The Weekly Announcement Page
Friday, November 19, 2021


November 21 is GROW Sunday: Formation for everyone!
Last call: Food Pantry donations for Thanksgiving.
Good Shepherd School poinsettia sale: order by Monday!
New Theological Book Study for Advent begins Tuesday.
Good Shepherd Church and School Toy Drive underway.

Here's what's happening.
Visit our online calendar for dates, times, links, and information on programs and ministries of all kinds. Just click on the event to see details or registration forms.
Miss Giving Sunday? Pledge now!
We are off to a great start but we would love to hear from everyone! We ask that you do three things to discern the relationship between gratitude and generosity in your life.
  1. View our giving podcast series entitled “Giving 101.”
  2. Read Promise and Purpose, our 2022 Narrative budget.
  3. Return a pledge card by mail or online. (Pledge packets went out this week.)

Visit the Giving Page for complete information including online pledge forms and giving FAQs.
Thanksgiving Eucharist
Thursday, November 25, 2021 at 10:00 AM

Give thanks at church on Thanksgiving day.
In-person Sunday worship at 8 and 10.
Masks optional if vaccinated and required if unvaccinated.
Love Thy Neighbor
In-person worship every Sunday morning at 8:00 AM (Rite I) and 10:00 AM (Rite II).

The 10:00 service will livestream. Access the service from the Livestream page. Please note, there is no reasonable expectation of privacy when attending a streaming service in person. There is no livestream at the 8:00 service.
Morning Prayer
Live weekdays at 9:00 am.
Now exclusively on Zoom, or watch it later on our web site, Facebook or YouTube channel.

  • Print or download the bulletin for each day on our Prayer page.
Holy Eucharist and Healing
Wednesdays at 10 AM in the chapel (in-person only)

An intimate mid-week service with a focus on those who suffer for any reason, featuring a special healing liturgy and the reading of individual names for intercessory prayer. 
Sunday Ready Podcast
Posts mid-week
Be ready for Sunday services with this informal discussion about the appointed readings. Click HERE for this week's discussion.

Watch past recordings on YouTube.
GriefShare Hybrid In-person/Zoom Meeting
Monday, November 22
Do you know someone who is grieving the recent loss of a loved one? Connect them with a community of those who understand.

GriefShare Join us in person on Mondays at 6:30 in the library of the Ryon building. Please register online and receive program materials in advance or call 561-746-4674.
Clergy Blogs
GROW Sunday is November 21 at 9:00 AM
Formation for Everyone!

Rector's Forum Topic for November:
Spiritual Discernment: Deepening Our Vocation 
November 21 at 9:00 AM in the Parish Hall

We have each been empowered with particular spiritual gifts. Our lives are continually shaped and form by spiritual practices. And yet, there are times when we are called to go deeper, to explore more fully the story of our lives in order to discern God’s purpose. The Rector’s Forum in November will explore additional tools to help us deepen our spiritual journeys. In particular, we will be introducing the Enneagram, an ancient tool that describes your personality in terms of who you are and how you relate to God, to others, and to yourself. 

Youth (6-12th grade) meet in "the Barn" and kids (PreK - 5th grade) have story time in the Children's Ministry Room!
Advent Book Group
"Light of the World" by Amy Jill Levine
Tuesdays beginning November 23, in-person in the library with Zoom option

Join us for an Advent book discussion group. This 4-week program will read Amy Jill Levine’s “Light of the World” (available on Amazon) which explores the biblical texts surrounding the story of the birth of Jesus.

The group will meet at 5:30 pm Tuesdays in the library beginning November 23 and concluding December 14. You can even join the group from home on Zoom! All are welcome. Please come to the first meeting having read the first chapter. The Zoom link will post on our website under the Grow tab. For more information or assistance with finding the book, please email the church office
Clergy Bible Study
Great Expectations: From the Prophets to Jesus
A Three-Week Study
Beginning December 1 at 11 AM in the Parish Hall or 2:00 PM on Zoom

For hundreds of years, God's people were waiting for the long-expected Messiah. During the season of Advent, we hear from just a few of prophetic witnesses who articulated the deep longing for healing, renewal, and restoration. The earliest Christians believed and proclaimed that Jesus was the fulfillment of these prophetic expectations and the One who came to inaugurate the Reign of God. Join Fr. Doug for this short three-week exploration of how the prophets point us to Jesus.

Visit the Study page for Zoom link for 2 PM** session.

** Note all Zoom sessions will be at 2 PM for this Bible Study.
Adventure Kingdom for Kids Pre-k - 5th Grade
Every Sunday morning in-person at 10:00
Meets in the Parish Hall. Doors open at 9:50; children will join their families in church for communion
Adventure Kingdom is an engaging way for children to discover their own special place in Christian community. Read more.
Youth Group meets on Wednesdays in "The Barn"
Youth in grades 6-12 are invited to Good Shepherd's program for teens. You will LOVE our new youth rooms!

See the full Fall Schedule.

If interested in volunteering, please contact Jo Wood: phone, 561-746-4674,
email, or in person after services on Sunday mornings.
Good Shepherd Episcopal Church and School Annual Toy Drive
Through December 10!
Please bring unwrapped toys to the Good Shepherd School lobby or the church office. Click below for the informational flyer and QR code for easy ordering!
Pennies For Heaven

Pennies for Heaven, Good Shepherd's on-site thrift shop, is open and offering great deals on everything from clothes to housewares, jewelry to furniture. Thanks to everyone who supports this important ministry!

REGULAR HOURS: Tuesday through Friday, from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. We are accepting donations during these hours, too! Like us on Facebook!

Remember that we also have a new phone number:
561-406-2923. Give us a call!


Or, from any browser, you can search 'Ebay Stores' and enter 'Pennies For Heaven Thrift' to find us!
Food Pantry News
"For I was hungry, and you gave me food." - Matt. 25:35

This week, we served 43 families and an estimated 125 individuals. Your food donations make a real difference: you are helping real people, many of whom never expected to ever have to ask for assistance. Remember: needs change rapidly!

Your cash and online donations to the Food Pantry help to sustain this ministry when we are low on certain items. We are so grateful for your generous gifts.

Supply request of the week:
  • Soup; peanut butter
For a full list of needs, check out our stop-light encoded supply list.

In addition, we always welcome:
  • Reusable cloth bags to distribute food
  • Publix gift cards in $5 amounts help folks supplement with milk and eggs, too!

Your faithful support of this ministry is truly a blessing. Please keep our team of dedicated volunteers in your prayers.
Notice: The Food Pantry is open on Tuesdays only from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Food Donations may be left with an attendant during those hours OR may be left at Pennies for Heaven during their business hours of Tuesday through Friday, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, OR just bring items to church on Sunday!
Food Pantry Needs: Special Thanksgiving Request!

We are still in Thanksgiving collection mode! We are giving Thanksgiving gift baskets to our families this month and this week we especially need:
  • Cream of mushroom soup (we forgot to list!); and chicken broth

Please bring items to the church by THIS SUNDAY, November 21, so that they may be coordinated and distributed in time for Thanksgiving Day. Thank you!
Standing Notices

In accordance with Diocesan guidelines, continuation of improved metrics, and acceptance of our Reopening Plan, the following are scheduled:

In-person Worship
Sundays, at 8:00 am, Rite I

In-person Worship
& Livestream Worship for ALL
Sundays, at 10:00 am, Rite II

Office (limited hours)
Weekly Schedule: Tuesday - Friday, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Pennies For Heaven Thrift Shop
Weekly Schedule: Tuesday - Friday, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Beware of phone and internet scams!!
PLEASE be alert to telephone and internet scams. We have received information about a few phishing 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.
Church Online
Each Sunday, the worship service broadcasts live on our website, YouTube, and Facebook at 10:00 am. There is no livestream of the 8:00 am service. Visit our 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.

Morning Prayer
We gather online weekdays at 9:00 a.m. for live Morning Prayer on the Prayer page (under the Worship tab) of our website. You can access an Order of Service for Morning Prayer there, too. Can't make it at 9:00? Watch the recording on our You Tube channel, Facebook, or on our site at 10:00.

Online Giving
Your continued giving allows us to bring church into your living room each week. 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 for ways you can be a beacon of faith, hope, and love.

Office Hours
Church offices are open 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, Tuesday through Friday, as part of our LEVEL TWO reopening plan. Outside of these hours, the staff will work remotely from home and will continue to check phone messages and e-mails daily.

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church and School
The Very Rev. Dr. Douglas F. Scharf, Rector
The Rev. Derek Larson, Assistant Rector