Update since Sunday

Hi everyone,

I wanted to provide you with some updates since Sunday’s 10 am service. In case you were not aware, a few people experienced some mishaps and I want to update you about them.

Arthur R. fainted in church on Sunday. I met with Arthur and Gwen in their home on Sunday evening. We talked, shared the Eucharist, and Arthur looked very good and was feeling “normal” (his words). He and Gwen met with his doctors Monday morning and they feel very positive about their understanding of why this happened. They are very grateful for everyone’s prayers and concerns. Gwen shall be back in church on Sunday but Arthur has been told to rest, so he will remain at home until he doesn’t feel light-headed standing up and kneeling suddenly. They welcome your continued prayers.

I also spoke with Teri O., Mr. Hal’s daughter. Hal tripped and fell in church at the 10 am service by the communion rail and he is feeling fine with no ill effects from his stumble.

Cruz P., the matriarch of the Trinidad family, was feeling “chills” in church and a little unsteady. The Trinidads report that she is fine, too, and that all is well. Rick V. checked the thermostat and our temperature settings in church so we are ready for the fall weather.

Thank you, everyone, for your concern for these members of our community. It’s a delight to have nothing but positive news to report.

Heavenly Father, we give you thanks for the health of Arthur, Hal, and Cruz. Continue in them, we pray, the good work you have begun, that they may daily increase in bodily strength and rejoice in your daily goodness. In your holy name we pray. Amen.

Fr. Hal

Sermon Series: Practice

Hi everyone,

Come on over to Good Shepherd this Sunday, as Fr. Hal continues his October sermon series. Last week was all about Prayer. This week is about Practice. Come and hear more pragmatic ideas on what constitutes daily Christian practice.

Here’s the lineup for Sunday, October 14
8:00 am Said Eucharist (Rite 1)
9:00 am Middle School Youth Committee meeting
9:45 am Sunday School & Middle School Youth
10:00 am Said Eucharist with hymns (Rite 2)
11:30 am Events Committee meeting
5:00 pm Confirmation Class meets at the Rectory

Save these dates:
Sunday, October 28 – Family Sunday & Halloween Party after the 10:00 am service
Friday, November 2 – All Saints & All Souls – Rite 3 Eucharist at 6:30 pm, followed by potluck slow cooker dinner
Sunday, November 4 – All Saints Sunday & Pledging Sunday – sign up to attend breakfast or luncheon
Friday, November 9 – Tastes of Somers

Invite friends and come and join us!

This week at Good Shepherd: Walk, Pets, Fun!

Hi everyone,

We’re looking forward to a beautiful Fall weekend in Granite Springs. Make Good Shepherd part of your weekend plans – see below for what’s happening, and come on out and enjoy!

Sunday, October 7
8:00 am Said Eucharist (Rite 1)
9:00 am Support Connection Walk at FDR Park (Click here to support our team)
9:45 am Sunday School (MS & HS Youth Groups are participating in the Support-A-Walk)
10:00 am Said Eucharist with hymns (Rite 2)
1:00 pm Blessing of the Animals

This Sunday, Fr. Hal begins his October Sermon Series – don’t miss out!

Bring your pets for a blessing! It’s a short, fun, family-friendly service. All are invited!
Blessing of the Animals 2 2018

**Remember to sign up for our awesome Fall Foliage Cruise on the Hudson, coming up on Sunday, October 21st. There are only a couple of seats left on our chartered boat – act now to reserve your spot!

Have a great week.

TONIGHT: Michaelmas & Oktoberfest!

Oktoberfest 2018

Hi everyone – Just a reminder to come on over to Good Shepherd tonight for our annual Oktoberfest celebration!

The evening begins with a Eucharist at 5:30 pm for the Feast of St. Michael & All Angels (Michaelmas), and is followed immediately by our German-themed feast.

Invite friends and come on over for a great time with your parish family! Feel free to bring some non-perishable items for our Oktoberfest food drive for the Community Center of Northern Westchester.

See you at 5:30!

Sad news: RIP Charles Lyons

Dear people of God,

It is with sadness that we share the news that Charles Lyons, Judy Lyons’ father, died last evening. Charles, his surviving wife Connie, and their daughter Judy have a long involvement in Good Shepherd. Indeed, they have lived around the corner from our church since 1948 and Charles even helped build both our rectory and sanctuary. He was a professional brick layer and mason. He was 94 years old. Judy, their only child, is and has been a regular at our 8 am Rite 1 service for decades. Charles and Connie would have celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary this Saturday. Judy and Connie were at Charles’ side at Northern Westchester Hospital yesterday, as he died in peace, receiving ministration at the time of death (“last rites”) from Fr. Hal.

Arrangements are as follows, and your prayers and presence are requested:

Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 26th
Visiting Hours
2:00-5:00 pm
Clark Funeral Home, 2104 Saw Mill River Rd, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

Thursday, September 27th
10:30 am
Funeral Mass
Church of the Good Shepherd, 39 Granite Springs Road, Granite Springs, NY 10527

11:15-11:45 am
Reception in our Parish Hall

11:45 am
Burial immediately following the reception
Amawalk Cemetery, 2445 Quaker Church Road, Yorktown Heights, New York 10598

Let us pray:
God our Creator, your grace gives life to all; receive Charles 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.

Almighty God, Father of mercies and giver of comfort: Deal graciously, we pray, with all those who mourn; that, casting all their care on you, they may know the consolation of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

WOCOGS tonight + what’s coming up this week

Hi everyone,

WOCOGS (Women Of the Church Of the Good Shepherd) will meet this evening at 7:30 pm in the Guild Room. This meeting was rescheduled from last week, so you haven’t missed this month’s discussion! The book is “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane” by Lisa See. Join us!

Sunday, September 23
8:00 am Said Eucharist (Rite 1)
9:00 am Community Forum on our Confirmation Program. All are welcome to attend to learn more about the program, especially families of 8th and 9th graders.
9:45 am Sunday School & Middle School Youth
10:00 am Said Eucharist with Hymns (Rite 2)
11:30 am Outreach Committee meeting.  All are welcome to come learn more about Outreach plans and to share ideas

Monday, September 24 – EfM officially begins!
Last chance to join this year’s group – come to the Guild Room at 7:00 pm. Feel free to contact Chris P. with any questions beforehand (cmarmora@aol.com).

Wednesday, September 26 – Bible Study resumes
Bring your lunch and come discuss next Sunday’s Gospel reading. We meet Wednesdays from 12:00-1:30pm. No prior Bible Study experience presumed. All are welcome!

Saturday, September 29 – Oktoberfest!
Eucharist at 5:30 pm, followed immediately by our annual Oktoberfest! Come enjoy a delicious German-themed party. Invite friends and come have some fun with your parish family. Signup in the Breezeway.

Save these dates!
Sunday, Sept. 30 – Visitor & New Member Welcome (11:30 am Guild Room)
Sunday, Oct. 7 – Support Connection Walk (9:00 am FDR Park)
Sunday, Oct. 7 – Blessing of the Animals (1:00 pm in church)
Sunday, Oct. 21 – Fall Foliage Cruise on the Hudson

TONIGHT: Chickenfest!

What’s for dinner? Chicken!

Come have fun at church tonight! We begin at 6:30pm with a Rite 3 Eucharist, followed immediately by our 9th annual Chickenfest. Bring your favorite chicken dishes, appetizers, sides, desserts, or drinks to share. Or just show up! There will be plenty of food for all.

All are most welcome to come and share in the fun and fowl fellowship. Hope to see you there!

Collect for Holy Cross Day
Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ was lifted high upon the cross that he might draw the whole world to himself: Mercifully grant that we, who glory in the mystery of our redemption, may have grace to take up our cross and follow him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Coming up Sunday:

8:00 am Said Eucharist (Rite 1)
9:00 am Community Forum: Information Session about EfM. What’s it all about? Come and see!
9:45 am Sunday School & Middle School Youth
10:00 am Said Eucharist with Hymns (Rite 2) and Blessing of our High School Youth
11:00 am Sunday School Committee meeting
11:30 am Youth Group meets in the swanky Youth Room

Hal hanging sign in Youth Room

The High School Youth Group room is cleaned and freshly painted – waiting for excellent times with excellent youth! See you a Sunday!

Chickenfest is Friday!

Chickenfest is coming up this Friday, September 14!


Join us at 6:30pm for a Rite 3 Eucharist to celebrate Holy Cross Day, then come share in our annual chicken-themed potluck dinner. It’s a fun, casual evening of fun and fellowship. Come join us!

While you’re at church, consider picking up a reusable bag to fill with food for the Community Center of Northern Westchester (100 bags are hanging in the back of the church). We hope to fill them throughout this month, in time for Oktoberfest on Sept 29th. Thank you for your continued support of our neighbors.

See you this Friday at 6:30!

Tomorrow we kick off the Program Year!

Hi Everyone,

We hope to see you in church tomorrow at our 8 or 10 o’clock service as we celebrate the start of a new program year! We shall have a new program year BBQ bash after the 10 am service, complete with hot dogs, hamburgers, Rita’s ice cream, and more.

Also, consider what ministry groups you may want to learn more about this year. Outreach? Men’s group? EfM? We have “tell me more about” sheets posted in the Parish Hall on the Events Bulletin board. Write your name down on a group that you would like to learn more about. (There is no obligation on your part for inquiring about more info.)

See you tomorrow. And get excited! It’s going to be a GREAT 2018-2019 program year!