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Going Green Status Update

Our efforts to “Go Green” at the Church of the Good Shepherd have been quite successful.  Many thanks to our Property Committee for making many valuable changes in that direction before it was even decided to officially “Go Green”! We have new boilers, locked thermostats, new commercial dishwasher, new LED light bulbs, etc.

During our June Vestry meeting, we agreed to form a Green Team to implement environmentally friendly changes at the Church. A lot has been accomplished since that decision was made. We specifically focused our efforts on reducing the use of paper, plastic and Styrofoam during Coffee Hour. On July 22, 2018, we kicked off our campaign by using ceramic plates, cups and serving dishes in lieu of paper and plastic products. Since then, we have started using real silverware rather than disposable plastic utensils. We also switched to using the Church of the Good Shepherd mugs since the old ceramic cups simply aren’t practical as they are very small and difficult to manage.

The response from parishioners has been overwhelmingly positive, and the support and encouragement from our Coffee Hour hosts has been tremendous.  We have received several great suggestions to make the Coffee Hour process easier. Please keep those ideas coming!  We also created a brand new Going Green logo to make our announcements easier to spot.  Many thanks to Katherine Kaltwasser for creating this for us!

We have a significant amount of non-recyclable products already stored in our kitchen. We know that there will be occasions when using ceramic dishware is simply not practical and these may be the times to use the products we already have in stock.  Additionally, we currently serve cold beverages using non-recyclable plastic cups (as they are not recyclable in Pitman).  We are looking into different options to resolve this.

The support of Good Shepherd as we strive to be good stewards of the Earth is greatly appreciated, although not surprising!  Thanks everyone!

 

Calling all Good Shepherd Women

Did you know that by being a woman member of Good Shepherd, you are a member of our chapter of Episcopal Church Women.  Women at the Well is Good Shepherd’s chapter of the NJ Diocese ECW.   We encourage any woman who would like to be involved with Women at the Well to join us at our meetings.  Attendance is not mandatory if you join us.  It is more about fellowship and getting involved in our outreach projects.  We have fun while coming up with ways to help others.

Our meetings are the second Monday of the month from September to June. We usually meet at 7:00 PM in the parish hall. Our first meeting of this season is September 10th.  Please come out and join us and see what we are all about!

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!