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.

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.