Tonight at 6:30: Deepening Our Relationship with God in Lent

Hi all – We hope life is getting back to normal after the recent storms and resulting power outages. Please remember you can always reach out to Fr. Hal if you are in need.

Tonight – Deepening our Relationship with God in Lent
Please join us for our lovely Evening Prayer service at 6:30 pm. Deacon Norm Fulton will offer the reflection, and the service lasts about 30 minutes. After the service, we will share a simple supper and some wonderful fellowship time. All are welcome!

Here’s the lineup for this Sunday, March 18:
8:00 am Rite 1 Said Eucharist
9:00 am Lenten Book Study – Eucharist chapter (Guild Room)
9:45 am Sunday School – creating baskets for 15 children from PNWWRC
10:00 am Rite 2 Said Eucharist with hymns
11:30 am Memorial Garden Committee Meeting (Guild Room)
5:00 pm Stations of the Cross

The Easter Bunny needs your help to fill our 1,500 eggs for our Eggstravaganza on Easter Sunday!
Please drop off stuffable candy to the bin in the office. We will be stuffing the eggs next Sunday, 3/25 after the 10:00 am service. Thank you!

Gnomes Ticket Image
Our 2018 Movie Premier is coming up on April 7!
Our First Fund Raising event of the year will be the newly released movie, Sherlock Gnomes. It features the voices of Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, Maggie Smith, James McAvoy and more. It is one of our best family events of the year. Ticket prices are 1 ticket $20.00 2 – $35.00 and 4 – $65. Additional tickets are $15.00 apiece. Each youth will receive a gift bag valued at approximately $8.00. You may order tickets by email by sending your order to On the subject line please write “Movie Tickets”. You can either send a check to the church, pay at the ticket table after the 10am Mass or pay on the day of the movie. If you can’t attend, please consider buying tickets and contributing them to our movie scholarship fund.

Lenten Outreach Opportunities
CCNW Food Support – CCNW is running low on canned and dried beans, so we will focus our giving on BEANS for the rest of March.
CCNW – Bring your quarters to church throughout Lent as we pitch in to help our community partner, the Community Center of Northern Westchester, with their fundraising campaign, “Mile of Quarters.”
Disaster Relief – We will be supporting Puerto Rico with donations to Episcopal Relief & Development for the remainder of Lent. Envelopes are available in the pews.

Day of Prayer in our Churches – A message from our bishops

Hi Everyone,

Below is an email from our Bishops Andy, Allen, and Mary. Please read their letter and The Statement of The House of Bishops.

As your rector, my role is to feed all of Christ’s sheep at Good Shepherd, not just those who agree with my own theological, political, or social views. I take that charge very seriously. Thus, I want our activities to always allow for one of the great strengths of our parish — our diversity — to flourish. This means using our personal relationships with Christ and one another to inform our understandings of different points of view. We are better humans, citizens, and Christians as a result of listening to and considering points of view sometimes very different from our own. I agree, for example, with the bishops’ email when they say, “We know that there are people in the farther and more rural parts of our diocese who live all year on the meat they harvest in hunting season. Who also keep guns for protection against dangerous people and wild or diseased animals. We know that for many people guns are necessary tools more than they are weapons.” That’s us. The urban realities are also very different from our own. We should listen to the experience of these citizens, Christians, and Episcopal brothers and sisters, as well.

Besides our points of view, the Bishops, of course, have a right — as our religious leaders — to offer spiritual reflections and diocesan policy, and they have done so on these issues. Again, please read below. It is our individual job now to prayerfully decide what our own personal stance will be, and why. I encourage you to again give your position deep prayer and reflection and to act out of your relationship with Christ. Wherever you stand on this issue, I support you to engage politically, openly, and publicly to move our country forward. I also fully support each one of us — including me, as a citizen, Christian, and priest in this diocese! — to follow Christ in the public squares as we feel called on this important issue.

We shall honor all the Bishops’ requests at Good Shepherd.

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” (Isaiah 43:2-3). “In the world you will have tribulation, but take heart. I have overcome the world.” Jesus (John 16:23b)


Fr. Hal

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March 13, 2018

Our Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We your bishops returned this weekend from the Spring Meeting of the House of Bishops in Camp Allen, Texas. While the theme, and the learnings, of this meeting were centered on resources for the Evangelism by the church, we also spent time in discussion of and prayer regarding critical issues which are demanding the attention of our country and our church. One of those issues has to do with the epidemic of gun violence and mass shootings in America, with a particular response to the killing of seventeen high school students in Parkland, Florida last month. From those discussions, a statement was drafted and placed before the House, and then accepted as reflecting the mind of the House and published. We fully support this statement (included below), while recognizing that it is, finally, rather modest under the circumstances of the public urgency from which it arose.


We know the diocese we serve. We know that there are people in the farther and more rural parts of our diocese who live all year on the meat they harvest in hunting season. Who also keep guns for protection against dangerous people and wild or diseased animals. We know that for many people guns are necessary tools more than they are weapons. But we do not forget the urban centers of our diocese, where mothers lie awake at night worrying for their children on violent streets. We have joined the Mothers’ March in the South Bronx, with that multitude of women carrying the pictures of their lost children. The possession and use of guns exists on a spectrum across our diocese just as it does across our country, and we believe that the inability of people of good will to talk to each other across those cultures has created much of the paralysis in our national debate about gun ownership and gun violence.

Then came Parkland. The eloquence, through tears, of the young people of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has commanded the attention of America, as they have called for legislators to enact common sense gun laws to reduce the likelihood of the kind of mass shooting they experienced. And they are changing the national debate. In the words of these young people we have heard their great sense of betrayal in the larger society which has utterly failed to protect our own communities and our own children in the face of shooting after shooting after shooting. “We are going to have to be the adults in this situation,” one young person said. “Our generation will fix this problem.” And they have called for a mass gathering on March 24 to bring this movement into the light and demonstrate solidarity for one another and give voice to this pain and these losses and these demands.

March 14 and March 24

We are on their side. We are asking our parishes tomorrow to keep their churches open for prayer, to make special intention at our altars for the victims of gun violence, and at noon, where possible, to toll bells for each of the seventeen victims of the Parkland shooting. And we are inviting everyone to participate in the March For Our Lives gatherings on March 24. We intend to make it possible for all young people in the Diocese of New York who wish to join in the public demonstration on that day to do so. It will be a very large gathering in Washington, DC. We also expect there to be a sizeable gathering in New York City. Buses to Washington, DC are being organized by Trinity Parish Wall Street with a priority for transporting young people. Those who want to be part of that trip are asked to contact Trinity directly. When we have further information about the details of a New York City demonstration, and meeting points for Episcopalians, we will post that on the Diocesan website. We very much encourage you to join us.

But while these young people are rightfully deserving of our admiration, no less so are the young African Americans who have, through the Black Lives Matter Movement, laid before us the account of lives lived in the constant fear of violence, and of the many young black lives that have been lost to random, criminal or institutional gun violence. Their voices are not forgotten by the House of Bishops or our church, and we are determined that their pain must not be lost, but by the grace of God, there may now be a chorus of a million young people joined across race and community and culture that will finally awaken our nation to the terrible cost of all this shooting, and to the hopes and lives of all of God’s people.

The Book of Lamentations begins with the prophet sitting above the ruined city of Jerusalem and asking the plaintive question, “Is it nothing to you, all ye who pass by?” May we on March 24, who follow our Lord in the way of life, demonstrate that it is not nothing to us. It is everything.

Below you will find the statement of the House of Bishops.

Tomorrow you will receive a second letter from us, regarding the House of Bishops statement on the #MeToo Movement, especially as regards the life and polity of our diocese.

The Right Reverend Andrew ML Dietsche
Bishop of New York

The Right Reverend Allen K Shin
Bishop Suffragan of New York

The Right Reverend Mary D Glasspool
Bishop Assistant of New York

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Episcopal Church House of Bishops
Advocacy to End Gun Violence
March 7, 2018

“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live.” (Deuteronomy 30:19)

At this critical moment young people of the United States are inviting us to turn away from the nightmare of gun violence to the dream of choosing life. The young people of Parkland, Florida are calling for elected officials to:
• ban the sale of assault weapons
• prohibit the sale of high capacity magazines
• close loopholes in background checks
Others are seeking to:
• ban the sale of bump stocks
• raise the age to 21 years to purchase firearms
• challenge the National Rifle Association to support safe gun legislation.
We, the bishops of The Episcopal Church, wholeheartedly support and join with the youth in this call to action.

At the same time, we acknowledge that black and brown youth have continuously challenged the United States to address the gun violence that they and their communities are experiencing. We repent that, as bishops, we have failed to heed their call.

As bishops we commit to following the youth of the United States in their prophetic leadership. To that end we will observe a day of Lament and Action on March 14, one month to the day after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. We pledge ourselves, and we invite our dioceses, to participate in the “March for our Lives” on March 24 in Washington DC and in cities and towns across the United States. We recognize the urgency of this moment and we recommit to working for safe gun legislation as our church has called for in multiple General Convention resolutions. In addition, we pledge ourselves to bring the values of the gospel to bear on a society that increasingly glorifies violence and trivializes the sacredness of every human life.

We will walk with the youth of the United States today and into the future in choosing life.

Reminders for Sunday

It has certainly been a challenging week for our community. We wanted to reach out and remind everyone what’s coming up this weekend.

Remember to set your clocks ahead 1 hour tonight for Daylight Savings Time!

Tomorrow we will have our regularly scheduled services at 8 & 10 am, and stations of the cross at 5 pm. In addition, we’ll be continuing our lenten book study at 9 am, with Chapter 2 in Rowan Williams’ “Being Christian,” on the Bible.

After the 10 am service, everyone is invited to our first annual “Can’t wait for hot dog season” bash! We could all use a reminder that warmer, sunnier days are on the horizon. If you have power and are up to it, consider bringing a side for tomorrow. But even if not, just come and have some fun with your parish family!

Interfaith Youth bowling is on for tomorrow, from 6-8 pm at JV Bowl.

Also, please remember the various collections going on right now:
– We are collecting items for 15 Easter baskets for kids at the Putnam Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center. Tomorrow is the last day for these donations.

– We need candy for our awesome Easter Eggstravaganza! Donations can be left in the bin in the office. (Just candy, not eggs please.) We will be stuffing eggs on Palm Sunday, 3/25 after the 10 am service.

– CCNW mile of quarters campaign continues. Please add your quarters to the canister at the back of the church. Also, for March we are focusing our food donations on SOUP.

Our 2018 movie premier is fast approaching. We will see “Sherlock Gnomes” on April 7 at the Carmel Cinema. See Deacon Norm for your tickets.

We hope everyone is getting back to a more regular routine. Please remember to contact Fr. Hal on his cell if you are in need.

See you tomorrow!

Update from COGS


Hi everyone,
I wanted to let you know the church and rectory came through the storms without any problems. If anyone needs any assistance of any kind, please call Fr. Hal on his confidential cell and we shall help you in every way we can. Pray for those who are struggling as a result of the storm and bring in your quarters and food for CCNW donations. They will need it!

Friday, 3/9 at 6:30 pm we will have a lovely service of evening prayer, followed by a simple soup supper and fellowship time. All are welcome!

Remember that daylight savings time begins this weekend. Turn your clocks forward one hour on Saturday night, or else you’ll miss church!

Sunday is scheduled to proceed as normal:
8:00 am Said Eucharist Rite 1
9:00 am Lenten Book Study (Guild Room)
9:45 am Sunday School & Middle school youth
10:00 am Said Eucharist with hymns Rite 2
5:00 pm Stations of the Cross

At the community forum book study at 9:00 am, we will be discussing chapter 2 on the Bible. Free special gift for all attendees!

And don’t forget the middle and high school youth will be bowling with our interfaith group on Sunday evening! JV Bowl from 6-8pm.

Stay safe, everyone. And please reach out if you are in need.
Fr. Hal

Services at 8 & 10 tomorrow

Hi all,
We hope everyone is safe after this surprising weather event. If you need anything, you can reach Fr. Hal on his cell.

We WILL have church tomorrow – said Eucharist at 8 and 10 am (no community forum). Unfortunately, there is no power (and thus no heat) at church, but there is running water. As always, please use your best judgment when traveling.

Stay safe, and please reach out if you are in need. Know that we are praying for you.

Tonight’s service is canceled

Hi all,

Due to the unpredictable nature of today’s inclement weather, tonight’s service is canceled. We will resume our Deepening Our Relationship with God in Lent series next Friday, March 9 with Evening Prayer at 6:30 pm, followed by our simple soup supper and fellowship time. Please travel safely, wherever you may be today.

This Sunday, our services and events will proceed as scheduled:

8:00 am – Said Rite 1 Eucharist
9:00 am – Community Forum: Lenten Book Study – Bible chapter
9:45 am – Sunday School & Middle School Youth Group
10:00 am – Said Rite 2 Eucharist with hymns – SCOUT SUNDAY
11:00 am – Breakfast provided by our sponsored Boy Scout Troop 376 – all are invited!
5:00 pm – Stations of the Cross (25-30 minute service)

Looking ahead, please take note of the following activities and outreach opportunities:

Sunday, March 11 – Interfaith Bowling!
Our Middle School & High School Youth Groups will be joining our friends from the congregations in the Yorktown Interfaith Council for BOWLING! We will meet at Jefferson Valley Lanes and bowl from 6:00-8:00 pm. The cost is $15 with a meal, shoes, and 2 bowling games included. Please let Megan or Fay know if you need a ride.

Saturday, March 17 from 12:00-3:30 pm – Middle School Youth CCNW Outreach Trip
Our Middle School Youth is doing a service trip to the Community Center of Northern Westchester. Meet at church, load the car, shop at ACME, deliver our donations, tour the CCNW and stock the shelves.

Donations needed:
Don’t forget your quarters for the CCNW Mile of Quarters campaign! The canister is at the back of the church on the CCNW table. Ongoing food donations are always welcome, and in March we are focusing on SOUP.

During Sunday School on March 18 we will be making baskets for 15 children at the Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center. Please consider donating a basket stuffer – when you are at the store grab 15 stickers or 15 lollipops or 15 plastic bunnies – anything that might brighten their Easter. Please give these items to Megan or another Sunday School Teacher on March 4 or 11.

It’s that time of year again – the COGS AMAZING EASTER EGG HUNT is upon us. Please consider purchasing a bag of candy that we can stuff into the Eggs on Sunday, March 25. Please put the candy in the bin in Father Hal’s office on March 4, 11, 18 or 25. We do NOT need eggs, just candy donations please.

See you Sunday!

Update on Diane & Doug

Hi everyone,

Deacon Norm and I just came back from visiting with Diane and Doug in the hospital. In case you haven’t heard, yesterday, as planned for months, Diane donated one of her kidneys to her husband Doug. We are pleased to report that both are doing excellent.

Diane looks great and is in good spirits, surrounded by the love of family, friends, and her faith community. She is recovering so well, in fact, that she likely will be discharged tomorrow. Doug looks very good but his recovery will be slower. The great news is that his body has already accepted the kidney and he is making good progress. He won’t be discharged until next week.

We give thanks to God for all this. Diane appreciates emails, but it may be awhile before she can respond as she needs to rest and recover, especially once she returns home.

The family asks for our continued prayers. They are very grateful for everyone’s prayers and love.

Good Shepherd is a wonderful community of caring. Thanks for all you are and all you do.


Fr. Hal

Lenten Book Study starts this Sunday

Our Lenten Book Study of Rowan Williams’ book Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer begins this Sunday, 2/18 at 9:00 am in the Guild Room. If you already have a copy of the book, please read the first chapter on Baptism for this week. If you don’t have a copy of the book yet – come anyway! Extra copies will be available on Sunday. All are welcome to attend one or all of the sessions.

Here’s the lineup for this Sunday, February 18:
8:00 am Said Eucharist Rite 1
9:00 am Lenten Book Study (Guild Room)
10:00 am Said Eucharist with hymns Rite 2
Sunday School is a craft Sunday for kids of all ages, during the 10:00 am service
11:00 am New Visitor Welcome and Birthday Cake Sunday in the Parish Hall
5:00 pm Stations of the Cross

CCNW Mile of Quarters Campaign
Bring your quarters to church throughout Lent as we pitch in to help our community partner, the Community Center of Northern Westchester, with their fundraising campaign. They are working with all of their community partners in an attempt to raise a mile of quarters (=$15,840). There is a canister and flyer on the CCNW table at the back of the church. Won’t you add your quarter to the mile?

Reminder: There will be an Outreach Committee meeting next Sunday, February 25 after the 10:00 am service.

Ash Wednesday services

Ash Wednesday is tomorrow, February 14, 2018.

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 at 9:00 am we will begin our Lenten Book Study of Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer by Rowan Williams. In preparation for the first session on February 18, please read Chapter 1 on Baptism.

** Don’t worry if you don’t have the book yet – copies will be available on Sunday.
Just show up!**