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Join us this evening at 7:00 pm for Evensong

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Wednesday, April 22nd

Evensong



7:00 pm-- Evening Prayer with music, hymns,
                     scripture, and prayers for the evening
                     broadcasted live from Good Shepherd

                             Please click here to join on YouTube.
If you have pictures of your Easter celebration, please e-mail them to the church so we can collect our separate but always-joyful Easter 2020 memories.
There we leave you in that blessed dependency, to hang upon him that hangs upon the cross, there bathe in his tears, there suck at his wounds, and lie down in peace in his grave, till he vouchsafe you a resurrection, and an ascension into that kingdom which He hath prepared for you with the inestimable price of his incorruptible blood. - John Donne
Epiphany School, one of Good Shepherd's Outreach Partners, relies on its annual gala to support the work of the school. Epiphany is an independent school for children of economically disadvantaged families in Boston, with scholarships for all. They admit children of diverse faiths, races, cultures, and cognitive profiles, believing in the Episcopal tradition that we find God in and through each other.

This year their annual fundraising gala had to go online, which gives many of us an opportunity to support Epiphany from home. Click here to access Epiphany School's Virtual Spring Gala: "All Together." As of the time of publishing, Epiphany is only $15,000 shy of their goal of $300,000.

The Reverend John Finley IV, Head of School, will be our preacher tomorrow. He will give us insight into the work of assisting economically disadvantaged families during this pandemic. We are grateful for his work and the work of those like him.
Please continue to make your financial contributions to Good Shepherd. In these unprecedented times, remember that we rely completely on the generosity of our parishioners. Kindly continue your giving and mail your support to the church office:

Parish of the Good Shepherd 1671 Beacon St., Waban, MA 02468


Additionally, we have set up an online giving portal. If you are unable to give through traditional means, please consider this new option to support Good Shepherd. Click on the Donate button on our website www.goodshepherdnewton.org. 
Bible Study

Tuesdays at 7:00 pm

Currently meeting via Zoom

Click here to join Bible Study.
Updates from our Good Shepherd Outreach partners as of Easter, 2020:

COVID-19 has brought about a challenging and uncertain time for many in our community, and the world. The Parish of the Good Shepherd is committed to continuing our support of these ministries. Join us in prayers and generosity.

 
Prior to February 2020, the Newton Food Pantry served over 800 people per month living in Newton who struggled with food insecurity.
Update from the Newton Food Pantry:
Please help us to continue our support to Newton residents by donating HERE today!  Our need has more than doubled. We have been expanding our delivery of groceries to individual households twice per month and providing bags of groceries in bulk to Senior Housing complexes. If you wish to contribute non-perishable goods, you can drop them off at 36 Metacomet Road or 61 Ballard Street. Anyone who wishes to volunteer and is between the ages of 18-60 and not in a high-risk group for COVID-19, please email Regina Wu at volunteercoordinator@newtonfoodpantry.org. 

Flying Kites Leadership Academy is in the foothills of Kenya’s Aberdare Mountains and serves as a model school for children in the region where access to a basic education is not guaranteed. Students receive support aimed at meeting the “whole child” including food, clean water, and social services.  Update from Flying Kites:  “We turned to you to help us meet the most urgent needs of the 3,500 families in our Network of 5 schools. With mandated closures of businesses and farms, families in our community cannot earn the daily wages needed to put food on the table and they are turning to us for help. Our team can begin assembling and distributing Emergency Relief Packs to the 3,500 families in our Network, providing a month's supply of food to 28,000 children, parents, and grandparents.”
-Leila de Bruyne, Executive Director (US), Warucu Kijuu, Executive Director (Kenya). See this message and others as videos on Instagram >>
 
St Stephen’s Youth Programs (SSYP) is an after- school program (B-READY) and summer enrichment program (B-SAFE) administered out of the South End in Boston to help students from Boston’s most disadvantaged communities, founded and supported by the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. SSYP serves about 600 students throughout the year. Update from St Stephen’s Youth Programs:  "Thank you for your emails and calls of concern during these unsettling and uncertain times. We appreciate your generous offers and kind thoughts. And now is most certainly a time for prayer. Our website invites contributions to the SSYP Pandemic Relief Fund. Please be in touch by email or phone (617-851-6680) if you have more questions or thoughts."
-the Reverend Liz Steinhauser 
 
The Second Step provides transitional housing and social services for survivors of domestic violence and their children. Update from The Second Step: "You can be a part of our movement to support survivors by taking the following actions: Donate to our Survivors Emergency Fund! To help us respond to the increased needs of the individuals and families we serve, we have established the Survivors Emergency Fund. Click here to give today. Raise Awareness About Domestic Violence with your network! Friend us on Facebook (The Second Step) and follow us on Instagram (@The_Second_Step) and Twitter (@SecondStepInc) to reinforce our efforts."  
 
Boston Health Care for the Homeless is an organization in Boston’s South End that provides high-quality health care for the homeless including dental, mental, substance abuse disorders, palliative and respite care.  Update from Boston Health Care for the Homeless: "People experiencing homelessness are exceptionally vulnerable to the coronavirus and its complications. As this pandemic continues, we will incur significant financial losses, upwards of $1,000,000/ month, as we continue and adapt our emergency plan, but we have no other choice to combat COVID-19. To read more about our work around our COVID-19 Response efforts, click here. Thank you."
 
Epiphany School is an independent school for children of economically disadvantaged families in Boston with scholarshipfor all.  Update from Epiphany School: "We were saddened to have to cancel our annual spring gala, originally scheduled for April 17, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we are thrilled that a generous donor has stepped forward to support our making of a “virtual” gala that we will launch on our website on Friday 4/17. During the video and on the website, we will make an ask for support, as we stand to lose $300,000 - $400,000 in revenue by not hosting this event. The team at Epiphany stands ready to assist at any point during the process. Kara Fagan-Rayner will serve as Good Shepherd’s point of contact and can be reached via email kfagan-rayner@epiphanyschool.com or at 718-753-4399." Additionally, the Reverend John Finley IV, Head of School at Epiphany, will preach at Good Shepherd next Sunday to update us on ministry in disadvantaged communities at this time.
 
Feed the Fight Boston is feeding medical workers during the pandemic.
"A group of us in Newton were so inspired by my hometown's effort in Washington DC for feedthefight.org that we started FeedthefightBoston to help the medical community, support the local restaurants, and deliver meals to the front lines fighting the COVID-19.  FeedthefightBoston has now served over 1000 meals, in Newton and Boston hospitals who need it most, and we are increasing our support daily with your help! Please check out how to donate today at www.feedthefightbos.com. With love and appreciation, Katherine Kranenburg, katkranenburg@gmail.com"
O God our help in ages past
Our hope for years to come
Our shelter from the stormy blast
And our eternal home.

Before the hills in order stood
Or earth received her frame

From everlasting thou art God

To endless years the same.

  
-- The Hymnal 1982, #680
   St. Anne
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