The Weekly Announcement Page
Friday, July 31, 2020
Update from Fr. Doug on plans going forward. First day at Warfield School less than two weeks away! New urgent needs for our Food Pantry. Virtual tour to Bondeau a week today: links for live streaming below. Mission & Outreach host Summer Sunday Cafe. Here's what's happening this week.
Update from Fr. Doug regarding COVID-19
Our buildings are closed to the public through August 15 , and will be reassessed every two weeks . But we are moving forward with plans for the fall program! Read Fr. Doug's letter concerning Church and Good Shepherd School status.

Warfield "Back-to-School" Supply Drive
News! Martin County schools are now set to open on August 11 - the week after next!! - so please don't delay in ordering your supplies!

Our annual fall collection of school supplies for Warfield Elementary School in Indiantown is in full swing, but with a modified protocol due to COVID-19:
  • In order to minimize handling and maximize social distancing, please purchase supplies through Amazon and have them sent directly to Warfield:

Warfield Elementary School
Attn: Angie Gilbride, Assistant Principal
15261 SW 150th Street
Indiantown FL 34956
Supplies Requested:
  • Composition notebooks (wide rule)
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Glue sticks
  • Pencil boxes
  • Pencils (Ticonderoga preferred)
  • Colored pencils
  • 24-pack Crayola Crayons
  • Fiskars scissors
  • Dry erase black markers (thick or skinny)
  • 3-prong folders
  • Lysol wipes
  • Baby wipes
  • Tissues
Food Pantry News
"Love one another as I have loved you." - John 15:12

The Food Pantry continues to see heavy traffic from the community. With the Care Act due to expire today, July 31, we are bracing for increasing numbers.

Urgently needed at this time are:
  • Canned meats (chicken, ham, corned beef)
  • Canned vegetables
  • Spaghetti sauce

In addition, we could currently use:
  • Peanut butter
  • SpaghettiOs
  • Publix gift cards in $5 or $10 amounts help folks supplement with milk and eggs, too!

Through your food donations, you are helping real people, many of whom never expected to ever have to ask for assistance. Your faithful support of this ministry is truly a blessing. Please keep our team of dedicated volunteers in your prayers.
The Food Pantry is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Noon - 2:00 p.m. Food Donations may be left with an attendant during those hours.

Thank you for honoring Jesus commandment to love your neighbor! Please share.
Outreach Virtual Tour to Bondeau: Friday, August 7, at 7:00 p.m.
A week today, travel virtually via Live Stream to Bondeau Haiti via the South Florida Haiti Project's Facebook and YouTube channels! Good Shepherd has partnered with SFHP for many years through food packing events, Lenten projects, mission trips, and guest speakers. We encourage you to witness the good work of the SFHP, and to connect with the wonderful people of Bondeau.
 Silent auction to benefit our partners in Bondeau, including weekend destination getaways, hosted dinner parties & Haitian crafts (selection pictured), is live!

Seafarers' Knitting Ministry

Crank up the air conditioner and warm up your knitting needles! Deacon Waddell of the Port Seafarers' Ministry has notified us that cowls are being requested as they can be pulled up easily over masks. We have a pattern available here . Please let us know if you need yarn. We can schedule times for supply pick up and garment drop off. Thank you so much for your knitting!
Virtual Coffee Hour this Sunday!
Coffee Hour on Zoom happens every Sunday of the summer. This Sunday, August 2, will be hosted by our Mission & Outreach Ministry . Food Pantry, Bondeau, Warfield School & more: tune in to hear updates on activities that are happening at this time of building closure!

Click to join on Sunday at 11:15AM.
Meeting ID: 834 8646 5111
Summer Sunday School
Children and Families: keep connected to church and each other during our closure through Summer Sunday School !
  • Download the Together@Home weekly virtual lesson - available now!
  • Read the lesson as a family, then do some of the related fun activities
  • Watch the video lesson, featuring a teacher or family, which is available at 8:00 a.m. Sunday; be the first to discover our weekly guest star(s)!
This week's lesson:
Jacob wrestles God
Check out all the resources for children, youth and families at our virtual church web site, including a fun new interactive Bible app. Visit the Youth & Families page!
Morning Prayer
Live Each Weekday at 9:00 a.m. on Facebook or watch it later on our YouTube Channel.
  • Print or download the bulletin for each day on our Prayer & Study page.
You can still make a contribution toward Good Shepherd's integrated Live Streaming system! Although we've met our $30,000 goal, a ny additional gifts will be used toward the continued development and expansion of our live streaming system and recording equipment. Direct your donation to the Technology Fund .

Find out more...
The Lenten Truck at work!
Thanks to your generosity during Lent, the truck project was a great success for the St. Ann's and St. Peter's parishes on Green Turtle Cay and N. Abaco, Bahamas. Fr. Ward has been putting their new truck to good use in rebuilding efforts after catastrophic hurricane Dorian almost one year ago. Visit the photo gallery!

Beware of phone and internet scams!!
PLEASE be alert to telephone and internet scams. We have received information about a few pfishing scams that send emails to parishioners as if Fr. Doug has written them. He has not. Fr. Doug will never ask you to buy gift cards or other items for him because he's too busy. To be sure a message is from the real Fr. Doug, always look for the and not Gmail, Comcast, Yahoo, or any other email server.

AND...also be careful about phone calls you receive from callers identifying themselves as the IRS or Social Security. They will never call you either. And they certainly will not ask for credit card information or bank account numbers. Don't worry about being polite. Just hang up.
Standing Notices
Church Online
Each Sunday, the worship service posts to our website by 9:00 a.m. and Facebook at 10:00 a.m. Visit our Virtual Church website at the link below. You can find weekly services, resources for daily prayer, service opportunities and other important updates about how we can stay connected during this time of social distance.

Daily Morning Prayer
We gather online every weekday for Morning Prayer on  Facebook . You can access an Order of Service for Morning Prayer on the Virtual Church website. Not on Facebook? Watch the recording on our You Tube channel.

Online Giving
Your continued giving during the pandemic allows us to bring church into your living room each week. We love you and miss you and can't wait to be together again, but until that happens we are still working to bring you digital content, community support, fellowship, and pastoral care. Even if you are not utilizing digital resources fully, know that in this uncertain time, people everywhere are hungry for spiritual connection and are visiting Good Shepherd from around the country and around the world. Please visit the Giving Page on our virtual website for ways you can be a beacon of faith, hope, and love.

Office Hours
Per the directive of our Bishop, all of our church buildings are closed to public use. The staff is fully equipped to work remotely from home and will continue to check phone messages daily.

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church and School
The Rev. Dr. Douglas F. Scharf, Rector