The Weekly Announcement Page
Friday, January 8, 2021

WORSHIP CONNECT GROW SERVE
This Sunday is the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ. New Rector's Bible study begins next week. We're adding outdoor Services! And please save the date for our Annual Meeting.
Here's what's happening.
The First Sunday after the Epiphany:
The Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ
A voice came from heaven:
"You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased."
Annual Giving Campaign: Have you returned your Estimate of Giving?
Thanks to everyone who has submitted an Estimate of Giving for 2021! We use this information to plan for the coming year, including budgets for outreach, ministry, and staffing. While many of you cannot be with us in person, we encourage you to use our simple online form to submit your estimate of giving. If you haven't responded with your estimate yet, or even if you don't think you can this year, we hope to hear from you either way!
Consider all that God has blessed us with:
  • Review the Good Shepherd Generosity statement, which was based on your responses last year to our "Why" campaign
  • Watch the short ministry videos to see the many ways that your estimate helps to pursue our mission
  • Please submit your 2021 giving estimate - Inspired Giving 2021 - as Good Shepherd strives to fulfill our mission to be a beacon of faith, hope, and love in the coming year.
SAVE A STAMP!
WORSHIP

In-person Sunday worship


We continue to offer in-person worship, with limited attendance, every Sunday.
Click here for the video about what to expect and for registering for in-person worship.


For those not attending in person: the service will be air live at 10:00 am. Access live-stream from the Worship Page. Consecrated bread from the reserved sacrament will now be offered each Sunday from 12:00 - 12:30 pm.
Sunday Communion at noon
Holy Communion will be offered on Sundays from 12:00 - 12:30 pm at church. This is social distanced, safety compliant, and brief. While you'll only be here for 5-10 minutes, you will still experience the sacred space in a different and wonderful way.

Please wear a mask and expect a temperature check before entering.
Morning Prayer
Live Each Weekday at 9:00 am on Facebook and on Zoom, or watch it later on our YouTube Channel.

  • Print or download the bulletin for each day on our Prayer & Study page.
CONNECT
Sunday Coffee Hour Fellowship
We're taking a break from Courtyard Connection on December 27 and January 3.
There will be fellowship opportunities coming up in the new year that will be announced in January.
In-person Youth Group back in session!
Join us again this Wednesday for in-person Youth Group on campus from 6:30pm - 7:30pm.

These Youth Group meetings have been approved by the Diocesan Re-entry Task Force. Important protocols can be found on the Youth and Family page. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact David Dixon at ddixon@goodsheponline.org or 864-541-1861. 
GriefShare - Spring session coming in February
For anyone who has gone through one of life's most difficult experiences -- the loss of a loved-one. Our next 13-week season is coming in February. We meet virtually on Monday nights from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Grieving? You are not alone. Please contact us.
Please contact Beverley Cunningham to register or for further details.
Please Share!
You can help us to bring digital content to others in a very easy way. Please share our posts, videos, services, website, messages, blogs, and events! We're on You Tube, Facebook, and Instagram. (links at bottom of email)
GROW
Rise and Shine at Sunday School

Children and Families: continue to connect to church and each other on Sunday mornings through 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 will premiere at 8:00 am Sunday; be the first to discover our weekly guest star(s)!
This week's lesson:
Jesus' Baptism
SERVE
Our Outreach & Resources Page details many of the ministries, events, and updates for Good Shepherd...like our most recent toy drive!
Pennies For Heaven

Pennies for Heaven, Good Shepherd's on-site thrift shop, is now open for business, masked and socially distant! Thanks to everyone who supports this important ministry!

HOLIDAY HOURS: Pennies will resume its regular weekly schedule,Tuesday through Friday, from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm, beginning next week. We are accepting donations during these hours, too! Remember that we have a new phone number: 561-406-2923. Give us a call!

Food Pantry News
"For I was hungry, and you gave me food." - Matt. 25:35

WOW! This week, we served a record 75 families, and an estimated 237 individuals. Through your food donations, you are helping real people, many of whom never expected to ever have to ask for assistance. Remember: needs change rapidly!

Supply request of the week:
  • PB & J; spaghetti sauce
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 or $10 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.
The Food Pantry is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon - 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 - 3:00 pm.
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 BY RESERVATION ONLY
& Livestream Worship for ALL
Sundays, at 10:00 am

In-person Communion from the Reserved Sacrament
Sundays, from 12:00 - 12:30 pm

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

Pennies For Heaven Thrift Shop Now Reopened
Weekly Schedule: Tuesday - Friday, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Note: limited hours, limited customers at any one time
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 @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. 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
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

561-746-4674