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Church Reopening Update

The decision to remain closed to in-person communal worship was made by our bishop in consultation with the best available experts and information. Though painful to us all, the restrictions were made in a spirit of loving sacrifice intended to protect our community and our most vulnerable parishioners.
 
As we move closer to re-opening, Bishop Stokes has called two special task forces of experts to help guide the diocese into the “new normal.”
Bishop Stokes has appointed the Re-entering, Re-opening and Re-imagining (RRR) Task Force to provide guidance to congregations on how and when to re-open. The Task Force includes approximately 20 members who represent the diversity of congregations in our diocese and bring skills and experience in public health, liturgy, and congregational life. The task force met for the first time this week and issued the following statement:
 
This team is committed to providing preliminary guidance by June 5th so that parishes may begin the planning process. Each parish will create its own plan and submit it for review to the Task Force. We anticipate that the time it takes each parish to create and implement their plan will vary greatly. While some parishes may be able to resume limited use of their buildings shortly after the release of the guidelines, others may plan to open months later based upon the unique needs, composition, staffing and location of each parish. –The RRR Task Force
 
A second group–the Learnings and Breakthroughs Task Force–has been formed to look at the lessons we’ve learned during this crisis and how we can keep the good parts happening. We’ve been amazed at the level of community we’ve been able to build online, bringing Christ’s word to people who haven’t been in church in years. We don’t want to lose those aspects when we return to “normal.”
 
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The above was sent to all churches in the diocese. We will endeavor to follow the guidelines determined by the Diocesan task forces.
 
Looking forward with hope, certain that we live in God’s blessings,
Mother Susan+
 
See You All Soon!

Chunky Blanket Workshop

Interested in creating your own cozy chunky knit blanket? Join us Saturday, November 23rd from 6:30pm-9pm in the parish hall where you’ll learn how to knit a blanket and leave with your own creation! Cost is $47 per person which includes yarn and a suggested $15 donation benefiting the stained glass window fund.

Due to the space needed to create the blankets, we only have 25 spots available!

Interested in joining us? Submit payment to Amanda McNally along with your preferred blanket color (white, gray, blue/grey, blue/teal, navy or dusty rose).

Questions? Please contact Amanda McNally at amcnally1@yahoo.com.

Please note color choices are first come first serve! This event is BYO food and drinks!

Family Quiz Bowl October 11th

Our Good Shepherd trivia competition, to benefit U.S. Disaster Relief, is only 10 days away!  This is a fun family event with trivia questions designed for people of all ages.  We will also have special activities for the younger children who aren’t that interested in trivia.   Refreshments will not be served, however, teams can provide their own food, beverages and tableware.  The doors open at 6:30 PM and the games will start at 7:00.

You do not have to be part of a team if you want to participate.  We will assign individuals to teams.  Teams will be limited to 6 people.  The winning team will receive a trophy and the winning and 2nd place teams will receive small prizes.

Please sign up after church this weekend, October 6th.  If you cannot be at church on October 6th to sign up, reach out to Diane Wall at markdiwall@comcast.net. We hope to see you there!

 

Sunday School starts this weekend!

As the new leaders of the Sunday School Program, Brad and I would like to welcome you all to the start of the 2019/2020 Sunday School year. We had a wonderful time leading our church’s youngest members in several youth fellowship activities over the summer, and cannot wait to start the new school year.

Sunday school begins this Sunday, September 8th. We will begin the year with a group session so that everyone can meet each other and find out about the activities for the year.

Because we’re new to the program, we’d like to take the opportunity to meet all of the children and their parents in person. For this reason, we have decided to conduct in-person registration for the 2019/2020 year. You can register your child for the upcoming school year at the Church Block Party on Saturday, September 7th, or in the Parish Hall between 9:00 AM and 9:50 AM on Sunday, September 8th. For those unable to register in person, please email me at jaclyndavies77@gmail.com with the following information: child’s name, child’s birthday, child’s grade, parent(s) name, preferred contact number, preferred email address, whether child is a returning or new student.

The schedule for the 2019/2020 school year includes six terms, each consisting of five individual classroom sessions and one group session (exception: term one will have 4 individual classroom sessions and two group activities). 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 throughout this school year. Contact me for more information

Thanks,

Jackie Davies

Calling all Cookie Bakers!

The Crop Walk Cookie Sale is September 21st at the Pitman Craft show (our table is located between the Library and Broadway). We are currently looking for volunteers to bake cookies and package their cookies 4 per bag. (please let us know what kind of cookie(s) you have made and if there are any with nuts). Cookies need to be dropped off at Connie Parent’s back porch by Friday, September 20th by 7:00 pm or contact Gail Morton at gailmmorton@icloud.com for other arrangements. Thank you for your support!!!!!

Block Party – September 7th, 4 – 8 p.m.

Everyone welcome! New date September 7th, 4-8 pm.

Come join the fun at our bigger and better Block Party!
Compete for first place prize in our Inaugural Corn Hole Tournament led by Brian K Startare. We’ve got DJ Joey Mack and live musical performance by singer Lisa Travis, Face Painting by Cheryl Burness, Inflatable Bounce, Latin food and more, Snow Cones, and the amazing Doughlicous homemade edible cookie dough by Katie Plianthos!

We will be on Wildwood Avenue at the corner of Highland Terrace, — we have a permit to close the street! Yard games are FREE! Come and play!

Online Building and Room Use Request Forms

These online files have been created so that you can download, fill out, save, and email these electronically to:

goodshepherdpitman@gmail.com

Alternately you can print these and submit them to our office or mail them to:

Church of the Good Shepherd
ATT: Building and Room Use Request Form
315 Highland Terrace
Pitman, NJ 08071
856-589-8209
Fax: 856-582-2306

Building Use Application – 2019 online

Room Use Request Form – 2019 online

 

“HOLLY FAIR” SET FOR SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7th

The Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church of Pitman  is pleased to announce that it will hold its 50th annual “Holly Fair” on Saturday, December 7th 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 created by Church parishioners.

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 cookies 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.

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.

For more information call the church office at 856-589-8209.

Veteran’s Day 2018

On Sunday, November 11th we will be celebrating both Veteran’s day and the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice ending World War I during our 10AM Sunday Service. If you have your uniform,  memorabilia or photographs of you or your family members time in the military, please bring it with you to share with everyone that day. We will be setting up space in the Parish hall for display. Local veterans groups have been asked to join us for our service as well.

Our monthly breakfast will also start that day beginning at 9AM.

Fall Stewardship Campaign 2018

Stewardship = Time + Talent + Treasure. The focus of our campaign is to highlight the many ministries that take place here at Good Shepherd because they represent so much time, talent and treasure given by you, our Good Shepherd family.

Our ministries are plentiful and the fabric of our church. Throughout the month, some of our parishioners will reflect on what serving in these ministries has meant to them.

Our campaign will end the weekend of October 27 and 28 with our Festival of Ministries. You are invited to see what we all do for each other, our community and our world with our time, talent and treasure.

Festival of Ministries Preview with Wine and Cheese

Saturday, October 27th after the 5:30 service


Festival of Ministries

Sunday, Oct 28 after the 10:00 service

Good Shepherd depends on your financial support to be able to operate and continue to grow. Letters and Estimate of Giving Cards have been sent out to our church family members who did not pledge in the Spring.  We ask you to prayerfully consider your gift to support the work of Christ at Good Shepherd.  If you pledged in the Spring, thank you!  We are most grateful for your support.

Please return your card before or during the events celebrating Good Shepherd at the close of the campaign on October 28th.

Thank you for your continuous and generous support with your time, talent and treasure.

Together in Christ,

The Stewardship Committee and your Vestry

The Quiz Bowl is Almost Here

The time is almost here. Next Friday, July 19th at 7:00 PM is the Good Shepherd Family Quiz Bowl.  Teams are forming and we need your team! We will be selling tickets and signing up teams this weekend.  If you will not be at church this weekend and you would like to form a team or do not have a team and want to come, just email Diane Wall at markdiwall@comcast.net.  You can pay at the door.  The cost is $10/person and children under 12 are free.

This event is being sponsored by the Women at the Well and the proceeds will benefit the Well Fund.  We are very close to reaching our goal of $5,000.  Thank you to everyone who has supported us through this project.

The Good Shepherd Family Quiz Bowl – Save the Date!

The Women at the Well have a wonderful evening of family fun planned for October 19th in the Parish Hall.  They are hosting Good Shepherd’s first ever Family Quiz Bowl.  It is being led by Brian Startare,  Quizzo host extraordinaire.  Participants are invited to bring a team of 4-6 family members and/or friends, as well as their own refreshments.  There will be questions for people of all ages and prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. Admission is $10 per person, children under 12 are free.  Tickets will be sold after church every weekend up through October 15th.

The Women at the Well are very close to reaching their goal of $5,000 raised by the end of 2018 to fund a well through Episcopal Relief and Development. The proceeds from this event will benefit the well project.