Tonight: Deepening Our Relationship with God in Advent

Hi everyone,

Come on over to Good Shepherd this evening for a lovely Rite 3 Eucharist at 6:30 pm, as we continue to deepen our relationship with God and each other this Advent. The service will be followed by a simple soup and bread supper, and wonderful fellowship time. You don’t need to do anything but show up!

Coming up this week:

Sunday, December 16
8:00 am Said Eucharist (Rite 1)
9:45 am Sunday School **Middle School Youth isn’t meeting this week**
10:00 am Said Eucharist with hymns (Rite 2)
11:15 am Weather Ready presentation in the Guild Room

Are You “Weather Ready”?
Learn how to become ready for severe weather on Sunday, December 16 during coffee hour.
The High School Youth Group invites you to a presentation by one of our alumni, Katie McKeown, about how to be ready for severe weather. Katie is a meteorology student and a member of the Meteorology Society. She has given this presentation to community groups and wanted to offer it to the High School Youth Group. We thought it would be important information for everyone to hear! We will provide a yummy coffee hour and we can all learn about weather preparedness from Katie! We hope you will join us.

Outreach – Giving Tree
The tabletop Christmas Tree in the breezeway is our only specific outreach this Advent season. The Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem operates 14 schools in Palestine, Israel and Jordan, two major hospitals, four outpatient clinics, mobile clinics and four institutions supporting children and adults with disabilities. No one is denied attention because they cannot pay. Government grants have been slashed. Please give what you can to support our church’s work in our Holy Land. Further information can be found at www.AFEDJ.org.

Christmas Schedule
Monday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Day
4:30 pm Christmas Eve Family Service
7:30 pm Carols & Anthems
8 pm Christmas Eve Eucharist with choir and music

Tuesday, December 25 – Christmas Day
10:00 am Rite 2 Eucharist

Sunday, December 30
8:00 am Morning Prayer
10:00 am Nine Lessons and Carols

See you Sunday!

TONIGHT: Quieter Advent service

Please join us tonight at 7:00 pm for our Quieter Christmas prayer service. This is a candlelit service of prayer and traditional Advent hymns wherein we pray for those we love (and perhaps have lost) and where we experience the power of Advent but in a softer way. No demands for forced cheer at this service; this service lets us feel all our feelings and invites us to lay them in the loving arms of God. It’s perfect for those who find the hyper-commercialization of the secular Christmas season just too much to bear.

A simple supper will be offered at 6:30 pm. You don’t need to bring anything, just show up and be nourished in body and soul.

All in the community are warmly invited to attend. Invite a friend, and come experience this lovely and peaceful time.

Also this weekend:

Our awesome Christmas Bazaar is tomorrow!
Saturday, December 8 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Donations for the bake table are needed and will be gratefully accepted!

Sunday, December 9 – Advent 2
8:00 am Rite I Eucharist
10:00 am Rite II with hymns & Christmas Pageant
11:15 am Acolyte Training

The Christmas Bazaar is this Saturday, 12/8!

The day is almost here! – Our Annual Christmas Bazaar is taking place on Saturday, December 8th from 10:00AM – 4:00PM. It’s always great fun for everyone.

We’re looking forward to tasting your delicious cookies, brownies, cupcakes, cakes, pies, breads, candies. All are greatly appreciated for our bake table, which is always a big hit. You can bring them on Friday Dec. 7th or Saturday morning.

Thank you for all your donations of new or gently used Christmas-themed items for the Boutique table. You can still drop things off Friday or even on Saturday morning. These can be gift items, Christmas decorations, knick-knacks, jewelry, etc.

Elves will be working on Friday during the day setting up, so if you are able to drop by to help display and price items, we would love the help. (Noon until 4 pm, then after 7pm)

Volunteers are needed to help with selling at the tables on Saturday during the bazaar. Any time you can give is appreciated and will give others a break and a chance to enjoy the day as well.

Please feel free to bring any of your craft or home made items to add to the craft/gift table. Or if you would like to put together a small themed gift basket to sell, that would be great as well.

Save the Date – Come shop — Have Fun – Be sure to tell all your family and friends.

Thank you all for your help and support – Hope to see you there!

Arleen Flury – Bazaar Chairperson

Advent begins Sunday!

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Advent! Join us at Good Shepherd as we prepare the way…

Sunday, December 2
8:00 Said Eucharist (Rite 1)
9:45 Sunday School & Middle School Youth – Pageant Rehearsal
10:00 Said Eucharist (Rite 2) with hymns, Saint Nicholas visit, and a blessing of the children and their mite boxes
11:00 High School Youth trip to the Cloisters – we’ll leave right after the service
3:00 Town of Somers Dedication of the Nativity Scene (Elephant Hotel – corner of Route 100 & Route 202 in Somers). Fr Hal and other local clergy will be present, and all in the community are invited.

Friday, December 7 – Quieter Advent Service
Please join us Friday at 7:00 pm for our Quieter Advent prayer service. This is a candlelit service of prayer and traditional Advent hymns wherein we pray for those we love (and perhaps have lost) and where we experience the power of Advent but in a softer way. This service lets us feel all our feelings and invites us to lay them in the loving arms of God. It’s perfect for those who find the hyper-commercialization of the secular Christmas season just too much to bear.

A simple supper will be offered at 6:30 pm. You don’t need to bring anything, just show up and be nourished in body and soul.

All in the community are warmly invited to attend. Bring a friend, and come experience this lovely and peaceful time.

Calling all bakers!
Our wonderful Christmas Bazaar is coming up next Saturday, December 8 and we need YOU! Please consider baking and sharing your favorite treats for the bake table. Any kind of baked goods are fine — cakes, cookies, breads, brownies, cupcakes, etc. Items can be dropped at church either Friday evening or Saturday morning before 10:00 am. The bake table is always a highlight of the Bazaar, and it’s only possible with your generous help. Thank you!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hi everyone,

For Thanksgiving, we will celebrate the Eucharist tomorrow morning at 10:00 am. Please join us! If you can’t be here, know that you will be in our prayers.

T-shirt reminder:
If you are interested in buying a Good Shepherd T-shirt or sweatshirt, please remember that the deadline for orders is this Sunday, November 25. Please click here for the order form or you may click here to contact Megan directly for information and assistance.

Collect for Thanksgiving Day:
Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Many blessings to you and yours for a peaceful Thanksgiving.

Tastes of Somers Silent Auction Sneak Peek

Hi everyone,

Tastes of Somers is coming up this Friday, November 9 at 7:00 pm! It’s going to be a fantastic evening, and we can’t wait to see you there. You can still buy advance tickets for the discounted rate, or buy your tickets at the door. This is always a wonderful community event, and a great opportunity to invite friends to our campus to get a Taste of who we are. Call the office at 914.248.5631 or email RSVP@goodshepherdny.org and tell us you’ll come!

Click here for the event flyer. Feel free to share it and spread the word.

The Fund Raising Committee is very excited about this year’s Tastes Silent Auction. It contains two opera tickets to Aida at Lincoln Center, a Condo in Hawaii, Jets tickets, a ride in a Lamborghini, plus many more exciting offerings. Below is our working list. Additional items are still being added, but we wanted to give you a heads up prior to the Auction Friday night. Any questions, please call Deacon Norm on his cell phone: 914-393-8244. We can’t wait to see everyone!

1. Two Jets tickets with parking pass (Value $220 – $150 Min Bid – $20 increments)
2. Hawaii Condo (Value $2,000 – Min. Bid $1,000 – $50 increments)
3. Opera Tickets to Aida on January 18th at Lincoln Center at 7:30 PM (Price TBD)
4. Threesome + Lorne at Mahopac Golf Club (Value $300 – Min Bid $150)
5. Ride in a Lamborghini Price (TBD)
6. 1st Hand crocheted Afghan (Value $100 – Min. Bid $30 – $10 increments)
7. 2nd Hand crocheted Afghan (Value $100 – Min. Bid $30 – $10 increments)
8. Sail cruise on the Hudson ($250 Value – Min. Bid $100 – $30 Increments)
9. Pet Portrait by Maria Kaprielian (Value $250 – Min. Bid $100 – $25 increments)
10. $100 Gift Card for Club Fit ($25 Min. Bid – $10 increments)
11. $50 Gift Basket from Wishes Boutique – ($10 Min. Bid – $5 increments)
12. $40 Gift Basket from Starbucks ($10 Min. Bid – $5 increments)
13. $50 Gift Certificate to Hair Liberation ($10 Min. Bid – $5 increments)
14. Sweet Delights Bakery (Value TBD)
15. $15 Gift Certificate from Somers Pharmacy ($5 Min. Bid – $2 increments)
16. $80 Gift Basket from Mahopac Card Shop ($30 Min. Bid – $10 increments)
17. Beehive Gifts –Value TBD
18. $65 Gift Certificate from Angel Face Day Spa.
19. $90 Gift Certificate for a massage from Susan Hintze
20. $20 Gift Certificate from Coldstone Creamery
21. $150 necklace from Fran DiBernardo ($75 Min. Bid – $20 increments)
22. $15 Gift Certificate from Trailside Café

…and more surprises to come!

Turn Your Clocks Back and then Come to All Saints & Pledge Sunday!

Hi everyone,

Remember that Daylight Savings Time ends tonight, please remember to set your clocks back an hour so you won’t be late for church! It’s also a great time to check/replace the batteries in your smoke detectors.

On Sunday, please join us for beautiful services for All Saints Sunday. It is also Pledge Sunday – pledge cards will be distributed at both services, and both services will be followed by delicious meals provided by the Stewardship Committee. (Click here for a pdf of this year’s All Saints & Pledge Sunday Flyer.) It will be a beautiful day of fellowship and community.

8:00 am – Rite 1 Eucharist
9:00 am – Festive Breakfast
10:00 am – Rite 2 Eucharist with Hymns **The service begins in the Memorial Garden**
11:00 am – Festive Luncheon

Our fabulous Tastes of Somers event is coming up this Friday, November 9 at 7:00 pm.
Come and enjoy the delicious offerings from local merchants, and don’t forget our exciting Silent Auction items and raffles. It’s a great community event, so tell your friends and plan to join us. We can’t wait to see you there!

Save the date:
Sunday, November 18 – Yorktown Interfaith Service of Thanks at United Methodist Church of Yorktown (Click here for a printable pdf of the event flyer.)

Driver wanted
Tom Rubino is looking for a part time driver. Must have a strong driving record. Please contact Tom directly for more information about the position.

TONIGHT: Family Shabbat at 7:00 pm

Hi everyone,

Please join us at Temple Beth Am in Yorktown this evening at 7:00 pm for a Family Shabbat Service of Hope. The service promises to be one of joy and hope, filled with music, and will be attended by many of our friends from a variety of faiths and denominations in our community. Consider staying for dessert, coffee, and fellowship afterwards.

Temple Beth Am
203 Church Place
Yorktown Heights, New York

Family Shabbat 11-2