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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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 @ [email protected], 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 [email protected] 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 @ [email protected], visit our website @ www.thegoodshepherdorangect.org, and/or visit our Facebook page for frequent pictures and postings.

Church of the Good Shepherd likes to bring people together over food

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Jan 302015
 

Youth Group-Kitchen

Youth Group-Kitchen

The Church of the Good Shepherd’s Youth Group invites everyone to attend their Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Feast on Tuesday Feb. 17 beginning at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Everyone is encouraged to bring a board game to complement this evening of family fun.

The youth group looks forward to taking over the church’s commercial kitchen! Under the supervision of adult volunteers, the entire event will be prepared and served by the youths. When they get together, a fun time is guaranteed. New youth group members are always welcome. In February, the CGS Youth Group meets every other Friday, beginning on Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. for an Ice Cream Social.  For more information, call the Parish Office.

PrayerShawlKnittingOn Sunday, Feb. 22, between 6-7:30pm, the Prayer Shawl Ministry will host a Pasta Supper in the Parish Hall. Anyone interested in learning how to knit a prayer shawl is invited to join the crafters; a small and dedicated group who create beautiful prayer shawls all year round. 

Good Shepherd is looking to grow its group and would like to help other religious organizations start a Prayer Shawl Ministry. If interested, RSVP and come to the Pasta Supper to learn more.  This is a wonderful ministry to share with individuals who need the comfort of a hug from a blessed prayer shawls.

It doesn’t take much to bring a group of people together when you offer good food and fellowship. This is evident every Wednesday when the Shepherd’s Table opens its doors between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. for its free weekly lunch program with Bingo.

This week was a special week at the Shepherd’s Table as we celebrated its 4th anniversary. If you are in town on Wednesday,  stop in and join the fun. Happy 4th Birthday, Shepherd’s Table!

All are welcome to join the many community programs and services at Good Shepherd, especially as we approach the Lenten Season. For more information, call the Church Office @ 203-795-6577, e-mail Patrice, the Administrative Assistant at [email protected],  visit our website at www.thegoodsheperdorangect.org and/or visit our Facebook page.

The Church of the Good Shepherd is located at 680 Racebrook Road, Orange. The entrance to the Parish Hall is located at the lower level parking lot.

Come Together To Support The Charitable Work At The Church of The Good Shepherd

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Sep 252014
 

Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 8.24.35 PMThe Church of the Good Shepherd hosts its third annual gala on Saturday, Oct. 18, featuring an evening of Beatles music.  “Let It Be” a great night for friends to celebrate, enjoy music, and help raise funds for the church and its mission to serve the community. You don’t need to be a Beatles fan to have a great time; we’re “Just Happy to Dance With You.”

“On a daily basis, the Church of the Good Shepherd serves f Orange and the surrounding areas through mission, ministry and outreach regardless of individuals’ religious affiliation. “Come Together” is the perfect them for this year’s gala as we look forward to welcoming many new and returning friends for the celebration,” said Rev. Ann Ritonia, Rector for the Church of the Good Shepherd.  “Our good works depend upon the generosity and support of dedicated volunteers and donations from the larger community.”

The Church’s most well-known program is The Shepherd’s Table, a free lunch program every Wednesday offered at 680 Racebrook Road, available to all. Each week more than one hundred area residents, mainly seniors who come together for fellowship and a warm meal. Additional meals are prepared and delivered throughout the community to those who are too frail or ill to travel. Funds raised will support Shepherd’s Table and other mission and outreach activities which support the needs of the greater community as well as Fisher House at the West Haven VA Hospital.

It doesn’t matter if “Drive My Car” or come by “Yellow Submarine” to the Ballroom at St. Barbara’s at 480 Racebrook Road in Orange. Tickets are $75 per person and doors open at 6pm.

We expect another sold out event “With A Little Help From Our Friends.”  If you want to “Twist And Shout,” order your tickets soon by calling the Church of the Good Shepherd at (203) 795-6577 or ordering online at www.thegoodshepherdorganect.org.

 

Church of the Good Shepherd Announces Upcoming Services

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Feb 202014
 

Good ShepherdChurch of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, Orange announces upcoming services

Weekly Services

Wednesday

7:00 p.m.                                               Midweek Contemplative Eucharist with Discussion and Healing Prayer

Sunday

7:45 a.m.                                               Traditional Eucharist – no music

9:00 a.m.                                               Church Alive, Eucharist with the worship band

10:30a.m.                                             Choral Eucharist

March 5th – Ash Wednesday Services

12:00 p.m.  Holy Eucharist and imposition of Ashes

7:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist and imposition of ashes with prayer.

Ashes to Go at Dunkin Donuts (297 Boston Post Rd- near Cold Stone Ice Cream)

6:30 a.m.- 8:00 a.m., and Westfield Shopping Mall 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. in parking lot

 

Join Us…..

Sunday Evening, Yoga Body Prayer 7:00 p.m.  Using the Vinyasa Yoga Method and taught by certified Yoga Instructor MaryAnn Haverstock, begin your week with Yoga and centering prayer and meditation.  This class is for all levels of yoga practice and experience.  Bring a yoga mat or towel, water and wear comfortable clothes.  Free will offering

New Bible Study, Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. (starts March 12th) Join us as we learn about some of the women of the Bible.  No prior bible study knowledge required.  Bring your Bibles.  Please call the office to register.  203-795-6577.

 

Church of the Good Shepherd Services Announced

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Nov 262013
 

The Good Shepherd

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Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, Orange announced the following upcoming services:

Weekly Services

Wednesday

7:00 p.m   Evening Service of Prayer and Healing

Sunday

7:45 a.m.  Traditional Eucharist – no music

9:00 a.m.  Church Alive, Eucharist with the worship band

10:30a.m. Choral Eucharist

Thanksgiving Day Eucharist

10:00 a.m.

Interfaith Service of Remembrance for the Victims of Sandy Hook

December 14 at 9:00 a.m.

December 24  Christmas Eve, Carols, Candlelight and Communion

4:30 p.m. Music

5:00 p.m. Communion Service begins

December 25, Christmas Day Eucharist

10:00 a.m.

December 29, Sunday

7:45 a.m. Traditional Eucharist, no music

9:00 a.m. Carols, and Worship for Children with Worship Band

10:30 Lessons and Carols with Eucharist

Did You Buy Your Prom Tickets Yet? It Will Be Amazing!

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Oct 082013
 

Don't forget to buy your prom tickets!

Don’t forget to buy your prom tickets!

The Church of the Good Shepherd is proud to announce the receipt of a $500 community grant from Wal-Mart in support of its numerous community outreach programs, especially the Shepherd’s Table which feeds more than 100 area residents each week. “This grant is one of many exciting donations we have recently received from local businesses in support of our upcoming Gala on Saturday, Oct. 19, said The Reverend Ann Ritonia, Rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebook Road, Orange.

“We are so grateful to our community and area businesses for the support they have extended to this year’s gala,” said Chairman Kathie Bellis of Woodbridge. “We look forward to hosting another fabulous event with the New York Dinner Theater on Saturday, Oct. 19 in the beautiful ballroom of Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church.”

Ballroom doors open at 6 p.m. Corsages and boutonnieres will be sold at the door. During the cocktail hour, guests will enjoy a Silent Auction, Chinese Auction, and Prom Portraits.

Tickets are available for $75 per person. Guests will enjoy the New York Dinner Theater’s hilarious audience participation comedy, “The Amazing 70s Prom.”  The evening will begin with a Silent Auction and cocktail hour that will include unlimited beer, wine and soda, as well as a reasonably priced cash bar, including a signature 70s Tequila Sunrise Punch.

During intermission, there will be a Live Auction that includes Packer/Giant tickets; Red Sox Tickets; a Tag Hauer Watch; Steuben Glass Bowl; a week in a breathtaking cabin In Maine, and much more.

To order tickets, make a donation and/or place an advertisement in this year’s program booklet, please call the Church of the Good Shepherd @ 203-795-6577, visit us on Facebook or order online @ www.thegoodshepherdorangect.org.

Audience Participation!

In this hilarious audience participation comedy, you will step into a world of laughter and fun. You can be part of the show or simply sit back and enjoy the antics.

“At this year’s prom, everyone will be treated like royalty.  Every guest recognized as either a King or Queen. Whether you’re attending prom for the first time or reliving a memory, we promise a great time! No curfew, no chaperons and you’re old enough to drink responsibly,” Bellis  said.