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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
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                       Reverend Ken Susskraut, Pastor                              
                       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.

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

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 – 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,
                                  2011-12 Sunday School Staff Needed!
        Please call Pastor (845-986-3040), if you can serve, or Email him at
                  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.”
  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!!!
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                               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.)

       and 10:30-11:15AM SUNDAY SCHOOL
       on Sunday October 2nd (Applefest) and on Sunday, October 9th (“Columbus Day Weekend”).

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