TONIGHT: Quieter Advent prayer 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 happy-clappy 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. Bring a friend, and come experience this lovely and peaceful time.

Also this weekend:

Our awesome Christmas Bazaar is tomorrow!
Saturday, December 9 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Donations for the bake table are needed and will be gratefully accepted!

Sunday, December 10 – Advent II
8:00 am Rite I Eucharist
9:45 am Christmas Pageant Dress Rehearsal
10:00 am Rite II with hymns
11:15 am Pageant Run-Through in the Church
4:30 pm Confirmands & Mentors meet at Fay’s house
5:00 pm Vestry Christmas Party at the rectory

If you didn’t receive your digital copy of the Parish Directory, please send an email to admin@goodshepherdny.org.

Women’s Resource Center Adopt-a-Family
Thank you for your kind response to this initiative. There are still several items on the list of needs and wishes for our adopted family (see below). If you are able to provide any of the below items, please e-mail Yolanda ASAP. Gifts should be wrapped and labeled with the person’s name, and returned to church by this Sunday, December 10. The collection box is in the Breezeway. Please take a look at the list and help if you can. Thank you!

Parent: Stacey, Age: 43
NEEDS:
1. Puffer jacket (black-medium)
2. Black flat boots (size 8)

WISHES:
1. Amazon Fire Stick

Child 1: Coral, Age: 18
NEEDS:
1. Walmart gift card

WISHES:
1. Fujifilm Instax Mini Polaroid Film

Child 2: Justin, Age: 17
NEEDS:
1. Full size comforter – black
2. “Sherpa style” Lined Black Sweat Jacket (XXL)
3. Black Vans or Converse (size 12)

WISHES:
1. Amazon Fire Stick
2. Xbox One controller

Episcopal Church in Jerusalem
Check out the giving tree in the Breezeway. There are lots of tags from which to choose. Donations can be placed directly in the envelopes under the giving tree, and mailed. Thank you!

Quieter Advent Service Friday 12/8

Please join us this Friday, December 8 at 7:00pm, for our candlelit Quieter Advent prayer service. A simple supper will be served at 6:30pm. There’s no need to bring anything. Just show up and be nourished in body and soul.

Is the “rah-rah” and commercialization of Christmas just too much for you to bear this year? Feeling a little blue? Know someone who is going through a loss? Come yourself and invite others to experience our candlelit Quieter Advent Prayer Service this Friday evening. A simple supper will be served ahead of time.

The Quieter Advent service is a 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 happy-happy 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. All are invited.

Our Christmas Bazaar is this Saturday, 12/9

On December 9th, starting at 10am, the fund raising committee will be presenting our last fundraising event of the year, our annual Christmas Bazaar. It is the most joyous event of the year. We will be selling lots of home made Christmas ornaments and gifts as well as some gently used and new items on the White Elephant Boutique table. We would ask for your support by contributing baked good for the bake sale. If you can, please attach a card with your name and if applicable a brief description of why this is a family tradition for the holidays. Items can be dropped off anytime after 9am. On Dec. 8th we will be setting up the Parish Hall and if you can lend a hand for 60 minutes or so, please stop in. You can also bring any boutique/craft items this Sunday. Please direct any questions to Arleen Flury who is the Chair of the Christmas Bazaar.

We all wish you and yours a most joyous and blessed holiday season.

The Fundraising Committee:
Norm Fulton
Sybil Barnett
Diane Buschel
Fran DiBernardo
Arleen Flury
Glenn Hintze
Maria Kaprielian
Sharen McKenna
Phil Pinkney
Fr. Hal Rourk
Amanda Slattery
Cecilia Sparacio
Megan Whalen
Fay Wright
Courtney Velzy
Rick Vesperman

Women’s Resource Center Adopt-A-Family

Hi all – We are participating in the Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center Adopt-A-Family campaign this year. Below is the family’s wish list. Please take a look and help if you can.

There is a signup sheet in the Breezeway for each of the items, and there will be a box outside the Guild Room to collect all the donations. All donations should be received by Sunday, December 10. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact yolanda.alexander25@gmail.com.

Parent: Stacey, Age: 43
NEEDS:
1. Puffer jacket (black-medium)
2. Black flat boots (size 8)
3. Grocery store gift card

WISHES:
1. Amazon Fire Stick
2. Walmart gift card

Child 1: Coral, Age: 18
NEEDS:
1. Gas gift card
2. CVS gift card
3. Walmart gift card

WISHES:
1. Fujifilm Instax Mini Polaroid Film
2. Charlotte Russe gift card

Child 2: Justin, Age: 17
NEEDS:
1. Full size comforter – black
2. “Sherpa style” Lined Black Sweat Jacket (XXL)
3. Black Vans or Converse (size 12)

WISHES:
1. Amazon Fire Stick
2. Xbox One controller

Thank you for your support!

Annual Fall Cleanup

Next Saturday, December 2nd, we will be having our annual fall cleanup. Cleaning gardens and gutters, picking up twigs, and all that fun stuff……. We will start around 8:30am with coffee, tea, etc. and then to the tasks at hand at around 9. Come when you can and leave when you must. With enough volunteers we should finish around lunch time and there will be pizza, soda and of course, lots of fun social time.  Please bring rakes, tarps, wheelbarrows, blowers, saws, gloves, etc. Hope to see “y’all” there.

Happy Thanksgiving

Hi Everyone,

As we prepare for Thanksgiving, I give thanks to God for you.

I’m thankful for your faithfulness, generosity, warmth, and drive. I’m thankful that you identify your gifts and talents and put them into loving service for the common good and the advancement of Christ’s reign. I’m thankful for the abundance of our ministries and the positive difference we make in our corner of the world. I’m thankful for the birds, the bats, the clothing drives, and the Parish Hall gatherings. I’m also grateful for the privilege to be your rector.

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.

We will celebrate the Eucharist Thursday morning at 10:00 am. Please join us! If you can’t be there, know that you will be in our prayers.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

With love and prayers,

Hal

Tonight: Tastes of Somers!

Remember that tonight at 7:00 pm is our fabulous Tastes of Somers event! Please come and bring friends – it promises to be a wonderful evening. The Breezeway is full of amazing Silent Auction items, and the Parish Hall is all decked out, waiting for you to arrive and enjoy!
silent auction 2017

Also, Sunday is the Yorktown Interfaith Council Service of Thanks, at 4:00 pm. We are thrilled to be hosting this year’s event at Good Shepherd, and the service will have many beautiful elements. All are welcome!

As hosts, we are providing the refreshments. If you can, please bring some cookies either to the service at 4:00, or if you can’t be there, please consider bringing something with you to the 8 or 10 am service. Thanks as always for your support.

We look forward to seeing everyone this weekend!

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.

Sincerely,

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!