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Tuesdays In February Are Exciting At The Church Of The Good Shepherd

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Feb 032018
 

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, Orange. prepares for Lent with First Tuesday on February 6 and Blessing Bags

First Tuesdays at Good Shepherd are family-friendly evenings of community-building, service projects, and prayer. We start at 6:45, and end at 8 p.m. Folks of all ages (kids in pjs even!) are welcome to come to the parish hall for fun and fellowship.

In February our get-together falls in the week before the beginning of Lent. Our topic for discussion will be Lent and why we give things up or take things on as a practice in this penitential season of the Church. Are we meant to feel sad or guilty during lent? Or are we meant to intentionally engage how we are living our lives,
contemplate whether we are satisfied with it, and discern where and how we might want to make changes. Lent ends not with the great pain of Good Friday but with the great joy of Easter morning. How do we get there?

Our service project will be putting together “blessing bags” for the homeless. These Zip-Lok bags will hold a variety of single serving food items, personal hygiene products, warm clothing, and prayer cards and bibles. During our time together on the 6th we’ll be making prayer cards to go in the packs, and packing the bags for next-day distribution.

Donations of the items requested must be at the church no later than 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, February 6th. The First Tuesday crew is looking for donations of Socks, Handwarmers, Scarves, Hats, Gloves, Beef Jerky; Breakfast and granola bars, Squeezables (apple sauce), Packaged peanut butter or cheese crackers, Toothpaste,
Toothbrushes, Hotel-size Shampoos, Lotions, and Soaps, Sanitary wipes and hand sanitizers, Small bibles. All are welcome.

A full schedule of services and events are planned for the Lenten Season which begins in February. We start with our traditional SHROVE Tuesday Pancake Supper on Tuesday, February 13th from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Please join us for delicious pancakes served by the parish youth.

The Church of the Good Shepherd will offer Ashes-On- The-Go on Ash Wednesday, February 14th at two times this year: 12 Noon to 1 p.m, and 5:30-6:30 p.m.  Drive up to the front doors of the church to receive ashes and pray a short prayer, then be on your way to work or home. At 7 p.m. there will be a regular Ash Wednesday service at the church with Holy Eucharist. All are welcome to receive ashes at the Church of the Good Shepherd.

Please join us for the first CGS Family Bowl event at the Amity Family Bowling Center, 30 Seldon Street, Woodbridge, CT from 4 to 6 P.M. on Sunday, February 11. This fun event for all is open to all ages from 5 through 105 years old, no Bowling experience is necessary. Bring yourself, family and friends and come
out have some fellowship and fun. The cost is $10/ person which gets you a bowling ball, shoes, soda, and popcorn. Monies will be collected at the door. Please contact the office at 203-795- 6577 or e-mail thegoodshepherd@optonline.net by February 8.

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd’s Sunday service times include Rite II Holy Eucharist without music
at 8 a.m. and Rite II Holy Eucharist with music at 10 a.m. Children’s Christian Faith For more information about The Church of the Good Shepherd’s many other programs please call the Parish Office at (203) 795-6577, email us at thegoodspheherd@optonline.net, visit our website at www.thegoodshepherdorangect.org, and of course, check our Facebook page www.facebook.com/cgsorangect for frequent postings.

Rummage Sale At Church Of The Good Shepherd

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Nov 182017
 

The Church of the Good Shepherd Semi-Annual Rummage Sale

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, Orange, invites the public to visit its semi-annual Rummage Sale on Saturday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m. to noon. 

Shoppers will find a wide array of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, along with shoes, handbags, scarves, jewelry, accessories, children’s games, puzzles, toys, books, DVDs, housewares, glassware, pictures, linens, etc. 

“There is something for everyone!  Make sure to stop by and peruse our treasures,” said Elaine Swirsky, long-standing Chairperson of this fun event.  “Start your Christmas shopping early, find a special treasure to put under the tree.  All are welcome to stop by.”

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, Orange, Sunday service times includes Rite II Holy Eucharist without music at 8 a.m. and Rite II Holy Eucharist with music @ 10 a.m.  Children’s Christian Faith Formation takes place at 10 a.m. in the Parish Hall. 

For more information about  The Church of the Good Shepherd’s many programs, call the Parish Office at 203-795-6577, e-mail thegoodspheherd@optonline.net visit the website at www.thegoodshepherdorangect.org or check the Facebook page www.facebook.com/cgsorangect for frequent postings.

Orange Autumn Craft Festival

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Oct 122017
 

The Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, will host its annual Autumn Craft Festival on the front lawn this Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
                  
Admission is Free.
The forecast is calling for partly cloudy skies, humid, with a slight chance of showers, high temperature of 71 degrees.

Come To The Blessing Of The Animals

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Oct 082017
 

The Church of the Good Shepherd, 480 Racebrook Road will host its annual Blessing of the Animals at three different times on Sunday, October 8, 2017.

Join the paster and staff at the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services or at 1 p.m. outside in the parking lot in front of the church, with your animals leashed or in carriers.

This event is not limited to dogs and cats. Lizards, fish, hamsters, hedgehogs, and horses (or whatever you may have) are welcome – if properly contained or secured.

Stuffed animals and photographs of pets, living and deceased also will be blessed.

Blessing Of The Animals on Sunday

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Oct 022016
 

I'm ready for my blessing... really! (file photo 2011)

I’m ready for my blessing… really! (file photo 2011)

The Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, will host its annual Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 2.

Please bring your animals to church, leashed or in carriers, for The Blessing of the Animals at both the 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. services.

Rev. Diana Rogers also will bless animals at 1 p.m. (til 2 p.m.) in front of the church on Racebrook Road.

Happenings At The Church Of The Good Shepherd

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May 302016
 

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd moves into summer with a slate of activities to interest people of all ages.

Recreational fun at Good Shepherd

Recreational fun at Good Shepherd

Here is some submitted information:

On Youth Sunday, June 5, our 9:30 service will be led by the young people of the congregation filling the roles of readers, preachers, and Eucharistic assistants. Please join us as we mark God’s promise of renewal and hope through the ministry of our young people and the celebration of our new confirmands. All are welcome at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd.

During the summer months Recreational Fun will continue on Wednesday mornings in the Parish Hall from 10:30am to Noon while The Shepherd’s Table, our free lunch and fellowship program, goes on hiatus for the summer. We look forward to seeing our Wednesday regulars this summer as well as newcomers.

Interested in learning more about the Gospel of Luke? This summer we will have an opportunity to study scripture using a combination individual/group method of gospel learning called The 50 Day Bible Challenge. Using a book of daily readings from Luke with reflections written by Episcopalians, prayers, and questions, we will work individually and then gather for a weekly group discussion at a time mutually convenient to the members of the group. Please contact the parish office at 203-795- 6577 or at thegoodshepherd@optonline.net to join us or with any questions.

CGS LabryinthJoin The Rev. Diana Rogers on Saturday, June 18 th at 9am to learn about walking The Good Shepherd’s labyrinth. The great pavement labyrinths first appeared in cathedrals like Chartres and Amien in the 12th through 14th centuries. Used for spiritual meditation and contemplation, walking the labyrinth has been a spiritual exercise for centuries. Come learn more about this enduring spiritual practice. Meet at the labyrinth on the south side of the church off Pryde Drive at 9am.

In June our popular Prayer Shawl Ministry meets on Wednesday, June 22 at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Anyone interested in knitting or crocheting a prayer shawl for a person in need is welcome to join us. Open to the public, we craft all year-round and meet regularly. Our prayer shawls are blessed during a Sunday Eucharist and then distributed by our parishioners to friends, neighbors and family members in need and at area hospitals.

Please join us at 7 p.m. on Wednesday June 29 for our monthly Healing Prayer with Holy Eucharist Service in the church. Enter by the front door. All are welcome. Vacation Bible School returns to The Church of the Good Shepherd in July, running from Monday, July 18 through Friday, July 22. Look for more details in early July.

Please contact the parish office at 203-795- 6577 or via email at thegoodshepherd@optonline.net with any inquiries.

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd is located on 680 Racebrook Road, Orange. Sunday service times include Rite II Holy Eucharist without music at 8 a.m. and Rite II Holy Eucharist with music @ 9:30 a.m. visit our website @ www.thegoodshepherdorangect.org, and of course, check our Facebook page www.facebook.com/cgsorangect for frequent postings.

May Events At The Church of the Good Shepherd

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Apr 302016
 

Good ShepherdFollowing is a press release from the Church of the Good Shepherd: 

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd welcomes the public to our calendar of fun and spiritually enriching events for this month.

Sunday, May 15 th , The Church of the Good Shepherd will celebrate the Day of Pentecost. This is the day when scripture tells us that the flame of the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the followers of Christ enabling them to speak in the languages of the nations of the earth—men and women, young and old, slave and free, all equal before God and worthy of God’s saving grace. Members of the congregation will speak the Easter acclamation in many languages, and all are encouraged to wear red, signifying the fire of the Holy Spirit. Please join us for this celebration of God’s power, love, and

Our popular Prayer Shawl Ministry is open to the public and meets on Sunday, May 15th at 11;30 am in the Parish Hall. Anyone interested in knitting or crocheting a prayer shawl for a person in need is welcome to join us. We craft all year-round and meet regularly. Our prayer shawls are blessed during a Sunday Eucharist and then distributed by our parishioners to friends, neighbors and family members in need and at area hospitals.

Imam Omer Bajwa, Coordinator of Muslim Life at Yale University, will be our guest speaker on Thursday evening, May 19 th at 7pm in the Parish Hall. His topic will be “Inner and Outer Dimensions of Fasting Ramadan in Islam.” The talk will present an overview of Ramadan (which begins June 6 th ) and how it is observed by Muslims around the world. This multi-media presentation explores fasting as an ancient spiritual practice, across religious traditions, and how fasting has relevant and contemporary lessons for everyone. The talk is free and open to the public.

The Shepherd’s Table, our free lunch and fellowship program, will be going on hiatus for the summer. The last luncheon will be Wednesday, May 25 th . During the summer months recreational bingo fun will continue on Wednesday mornings in the Parish Hall from 10:30am to Noon. We look forward to seeing our Wednesday regulars this summer as well as newcomers.

On Youth Sunday, June 5th , our 9:30 service will be led by the young people of the congregation filling the roles of readers, preachers, and Eucharistic assistants. Please join us as we mark God’s promise of renewal and hope through the ministry of our young people and the celebration of our new confirmands. All are welcome at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd.

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd is located on 680 Racebrook Road, Orange, Connecticut. Sunday service times include Rite II Holy Eucharist without music at 8 a.m.; 9:30am Faith Formation (for Children and Families), and Rite II Holy Eucharist with music @ 9:30 a.m. For more information about the The Church of the Good

Shepherd’s many other programs, such as our monthly Book Club, Prayer Shawl Ministry, and Healing Eucharist, please call the Parish Office @ (203) 795-6577, email us @ thegoodspheherd@optonline.net, visit our website @ www.thegoodshepherdorangect.org, and of course, check our Facebook page www.facebook.com/cgsorangect for frequent postings.Good Shepherd

Two-Day Rummage Sale At Orange Church

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Apr 072016
 

rummage_saleThe Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, welcomes everyone to visit its semi- annual Rummage Sale on Friday, April  29 (2-6 pm) and Saturday, April 30 (9am – noon). 

Shoppers will find a wide array of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, along with shoes, handbags, scarfs, jewelry, accessories, children’s games, puzzles, toys, books, DVDs, housewares, glassware, pictures, linens, etc. 

“There is something for everyone!  Make sure to stop by and peruse our treasures,” said event chairman Elaine Swirsky.

Good Friday & Easter Sunday Worship At Good Shepherd

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Mar 252016
 

holy-weekThe Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, located at 680 Racebrook Road, invites you to attend any of our upcoming services and events during Holy Week and on Easter Sunday.

Holy Week begins on March 20 with Palm Sunday. Attend the 8 a.m. service without music. The traditional enactment of The Passion along with music from our choir takes place at 9:30am.

Maundy Thursday’s Holy Eucharist and Foot Washing will take place on Thursday, March 24, at 7 p.m. In addition an Altar of Repose will be available in the church from 8a.m. Thursday, March 24 through 8 a.m. Friday March 25.

On Good Friday, March 25, the church will be open for quiet meditation between noon-3 p.m.

Stations of the Cross will be lead by the Youth Group at 4:30 pm, including a “Walk the Way of the Cross” through the Good Shepherd neighborhood.

In addition, Good Friday Solemn Collects with Holy Eucharist will take place at 7 p.m.

The Church of the Good Shepherd. Easter Sunday, March 27, is celebrated with one service at 9:30 am with the choir accompanied by musicians. There will be no 8 a.m. service on Easter Sunday. An Easter Egg Hunt will take place immediately following the service for children of all ages.

The Church of the Good Shepherd holds services every Sunday at 8 a.m. for Holy Eucharist with no music, 9:30 a.m. Faith Formation (for Children and Families), and 9:30 a.m. for Holy Eucharist with music.

For more information, call The Church of the Good Shepherd at 203-795-6577, e-mail

the Parish office at thegoodshepherd@optonline.net and visit their website at

www.thegoodshepherdorangect.org or their Facebook page 

Church of the Good Shepherd Advent Schedule 

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Dec 082015
 

CGS WreathThe Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, Orange invites the public to attend Sunday services during this special time of year. We are in the season of Advent, which extends over four Sundays. Advent began on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, Nov. 29 and will end on Christmas Eve, Thursday, Dec. 24.

The word advent itself means “arrival” or “an appearing or coming into place.” The celebration of Advent is both a commemoration of Christ’s first coming and an anticipation of His second coming. On Christmas Eve until Epiphany, we will celebrate the twelve days of Christmastide.

Epiphany, the 12th day after Christmas is Jan. 6, 2016 this season and celebrates the visit of the three kings and wise men to the stable.

Advent Sunday service times include Rite II Holy Eucharist without music at 8 a.m. At 9 a.m., we offer a formation program focused on families with parents and children learning and participating together. At 9:30 a.m. every Sunday throughout the year we gather to celebrate the Holy Eucharist with beautiful music with our Choir. 

On Sunday, Dec. 20 @ 9:30 a.m., referred to as Advent #4, the public is invited to enjoy our Annual Christmas Pageant and Wassail Party immediately following in the Parish Hall. There will be no 8 a.m. service on Sunday Dec. 20.  Our Christmas Eve service on Dec. 24 will begin with Christmas Carols @ 4:30 p.m. followed by a special service with the Choir and Band @ 5 p.m. The Christmas Day service with a spoken Eucharist will begin at 10 a.m.

Additionally, the public is invited to stop by the Church any Wednesday to enjoy our free lunch program called the Shepherd’s Table beginning at 10:30 a.m. with Bingo. 

“All are welcome at the Church of the Good Shepherd”, invites Reverend Diana Rogers.

For more information about the Church of the Good Shepherd’s many other community-based programs, such as our monthly Book Club, Prayer Shawl Ministry, and Healing Eucharist, call the Parish Office @ (203) 795-6577, email us @ thegoodspheherd@optonline.net, visit our website @ www.thegoodshepherdorangect.org, and/or visit our Facebook page for frequent pictures and postings.