating needs but does include work on the property as needed. Our summer trip usually is more project-oriented with …

Grief Support Group

We have begun a new series for those seeking support following loss of a loved one. This group meets Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30pm on 11/14, and 11/28. These sessions are open to anyone who wants to participate. If you have a friend or neighbor that might benefit from participating, please pass on the information. Please use the Yellow Connection …

Donate Blood This Weekend

Bloodmobile –Sunday, October 15 from 9 a.m. until Noon (or later if they are still getting donors). If you would like to donate blood that day, you can pre-register at oneblood.org, selecting the Donate icon in the upper right-hand corner. You may also just visit the bus that morning and register then. If you donate, it is …

Pet Blessing – Sunday, October 8th

Sunday, October 8 at 4:00 pm – Join us for this fun and special event when we give thanks to God for the gifts of our beloved pets and ask God’s special blessings on them. Pets of ALL kinds are welcome but must be on a leash or in a secured kennel. We will have shade and water …

Pumpkin Patch Update

FOUR Weeks ‘til PUMPKINS! Save the date: Saturday, October 7th at 9 am – We hope you will make plans to join us as the truck makes its annual trek from New Mexico to Jacksonville with our special delivery. It takes MANY hands to make light work unloading half of a semi-trailer!! Teens earn community service hours!! We will be …

Resuming Programs

Resuming Programs – Autumn is right around the corner and many of our programs that take a little break in the summer will be resuming soon. Please note the dates below and make plans to join us! 5:30/8:30 Service Choir has resumed practice and is open to anyone with the desire to worship through song. Join us on …

Women’s Bible Study

Women’s Morning Bible Study – Women of all ages are invited to join us as we resume studies on Monday, Sept 11 at 10am. This group will meet 2nd & 4th Mondays in the South Annex Room and the topic will be “In the Beginning, God – a study of Genesis”. Ladies of all ages are welcome!

Rally Day – August 20th

Sunday, August 20th, is RALLY DAY for all from 4 Years through 12th Grade! Backpack Blessing & Prayers for All School Teachers & Staff – All children and Youth are invited to bring their school backpacks with them next week for a special time during worship to ask God’s blessings of safety and focus in the coming school year. …

Youth Life Summer Get-Together

Mark your calendars for Sunday, August 20th, 10:30-3 pm. We are getting together for 10:30 worship followed by lunch, Sandwich Sunday service project, and a ping-pong tournament! You all had so much fun playing ping pong at camp, that we have purchased more paddles, nets and lots of ping pong balls This is a great day to get together …

LED Work Day

LED Work Day – Join us this Saturday, 8/12 at 8 am to help install 28 LED ceiling lights. All skill levels are needed as we will need those who are comfortable dealing with electricity but also runners, holders, trash crew, and general support. If you are available to serve, please contact the church office.

Updated Rehearsal Information

5:30/8:30 practice will resume Tuesday, August 22 and is open to anyone with the desire to worship through song. Join us on Tuesdays at 6:00 pm. If you worship on Saturdays or at 8:30 am on Sunday, play an instrument and would like to occasionally accompany the pianist and organist, please use the Yellow Insert to indicate your …

Music Rehearsals Beginning

5:30/8:30 Service Choir resumes practices on Tuesday, August 8th and is open to anyone with the desire to worship through song. Join us on Tuesdays at 6:00pm. If you worship on Saturdays or at 8:30am on Sunday, play an instrument and would like to occasionally accompany the pianist and organist, please use the Yellow Insert to …

Alpha Training

Our first Alpha run lasted 11 weeks and just concluded with almost 30 people participating! th We have tentatively set our next sessions to begin Tues, Jan 9 , 2024. There will be a training webinar on Thursday, August 17th at 8:30pm EST for anyone who is interested in volunteering to help with future Alpha sessions. If …

Pumpkins

The Pumpkins Are Coming! – Yes, even in the heat of July we are planning on pumpkins! We are just thirteen weeks away so, while our little baby sprouts are growing like crazy in the fields in New Mexico, so we have work to do. If you would like to be a part of the Patch Planning …

Peru Mission Trip

After 3 years we are so excited to return to Peru this month to serve in partnership with our brothers and sisters in Christ in Tarma. We have a small, but mighty team who will travel to Peru July 17 – July 28 . We look forward to worshipping together, hearing the stories of how God has …

Congregational Meeting

Mark your calendar for the Semi-annual Congregational Meeting on Wed, June 21st at 6:30 pm with dinner at 5:30 pm. This is a great time to hear updates on all of our ministries including Peru, School, the Pacetti Property, and other ministry updates. We will also be voting on four nominees to the Church Council. Copies …

AD Cantata

CANTATA! The Choirs will be presenting “A.D.”, a cantata that journeys through Holy Week until the Day of Pentecost. Mark your calendars and don’t miss this opportunity to hear the Word proclaimed through music and narration. A.D. will be present on Wednesday, June 14 at 6:30 pm (preceded by a fellowship meal at 5:30 pm.) and Sunday, June 18 at …

To Know Christ – Bible Studies

Wednesday Night Bible Study – Join us Wednesdays at 6:30 pm in the South Annex classroom as we resume the study of Matthew. Newcomers always welcome! If you are not able to join in person, please join by Zoom – click the link below about 6:25 pm. Women’s Evening Bible Study – The Women’s evening Bible study group will …

Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study

Men’s Breakfast & Bible Study – our men meet most First Saturdays and will gather again on Sat, June 3rd at 8am. In addition to the fellowship over a shared meal, we gather to be in the Word together. Our focus continues this month with Messianic Prophecies Found in the Psalms: Christ will ascend to Heaven (Psalm 68:18) & …

Preschool Summer Camp

Join this 5 week program with indoor and outdoor activities: early literacy, language, math, science, and arts. We will also be focusing on faith, social skills, technology, problem-solving, and outdoor fun.

Spring Tea

Spring Tea – An Early Learning Center Fundraiser – Please make plans to join us for a lovely morning of tea and delicious finger foods and sweets. It’s this Monday, April 24 at 11:30 am and the suggested donation for tickets is $20. In addition to the scrumptious fare and fun fellowship, we will have songs from the children and …

Alpha

Alpha is a program introduced in the 70’s in England as a way to reach people who are seeking more from life, seeking an understanding of who or what God is, or seeking that which is missing in their life. Each week participants gather and share a simple meal, watch a video by the Alpha …

Easter Worship at Shepherd of the Woods

It is our mission to spread the Gospel by inviting others to worship and to a relationship with Jesus Christ. Please forward this message to family, friends and neighbors who might be seeking a community to share Easter worship. All are welcome! We look forward to seeing you! Saturday, April 8th – 5:30 PM (Indoor …

Youth Life News – Easter & Summer Updates

Good afternoon, friends! Happy Holy Week! Thank you to the youth who were able to help out with Maundy Thursday services today. Good Friday services are at Noon and 6:30 pm tomorrow. Please prayerfully consider joining us.  Mark your calendars for this Saturday, April 8th, to help with the annual Easter Egg Hunt. This event is …

Holy Week at Shepherd of the Woods

Saturday, April 1st and Sunday, April 2nd: Palm Waving on the Sidewalk this Weekend – We invite you to join in the fun, waving palms before each of the services on Palm Sunday weekend. We will line the sidewalk in the front of the church property to wave palms and greet passers-by! This is something for all ages and …

Alpha

Thanks to all who came out last weekend to hear more about how the ALPHA program helps people to find answers to life’s big questions. It is designed to help people find an understanding of who Jesus was, why He was sent and who He can be in each of our lives today. If you would like more …

Property Site Visit and Special Congregational Meeting

We will be hosting a site visit on Sat, Feb 25th from 10 am to Noon at the St. John’s County property currently under consideration for purchase for a possible mission church plant. You come any time between 10 am – Noon. Please indicate on the Yellow Insert if you will be visiting the site or call the church office. If …

Pancake Breakfast

Join us from 9:30 to 10:30 am on Sunday, February 19th as we serve a delicious, indulgent breakfast in anticipation of the Lenten season. Enjoy piping hot pancakes, bacon, sausage, coffee, and juice! Your free-will donation helps provide funds for Youth Life programming, summer camps, and the summer Peru Mission Trip.

Souper Bowl of Caring

Join us Sunday, February 12th Now known as “Tacklet Hunger.” Youth will hold giant soup pots in the gathering area and will collect funds after worship. All proceeds benefit the Mandarin Food Bank. This event is a nationwide event and raises millions of dollars for local food banks.

ALOHA Dinner – Fundraiser

Join us for Come Dine with Us – Aloha! Hawaiian Dinner – Saturday, February 11th This evening of fun and great food is a Youth Life fundraiser, and all proceeds will be used for youth programs to include camp participation and the summer mission trip to Peru. This year’s theme is Aloha! and you will be treated …

Mission Driven – A Weekend to Serve

Quilting Workshop – All-Day, Drop-In session on Sat, Feb 4, 10 am to 5 pm. This is the final push to complete quilts that will be sent to the Lutheran World Relief warehouses the following week. There will be stations for cutting squares, designing quilt tops, sewing tops, matching tops to the backing, and finishing the sides and …

Inquirers’ Retreat

Have you ever pondered if God was calling you into pastoral ministry? The NALC Carolina’s District is sponsoring an “Inquirers Retreat” Fri. Feb. 10 & Sun. Feb. 12 at Laurel Ridge Camp. The retreat is to introduce the call of God to those who wonder if God is calling them into vocational ministry. If you are interested in this retreat, …

Beaches Mission House Donations 

Beaches Mission House serves the community by providing meals, medical care, job search support, and shower & laundry facilities to the area’s homeless and indigent population. We will cook and serve dinner on Tues, Jan 31, 5 pm to 8 pm. If you would like to participate, please contact the church office. Mission House needs a number …

Annual Meeting

Mark Your Calendar – Our Annual Meeting will be held on Sun, Jan 22 at Noon. We will provide a light lunch to those attending. Please contact the church office to RSVP for the meal. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear how the Spirit has been leading. The annual report will be presented, the proposed …

Quilting Ministry

Our quilters resume their Wednesday afternoon quilting sessions on Jan 11 at 1:30 pm. This group meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays to match sewn tops to filler and backing. There is also a station for cutting squares. There is no sewing, and no experience is needed to help with this part of the process!! All are welcome.  …

Budget Information Meeting

Budget Information Meeting – will be held after the 10:30 am service Sun, Jan 8. This is in preparation for the annual congregation meeting on Sun, Jan 22 at Noon.  Copies of the proposed budget are available in the church office. We will meet in the south Annex classroom.

Save The Date

For additional details, please see News Notes, call the church office, or visit our calendar. Wed. Jan 4 – Fellowship Dinner at 5:30 pm & Epiphany Worship at 6:30 pm Sat, Jan 7 – Men’s Breakfast & Bible Study  Sun, Jan 8 – Family Hour Classes Resume at 9:30 am Wed, Jan 18 – Women’s …

Worship This Christmas at Shepherd of the Woods Church and School

Christmas Eve Services – Saturday, December 24 at 5:00 pm, 7:00 pm, 9:00 pm & 11:00 pm 5:00 pm & 7:00 pm are Traditional Services 9:00 pm is our Lesson and Carols Service 11:00 pm is our Candle Light All services celebrate Holy Communion Live Stream Christmas Eve Service at 7:00 pm – if you are …

Children’s Christmas Festival

Children’s Christmas Festival – Sat, Dec 10th from 10:30 to Noon – Make plans to bring your children for fun and games, photos with Santa and a special book reading of “It Must Be Christmas” at 11:00am. Bring a friend! Please RSVP using the Yellow Insert and let us know how many children you will be …

Advent Service and Christmas Tree Lighting

A blessed Advent season to you and your family! We pray, in the midst of the hustle and bustle, this be a time of prayer and preparation for our coming Savior, Jesus Christ. Please join us for our Advent Service of Light and Christmas Tree Lighting on Wednesday, November 30th at 6:30pm. A fellowship meal will be served at 5:30pm. Please RSVP to the church office.