This weekend at Good Shepherd

Hi everyone,

Ascension Day and Steakfest were awesome! Thanks to all who worked so hard to create such a wonderful event, and all those who attended, set up, cleaned up, and everything in between – especially Grillmaster Rick! It was a great night.



Spring has Sprung at Good Shepherd, and all our events are in full swing. Check out what’s coming up:

Sunday School Pizza, PJs, & a Movie
5:30 pm in the Parish Hall

WOCOGS Women’s Book Group monthly meeting
7:30 pm in the Guild Room

Saturday, May 12
Pastoral Care Visiting Team Training
9:00-12:00 in the Guild Room

Senior Group sponsored trip to the Hammond Museum & Japanese Tea workshop
11:45 am Meet in the rear church parking lot

Sunday, May 13 – Mother’s Day
8:00 am Rite 1 Eucharist
9:45 am Sunday School & Middle School Youth
10:00 am Rite 2 Eucharist with Hymns
11:00 am Mother’s Day breakfast provided by the Men’s Group – All are invited!

8:00 am -1:00 pm Plant Sale & Swap to benefit our High School Youth programs. Come buy your mother’s day plants here! If you have plants you’d like to “swap” with other gardeners in the parish, bring them along and join the fun.

There are two special collections happening this Sunday:
It is Episcopal Charities Sunday, where we have an opportunity to give back to this organization that has awarded over $17,000 in grants to our community partners CCNW & PNWWRC in 2018 alone.

Baby items are being collected for the Putnam/Northern Westchester Resource Center. Consider donating diapers, formula, or baby clothing. All items are welcome.

If you would like to include something in the June newsletter, please submit it to by May 15!

Coming soon

Saturday, May 19
Paint Your Nails Red for Pentecost at Top Nails in Yorktown (9:00-11:00 am). Sign up in the Breezeway for a fun time and a great manicure!

Sunday, May 20
Pentecost & Family Sunday
We will have a HUGE parish BBQ after the 10:00 am service. The church will provide burgers, dogs, and all the fixins – sides and beverages are potluck. Please sign up in the breezeway and get ready for a fun event!

Sunday, June 3
Celebrity Scoop at Rita’s in Yorktown
Interfaith clergy from the area will be scooping ice cream at Rita’s from 4:00-8:00 pm. 20% of all proceeds will be donated.

Sunday, June 24
Confirmation Sunday
ONLY ONE SERVICE AT 9:00 AM with Bishop Dietsche presiding.
A potluck brunch will follow the service.

Ascension Day & Steakfest – Tonight at 6:30 PM!

Happy Ascension Day to all!

Tonight we celebrate Ascension Day with Evening Prayer at 6:30 pm, followed by our awesome Annual Steakfest! Please plan to join us for what is always a great time.

We can use some help with setup beginning about 5:30 pm, and with clean up after the event. Thank you!


Collect of the Day
Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things: Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his promise, he abides with his Church on earth, even to the end of the ages; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Introducing…. the newly revived Shepherd’s Voice!

Hi everyone,

After a bit of a hiatus, we are thrilled to share the latest issue of the Shepherd’s Voice, the monthly newsletter of the Community at Good Shepherd! Please take a look to learn more about how we’ll be moving forward with the newsletter as we seek to find the best fit for our community’s needs.

Feedback and submissions are welcome and should be directed to Enjoy!

Click here to view or download this month’s issue: May 2018 Shepherd’s Voice

Paint party this Friday, 5/4!

Our next paint party is coming up this Friday, May 4!

Vase Painting Party

Come enjoy a wonderful night of fun and fellowship. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and painting is from 7:00-9:00. Invite a friend, BYOB, and let your creativity be your guide as we paint a lovely vase. All materials are included, and light snacks provided. All that’s missing is you!

Feel free to print this flyer and share it with your friends and on your social media. All are welcome!

Pre-registration is required, so reserve your spot today via email at

See you there!

Funeral arrangements for George Parks

Hi everyone,

Following are the funeral arrangements for George Parks. Sandy has requested a simple Rite 1 service at the funeral home. Your prayers and presence are requested:

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Visitation from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Funeral Service following the visitation at 12:30pm

Cargain Funeral Homes, Inc.,
418 Route Six (for GPS 418 US6)
Mahopac, NY 10541

Interment to follow with US Navy Honors:
Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery
342 South Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

God our Creator, your grace gives life to all; receive George 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.

Below is the George’s obituary:

George Parks, 94, of Yorktown Heights, NY passed away peacefully on April 20, 2018 with his family by his side.

Mr. Parks was born on January 24, 1924 to the late George and Clara Parks, in White Plains NY. On November 1, 1952 he married the love of his life Sandra and together they were blessed with a loving daughter Deborah.

George proudly served his country during World War II actively with the US Navy and was a proud American. Before he retired Mr. Parks was a talented self employed carpenter who had an extraordinary amount of pride in his work and a fine eye for detail and perfection in everything he did. He truly lived life to the fullest enjoying golf in his spare time. Although George was an avid golfer and loved his work, his family was his true passion in life. Mr. Parks was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and a friend to many. He will be dearly missed by all who had known and loved him, yet his legacy of love and devotion to family, friends and country, will continue to grow in our hearts.

George is survived by his adoring wife of over 65 years, Sandra; his beloved son in law John and his three cherished grandchildren Gregory, Jeffrey and Sandra as well as the baby of the family his great granddaughter Samara. He is predeceased by his beloved daughter Deborah who passed in 2013 and his only sister who also predeceased him.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers please make a donation in George’s honor to a charity of your choice.

Sad news: RIP George Parks

Hi everyone,

It is with sadness that I inform you that George Parks died last night, after a long illness. George and his wife Sandy are faithful attendees of the 8 am Sunday service and George was 94 years old. Sandy, his wife of over 64 years, is extremely grateful for the love, prayers and support from the Good Shepherd family throughout this difficult time. Please continue to keep Sandy and the Parks’ loved ones in your prayers.

The funeral will be held in the coming days at the funeral home in Mahopac, and the burial will be at the family plot in Poughkeepsie. We will share the details with the community shortly, once the arrangements have been finalized.

Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant George. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive him into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.



This week at Good Shepherd

Hi everyone, this Sunday is our feast day, Good Shepherd Sunday! We’re looking forward to a beautiful (hopefully sunny) day, which will include a baptism at 10:00 am.


8:00 am Rite 1 Eucharist
9:45 am Sunday School & Middle School Youth
10:00 am Rite 2 Eucharist with hymns & Baptism
11:00 am Festive coffee hour for our feast day
11:30 am Middle School Youth – Pizza & Earth Day Birdhouse Building & Installation

At 4:00 pm, the Antioch Baptist Church Choir will hold their annual concert to benefit the Community Center of Northern Westchester (CCNW). The concert will take place at the Antioch Baptist Church in Bedford Hills. A reception follows, at the Bedford Hills Community House.

Friday, May 4 – Adult Painting Party
Bring a friend and come to Good Shepherd for a fun night of painting and fellowship. $45 per person includes all the supplies needed to create a beautiful painted vase & light snacks for afterwards. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and painting is from 7:00-9:00 pm. For more information, see Courtney, Lori, or Diane. Reserve your spot today, at

Saturday, May 5
9:00 am – 1:00 pm: Spring Clean-Up – We’ll start with coffee and donuts, and end with pizza and soda! Please come for whatever part of the day you can, and bring any garden/landscaping tools you like to use (rakes, wheelbarrows, gloves, etc.). Anything you can do to help is greatly appreciated. Many hands make light work!

9:30 am – 4:30 pm: Middle School Youth Group trip to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Thursday, May 10 – Ascension Day and Steakfest!
We’re looking forward to this awesome annual event. The service begins at 6:30 pm, followed immediately by our fantastic, amazing, and delicious Steakfest. Please sign up in the Breezeway so we have an accurate headcount for the steak. Also, if you are interested in sponsoring the event to help defray the cost of the steak, please consider making a donation to the Fellowship Fund. Tell your friends – it’s going to be another great night at Good Shepherd!

Friday, May 11
5:30 pm – Sunday School Pizza, PJs, & a Movie

Saturday, May 12 – Trip to the Hammond Museum **RSVP by 4/22/18**
All are welcome! The Senior Group is coordinating a trip to the Hammond Museum in North Salem, NY on Saturday, May 12, 2018. The trip will include a tour of the beautiful Japanese Stroll Gardens, the current artist exhibits and a formal Japanese Tea Class and Ceremony in an authentic tea house. We will meet in the COGS rear parking lot at 11:45 am and return to church at approximately 4:30 pm. The cost is $45. A sign up sheet and information about the garden and tea class are posted on the bulletin board in the Breezeway. Please sign up by no later than April 22, 2018 in order to insure space for everyone. For more information call Bruce Barber 914-299-5293 or visit the website at

Save these dates:
Sunday, May 13 – Mother’s Day, Episcopal Charities Sunday, Collection of Baby Items for PNWWRC, and our first Plant Sale/Swap – stay tuned for more info
Sunday, May 20 – Pentecost & Huge Parish Picnic!
Sunday, June 24 – Confirmation with Bishop Dietsche presiding

Come paint a vase on May 4th!

We have another wonderful painting party scheduled for Friday, May 4.

Vase Painting Party

Bring a friend and come create a beautiful vase!

Feel free to print this flyer and share it with your friends and on your social media. All are welcome!

Pre-registration is required, so reserve your spot today via email at, or see Courtney, Lori, or Diane at church.