The Weekly Announcement Page
Friday, October 9, 2020

Generosity and Grace in October: focus on Connect ministries.
Special guest speaker at Rector's Roundtable this week. Big Youth Group meeting news. Expanded Food Pantry donation times.
Here's what's happening.
Annual Giving Campaign
It’s October, which means it’s time for our annual Giving Campaign -- the time to consider our estimate of giving for the coming year. This season, we are continuing to explore the question “Why?” Why do we follow Jesus? Why do we share in ministry together? Why do we support the mission of Good Shepherd? In many ways, the most basic answer to all of these questions is grace – we have freely received, so freely we give. As part of this year’s campaign, we will be focusing each week on one particular area of ministry (Worship, Connect, Grow, and Serve). This Sunday, we will be celebrating our CONNECT ministries. Check out this short video about worship at Good Shepherd! 
Where to begin? Visit our Giving Page!

  • Watch the video (at left) about what generous giving of time, talent, and treasure looks like in the context of our Connect ministries.

We also show you different ways to give! Many thanks for your year-round support!
In-person Sunday worship

We continue to offer in-person worship, with limited attendance, this Sunday.
Click on the video link for requirements for registering and 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 1:00 - 1:30 pm.
Sunday Communion, 1:00 - 1:30 pm
Holy Communion is offered each Sunday from 1:00 - 1:30 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 or watch it later on our YouTube Channel.
  • Print or download the bulletin for each day on our Prayer & Study page.
No In-person Worship on Sunday, October 18 at Good Shepherd

To mark the beginning of the Diocesan Convention in our 50th Anniversary year, there will be a Virtual Diocesan Eucharist with Bishop Peter Eaton, with a homily by Bishop Michael Curry. The Bishop has asked all congregations to attend virtually at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 18. We will provide the link to the eucharist when it is made available.

We will still offer in-person communion at 1:00 p.m. at Good Shepherd.
Sunday Coffee Hour Fellowship
Missing your church family? Drop in to Good Shepherd's Courtyard Connection at 11:30 am on Zoom.

This week we will discuss and celebrate our Connect ministries in our virtual courtyard. Who will you see this week?
Big Youth Group News!
Starting this Sunday, October 11, we will begin having in-person Youth Group meetings on campus from 5:00pm-6:00pm. 

These Youth Group meetings have been approved by the Diocesan Re-entry Task Force. Our meetings will take place outside and protocols will be in place to ensure a safe environment for everyone. We will provide hand sanitizer, social distancing will be maintained, and masks are required. Youth will sign in upon arrival and then be assigned a spot. As our first activity this Sunday we will make tie dye t-shirts!!! We have more exciting activities planned for the remainder of the year and hope that you will encourage your kids to attend. 

We are still going to provide the option to Zoom on Wednesday nights from 7:30pm-8:00pm and everyone is encouraged to join in. If you have any questions please feel free to contact David Dixon at or 864-541-1861. 
GriefShare fall series continues Monday, October 12 at 6:00 pm
For anyone who has gone through one of life's most difficult experiences -- the loss of a loved-one. Visit or join at any time. Please register below for invitation.
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)
Rector's Round Table
This coming Wednesday, we will conclude our conversation on racism and racial reconciliation. I am pleased to announce that we will be welcoming Dr. Courtney Cowart to join our conversation. Dr. Cowart is currently the Executive Director of the Society for the Increase of Ministry and serves as part of the Presiding Bishop’s staff. Her experience in the wider Episcopal Church will help us to reflect on the broader implications of racism as well as the resources available to us as we seek to work for healing and reconciliation. The Zoom link for this gathering can be found on the Prayer and Study page of our virtual church website. CLICK HERE FOR ZOOM LINK
Wednesday Bible Study at 11 am or 3 pm
The Letter to the Philippians:

To Live is Christ; to Die is Gain.

  • 11:00 am & 3:00 pm sessions

Did you miss a session? You can link to a video on the Prayer and Study page!
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:
The Golden Calf
Youth Christian Formation
Calling all Youth! We have Christian formation that you may view at a time of your choosing. We'll post by 9:00 am Sunday but you can watch at 11:00 pm Monday! Just come prepared to join the discussion at Wednesday Youth Group.
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!

Pennies will be open Tuesday through Friday, from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm. We are accepting donations during these hours, too! And, we have a new phone number: 561-406-2932. Give us a call!

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

This week, the Food Pantry continued to see heavy traffic, serving 44 families. We are seeing many new clients. 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; chili & corned beef hash
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.
Census 2020
Have you completed the Census 2020?There may still be time: the once-every-ten-year count continues October 31! Your participation has a real impact on real lives in our community, directly and indirectly, through the distribution of resources, services, funding, and representation.

Read the news from The Episcopal Church and view Bishop Curry’s message here.

Standing Notices

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 1:00 - 1:30 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 ONE 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 Rev. Dr. Douglas F. Scharf, Rector