Please note: As positive cases rise and concern increases, your Regathering Committee is reviewing the latest guidance and considering changes to our Sunday worship. As some of these revisions come quickly, please stay up-to-date through parish e-mails and at www.goodshepherdnewton.org. Beginning immediately, in-person worship is limited to a maximum of twenty-five (25) people.
Updated At All Times and in All Places-- Your Regathering Committee is working diligently to ensure all events at Good Shepherd follow strict guidance regarding the most up-to-date information on protecting parishioners and preventing spread of the virus. Updated guidelines, effective November 1st, such as the masking of singers and updated pattern for receiving communion, are included here.
Improvements to Sound Quality Online-- We are working to improve sound quality, both online and in the church. The pandemic has challenged our worship in many ways, but given our expectation that many parishioners will only be able to engage with Good Shepherd online, we are focusing on improvements to remote engagement in the coming weeks.
Christian Ed's November Outreach Project-- CE invites all of Good Shepherd to fill fifty bags of groceries for St. Stephen's families. Scroll down for specific information regarding the endeavor.
Please make your 2021 pledge-- November brings our annual stewardship campaign for 2021, We Will with God's Help. These words from the baptismal covenant remind us of our commitment to endeavors that are beyond us, but which we embrace through the hope of divine support. The new year will bring with it both challenges and opportunities for our parish. Your Vestry, along with Stewardship Co-Chairs Biz and Troy Bracher, will lead us in this endeavor to support all that is important to Good Shepherd in the new year.
Adult Forum -- Sunday at 11:45 am
Join us for Sarah Coakley's "Prayer in a Pandemic"
This is a two-week series, offered by Sarah through her School of Theology and Prayer in Washington DC
Or call +1 929 205 6099 US and enter the Meeting ID: 868 6061 8116
THE DESERT FATHERS AND MOTHERS: Rediscovering the Early Monastic Tradition and its Surprising Application to Today's Crises
Adult Forum in Advent--
with Fr. Michael Bousquet
Join us in Advent as we dive deeper into our relationship with Jesus who is Christ, Savior, Emmanuel, and Word. Adam Hamilton's "Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas" serves as a guide for our reflections. Sundays at 11:45 on Zoom.
including this week's online Sunday School lesson:
This video is for all children, both those who engage remotely and those who attend Sunday School in the Loring Room.
Sunday, November 22nd -- Christ the King Sunday
9:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite I in the church and online
10:30 am Holy Eucharist, Rite I in the church and online
Preacher: Fr. Jay Weldon
Sunday School at 10:00 and 10:30 in the Loring Room
Wednesday, November 25th -- 7:00pm-- Evensong for Thanksgiving
in the church and online
Sunday, November 29th -- First Sunday of Advent
9:00 am Morning Prayer, Rite I in the church and online
10:30 am Morning Prayer, Rite I in the church and online
Preacher: Fr. Jay Weldon
Please sign up in advance to attend worship in person.
We are limiting the number of attendees at each worship service, far beyond the guidance issued by the Commonwealth and Diocese of Massachusetts. We can only accommodate those not registered as space and distancing allow.
November 22 at 5:00-- for Middle and High School, in-person gathering in the Manthai's backyard-- 21 Columbus St in Newton Highlands
December 6 at 5:00-- for Middle and High School, location TBD*
December 20 at 5:00-- Topic: Youth Christmas Party (bring a white elephant gift and plastic gloves... an old game with new Covid rules.)-- in person weather permitting, location TBD for Middle and High School
*We will update this schedule regularly, including dates and online vs. in-person opportunities to gather
Advent Wreath-Making on Zoom
Sunday, November 29th (First Sunday of Advent)
Pick up supplies at Good Shepherd on the portico in advance of 2:00 pm.
Join us at 2pm online to make Advent wreaths.
CHRISTIAN ED'S NOVEMBER OUTREACH INITIATIVE
Hunger is an ever-present issue for many families and the pandemic has made the situation much worse. To help in some small way, we are gathering bags of groceries for St Stephens B-LOVE program. Our summer grocery bag drive related to their B-SAFE program was so appreciated we have set a new goal of 50 bags with a November 22 deadline. We are asking each and every parishioner/family to donate 1,2 or even 10 bags according to the shopping list below. Read more about what St Stephens does here.
Sign up on the Sign-up Genius here or email Melissa Bradley (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a commitment of the number of bags you will donate or with questions. Drop your bags at the church on Sundays or during the week to Jen Fraser’s porch at 59 Woodland Auburndale 02466 (2 miles from GS). Our Christian education efforts will focus on hunger in these coming months. Please click here for INFORMATION.
Thank you, Schuyler Awtrey and Lucas Boyd
Items for each Grocery Bag
Proteins (2 items per family)
1 can chicken (12.5 oz) or 2 cans tuna (5 oz each) or 1 bag of beans or 1 jar peanut butter (18-24 oz)
Fruit (2 items per family)
2 cans (15 oz each) or 2 packs of single serve, your choice of pineapple, fruit cocktail, pears, peaches, or mandarin oranges
1 jar applesauce (24 oz) or 2 packs of single serve
Carbohydrates (4 items per family)
1 lb. pasta (any type) or 1-2 lb. rice
1 box (6 oz) macaroni and cheese
1 box of crackers (Triscuit, Wheat Thins or similar)
1 box of cereal (10-15 oz) or breakfast bars (granola, BelVita, etc.)
1 jar marinara sauce (24 oz)
2 cans soup or chili
Angels Ascending and Descending:
Handicapped Accessibility at Good Shepherd
Save the dates: December 18, 19, and 20
Exclusive Previews of the Accessibility Project
The outdoor portico (L), which will offer ground-level access to the elevator, nears completion. In the elevator shaft (R), the view from the lower elevator lobby and into the portico.
Click here to view Angels Ascending and Descending, a plan to achieve 100% accessibility at Good Shepherd. At a total cost of $500,000 and with a beautiful, compassionate proposal secured, your Vestry asks you to consider prayerfully your support of this plan.
We continue to receive support and pledges while construction is underway.
Frumentum-- Communion at Home for older and at-risk parishioners
Frumentum, from the Latin word meaning wheat, is an ancient practice of the church, bringing items of Holy Communion to those separated from the life of the church, so that all can receive bread and wine on Sundays simultaneously.
With the blessing of our Bishop, Good Shepherd will offer Frumentum to members of our parish who cannot attend public gatherings for the foreseeable future. Volunteers from Good Shepherd will deliver consecrated bread and wine to you, or you can pick up items at the church, keep them in your home, and receive them on Sunday mornings while taking part in our online worship.
Please contact the Rector directly to request Frumentum, by calling the parish office or via e-mail at email@example.com. Initially we will consecrate bread and wine for delivery on Sunday, September 13, so that Communion will be available beginning Sunday, September 20. Please specify the number of people who will receive so that we can deliver enough consecrated bread and wine for approximately four Sundays. Subsequent deliveries will occur next month.
Additional information about keeping the sacrament in your home and how to receive items will be provided to those who request Frumentum.