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High School Guest Speaker Volunteers

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More commonly, churches maintain their youth Christian education program for grades K through eighth.  At Good Shepherd, we believe it’s important (arguably even more important) for our older kids to participate in some sort of youth education program.  Let’s face it, high school is tough–and it seems kids face even more challenges these days.

One of the goals of our Sunday school program is to not only provide our children the knowledge of God’s love, but also understand how His love can help guide them even after they exit the ‘big red doors’ each Sunday.  For our High School students, this means providing the opportunity to hear how our adult parishioners implement their faith into their day-to-day lives.  One way we do this is through our High School guest speaker program.

Last year the students were fortunate to engage and interact with some of our adult parishioners; hearing first hand about challenges, overcoming obstacles, volunteer work,  and other topics that demonstrate the act of implementing the guidance and support they receive through knowing and understanding God’s love.

After each guest speaker discussion, we always receive very positive feedback from the students. High schooler, Victoria Nelson shares her experience with the program.”

“Having guest speakers coming into the high school class has given me a different perspective on how others live their daily lives.  The guest speakers speak on a topic that relates to their job or something they have to deal with; they talk on how their church life and faith helps them get through this thing they talk about.  This exposes us to other careers, organizations, and issues going on that we can do or help with.  When the speakers come into the class, they allow use to have a better idea of why having a faith in the “real world” is important.”

We typically include a guest speaker as each month as part of the high school curriculum.  In order to continue this program’s success, we need your help! Please contact Amanda McNally or Kathy Pastiu if you’d like to be a guest speaker or would like to know more about the program.

Homecoming Sunday!

We’re starting off with a bang this fall! Everyone
needs a Homecoming celebration. Let’s have one
here! Maybe, for one reason or another (you may not
even remember why!) you have just not been
attending church for the past few weeks, months,
maybe years.

Homecoming Sunday gives you the
opportunity to check us out again! Refresh your
memories of Church of the Good Shepherd.
Reintroduce yourself to the flock! Become
acquainted or better acquainted with our wonderful,
meaningful ministries, both inreach and outreach.
Enjoy the company of your Good Shepherd Family!

On Saturday, September 8, after the 5:30 PM
service, we celebrate Homecoming Eve. On
Sunday, September 9, after the 10 AM service, we
celebrate Homecoming Sunday.

Come enjoy hot dogs and chips, corn on the cob, lemonade and
other treats!

Please bring your favorite dessert to share!

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!

 

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 7th!

The Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church of Pitman is pleased to announce that it will hold it’s 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 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!