“And they came to the Wadi Eshcol, and cut down from there a branch with a single cluster of grapes, and they carried it on a pole between two of them. . . . That place was called the Wadi Eshcol, because of the cluster that the Israelites cut down from there”. (Numbers 13.23-24)
Recognizing that many folks in our congregation are engaged with athletics in one way or another (athlete, coach, referee/umpire), we want to bless that activity.
On Sunday, August 18, our newly elected Bishop, Kym Lucas, will make her first visit to Good Shepherd! It should be an exciting day!
Several weeks ago, a group of parishioners gathered together to talk about Creation Care, and how Good Shepherd might be better stewards of God’s creation. We brainstormed A LOT of ideas, and some of them may already be in place!
Fr. Gary spoke at morning services in July about needing more volunteers to help with coffee hour, especially after the second service. This is a fun, social ministry perfect for partners or families.
In less than a year, we have raised over $65,000 for our new organ. The costs for the organ installation and choir loft remodel are adding up, though, mostly due to additional electrical requirements and new speaker cabinets.
It is time to start thinking about the next members of our Vestry, who will begin their tenure in January of 2020. This process starts with our nominating committee, which is responsible for recruiting candidates and publicizing the choices. We are looking for additional members to serve on this committee.
We have two special events that will take place in August - The Blessing of the Athletes on August 11, and the visit of our new Bishop, Kym Lucas on August 18th. Please read on for how your child can be involved!
Over the next month, the Stewardship Committee, the Finance Committee and the Vestry will be talking with parishioners of Good Shepherd about values that are important to this congregation. The goal is to collect feedback from the congregation on what is truly valued here at Good Shepherd and then weave that into our 2020 Stewardship Campaign.
In August, the Men’s Group will meet on August 10th & the 24th.
A graphic representation of Good Shepherd’s finances.
This was the lead line on the report back from the US Congregational Vitality Survey that we took back at the end of March. The tag-line reflects our belief that we ARE spiritually vital and alive. And we are!
Good Shepherd is VITAL! The US Congregational Vitality Survey results are in! And WE ARE VITAL — especially in the areas of mutual care and concern, as well as in our understanding of the church. You can access the results of the survey here.
Appreciative Living is not about fixing ourselves or our lives, but in finding what works; where we excel; what we love; what makes us come alive. For four Monday evenings in July (8, 15, 22, & 29), we will meet for 1-1/2 hours to learn how transformative this practice can be!
Join parishioner Anne McMahon for an informational overview on the world of downsizing – what to do with, how to determine, and most importantly how to let go – of all those memories (and sets of dishes). The presentation will take place on Sunday, July 14th at 9 am in the Chapel.
Whether you’re a long-time Episcopalian, or new to the “Anglican Way”, there are bound to be some things that happen during the Sunday services that raise questions. So, on Sunday, July 21, ALL THREE services will be “Instructed Eucharists”.
We are pleased to welcome Forte Handbell Quartet back to Good Shepherd for another amazing concert on Saturday, July 27th at 3 pm. Many of you will remember that Forte was featured in season three of our Music with a Mission Concert Series.
Join us at 9 am on Sunday, July 28th, and then again in September on the 8th to discuss the Congregational Care Ministry at Good Shepherd and how we can improve and expand our resources.
We are now five years into this project, and we think you will agree that YES! – We have created something that resonates with our parishioners, our community and our mission organizations. The big question is – What do we do now? What would God have us do?
I hope that everyone is having a great summer! The kids may be on summer break, BUT Sunday school continues to meet EVERY Sunday at 9:45! Then at approximately 10:35, we process into the sanctuary so the kids can rejoin their family at the Peace, followed by the celebration of Holy Communion.