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Tastes of Somers Silent Auction Sneak Peek

Hi everyone,

Tastes of Somers is coming up this Friday, November 9 at 7:00 pm! It’s going to be a fantastic evening, and we can’t wait to see you there. You can still buy advance tickets for the discounted rate, or buy your tickets at the door. This is always a wonderful community event, and a great opportunity to invite friends to our campus to get a Taste of who we are. Call the office at 914.248.5631 or email RSVP@goodshepherdny.org and tell us you’ll come!

Click here for the event flyer. Feel free to share it and spread the word.

The Fund Raising Committee is very excited about this year’s Tastes Silent Auction. It contains two opera tickets to Aida at Lincoln Center, a Condo in Hawaii, Jets tickets, a ride in a Lamborghini, plus many more exciting offerings. Below is our working list. Additional items are still being added, but we wanted to give you a heads up prior to the Auction Friday night. Any questions, please call Deacon Norm on his cell phone: 914-393-8244. We can’t wait to see everyone!

1. Two Jets tickets with parking pass (Value $220 – $150 Min Bid – $20 increments)
2. Hawaii Condo (Value $2,000 – Min. Bid $1,000 – $50 increments)
3. Opera Tickets to Aida on January 18th at Lincoln Center at 7:30 PM (Price TBD)
4. Threesome + Lorne at Mahopac Golf Club (Value $300 – Min Bid $150)
5. Ride in a Lamborghini Price (TBD)
6. 1st Hand crocheted Afghan (Value $100 – Min. Bid $30 – $10 increments)
7. 2nd Hand crocheted Afghan (Value $100 – Min. Bid $30 – $10 increments)
8. Sail cruise on the Hudson ($250 Value – Min. Bid $100 – $30 Increments)
9. Pet Portrait by Maria Kaprielian (Value $250 – Min. Bid $100 – $25 increments)
10. $100 Gift Card for Club Fit ($25 Min. Bid – $10 increments)
11. $50 Gift Basket from Wishes Boutique – ($10 Min. Bid – $5 increments)
12. $40 Gift Basket from Starbucks ($10 Min. Bid – $5 increments)
13. $50 Gift Certificate to Hair Liberation ($10 Min. Bid – $5 increments)
14. Sweet Delights Bakery (Value TBD)
15. $15 Gift Certificate from Somers Pharmacy ($5 Min. Bid – $2 increments)
16. $80 Gift Basket from Mahopac Card Shop ($30 Min. Bid – $10 increments)
17. Beehive Gifts –Value TBD
18. $65 Gift Certificate from Angel Face Day Spa.
19. $90 Gift Certificate for a massage from Susan Hintze
20. $20 Gift Certificate from Coldstone Creamery
21. $150 necklace from Fran DiBernardo ($75 Min. Bid – $20 increments)
22. $15 Gift Certificate from Trailside Café

…and more surprises to come!

Turn Your Clocks Back and then Come to All Saints & Pledge Sunday!

Hi everyone,

Remember that Daylight Savings Time ends tonight, please remember to set your clocks back an hour so you won’t be late for church! It’s also a great time to check/replace the batteries in your smoke detectors.

On Sunday, please join us for beautiful services for All Saints Sunday. It is also Pledge Sunday – pledge cards will be distributed at both services, and both services will be followed by delicious meals provided by the Stewardship Committee. (Click here for a pdf of this year’s All Saints & Pledge Sunday Flyer.) It will be a beautiful day of fellowship and community.

8:00 am – Rite 1 Eucharist
9:00 am – Festive Breakfast
10:00 am – Rite 2 Eucharist with Hymns **The service begins in the Memorial Garden**
11:00 am – Festive Luncheon

Our fabulous Tastes of Somers event is coming up this Friday, November 9 at 7:00 pm.
Come and enjoy the delicious offerings from local merchants, and don’t forget our exciting Silent Auction items and raffles. It’s a great community event, so tell your friends and plan to join us. We can’t wait to see you there!

Save the date:
Sunday, November 18 – Yorktown Interfaith Service of Thanks at United Methodist Church of Yorktown (Click here for a printable pdf of the event flyer.)

Driver wanted
Tom Rubino is looking for a part time driver. Must have a strong driving record. Please contact Tom directly for more information about the position.

TONIGHT: Family Shabbat at 7:00 pm

Hi everyone,

Please join us at Temple Beth Am in Yorktown this evening at 7:00 pm for a Family Shabbat Service of Hope. The service promises to be one of joy and hope, filled with music, and will be attended by many of our friends from a variety of faiths and denominations in our community. Consider staying for dessert, coffee, and fellowship afterwards.

Temple Beth Am
203 Church Place
Yorktown Heights, New York

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Family Service of Hope & Speaking with Kids about Violence

Hi Everyone,

Sorry for the longer email, but I want to let you know about a great, new opportunity this Friday that I strongly recommend you don’t miss. I also want to make a brief comment on where I stand relative to speaking with children about violence. I’ll break this email down into two parts in case you want to quickly skip to the parts that interest you most.

Part 1: Come to the Family Shabbat Service of Hope this Friday at 7 pm at Temple Beth Am in Yorktown.
Temple Beth Am
203 Church Place
Yorktown Heights, New York

Family Shabbat 11-2

Temple Beth Am is having another prayer service this Friday at 7 pm and all from the community are invited. (Consider sending the flyer to family and friends). Rabbi Robbie Weiner informs me that this will be a very positive service focusing on hope, healing, solidarity, peace-building, and it will be very appropriate for children and families. There will be lots of singing and it will close with the song “If I had a hammer” (to give you a flavor of the tone). It will be very uplifting. I would recommend you come, if you can.

Don’t worry about the protocol of attending a synagogue service; their service leaflet tells us everything we need to know to participate respectfully. They know we are there because we stand with them against the evil and in affirmation of our common humanity and dignity.

There will be desserts and coffee available afterwards during their coffee hour. Robbie tells me that they have some desserts to provide, but they don’t know how many people are coming. I spoke with the senior warden at St. Mary’s Mohegan Lake and they are going. It could be large. And that would be great!

If you feel so inclined, bake or bring something for their coffee hour. They would appreciate it.

Thank you, everyone, for your witness to the values of the Gospel. This is a time when we double-down on love, not shrink back in fear. We are the light of the world, Jesus said (Matthew 5:14). Yes, even us. And what light we can be! In moments like these, we stand together against the encroaching dark. Join in and be powerfully uplifted.

Part 2: Kids, Christ, and Evil:

This past week, the attempted pipe bombs, assassinations in Kentucky, and murders in Pittsburgh raise an important question that we as parents and we as a faith community need to constantly wrestle with: how much do we expose our children to violence and evil in society? How much do we say? Not say? Where is the line? Where is the wise balance?

On the one hand, most of us don’t want to completely shelter our children, because then they will not grow and develop the necessary and advanced attitudes, skills, and confirmed relationships that will support and empower them when they inevitably experience evil directly in their own lives. And yet, we don’t want to overexpose them, either, and create mini-traumas. So where is the wise balance?

Here is the psychological rule of thumb that is common and that I follow as rector at Good Shepherd: the younger the child, the greater the shelter. Not exposing children, even younger children, to any evil and death is a mistake, in my view. Evil and death are a part of our world; part of our job as parents and a faith community is to help our youth learn to cope with these difficult realities. Again, the younger the child, the less detail and less exposure they receive.

One of the great things we do at Good Shepherd is developmentally sync all our programming to the developmental levels of the kids attending. In Sunday School and Middle School programming each week, for example, the kids hear the same Gospel lesson we do in church but it is broken down in such a way that they can understand it and apply it to themselves, whether they are six or sixteen. Our High School Youth process the Gospel and my sermon each week, and the content of their discussion always is the same: “What did you hear? What makes sense to you? Doesn’t make sense? What did you hear Fr. Hal say that you like or dislike? What is your takeaway for your life personally?”

I met with the high schoolers who were here Sunday and I was impressed, as I always am, by their advanced skills. I credit this to Fay and now Theresa and how they run the group. They help the youth learn how to process things in a critical, safe, and applied way so they have the necessary and advanced attitudes, skills, and confirmed relationships that will support and empower them when they inevitably experience evil directly in their own lives. It’s an amazing and massive gift we give our youth, and it begins in our Sunday school and progresses all the way to their graduation into college.

At the center for us is always the same core Gospel message: all are beloved of God, called into communion, empowerment, hope, healing, growth, and love. We may fear human evil, but we need never fear Jesus Christ. He is always with us and for us. In a lovely, poetic phrase from the second letter to the Corinthians, “all the promises of God find their Yes in him” (1:20). Jesus is our Yes and God’s Yes to us. Thanks be to God!

We may get the wise balance wrong sometimes. I may get it wrong sometimes. Please let me know when you think I or we have erred. We want to always get it right, as much as we can. I appreciate your feedback and keep it confidential. Thank you.

Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love: so mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that all peoples may be gathered around your throne as children of one Father; to whom be dominion and glory, now and forever. Amen.

Faithfully,
Hal

Prayer Vigil – Will you sit for an hour?

Hi everyone,

Our annual Stewardship Prayer Vigil will take place this Saturday, 11/3 from 8:00 am – Midnight. Please consider signing up to sit for an hour in quiet prayer. This is an excellent opportunity to reflect on how our Prayer, Practice, Presence, and Pledge deepen our felt presence of God in our lives. It’s a beautiful and meaningful time. If you haven’t participated before, give it a try! You won’t be disappointed.

These four time slots are still available:

9:00-10:00 am
1:00-2:00 pm
6:00-7:00 pm
7:00-8:00 pm

If you would like to sign up to sit for one of these hours, please send an email to admin@goodshepherdny.org or call the Parish Office at 914-248-5631. (Please note that you may sign up for any hour between 8:00 am and 11:00 pm, as we will have several stations available in the church.)

Thank you!

5:30 TODAY – Prayer Service at Temple Beth Am in response to Pittsburgh

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Dear Good Shepherd Family,

In response to the horrific attack in Pittsburgh today, our neighbors at Temple Beth Am in Yorktown are hosting a prayer service at 5:30 PM TODAY.

Fr. Hal will be attending and saying a few words. All are welcome, and your presence and prayers are requested.

Temple Beth Am
203 Church Place
Yorktown Heights, New York

O God, 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. Amen.

This week at Good Shepherd

This Sunday, Fr. Hal will offer the final installment of his October sermon series. It’s also our Halloween Family Sunday service at 10:00 am. Feel free to wear a costume to church, and bring your favorite treat for the Halloween Party – it’s going to be fun!

Sunday, October 28
8:00 am Said Eucharist (Rite 1)
10:00 am Family Sunday – Said Eucharist with hymns (Rite 2)
11:00 am Our Annual Halloween Party!

Saturday, November 3 – Prayer Vigil
Our annual Stewardship Prayer Vigil will take place next Saturday, 11/3 from 8:00 am – Midnight. Please consider signing up in the Breezeway to sit for an hour in quiet prayer. This is an excellent opportunity to reflect on how our Prayer, Practice, Presence, and Pledge deepen our felt presence of God in our lives. It’s a beautiful and meaningful time. If you haven’t participated before, give it a try! You won’t be disappointed.

Sunday, November 4 – All Saints Sunday & Pledging Sunday
Sign up in the Breezeway to attend the breakfast or luncheon, as we celebrate our wonderful community.

Friday, November 9 – Tastes of Somers.
Click here for the flyer. Invite friends and come and join us!

Sermon Series: Presence

This Sunday, Fr. Hal will offer the third installment of his October sermon series. We’ve heard about Prayer and Practice; this week is about Presence. Come and hear how our personal presence affects God’s personal presence in our lives.

Sunday, October 21
8:00 am Said Eucharist (Rite 1)
9:00 am Community Forum: New Member & Visitor Welcome in the Guild Room
9:45 am Sunday School & Middle School Youth
10:00 am Said Eucharist with hymns (Rite 2)
11:30 am High School Youth meets in the Youth Room
2:00 pm Fall Foliage Cruise on the Hudson (see below for more information)
5:00 pm Confirmation Class meets at the Rectory

Chartered Boat Cruise on the Hudson River
There are still a couple of tickets left for our cruise on the Hudson this Sunday, October 21. Tickets are $20 per person, and everyone is welcome. If you would like to join us, please call Bruce at 914-299-5293, ASAP. For those that wish to carpool, we will meet in the rear parking lot at church at 2:00 pm. If you wish to go directly to the marina, the boat will depart from Trinity Cruises, 30 Hudson Street, Peekskill, NY. Please arrive at the marina no later than 2:45 pm.

Save these dates:
Sunday, October 28 – Family Sunday & Halloween Party after the 10:00 am service
Friday, November 2 – All Saints & All Souls – Rite 3 Eucharist at 6:30 pm, followed by potluck slow cooker dinner
Sunday, November 4 – All Saints Sunday & Pledging Sunday – sign up to attend breakfast or luncheon
Friday, November 9 – Tastes of Somers

Invite friends and come and join us!

Hudson River Fall Foliage Cruise – This Sunday

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Hi everyone,
There are still a couple of tickets left for our chartered boat cruise on the Hudson this Sunday, October 21. Tickets are $20 per person, and everyone is welcome. If you would like to join us, please call Bruce at 914-299-5293.

For those that wish to carpool, we will meet in the rear parking lot at church at 2:00 pm. If you wish to go directly to the marina, the boat will depart from Trinity Cruises, 30 Hudson Street, Peekskill, NY. Please arrive at the marina no later than 2:45 pm.

We’re looking forward to a beautiful fall cruise!