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Tastes of Somers is this Friday 11/17!

This Friday we will be hosting our 8th annual Tastes of Somers event. It promises to be our best ever. The Silent Auction will feature a sailboat cruise on the Hudson, Jets Tickets, Gift certificates to area restaurants and businesses, food tasting from FitStop Delivers and Bronx Buns, and passed hors d’oeuvres. If you would like to participate in “your own tasting event”, please bring an hors d’oeuvres with a card stating your name and the name of the hors d’oeuvres. There will be a raffle featuring prizes from area businesses, plus movies for the kids. See you this Friday, Nov. 17th at 7pm.


The Fund Rising Committee,

Sybil Barnett, Diane Bushel, Fran DiBernardo, Glenn Hintze, Arleen Flury, Sharen McKenna, Maria Kaprielian, Phill Pinkney, Lorne Robbins, Amanda Slattery, Cecilia Sparacio, Courtney Velzy, Rick Vesperman, Megan Whalen, Dr. Fay Wright, The Rev. Hal Roark, Rector and The Rev. Deacon Norman Fulton, Chair

Click here for the Facebook event to share with your friends!

Taste of Somers Poster-Flier 2017 Revised 10-25-17

Daylight Savings ends tonight!

Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend!

fall back for church

Remember to turn your clocks back tonight so you won’t be early for church!
(But Fr. Hal will have the coffee ready for you just in case.)

Tomorrow is All Saints Sunday & Pledging Sunday.

8:00 am – Rite I Said Eucharist, followed by our Stewardship breakfast in the Guild Room

10:00 am – The 10:00 am service will begin in the Memorial Garden (unless it’s pouring). The service will be followed by our Stewardship luncheon.

See you there!

This weekend at Good Shepherd

Hi all – Here’s what’s coming up this weekend:

Saturday, November 4: 8:00 am – midnight
Our 30th Annual Prayer Vigil
All of the slots have been filled. For those who have signed up, thank you! And, even if you didn’t sign up, you are still invited to spend some quiet time in the church at one of the multiple prayer stations. If you did sign up, please arrive on time for your hour and enter the sanctuary in silence. Enjoy this powerful time of prayer and reflection.

Sunday, November 5
All Saints Sunday & Pledging Sunday
Both worship services at 8:00 am & 10:00 am will conclude with quiet time when all will be invited to present their pledges. After both services, the Stewardship Committee is providing a delicious meal for all. Please join us!

8:00 am – Rite I said service, followed by breakfast in the Guild Room
10:00 am – Our Rite II service begins in the Memorial Garden, where we will offer special prayers for All Saints. We will then process into the church for the remainder of the service. After the service, we will share our annual luncheon in the Parish Hall.

Sunday is the final day to donate coats, sweaters, and sweatshirts for this year’s drive for the veterans. After the 10:00 service, the Seniors Group and Middle School Youth Group will meet to package the donations for delivery to the VA Hospital in Montrose. We will be bringing the coats, sweaters and sweatshirts to the VA hospital on Tuesday 11/7, leaving the COGS rear parking lot at about 10:15 am and if any parishioners and children would like to attend, please contact Bruce at 914-299-5293 no later than Monday. Thank you!

Looking ahead…

Sunday, November 12
New Member Ice Cream Social after the 10:00 am service. Come to the Guild Room if you are new to the church in the last year or so.

Friday, November 17
Tastes of Somers fundraiser from 7:00-9:00 pm. Keep an eye out for a mailing about this fabulous community event. Save the date and bring your friends!

Sunday, November 19
Yorktown Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Prayer Service at 4:00 pm at Good Shepherd. All are welcome – tell your friends!

Enjoy this beautiful day!

This week at Good Shepherd

Hi all – This is what’s coming up:

The services for Mary Ann Vlymen, Jan Corning’s Mom, will be held tomorrow, October 21 at 10:00 am at Our Lady of Sorrows, 920 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY. Immediately following, internment for both of Jan’s parents will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery, 575 Hillside Avenue, White Plains, NY. Your prayers and presence are requested.

At Good Shepherd:
Tonight at 7:00 pm is our Wine Glass Painting fundraiser. Registration is closed, but if you still need to pay, please bring $45 cash to the event.

Saturday, October 21
Our First Annual Fall Classic Car Show
The event is from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, and is FREE for all spectators. Registration for cars opens at 9:00 am. Food (burgers, dogs, etc.) and beverages will be available for purchase throughout the day.

Sunday, October 22
8:00 am Rite I Said Eucharist
9:45 am Sunday School
10:00 am Rite II Said Eucharist with Hymns – Stewardship season kick off

Senior Group Fall Foliage River Cruise on the Hudson – car pools leave Good Shepherd at 1:45 pm and should return by 5:15 pm. This trip is full.

Please review the draft Parish Directory that will be circulated during and after both services! Make any edits directly in the booklet. If all is correct, please just mark it with a check so we will know that you have reviewed it. The new edition will be available in the coming weeks, primarily electronically (pdf).

Senior Group & Middle School Youth Group Coat & Sweater Drive for the Veterans
Hello Church of the Good Shepherd! On Sunday Oct 22 – Sunday Nov 5, the MS Youth group together with the Seniors will be collecting coats and sweaters for a coat/sweater drive. We are accepting both lightly used and new coats (for females and males). You can find the collection boxes in the Guild Room. These coats and sweaters will be delivered to the veterans at the VA hospital in Montrose, and any items that can’t be used will be donated to Love in Action which is a local helping organization located on Front Street in Yorktown. We hope to fill those boxes, and can’t wait to bring them to the veterans. Thanks! (by Denele R.)

Remember that next Sunday, October 29 is a Family Sunday at the 10:00 am service, followed by our annual Halloween Party. Kids of all ages are invited to wear costumes!

Antiques Appraisal & Arts Jam this Saturday 10/14!

Check out the flyer for our upcoming Fall Festival this weekend, and share it with your friends!

Please whip up your favorite bake sale treats and bring them to church Friday evening or Saturday morning. We all know Good Shepherd has the BEST bake sales around, but we need YOU to help make it happen!

It’s going to be an amazing day! Among other things:

  • The Antiques Appraisal will be going on all day ($10 for 1 item, $25 for 3 items)
  • Fr. Hal’s talk about How to get into the best college with the most free (merit) scholarship money will be from 9:00 – 12:00, followed by a Q&A with a college admissions counselor.
  • The Arts Jam will begin at noon on the front lawn (music, dance, magic, poetry, and more!) Visual art will be on display in the Parish Hall.
  • The Putnam Humane Society will bring some sweet pets for a meet and greet in the afternoon.
  • Deacon Norm will give a talk about juvenile delinquency as seen through the eyes of kids, based on his book “Yo, God, What the Hell.”
  • Food & baked goods will be available all day.

Thank you as always for your support of our wonderful parish events. Bring your friends, and we’ll see you Saturday!

antiques revised 10-12 with times

What a week. And what a God!

Hi Everyone,

Well, there are weeks, and then there are weeks.

And this has been a doozy of a week, hasn’t it?

First, we learned of Jan’s mom’s recent death. Then Bill Greene’s unexpected death last Sunday night with his funeral this Saturday at 9 am. And that’s in the context of Sheila McCluskey’s funeral this Saturday at 11 am. And all this is happening within the national context of the evil and mass murder in Las Vegas.

Talk about feeling rattled. I’m feeling that way.

What is a Christian to do in these times, times of overwhelming natural and unnatural death?

Should we retreat? Fear our neighbors? Abdicate to the darkness?

No. None of the above.

A Christian should do what Christians have always done in such difficult times — we affirm and celebrate the goodness of life and we affirm and celebrate the greatness of our God. And — thanks be to God! — we have lots of opportunities to do both of these things in our immediate future. Here are some important opportunities to be aware of:

A. The upcoming wakes, masses, and burials:

Remember, all the parts of a Christian funeral always celebrate two things — 1) the unique life and spirit of the deceased and 2) the joyful promises of God in Christ. This weekend, we are blessed with two funerals of two former parishioners who requested to be celebrated here, in their primary faith community. We are also invited to join with a current parishioner in the funeral services for her mom.

1. The first are Bill Greene’s funeral services. Bill will have a wake tomorrow, Friday, October 6, at Clark Funeral Home, 2104 Saw Mill River Rd, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 from 2:00-4:00 pm & 7:00-9:00 pm. His funeral mass is this Saturday, October 7, at 9 am here at Good Shepherd. There is a burial service immediately afterwards at Rose Hill Cemetery, 101 Mill St, Putnam Valley, NY 10579. Your prayers and presence are requested for all these services.

2. Sheila McCluskey’s funeral shall also take place this Saturday, September 7th, at Good Shepherd at 11 am. There will be an internment of her ashes immediately afterwards in our Memorial Garden, followed by a reception in our Parish Hall. Your prayers and presence are requested for all her services.

3. Jan Corning’s mother, Mary Ann Vlymen, shall have a funeral mass at Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church in White Plains on Saturday, October 21st at 10 am. There is an internment at Calgary Cemetery immediately following with a luncheon afterwards (details to follow). Your prayers and presence are requested for any part of her services.

B. Other Opportunities to Celebrate Life & God Together:

1. As a gift from the Holy Spirit (which is how I truly see it), we have an unexpected baptism to celebrate this Sunday at 10 am for a young family of four who are not (yet) members of our parish but who called us and asked if I/we would baptize their beautiful newborn daughter, Ariana. The answer, of course, was yes. I’ve met with this lovely family and I’m excited about them joining us Sunday (and hopefully beyond). In baptism, we ritually celebrate that we die and rise with Christ. We also renew our own baptismal vows, including the vow that we reject Satan (the symbolic personification of evil) and all his ways. What a perfect weekend to baptize, after so much natural and unnatural death!

2. This Sunday, we shall also have the Blessing of the Animals at noon in church. Bring your pets to church! Bring friends, too. This is a friendly, short prayer service that culminates with the blessing of the pets and their frolicking on the front lawn after the service. If you know any family, friends, or neighbors that are feeling down as a result of national events, invite them to church on Sunday and/or to this service. It warms the heart and soul. Come yourself, even if you don’t have pets. It’s a riot watching the pets in church and afterwards on the front lawn.

3. Finally, we have lots of great opportunities in October to gather and enjoy being community together: our Fall Fundraiser/Arts Jam on Saturday, October 14 (see and share the attached flyer); our wine glass painting party on Friday, October 20; our First Annual Classic Car show (free admission with over 50 classic cars. Come check them out!); and more. Click here for the September – December 2017 Calendar of Events flyer we have been distributing at church to discover even more opportunities for celebrating and enjoying life together.

Be a good friend. The entire country is feeling rattled by recent weather and social events. Connecting with others through positive social events is good for everyone’s mental and spiritual heath. Bring a friend that’s feeling down to any of our events to help them reaffirm their sense of goodness in life and people. It’s one of the best gifts you can give to those you care about.

So — this has been a doozy of a week. And, unfortunately, there will be others like it in our future because that’s part of the human condition. Life is hard. But we are not in it alone. We have each other and we have God. And those are two HUGE resources that make all the difference!

Find comfort in the words of Jesus we say at the end of the funeral mass in the blessing: “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world!” (John 16:33)

Thanks be to God!

Your brother in creation and in Christ,


Sad news: RIP Bill Greene

Dear friends,

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Bill Greene died last evening at 7:38 pm. Bill & Gwen were long-time parishioners at Good Shepherd, and had moved to Massachusetts to live near their family about a year ago. They were very active in many ministries in our parish, and were instrumental in the revitalization of our Seniors Group.

Arrangements are as follows, and your prayers and presence are requested:

Friday, October 6
2:00-4:00 pm & 7:00-9:00 pm
Clark Funeral Home, 2104 Saw Mill River Rd, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

Saturday, October 7
Funeral Mass
9:00 am
Church of the Good Shepherd, 39 Granite Springs Road, Granite Springs, NY 10527

Burial immediately following the funeral service
Rose Hill Cemetery, 101 Mill St, Putnam Valley, NY 10579

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; that, casting all their care on you, they may know the consolation of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Tonight at 6:30 pm: Michaelmas & Oktoberfest!

Today is our annual celebration of the Feast of Saint Michael & All Angels (Michaelmas) followed by our awesome Oktoberfest! As an added treat, we are delighted to welcome back Bishop Allen Shin. He will be our Celebrant and Preacher at the Eucharist, beginning at 6:30 pm. This is a wonderful day to invite your friends and neighbors to come check out Good Shepherd and get to know us.


Wilfried is roasting a whole pig all day today, so it will be perfect for us to enjoy after the service. It is a German-themed feast, with seasonal beer from local breweries, and any potluck sides and desserts are most appreciated.

The event is free for everyone. As an entry “ticket” we ask that everyone bring a nonperishable food donation for our food drive, in support of the Community Center of Northern Westchester. There are reusable bags available at the back of the church, but loose items are also gratefully accepted.

It’s going to be a great time, and we look forward to seeing everyone. Bring your friends!

Also happening this week:

Sunday, October 1
8:00 am Rite I Eucharist
9:00 am Support Connection Walk at FDR Park
9:45 am Sunday School
10:00 am Rite II Eucharist with hymns, with a farewell blessing for Phil & Joyce Levy
11:30 am Seniors Group meeting (Guild Room)
11:30 am Stewardship Committee meeting (Breezeway)

Monday, October 2
Writers Group – 7:30 pm in the Guild Room

Wednesday, October 4
Weekly Lunch & Learn Bible Study resumes, 12:00-1:30 pm in the Guild Room. Fr. Hal leads. No experience (or Bible) necessary. Bring lunch and enjoy the discussion. All are welcome!

Saturday, October 7
Funeral for Sheila McCluskey at 11:00 am, with reception afterwards in the Parish Hall. Your prayers and presence are requested.

Sunday, October 8
Blessing of the Animals in Church – 12:00 noon

Community Forum: Tomorrow 9/24 @ 9am

Hi all – Tomorrow morning we are delighted to welcome Ms. Kathy Quinn, Executive Director of Support Connection. Ms. Quinn will be speaking at our Community Forum from 9-9:30 tomorrow morning in the Parish Hall.

Support Connection is a truly unique local organization. Since 1996, they have helped thousands of people with breast and ovarian cancer, as well as their family and friends. Support Connection provides critically needed counseling, support groups, educational programs, wellness workshops and resource information. All of these services are FREE.

In addition, Good Shepherd will again have a team participating in the Support-A-Walk on Sunday, October 1 at FDR Park in Yorktown. To walk with our team or to make a donation, please see Diane Buschel. Online donations can be made using this link: Thank you!

Also happening this Sunday:
8:00 am Said Rite I Eucharist
9:00 am Community Forum in the Parish Hall – Ms. Kathy Quinn from Support Connection
9:45 am Sunday School
10:00 am Said Rite II Eucharist with Hymns
11:15 am Youth Group meets in Youth Room
11:30 am Outreach Meeting in the Guild Room
11:30 am Sunday School Committee Meeting in the Breezeway
4:30 pm Confirmation Class in the Rectory

Thursday, September 28 – Senior Group trip to Val-Kill
The Senior Group is coordinating lunch at church at 11:30 am, and a trip to Eleanor Roosevelt’s home in Hyde Park, NY. Lunch is free, and the cost of the trip is $10 per person. Car pooling is available. This trip is open to all – please sign up in the Breezeway to let us know you’re coming!

Friday, September 29 – Michaelmas & Oktoberfest
6:30 pm Rite 2 Eucharist with Hymns – Bishop Shin is our Celebrant & Preacher!
7:30 pm Our righteous annual Oktoberfest!
The whole roast pig is back! This is a German-themed feast – please sign up in the Breezeway to let us know you’re coming, and sign up to bring something to share. It’s a great night to invite friends and family to come enjoy a fabulous evening of fun and fellowship. See you there!

Save these dates: Upcoming fundraising events

The Fundraising Committee has been working very hard to plan events for the Fall and Winter season, and they are ready to share them for your enjoyment.

We pray that each event is a success, but we don’t want the events to come across as “it’s all about the money.” It’s not all about the money.  It’s about a number of things: increasing opportunities for fun together, increasing opportunities to invite others to join us in our fun events and to learn more about us, and to raise funds to support important budget priorities.

Additionally, each event is designed to provide opportunities for every parishioner to serve the church with his or her gifts as inspired by the Holy Spirit. The Apostle Paul said it best in 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.”  Thanks be to God!

These exciting events are:

October 14th (9am to 5pm)
Antiques Appraisal, Arts Jam, College Admission Insights, Adopt A Pet, Fashion Show, Raffle, Bake Sale and more

October 20th (7pm to 9pm)
Wine Glass Painting Party

October 21st (10am to 4pm)
First Annual Fall Classic Car Show

November 17th (7pm to 9pm)
Tastes of Somers

December 9th (10am 4pm)
The Christmas Bazaar

God’s blessings,

Deacon Norm Fulton, Chair

Diane Buschel, Fran DiBernardo, Arleen Flury, Glenn Hintze, Maria Kaprielian, Sharen McKenna, Kathleen Parsons, Phill Pinkney, Fr. Hal Roark, Lorne Robbins, Amanda Slattery, Cecilia Sparacio, Courtney Velzy, Rick Vesperman, Megan Whalen, and Fay Wright