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Sunday School 2018/2019 Preparations

The classrooms are quiet during these lazy, hot days of summer but before we know it, when the bell rings during the service, the children will soon be flooding through the doors to join their families.  The start of the 2018/2019 Sunday School year is only eight Sundays away and preparations are in full swing!

Registration for the 2018/2019 year is open using the registration link here.  The calendar is now posted and we have some great activities planned, but in order to ensure we have another successful year, we need your help!  Please prayerfully consider volunteering for one of the many volunteer roles within our program.  A few areas you can consider lending a hand…

Teachers:

We know you’re busy so we’ve simplified the teaching process.  Teachers now volunteer for four to five-week terms and are paired with a partner (you are welcome to choose your teaching partner).  Curriculum is simple with no prep needed and although its self-explanatory, we do offer training for anyone interested.

Sign up to teach on the board in the Parish Hall or contact Amanda McNally or Kathy Pastiu.

Bible Story-tellers:

Unable to commit to a teaching term but still enjoy working with kids?  Volunteering to tell a Bible story is for you!  Our story-tellers select a Sunday of their choosing to spend 10 to 15 minutes at the start of the service telling a Bible story to the children.

Sign up to tell a Bible story on the board in the Parish Hall or contact Pat Braidwood.

Youth Fellowship Leaders:

Four Sundays per year we hold a Youth Fellowship lesson with the entire Sunday School. Youth Fellowship can be a lesson based on the lectionary or an outreach activity.

Interested in leading a Youth Fellowship?  Sign up on the board in the Parish Hall or contact Amanda or Kathy.  We can help you choose and plan your activity.

Committee Leaders:

Prefer to help out ‘behind the scenes’?  Starting this year, we will be re-introducing Sunday School committees which will include; Program Events, Teacher Recruitment and Children’s Snack.  More information regarding committees will be forthcoming.  If you are interested in signing up for a committee, please contact Amanda or Kathy.

 

Whether you decide volunteer or simply register your child to attend, we are thrilled you are a part of our Sunday School program and are looking forward to another successful year!

 

 

 

Holly Fair – Saturday, December 2nd!

The Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church of Pitman is pleased to announce that it will again hold its annual “Holly Fair” on Saturday, December 2nd from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. Popular with area residents celebrating the start of the Christmas season, the Holly Fair features 25 area crafters with a wide array of unique handmade gifts, including home-made crafts done by Church parishioners.

16518334646_032a63be57_o (1)Food abounds in the Good Shepherd Restaurant, featuring homemade soups, sandwiches for breakfast and lunch and more! Take out service is also available. A variety of delicious holiday favorite homemade baked goods will also be offered and our popular cookie by the pound offer is returning! The popular St. Nick’s children’s craft center is returning, and bargains galore can be found in the Christmas Store, the Dollar Store and the More than a Dollar Store featuring new and gently used holiday decorations, household items, gifts and trinkets.

16542461061_3d8ac024c8_o A limited supply of fresh wreaths and grave blankets will be available for sale, but come early as they are always a sell-out. The Good Shepherd Choir will be performing throughout the day to entertain you while you shop. With caroling, the smell of soups and baked goods, and the colors of Christmas abounding, you’ll really get into the spirit of the season! Good Shepherd is conveniently located at 315 Highland Terrace (at Wildwood Avenue) in historic Pitman, Gloucester County. It is easily accessible from Route 55, Delsea Drive (Route 47), Woodbury-Glassboro Road (Route 553) and Broadway/Main Street.

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!

Saturday, June 17th 5:30pm Service

Father Cook’s Service

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 chefjenniffer@comcast.net.

Name:________________________________________

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
856-383-0823
Chefjenniffer@comcast.net
Thank you!

There’s a lot going on here!

For Everyone! Adults, Kids, Teens, All of You Who May Not Have Been Here in A While!
Hello!
My name is Mother Susan. If you haven’t been to Church of the Good Shepherd in a while, or even if you’ve been here all along, please consider this a Special Invitation from me to you!
 There’s a lot going on here! Something for everybody!
Sunday, September 11 is Homecoming SundayYou are invited to a special luncheon of hot dogs, chips, lots of homemade  salads and desserts and best of all, special events. This Sunday we welcome longtime member Mark Nicolle to our pulpit to preach. And we welcome you and your family to register for Sunday School.
Our Sunday School rooms have been refreshed as has our Sunday School curriculum. Bring your kids for new and exciting lessons! We are redoing our Nursery and even the bathrooms are greatly improved! Our High School young people will have their own room. All of this is due to the hard work of our gifted renovation guys.
Sunday, September 18 is the first day of Sunday School classes and also when we will bless our refreshed facilities
+ We are also having a Blessing of the Backpacks on September 18
Adults — please don’t feel left out!
Choir begins practicing this Thursday @ 7 PM and returns to support  our worship this Sunday!
+ The Brotherhood of St. Andrew returns to its regular schedule of meeting on the first Wednesday of every month beginning tonight @ 7 PM.
+ The Women at the Well starts up next Monday with a wine/soft drink and cheese “Getting To Know Us” on Monday, September 12 @ 7 PM.
Caring Hands begins meeting again on Tuesday, 9/13 @ 9:30 AM.
Uppity Women of the Bible, a Bible Study, continues @ 9:30 AM onThursday 9/22.
+ Our evening Bible Study will return on Wednesdays @ 7 PM in October with a study of the Old Testament. We are led in this study by Professor Amy-Jill Levine of Vanderbilt University Divinity School. The class is facilitated by Mother Susan.
Other Important Events!
Saturday 9/10 @ 9:30 Saturday at the Movies
Saturday 9/17 Crop Walk Cookie Sale
Sunday 9/18 @ 9 AM Parish Breakfast
Sunday 9/18 @ 11:30 AM Page Turners
Sunday 9/18 @ 11:30 Sunday School Teacher Training
Monday 9/19 @ 7 PM Sunday School Teacher Training
+ Wednesday 9/21 @ 7 PM Holly Fair – 1st organizational meeting!
And Don’t Forget!
Morning Prayer Every Tuesday and Thursday @ 9 AM!
There’s always something happening for you here at Good Shepherd!
Blessings,
Mother Susan+

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!