February 2015 Discernment (“Search”) Committee Update

In February we turn our full focus to our Parish Profile, which will be a supplementary document on our website that will replace the printed booklet published to inform prospective candidates that some of you may remember from searches past. The Parish Profile allows more room for creativity, so it may include more than the OTM Portfolio to describe our worship, our activities and fellowship, and photographs to express the essence of Good Shepherd. To create the different parts of the Parish Profile, we are working as individuals and in small groups informed by brainstorming sessions with the full committee. In addition we have asked for help from parishioners outside the Discernment Committee with specific knowledge or expertise. This exemplifies the sort of joyful collaboration at the heart of our wonderful parish.

In response to the needs of the Discernment Committee and the transition process, a Vestry initiative led to the formation of a new Website Committee which is enthusiastically working behind the scenes to revise our website under the leadership of Rich Harrington. At the same time, our webmaster Maureen Wynkoop is also maintaining our existing website where there is now a page with monthly Discernment Committee updates. The Website Committee currently includes Sue Dixon, Len Fedullo, Chelsea Richmond, Tom Rigg, Deb Prieto, and Jim Wynkoop in addition to Rich Harrington and Maureen Wynkoop. Thanks to everyone involved in this exciting new project!

We all welcome your ideas, questions, and input … and please keep our work in your prayers!

Mark Nicolle, Chairman
The Discernment Committee:
Roger Baker, Darrin Buono, Aimee Burgin, Pat Braidwood, Len Clark, Becky Goff, Stuart Lynd, Elizabeth Nelson, Deb Prieto, Chelsea Richmond, Tom Rigg, Chris Southwick, Jeff Snodgrass, Wayne Szalma, Diane Wall, Jim Wynkoop

January 2015 Discernment (“Search”) Committee Update

Our January meetings brought us close to completing work on our Portfolio for the Office of Transition Ministry (OTM) website. Informed by parish responses to each of the 4 Conversation Questions that Canon Alvarez presented at the November Parish meetings as well as earlier responses contributed by Vestry members and parishioners, we divided into small workgroups to draft answers to the twelve questions in the OTM Portfolio. The full committee has reviewed each of the answers drafted by our small workgroups. Utilizing this feedback the answers are being revised and prepared to submit to the Vestry for review. We also gathered additional data required for the Portfolio, such as financial information, Sunday school registration, average Saturday and Sunday attendance, etc. The OTM Portfolio will represent our church to priests who are registered with the OTM and are in search of a parish.

We implemented a full Communication Plan to keep the parish updated. The plan includes updates in the Crook bimonthly, parish emails monthly, service leaflet inserts every two weeks, periodic announcements during services, and a page on our website with all of the updates in an ongoing format.

Please come to any of us with ideas, questions, and input … and please keep our mission in your prayers!

Mark Nicolle, Chairman
The Discernment Committee:
Roger Baker, Darrin Buono, Aimee Burgin, Pat Braidwood, Len Clark, Becky Goff, Stuart Lynd, Elizabeth Nelson, Deb Prieto, Chelsea Richmond, Tom Rigg, Chris Southwick, Jeff Snodgrass, Wayne Szalma, Diane Wall, Jim Wynkoop

December 2014 Discernment (“Search”) Committee Update

We began our ministry by coordinating the visit from Canon Cecilia Alvarez with Parish Meetings on November 8 and 9. As a result we have approximately 80 sets of answers from parishioners to each of the 4 Conversation Questions that Canon Alvarez presented. We have synthesized these index card responses into a workable format that we will use to guide us at each step along the way. What a blessing!

On November 19, the Discernment Committee met again with Canon Alvarez for a detailed discussion of the entire discernment process with guidelines and tools from the Diocese of NJ. We are grateful to Canon Alvarez for this.

During our worship services on December 13 and 14, Father Dave led a liturgy for the installation of the members of the Discernment Committee. Thanks Father Dave!

During our December meetings the focus of our work is our Portfolio for the Office of Transition Ministry (OTM) website which, when completed, will represent our parish to priests who are registered with the OTM and are in search of a parish.

Please come to any of us with ideas, questions, and input … and please keep our mission in your prayers!

Mark Nicolle, Chairman
Roger Baker, Darrin Buono, Aimee Burgin, Pat Braidwood, Len Clark, Becky Goff, Stuart Lynd, Elizabeth Nelson, Deb Prieto, Chelsea Richmond, Tom Rigg, Chris Southwick, Jeff Snodgrass, Wayne Szalma, Diane Wall, Jim Wynkoop

Page Turners’ Book Group

February 22  The Giver by Lois Lowry

March 22  Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

April 19  The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

The Page Turners meet once a month, immediately following the 10am Holy Eucharist, in the Conference Room. Please come and join us for some very interesting discussion and sharing.

Please come and join us for interesting exchange of ideas.

Good Eats for Good Shepherd at Jake’s on Broadway

Enjoy a great meal at Jake’s on Broadway in Pitman and the owner will generously donate 10% of your tab back to our Church! Jake’s serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, eat-in BYO or take-out. The food is fresh, home-made, delicious, and beautifully presented. The menu is posted on the bulletin board in the parish hall. Hours are 8 – 3 Tues – Wed, 8 – 8 Thurs – Sat, and 8 – 3 Sun. Parishioners are welcome at all times. To participate in the give-back program, tell your waiter/waitress that you are from Good Shepherd, they will enter your tab in the “book.” Be sure it is the Good Shepherd list! Any questions contact Deb Prieto.