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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
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!
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!
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!

Adult Christian Education Survey

Adult Christian Education Survey

Age      18 – 30 ____        30 -45 _____        45 – 60 _____        60+ _____

Have you attended Adult Bible Study in the past?

If you have, why have you stopped attending?

If you haven’t, why have you never attended?


Would you attend a Bible Study at a time other than Tuesday at 7PM?

Would you consider attending a Bible Study at a location other than the Church?


Do you have difficulty attending Bible Study because of babysitting/ childcare issues?


Would the possibility of a light meal before a Bible Study make you more likely to attend?


Would you be interested in a Bible Study that involved a video followed by discussion?


Is transportation difficult for you for an evening Bible Study?


Please offer your comments on Adult Christian Education




Your Name _____________________________________________ (optional)

Family Promise Comedy Night

Comedy Night – March 12th -6pm

Come on out for this hilarious night of comedy and help raise money for Family Promise of Gloucester County

 Tickets are one for $40 or two for $70 and can be purchased

online at or


Tables can be reserved with the purchase of 8 tickets


Food, Chinese Auction, 50/50 and cash bar

Doors open at 6pm St. Michael’s Mutual Club

406 Memorial Ave Gibbstown


Our line-up includes Tony Parlente, Al Smith, Tim Grill, Greg Rapport and our headliner Jimmy Graham

Annual and event sponsorship opportunities are available.  Benefits of sponsoring a Family Promise event :

  • Your business will be supporting our efforts to provide food and shelter to homeless children and their families within Gloucester County.
  • Your business will help us purchase a new 14 passenger van that is used to transport families to overnight shelter and air mattresses that our families need to sleep on while at the shelter.

Please download attached sponsorship forms for more information.

Hope to see you there!

Family Promise of Gloucester County Board of Trustees







Pictorial Directory

The Church of the Good Shepherd’s pictorial directory is now available for purchase. The cost is $25.29. Simply go to the website click on the search button and type in “Church of the Good Shepherd”. When the photo directory link appears just click on it. You will see three versions of the directory, two in hard hard cover and one that is a softcover. The softcover version costs $25.29. The website also allows you to preview the directory prior to purchasing. If you decide to purchase a copy, it will take approximately a week and a half to receive your photo directory.

Should you have any questions feel free to contact me by email at or call me at 856-589-3952.

Thank you and I hope you enjoy the new 2016 photo directory

Len Fedullo

Thank you, Father Dave!

Father Dave v 2

At this momentous time, we wish to recognize the marvelous leadership of the Rev. Dr. David L. Snyder during our parish’s transition period. During what could have been a trying time in the life of a church, Father Dave provided us with a stabilizing influence, wise and insightful instruction, and a well-timed sense of humor! Thank you, Father Dave. And thank you to your wife, Susan, who  supported you and brightened Good Shepherd with joy and love. We wish you both the best and we appreciate your gifts to us.

Father Dave’s ministry at Good Shepherd was celebrated at services November 21 and 22 with the Farewell Liturgy for an Interim Priest. We presented Father Dave with a special gift from our parish, a stained glass replica of the Good Shepherd Window, one of only fifty pieces commissioned for our centennial celebration in 2007. We pray that it will remind him of his year with us as our Temporary Shepherd.

God Speed, Father Dave!

Sunday School Calendar

Sunday School Calendar 

         2016/2017 (Changes will be communicated via email and text alerts)

  • Sunday, October 23, 2016 – Start of Term 2
  • Sunday, November 6, 2016
  • Sunday, November 13, 2016 – First Solemn Communion/Children’s Service (No Sunday School)
  • Sunday, November 20, 2016 – End of Term 2
  • Sunday, November 27, 2016 – Start of Term 3
  • Sunday, December 4, 2016 – Youth Fellowship Lesson
  • Sunday, December 11, 2016
  • Sunday, December 18, 2016 – End of Term 3
  • Sunday, December 25, 2016 – Christmas Day (No Sunday School)
  • Sunday, January 1, 2017 – New Year’s Day (No Sunday School)
  • Sunday, January 8, 2017 – Start of Term 4
  • Sunday, January 15, 2017
  • Sunday, January 22, 2017
  • Sunday, January 29, 2017 – End of Term 4
  • Sunday, February 5, 2017 – Start of Term 5
  • Sunday, February 12, 2017 – Youth Fellowship Lesson
  • Sunday, February 19, 2017
  • Sunday, February 26, 2017
  • Sunday, March 5, 2017 – End of Term 5
  • Sunday, March 12, 2017 – Start of Term 6
  • Sunday, March 19, 2017
  • Sunday, March 26, 2017
  • Sunday, April 2, 2017
Sunday, April 9, 2017 – End of Term 6/Youth Fellowship Lesson
  • Sunday, April 16, 2017 – Easter Sunday (No Sunday School)
  • Sunday, April 23, 2017 – Start of Term 7
  • Sunday, April 30, 2017 – Youth Fellowship Lesson
  • Sunday, May 7, 2017 – End of Term 7/Last Day of Sunday School
  • Sunday, May 14, 2017 – Mother’s Day/Sunday School Awards

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:


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

Sunday, 10 am – Palm Procession & Holy Eucharist


6 pm – Agape Meal

7 pm – Holy Eucharist & Stripping of the Altar

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


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


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


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.