This Sunday: Valentine-Palooza & Our Annual Meeting

Hi everyone,

We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to the Annual Meeting this Sunday, February 10th after the 10:00 AM service. It is our hope that as many parishioners as possible will attend this year’s meeting. Come and hear all about what was accomplished in 2018 and our hopes, dreams, and plans for 2019. See you there!

Also happening this Sunday:
8:00 am – Rite 1 Eucharist
9:00 am – Valentine-Palooza (see below)
10:00 am – Rite 2 Eucharist with hymns
11:00 am – Annual Meeting, with breakfast provided by the Men’s Group – Thanks guys!

Valentine-Palooza!
As many of you may know the Church of the Good Shepherd has a long standing connection with our veterans at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Montrose, NY. This year the MS Youth, Sunday School and Seniors are extending our church outreach to our veterans with a wonderful project! They plan on delivering handwritten cards to our veterans in celebration of Valentine’s Day on Sunday, February, 10th after the annual meeting. Therefore we need as many valentines as possible for our Veterans! If you are free on Sunday, February 10 we will start making cards right after the 8:00 am church service concludes and go until 10:30 am when Sunday School concludes. Please join us! If you can’t attend feel free to bring some valentines in and give them to the group to deliver. We can’t wait to make the Veterans smile! Questions contact Bruce or Megan.

TONIGHT at 5:30: Candlemas & Chilifest!

Tonight at 5:30 pm we will celebrate the Presentation (aka Candlemas) with a lovely candlelit Evensong. All are invited to share in this lovely 30-minute service.

Collect for the Presentation:
Almighty and everliving God, we humbly pray that, as your only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple, so we may be presented to you with pure and clean hearts by Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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After the service, we will have our annual Chilifest competition. Bring your favorite chili and/or fixin’s to share, and may the best Chili win! After dinner, our Youth Groups are hosting a board game night. It is also the 2nd anniversary of Fr. Hal’s institution as our 8th Rector, so there’s lots to celebrate. Come join the fun!

Also happening this weekend:

Sunday, February 3 – The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
8:00 am – Rite 1 Eucharist
9:45 am – Sunday School & Middle School Youth
10:00 am – Rite 2 Eucharist with Hymns – SCOUT SUNDAY
11:30 am – Events Committee Meeting

Scout Sunday
We’re very happy to welcome back our friends and guests from Somers Boy Scout Troop 376! The scouts will take on various roles in the 10:00 am service, and provide coffee hour for the parish after the service. All are welcome!

Candlemas & Chilifest – Saturday, February 2

Saturday, February 2nd at 5:30 pm we will celebrate the Presentation (aka Candlemas) with a lovely candlelit Evensong. All are invited to share in this lovely 30-minute service. It is also the 2nd anniversary of Fr. Hal’s institution as our 8th Rector!

chilifest

Have you made your chili yet?

After the service, we will have our annual Chilifest competition! Bring your favorite chili and/or fixin’s to share, and may the best Chili win!

After dinner our Youth Groups are hosting a fun board game night for all. Come and join the fun!

Annual Meeting Postponed to February 10th

Hi everyone,

Due to the forecast of inclement weather this weekend, and to maximize the number of people that attend, the Annual Meeting has been postponed until Sunday, February 10.

This Sunday, January 20, we will have our regular 8:00 am and 10:00 am worship services as scheduled. Please use your best judgment and travel safely.

Schedule update from Fr. Hal

Hi everyone,

I am writing to update you on an unexpected development. Our daughter Lily, as you may know, is doing a January-term in Spain, and on February 7, she begins a spring semester in London. (Hard life, right?) The plans in place for her time in between programs have recently fallen through, and we needed to create a plan D.

Given Lily’s medical history, we do not want her traveling alone or in a country where we cannot communicate with others if something happens to her. As a result, her Godmother is going to fly to be with her from Jan. 31-Feb. 7th in London and to get her started in the London program. And I am going to fly out this Sunday, Jan. 20, after the annual meeting to meet Lily in Dublin from Jan. 21-31st and then fly back on Thursday, Jan. 31st. This isn’t ideal, and certainly wasn’t planned, but Lori cannot leave and it’s what we feel we need to do for Lily’s well-being.

I appreciate Rick and Leslie’s input and support on making this plan. Thank you for your understanding and prayers for our family.

In gratitude,
Fr. Hal

Live from Holy Cross Monastery

Hi everyone,
The 2nd annual Good Shepherd retreat to Holy Cross Monastery is in full swing! We’re having a great time, participating in the life of the monastery.

We’ve just finished a theological reflection and this is the collect we wrote together at the end. Amazing!

Please keep us in your prayers, as you are in ours.

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Our Twelfth Night Celebration – Tonight at 5:30 PM!

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Come to Good Shepherd tonight for our fun Twelfth Night celebration!

We are starting with a Rite 3 Eucharist at 5:30 PM to be followed by a potluck dinner, BINGO and a visit from the 3 Magi in the parish hall. We request that each family attending bring the following:
– A dish to share
– A gift for each of your children so the Kings have something to deliver
– A gift for the “baby Jesus” such as diapers, baby food or formula, or $5 gift cards for groceries or gas. These donations will go to the Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center, and will make life easier for the women and mothers supported by the shelter. If you can’t attend 12th Night you can bring your donation to church anytime this month. Thank you.

It is going to be a fun night and we hope to see you there!

Sunday, January 6 is the Feast of the Epiphany
8:00 am Said Rite 1 Eucharist
10:00 am Said Rite 2 Eucharist with hymns

Attention Ministry Leaders!
Please submit your reports by Tuesday, January 8 for the Annual Report, which shall be distributed at the annual meeting on Sunday, January 20. Share your past year with the community, as well as your hopes and dreams for 2019. Please send your reports to newsletter@goodshepherdny.org. Thanks!