Announcement Page
Friday, July 29th, 2022

WORSHIP CONNECT GROW SERVE
Labyrinth Walk July 31
Back-To-School Supply Drive deadline is Sunday!
Youth Pancake Breakfast July 31 at 9:00
Blessing of the Backpacks - August 14
Confirmation Orientation - August 14
Reserve a ticket for Fr. Doug's Consecration as a Bishop by Aug 14

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.
School Supply Drive for Warfield School
LAST DAY TO DROP OFF ITEMS IS SUNDAY JULY 31!

Each year, the Good Shepherd community shows love and support for students, families, and teachers in Indiantown through a school supply drive. School supplies help students start the year on a level playing field and boost confidence. A box of new crayons or a crisp, blank composition notebook say "fresh start." These supplies also help families who don't always have the resources to buy supplies, and teachers who often use their own money to supplement classroom supplies. Find out how you can help on our Outreach page!
Bondeau, Haiti Kindergarten Update…And More!

The kindergarten is underway at Bon Samaritan Church and School in Bondeau. Please take a look at the South Florida Haiti Project email for project update and other news about conditions in Haiti right now and how our friends in Bondeau are coping with unrest. Thank you to each and every one who contributed to this Lenten fundraiser that is so directly impacting lives and giving hope. 
Rector Search Information

We have a page on our website dedicated to news and information about our Rector Search process. There you will find:
  • Regular Updates to keep you posted on our progress
  • Upcoming meeting dates and times
  • Links and resources
  • Progress reports from our Search Committee when the committee is formed and the search begins
  • Video messages
  • Frequently Asked Questions
CURRENT PANDEMIC PROTOCOLS
Masks are now optional on campus. We continue to monitor local metrics and based on conditions, this protocol will be adjusted accordingly.

Love Thy Neighbor
WORSHIP
In-person Sunday worship at 8 and 10. Masks optional. 
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.There is no livestream at the 8:00 service.
Morning Prayer
Live at 9:00 am exclusively on Zoom, or watch it later on our web site, Facebook or YouTube channel.

Summer schedule: services will be held Tuesdays & Thursdays as well as any Feast Days that fall on other weekdays.
Find Meaning and Purpose through Service
Good Shepherd is currently seeking volunteers to serve in the following areas:

  • Ushers for 8am and 10am Sunday services
  • Readers for both services
  • Acolytes (8 & 10)
  • Eucharistic Ministers
  • Coffee Hour hosts

Please contact Mary Lou at mail@goodsheponline.org or call 561-746-4674 for more information. Visit our Worship Ministries page for position descriptions.
Summer Schedule
  • Wednesday Holy Eucharist and Healing will not meet in the summer
  • Bible Study with Clergy will not meet in the summer
  • Theological Book Study will not meet in the summer
  • Morning Prayer will continue online on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Feast days throughout the summer
  • Youth Group will start again in August
  • Sunday school will meet at 10 on Sundays in a single group class
  • Nursery will continue throughout the summer at 10 on Sunday mornings
  • Literary Circle Book Group will take a break until September
  • Sunday Ready online worship preparation discussions will resume after the summer
CONNECT
Ordination and Consecration of a Bishop
Saturday, September 24, 2022, at 11:00 AM
Sign up by Sunday, August 14
The Rev. Douglas F. Scharf will be ordained and consecrated a Bishop in the Episcopal Church on Saturday, September 24, 2022, at 11:00 AM, at the Van Wezel Center for the Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236. We are gathering names of individuals for a headcount of those wishing to attend. This is a ticketed event and we will get a block of seats, so we need an exact number. Please click on the link below to register. There is no cost for a ticket.

If you would like to attend need transportation, please indicate that on the form. You may also sign up by calling the office or visiting the welcome desk on Sunday morning. Please don’t sign up in two places. Thanks!
Morning Glory Women's Fellowship
Good Shepherd women are encouraged to join this fun bunch on the second and fourth Friday mornings of each month. We meet at the Jersey Diner, 716 N US Hwy 1, for conversation, a cup of coffee or tea, and...have that Belgian waffle while you're at it! All Good Shepherd women are invited to attend!

Good Guys Men's Fellowship
The Good Guys men's ministry is taking a break for summer. They usually meet for breakfast on Friday mornings at 8:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall. This fellowship group supports various missions of the parish through projects and volunteering. They also have introduced a very popular Good Guys Grill steak-and-potatoes evening meal which meets quarterly. Watch your bulletin for dates. 
Clergy Blog
GROW
Confirmation Orientation
Sunday, August 14, 11:15 AM

Confirmation Class for High School Students
2022-2023 

We will have an orientation meeting for youth and their parents in the Barn (in the church office building) on Sunday, August 21, 2022, at 11:15 AM immediately following the service. Confirmation is the rite in which we express a mature commitment to Christ. The Confirmation program provides instruction in the Christian faith and is formative for every youth at Good Shepherd, whether it culminates in confirmation or not. 

Please contact David Dixon with questions at ddixon@goodsheponline.org, or to RSVP.

SERVE
Pennies For Heaven Thrift Shop
Regular hours are Tuesday - Friday, 11-4.
SHOP WILL BE CLOSED FOR ORGANIZATION AUGUST 16-26
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!
HOURS 11-4, TUESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY

Currently looking for clothing donations! 
Men's and women's clothing is needed right now. Cleaning out your closet for your new summer wardrobe? We are happy to take your gently worn items! Oh, we also need small size shoes if you have some you're not using. Thank you!!

561-406-2923. Give us a call!
Food Pantry News
"For I was hungry, and you gave me food." - Matt. 25:35

This week, we served 60 families and an estimated 180 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:
  • Canned fruit, canned veggies, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, canned chicken, chili, crackers

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!
Missed Giving Sunday? Pledge now!
We are so grateful for the terrific response to our Generosity 2022 campaign!
A couple reminders:

  • If you make an automated recurring gift through your bank or through our giving platform, we would still like to know your annual pledge amount for 2022.

Visit the Giving Page for complete information including online pledge forms and giving FAQs.
Standing Notices
WE ARE IN LEVEL 2 OF REOPENING

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
April through May: Saturday, 10:00 am - 2:00 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 church staff had written them. None of the Good Shepherd staff would never ask you to buy gift cards or other items for us. To be sure a message is real, always look for the @goodsheponline.org 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 - now on summer schedule
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. Summer Schedule: service will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, in addition to Feast Days falling on other weekdays. Service leaflets for all weekdays are posted for your private devotions.

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
Heather Graham, Senior Warden
The Rev. Derek Larson, Associate Rector

561-746-4674