Potluck and Christmas (Advent) Cookie Bake-Off The results are in! The winners of the Cookie Bake-Off are:
Junior Bakers – Tal Pineau
Fruit Cookies – Mary Schuster
Chocolate/Peanut Butter Cookies – Joan Dinnel
Bar Cookies – Joan Dinnel
Frosted Cookies – Kariah Manwaring
Best in Show and Honorable Mention – Joan Dinnel
Congratulations to all of our winners, and thank you to everyone that helped make our first potluck in many long months a success!
Christmas Schedule There are many schedule changes for the next two weeks as we observe Christmas.
Kennedy Christmas Rest: The Kennedy family will be taking the week after Christmas off. Please do not contact them unless there is an emergency. The office will still be open.
Mission Groups: Some of the mission groups are not meeting during Christmas week and the week after. Please contact your leaders or hosts to find out more info.
All Bible Studies: are cancelled for the weeks of Christmas and New Year. They will resume starting on January 2nd.
Choir: There will be no choir practice on December 29th. Choir will resume on January 5th.
Morning Prayer: Morning prayer will continue meeting until December 23rd, and will break for the remainder of that week and all of the next. We will resume meeting on January 3rd.
Ladies’ Christmas Party and Cookie Exchange (optional) Save the Date! Ronnie and Ben Murphy will be opening their home tomorrow, December 19th for a Ladies’ Christmas Party and Optional Cookie Exchange at 1:30pm. We try not to post home addresses on the website, but look for more info in the bulletin tomorrow, or feel free to ask them in person when you see them.
December 19 Christmas Concert with Brio Vocal Ensemble and Friends. Celebrate the birth of our Savior in music with choral anthems and instrumental pieces, plus congregational carol singing. The concert takes place Sunday, December 19, at 3 p.m. at Endwell United Methodist Church, 3301 Watson Boulevard, Endwell. Free will offering. Please wear a mask.
Say Cheese! Good Shepherd is going to try adding photos to the 2022 church directory. If you’d like to have your family’s picture included, please forward a copy by email to Jonathan.
Mission Groups Some mission groups are choosing not to meet during the holiday weeks. Please check with your meeting’s leader or host for schedule information. There are currently three local mission groups, and one online group meeting by Zoom.
Large Print Bulletins are available upon request for both services. If you need a large print bulletin, please let the usher at the back of the sanctuary know, and they will get one for you.
Zoom Morning Prayer This service normally meets online by zoom at 7am Monday through Friday. The liturgy and readings are available each day at www.dailyoffice2019.com. Join the parish email list and look for a daily email invitation in your inbox.
Both the 8am and the 10:30 services are meeting in person.
The 8am service If you are high risk, or at all nervous to be in social gatherings, this service is designed for you. All those who attend are asked to wear masks and remain socially distanced throughout the service. The 8am service is not currently being live-streamed.
The 10:30am service New York State Mask Mandate Issued: The Governor issued a mask mandate for New York State requiring masks inside public venues regardless of vaccination status until January 15th. You can read about it here.
You can download the bulletin, including the scripture readings here. One of the joys of having a fully digital bulletin is that we are free to use color! You’ll find that some of the artwork and many of the directions are in full color. You’ll also notice that there are links in the offertory section to take you out to two different means of giving electronically. You can give online through Breeze or you can text a donation through Breeze at 607-882-6551. Good Shepherd also has a PayPal account. If you choose to give via PayPal you can avoid fees by paying directly from your bank. Be sure to uncheck the box that says, “paying for goods and services” at the bottom or PayPal will charge Good Shepherd a fee. As always, thank you for your great generosity and kind support.
The lectionary readings for this week are: Micah 5:2-5a, Psalm 80:1-7, Hebrews 10:1-10, and Luke 1:39-45.
Last Sunday’s Sermon Last week Matt preached on Luke 3:7-17. You can find his sermon ‘Fruits in Keeping with Repentance’ here.
You can find previous sermons here.
Christian Education If you missed Christian Ed last Sunday, we are currently having a series for the Advent season called The Annunciation. You can watch the class here, and previous classes at this link.
Preventing Grace Podcast Did you know that Matt and Anne have a podcast? We didn’t get a new episode recorded for this week, but will be back soon!
Miss an episode? You can catch up on all of the older podcasts here.
Tuesday Morning Bible Study This Tuesday we resumed our study of the minor prophets in the book of Micah. This class begins in Micah 7:7 You can find that study here.
Miss a class? You can find all of the previous classes in this series and previous series here.
Thursday Evening Beginner’s Bible Study The Thursday evening study has resumed meeting in person at 6pm in the classroom area . This is a great place to connect with others and learn more about what God has to say to us through his word.
Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study The Men’s bible study meets at 6am each Friday morning.
Weekly Bible Readings
|Psalm 120, 121
|Wednesday||Psalm 122, 123
|Psalm 124, 125, 126
|Thursday||Psalm 127, 128
|Psalm 129, 130, 131
|Friday||Psalm 132, 133
|Psalm 134, 135
Song of Songs 1
Song of Songs 2
Song of Songs 3
Serving at Good Shepherd
|Serving at Good Shepherd December 19, 2021||Serving at Good Shepherd December 26, 2021|
|8am Celebrant: Matt Kennedy
Reader (8AM): Terry Ray
Usher (8AM): Terry Ray
Altar Guild: Christine Osgood
Nursery: Kariah Manwaring and Addie Pineau
Shepherds Bowl: Jonathan Groves with Team 4
Reader (10:30): Christine Osgood
Crucifer: Aedan Kennedy
Acolytes: Rowan and Gwendolyn Kennedy
Usher: Ben Murphy
|8am Celebrant: Matt Kennedy
Reader (8AM): Pastoral Assistant
Usher (8AM): Terry Ray
Altar Guild: Karen Berman
Shepherds Bowl: Nick and Mary with Team 5
Reader (10:30): Brett Dewing
Crucifer: Emma Kennedy
Acolytes: Murielle and Elinor Kennedy
Usher: Phil Nelson
Teller: Tom Dinnel and Sub
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