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Annual Meeting tomorrow, 1/21 at 11:00 am

Reminder that our annual meeting will be held tomorrow morning, January 21, after the 10am service. Please plan to join us to hear about what was accomplished in 2017, and our hopes, dreams, and plans for 2018. A festive breakfast is being provided by members of the Men’s Group, and all are invited!

Click here for a copy of the annual report, which we encourage you to print. We will have a small number of printed copies available at the meeting tomorrow as well.

We look forward to being together at this year’s annual meeting!

Mark your calendars for these coming events:

Saturday, January 27 – The Vision Workshop
Parishioner Theresa Wienecke, Life Mastery Consultant, will offer a free workshop from 9:00-11:00 am in the Good Shepherd Parish Hall: The Vision Workshop. Let 2018 be your year for clarity, joy, and fulfillment. All participants will leave with a 2018 individualized Vision Statement. Perfect for high school students thru retirees. RSVP to Theresa to save a seat or receive more information at theresa@dynamicevolution.com.

Friday, February 2 – Candlemas
Candlemas (aka The Presentation) is coming soon. It is also the first anniversary of Fr. Hal’s institution as our 8th Rector! We will have a Rite 3 Eucharist at 6:30 pm followed by our annual CHILIFEST! Come one and all to share your favorite award-winning chili recipe! There is a sign-up sheet in the breezeway. Whose cuisine will reign supreme? After dinner, the Middle School & High School Youth Groups will be having a board game night. All are welcome!

Sunday, February 4 – Superbowl potluck
All are welcome to come enjoy the game at the rectory, from 5:30 pm until….. Bring your favorite game day food and join in the fun!

Sunday, February 11 – Family Sunday & Mardi Gras party
Our 10:00 am service is a Family Service, with our young people taking on various roles throughout the service. Afterwards, we will enjoy a fun Mardi Gras-themed party in the Parish Hall. Wear your favorite costume to the service and party afterwards. Bring friends and enjoy the fun!

Wednesday, February 14 – Ash Wednesday
Lent begins. Eucharist and ashes will be offered at 8:00 am, 12:00 noon, and 6:00 pm

Sad news – RIP Bill Anderson

Dear friends,

It is with sadness that we share the news that Bill Anderson has died. Bill and his wife Nancy were long-time, active parishioners at Good Shepherd. Though they had moved to Virginia a few years ago to be near their daughter, they have kept in contact with the parish and their many friends here.

There will be a service in the Spring, and we will share details when we have them.

God our Creator, your grace gives life to all; receive Bill into your keeping and give him the new life promised through Jesus Christ our Savior, who once was dead and now lives with you and the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever. Amen.

Almighty God, Father of mercies and giver of comfort: Deal graciously, we pray, with all those who mourn, especially Nancy; that, casting all their care on you, they may know the consolation of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

This week at Good Shepherd

Greetings on this wet and warm January day. Here’s what’s coming up this weekend:

Sunday, January 14

8:00 am Said Rite I Eucharist
9:00 am Community Forum – Deacon Norm leads a discussion about Anglicanism – all are welcome!
9:45 am Sunday School & Middle School Youth
10:00 am Said Rite II Eucharist with hymns

Community Forum with Deacon Norm
Join Deacon Norm Fulton at 9:00 am over the next several Sundays in the Guild Room for a fascinating exploration and personal discussion of Anglicanism. Short, interesting video followed by casual discussion. All are welcome!

Our Annual Meeting is coming up next Sunday, January 21, after the 10:00 am service. All are strongly encouraged to attend. Thank you to the Men’s Group for providing breakfast again this year.

The Slate the Vestry has put forward is as follows:
Leslie Fulton, Senior Warden
Leuda Forrester, Vestrymember
Kerry Irwin, Vestrymember
Glenn Hintze, Treasurer

See you Sunday!

Twelfth Night is tomorrow!

Looking for something fun to do on a dark, cold winter night? The Sunday School Committee invites you to celebrate the 12th Night tomorrow, Saturday, January 6th at 5:30 PM. The evening will begin with a fun Rite III Eucharist followed by Potluck Dinner. Please bring something to share! Entertainment includes a visit from the 3 Kings with gifts for all of the children and BINGO games with chocolate “gold” coin prizes for our winners. Families please remember to bring your mite boxes to hand in during the service.

All adults are asked to bring a charitable donation for the “Baby Jesus” such as baby food, diapers, and formula. These donations will be given to the Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center. Families with children are also asked to bring a $5 or under gift for each of their children labeled with the child’s name so the Kings will be sure to delight each child. Questions please contact Megan Whalen or another member of the Sunday School Committee. See you tomorrow!

Also happening –

Fr. Hal is back from New Orleans and can’t wait to see everyone this weekend!

Sunday, January 7
8:00 am – Rite I said Eucharist
9:00 am – **NEW** Community Forum with Deacon Norm (see below for more information)
9:45 am – Sunday School & Middle School Youth
10:00 am – Rite II said Eucharist with hymns
11:00 am – Seniors Group monthly meeting (Guild Room)
11:15 am – EfM interest meeting (church) – still thinking about EfM? Want to hear more? Come and join us – no obligation!

**New Community Forum with Deacon Norm**
Join Deacon Norm Fulton at 9:00 am over the next several Sundays for a fascinating exploration and personal discussion of Anglicanism. Short, interesting video followed by casual discussion. All are welcome!

**One service Sunday ** Lessons & Carols at 10:00 am

Christmas Blessings!

REMINDER: There is one service this Sunday at 10:00 am.

We hope everyone will join us at 10:00 am for our annual service of Nine Lessons and Carols.  Come and enjoy hearing the Christmas story retold through nine wonderful readings and carols, and add your voice to our song!

This week
The office is closed through January 3rd while Fr. Hal & Lori are away.

Saturday, January 6 – Epiphany & Twelfth Night
Looking for something fun to do on a dark, cold winter night? The Sunday School Committee invites you to celebrate the 12th Night on Saturday, January 6th at 5:30 pm. The evening will begin with a Rite III Eucharist followed by Potluck Dinner. The sign up sheet has been posted in the breezeway. Entertainment includes a visit from the 3 Kings with gifts for all of the children and BINGO games with chocolate “gold” coin prizes for our winners.

All adults are asked to bring a charitable donation for the “baby Jesus” such as baby food, diapers, and formula. These donations will be given to the Women’s Shelter. Families with children are also asked to bring a $5 or under gift for each of their children labeled with the child’s name so the Kings will be sure to delight each child. Questions please contact Megan Whalen or another member of the Sunday School Committee.

Service tonight & Christmas services

Tonight is our last Deepening our relationship with God in Advent. Our Rite 3 Eucharist will begin at 6:30 pm, and our preacher is Wilfried Haensch. After the service, we will share a simple supper and fellowship time. No need to bring anything – just show up and be fed! Please join us.

We have several wonderful services coming up this weekend as we conclude Advent and kick off our Christmas celebrations. Come with your family and invite your friends. All are welcome to join us. It’s going to be fabulous!

Here are our service times:

Sunday, December 24
9:00 am – Advent IV Eucharist
4:30 pm – Christmas Eve Family Service
7:30 pm – Carols & Anthems
8:00 pm – Christmas Eve Service, followed by Christmas Eve toast

Monday, December 25
9:00 am – Christmas Day Service, followed by bagels, lox, and mimosas

Sunday, December 31 – ONE SERVICE
10:00 am Nine Lessons & Carols

Saturday, January 6
5:30 pm – Epiphany Rite 3 Eucharist, followed by our awesome annual Twelfth Night Celebration!

Deepening our relationship with God in Advent – tonight at 6:30pm

Tonight is our first Deepening our relationship with God in Advent. Our Rite 3 Eucharist will begin at 6:30 pm, and our preacher is Wilfried Haensch. After the service, we will share a simple supper and fellowship time. No need to bring anything – just show up and be fed! Please join us.

Also this weekend:

Sunday, December 17
8:00 am – Rite 1 Eucharist
9:45 am – Pageant Rehearsal
10:00 am – Rite 2 Eucharist with hymns & Pageant – Celebrating the Symbols of Christmas
11:00 am – Choir rehearsal

Looking ahead through the end of the year:

Monday, December 18
If you ordered fruit from Jack, you can pick it up Monday evening at 7:00 pm at church, or next Sunday, 12/24 at church.

Sunday, December 24
9:00 am – Advent IV Rite 1 service
4:30 pm – Christmas Eve Family Service
7:30 pm – Carols & Anthems
8:00 pm – Christmas Eve Service, followed by Christmas Eve toast

Monday, December 25
9:00 am – Christmas Day Service, followed by bagels, lox, and mimosas

Sunday, December 31 – ONE SERVICE
10:00 am Nine Lessons & Carols

Women’s Resource Center Adopt-A-Family

*Deadline extended*
We have adopted a family in need from the Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center, and we are striving to fulfill their holiday wish list. Thank you to all who have already responded to this initiative. There are still several items on the list of needs and wishes for Stacey and Justin (see below). If you are able to provide any of the below items, please e-mail Yolanda ASAP. Gifts should be wrapped and labeled with the person’s name, and returned to church by this Sunday, December 17. The collection box is in the Breezeway. Please take a look at the list and help if you can. Thank you!

Parent: Stacey, Age: 43
NEEDS:
1. Puffer jacket (black-medium)
2. Black flat boots (size 8)

WISHES:
1. Amazon Fire Stick

Child 1: Coral, Age: 18 – COMPLETE

Child 2: Justin, Age: 17
NEEDS:
1. “Sherpa style” Lined Black Sweat Jacket (XXL)

WISHES:
1. Amazon Fire Stick
2. Xbox One controller