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Funeral arrangements for George Parks

Hi everyone,

Following are the funeral arrangements for George Parks. Sandy has requested a simple Rite 1 service at the funeral home. Your prayers and presence are requested:

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Visitation from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Funeral Service following the visitation at 12:30pm

Cargain Funeral Homes, Inc.,
418 Route Six (for GPS 418 US6)
Mahopac, NY 10541

Interment to follow with US Navy Honors:
Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery
342 South Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

God our Creator, your grace gives life to all; receive George 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.

Below is the George’s obituary:

George Parks, 94, of Yorktown Heights, NY passed away peacefully on April 20, 2018 with his family by his side.

Mr. Parks was born on January 24, 1924 to the late George and Clara Parks, in White Plains NY. On November 1, 1952 he married the love of his life Sandra and together they were blessed with a loving daughter Deborah.

George proudly served his country during World War II actively with the US Navy and was a proud American. Before he retired Mr. Parks was a talented self employed carpenter who had an extraordinary amount of pride in his work and a fine eye for detail and perfection in everything he did. He truly lived life to the fullest enjoying golf in his spare time. Although George was an avid golfer and loved his work, his family was his true passion in life. Mr. Parks was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and a friend to many. He will be dearly missed by all who had known and loved him, yet his legacy of love and devotion to family, friends and country, will continue to grow in our hearts.

George is survived by his adoring wife of over 65 years, Sandra; his beloved son in law John and his three cherished grandchildren Gregory, Jeffrey and Sandra as well as the baby of the family his great granddaughter Samara. He is predeceased by his beloved daughter Deborah who passed in 2013 and his only sister who also predeceased him.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers please make a donation in George’s honor to a charity of your choice.

Sad news: RIP George Parks

Hi everyone,

It is with sadness that I inform you that George Parks died last night, after a long illness. George and his wife Sandy are faithful attendees of the 8 am Sunday service and George was 94 years old. Sandy, his wife of over 64 years, is extremely grateful for the love, prayers and support from the Good Shepherd family throughout this difficult time. Please continue to keep Sandy and the Parks’ loved ones in your prayers.

The funeral will be held in the coming days at the funeral home in Mahopac, and the burial will be at the family plot in Poughkeepsie. We will share the details with the community shortly, once the arrangements have been finalized.

Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant George. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive him into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.

Faithfully,

Hal

This week at Good Shepherd

Hi everyone, this Sunday is our feast day, Good Shepherd Sunday! We’re looking forward to a beautiful (hopefully sunny) day, which will include a baptism at 10:00 am.

Sheep

8:00 am Rite 1 Eucharist
9:45 am Sunday School & Middle School Youth
10:00 am Rite 2 Eucharist with hymns & Baptism
11:00 am Festive coffee hour for our feast day
11:30 am Middle School Youth – Pizza & Earth Day Birdhouse Building & Installation

At 4:00 pm, the Antioch Baptist Church Choir will hold their annual concert to benefit the Community Center of Northern Westchester (CCNW). The concert will take place at the Antioch Baptist Church in Bedford Hills. A reception follows, at the Bedford Hills Community House.

Friday, May 4 – Adult Painting Party
Bring a friend and come to Good Shepherd for a fun night of painting and fellowship. $45 per person includes all the supplies needed to create a beautiful painted vase & light snacks for afterwards. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and painting is from 7:00-9:00 pm. For more information, see Courtney, Lori, or Diane. Reserve your spot today, at RSVP@goodshepherdny.org.

Saturday, May 5
9:00 am – 1:00 pm: Spring Clean-Up – We’ll start with coffee and donuts, and end with pizza and soda! Please come for whatever part of the day you can, and bring any garden/landscaping tools you like to use (rakes, wheelbarrows, gloves, etc.). Anything you can do to help is greatly appreciated. Many hands make light work!

9:30 am – 4:30 pm: Middle School Youth Group trip to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Thursday, May 10 – Ascension Day and Steakfest!
We’re looking forward to this awesome annual event. The service begins at 6:30 pm, followed immediately by our fantastic, amazing, and delicious Steakfest. Please sign up in the Breezeway so we have an accurate headcount for the steak. Also, if you are interested in sponsoring the event to help defray the cost of the steak, please consider making a donation to the Fellowship Fund. Tell your friends – it’s going to be another great night at Good Shepherd!

Friday, May 11
5:30 pm – Sunday School Pizza, PJs, & a Movie

Saturday, May 12 – Trip to the Hammond Museum **RSVP by 4/22/18**
All are welcome! The Senior Group is coordinating a trip to the Hammond Museum in North Salem, NY on Saturday, May 12, 2018. The trip will include a tour of the beautiful Japanese Stroll Gardens, the current artist exhibits and a formal Japanese Tea Class and Ceremony in an authentic tea house. We will meet in the COGS rear parking lot at 11:45 am and return to church at approximately 4:30 pm. The cost is $45. A sign up sheet and information about the garden and tea class are posted on the bulletin board in the Breezeway. Please sign up by no later than April 22, 2018 in order to insure space for everyone. For more information call Bruce Barber 914-299-5293 or visit the website at www.hammondmuseum.org.

Save these dates:
Sunday, May 13 – Mother’s Day, Episcopal Charities Sunday, Collection of Baby Items for PNWWRC, and our first Plant Sale/Swap – stay tuned for more info
Sunday, May 20 – Pentecost & Huge Parish Picnic!
Sunday, June 24 – Confirmation with Bishop Dietsche presiding

Come paint a vase on May 4th!

We have another wonderful painting party scheduled for Friday, May 4.

Vase Painting Party

Bring a friend and come create a beautiful vase!

Feel free to print this flyer and share it with your friends and on your social media. All are welcome!

Pre-registration is required, so reserve your spot today via email at RSVP@goodshepherdny.org, or see Courtney, Lori, or Diane at church.

Coming up at Good Shepherd…

Hi everyone,
There’s a rumor that Spring is finally in the air. Let’s hope it’s true! See below for some great events that are coming up in our community, and make a plan to join us! Spring is a great time to invite a friend to a service or one of our awesome events.

Tomorrow, Saturday, April 14
9:30 am Funeral for Bill Anderson.

This Sunday, April 15
8:00 am Rite 1 Eucharist
9:45 am Sunday School & Middle School Youth
10:00 am Rite 2 Eucharist with hymns
11:00 am Festive coffee hour, with birthday cake!

4:30-7:00 pm Confirmation Class at the Rectory

Next Sunday, April 22 is Good Shepherd Sunday! And Earth Day!
8:00 am Rite 1 Eucharist
9:45 am Sunday School & Middle School Youth
10:00 am Rite 2 Eucharist with hymns & Baptism!
11:00 am Festive coffee hour for our feast day
11:30 am Middle School Youth – Pizza & Earth Day Birdhouse Building & Installation

At 4:00 pm, the Antioch Baptist Church Choir will hold their annual concert to benefit the Community Center of Northern Westchester (CCNW). The concert will take place at the Antioch Baptist Church in Bedford Hills. A reception follows, at the Bedford Hills Community House.

Friday, May 4 – Adult Painting Party
Bring a friend and come to Good Shepherd for a fun night of painting and fellowship. $45 per person includes all the supplies needed to create a beautiful painted vase & light snacks for afterwards. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and painting is from 7:00-9:00 pm. For more information, contact Courtney Velzy, Lori Kennedy, or Diane Buschel. RSVP at RSVP@goodshepherdny.org.

Saturday, May 5
Middle School Youth Group trip to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Thursday, May 10 – Ascension Day and Steakfest!
We’re looking forward to this awesome annual event. The service begins at 6:30 pm, followed immediately by our fantastic, amazing, and delicious Steakfest. Please sign up in the Breezeway so we have an accurate headcount for the steak. Also, if you are interested in sponsoring the event to help defray the cost of the steak, please consider making a donation to the Fellowship Fund. Tell your friends – it’s going to be another great night at Good Shepherd!

Friday, May 11
Sunday School Pizza, PJs, & a Movie 5:30 pm

Saturday, May 12 – Trip to the Hammond Museum **RSVP by 4/22/18**
All are welcome! The Senior Group is coordinating a trip to the Hammond Museum in North Salem, NY on Saturday, May 12, 2018. The trip will include a tour of the beautiful Japanese Stroll Gardens, the current artist exhibits and a formal Japanese Tea Class and Ceremony in an authentic tea house. We will meet in the COGS rear parking lot at 11:45 am and return to church at approximately 4:30 pm. The cost is $45. A sign up sheet and information about the garden and tea class are posted on the bulletin board in the Breezeway. Please sign up by no later than April 22, 2018 in order to insure space for everyone. For more information call Bruce Barber 914-299-5293 or visit the website at www.hammondmuseum.org.

Save these dates:
Sunday, May 20 – Pentecost & Huge Parish Picnic!
Sunday, June 24 – Confirmation with Bishop Dietsche presiding

Funeral for Bill Anderson: Saturday, 4/14 at 9:30 am

The funeral for Bill Anderson will be held at Good Shepherd tomorrow, Saturday, April 14 at 9:30 am. Please note this is a time change from the originally announced time. Your prayers and presence are requested. There will be a brief reception after the service to visit with Nancy, and then all are invited to the burial at Hillside Cemetery, 1033 Oregon Road, Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans, or Beth Sholom Village Rehabilitation, 6401 Auburn Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.

Bill Anderson photo

Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant Bill. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive him into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.

Today is Good Friday

Blessings this Good Friday.

Our Maundy Thursday celebration last night was powerful. Check out our Facebook page for some pictures.

Today, we offer Stations of the Cross at noon, our simple supper of soup and bread at 6:30 pm, and the Good Friday Liturgy at 7:30 pm. Please plan to join us!

Tomorrow at 6:30 pm we celebrate our annual Pizzafest, hosted by our Youth Group. Following the meal, we gather in the Memorial Garden for The Great Vigil of Easter. This service is not to be missed!

We still need some ingredients for Pizzafest tomorrow. Please check out our signup genius to see what we’re missing, and help if you can. Thank you!

Join us for these wonderful services, and on Easter at 8:00 and 10:00!

Fr. Hal wanted to share Bishop Dietsche’s sermon to the clergy from the Chrism Mass last Tuesday. Here is the link: Bishop Dietsche’s Holy Tuesday sermon.

This is the Collect for Good Friday:
Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

May you be blessed this holy week.

Holy Week & Easter at Good Shepherd – Come experience the Triduum

Welcome to Holy Week!

At Good Shepherd, we are preparing to celebrate the Easter Triduum, the Great Three Days, which begins tomorrow on Maundy Thursday.

Your presence is what makes Good Shepherd events such a blessing. Please come experience these powerful services, and invite a friend. If you would like to bring food for any of the dinners, the suggested themes are listed below. We especially need help with the ingredients for Pizzafest (see below and sign up if you can). If you prefer to support these events with a monetary donation, please indicate “Fellowship” on your check. Or, just show up! As always, thank you for all you do to make our fellowship events so successful.

Maundy Thursday
4:30pm Set up and food prep
6:30pm Mediterranean-themed potluck
7:30pm The Celebration of the Lord’s Supper with Foot Washing
If you can, come any time after 4:30pm to help with set up, baking bread, and other food prep. It’s always a wonderful and fun time of fellowship, and many hands make light work! We will also need help with clean up on each of the three nights.

Good Friday
6:30pm Simple soup and bread dinner (no meat, alcohol or desserts, please)
7:30pm The Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

Holy Saturday
3:30pm Youth Group arrives for set up of Pizzafest
6:30pm Pizzafest
7:30pm The Great Vigil of Easter
We still need several items for Pizzafest. Please check out this signup genius, and consider providing some of the needed ingredients. Thank you!

Easter Sunday
8:00am Said Rite I Holy Eucharist
10:00am Said Rite II Holy Eucharist with Hymns
Coffee hour on Easter Sunday will be potluck, so please feel free to bring something to share. The 10:00am service is followed by our annual Egg-cellent and Egg-stravagant Easter Egg Hunt on the front lawn. Invite family and friends to attend – all are most welcome!

Tonight, Holy Week & Easter!

Hi everyone,
This evening is our final Deepening Our Relationship with God in Lent service. We will share a Rite 3 Eucharist at 6:30 pm, then gather in the kitchen for some yummy soup and wonderful fellowship. Please join us!

Holy Week begins this Sunday!

Palm Sunday – March 25
8:00 am Rite 1 Eucharist
No forum this week – the final session is rescheduled for April 8th at 9:00 am
9:50 am All gather in the Memorial Garden for the 10:00 am Liturgy of the Palms (weather permitting). In the case of inclement weather, we will begin in the Parish Hall. We will process into the church together for our Rite 2 Eucharist, including the Passion according to Mark.
5:00 pm Stations of the Cross

If you have not yet experienced our amazing Easter Triduum at Good Shepherd, don’t miss it this year! These services are powerful and deeply moving, and arguably the most important services of the entire church year.

Maundy Thursday – March 29
4:30 pm Food prep and set up – all are welcome. It’s fun!
6:30 pm Potluck agape dinner with a Mediterranean theme
7:30 pm Maundy Thursday Liturgy with Washing of Feet, Lord’s Supper, Reservation of the Sacrament, Washing of the Altar, Stripping, & Veiling of the Sanctuary

Good Friday – March 30
6:30 pm Soup and bread potluck (no meat or alcohol)
7:30 pm Good Friday Liturgy: The Passion according to John, Solemn Collects, Showing of the Cross, Holy Communion from the Reserved Sacrament

Easter Eve – March 31
6:30 pm Our annual Pizzafest! hosted by the Youth Group
7:30 pm The Great Vigil of Easter begins in the Memorial Garden

Easter Sunday – April 1
8:00 am Said Rite 1 Eucharist
10:00 am Said Rite 2 Eucharist with Hymns
11:00 am Annual Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt!

And coming up on April 7th at 10:00 am at Carmel Cinema 8:
Our 2018 Movie Premier – Sherlock Gnomes!
Don’t forget to get your tickets, by sending an email to RSVP@goodshepherdny.org or seeing Deacon Norm on Sunday. Tell your friends!