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October 2019 Edition of the Season Shepherd’s Staff

What’s not to love about the month of October? Yes, I like all the New England seasons for the variety it brings but autumn and especially October is my favorite of all. The air is full of the smell of harvest from apples to corn to squash. Of the favorite fall activities, visiting a local orchard for apple picking is at the top of the list for me.

Here at Good Shepherd there is a great deal going on as well.

From the rectory getting a face lift with a fresh coat of paint, to the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts assisting with the clean up of the grounds at the rectory and church. And though we are still looking for a part-time co-ordinator, the church school is off and running with the help of so many people in our congregation. Thank you everyone who has stepped up to lead a class, donate time, money, and LEGO bricks, to volunteers in the nursery and those serving as Safe Church Hall Monitors, to the fantastic mission-focused curriculum made available to our students. This is going to be a terrific program year!

Adult education will begin this month with the Sunday morning group as well as the Hop, Skip, Jump Bible Study, details of which you will find in this newsletter. There’s Bread and Banter lunch for retirees, and a place for those who knit and/or crochet in the prayer shawl ministry. We can always use your help with the stewardship of our buildings and keeping an eye on projects to be done to improve the physical plant of Good Shepherd.

If it’s social events you’d like to see, be sure to check out this month’s Chili-Oke! Make a pot of your favorite chili for a contest which will judge whose dish is the best in a number of categories. Combine this with the music of Karaoke, and it makes for a really fun evening! The next day a team of Good Shepherd walkers will participate in the annual CROPWALK at First Parish in Concord. This 3.5 mile stroll through the National Park is a great community event that brings people together from all the surrounding towns. This year we are looking forward to having the participation of our church school as they create and carry a Good Shepherd banner.

Whether you are new to this community of faith, or a longtime partner of the parish, and everyone in between, we hope you will connect with us for worship or coffee hour, or any of the upcoming events.

Yours in faith,