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Good Shepherd’s 2018 Holy Week And Easter Services

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Mar 202018
 

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, Orange, released its schedule of events for Holy Week and Easter Sunday Worship 2018

The Church of the Good Shepherd invites you to attend any of our upcoming services and events during Holy Week and on Easter Sunday.

All are welcome.

Sunday, March 25
Palm Sunday services at 8 am and 10 am with Blessing of the Palms and Reading of the Passion

Thursday, March 29
Maundy Thursday service begins at 6:30 pm with fellowship and refreshments at 6:30, and service at 7 pm
Thursday, March 29- Friday, March 30
Vigil Altar of Repose Thursday 8:30 pm-10 pm, and Friday 8 am-3 pm
Sanctuary open for prayer and anointing for healing

Friday, March 30
Good Friday Hour of Prayer at 12 pm
Outdoor Stations of the Cross at 3 pm, rain or shine
Holy Eucharist from the reserve at 7 pm

Sunday, April 1
Easter Sunday services at 8 am and 10 am
Easter Egg Hunt following the 10 am service

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 at 10 a.m. For more information about The Church of the
Good Shepherd’s many other programs please call the Parish Office @ (203) 795-6577, e-mail 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 Planned at Church of the Good Shepherd

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Oct 292015
 

unnamedThe Church of the Good Shepherd invites the public to visit our annual Rummage Sale on Friday, Nov. 13 from 2-6 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 14  from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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 Elaine Swirsky, long-standing Chairwoman of this fun event.

Additionally,the Rev. Diana Rogers invites you to stop by 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,” she said.

The 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.; a special service focused on the Gospel for children at 9 a.m., and Rite II Holy Eucharist with music at 9:30 a.m.

For more information about the Church of the Good Shepherd’s many other programs, such as our monthly Book Club, Prayer Shawl Ministry, and Healing Eucharist, call the Parish Office at 203-795-6577, by e-mail , visit the website and of course, check their Facebook page for frequent postings.

 

Originally Published on: Oct 25, 2015 @ 21:21

Church of the Good Shepherd Welcomes New Priest-In-Charge

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Aug 212015
 

Good ShepherdThe Church of the Good Shepherd is excited to announce that The Rev. Diana Rogers recently accepted its call to serve as Priest-in-Charge.

“I am very happy and excited to be called to the Church of the Good Shepherd here in Orange, and to join this Episcopal community of committed and welcoming Christians. Our mission is to participate at God’s direction in the healing of the world: to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, advocate for the poor and oppressed, and inspire the hopeless through thoughtful, loving worship and service,” The Rev. Diana said at one of her first services in early August.

The Rev. Rogers was born in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania and holds degrees from the Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, Minnesota in Non-Profit Management and The General Seminary in New York City.

Before graduating from seminary in 2008, Diana worked in a variety of management positions in the corporate world, including retail. Upon taking a job with the Bishop of Minnesota as the Director of Vocations in 2002, she recognized her calling and entered discernment for the priesthood.

While in Minnesota, The Rev. Diana served as Interim Director at Christ Church (Austin, MN); Priest in Residence for young adults at St. Paul’s on the Hill; and facilitator for Prepare Enrich in the Twin Cities area. Most recently, Diana served as Rector for Church of Epiphany in Durham, Ct.

Diana is a skilled facilitator, with a unique skill set in guiding groups in vision, mission statements and goal setting.

“All persons are welcome at Good Shepherd. Come and join us for services on Sunday or at any of our many activities throughout the week including our Wednesday morning bingo and free lunch at Shepherd’s Table, monthly healing services and prayer shawl knitters group, active youth ministry with monthly service projects, vibrant music program with choir and band, men’s club, book club and Bible study. Our busy autumn calendar can be accessed through our website,” The Rev. Diana said.

The Church of the Good Shepherd is located on 680 Racebrook Road, Orange.

Worship service with Holy Eucharist, lively music, adult sermon and children’s conversation, followed by a lemonade gathering, begins every Sunday at 9 a.m.

For more information, call the Parish Office at (203) 795-6577, e-mail thegoodspheherd@optonline.net, visit the website at www.thegoodshepherdorangect.org, and of course, check the Facebook page for frequent postings.

Good Shepherd Vacation Bible School Conquers Mount Everest

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Jun 302015
 

CGS VBS Conquer Mount EverestA message from the Church of the Good Shepherd: 

The Church of the Good Shepherd invites all mountaineers between the ages of 3 to 10 years to join our Trek Rockrambler team.

Lead by local Good Shepherd Sherpas, we will explore “Mount Everest and Conquer Life’s Many Challenges with God’s Mighty Power.”

Our popular Vacation Bible School (VBS) runs from Monday, July 13 through Friday, July 17. Every day, between 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., our young explorers will enjoy song, dance, story-telling, challenging games, arts & crafts and learn some Bible stories.

Registrations forms are now available by calling the Parish Office at 203-795-6577 or downloading VBS forms from www.thegoodshepherdorangect.org.

A suggested donation of $35-50 per child is requested to help us cover the cost of supplies and materials.  Scholarships also are available, upon request.

Don’t delay, reserve your child’s spot today because last year, we sold out quickly.

VBS will take place on the beautiful campus of the Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, Orange.

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 thegoodshepherd@optonline.net,  visit the website at www.thegoodsheperdorangect.org and/or visit our Facebook page.

Church of the Good Shepherd Holiday Schedule

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Dec 092014
 

Good shepherdThe Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, is preparing for Christmas and invites you to enjoy one of our upcoming services.

In addition to celebrating the Eucharist each week, we offer a community rich with fellowship. This can be enjoyed on Saturday, December 13 when Pageant rehearsals begin at 9 a.m. All are welcome to participate in this year’s Pageant. You can never have enough angels and shepherds.

On Sunday, December 14, we will celebrate the Eucharist with Rev. Canon Tim Hodapp. Tim is the Canon for Mission Leadership with the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut and works with parishes, like ours, who are in transition. Immediately following the 9 a.m. service, Tim will discuss the process ahead for the Church of the Good Shepherd as we select our next Rector.

On Saturday, December 20, our Church ovens will be on and all interested bakers are invited to help bake cookies for our Annual Cookie Swap that will take place on Sunday, December 21 immediately following the 10:30a.m. service. If you prefer to bake at home, then please bring 3-4 dozen of your favorite holiday cookies to share with others at the Cookie Swap and Wassail Party.

On Sunday, December 21, we will celebrate two services. The early morning service at 7:45 a.m. is for all those early-birds who still have holiday shopping to do. At the 10:30 a.m. service, the Christmas Pageant will be showcased for children of all ages.  Immediately following the Pageant, we will host our Annual Cookie Swap and Wassail Party.

On Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24, our Choir will begin singing at 4:30 p.m. and our service will begin at 5 p.m. We are honored to have the Reverend Dexter Cheney celebrate Christmas Eve with us, as well as on Sunday, December 28, when we resume our regularly scheduled services at 7:45 a.m., followed by the Children’s Service with the JAM Band at 9 a.m. and concluding with a Choral Eucharist with the Choir at 10:30 a.m.

For more information, please call the Church Office at 203-795-6577 or e-mail us at “thegoodshepherd@optonline.com

Our office is located at 680 Racebrook Road and is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-12 noon.

For ongoing announcements, please visit the Church of the Good Shepherd’s Facebook page.

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Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service Nov. 23 at 7 p.m.

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Nov 232014
 

interfaithsymbolsEveryone is welcome to attend the annual Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, Orange on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m.

Clergy from several local churches and synagogues participate in the service.

Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus from Congregation Or Shalom will deliver the sermon.

 

Originally Published on: Nov 20, 2014 @ 21:49

The Shepherd Café, Open Wednesday, Offers Free Lunch, Games, Companionship

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May 052014
 

Good ShepherdChurch of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, offers the Shepherd Café, open from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Wednesday.

The Cafe serves coffee, light snacks and a tasty and nutritious lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This meal is available to seniors or to anyone that needs or would like to share a meal and some companionship.

Bingo and other activities will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Church services are available at 12:30 for those who would like to attend.

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

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

There is 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. Please call Kim at 203-891-4788   at least a day ahead to reserve a ride.

Church Services and Events Announced

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Mar 182014
 

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

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

Lenten Program Series

All Welcome

Join us for a Lenten series, To Serve Christ in all Creation, an exploration of how we care for the environment as people of faith. Sunday mornings during Lent in the parish hall from 9:50 a.m. – 10:25 a.m., March 9, 16, 23, 40 and April 6.

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

April 17 Holy Thursday: Supper, Foot Washing, and Worship–6:00 p.m.

April 18 Good Friday: Stations of the Cross, Youth –4:00 p.m.; Good Friday Liturgy 7:00 p.m.

April 19, Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil, Worship, and Eucharist–8:00 p.m.

April 20, Easter Sunday: Easter Sunrise Worship Service- 6:00 a.m.

Family Easter Service followed by Easter Egg Hunt on Church Lawn- 8:30 a.m.

Choral Eucharist of the Resurrection- 10:30 a.m.

 

Services At The Church of the Good Shepherd

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Mar 052014
 

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

Weekly Services

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

Wednesday

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

March 5th – Ash Wednesday Services

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

Ashes to Go at Westfield Shopping Mall 4- 6 p.m. in the parking lot (no specific location given)

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

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.