Saturday, Sept. 23 (at Faire on the Square) and Sunday, Sept. 24 after the 10 am service - Sparkhouse Book Fair. Sparkhouse is a leading publisher of faith formation books for children. We have used their curricula for children’s formation for several years. CGS is hosting a wee book faire, where you can purchase children’s Bibles, books of prayers, and storybooks for small children. CGS keeps 20% of the profits. Browse the selection at Faire on the Square and after church on Sept. 24.


Saturday, Sept. 23 - Faire on the Square, 10 am to 3 pm. Be the face of CGS at our table for an hour or two at this festive all-Watertown gathering at Saltonstall Park! We will be inviting people to offer prayers for peace, giving out cards with quotations about calm and contemplation, and taking orders for Sparkhouse kids’ books. Sign up on the Wall of Opportunity or email Pat Ahern (ruby10@comcast.net).


Sunday, Sept. 24 - Adult Formation, 9 am: Our series on “welcoming all” continues with a discussion of the practice of “open table” - welcoming all to receive communion. Also, Sparkhouse Booksale after 10 am service!


Sunday, October 1 - Adult Formation, 9 am: Our series on “welcoming all” concludes with discussion on welcoming those with disabilities in the church.


Also Sunday, October 1 - Harvest Dinner, 6 pm (upper parish hall): A festive celebration of the season and chance for good food and fellowship! Bring a dish to share or a liter of lemonade. After dinner: a humble talent show, where we enjoy poems, songs, skits, and whatever else people are willing to share.


Sunday, October 29 - Homecoming Sunday. Please join us for music, food, and fun with friends old and new. The festivities begin with the Eucharist at 10:00am, followed by a pot-luck lunch. If you would like more information or would like to help with the preparations for this event. This will also be the culmination of our stewardship season. Please contact Jeff Lyons at at Jefferson.lyons@comcast.net.


We continue to hold in our hearts all those whose lives, homes, and communities were devastated by Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and other recent natural disasters. Our Presiding Bishop has offered a pastoral video, which you can watch here. Thank you to all those who contributed to our collection for Episcopal Relief and Development on Sept. 3: We raised over $1,000. If you did not have a chance to give then, or want to add a further donation, you can find them here .


 


Ongoing opportunities:


Young Adult Group meets every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the parish rectory for dinner and group study. We are currently preparing to write individual rules of life. Contact Pastor Amy for more info.

Women's Spiritual Memoir Discussion Group meets once a month to discuss the work of a different woman of faith. This month's discussion focuses on poet Mary Oliver, who became an Episcopalian well into adulthood. For more information, contact adultformation@goodshepherdwatertown.org.


Pastoral Response Team: Every Friday from 11:00 am to noon in the parish office. Join with Pastor Amy for noonday prayer and share with her in strengthening our response to challenges, crises, celebrations, and changes in our CGS community and beyond. Each week's work will differ, but might include sending birthday cards, delivering flowers, calling someone who visited the parish for the first time, or representing CGS at a civic event.  

 

Children's Formation Program:  Supporting children in their life in Christ is central to our mission. Children of all ages are always welcome in church services, where they are formed in the faith through the rites and rhythms of sacramental worship. During the academic year, we also offer a program just for children, which meets at 9 am. Our program is drawn from the Spark curriculum and centers around key scripture stories, which are taught and experienced through a variety of formats: drama, art, cooking, discussion, and service. More details on our ministry with children and parents is here.  


CGS is active in Episcopal City Mission, which helps grow the capacity of organizations working for economic justice in the Boston area. Learn about their work here. Contact our ECM representatives, Kate Gyllensvard and Charlie Bering, to learn how to get involved, at justice@goodshepherdwatertown.org.


Living Stones Ministry in support of a just peace in Israel/Palestine. Learn more here.



The ministry of altar flowers: Flowers on or near the altar during worship are a sign of thanksgiving for God’s grace and a celebration of creation as sacred. Flowers also can be given in memory of a loved one. If you would like to give flowers on a particular Sunday, you are invited to sign up on the chart that will be placed in the side chapel. Our Administrator, Gail, will remind you when your day is coming up. You can purchase flowers in a vase and bring them with you, order them from a florist to be delivered, or pick them from your garden.



 
 
  
 
 



Gardening for the Watertown Food Pantry
CGS is committed to supporting the Watertown Food Pantry by (1) collecting non-perishable food items every week throughout the year, (2) growing vegetables and herbs for distribution to food pantry patrons at the Nichols Ave. Community Garden, and (3) advocating policies and funding priorities that promote food justice. If you'd like to join our gardening team, contact programs@goodshepherdwatertown.org.