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TONIGHT: Chickenfest!

What’s for dinner? Chicken!

Come have fun at church tonight! We begin at 6:30pm with a Rite 3 Eucharist, followed immediately by our 9th annual Chickenfest. Bring your favorite chicken dishes, appetizers, sides, desserts, or drinks to share. Or just show up! There will be plenty of food for all.

All are most welcome to come and share in the fun and fowl fellowship. Hope to see you there!

Collect for Holy Cross Day
Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ was lifted high upon the cross that he might draw the whole world to himself: Mercifully grant that we, who glory in the mystery of our redemption, may have grace to take up our cross and follow him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Coming up Sunday:

8:00 am Said Eucharist (Rite 1)
9:00 am Community Forum: Information Session about EfM. What’s it all about? Come and see!
9:45 am Sunday School & Middle School Youth
10:00 am Said Eucharist with Hymns (Rite 2) and Blessing of our High School Youth
11:00 am Sunday School Committee meeting
11:30 am Youth Group meets in the swanky Youth Room

Hal hanging sign in Youth Room

The High School Youth Group room is cleaned and freshly painted – waiting for excellent times with excellent youth! See you a Sunday!

Chickenfest is Friday!

Chickenfest is coming up this Friday, September 14!

chickenwings

Join us at 6:30pm for a Rite 3 Eucharist to celebrate Holy Cross Day, then come share in our annual chicken-themed potluck dinner. It’s a fun, casual evening of fun and fellowship. Come join us!

While you’re at church, consider picking up a reusable bag to fill with food for the Community Center of Northern Westchester (100 bags are hanging in the back of the church). We hope to fill them throughout this month, in time for Oktoberfest on Sept 29th. Thank you for your continued support of our neighbors.

See you this Friday at 6:30!

Tomorrow we kick off the Program Year!

Hi Everyone,

We hope to see you in church tomorrow at our 8 or 10 o’clock service as we celebrate the start of a new program year! We shall have a new program year BBQ bash after the 10 am service, complete with hot dogs, hamburgers, Rita’s ice cream, and more.

Also, consider what ministry groups you may want to learn more about this year. Outreach? Men’s group? EfM? We have “tell me more about” sheets posted in the Parish Hall on the Events Bulletin board. Write your name down on a group that you would like to learn more about. (There is no obligation on your part for inquiring about more info.)

See you tomorrow. And get excited! It’s going to be a GREAT 2018-2019 program year!

Program Year Kick-Off & September’s Shepherd’s Voice!

VBS 20
Hi everyone,

We are so excited for the beginning of the 2018-2019 Program Year, happening THIS SUNDAY, September 9! Please plan to join us on this joyous day, and why not bring a friend or two? Check out all that’s in store for this Sunday:

8:00 am Said Rite 1 Eucharist
10:00 am Said Rite 2 Eucharist with Hymns and many special blessings to begin the new Program Year – bring your backpacks to be blessed!

After the 10:00 am service we will have a HUGE parish BBQ, with burgers, dogs, and all the fixins – and Rita’s Ice for dessert! Potluck sides and beverages will be most welcome.

On your way to the BBQ, be sure to visit the Christian Ed table to register for Sunday School & Middle School Youth Group!

Representatives from several of our ministries will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the different groups in our parish. There will also be an opportunity to sign up to learn more about any of the groups that strike your interest. It’s a great day to have your questions answered and learn more about our awesome community. Tell your friends, and come and join us!

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!
Sunday is just the beginning of our wonderful Program Year, so click here to check out this month’s issue of the Shepherd’s Voice and learn more about all that’s happening around the campus, our many events, and the different ways you can get involved. Let us know what you think!

We’re really looking forward to this weekend, and all that follows. And the best part is YOU! Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Happy Labor Day weekend!

Hi everyone,
We hope you have had a chance to rest and refresh this summer. At Good Shepherd, we’re getting ready to welcome everyone back and kick off the new Program Year, next Sunday, September 9 (see below for details). But before that, here’s what’s coming up this week:

Sunday, September 2
8:00 am Said Eucharist – Rite I
9:00 am Middle School Youth Committee meeting
10:00 am Said Eucharist with Hymns – Rite II
Final Craft Sunday of the summer – meet in the Parish Hall, and return to church for Communion
Healing prayers are offered after the 10:00 am service. Just come up to the Communion Rail.

11:30 am Parish Peach Picking at Stuarts Farm!
After coffee hour this Sunday, we will head up the road to Stuarts Farm to pick our own peaches! All are welcome.

Check the Breezeway bulletin boards for the latest signup sheets for events, trips, flower dedications, etc.

Sunday, September 9
2018-2019 Program Year Kick Off!
The day includes the blessing of backpacks, Grandparents’ Day recognition, Sunday School registration, and a fabulous parish BBQ after the 10:00 am service – with Rita’s Ice for dessert! Check out the signup sheet posted in the Breezeway, then plan to join us.

It’s also a great day to invite friends to check out Good Shepherd, because we will be highlighting our many ministries and encouraging people to learn more and join. Ministry leaders: feel free to bring materials to promote your ministry. It’s going to be a great day!

Request from Deacon Norm
On October 13th, we will have our Fall Festival, including the Arts Jam highlighted with music by local musicians, followed by Animal Yoga for kids, and Adopt A Pet. The day will close with a Fashion Show. We’d love for you to participate! Here’s how:
1. Kohl’s in Bedford is providing the clothes and the announcer for the Fashion Show. If you have a child who would like to model, we need to know, male or female and their sizes. All models get to keep the clothes they model. Please send the information to RSVP@goodshepherdny.org.
2. If someone in your family would like to play an instrument or read a poem or sing in the Arts Jam, send an email to RSVP@goodshepherdny.org.
Please send us the needed information as quickly as possible. Many thanks for your support.

A Collect for Labor Day
Almighty God, you have so linked our lives one with another that all we do affects, for good or ill, all other lives: So guide us in the work we do, that we may do it not for self alone, but for the common good; and, as we seek a proper return for our own labor, make us mindful of the rightful aspirations of other workers, and arouse our concern for those who are out of work; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(Book of Common Prayer, p. 261)

This week at Good Shepherd

Hi everyone, We hope you are enjoying this beautiful weather.

After an incredibly successful Vacation Bible School this week, our VBS team will be hosting coffee hour this Sunday. We’ll share more details about VBS in the coming newsletter, but suffice it to say, it was fabulous. Great job everyone!

Here’s what’s coming up Sunday:

8:00 am – Said Eucharist (Rite 1)
10:00 am – Said Eucharist with hymns (Rite 2)
– Craft Sunday in the Parish Hall – all kids welcome
– At the conclusion of the 10:00 am service, Deacon Norm will be offering healing prayers. Just come up to the communion rail after the service for confidential prayers and support.
11:00 am – Coffee hour hosted by our VBS team
11:15 am – Events Committee meeting in the Breezeway
11:15 am – Youth leaders meet in the Youth Room

This is the last Sunday for our School Supplies Drive
Our Middle School Youth’s school supply drive in support of Community Center of Northern Westchester (CCNW) is wrapping up. Any supplies you would like to donate to CCNW can be brought to church on Sunday, or delivered directly to CCNW. Thank you for your support!

Save these dates:
Sunday, September 9 – Program Year Kick-Off & Parish BBQ
Friday, September 14 – Holy Cross Day & Chickenfest
Saturday, September 29 – Michaelmas & Oktoberfest

Come and join us, and bring a friend!

Vacation Bible Camp is coming up this week!

Last chance to register for our amazing Vacation Bible Camp!
Good Shepherd’s 5th Annual Vacation Bible Camp will be held THIS WEEK August 22-24 from 9:00-12:30 each day. The theme of the camp is “Making Good Choices” including Loving choices with Animals, Respectful Choices for the Environment, and Making Caring Choices.

For one of our projects, we need 30 single size water bottles (12-16 oz) and 30 two liter bottles – empty – ones that were going to be recycled or thrown away. We will need them by tomorrow, August 19. Thanks for any help you can offer with this!

For more info and to register see the attached flyer or contact Megan Whalen at meganswiderski@hotmail.com. Thank you!

Last week for our School Supplies Drive
Our Middle School Youth’s school supply drive in support of Community Center of Northern Westchester (CCNW) is wrapping up. Any supplies you would like to donate to CCNW can be brought to church or delivered directly to CCNW. Thank you for your support!

Save these dates:
Sunday, September 9 – Program Year Kick-Off & Parish BBQ
Friday, September 14 – Holy Cross Day & Chickenfest
Saturday, September 29 – Michaelmas & Oktoberfest

Come and join us!

Bottles needed for VBS

Good Shepherd’s 5th Annual Vacation Bible Camp is coming up August 22-24 from 9:00-12:30 each day. The theme of the camp is “Making Good Choices” including Loving choices with Animals, Respectful Choices for the Environment, and Making Caring Choices.

For one of our projects, we need 30 single size water bottles (12-16 oz) and 30 two liter bottles – empty – ones that were going to be recycled or thrown away. We will need them by August 19. Thanks for any help you can offer with this!

More info about the camp:

The cost is $30 for the first child attending and $10 for each additional sibling. Campers are ages 4-12 and Counselors are ages 13-18. (Teachers are adults.)

We hope to fill the camp with 30 children from the local area. While we love that many of our Sunday School, MS Youth and HS Youth will participate – we also find the experience to be very enriched by including other friends, family and neighbors from the wider community. So please tell your friends and their kids!

For more information and to register see the attached flyer or contact Megan Whalen at meganswiderski@hotmail.com. Thank you!

Vacation Bible Camp – Register now!

Hello COGS Family,

Good Shepherd’s 5th Annual Vacation Bible Camp will be held on August 22-24 from 9:00-12:30 each day. The theme of the camp is “Making Good Choices” including Loving choices with Animals, Respectful Choices for the Environment, and Making Caring Choices.

The cost is $30 for the first child attending and $10 for each additional sibling. Campers are ages 4-12 and Counselors are ages 13-18. (Teachers are adults.)

We hope to fill the camp with 30 children from the local area. While we love that many of our Sunday School, MS Youth and HS Youth will participate – we also find the experience to be very enriched by including other friends, family and neighbors.

Please consider this – do your children want to come? Do they have friends who might like to attend too? If you don’t have school aged children – What about your neighbors with school age children? Maybe even your grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or cousins? Our camp is great and will be even better with more kids from varying backgrounds.

For more information see the attached flyer or contact to Megan Whalen at meganswiderski@hotmail.com!