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The Church of the Good Shepherd Events

Semi-Annual Rummage Sale

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd invites the public to visit our semi-annual Rummage Sale on Friday, November 17th from 1-6 pm and Saturday, November 18th from 9am to noon.  Shoppers will find a wide array of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, along with shoes, handbags, scarves, jewelry, accessories, children’s games, puzzles, toys, books, DVDs, housewares, glassware, pictures, linens, etc.  “There is something for everyone!  Make sure to stop by and peruse our treasures”, says Elaine Swirsky, long-standing Chairperson of this fun event.  Start your Christmas shopping early, find a special treasure to put under the tree.  All are welcome to stop.

First Tuesdays Program

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd announces First Tuesdays program.  Beginning this November Church of the Good Shepherd will offer a program of community, learning, service, and prayer starting at 6:45pm on the first Tuesday of the month.

What will it look like?  First Tuesdays will begin at 6:45 with a contemporary topic from scripture discussion, followed by a service project, and ending with a simple time of night prayers and healing in the columbarium chapel off the parish hall.

Will I be welcome?  All church members and the public are welcome at every liturgy of the Good Shepherd, and this is true for First Tuesdays.  Designed to be family and child/youth friendly, people of all ages, manner of life, doubters, seekers, and believers are welcome.  We aim to be finished by 8pm.

What do you mean by service?  Each month we will either complete a service project on the spot or discuss a group visit to be of service at places like Loaves & Fishes, Spooner House, Beth El, etc.  On November 7th we will be filling the Thanksgiving dinner “fixings” bags to take to the Orange Food Shelf that distributes them to families in need.

What are night prayers?  We’ll be using the office of Night Watch to offer our prayers to the Holy One, and there will be an opportunity for anointing with oil for healing.

Why should I try First Tuesdays?  Why not?  Give it a try to see if it fits for you.  Please contact the church at 203-795-6577 or email with any questions or join us in the Parish Hall on Tuesday, November 7th at 6:45 pm.  All are welcome.  Community service hours are available for students.

Join the Rev. Diana Rogers on Saturday, November 11 at 9am for the Episcopal of the Good Shepherd’s monthly Guided Labyrinth Walk.  Used for spiritual meditation and contemplation, walking the labyrinth has been a spiritual exercise for centuries.  Come learn more about this enduring spiritual practice.  Meet at the labyrinth on the south side of the church off Pryde Drive at 9am.

Other events this month include our Thanksgiving Eve Service with Holy Eucharist on Wednesday, November 22nd at 7:00 pm.  All are welcome.  And on Sunday, November 19th at 7pm the Good Shepherd is participating in the annual Orange Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service at Congregation Or Shalom, where Father Norman Brockett of Holy Infant church is preaching and which will include a children’s choir.

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd is located on 680 Racebrook Road, Orange, Connecticut.  Sunday service times include Rite II Holy Eucharist without music at 8 a.m. and Rite II Holy Eucharist with music @ 10 a.m.  Children’s Christian Faith Formation takes place at 10 am in the Parish Hall.  For more information about The Church of the Good Shepherd’s many other programs, please call the Parish Office @ (203) 795-6577, email us @, visit our website @ and, of course, check our Facebook page for frequent postings.

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