Summer Events at the Church of the Good Shepherd In Orange

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Jun 092015

Good ShepherdThe Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, has a busy summer schedule to share with the community. You are invited to participate in its upcoming Healing Prayer Service; Prayer Shawl Ministry; Book Club, Father’s Day Appreciation Car Wash; Youth Group Summer activities; and the popular Vacation Bible School.

All are welcome to join us on the last Wednesday of each month for our Healing Eucharist with a Prayer Shawl Blessing.

The next healing service will be on Wednesday, June 24 at 7 p.m. At that time, everyone will come together to offer prayers and meditations for persons facing health problems. This is a meaningful service that includes a prayer shawl blessing.

For all crafters in the community, join one of the monthly Prayer Shawl Pasta Suppers where crafters come together to knit or crochet prayer shawls. The next Prayer Shawl Pasta Supper will be Sunday, June 28, 6-8 p.m. in the Church of the Good Shepherd’s Parish Hall. RSVP is requested for attending the Pasta Supper.

The lively book club invites avid readers to come on the last Tuesday of every month. In June, the group plans to meet on Tuesday, June 30 at 7 p.m. to discuss “The Wide and Starry Sky” by Nancy Horan.  Then on July 28, they plan to discuss “The Girl on The Train” by Paula Hawkins. Call the Parish Office for directions to one of the book club locations.

On Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21 our Youth Group is hosting an Appreciation Car Wash before, during and after the 9 a.m. service. Drive by and get Dad’s car washed! The Youth Group welcomes all interested young people in junior high and high school. Other summer activities include a mission trip to Queens, New York the week of June 28 through July 3. Their annual Farmington River Tubing Trip will be July 23 and the Annual All-Nighter will be August 21. RSVPs are required to participate in these Youth Group activities by calling the Parish Office.

For younger children, ages 3-10 years, Good Shepherd is now accepting registrations for its  popular Vacation Bible School (VBS) taking place the week of July 13. The theme is “Explore Mount Everest and Conquer the Challenges of God’s Mighty Power.”  Suggested registration donation is $35 per child. For more information and the CGS-VBS registration form, call the Parish Office at 203-795-6577 or visit the website at www.thegoodshepherdorangect.org

Church of the Good Shepherd Announces its 2015 Outreach Schedule

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Jan 142015

BOOK CLUBThe Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, welcomes new members to join its many community outreach programs, such as its Book Club, JAM Band, Youth Group and/or Prayer Shawl Ministry. 

Its active Book Club meets the last Tuesday of every month between 7 – 9 p.m. in a member’s home for wine and a light dessert.  All are welcome to join an upcoming discussion for any of the following books.  On Jan. 27, they will discuss Daniel James Brown’s “The Boys in the Boat”.  On Tuesday, Feb. 24, they will discuss Cheryl Strayed, “Wild” and on Tuesday, March 24, author Amy Bloom will join us to discuss her book, “Lucky Us.”

New voices and additional instruments are sought to join the Sunday 9 a.m. contemporary music program featuring the “Jesus and Me” (JAM) Band.  Vocalists and guitarists are especially welcome to join one of our practice sessions on Thursday nights at 8:30 – 10 p.m. 

The Youth Group will be kicking off the Martin Luther King weekend by volunteering at Loaves and Fishes on Saturday, Jan. 17. 

Loaves and Fishes operates out of the Episcopal Church of St. Paul and St. James in New Haven. Each month, Loaves and Fishes serves between 200 and 300 households in New Haven with groceries and clothing.  If interested in joining in, please RSVP to our Parish office at 203-795-6577 and then meet in the church parking

Good Shepherd Youth Group

Good Shepherd Youth Group

lot at 7:15 a.m. to carpool into New Haven.  The group should return by 11:15 a.m.  They’d like to get a headcount of how many teens will be joining in, so please RVSP to the Parish Office. 

The Prayer Shawl Ministry invites anyone interested in knitting or crocheting a prayer shawl for a person in need.   The group crafts all year-round and meet regularly.  Prayer shawls are blessed during a Sunday Eucharist and then distributed by parishioners to friends, neighbors and family members in need.  The next Prayer Shawl Pasta Supper will be Sunday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall at 680 Racebrook Road.

All are welcome to join their many outreach programs. 

For more information, call the Church Office at 203-795-6577,  e-mail [email protected],  visit the website at www.thegoodsheperdorangect.org and/or visit our Facebook page.

It Will Be Cold Tonight As The Annual Church Freeze Out Focuses On Homelessness Awareness

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Jan 192013

Each year the shanty town evolves into roomier, more “comfortable” digs.

The Orange Congregational Church Pilgrim Fellowship Sr. Youth Group will hold a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County, Youth United.

At 6 p.m. tonight, Jan. 19 til 9 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 20 the group will build and sleep in a Shanty Town of cardboard boxes and “Freeze Out” outside the front of the church.

A minimum of 20 participants each will be asked to raise at least $35 in sponsorships for staying in the cardboard boxes in two hour shifts during the night.

The event will help raise awareness about Homelessness, Habitat for Humanity, and their impact on the community. The goal of the Freeze Out is to raise at least $2,500 and the funds donated will be used to help build another Youth United house in Fairfield County. After completing a residence on Jane Street in Bridgeport, the group is anxious to start the third Youth United Habitat home.

For more information, call Beth Rafferty at 203-795-9749 or e-mail her at bethpf@sbcglobal.net.

To learn more about Habitat for Humanity visit http://blog.habitatcfc.org. Contributions are welcome and checks can be made out to ‘Habitat for Humanity of CFC/YU’ and mailed or hand delivered to Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meeting House Lane, Orange, CT 06477.

Don’t forget to stop by the Freeze Out and support your local youth.

Originally Published on: Jan 4, 2013 @ 5:44 a.m.