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."
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.
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
Outreach & Missions Committee will not meet in June.
Saturday, May 19, 8:45 a.m. - noon (site to be determined)
Gleaning is a produce recovery operation in which volunteers pick fresh fruits and vegetables from farmers' fields, which would otherwise go to waste. Farmers donate this produce to local agencies with feeding programs for the homeless and food insecure.
Individuals and families (children must be over 5 years old) are welcome to join. We will meet in the courtyard of Good Shepehrd at 7:00 a.m. for a 7:30 a.m. carpool departure. Please bring water, hat, sunscreen and wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Morning refreshments will be provided prior to leaving good Shepherd. Need more information? Contact Beverly.
Your responses will help us to gauge interest in various outreach projects, allowing us to plan most efficiently to serve others. A printable form is available with descriptions of many of the items listed above.
Click on an image below to see what you are helping families recover from in the Middle Keys
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 or Deacon George Kinard.
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.
Hygiene Kit Collection Update!
The Outreach & Mission Committee also wants to thank all those members of the parish who participated in our annual collection of hygiene kits for the children at the Warfield School in Indiantown. Warfield School is a Title I elementary school with 750 students. Most of their parents are farm workers or toil at other subsistence jobs, and many of these children grow up in a home where a toothbrush is an unaffordable luxury. This year we collected 115 kits, which will be distributed by the school nurse to the neediest of these children, who will also be instructed in how to use the items we provide. The school is enormously grateful for our support!