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This Sunday: Healing Conversations & more

Hi everyone,

Important Interfaith Event this Sunday, March 24 at 3:00 pm:
The Hudson Valley Islamic Community Center (HVICC) and the Islamic Center of Peekskill have invited the wider community to participate in Healing Conversations where we recognize the victims of the New Zealand attack, remember the heroes, and transform our community through meaningful discussions. “While we know no single action can prevent an act of terrorism, we know the greatest force to drive out hate is love.”

Together with our fellow members of the Yorktown Interfaith Council, we proudly stand in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters and will be participating in this event, which will take place at HVICC, 3680 Lexington Avenue, Mohegan Lake, NY 10547. Please attend.

Prayer for the Human Family (Book of Common Prayer, page 815)
O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Here’s the full lineup for this Sunday, 3/24:
8:00 am Holy Eucharist (Rite 1)
9:00 am Lenten Book Study: Being Disciples by Rowan Williams
9:45 am Sunday School & Middle School Youth
9:45 am Seniors & HS Youth meet to plan for next week’s Amenity Bag Packing Party
10:00 am Holy Eucharist with hymns (Rite 2)
3:00 pm Healing Conversations at HVICC
6:00 pm Interfaith Youth Bowling at Jefferson Valley Bowl

Amenity Bag Packing Party
Next Sunday, 3/31, the Seniors & High School Youth Groups will be packing amenity bags for families of children being treated at Westchester Medical Center. Many toiletries have been collected already, and more are welcome! All are invited to meet at 9:00 am to help pack bags. The packing will continue after the 10:00 am service, as needed. Thank you!

Easter Candy & Basket Stuffers
The Sunday School and Middle School Youth are asking for donations of candy and other Easter Basket Stuffers during Lent. In addition to small candies to be stuffed in eggs for our Annual Eggstravanza Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday, we will also be creating Easter baskets for 15-20 children at the Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center. Basket stuffers are any small items that might make their Easter brighter (stickers, lollipops, plastic bunnies, etc.). Donations can be given to Megan or any Sunday School teacher. Thank you!

This week at Good Shepherd

Hi everyone, do you feel Spring in the air? Fr. Hal sure does, and he can’t wait to get back in the rectory garden!

Sunday, March 17 – Second Sunday of Lent
8:00 am Holy Eucharist (Rite 1)
9:00 am Lenten Book Study: Being Disciples – come even if you don’t have the book yet. We’ll have copies of the first chapter, so you can “try before you buy”.
10:00 am Holy Eucharist with Hymns (Rite 2)
11:30 am New Member Welcome in the Guild Room

Campus Support Team
Consider joining the Campus Support Team to help with various projects throughout the year: fall cleanup, spring cleanup, putting up and taking down holiday decorations, etc. Light, easy work, with food and fun always involved. Contact Courtney Velzy or Fr. Hal. Thanks!

Sunday, April 7: Good Shepherd Trip to Chuang Yen Buddhist Temple
Please join us for a day of education, fellowship and fun. The tour includes lunch, an introduction to Buddhism and the core teachings of the Buddha, and background information about the monastery. We will follow the tour with an optional meditation class and trip to the monastery library.
When: April 7, 2019
How: The Good Shepherd Car Caravan will leave at 11AM sharp directly following the 10AM Service.
Schedule: Lunch 11:50, Tour 1-2, Meditation Class 2-3, Library 3-4.
Cost: $6 donation for lunch.

Please sign up in the breezeway and contact Megan Whalen with any questions.
This trip is for EVERYONE – ALL WELCOME – Bring a friend!

Coming up at Good Shepherd

Hi everyone, welcome to Lent! Here’s a look at what’s coming up this weekend:

Tonight, Friday, March 8
The Women of the Church of the Good Shepherd (WOCOGS) book club meets tonight at 7:30 pm in the Guild Room.

Sunday, March 10 – First Sunday of Lent
8:00 am Said Eucharist (Rite 1)

9:00 am Lenten Book Study: Being Disciples – come even if you don’t have the book yet. We’ll have copies of the first chapter, so you can “try before you buy”.

9:00 am Middle School Youth Committee Meeting

10:00 am Said Eucharist with Hymns (Rite 2)

11:30 Confirmation meeting in Guild Room

Collect for the First Sunday of Lent
Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Ash Wednesday services

Ash Wednesday is tomorrow, March 6, 2019.

We will have Said Eucharist with the Ministration of Ashes at:
8:00 am
12:00 noon
6:30 pm

Please join us as we begin our Lenten journey together!

Also, a reminder that this Sunday, March 10 at 9:00 am we will begin our Lenten Book Study of Being Disciples by Rowan Williams.

** Don’t worry if you don’t have the book yet – just show up!**

Sad news: RIP Mary Lou Kidder

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Mary Lou Kidder passed away last weekend. Mary Lou and her late husband Marshall were long-time parishioners at Good Shepherd, and had moved away a few years ago to be closer to their daughter. They both loved music and were beloved members of the Good Shepherd choir. Mary Lou had kept in touch with several members of the parish, and among other things, she will be remembered for the beautifully written notes she sent. She will be greatly missed.

Her funeral will be held on June 7th at 1:00 pm, at Knight Funeral Home in Windsor, VT.

O God, whose mercies cannot be numbered: Accept our prayers on behalf of your servant Mary Lou, and grant her an entrance into the land of light and joy, in the fellowship of your saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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

Father of all, we pray to you for Mary Lou, and for all those whom we love but see no longer. Grant to them eternal rest. Let light perpetual shine upon them. May her soul and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Family Sunday & Mardi Gras Party

Hi everyone – The weather forecast may be calling for iffy weather, but what is definite is that Good Shepherd will be full of life and fun this weekend!

Sunday, March 3 – Family Sunday & Mardi Gras party
8:00 am Said Eucharist (Rite 1)
9:00 am Rehearsal for choir and all musicians participating in the 10:00 am liturgy
10:00 am Said Eucharist (Rite 2) with hymns

Our 10:00 am service this week 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. Consider bringing a New Orleans-themed dish to share at the party. Invite friends and come enjoy the fun!

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

Come join us as we celebrate the change of season and prepare to journey together into Lent. All are welcome!

This Sunday: Valentine-Palooza & Our Annual Meeting

Hi everyone,

We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to the Annual Meeting this Sunday, February 10th after the 10:00 AM service. It is our hope that as many parishioners as possible will attend this year’s meeting. Come and hear all about what was accomplished in 2018 and our hopes, dreams, and plans for 2019. See you there!

Also happening this Sunday:
8:00 am – Rite 1 Eucharist
9:00 am – Valentine-Palooza (see below)
10:00 am – Rite 2 Eucharist with hymns
11:00 am – Annual Meeting, with breakfast provided by the Men’s Group – Thanks guys!

Valentine-Palooza!
As many of you may know the Church of the Good Shepherd has a long standing connection with our veterans at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Montrose, NY. This year the MS Youth, Sunday School and Seniors are extending our church outreach to our veterans with a wonderful project! They plan on delivering handwritten cards to our veterans in celebration of Valentine’s Day on Sunday, February, 10th after the annual meeting. Therefore we need as many valentines as possible for our Veterans! If you are free on Sunday, February 10 we will start making cards right after the 8:00 am church service concludes and go until 10:30 am when Sunday School concludes. Please join us! If you can’t attend feel free to bring some valentines in and give them to the group to deliver. We can’t wait to make the Veterans smile! Questions contact Bruce or Megan.

TONIGHT at 5:30: Candlemas & Chilifest!

Tonight at 5:30 pm we will celebrate the Presentation (aka Candlemas) with a lovely candlelit Evensong. All are invited to share in this lovely 30-minute service.

Collect for the Presentation:
Almighty and everliving God, we humbly pray that, as your only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple, so we may be presented to you with pure and clean hearts by Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

chilifest

After the service, we will have our annual Chilifest competition. Bring your favorite chili and/or fixin’s to share, and may the best Chili win! After dinner, our Youth Groups are hosting a board game night. It is also the 2nd anniversary of Fr. Hal’s institution as our 8th Rector, so there’s lots to celebrate. Come join the fun!

Also happening this weekend:

Sunday, February 3 – The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
8:00 am – Rite 1 Eucharist
9:45 am – Sunday School & Middle School Youth
10:00 am – Rite 2 Eucharist with Hymns – SCOUT SUNDAY
11:30 am – Events Committee Meeting

Scout Sunday
We’re very happy to welcome back our friends and guests from Somers Boy Scout Troop 376! The scouts will take on various roles in the 10:00 am service, and provide coffee hour for the parish after the service. All are welcome!

Candlemas & Chilifest – Saturday, February 2

Saturday, February 2nd at 5:30 pm we will celebrate the Presentation (aka Candlemas) with a lovely candlelit Evensong. All are invited to share in this lovely 30-minute service. It is also the 2nd anniversary of Fr. Hal’s institution as our 8th Rector!

chilifest

Have you made your chili yet?

After the service, we will have our annual Chilifest competition! Bring your favorite chili and/or fixin’s to share, and may the best Chili win!

After dinner our Youth Groups are hosting a fun board game night for all. Come and join the fun!