A Community of Faith in the Jupiter, Tequesta and Hobe Sound Area
The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
"We Have A Place For You."
TOGETHER WE MADE A DIFFERENCE!
Good Shepherd offers a robust selection of outreach projects for any level of involvement. Please select any items from the form below. We will contact you via email with program information.
Outreach & Missions
The next Outreach and Missions Committee Meeting will be February 6, at 7:00 p.m.
With a lot of help from our congregation and our community, we gave out Thanksgiving baskets to a dozen needy families this year, as well as offering supplemental food donations to many of our other clients. We want to give a special ‘shout out’ to the Jupiter-Tequesta Rotary Club for donating the turkeys, and to Tequesta Brewing Company which contributed 25 boxes of rolls, pies, cookies and other ‘fixin’s.’ You helped a lot of families have a happier holiday. We also want to thank all the runners who remembered to bring canned goods when they picked up their packets for Run 4 the Pies. Over 2300 runners registered this year, and many of those who forgot their canned goods contributed in other ways: by buying chances on the raffle, the proceeds of which went to our food pantry, or by just giving cash instead of cans! Once again, our Food Pantry is fully stocked, and we were able to pack 60-70 carton boxes of food for the CROS ministry food banks as well. THANK YOU ALL!!
And now it is Advent, and our Advent collection for the Warfield School is in full swing. Already a number of blankets have come in, and many of those have already been delivered to the school in Indiantown, which is distributing them to needy families. We will continue collecting through Advent. But the school also needs CLOTHING for the children! It gets colder in Indiantown during the winter months than it does here on the coast, and little shorts and t’shirts don’t keep little bodies very warm! The school is asking for sweaters, jackets, and long pants -new or gently used – in sizes 4-14, to fit their children who range in age from pre-K through 4th grade. There will be a box in the Narthex – decorated by our Third Graders from GSES – where donations may be placed for this collection; donations may be brought to the church office. The items will be delivered to Warfield through the month of December.
And finally – Outreach is EXTENDING the holiday season well into January!!!!! On January 12, 2019, we are hosting a food-packing event in cooperation with the South Florida Haiti Project. The plan is to pack 75,000 meals – rice, beans and supplements - which Food for the Poor has offered to ship free of charge to our mission in Bondeau, Haiti. Planning is already well underway, and we will need 300 volunteers – of all ages – to help us reach this goal. If you would like to participate, visit southfloridahaitiproject.org. For further information, please contact Teresa Grashof.
Contact our the Outreach and Missions Committee Chair, Marilyn Lawrence, for up-to-the-minute projects and opportunities to serve.
Kairos Prison Ministry
(“I was in prison and you visited me”, Matthew 25:36)
Kairos is an ecumenical prison ministry program with the mission to bring Christ’s love to incarcerated individuals by holding retreats within the prison chapel twice a year. For some, this opportunity is the first time they hear of God’s loving forgiveness. This volunteer program is an off-shoot from the Cursillo movement, at the request of the National Cursillo Center, and is supported by various denominations. Our 50 member teams that go into the prison consist of Episcopalian, Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist, Lutheran, Baptist, Church of God and non-denominational Christians.
In our area, there are two prisons which accept the Kairos Ministry, one is Okeechobee Correctional Institution (OCI) and the other is Martin Correctional Institution (MCI).
If you would like to know more about this ministry, and would like to volunteer for future teams, please contact Jim Couillard.
Quantum House - Plans are in the works for Good Shepherd volunteers to prepare and serve a dinner for the guests at this house for families with children in the hospital at St. Mary's.
St. George's Dinner Ministry - Volunteers are needed to help prepare and serve meals at the St. George's Center in Riviera Beach. Good Shepherd provides dinner for over 100 hungry people, on the second Wednesday of each month. Info.
Our Little Roses Orphanage - Located in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Our Little Roses provides the opportunity for a childhood that all girls deserve – protection from harm; a safe, healthy and loving home; a chance to learn; the dream of a future, and a foundation in faith.