The Weekly Announcement Page
Friday, February 19, 2021

It's Lent. We have an Outreach project, Bible study, and Lent on the Lawn. Artie's Party save the date -- hint -- it's all about Outreach this year. Here's what's happening.
Annual Giving Statements for 2020 were mailed end of January.
Please watch your mailbox.
Need it sooner? You can access your giving statement 24/7 in Realm!
Here are some resources and formation opportunities
to help us keep a Holy Lent
Lenten Program 2021
Lent on the Lawn
A River Through the Desert:
A virtual pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Lenten Bible Study
A Sign of God's Steadfast Love
2021 Lenten Outreach Project: Food Pairing for Haiti

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.
In-person Youth Group meets Wednesday at 6:30 pm
Join us again this Wednesday for in-person Youth Group on campus from 6:30pm - 8:00pm.

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 or 864-541-1861. 
GriefShare - Spring session continues this Monday, February 22
For anyone who has gone through one of life's most difficult experiences -- the loss of a loved-one. A new 13-week session began February 15. We meet virtually on Monday nights from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Grieving? You are not alone. Please contact us.
Please contact the church office (561-746-4674) or Beverley Cunningham (561-339-4750) 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)
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 is Tempted
SAVE THE DATE for Artie's Party
Friday, April 16, 2021
Artie's Party is our annual event that funds our Outreach operating budget for the year. Because we can't meet for a big celebration, we're holding a one-hour online event, Friday, April 16, 2021.

New this year...our auction will be completely online and open for five days leading up to the event.

If you have fabulous items to donate including restaurant gift certificates, hotel or vacation getaways, gift cards for online retailers, etc, we would love to hear from you!

More information will be posting soon! Artie's Party helps so many through Outreach & Missions in our community and the world. Your participation is vital! Stay tuned!

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!

HOURS: Tuesday through Friday, from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm. We are accepting donations during these hours, too!
Remember that we have a new phone number: 561-406-2923. Give us a call!

@ Penniesforheaven400
Food Pantry News
"For I was hungry, and you gave me food." - Matt. 25:35

This week, we served 65 families and an estimated 193 individuals. Serving 200 people a week appears to be our new normal. 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:
  • Canned tuna and canned meats
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
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!

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

& 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 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