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Church of the Good Shepherd
Invites you to Sunday Morning Zoom Services at 10AM!
E-mails will be sent out weekly via Flocknote with Zoom login information, service leaflet, and trifold.
Based on the Health Department information and the recommendation of the Diocese to consider this move, Father Dave, Deacon Carl, Beth and I met to discuss what is prudent based on an overabundance of caution. The number of CoViD cases and the positive test result numbers in Gloucester County is well above the acceptable levels across the nation and state.
Dear Friends and Partners in ministry!
I would like to ask you to take a moment to watch this brief YouTube video entitled The Water Parable. I think it captures the essence of the theme for this year’s annual Fall Stewardship campaign: “Faith-Filled Generosity“. The culmination of our fall campaign will be Sunday, November 22nd (The Feast of Christ the King). Next week we will be sending a link to our new electronic version of the Estimate of Giving card, which we will be asking members of the parish to complete. We will bless and dedicate all 2021 pledge commitments during the liturgy on November 22nd. I also want to remind you that we will be doing a 2021 Stewardship CHALLENGE again this year. A group of anonymous donors in the parish have pledged to give a special challenge gift if 25 members of Good Shepherd either: increase their weekly pledge by $5.00 per week; sign up for Vanco Simply Giving program or pledge for the first time. Last year 48 members of the parish “accepted the challenge“. We hope to exceed that number this year! I want to thank you, in advance, for prayerfully considering your response to the question: “What is God asking me to give, in terms of my Time/Talent and Treasure” in 2021??”. May God bless you and may God bless the decisions you make regarding your Stewardship of Life!
Fr. Dave Snyder+
If you wish, please complete your 2021 Estimate of Giving online here!
Please complete this form only if you plan to attend church in person on Sunday, November 1st.
Dear fellow parishioners,
We are pleased to share with you this guide to how we will safely reopen the Good Shepherd sanctuary for in-person services, starting November 1. There is important information you need to know in there about signing up to attend a service; the mandatory requirements that attendees must follow; and a summary of the steps we’ve taken to ensure everyone’s health and safety. We recognize that not everyone is ready to return, of course, so please be assured that we will continue to provide online services. What a blessing to finally be able to see inside our church building again.
Virtual coffee hour – Ask us anything
After the service this Sunday (October 25), please join members of the Vestry’s reopening committee for a virtual coffee hour. We will be available to answer any of your questions about the reopening plan and anything else you might be wondering about.
Registering through Flocknote
At this time, we anticipate that the Flocknote registration system to sign up to attend services will be open Sunday night before the following weekend’s services. Stay tuned for additional information.
Blessings to all,
A recording of Bradley Mott’s Funeral service on Saturday October 24 on YouTube.
Dear fellow parishioners,
The Vestry would like to give you an update on our journey to reopening the church building now that the Diocese has approved our plan.
Father Rick will be leading us in our Sunday services this weekend and next weekend. These services will be on Zoom. He will be conducting the services from the sanctuary and will include readings and Jen playing the organ. This Sunday is Stewardship Sunday, and as a part of the homily we’ll see a short video from Bishop Stokes. We are recording these services, so if you are unable to participate live on Sunday, you will find links to the videos on our website and on our Facebook page and view them at your convenience.
Father Dave is returning
Beginning on the weekend of October 31/November 1, Father Dave Snyder will be returning to Good Shepherd as our interim rector. Father Dave will be continuing Morning Prayer on Tuesday and Thursday mornings (via Zoom only) and offering Eucharist services on Saturday and Sunday.
Our plans to reopen
We will begin in-person services commencing with Father Dave’s first weekend of October 31/November 1. At this time, we are limited to 25% of the building capacity, which means 40 people per service, including the celebrant, organist, ushers, and reader. Stay tuned for more information by early next week about what you need to know about attending in person, but please be assured that we will continue to provide services via Zoom.
We thank Father Rick, Deacon Carl, and Mel Caron for leading us in worship this month, and we are so happy to welcome back Father Dave as our pastoral leader and to open up the sanctuary for in-person services once again.
In his service,
Thanks to Deb Prieto for this link