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Sunday School Calendar 2015 – 2016

Contact Lori Bathurst at (856) 415-9283 or Pat Braidwood at (856) 228-0737 with any questions

September 13 – Homecoming Sunday – Children will attend service with families. – Blessing of Sunday School Students’ Backpacks during service- Sunday School Registration following service –
September 20 – Sunday School Week #1 – First Week for Term 1 Teacher
September 27 – Sunday School Week #2
October 4 – Sunday School Week #3 – Instructed Eucharist – Grades 4/5, 6-8, and 9-12 attend service
October 11 – Sunday School Week #4
October 18 – Sunday School Week #5
October 25 – Sunday School Week #6 – Sunday School Photo in courtyard (good weather) or parish hall (inclement weather) at 10:10 a.m. (abbreviated lesson)
November 1– Sunday School Week #7
November 8 – Sunday School Week #8
November 15 – Sunday School Week #9 – Youth Fellowship in Parish Hall – no small class instruction
November 22 – Sunday School Week #10 – Last Week for Term 1 Teachers
November 29 – No Sunday School – Thanksgiving Holiday
December 6 – Sunday School Week #11 – First Week for Term 2 Teachers –Youth Fellowship/Advent Celebration in Parish Hall – no small class instruction
December 13 – Sunday School Week #12
December 20 – No Sunday School – Bishop’s Visitation – Rite of Confirmation
December 27 – No Sunday School – Christmas Holiday
January 3 – Sunday School Week #13
January 10 – Sunday School Week #14
January 17 – Sunday School Week #15
January 24 – Sunday School Week #16
January 31 – Sunday School Week #17
February 7 – Sunday School Week #18 (Ash Wednesday is on February 10.)
February 14 – Sunday School Week #19
February 21 – Sunday School Week #20 – Last Week for Term 2 Teachers – Youth Fellowship in Parish Hall – no small class instruction
February 28 – Sunday School Week #21 – First Week for Term 3 Teachers
March 6 – Sunday School Week #22
March 13 – Sunday School Week #23
March 20 – Sunday School Week #24 – Youth Fellowship/Palm Sunday Celebration in Parish Hall – no small class instruction
March 27 – No Sunday School – Easter Sunday
April 3 – Sunday School Week #25
April 10 – Sunday School Week # 26
April 17 – Sunday School Week #27
April 24 – Sunday School Week #28 – Youth Fellowship in Parish Hall – no small class instruction
May 1 – Sunday School Week #29
May 8 – No Sunday School – Mother’s Day
May 15 – Sunday School Week #30 – Final week of classroom instruction – Last Week for Term 3 Teachers
May 22 – Youth Sunday- Children will attend services with families. Children may be involved in participation in services. All children will be recognized for their Sunday School participation.

A Statement from The Right Reverend William H. Stokes

A Statement from The Right Reverend William H. Stokes on the Shootings at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

“Weep with those who weep…”

Romans 12:15

The heinous shootings and resulting deaths that occurred yesterday at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina as people gathered for Bible study and prayer are an abomination – an offense against humanity and God – that must be condemned by all persons without hesitation or equivocation.

I call all people of the Diocese of New Jersey to pray for the repose of the soul of Pastor Clementa Pinckney and the eight others who were killed, to pray for the people of Emanuel A.M.E. Church and all of our brothers and sisters of the A.M.E. Church, to pray for the city of Charleston and, indeed, to pray for our nation.

Sadly, this shooting appears to represent a confluence of evils that have plagued, and continue to plague, life in the United States: endemic racism, an “original sin” in our nation’s origins which has never been adequately addressed or resolved; a cultural propensity to violence combined with easy access to guns resulting in frequent mass shootings and too many Americans accepting this as somewhat normative and to be expected; a pattern of deranged behavior by young men who are clearly mentally ill and who live in a country with a broken mental health system.

This morning, on behalf of the people of the Diocese of New Jersey, I phoned Bishop Gregory G.M. Ingram of the First District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, which includes the A.M.E. Churches in New Jersey, to offer him and his church our deepest condolences, to assure him of our prayers as well as our commitment to strive for justice and peace among all people as our Baptismal Covenant calls us to do.

In the wake of the massacre at Emanuel Church in Charleston, some will be inclined to withdraw in fear; to close and lock the doors of our church buildings and to shut out the stranger. This is not the response Jesus Christ or his gospel calls us to. Fear is contrary to faith. As scripture tells us, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18). As people of faith, our response should not be to withdraw and hide, but rather to step forward and reach out in love; to be bold in our witness to the gospel and to our Lord, who is the Prince of Peace.

Next week, on Sunday morning, June 28, beginning at 7:15 AM in Salt Lake City, Bishops United Against Gun Violence – a coalition of more than 60 bishops of the Episcopal Church, a coalition of which I am a part, is sponsoring an event, “Claiming Common Ground Against Gun Violence.” This will be a prayerful procession through the streets of Salt Lake City during the church’s General Convention. The gathering is intended to urge people of faith to seek common ground in efforts to curtail gun violence across the nation.

It is my hope and my request that the people of the Diocese of New Jersey who will not be in Salt Lake City will join us in spirit by praying with us during the time of the walk, perhaps keeping vigil, and remembering to pray during Sunday services over the next two weeks for peace and an end to gun violence which is a scourge in our nation, and to pray especially for those killed in Charleston yesterday.

Moreover, in the wake of the Charleston shootings, which all evidence strongly indicates is a hate crime, as well as in light of all of the incidents of racial injustice and violence which have confronted us in the past and which continue to confront us in the present, I call upon the people of the Diocese of New Jersey to recommit ourselves to anti-racism training and to the hard work of meaningful and concrete racial justice and reconciliation. I pledge myself to this work.

Faithfully Yours in Christ,

The Right Reverend William H. (Chip) Stokes, D.D.

Bishop of New Jersey

New Consecration Sunday!

Sunday, June 14th is New Consecration Sunday at Good Shepherd! This will mark the culmination of our new annual stewardship campaign. There will be a bountiful luncheon in the Good Shepherd tradition to follow the 10 am service. New Consecration Sunday is a stewardship education program which teaches stewardship from a spiritual perspective rather than from a fund-raising perspective: the emphasis is on the need for individual disciples to Give rather than the church’s need to Receive. This new stewardship program has been adopted and embraced by our Vestry, especially during our transition. When we welcome our new Rector we will have already completed our stewardship program for 2016! What a blessing!  Our guest preacher on New Consecration Sunday will be The Rev. Canon Rob Droste, Canon for Congregational Development and Mission for the Diocese of New Jersey. Stay tuned for more information in the next few weeks.

Holy Week and Easter Services

palmsMarch 28 & 29PALM SUNDAY:

SUNDAY OF THE PASSION

Saturday, 5:30 pm – Palm/Procession & Holy Eucharist

Sunday, 10 am – Palm Procession & Holy Eucharist

April 2MAUNDY THURSDAY

6 pm – Agape Meal

7 pm – Holy Eucharist & Stripping of the Altar

8 pm – Watch before the Blessed Sacrament / Labyrinth in Parish Hall

April 3GOOD FRIDAY

10 AM – Children’s Interactive Stations of the Cross

Noon – Stations of the Cross

7 pm – Good Friday Liturgy with Holy Communion from the Reserved Sacrament

April 4HOLY SATURDAY

5:30 pm – The Great Vigil & First Eucharist of Easter

April 5EASTER DAY

10 am – Festival Eucharist & Flowering of the Cross

11:30 am – Easter Egg Hunt for our younger children

Page Turners’ Book Group

February 22  The Giver by Lois Lowry

March 22  Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

April 19  The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

The Page Turners meet once a month, immediately following the 10am Holy Eucharist, in the Conference Room. Please come and join us for some very interesting discussion and sharing.

Please come and join us for interesting exchange of ideas.

Good Eats for Good Shepherd at Jake’s on Broadway

Enjoy a great meal at Jake’s on Broadway in Pitman and the owner will generously donate 10% of your tab back to our Church! Jake’s serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, eat-in BYO or take-out. The food is fresh, home-made, delicious, and beautifully presented. The menu is posted on the bulletin board in the parish hall. Hours are 8 – 3 Tues – Wed, 8 – 8 Thurs – Sat, and 8 – 3 Sun. Parishioners are welcome at all times. To participate in the give-back program, tell your waiter/waitress that you are from Good Shepherd, they will enter your tab in the “book.” Be sure it is the Good Shepherd list! Any questions contact Deb Prieto.