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THE SHEPHERD’S VOICE “A Christ Centered Community of Faith, Reaching out with His Love” A Publication of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Web) warwicklutheranchurch.org or visit Facebook Reverend Ken Susskraut, Pastor email@example.com Mrs. Rosemarie Bastanza, Parish Administrator (845) 986-3040 Mr. Larry Giuliani, President (845) 986-6497 Pre-School (845) 986-8393 October 2011 BOARD OF ELDERS (Stephen Hoverman, Chairperson/845-986-5279) Worship Committee (Joan Perez, Chairperson/845-986-0624): ♫Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below; ♪ ♪ Praise Him above, ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.♫ ♪ "In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." How many times have we heard those words? And yet, they testify with renewed freshness to our identity as children of God who’ve been baptized into the death and resurrection of Jesus. Wouldn’t it be something if God’s faithful would remember that every time they heard the words of the Invocation, perhaps tracing the sign of the cross as a visible reminder? "In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." Already now, in this heaven on earth we call worship, we stand with boldness before the triune God who has claimed us and named us. (taken from the LCMS website) Come, gather together and receive His blessings with us “in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”, worshipping and singing His praise each Sunday morning. WORSHIP SERVICE SCHEDULE: 9:00 AM Holy Communion in Traditional Worship setting (2nd Sunday- Contemporary Worship) 10:00 AM Family Church 10:30 AM Sunday School for all ages Opportunities to Serve (Joan Perez, Worship Committee Chairperson/845-986-0624): Please consider becoming a Greeter, Lector or Usher. There is a minimal time commitment – often just one Sunday every few months. Please contact either Stephen Hoverman (Board of Elders Chairperson/845-986-5279) or myself, if you have any questions. Children’s Choir Notes (Laura Miller, Director/845-986-4783): During the month of October, Children’s Choir will rehearse on October 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th from 4:45pm to 5:30p.m. in church. The Children’s Choir will be singing at the 10:00a.m. service on Sunday, October 23rd. “Altar Servants” (Altar Guild Chairperson – Barbara Sullivan/845-986-5620): The calendar of “Altar Servants” for January, 2012 through December, 2012, is now being scheduled. If you are willing to serve for one month, please call 845/986-5620. Instruction is available and “pairing” is possible - take a little time for a month (only four Sundays for the once weekly celebration) to serve our Lord and Good Shepherd by preparing the Holy Eucharist for our 9:00AM Worship. Needed: Bakers for making Eucharistic Bread - Please speak directly with Pastor. Thank you! Ministry of Word, Sacrament and Prayer (Rev. Ken Susskraut, Pastor/845-986-3040): If you or a family member should to be hospitalized, please call our Church Office, so that Good Shepherd might better serve you. If you would like to schedule The Anointing of the Sick or the sharing of the Eucharist with the homebound or hospitalized, please also contact our Office. BOARD OF THE CHRISTIAN DAY SCHOOL (Barbara Katz, Chairperson/845-986-2691) Good Shepherd Preschool News – SEPTEMBER (Antoinette Quinn and Barbara Gustainis, Teaching Staff): Welcome, everyone, to the start of the 2011-2012 preschool year. The opening went smoothly. It was wonderful to connect with our new families and reconnect with our returning ones. The children have been settling into the daily routine, singing the seasonal songs, doing projects, and introduction to Bible stories as they portray the life of Jesus. We thank all those responsible for readying the classroom/play areas for this year’s indoor/outdoor activities. We ask that parents follow the school playground rules when supervising your children after or before school hours. The apple is the “star” of the month!! Our projects, songs, and stories are focused on this delicious fruit, culminating in an apple picking family field trip, at the end of the month. All classes will enjoy a session picking apples, riding on the tractor, viewing the animals with Apple Dave, at Applewood Orchards. It is a fun time for all. Looking forward to next month, when the pumpkin takes over the “star” title!! For information concerning the preschool please call Kris Klim, 986-0629. WOMEN’S MINISTRY (Andrea Hamling/845-355-4507 & Joan Perez/845- 986-0624) Operation Christmas Child Ideas: Have you been able to pack a shoebox for a child who may receive this gift only once in their lifetime? If yes, please bring it to church by Sunday Nov. 13th. This will be the last date for donations of filled boxes. Visit www.samaritanspurse.org – for more information about this ministry. Also, do not wrap the entire box, simple place a rubber band around it. No liquids or chocolates. Please call or see me in church if you have any questions. And THANK YOU in advance for your donations, prayers and the sharing of His Love. Suggested items include: Soap/Washcloth; Comb/Brush; Sun Glasses School supplies (including solar calculators) Elastic-waist shorts /Tee-shirts; Toothbrush & Toothpaste Flip flops (They need shoes to attend school.) Some fun items to include: Musical toys, Hard Candy & Gum Small cuddly toy/Matchbox cars Bible Study: All ladies are welcome to join us from 9:30a.m. to 11:00a.m. during our Friday Bible Study. We will meet this month on October 14th and 28th. Monthly Bible Verse: “He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.” (Galatians 3:14) LIBRARY: Feel free to browse and borrow a book. There are Christian novels, devotionals and non-fiction items for your enjoyment. BOARD OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (Laura Green, Chairperson/845-258-0579) “Pastor, what do you think about a gay marriage?” (Rev. Ken Susskraut, Pastor/845-986-3040) In response to that inquiry, hoping to defuse a potentially hurtful or argumentative interview, I may glibly say, “FANTASTIC! Every marriage should be happy! Hope yours is gay!” However, the complexities, underlying such questioning, are not so easily defused or voiced. Gay or same sex marriage is now legal in NYS. With that legislation, we also have our own gender biases and sexual histories and, perhaps, even contentious relationships because of them. We each too have questions: “What does the Bible say about marriage and homosexuality?” “Is what is legal (such as abortion or gambling) always also moral?” “Why is it that so much, once emphatically prohibited by society and/or the Church (such as interracial marriage and divorce/re-marriage), is now acceptable?” “Is a two genders, parenting household more beneficial than a one gender home, even if by a single parent?” “Can there be a godly marriage without intercourse or intentional procreation”? “What do I say to my possibly homosexual parent, son or daughter, sibling, military comrade, employer or co-worker, child’s Scout leader, coach, teacher, or friend?” “Who defines in a free society the line between private practice and public scrutiny?” “What is Christ’s ministry to heterosexual, gay, transsexual, homophobic or questioning, parishioners, family, and neighbors?” “Are the sexual views of most Lutheran laity more aligned with Joseph Ratzinger or with Sophia Petrillo? These are all good and really important questions. You might wonder: “What does my Pastor say and do, as a person and a pastoral member of a church body that officially condemns same gender union but also as a minister of a parish and in a community, where gender and sexual issues influence people’s lives? And so, to share questions and discover answers, please read on…. There will be a 4 week Sunday Adult Study (January 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2012, 6:30-8:00PM), entitled: “Exploring Same Sex Challenges.” Its intent is to share Scripture, stories, insights, and struggles. No one should attend intending to convert or refusing to change. Come to learn, to interact, being pastoral and challenged. Do not take part to have your viewpoint or identity validated. Don’t stay away, fearful of being critiqued or criticized. Bring with you only your desire for the direction of God in your life. Join in the confidential discussions – open, informed, and caring, to be a participant and not as an observer, to speak, question, and listen. Please attend with your NYS spouse, opposite sex or same sex, or if you are single. Do not expect a study that leaves you dismayed, thinking, “Whatever!” Expect an exploration. All sessions will take place at my home (55 Southern Lane, Warwick). A sheet for your required sign up (by no later than December 18th, 2011) will be posted and you are asked to make the intentional commitment to attend all four sessions. Questions? You bet; we all have them! Just call: 845-986-3040. Women’s Saturday Bible Study (Laura Green, Coordinator/845-258-0579): The Board of Christian Education with Women's Ministry is excited to invite you to our newest Bible Study. We will be reading Transformed Women, from the Sisters in Faith Bible Studies collection. Cost of the book is $6.00. Sisters in Faith Bible Studies are written from one sister in faith to others about still other sisters, amazing women who touched the heart of God. These studies form a practical journey because the lives of these biblical women have great relevance to the lives women live today. Alongside the stories of biblical women, the author shares snapshots of today's women—women of faith from all walks of life who are examples of what it means to put Bible lessons into practice in real life. This volume introduces you to several women who spent time with Jesus and were never the same. Our Women's Bible Study will meet the third Saturday of each month at 8:30am. Our first get together is OCTOBER 15th. Save dates now, for the coming months, November 19th, January 21st, February 18th, March 24th, April 21st, May 19th and June 16th. Please join us for a fun and lively Bible study and bring a friend! Contact Laura Green for more information or if you have any questions. Laura Green 845-258-0579, firstname.lastname@example.org 2011-12 Sunday School Staff Needed! Please call Pastor (845-986-3040), if you can serve, or Email him at email@example.com Confirmation Ministry (Rev. Ken Susskraut, Pastor/845-986-3040): Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (St. Matthew 28) Responding to our Lord’s mandate to his Church for the ministries of “baptizing” (Sacramental) and “teaching” (Educational), Good Shepherd offers two years (Confirmation One and Confirmation Two) of Word and Sacrament Ministry towards the “Rite of Confirmation” for baptized students of a minimum of 12 years of age (7th grade of Sunday School), who have not yet received such instruction. Confirmation Ministry is a personal yet also a family commitment and a congregational commitment. It is a time of service that enables families to join with parish and with other families and their young people to grow in faith, hope and love. On September 25th, the following families of our parish were publically enrolled into Good Shepherd’s Confirmation Ministry for 2011-13. Trevor Arnold and Tyler Arnold Rocco Garcia Parents: Terry & Janene Arnold Parents: Sharon & William Garcia Nicholas Boyle Alexander Molini Parents: Amy & Andrew Polay Parents: Michael & Mary Ann Molini Matthew Cushing Nicole Savarese Parents: Stephen & Andrea Cushing Parents: Joseph & Lauren Savarese Alanna Floreck Margaret Weuste Parents: Paul & Carrie Floreck Parents: Brenda & Joseph Weuste Andrew Thomson Parents: John & Tia Thomson CHURCH OFFICE (Rosemarie Bastanza, Parish Administrator/845-986-3040) THANK YOU to Rolly and Kady Paffenroth for donating and planting mums for the planters at the entrance of our building. Office Hours for Mrs. Rosemarie Bastanza (Parish Administrator): Tues. through Fri. 9AM to 1PM. REMINDERS: Publication Deadlines -- Worship Folder Announcements by Wed. of each week. “Shepherd’s Voice” (Newsletter) Articles by the 15th of each month. In order to keep the church records as up to date as possible, please call us with new addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, etc. All Church and Preschool Correspondences (mail and packages) must include “PO Box 218”. Preschool Tuition Payments: Please note on envelope ATTN: PRESCHOOL TUITION SECRETARY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 1 Debbie Phillips, Ryan DiCostanzo 3 Sean Kemp 5 Ray Cosner; Eric Roeloffs; Trevor Arnold 7 Liam Kohler, Chase Fogg 9 Amanda Liria; Sean Ormsby 10 Diane Weissberg, Mary Ann Molini 12 Janet Lendzian 13 Alan Stein, Ruth Ann Comfort 14 Tara Kruger, James Rotundo 16 David Weissberg, Zach Chooljian 17 Christine Contursi 19 Patti Hallman 22 Elsie Powers 24 Jillian Davis 25 George Schick, Kayleigh Domeseck; Naomi Raynor 26 Brian Giuliani; Laura Massari; Ken Susskraut 27 Hope Hood; Carrie Floreck 28 Bill Bryant 30 Kyle Roeloffs 1 Peter and Erica Sarnecky 7 Eric and Kimberly Russell 9 Eric and Diane Weissberg; Dawn and John McCormick 10 David and Linda Roman 23 Sharon and William Garcia 26 Claire and Rocco Garcia; Nancy and Ken Schaechinger New Orleans Mission: At worship on September 25th, the following members of our parish were publically COMMISSIONED as Good Shepherd’s 2011 Missionaries to New Orleans: Joan and Harry Perez Stephen Ormsby Steve and Barbara Sullivan Andrea Hamling Alan Stein Linda Roman Tony Hallman Rev. Ken Susskraut, Pastor This public RECOGNITION AND COMMISSIONING took place to emphasize the bond and identity of this year's Team with our Parish and to seek the Lord's blessing on our parish’s work. (1 John 4) “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” THOSE SERVING FIRST PETER 2:5 - “You are a holy priesthood.” (Rev. Ken Susskraut, Pastor/845-986-3040) Pastor’s Little Corner: (Rev. Ken Susskraut/845-986-3040): NO VOLUNTEERS! “God has also given each of us different gifts to use.” It has been said, “Today volunteerism is dead!” Really? For the Church, it never existed! The Bible doesn’t speak in terms of volunteers, meaning those who work by personal decision or after weighing alternatives and then choosing to do so or not. The Scriptures speak in terms of grace, of divine choice and conscription, of involvement based upon being divinely gifted and equipped. Jesus never did or does enlist volunteers. He chooses and blesses disciples. That divine call and enabling for ministry takes place in our Baptism. The Church, as “a priesthood of all believers”, has no volunteers; only “priests”, all ministers! For our parish, this emphasis means a shift in thinking from worldly to Godly understandings and ways of operating. Thinking of everyone as a minister rather than as a volunteer, means moving away from an emphasis on maintenance of tasks to a renewed sense of “gifted ministry” (Ed. White of the Alban Institute), from guilt to joy, from what can’t be to what we each have been gifted to do, from what I have done to what I am. This everyone a minster emphasis means the discovery and nurturing of our gifts and acting by faith to use them. We are not all gifted in the same way but we all have been graced to serve in some way. A gift can be unused or misused or abused, squandered on self, but it still remains a gift .We may not be faithful and good stewards of the Lord’s blessings to us but we each are his managers and ministers none the less. Sunday School is a case in point. Often it may be said, “We NEED teachers! PLEASE volunteer to help!” Guilt can then be used to badger the hesitant and then comes the eventual begging, until most of us are overwhelmed. Frustrated, our leadership becomes disheartened and we turn off the solicitation or avoid the solicitor. But now let’s think in terms of ministry. The Church’s teaching ministry has been divinely mandated and defined. Look at St. Matthew 28. No choice here! Our sanctification, meaning growth in grace by Christ’s Spirit, through Word and Sacrament, is not a result of some Committee’s or any person’s decision. Education is essential and teachers are not plugs to fill some vacant holes in a classroom. They, as we, are ministers. He or she is the believer, who has been equipped with talent, faith, and love to do this valuable work and spiritedly does so, without regard to payback, reward, applause, or convenience. Basically, if you have been given a hammer and the ability to be built house, what’s the issue?! Do it! THAT’S MINISTRY! Perhaps you like music, have “the gift for gab”; are talented in the kitchen or garden, handy with tools, or can keyboard a computer? In your being so gifted, our Lord created for you a ministry! That is how he crafted Good Shepherd’s Prayer Shawl Ministry. Those, who are his artists in knitting, are doing it, using their gift for others. According to whatever the gifting dictates, by the smallest child to the eldest adult, male or female, ordained or laity, no guilt, choice or volunteerism, just the disciples’ absolute joy of together being ministers in ministry!! St. Paul writes in Romans 12 (Paraphrase), “Dear friends, God is good. Therefore offer your total self to him as a living sacrifice, pure and pleasing. That's the most sensible way to serve God. Don't be like the people of this world, but let God change the way you think. Then you will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to him… Use good sense and measure yourself by the amount of faith that God has given you. A body is made up of many parts, and each of them has its own use. That's how it is with us. There are many of us, but we each are part of the body of Christ, as well as part of one another. God has also given each of us different gifts to use.” Prayer: (at time of Catastrophe) “Almighty, merciful Father, your thoughts are not our thoughts; your ways not our own. In this experience of tragedy, keep us from despair. Sustain and comfort all. Deliver any who are still in danger, and bring your hope and healing; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.” Times of Transition (Rev. Ken Susskraut, Pastor/845-986-3040): As with every family, a parish has times of change. Children grow; parent move; we grow older. This process of transition also affects the corporate life of Christ’s people, as a servant community. There are times of newness. This took place recently, when Nancy Hoverman, in May announced her retirement as Good Shepherd’s Children’s Choir Director. At that time, Joan Perez of our Worship Committee wrote, speaking for all of us: Since inception twenty-three years ago, our children’s choir has been faithfully led by Mrs. Nancy Hoverman. Our congregation has truly been enhanced by her ministry, dedication and love of music. In addition, the many children who have participated over the years have been so very blessed by her encouragement ~ you see, she taught them more than just songs; she set an example of true, Christian ministry. They also learned to read music, follow directions, sing solos and in-parts, encourage one another and were generally enriched by her presence in their lives. (“Shepherd’s Voice”, June 2011) As this article made evident, besides Nancy’s Christian faith, maturity and talent, she also has been blessed with a wonderful understanding of ministry. She has had that insight in all areas of her service, from different parish Boards and Committees, to her choir leadership and community activities. She saw roles as a ministry, not simply as tasks but as opportunities to serve Christ and all, in each particular situation. As Laura Miller now has been led by Christ, her Lord, to lead our Children’s Choir, I am happy to share that Laura continues that perspective. She also brings a servant heart to her new parish role, understanding it, not as another job to be done or obligation to be put on her “to do list”, but as ministry, using her gifts to enrich our parish, as an expression of her faith and of her love for Jesus and his “kids”. And so in this time of worship leadership transition for our community of faith, I, as their servant Pastor and friend, thank them both, for what they are and their inspired ministry mindset. Nancy’s has been used by Jesus to bring about Laura’s, which ultimately is the goal of every good minister! BOARD OF SOCIAL MINISTRY (Barbara Johnson/845-986-6453 & Betty LeMay/986-3468) Good Shepherd Cherry Tree Dedicated in The Warwick Community Orchard (Lisa Pearce, Coordinator/845-521-0350): On Saturday, September 3rd, the community of Warwick received 45 mixed fruit trees from a national contest conducted by Edy’s Ice Cream. Geoff Howard, Warwick resident, spearheaded the contest and online voting since late April produced over 26,000 votes for Warwick! Community groups, individuals and congregations where invited to dedicate a tree if they wished. Thanks to Steve Ormsby with sons, Eric and Sean along with Lisa Pearce, Good Shepherd now has a beautiful cherry tree. The orchard is located at the Warwick Valley Community Center (Doc Fry) 11 Hamilton Ave. in the village of Warwick. Our tree is behind the building up on the hill #21. A side note: Our Boy Scout Troop #45 was present and helped plant trees too. Look for pictures in the Narthex coming soon! Backpack Snack Attack Program – Town of Warwick School (Issi Schukrafft, Coordinator/845-651-4701): During October we will be collecting food items for this ministry. Needed are single portion foods such as microwaveable soups, fruit cups, puddings, cheese & crackers, fruit bars, juice boxes, etc. Thank you so much for your support! Prayer Shawl Ministry (Barbara Johnson/986-6453 & Karen Laiso/986-2784, Coordinators): In October we will be meeting on October 7th and October 21st at 7:00p.m. in the Conference Room. Join us in making prayer shawls and lap robes. BOARD OF STEWARDSHIP (Don Trone, Chairperson/845-986-6785) Fundraising Committee (Barbara Katz, 986-2691 and Carol Stidworthy, 258-4663, Co-Chairpersons): A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who volunteered their time before, during and after Apple Fest. Thank you also to those who donated supplies. We couldn’t do this without you!!! CALENDAR GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH NON-PROFIT 95 Kings Highway ORGANIZATION P.O. Box 218 U.S. POSTAGE PAID MONSEY, NY 10952 Warwick, NY 10990 PERMIT 9040 “The Shepherd’s Voice” October 2011 Address Service Requested If you do not wish to receive this monthly Newsletter, please cut out and return your mailing label to the return address shown above, or call the church office at 845/986-3040. Thank you. GOOD SHEPHERD’S SUNDAY SCHEDULE 9:00a.m. Sunday Eucharist 9:00a.m. Sunday Worship includes the celebration of the Holy Communion weekly. The Holy Eucharist is the “family meal” of the Family of Christ. There is every week a place at The Lord’s Table of Grace for all. 10:00-10:30a.m. Family Church Family Church is joyful worship of our Loving God. Family Church is especially focused upon but not limited to families with children. The emphasis is upon all of Christ’s people worshipping together. Family Church is a complete worship experience (one half hour), intended to be both consistent yet innovative, combining the “traditional” with new ways of celebrating the Good News of God in Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Sunday School for All Ages (10:30-11:15a.m.) PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE 9:00AM WORSHIP, 10:00AM FAMILY CHURCH and 10:30-11:15AM SUNDAY SCHOOL on Sunday October 2nd (Applefest) and on Sunday, October 9th (“Columbus Day Weekend”).
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