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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.

 

Nov 262013
 

The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd

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

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.

 

Oct 062013
 

Leo, the golden Retriever seemed very happy to be in church today.

Leo, the golden Retriever seemed very happy to be in church today.

At 9 a.m., The Rev. Ann Ritonia presided over a very special Sunday service at the Church of the Good Shepherd.

Surrounding her on the floor, about a dozen children listened intently to the story of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, while in the wooden pews, several four-legged congregants sat, stayed and shook their bushy tails as they greeted others.

After the story, the children returned to their seats and it was the animals’ turn to step up to the front.

One-by-one Rev. Ann greeted the pets and their human companions and blessed each for a happy, healthy year together.

When every pet had been blessed, the service continued with communion and song and then the children were invited to have some donuts and the dogs were treated to homemade dog cookies.

Sep 302013
 

THE PROM BANNERThe Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebook Road, announced 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.

“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 this month in the beautiful ballroom of Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church.”

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, call the Church of the Good Shepherd @ 203-795-6577, visit us on Facebook or order online @ www.thegoodshepherdorangect.org.

Sep 032013
 

The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd

Church of the Good Shepherd, Orange announces upcoming events

Sundays

7:45 a.m.- Morning Mass

9 a.m.- Church Alive- Families with Children, 50 minutes and Sunday School included.

10:30 a.m., Traditional Eucharist with the choir

12:30 p.m., Financial Peace University (begins Sept. 22)

6:30-8 p.m., Sing, Sing, Sing

7 p.m., Yoga Body Prayer

Church Alive comes to Church of the Good Shepherd, Sunday Mornings at 9 a.m. beginning Sept. 8. Children, their families, and the young at heart are invited to join together for praise, and worship in a relaxed, child-friendly service that is highly participatory and interactive and is guaranteed to be over in under an hour. Children of all ages are encouraged to set the table, read the lessons, help with communion and grow in their love of Jesus. The Worship Band will play at this service.

Traditional Choral Eucharist returns to Church of the Good Shepherd , Sundays at 10:30 a.m. beginning Sept. 8. In a world that is always changing, experience a traditional worship service with communion, hymns and a message of God’s love that will help you put your faith into practice and navigate life’s ups and downs. Church of the Good Shepherd is a place to belong, a place to grow and a place to make a difference in the world.
Financial Peace University, Introductory Class offered at Church of the Good Shepherd, Sunday, Sept. 22 at 12:30 p.m.—In just nine lessons, learn to take control of your money, invest for the future, and give like never before. Don’t worry! You won’t be asked to share any personal financial information during the class.

Sunday Evening ,Yoga Body Prayer 7 p.m. Beginning Sept. 8 —  the Vinyassa Yoga Method and taught by certified Yoga Instructor Maryanne 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 accepted.

Sing Sing, Sing!—Did you sing in High School ? Do you sing in the shower? You are invited to experience choral music singing, community and fun with Dr. Don Wiggins and the Good Shepherd Choir. Rehearsals begin Sunday, Sept. 8, 6:30-8 p.m. The choir sings at 10:30 each Sunday. Don is an experienced singer, teacher and director and enjoys working and developing voices of all ages. For more information call 203-795-6577 or email [email protected]

Mondays

10 a.m., Women’s Spiritual Journey Group

7 p.m., Bible Study

New Bible Study at Church of the Good Shepherd. Have you always wanted to understand the Bible more? All are welcome to explore God’s story on Monday Evenings beginning Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. in a judgment free zone where questions and lively discussion are encouraged. No prior Bible knowledge needed and all are welcome. $20 for materials and scholarships are available. Questions call 203-795-6577.

Women’s Spiritual Journey Group — Mondays 10 a.m. at Church of the Good Shepherd beginning Sept. 9. Women of all ages and those with small children are invited to gather weekly to discuss the spiritual issues women face in their daily lives and explore where God is present through the lens of scripture, prayer, Christian thought and faith. This group is intended for mutual support and encouragement in a safe and judgment free environment.

Wednesdays

10:30 a.m. Power of Prayer

7 p.m., Evening Service of Prayer and Healing with Communion

The Power of Prayer at Church of the Good Shepherd—Join us for intercessory prayer and meditation on Wednesday morning from 10:30–11:30 a.m. beginning Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Prayer and Healing service with Laying on of Hands and Eucharist Every Wednesday Evening at 7 p.m.

Aug 272013
 

The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd

Church of the Good Shepherd, Orange announces upcoming events:

Church Alive

Church Alive comes to Church of the Good Shepherd, Sunday Mornings at 9 AM beginning  September 8th. Children, their families, and the young at heart are invited to join together for praise, and worship in a relaxed, child-friendly service that is highly participatory and interactive and is guaranteed to be over in under an hour.  Children of all ages are encouraged to set the table, read the lessons, help with communion and grow in their love of Jesus.  The Worship Band will play at this service.
Choral Eucharist
Traditional Choral Eucharist returns to Church of the Good Shepherd , Sundays at 1030 a.m. beginning September 8th.  In a world that is always changing, experience a traditional worship service with communion, hymns and a message of God’s love that will help you put your faith into practice and navigate life’s ups and downs.  Church of the Good Shepherd is a place to belong, a place to grow and a place to make a difference in the world.

Bible Study
New Bible Study at Church of the Good Shepherd.  Have you always wanted to understand the Bible more?  All are welcome to explore God’s story on Monday Evenings beginning September 9th at 7 p.m. in a judgment free zone where questions and lively discussion are encouraged. No prior Bible knowledge needed and all are welcome.  $20 for materials and scholarships are available. Questions call 203-795-6577.

Women’s Group
Women’s Spiritual Journey Group—Mondays 10 am at Church of the Good Shepherd beginning September 9th. Women of all ages and those with small children are invited to gather weekly to discuss the spiritual issues women face in their daily lives and explore where God is present through the lens of scripture, prayer, Christian thought and faith.  This group is intended for mutual support and encouragement in a safe and judgment free environment.

Financial Peace University
Financial Peace University, Introductory Class offered at  Church of the Good Shepherd, Sunday September 22nd at 1230 p.m.—In just nine lessons, learn to take control of your money, invest for the future, and give like never before. Don’t worry! You won’t be asked to share any personal financial information during the class.

Sunday Evening Yoga
Sunday Evening ,Yoga Body Prayer 7 p.m.  Beginning September 8th—Using the Vinyassa Yoga Method and taught by certified Yoga Instructor Maryanne 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 accepted.

Meditation
The Power of Prayer at Church of the Good Shepherd—Join us for intercessory prayer and meditation on Wednesday morning  from 1030–1130am beginning September 11th.

Prayer and Healing
Prayer and Healing service with Laying on of Hands and Eucharist Every Wed Evening at 7 p.m.

Good Shepherd Choir
Sing  Sing, Sing!—Did you sing  in  High School ?  Do you sing in the shower?  You are invited to experience choral music singing, community and fun with Dr. Don Wiggins and the Good Shepherd Choir.  Rehearsals begin September 8th , 630-8p.m. The choir sings at 1030 each Sunday. Don is an experienced singer, teacher and director and enjoys working and developing voices of all ages.  For more information call 203-795-6577 or email [email protected]

Aug 262013
 

The Amazing 70s PromFollowing is a press release from the Church of the Good Shepherd:

On Saturday, October 19th, the Church of the Good Shepherd will host its 2nd annual gala with the New York Dinner Theater’s “The Amazing 70s Prom” in the ballroom at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road.

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,” said Gala Chair, Kathie Bellis of Woodbridge.

“On a daily basis, the Church of the Good Shepherd changes lives through mission, ministry and outreach. Our good works depend upon the generosity and support of dedicated volunteers and donations from the larger community,” said Ann Ritonia, Rector for the Church of the Good Shepherd.  “We hope to see many of last year’s wedding guests from “The Godfather’s Meshuggener Wedding” to return to this year’s “The Amazing 70’s Prom” on October 19th”

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

Dinner, dancing, and dessert will be enjoyed throughout the comedy show with a fabulous DJ.  During intermission, there will be an amazing Live Auction.  The evening will conclude with an extra hour of dancing under the Disco Ball.

Like last year’s sold out event, we will return to St. Barbara’s beautiful ballroom on Racebrook Road. Tickets are $75 per person until September 1st.  After September 1st, tickets will be $90 per person.

We expect another sold out event, so please order your tickets soon by calling the Church of the Good Shepherd @ (203) 795-6577 or ordering online @ www.thegoodshepherdorganect.org.

Originally Published on: Jul 16, 2013 @ 22:20

Second publishing on Aug 6, 2013 @ 18:20

Aug 222013
 

8172462777_e4c87abf3a_zChurch of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, Orange announces upcoming events:

Weekly Services

Sundays

8:00 a.m. spoken Eucharist

10:00 a.m. Eucharist with music

Coffee and conversation after the 10:00 am service.

Wednesdays

7:00 p.m.

Evening Service of Prayer and Healing with Communion
Fall Worship Schedule- Starts September 8, 2013

7:45 am- Morning Mass

9:00 am- Church Alive- Families with Children, 50 minutes and Sunday School included.

10:30 am, Traditional Eucharist with the choir

BREATHE, BALANCE, BELIEVE

Vinyasa Yoga for the Family.  Have you always wanted to try yoga? Classes are designed to help children and adults strengthen both physical and mental well -being.

Participants will practice at their own level and be willing to set aside time to enjoy a practice that integrates a flowing physical practice with mindful meditation.

The teacher is certified and member RYT.

Class meets on Mondays @ 5:15- 6:15 pm in the Parish hall, Church of the Good Shepherd 680 Racebrook Road.

Please bring a yoga mat and blocks if you have them.

Please call to confirm class being held that evening 203.795.6577 or email. [email protected]

Apr 292013
 

The Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, has opened The Shepherd’s Café.

The Shepherd Café will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Wednesday and will be serving coffee, light snacks and a tasty and nutritious lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This meal will be available to seniors or to anyone that needs or would like to share a meal and some companionship.

There will be menu choices each week with soup and selected sandwiches always available. While there is no cost for the meal, donations are always appreciated.

Bingo and other activities will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

This is a new ministry of the Church of the Good Shepherd, and a partnership between the church and Community Services. The Church has ample parking.

While reservations are not needed, they would be appreciated. To make a reservation, volunteer, or to help in any way, please call the church at 203-795-6577.

Community Services will provide transportation from the High Plains Community Center to and from the Shepherd Café.

Call Kim at least a day in advance at 203-891-4788 to reserve a ride.

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