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 …

Peru Mission Update

Thank you for our brothers and sisters in Christ in Huancal for beautifying the church property with a grassy area. The children will love it!

Peru Mission Update

Praise the Lord! Even as we celebrated the Baptism of Aurelia, our broths and sisters in Christ welcomed three new brothers and sisters in Christ into the family! Bless them… lead them Lord!

Peru Mission Update

Another Praise Report! Look at what God is doing in Peru! Kingdom Kids is an outreach ministry that serves children by connecting faith and life. They are on “summer break” right now and 60 children gather 6 days a week for academic support, faith classes, fun and games. Thank you to the teachers using their …

Quilt Ministry Update

Praying for God’s blessings over the quilts. May they reach those who need to be wrapped in His love and care! Thank you, Lord, for another great year of cutting, sewing, creating, and offering our gifts to your glory!

Beaches Mission House

 We will be cooking and serving dinner at Mission House on Tues, Jan 30. We will be taking needed items for their ministry including socks, underwear, coats, jackets, sweatshirts, jeans, and blankets. Also appreciated are laundry supplies, gently used kitchen towels, first aid & medical supplies. There will be a collection bin in the Gathering …

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 …

Liturgical Worship – A Lutheran Introduction

Whether you are a life-long Lutheran or new to the faith practices and traditions of the Lutheran church, this study will provide a Biblical and historical background for why we utilize liturgy in worship. This class is offered on Saturdays at 4:15pm and on Sunday mornings at 9:30. It has just begun and continues through …

Shepherd Shelves Ministry

We have people stop in almost daily in need of supplemental food assistance and we need canned fruit, rice, shelf-stable milk, pasta, pasta sauce, canned meats (all kinds), cereals, oatmeal, grits, lunchbox items like granola bars and fruit cups, canned and microwavable soups, toilet paper and hygiene items. Thank you for your generous care of our …

Christmas Blessings – Peru

Christmas blessings to our brothers and sisters in Christ in Peru! Thank you for extending your love and care of Christ through our Christmas outreach ministry. Christmas greetings and blessings were shared with the Benefencia just outside of Tarma. Your support provided gifts and coats to the orphanage for children and seniors. Thank you!

Thank You…

We offer everyone a HUGE Christmas thank you……. – to all who have donated food throughout the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons – Angel Aid has put together so many boxes for their families this year thanks to your generous donations. All of their families are caring for children who are either terminally ill or chronically ill. Many of …

Explore Alpha…

Just after New Year’s we will begin our next Alpha course – a ten-week series of weekly sessions for anyone who wants to find answers to questions like “Is there really a God?”, “What does it mean to be Christian?” or “Is there more to life than what I am living?” It is designed for those seeking a connection to God but …

Christmas in Peru Donations

We will be sponsoring the children at the Orphanage and the elderly residents at the Beneficencia as well as the Huancal community and select individuals in a community outreach program through the Tarma congregation. Sponsoring a child or senior to provide hot chocolate, panettone (a delicious bread with fruit) and a small gift is just …

Angel Tree

The Christmas gift tags for children from the Angel Aid Foundation have arrived and there might be a few left – if so, they are available in the hallway. If you take a tag, please make sure you leave your name and contact information!  Financial donations are also appreciated – we can do the shopping for you! Just mark your …

Holiday Meal Baskets

We are collecting non-perishables for our friends in ministry at Angel Aid for their family Christmas Baskets. There is a specially marked bin in the Gathering Area for this food drive. You are welcome to continue providing items to our food pantry during the drive. Most Needed: canned fruit and vegetables, canned soups and broth, boxed …

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 …

Holiday Meal Baskets

Looking ahead to the Thanksgiving holiday, please prayerfully consider how you might offer the gifts of time and talents. Please mark your calendar for worship and the meal. All are welcome and we encourage you to use these services to invite others to Shepherd of the Woods. We are collecting non-perishables for our friends in …

Alpha Prayer Team

Alpha Prayer Team – Our first run of Alpha in the spring was successful and we will begin the series again in January. Alpha is a 10 to 12-week series that primarily targets people who are seeking a connection to God and want to explore information on who Jesus is and what becoming a Christian can mean …

Ronald McDonald House Support

Ronald McDonald House does a wonderful job supporting parents by providing housing and meals in a nearby facility while their child is hospitalized in a city somewhere other than where they live. Like most non-profit organizations, they are continuously striving to keep supplies and food on hand to keep this support available to those who …

Grief Support Group

Grief Support Group – We will begin a new series for those seeking support following loss of a loved one. This group begins Tues, Oct 24, 6:30-7:30pm. Please use the Yellow Connection Insert to indicate your participation. If you have any questions, please speak with Pastor DiBias.

Mission Update – Thank You!

Many thanks to those who donated to our many needs in Peru!! We were able to assist with all the needs requested: computers, medical assistance for a young girl battling leukemia, and the young man with rheumatoid arthritis, and repairs for Pr Araujo’s “Punch Buggy” which gets him from Lima to Tarma each week. Thank you …

Donations For Maui

if you would like to contribute to the relief efforts for the Maui fire recovery, please note Maui on your check or envelope or use the Care Square “relief” icon. Your contributions will be matched up to $1000 by our benevolence ministry.

Save The Date – Peru Mission Trip Update

We hope you have enjoyed the Peru Post emails, the Facebook updates and the photos shared in recent Announcements and online. The Mission Team certainly had some challenges getting to Tarma but all made it safely and managed to get a lot done in a short period of time!! The team will be sharing their …

Beaches Mission House

Beaches Mission House – On Tuesday, Aug 29 we will cook and serve dinner at Mission House. If you would like to provide any of the following as donations, we will take them with us that evening: New or gently worn tennis shoes and sandals, sun screen, bug spray, men’s & women’s socks and underwear, new …

Youth Life News

Mark your calendars for Sunday, August 20th, 10:30-3pm. 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 and …

Food Pantry Needs

Thank you so much for your continued generosity in supplying our community food shelves – we see visitors almost every day in need of supplemental items. We are currently low on canned meats, boxed milk, oatmeal, grits, canned vegetables, canned fruits, jams, and pasta and pasta sauces. Also appreciated, paper products, hygiene and toiletries. If you can …

Men’s Bible Study

Men’s Breakfast & Bible Study – Men, please make plans to join us Saturday, August 5 at 8:00 am. We start by sharing a meal together and then begin studies at 8:30 am. The current focus is on the 1st & 2nd Epistles of Peter. If you are not able to join in person, please join by Zoom – the link …

Need of Men’s Shoes

Beaches Mission House Needs Men’s Shoes – we received an email this week that the inventory of men’s shoes is extremely low in the Clothes Closet. If you have new or gently worn men’s tennis shoes, sandals, work shoes, or other casual shoes to donate, please bring them in next weekend. There will be a collection box …

Peru Mission Continues

Prior to our departure, we had the opportunity to meet with the ministry team in Tarma. In our discussions, we were made aware of some needs that we have been invited to support. Please prayerfully consider making a difference in the life of others. The requests made are as follows:  One of the local schools, …

Mission In Peru

Shepherd of the Woods has been in mission in Peru since 2005. We’ve been blessed to make numerous trips over the years to share God’s love and hope and the Good News of Jesus Christ through word and deed. God has been at work through us and countless lives have been touched. We often say …

Our Time in Tarma

JOY is the word of the weekend! This includes the joy of being with our brothers and sisters in Christ at Shepherd of the Woods Mission Tarma. We’ve waited 3 years to return and God finally opened the doors for us and said, now is the time. We consider ourselves richly blessed.  Our Sunday began …

Updates From Peru

Greetings from the Peru Mission Team and your brothers and sisters in Christ. After some flight cancellations and delays, we made it safely to Tarma on Friday evening instead of Tuesday evening. By the grace of God, all the travel delays kept us from being stuck on the central highway following a horrible accident. So, …

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 …

Eye Glasses

Do you have any prescription eyeglasses at home you can part with? If so, please bring them in by July 9th and we will take them to Peru where we have partnered with a ministry that distributes them to those in need. Our Missionary Team leaves on July 17th! For those going on the trip, a …

Youth Faith Camp

Our Youth returned just over a week ago. But even in just the first few days of camp, the Youth had already placed mulch between the two buildings, made almost 200 sandwiches & bagged lunches for St Francis House, shopped for additional 555 food, and helped load the truck going to LSS. Plus time in …

Food Pantry Needs

We are currently very low on canned meats, boxed milk, cereal, oatmeal, grits, canned vegetables, (other than green beans and corn!), canned fruits, boxed juice & milk, jams, and pasta and pasta sauces. Also appreciated, paper & hygiene products and toiletries.

Drivers Needed

Donation Drivers Needed – We often receive donations for various organizations like Mission House, PACE, Lutheran Social Service, Angel Aid, etc. and seek volunteers to pick items up from church and transport them to where they need to go. While you are encouraged to take your donations directly to these agencies we know that isn’t always possible. …

Summer 5 x 5 x 5 Project

The Summer 5-5-5 Service Project has begun! During the five weeks leading up to our Youth Life Confirmation Faith Camp, we strive as a community to collect 500 pounds of food and $500 in financial donations to support the Lutheran Social Service food bank and weekend backpack program.  Each Friday, hundreds of children across northeast Florida leave school in the afternoon …

Little Lambs Early Learning Center

Join us as we celebrate the grand launching of our new Little Lambs Early Learning Center ministry. This will specialize in serving children 2 1⁄2 years old through VPK. We offer full-year programming accompanied by half and full-day schedules. Little Lambs Early Learning Center is grounded with academic excellence and rooted in the faith. An Open House is …

Donations Needed

Do you have shorts and T-shirts your young ones have outgrown? Want to donate a soccer ball to children who don’t have one? Have you replaced your laptop? Rev. Eric Swensson is headed to Madagascar for an annual trip to visit the eight ministries he volunteers with through The Friends of Madagascar Mission, and he …

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 …

Shepherd Shelves

Shepherd Shelves – Currently, we are most in need of shelf-stable milks & juices, hot & cold cereals, pasta, and pasta sauces, rice, canned beans (lentils, kidney beans, black beans, etc.), peanut butter, jellies & jams, paper and hygiene products and toiletries. We can also accept loaves of bread. Many thanks for your care of those …

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 …

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 …

Shepherd Shelves

Shepherd Shelves – We are currently in need of shelf stable milks & juices, hot & cold cereals, canned beans (lentils, kidney beans, black beans, etc.), peanut butter, jellies & jams, paper products and toiletries. We can also accept loaves of bread. Many thanks for your care of those in our community who need this resource.

Life Changer Ministry

Thank you to all who have donated to provide complete uniforms that will allow children in Tarma to be able to attend school when their new year begins. Unlike the US, not all children get to attend school and the full uniform is required to begin each year at a cost of approximately $120. Thanks …

Yard Sale Results

Our sale was a HUGE success despite the attempted thunderstorms. We sold more than $5,000 of your generous donations and still had lots left over to pass on to the Angel Aid Ministry for their Thrift Store and their Estate Sale. Double the blessings. We will use our proceeds for various ministries in our Tarma, Peru mission …

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 …

Monthly Game Night

Monthly Game Night is Saturday, March 18 at 6:45 pm – come enjoy some good food, some great fellowship, and yummy snacks! This group plays all sorts – card games, board games, group games – every week is different and fun. Bring a snack if you choose.

Lenten 5-5-5 Quilting Service Project 

We set a goal to cut 500 squares and raise $500 during the 5 weeks of Lent. Cutting Kits will be available in the Gathering Area until Easter if you would like to support the project. The squares will be used to make quilts for Lutheran World Relief humanitarian efforts. This is a great way to involve a friend, neighbor, kids, …

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 …

Waving Ministry

Are you looking for a new way to serve? We have something that is fun, easy, and something everyone can do. Prior to each of our three services each weekend, we have folks on the sidewalk waving to those passing by on Southside Blvd and the service road. All you have to do is provide …

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 …

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.  …

City Rescue Mission

Live Builders Residents’ Gifts – Our congregation sponsored sixteen women who are in a year-long residential recovery program. We provided each person with three gifts. Thanks to all who coordinated, shopped, wrapped and delivered! These ladies will never know our names but they knew they were cared for and prayed for!

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 …

Live Nativity

For two evenings we received visitors to our Live Nativity which featured sharing the Word through readings and carols, a photo station, a bunny petting booth, crafts for children, and a fire pit s’mores station. A great time was had by all and we were able to great a number of our community neighbors!

Food Pantry Needs

Our “Shepherd Shelves” in the Gathering area serves many in our local community every week. We appreciate all donations. Currently, we are most in need of the following: canned meats & tuna, canned soups and stews, canned fruit, and canned beans and breakfast cereals. If you can provide any items, please leave them in the barrel …

Christmas Season Thank You

As we continue our Advent worship and preparations for Christmas celebrations, you, as a congregation have helped make the season more special for others. You provided gifts for 122 children through the Angel Aid Angel Tree program, more than 40 gifts for the 14 women we sponsored through the residential program at City Rescue mission, …

Christmas Food Baskets For Angel Aid

Thanks to all who donated for the Thanksgiving baskets. Angel Aid continues their support of families with additional food at Christmas and they are most in need of paper towels, toilet paper, feminine care items as well as canned goods including meats, tuna, fruits, veggies and breakfast cereals. If you would like to donate, there …

To Show Christ – Updates

City Rescue Mission Life Changers Ministry – We are sponsoring 15 women who are participating in a year-long residential program that provides educational, work training, life skills and faith-based support. We are seeking to offer a few small gifts to each of these ladies. If you would like to help, please select and sign out a tag from the …