As I write this, plumbers are in the lower level of Good Shepherd repairing a leak in some pipes. The blue in the photo gives evidence of water’s insidious nature; coming from above, it can flow in all directions! What an interruption in the day for us!
No, it’s not a month early! But, as you probably know, December 2nd is New Year’s Day, liturgically speaking! We are beginning a new church year! Check out these resources to help you prepare.
The Good Shepherd tradition of buying Christmas gifts for children in need continues with our annual Angel Tree gift donations to Covenant Cupboard. Gift donations are being accepted through Sunday, December 2, and can be placed under the Christmas tree in the Parish Hall.
You are cordially invited to join The Good Shepherd choir, guest soloists and orchestra, as we present "Magnificat" by Dieterich Buxtehude. This incredible piece of music will be presented in three short sections as part of our regular worship on Sunday, December 2, during the 10:00 am service.
Caroling 101: Silent Night or Angelic Cacophony?
Have you ever wondered about the backgrounds of, or the language/imagery in, some of our favorite Christmas Carols? Here’s your chance to ask some of those questions about those “merry gentlemen” and “herald angels”!
Here’s your chance to try a different kind of Advent calendar this year. Most Advent calendars are about receiving little gifts; this one is about giving instead.
Here are the steps for making your Reverse Advent Calendar:
At the start of what promises to be a busy holiday season, we invite you to stop, take a breath, and begin the day with contemplative time on Saturday December 8 in our St. Francis Chapel.
On Sunday, December 9th, Ann Fleming, the diocesan Missioner for Transition Ministry & Congregational Development, will join us at 9 am to Commission Fr. Gary as Good Shepherd’s Priest-in-Charge.
WHAT IS THAT HAT . . .
. . . that Fr. Gary is wearing when he’s greeting folks at the door these (chilly) days?
The 2018 Pumpkin Patch provided Good Shepherd the opportunity to give $1800 to each of our five charities that support the hungry and homeless populations in our community.
Mark your calendars now for our annual Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services. For more detailed information on each service click here.
As many of you know, during the stewardship campaign, Hope Grows Here, I asked folks to complete (on big poster boards) the following four statements about how “Hope Grows” for them at good Shepherd! I just want you ALL to see the ways that Hope can Grow at Good Shepherd over the next year(s)!
As of 11/28/2018 we have received 114 pledges for $308,674 for an average of $2,708 per pledge. As we mentioned previously, the Stewardship Committee has set a financial goal for 2019 of 175 pledges, with an average pledge of $2500 per family/ individual for a total pledge amount of $437,500.
The 2019 Men’s Retreat will be held on February 8-9, 2019. The title for this year’s retreat will be “Leading Men in the Episcopal Church into Future Men’s and Youth Ministry.” We are delighted to have Mr. Jeffrey Butcher, President of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew as our leader and speaker.
Are you looking for a new way to share your time and talents? The altar guild presents a wonderful opportunity to join a group that appreciates the beauty of our altar, and at the same, enjoys sharing fellowship with a wonderful group of people.
I would like to share some stories from St. Clare’s Ministries where I volunteer most Tuesday evenings, as I am chair of the Board of Directors. I have made genuine friends in the St. Clare’s community, and I want to share some of their stories with you.
Here are a few of the reasons that we would like to invest in a new Rodgers organ for our parish. The organ at Good Shepherd is 35 years old. (Imagine using a computer that is that age!!!)
I have been asked recently to provide my best estimate on where we will be on paying off our debt in the next year. So, here we go:
The thing about the Christian year is that it keeps coming around. Over and over again, we get to try our hearts and minds and hands at Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, and Ordinary Time. We get to dust off the liturgies and speak or sing them again.
Youth Confirmation class will begin in January and go through Confirmation in April. The class is open to all high school aged youth. We will meet weekly (with breaks) and have a special retreat day at Cathedral Ridge.