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Mask rules reinstated — 5/14/2022

Good Day, Good Shepherd,

Gloucester County has moved into the red or high COVID level. The vestry voted at a previous meeting to follow CDC guidance, which recommends, based on current levels, to “Wear a mask indoors in public and on public transportation. Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines. Get tested if you have symptoms. If you are at high risk for severe illness, consider taking additional precautions.”

We request that you kindly wear a mask while attending indoor parish events. Our worship schedule will remain the same, but we will be suspending coffee hour out of an abundance of caution. When the county moves back into the green or low level, masks will again be optional, and coffee hour will resume. Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience as we continue to navigate COVID together.

More information on current CDC recommendations can be found here:

Zoom Tech Tips Workshop – Sat 11/21

Zoom Tech Tips for Church
Saturday, November 21
2:00 – 3:00 pm “Open House” on Zoom

Open to anyone who feels they could use a few tips using Zoom for Sunday Church Services at Good Shepherd. If you know anyone who wants to participate but is afraid to use Zoom, please invite them.
If you can, sign up and tell us what platform you are using (Apple laptop, iPad, iPhone, Windows, Android, etc). However, this is not mandatory, last minute attendees are welcome! Drop in anytime during the hour.

Sign up and questions: contact Deb Prieto   

Spring Stewardship

This spring we are celebrating the joy of our Good Shepherd family during Spring Stewardship. Everyone is invited to Wine and Cheese after the Saturday 4/28 service and/or our Spring BBQ after the Sunday 4/29 service. Come and enjoy fellowship and food with your Good Shepherd family.

Please return your 2019 Estimate of Giving Card by 4/29 to the church office, to the parish hall basket, or to the offering plate at one of the weekend services or events. Pledges made this year (either Spring or Fall) are intended for calendar year 2019. We do not ask you to pledge twice. Your Good Shepherd family welcomes and appreciates all that you do. Thank you! Thanks be to God!

Homecoming BBQs

Homecoming Weekend Barbecues
Saturday and Sunday, September 9 & 10

Following each service, the Vestry is serving hot dogs, corn-on-the-cob, salads, and water ice.

Potluck Dessert:
Everyone is invited to bring baked goodies to share.

Whether you’re a ‘regular’, only come every few weeks, haven’t attended in months or have never been at all–come join us for our Homecoming BBQs and enjoy the wonderful fellowship Good Shepherd has to offer!

Special Report: Spring Stewardship and the Squirrels’ Nest Reserve

We are blessed to have each other here at the Church of the Good Shepherd. As Mother Susan reminds us, we are the Church. The Vestry is grateful for all of your trust and support as we work together to keep us moving forward.

Together, we did something new this spring: we introduced the Squirrels’ Nest Reserve during the Spring Stewardship Campaign. Much gratitude to Claude Coulson and the Property Committee for creating the detailed spreadsheet predicting what we will need to periodically replace the big stuff: roof, boilers, AC, flooring, windows, etc. This inspired a collaborative effort that led to the Squirrels’ Nest Reserve. Keep in mind that unlike an endowment, this reserve fund will be continuously spent and replenished. More about that later.

The Spring Stewardship Campaign was conceived in the spirit of ministry, mission, gratitude, and growth. We started after Easter with a BBQ to celebrate the new ministry of Deacon Carl Dunn. The following week we celebrated Mission and Ministry with moving and uplifting stories about some of our myriad ministries at Good Shepherd. The stories were of parishioners working as the hands and feet of God in the world. The theme of the third week was Many Gifts One Spirit. What better way to wrap up Spring Stewardship than a Sunday School celebration honoring everyone who gave their time and love to our young parishioners? Truly the Holy Spirit at work among us! We are blessed!

The outcome of the Spring Stewardship Campaign reflects the generosity and love of our congregation.  In our recent Spring Stewardship Campaign for FY2018 there were 42 pledges.  Of these, 8 were new and 7 represented an increase. The net change relative to last year for these 42 pledges was +$12K.  That’s awesome! Some folks moved their pledge from fall to spring. Some pledged last spring and did not pledge this spring. We are blessed with new members at Good Shepherd who made new pledges, and there were others who pledged anew this spring … just about every possibility occurred. Many parishioners prefer to wait until fall to pledge, as this is the traditional time in the Episcopal church to make a commitment for the upcoming year. We will continue to provide this opportunity during our Fall Stewardship Campaign.

Something else to look forward to: a spotlight on growth. We recognize our growth as a parish as stewardship of our greatest gift: each other! The children of God. The people of our community and beyond.

Regarding the Squirrels’ Nest Reserve, George Funk is still counting coins. Keep them coming! Good Shepherd is blessed, we are blessed. Thank you all and praise God for our blessings!

The Stewardship Committee: Lee Braidwood, Claude Coulson, Jack Daugherty, George Funk,  Rich Harrington, Elizabeth Nelson, Deb Prieto, Chelsea Richmond, Jeff Snodgrass, Jim Wynkoop, Jason Vail, and Mother Susan Osborne-Mott

3rd Annual Soup Sale

The Women at the Well will be holding the 3rd Annual Soup Sale to benefit the Scholarship Fund on January 21st and 22nd. You can e-mail your order to Jenniffer Harrington at


Phone :______________________

I would like (indicate how many) at $8 each:

_____ Italian Wedding

_____ Chicken Noodle

_____ Vegetarian Chili

Paid/Owes:________ Pick-up Date:_______

We now accept credit/debit cards for soup sales.

Name Tag Sunday, Jan 8th

Join us for Name Tag Sunday
Sunday, January 8
Hosted by the Good Shepherd Greeters
During the Parish Breakfast and 10:00 service

If you are serving, please wear your name tag.
If you are a server but not serving, you are welcome to wear your name tag.
You can even bring your own snazzy name tag, if you like!
Plenty of name tags will be available.

How many people do you recognize but don’t know (or remember) their name?
We at Good Shepherd are known for our warm welcome,
Let’s warmly welcome each other by name!

Calling All Holly Fair Helpers!

Ho Ho Ho!
The Holly Fair is coming!
Saturday, December 3
Lots of jolly joyful ways to join the fun!

Here’s how you can show your love:

  • Be an angel and cook a chicken!
  • Roll up your sleeves and bake …
    Bake for the Cookie Room, Bake Shop, Restaurant
    Organize a baking party!
  • Volunteer as a Cashier – that’s a job that’s easy on the feet!
  • Cook another chicken!
    Chickens, chickens, we need lots of chickens!

If you can help out in any of these ways, please let us know!
Contact Jenniffer Harrington
Thank you!

Fall 2016 Stewardship Letter

October 2016

To Our Good Shepherd Family Members,

To kick off our Fall Stewardship Campaign, we must first say “Thank you!” for your continued support of our parish and its ministries. Together, we have accomplished many works within and outside of our parish to the greater glory of God. In the past twelve months, we have remodeled many of the rooms used by our youth, completely rehabilitated the bathrooms downstairs, brought Christmas joy to impoverished children in Camden, supported the local food pantry, and many other missions that “make things happen” throughout the region.

We are a parish of “doers.” Why do we do these things? The answer is often “because they need to get done.” We see this in 2 Timothy, God gave us “a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” We ask that you think of these words as you consider your gifts to Good Shepherd. These three ideas of power, love, and self-discipline can inform our gifts of time, talent and treasure. You decide how you can best support the parish and its mission. You decide what to give, how to give it, and where you can best contribute toward the future of this parish we love.

One of the aspects of stewardship is finance. During this Fall Stewardship Campaign we are asking you to consider how you can contribute in this aspect. An Estimate of Giving card is enclosed. We ask that you prayerfully examine your gift. Our combined gifts empower the Vestry to build our budget for 2017 and decide what projects we can accomplish. The Fall Campaign will close the last weekend of October with Wine and Cheese following the evening service on Saturday, October 29th and our traditional Soup Lunch after the morning service on Sunday, October 30th. The Vestry is hosting and everyone is invited! Please return your card by mail or email, bring it with you to one of the celebrations, or simply leave it in the offering plate by October 30th.

This letter is specifically for those of you who prefer to consider and make your pledge in the fall. If you have already pledged for next year, this committee, your Vestry, and the rest of your fellow parishioners are very grateful. Thank you!

At Good Shepherd our “spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline” provides great joy as we come together to give our time, use our talents, and gift our treasure to do God’s work.

Together in Christ,

The Stewardship Committee and Vestry of the Church of the Good Shepherd

Fall Stewardship Campaign

The Vestry and Stewardship Committee
announce the
Fall Stewardship Campaign
October 2016

To those parishioners who chose to pledge in the Spring:
Thank You!

Those who prefer Fall and did not pledge in the Spring
are now receiving letters with an Estimate of Giving Card
(aka Pledge Card)
Please let us know if you do not receive yours!

Estimate of Giving Cards will also be available at the back of the church during October

During services we will hear from parishioners and Mother Susan
with thoughts on stewardship
and what Good Shepherd means to them

Prayerfully consider your gift to support the work of Christ at Good Shepherd

Please return your card before or during the events celebrating Good Shepherd at the close of the campaign on the last weekend of October:

Wine & Cheese Sat Oct 29 after the 5:30 service
Traditional Soup Lunch Sun Oct 30 after the 10:00 service
hosted by the Vestry in thanks for the entire parish
Everyone is invited!

Inquirer’s Class meets August 7

The Inquirer’s Class for adults next meets this summer on August 7 to discuss “Embracing Mystery” from the series “Living the Questions.”  In our conversations all are free to share openly regarding their beliefs and/or struggles with questions surrounding our faith. We continue to meet on the first Sunday of the month in the Conference Room following the 10 a.m. service. Please join us!