IT’S A MARATHON!
During this Lenten season, we asked for YOUR help – to raise $8,000 for one RV trailer, to house one homeless family in the Keys. This is what happened...
We did it! We finished the Marathon! In fact, we did 26.2, and then an additional 13.1. We completed the first leg of the race by Sunday, March 10th, and sent a check for $8,000 to St. Columba Episcopal Church in Marathon to purchase an RV trailer for a needy family. But additional funds kept coming in, and by the end of our drive, on Easter Sunday, Good Shepherd parishioners had contributed over $4,000 more – enough to purchase half of another trailer. Plus, a separate $8,000 check was sent by a parishioner to St. Columba after our Lenten appeal! So the grand total was just over $20,000!
Good Shepherd Episcopal School also wanted to play a role, and asked what they could contribute. Each month, a different class at GSES brings items for a designated charity and places them in the school’s Wishing Well. Rev. Maconaughey said that what they needed most was work gloves for their volunteers. So for the months of April and May, the second graders will be collecting work gloves for Marathon. Meanwhile, several members of the parish have also responded to this request, and two boxes of work gloves are already on their way to the workers in the Keys who use them daily in the messy job of clean up and repair.
Outreach & Missions
The next Outreach and Missions Committee Meeting will be December 5, at 7:00 p.m.
ADVENT BLANKET DRIVE FOR WARFIELD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN INDIANTOWN
Bring new or gently used blankets to the church office throughout November and December
for delivery by the time cooler temperatures arrive!
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.
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The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
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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.
Last month at Taste of Good Shepherd, we featured a different approach to our Outreach & Mission activities. Instead of displaying elements of the many organized activities in which we engage, we made it personal. “God has no hands but yours, to share the bread of life.” That is because much of what we do is not planned, programmed, announced, or organized; it springs up spontaneously in response to immediate needs.
In September, for example, we learned – with ten days’ notice – that the mission team going to Bondeau, Haiti, for the South Florida Haiti project, could take with them 150 lbs. of school supplies. Some individuals made cash contributions so that supplies could be purchased in bulk online. The teachers at GSES combed their classroom shelves, and filled up a laundry basket with their extra chalk, crayons, picture books and other supplies. We met the goal, and Teresa Grashof, a member of our Committee who is also a Board member of the SFHP, carried these and other supplies to Haiti with her, where they were gratefully received.
Other spontaneous acts of charity are much simpler, and occur much closer to home. Just in the past two months, there have been two such events which merit sharing with our parish community. At our August committee meeting, one of our members brought before us the needs of a family – a pregnant mother with three children – living in one room with no beds. Members of the Committee pitched in to help, and either purchased or donated the beds, bedding and other supplies. Then, at our October meeting, we learned through the public schools of another family living with no furniture, and the father was a double amputee. This time it was Octavia Jabali who mobilized her extensive network, along with the resources of the Pennies shop, and provided not only beds but also an array of household goods for the family.
I think we sometimes fail to appreciate how much the volunteers at Pennies for Heaven do for our community. Nothing is wasted. If an item can’t be sold, it is ‘outreached’ – to Faith Farms, to local shelters, even to Furry Friends! The Outreach Committee encourages ALL in the Good Shepherd community to keep this in mind, and to donate their unused items to the Pennies shop. Someone, somewhere, will wear it, cook with it, eat from it, read it – USE it. And all will thank you.
As we move into November, we are focused on the annual Thanksgiving morning Run 4 the Pies, when we will be collecting canned goods and Publix gift cards from all the runners. These donations go straight to our Food Pantry, with the surplus shared with CROS ministries to restock their food banks. We will also be packing Thanksgiving baskets for needy families. We look forward to the energetic assistance of the Youth Group and our school in both of these projects, as we continue to bring church and school together in service to our community.
Thanksgiving baskets: we will be distributing food baskets to hungry families on Monday, November 19th. The Rotary Club is providing the turkeys. We are in need of the following “fixin’s” to go with them: boxed mashed potatoes; stuffing mix, chicken broth and gravy; green beans, mushroom soup and onion rings; cranberry sauce; canned yams. Donations can be brought to the church office, or left in the collection boxes in the Narthex.
Run 4 the Pies: Thanksgiving morning, November 22nd. Run 4 the Pies is our major food collection event of the year! Organized by Palm Beach Roadrunners, Good Shepherd helps with race logistics and benefits from food collection from the almost 2,000 race participants! See the sign-up in the Narthex for the many opportunities to help with this project. The food and gift cards collected from the runners will restock our Food Pantry shelves and also be shared with CROS ministries, to help restock their Food Banks in Palm Beach and Martin Counties. Volunteer for Food Sorting. Volunteer for the Race.
Hurricane Relief: Jupiter Vintage collection for the hurricane victims in the Panhandle. The assembled cleaning supplies, clothes and gift cards will be delivered to the Hurricane Relief Hub maintained by the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast on November 24-25th. Donations can be brought to Jupiter Vintage at 1548 U.S. 1 in Tequesta, or to the church office.
Advent Blanket collection for the Warfield School: for those who want to bring a little Christmas cheer and comfort to needy families in Indiantown, we are collecting new or gently-used blankets and children’s winter clothing (sweaters, jackets, long pants and shoes). This collection is on-going, and will continue throughout the month of December.
Food Packing for Haiti: January 12, 2019. Good Shepherd will be hosting an all-day event to pack 75,000 – 100,000 dehydrated meals for the children and families of Bondeau, Haiti. This event is being held in conjunction with the South Florida Haiti Project, and we will need helping hands of all ages and skills. Watch for more information – and a sign-up list – as we get closer to this event.
Click on an image below to see what you are helping families recover from in the Middle Keys