Welcome

At the Church of the Good Shepherd we believe in the inclusive love and goodness of God, whose good news we hear in Jesus, the Good Shepherd, through the Holy Spirit at work in all of creation, and in the gifts each of us brings to our life together as a community.

The community of the Good Shepherd creates and nurtures a place where God’s goodness can flourish and where each of us can grow in compassion, love, and understanding.

EVENTS AND GOOD SHEPHERD NEWS

(The Weekly Announcements Follow the News)

A CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE OF ROSEMARY JOHNSON

Please come to Good Shepherd on Saturday, April 25, 2015 as we join Jay Johnson to celebrate the life of his beloved mother and our friend and beloved parishioner, Rosemary Johnson.  The service will begin at 11:00 a.m. in the church and a reception will follow in the Parish Hall.  In lieu of flowers, Jay requests that you make a donation to Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd.

JOIN THE BISHOP FOR NIGHT SONG, MAY 6, 2015 at 7:00 PM HERE AT GOOD SHEPHERD.

NightSong is an opportunity to reflect with Episcopal bishop Marc Andrus on what the active, mystical, wondering faith looks like for young adults in the 21st Century. NightSong is a time to sing and pray in the tradition of the Taizé Community using chants, simple prayers, silence, and visual imagery. NightSong is a chance to connect with others who are curious about following an authentic spiritual path in the Christian tradition. What happens? The format is constant:

7PM Gather to learn and grow;
7:45PM Chant and Prayer; and
8:15PM Food and fellowship.

I’m sure young adults of any age may attend!

 

WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Third Sunday After Easter

Preaching today is The Rev. L. William Countryman

Presiding today is The Rev. Este Gardner Cantor

The Texts This Week: Acts 3:12-19, Psalm 4, 1 John 3:1-7 and Luke 24:36b-48

The Hymns This Morning:  182, 202, 767, 196

Please pray for:  Susan Bergmans, Cynthia Morse, The family of Andrea Thompson, and Ernest, friend of Joseph Caggiano.  We pray for the soul of Rosemary Johnson.

This quarter’s thank offering recipient is GirlsGo, a program for middle school girls, which offers a Saturday program during the school year and a month-long summer program.  The program includes a safe “extended family” group & excursions to broaden horizons. 

SAVE THESE DATES: UPCOMING EVENTS

THE CELEBRATION OF ROSEMARY JOHNSON’s life will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.  Jay requests that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to Good Shepherd.  A reception will follow in the parish hall.

ESTE will complete her sabbatical May 21 through August 31, and October 19-31, 2015.

ELLEN will be away May 3, 10 and 17.

CHROMATICA!  From Judey Miller:  Chromatica will be presenting a program featuring American composers including spirituals to a piece by Morten Lauridsen that the Good Shepherd singers have performed under Randy’s expert direction.  While there is serious and seriously difficult music, there are also some humorous pieces.  There should be some soul-satisfying music!  Here’s the website: http://www.chromaticachorale.org (you can buy the $20 tickets online).  See Judey for concert times and venues.

 

ECO-CONFIRMATION, APRIL 25, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. 

All those considering confirmation or reception in The Episcopal Church — as well as those who are drawn to renew their baptismal vows — are invited to come take part in a uniquely beautiful Confirmation liturgy on April 25. The EcoConfirmation is held outdoors to emphasize Christians’ connection with and service to all of God’s creation — this year, in the breathtaking setting of the cliffs above Redondo Beach in Half Moon Bay, followed by a reception meal with Bishop Marc at Holy Family, Half Moon Bay. Those who desire to be confirmed, received, or renew vows should register here; all are welcome to witness and celebrate this special day.

 

When: Saturday, April 25, 11 a.m.

Where: Redondo Beach (Confirmation) and Holy Family (reception), Half Moon Bay

Contact: Jennifer Snow, jennifers@diocal.org

 

EQUIPPING THE BELOVED COMMUNITY, MAY 2, 2015

Plan to be at St. Matthew’s, San Mateo, on Saturday, May 2, when the Peninsula Deanery will be your hosts for a special equipping event entitled “What we need is HERE.” Enjoy worship, socializing, and workshops to enhance everyone’s ministry skills. Author, pastor, and social entrepreneur Tim Soerens will guide a tour of the neighborhood and teach skills for engaging your own neighborhood in new and vital ministries. Together with 22nd District Assembly Member Kevin Mullin, Tim will lead a keynote dialogue about living faithfully and justly in the San Francisco Bay Area. ​Training will also be offered in Eucharistic Ministry and Visiting, Godly Play, outreach, the ecology of bread, liturgical practices, stewardship, congregational development and change, contemplative prayer, and more. Build your team and register online here, and download the poster and flyer to share with your congregation.

 

When: Saturday, May 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: St. Matthew’s, 1 South El Camino Real, San Mateo

Contact: Julia McCray-Goldsmith, juliam@diocal.org

Link: www.diocal.org/etbc

 

 

JOIN THE BISHOP FOR NIGHT SONG, MAY 6, 2015 at 7:00 PM HERE AT GOOD SHEPHERD.

What is NightSong?  NightSong is an opportunity to reflect with Episcopal bishop Marc Andrus on what the active, mystical, wondering faith looks like for young adults in the 21st Century. NightSong is a time to sing and pray in the tradition of the Taizé Community using chants, simple prayers, silence, and visual imagery. NightSong is a chance to connect with others who are curious about following an authentic spiritual path in the Christian tradition.  What happens?  The format is constant:

7PM        Gather to learn and grow;

7:45PM   Chant and Prayer; and

8:15PM   Food and fellowship.

 

I’m sure young adults of any age may attend!

 

 

If you are visiting us today, and wish to learn more about Good Shepherd and our ministries and worship, please fill out a blue interest card and give it to our Greeter, the Vicar, or the Deacon.

 

Sunday, April 12, 2015
Second Sunday After Easter
Preaching today is The Rev. Frank Sterling, Deacon
Presiding today is The Rev. Este Gardner Cantor

The Texts This Week:
Acts 4:32-35, Psalm 133, 1 John 1:1-2:2 and John 20:19-31

The Hymns: 205, 318, 184 and 208

Please pray for: Susan Bergmans, Cynthia Morse, The family of Andrea Thompson, and Ernest, friend of Joseph Caggiano. We pray for the soul of Rosemary Johnson.

This quarter’s thank offering recipient is GirlsGo, a program for middle school girls, which offers a Saturday program during the school year and a month-long summer program. The program includes a safe “extended family” group & excursions to broaden horizons.

Thank you to everyone who made our Holy Week and Easter Services so memorable and moving and a special thanks to all those who participated in our Easter Day Potluck.

TODAY we welcome The Rev. Frank Sterling, Deacon, as our guest preacher and deacon. Ellen is taking her mandated Sunday off and will return next week.

THE SUNDAY SCRIPTURE CLASS WITH BILL COUNTRYMAN meets after coffee hour. We’ll look at Deuteronomy, the concluding book of the Torah and perhaps the first effort to create a comprehensive theology of God’s relationship with Israel. Like many first efforts, it is powerful but flawed. Still, it is the historical starting point for the long history of Jewish and Christian theology. Come find out what sort of book this is and what is its big problem.
SAVE THESE DATES: UPCOMING EVENTS

ESTE will complete her sabbatical May 21 through August 31, and October 21-24, 2015.

ELLEN will be away May 3, 10 and 17.

CHROMATICA! From Judey Miller: Chromatica will be presenting a program featuring American composers including spirituals to a piece by Morten Lauridsen that the Good Shepherd singers have performed under Randy’s expert direction. While there is serious and seriously difficult music, there are also some humorous pieces. There should be some soul-satisfying music! Here’s the website: http://www.chromaticachorale.org (you can buy the $20 tickets online). See Judey for concert times and venues.

If you are visiting us today, and wish to learn more about Good Shepherd and our ministries and worship, please fill out a blue interest card and give it to our Greeter, the Vicar, or the Deacon.

 

Sunday, April 5, 2015
Feast of the Resurrection
Easter Day
Preaching today is The Rev. Este Gardner Cantor
Presiding today is The Rev. Dr. L. Wm. Countryman

Please pray for: Susan Bergmans, Cynthia Morse, The family of Andrea Thompson, and Ernest, friend of Joseph Caggiano. We pray for the soul of Rosemary Johnson.

This quarter’s thank offering recipient is GirlsGo, a program for middle school girls, which offers a Saturday program during the school year and a month-long summer program. The program includes a safe “extended family” group & excursions to broaden horizons.

Today is Easter Sunday! Our joyous choral Eucharist bursts this morning with Alleluias, resurrection, and a welcome end to the long, dark season of Lent. We hear the beautiful traditional readings of the resurrection and gladly answer the ancient proclamation, “He is Risen!” with “He is risen indeed!”

After the service we will have our traditional Easter egg hunt and bunny petting zoo for the children, and a barbeque pot luck for the adults! Dishes are needed for the potluck and we will also welcome gifts of plastic goody-filled Easter Eggs for the hunt. Please sign up for the potluck on the bulletin board.

SAVE THESE DATES: UPCOMING EVENTS

BILL COUNTRYMAN’S First Sunday Bible Series will resume next week.

ESTE will complete her sabbatical May 21 through August 31, and October 21-24, 2015.

ELLEN will be away April 12, and May 3, 10 and 17.

BERKELEY CROP WALK: Join faith communities from Berkeley for the 2015 Crop Walk, which will be held at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, on Sunday April 19, 2015. Registration/gathering will be at 1:00 p.m., and the walk starts at 1:30. St. John’s is located at 2727 College Avenue (the cross street is Garber). For more information, please see Ellen.

CHROMATICA! From Judey Miller: Chromatica will be presenting a program featuring American composers including spirituals to a piece by Morten Lauridsen that the Good Shepherd singers have performed under Randy’s expert direction. While there is serious and seriously difficult music, there are also some humorous pieces. There should be some soul-satisfying music! Here’s the website: http://www.chromaticachorale.org (you can buy the $20 tickets online). See Judey for concert times and venues.

If you are visiting us today, and wish to learn more about Good Shepherd and our ministries and worship, please fill out a blue interest card and give it to our Greeter, the Vicar, or the Deacon.

 

Sunday of the Passion
Palm Sunday
Our Sermon Today is the Dramatic Reading of the Passion from the Gospel According to Mark
Presiding today is The Rev. Este Gardner Cantor
Liturgy of the Palms
Psalm
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
Second reading
Matthew 21:1-11

Liturgy of the Passion
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Mark 14:1-15:47

Please pray for: Susan Bergmans, Cynthia Morse, The family of Andrea Thompson, Rosemary Johnson, and Ernest, friend of Joseph Caggiano and Beth Montano.

This quarter’s thank offering beneficiary is A Safe Place, a shelter for women and children in Oakland. A Safe Place counsels and works with victims of domestic violence.

HOLY WEEK AT GOOD SHEPHERD

Sunday, March 29, 2015 – Palm Sunday: Liturgy of the Palms and a dramatic reading of the Passion.

Wednesday April 1, 2015, Noon: Our weekly noon service with contemplative prayer and healing; 7:00 p.m.: Holy Week begins with the beautiful and ancient service of Tenebrae, which means “Shadows” or “Darkness,” in Latin. The candles are extinguished one by one during the service as moving traditional psalms are read.

Thursday, April 2, 2015, 7:00 p.m.: Maundy Thursday is the traditional service of remembrance of the Last Supper. At the end of the service the altar and all ornamentation are ritually stripped to create the barren reality of Good Friday. We will be invited to gather in the garden after the service in a meditative vigil meant to reflect the solemn time Jesus spent with his disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane. Dress warmly!

Friday April 3, 2015, 12:00 p.m.: Our Good Friday service allows us a time of reflection and sadness as we contemplate Christ on the cross. A large rough wooden cross surrounded by votive candles will be placed in the church so that all may come and reverence the cross during meditative passages in the service.

Saturday, April 4, 2015, 8:00 p.m.: The Great Vigil bridges the sadness of Good Friday with the joy of Easter. While Good Shepherd does not traditionally observe the Vigil, our sister churches in the deanery hold the Vigil and you are welcome to attend any of those services.

Sunday, April 5, 2015, 11:00 a.m.: Easter Sunday! This joyous choral Eucharist bursts with Alleluias, resurrection, and a welcome end to the long, dark season of Lent. We hear the beautiful traditional readings of the resurrection and gladly answer the ancient proclamation, “He is Risen!” with “He is risen indeed!”

After the service we will have our traditional Easter egg hunt and bunny petting zoo for the children, and a barbeque pot luck for the adults! Dishes are needed for the potluck and we will also welcome gifts of plastic goody-filled Easter Eggs for the hunt. Please sign up for the potluck on the bulletin board.

COFFEE HOUR VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED! Many thanks to our stalwart volunteers who have set up coffee hour in a last minute ministry the past few weeks. Volunteers are still very much in need. Please see Dan Ng to find out how you can help.

LECTIO DIVINA will be held in the Sisson Salon after the service on March 29, 2015. This is an abbreviated lectio and a perfect tool for meditating and praying about the morning’s lessons. All are welcome to attend! No experience necessary!

The lyrical TEMESCAL QUARTET performs TONIGHT at Good Shepherd, Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. If you haven’t heard the Quartet, you simply must! This is the first appearance by the Quartet at Good Shepherd since the fire in 2012. Guest artist Richard Riccardi and the Quartet will perform Haydn’s Opus 20, No. 4, Beethoven’s Opus 95, and the Brahms C Minor Piano Quartet.

 

Sunday, March 22, 2015
5 Lent
Year B, Daily Office Year 1
Preaching today is The Rev. Peter Champion
and Presiding today is The Rev. Este Gardner Cantor

The Texts This Week:

Jeremiah 31:31-34 + Psalm 51:1-13 or Psalm 119:9-16 + Hebrews 5:5-10 + John 12:20-33

Hymns: 441, 439, 170 and 473
Please pray for: Susan Bergmans, Cynthia Morse, The family of Andrea Thompson, Rosemary Johnson, and Ernest, friend of Joseph Caggiano and Beth Montano.
This quarter’s thank offering beneficiary is A Safe Place, a shelter for women and children in Oakland. A Safe Place counsels and works with victims of domestic violence.

HOLY WEEK AT GOOD SHEPHERD

Sunday, March 29, 2015 – Palm Sunday: Liturgy of the Palms and a dramatic reading of the Passion.

Wednesday April 1, 2015, 7:00 p.m.: Holy Week begins with the beautiful and ancient service of Tenebrae, which means “Shadows” or “Darkness,” in Latin. The candles are extinguished one by one during the service as moving traditional psalms are read.

Thursday, April 2, 2015, 7:00 p.m.: Maundy Thursday is the traditional service of remembrance of the Last Supper. At the end of the service the altar and all ornamentation are ritually stripped to create the barren reality of Good Friday. We will be invited to gather in the garden after the service in a meditative vigil meant to reflect the solemn time Jesus spent with his disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane. Dress warmly!

Friday April 3, 2015, 12:00 p.m.: Our Good Friday service allows us a time of reflection and sadness as we contemplate Christ on the cross. A large rough wooden cross surrounded by votive candles will be placed in the church so that all may come and reverence the cross during meditative passages in the service.

Saturday, April 4, 2015, 8:00 p.m.: The Great Vigil bridges the sadness of Good Friday with the joy of Easter. While Good Shepherd does not traditionally observe the Vigil, our sister churches in the deanery hold the Vigil and you are welcome to attend any of those services.

Sunday, April 5, 2015, 11:00 a.m.: Easter Sunday! This joyous choral Eucharist bursts with Alleluias, resurrection, and a welcome end to the long, dark season of Lent. We hear the beautiful traditional readings of the resurrection and gladly answer the ancient proclamation, “He is Risen!” with “He is risen indeed!”

After the service we will have our traditional Easter egg hunt and bunny petting zoo for the children, and a barbeque pot luck for the adults! Dishes are needed for the potluck and we will also welcome gifts of plastic goody-filled Easter Eggs for the hunt. Please sign up for the potluck on the bulletin board.

WELCOME BACK, ESTE!

COFFEE HOUR VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED! Many thanks to our stalwart volunteers who have set up coffee hour in a last minute ministry the past few weeks. Volunteers are still very much in need. Please see Dan Ng to find out how you can help.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE FRIDAY LUNCH! For the time being, Good Shepherd has taken over the Friday lunch and volunteers are needed to help at around 12:30 p.m. in the afternoon. Please see Julie Thompson if you can either help set up, prepare, or take down. Our Friday lunch is very popular in the neighborhood and the area, and greatly appreciated. Thanks to our Good Shepherd volunteers for stepping up!

LECTIO DIVINA will be held in the Sisson Salon after the service on March 29, 2015. This is an abbreviated lectio and a perfect tool for meditating and praying about the morning’s lessons. All are welcome to attend! No experience necessary!

FUTURE EVENTS AND NOTICES OF INTEREST – SAVE THESE DATES:

The lyrical TEMESCAL QUARTET will perform at Good Shepherd on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. If you haven’t heard the Quartet, you simply must! This is the first appearance by the Quartet at Good Shepherd since the fire in 2012. Guest artist Richard Riccardi and the Quartet will perform Haydn’s Opus 20, No. 4, Beethoven’s Opus 95, and the Brahms C Minor Piano Quartet.

BERKELEY CROP WALK: Join faith communities from Berkeley for the 2015 Crop Walk, which will be held at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, on Sunday April 19, 2015. Registration/gathering will be at 1:00 p.m., and the walk starts at 1:30. A Crop Walk Recruiter Informational Meeting will be held at St. John’s Presbyterian Church in the Fireside Room at 7:00 p.m. on March 10, 2015. St. John’s is located at 2727 College Avenue (the cross street is Garber). People are welcome to park in the basement garage. The meeting will be in the Fireside Room on the main floor. Signs will be posted directing people to the meeting room.

If you are visiting us today, and wish to learn more about Good Shepherd and our ministries and worship, please fill out a blue interest card and give it to our Greeter, the Vicar, or the Deacon.

 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

4 Lent Year B, Daily Office Year 1
Preaching today is Mr. Tom Poynor
and Presiding today is The Rev. Eric Metoyer

The Texts This Week:

Numbers 21:4-9 + Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22 + Ephesians 2:1-10 + John 3:14-21

Hymns: 620, 328, 691 and 686

Please pray for: Susan Bergmans, Cynthia Morse, The family of Andrea Thompson, Rosemary Johnson, and Ernest, friend of Joseph Caggiano and Beth Montano.

This quarter’s thank offering beneficiary is A Safe Place, a shelter for women and children in Oakland. A Safe Place counsels and works with victims of domestic violence.

THANKS to all who participated in the Lenten Book Group and Reading of Dr. Howard Thurman’s “Jesus and the Disinherited.”

A SPECIAL THANKS to The Rev. Eric Metoyer for joining us this morning so that Jay Johnson can give his attention to his mother, Rosemary.

GOOD SHEPHERD EPISCOPAL CHURCH will receive a Berkeley Design Advocates Design Award at a ceremony to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at the Aurora Theater, 2081 Addison Street in downtown Berkeley (adjacent to the Berkeley Repertory Theatre). All are invited to attend the awards ceremony. The Bay Architects, Good Shepherd’s architects for the church rebuilding and restoration project, submitted an application for the award. Our church was one of twelve projects completed between January 2013 and December 2014 that will be honored at this biennial design awards ceremony.

ESTE will take February 23 through March 21st off and return for Holy Week through June 1st as the first leg of her sabbatical. From June to August she will take the remainder of her sabbatical time. During her absence, the parish will have pastoral care and administrative oversight available. For pastoral emergencies, please call the Rev. Javier Torres of Holy Trinity Richmond at 510 230-7515 from February 23-March 21, 2015.

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A MEDITATION RESOURCE to use for Lent, Este recommends the daily meditation site “Pray as You Go” a beautiful online resource at <pray-as-you-go.org>

COFFEE HOUR VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED! Do you want Coffee Hour after our service? If so, we need to step up to the plate and help prepare it! Please talk to Dan about how you can help keep the Coffee Hour going. Thank to Dan, Margo, Judey and Paula for their last minute ministry last Sunday!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE FRIDAY LUNCH! For the time being, Good Shepherd has taken over the Friday lunch and volunteers are needed to help at around 12:30 p.m. in the afternoon. Please see Julie Thompson if you can either help set up, prepare, or take down. Our Friday lunch is very popular in the neighborhood and the area, and greatly appreciated. Thanks to our Good Shepherd volunteers for stepping up!

THE HEALING PRAYER AND ANOINTING MINISTRY RETURNS. Now that we have returned to the church, we have a space in the church for healing prayer/laying on of hands/anointing after Communion. If you wish to have prayers said for yourself or a loved one for healing, to be anointed, please join our Deacon, Ellen, next to the pulpit after the Post-Communion Prayer.

FUTURE EVENTS AND NOTICES OF INTEREST – SAVE THESE DATES:

ANNUAL INQUIRERS’ DAY – EPISCOPAL SCHOOL FOR DEACONS. Want to know about the education and formation of deacons in the Episcopal Church? Want to explore a calling? Find out at the School’s annual Inquirer’s Day on March 21, 2015 at 7:45 a.m. at CDSP. A flyer is available with more information.

The lyrical TEMESCAL QUARTET will perform at Good Shepherd on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. If you haven’t heard the Quartet, you simply must! This is the first appearance by the Quartet at Good Shepherd since the fire in 2012. Guest artist Richard Riccardi and the Quartet will perform Haydn’s Opus 20, No. 4, Beethoven’s Opus 95, and the Brahms C Minor Piano Quartet.

BERKELEY CROP WALK: Join faith communities from Berkeley for the 2015 Crop Walk, which will be held at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, on Sunday April 19, 2015. Registration/gathering will be at 1:00 p.m., and the walk starts at 1:30. A Crop Walk Recruiter Informational Meeting will be held at St. John’s Presbyterian Church in the Fireside Room at 7:00 p.m. on March 10, 2015. St. John’s is located at 2727 College Avenue (the cross street is Garber). People are welcome to park in the basement garage. The meeting will be in the Fireside Room on the main floor. Signs will be posted directing people to the meeting room.

If you are visiting us today, and wish to learn more about Good Shepherd and our ministries and worship, please fill out a blue interest card and give it to our Greeter, the Vicar, or the Deacon.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 8-14, 2015:

3 Lent – Year B, Daily Office Year 1

Preaching and Presiding today is The Rev.  Canon Stephani Schatz

 

The Texts This Week:

Exodus 20:1-17

Psalm 19

1 Corinthians 1:18-25

John 2:13-22

 

Hymns:  409, 318, 140, and 685

Please pray for: Teddy Knight, recovering from surgery, Susan Bergmans, Cynthia Morse, Tony, grandson of Tom Slocumb, The family of Andrea Thompson and Ernest, friend of Joseph Caggiano.

This quarter’s thank offering beneficiary is A Safe Place, a shelter for women and children in Oakland.  A Safe Place counsels and works with victims of domestic violence.

THE LENTEN BOOK GROUP has its last meeting on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the church.  We are reading Dr. Howard Thurman’s “Jesus and the Disinherited.”  All are welcome! 

ESTE will take February 23 through March 21st off and return for Holy Week through June 1st as the first leg of her sabbatical.  From June to August she will take the remainder of her sabbatical time.  During her absence, the parish will have pastoral care and administrative oversight available.  For pastoral emergencies, please call the Rev. Javier Torres of Holy Trinity Richmond at 510 230-7515 from February 23-March 21, 2015.

 If you’re looking for a meditation resource to use for Lent, Este recommends the daily meditation site “Pray as You Go” a beautiful online resource at <pray-as-you-go.org>

 THE HEALING PRAYER AND ANOINTING MINISTRY RETURNS.  Now that we have returned to the church, we have a space in the church for healing prayer/laying on of hands/anointing after Communion.  If you wish to have prayers said for yourself or a loved one for healing, to be anointed, please join our Deacon, Ellen, next to the pulpit after the Post-Communion Prayer.

 FUTURE EVENTS AND NOTICES OF INTEREST – SAVE THESE DATES:

 ANNUAL INQUIRERS’ DAY – EPISCOPAL SCHOOL FOR DEACONS.  Want to know about the education and formation of deacons in the Episcopal Church?  Want to explore a calling?  Find out at the School’s annual Inquirer’s Day on March 21, 2015 at 7:45 a.m. at CDSP.  A flyer is available with more information.

BERKELEY CROP WALK: Join faith communities from Berkeley for the 2015 Crop Walk, which will be held at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, on Sunday April 19, 2015.  Registration/gathering will be at 1:00 p.m., and the walk starts at 1:30.  A Crop Walk Recruiter Informational Meeting will be held at St. John’s Presbyterian Church in the Fireside Room at 7:00 p.m. on March 10, 2015.  St. John’s is located at 2727 College Avenue (the cross street is Garber).  People are welcome to park in the basement garage.   The meeting will be in the Fireside Room on the main floor.  Signs will be posted directing people to the meeting room.

 The lyrical TEMESCAL QUARTET will perform at Good Shepherd on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.  If you haven’t heard the Quartet, you simply must!  This is the first appearance by the Quartet at Good Shepherd since the fire in 2012.  All are welcome!

  If you are visiting us today, and wish to learn more about Good Shepherd and our ministries and worship, please fill out a blue interest card and give it to our Greeter, the Vicar, or the Deacon.

 

 All are Welcome.  Come as you Are.

All you need is Love.

 ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 1-6, 2015

2 Lent – Year B, Daily Office Year 1
Preaching and Presiding today is The Rev. Dr. Jay Emerson Johnson

The Texts This Week:

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Psalm 22:22-30
Romans 4:13-25
Mark 8:31-38

Hymns: 1982 Hymnal – 455, 327, 654 and 675

Please pray for: Teddy Knight, recovering from surgery, Susan Bergmans, Cynthia Morse, Tony, grandson of Tom Slocumb, The family of Andrea Thompson.

This quarter’s thank offering beneficiary is A Safe Place, a shelter for women and children in Oakland. A Safe Place counsels and works with victims of domestic violence.

TODAY IS THE FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH and that means the First Sunday Bible Class! Let me have Bill Countryman tell it in his own words: “NUMBERS: Most boring book of the Bible? (Not one, but two censuses; detailed campsite regulations; how to apportion property if you have no male heirs!) Or most interesting? (Miraculous feedings and waterings; incense contests; massacres; a talking ass!) Judge for yourself at the First Sunday Scripture Class after coffee hour on March 1. Bill Countryman will explain all. (Well, not really, but it sounded like the right conclusion to this advert.)”

THE LENTEN BOOK GROUP continues on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the church. We are reading Dr. Howard Thurman’s “Jesus and the Disinherited.” All are welcome! The group will meet every Thursday through March 12th.

ESTE will be celebrating five years as our vicar in March and part of her agreement with the parish is that after five years she will take a sabbatical. Rather than take it all at once, Este will take February 23 through March 21st off and return for Holy Week through June 1st. From June to August she will take the remainder of her sabbatical time. During her absence, the parish will have pastoral care and administrative oversight available. For pastoral emergencies, please call the Rev. Javier Torres of Holy Trinity Richmond at 510 230-7515 from Feb 23- March 21.

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A MEDITATION RESOURCE to use for Lent, Este recommends the daily meditation site “Pray as You Go” a beautiful online resource at <pray-as-you-go.org>

THE HEALING PRAYER AND ANOINTING MINISTRY RETURNS. Now that we have returned to the church, we have a space in the church for healing prayer/laying on of hands/annointing after Communion. If you wish to have prayers said for yourself or a loved one for healing, to be anointed, please join our Deacon, Ellen, next to the pulpit after the Post-Communion Prayer.

FUTURE EVENTS AND NOTICES OF INTEREST – SAVE THESE DATES:
ANNUAL INQUIRERS’ DAY – EPISCOPAL SCHOOL FOR DEACONS. Want to know about the education and formation of deacons in the Episcopal Church? Want to explore a calling? Find out at the School’s annual Inquirer’s Day on March 21, 2015 at 7:45 a.m. at CDSP. A flyer is available with more information.

The lyrical TEMESCAL QUARTET will perform at Good Shepherd on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. If you haven’t heard the Quartet, you simply must! This is the first appearance by the Quartet at Good Shepherd since the fire in 2012. All are welcome!

If you are visiting us today, and wish to learn more about Good Shepherd and our ministries and worship, please fill out a blue interest card and give it to our Greeter, the Vicar, or the Deacon.
All are Welcome. Come as you Are.
All you need is Love.

ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 22-28, 2015

1 Lent – Sunday February 22, 2015

Year B, Daily Office Year 1
Preaching and Presiding today is The Rev. Este Gardner Cantor

The Texts This Week:

Genesis 9:8-17 + Psalm 25:1-9 + 1 Peter 3:18-22 + Mark 1:9-15

Hymns: 1982 Hymnal – 122, 130, 133 and 618

Please pray for: Susan Bergmans, Cynthia Morse, Tony, grandson of Tom Slocumb, The family of Andrea Thompson.

This quarter’s thank offering beneficiary is A Safe Place, a shelter for women and children in Oakland. A Safe Place counsels and works with victims of domestic violence.

THANKS TO ALL WHO MADE THE NEWCOMER’S TEA such a delight! Welcome to all the newcomers- thank you so much for being with us.

TODAY is our Twelve Step Eucharist, celebrating the 12 Step Recovery Programs. If you think you have a problem with addiction, you are invited to explore the programs offered. Literature on the various programs will be available.

THE LENTEN BOOK GROUP had a wonderful first meeting this last week and continues on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the church. We are reading Dr. Howard Thurman’s “Jesus and the Disinherited.” All are welcome! The group will meet every Thursday through March 12th.

ESTE will be celebrating five years as our vicar in March and part of her agreement with the parish is that after five years she will take a sabbatical. Rather than take it all at once, Este will take February 23 through March 21st off and return for Holy Week through June 1st. From June to August she will take the remainder of her sabbatical time. During her absence, the parish will have pastoral care and administrative oversight available. For pastoral emergencies, please call the Rev. Javier Torres of Holy Trinity Richmond at 510 230-7515 from Feb 23- March 21.

IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A MEDITATION RESOURCE to use for Lent, Este recommends the daily meditation site “Pray as You Go” a beautiful online resource at <pray-as-you-go.org>

THE HEALING PRAYER AND ANOINTING MINISTRY RETURNS. Now that we have returned to the church, we have a space in the church for healing prayer/laying on of hands/annointing after Communion. If you wish to have prayers said for yourself or a loved one for healing, to be anointed, please join our Deacon, Ellen, next to the pulpit after the Post-Communion Prayer.

FUTURE EVENTS AND NOTICES OF INTEREST – SAVE THESE DATES:

CELEBRATING ABSALOM JONES: The parish of St. Augustine’s Oakland invites all to attend the 2015 Celebration of Absalom Jones on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church. Rev. Jones was an African-American abolitionist and clergyman. After founding a black congregation in 1794, in 1804 he was the first African American ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church.

ANNUAL INQUIRERS’ DAY – EPISCOPAL SCHOOL FOR DEACONS. Want to know about the education and formation of deacons in the Episcopal Church? Want to explore a calling? Find out at the School’s annual Inquirer’s Day on March 21, 2015 at 7:45 a.m. at CDSP. A flyer is available with more information.

If you are visiting us today, and wish to learn more about Good Shepherd and our ministries and worship, please fill out a blue interest card and give it to our Greeter, the Vicar, or the Deacon.

All are Welcome. Come as you Are.
All you need is Love.

ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 15-21, 2015

Last Sunday After the Epiphany – Year B, Daily Office Year 1

Preaching today is  The Rev. Dr. L. Wm. Countryman
and Presiding Today is The Rev. Este Gardner Cantor

The Texts This Week:

Kings 2:1-12; Psalm 50-162; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; and Mark 9:2-9

Hymns: 1982 Hymnal – 122, 130, 133, 618

Please pray for: Susan Bergmans, Cynthia Morse, Tony, grandson of Tom Slocumb, The family of Andrea Thompson, pray for the soul of Denise Amaral Schreiber, long-time friend of Ellen Ekstrom, and Denise’s family.

This quarter’s thank offering beneficiary is A Safe Place, a shelter for women and children in Oakland. A Safe Place counsels and works with victims of domestic violence.

TODAY IS OUR NEWCOMER TEA! And it’s not just for newcomers. Join us after the service in the Parish Hall to meet our new members and introduce yourself. You are invited to bring a special goodie or two to share for the tea. All are welcome!

2015 PARISH DIRECTORY: Our senior warden, Dan Ng, is compiling the 2015 edition of the parish directory. If you are a newcomer, or you’ve never been listed but have been here a while, or your contact information needs to be updated, please let Dan know.

THE HEALING PRAYER AND ANOINTING MINISTRY RETURNS. Now that we have returned to the church, we have a space in the church for healing prayer/laying on of hands/annointing after Communion. If you wish to have prayers said for yourself or a loved one for healing, to be anointed, please join our Deacon, Ellen, next to the pulpit after the Post-Communion Prayer.

FUTURE EVENTS AND NOTICES OF INTEREST – SAVE THESE DATES:

ESTE will be celebrating five years as our vicar in March and part of her agreement with the parish is that after five years she will take a sabbatical. Rather than take it all at once, Este will take February 23 through March 21st off and return for Holy Week through June 1st. From June to August she will take the remainder of her sabbatical time. During her absence, the parish will have pastoral and administrative care available.

LENT BEGINS ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2015. Ash Wednesday is this week and we will observe the day with a service at noon and another at 7:00 p.m. Ashes will be imposed at both services.

LENTEN BOOK CLUB AT GOOD SHEPHERD: During Lent we are inviting those interested in joining a discussion of “Jesus and the Disinherited” by The Rev. Howard Thurman (1899-1981), spiritual advisor to The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and considered one of the finest modern theologians. Our first meeting will be in the church at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 19, 2015 and continues on February 26, March 5th and March 12th. All are welcome!

CELEBRATING ABSALOM JONES: The parish of St. Augustine’s Oakland invites all to attend the 2015 Celebration of Absalom Jones on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church. Rev. Jones was an African-American abolitionist and clergyman. After founding a black congregation in 1794, in 1804 he was the first African American ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church.

If you are visiting us today, and wish to learn more about Good Shepherd and our ministries and worship, please fill out a blue interest card and give it to our Greeter, the Vicar, or the Deacon.

All are Welcome. Come as you Are.  All you need is Love.

ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 8-14, 2015

Sunday, February 8, 2015 – 5 Epiphany

Year B, Daily Office Year 1

Preaching today and Presiding Today is The Rev.  Cn. Stefani Schatz

 

The Texts This Week:

 Isaiah 40:21-31 + Psalm 147:1-12, 21c + 1 Corinthians 9:16-23 + Mark 1:29-39

 Hymns:  1982 Hymnal - 137 + 411+ 529 + 423

 

February 8, 2015:

Please pray for: Susan Bergmans, Cynthia Morse, Tony, grandson of Tom Slocumb, The family of Andrea Thompson.

This quarter’s thank offering beneficiary is A Safe Place, a shelter for women and children in Oakland.  A Safe Place counsels and works with victims of domestic violence.

TODAY WE WELCOME The Rev. Canon Stefani Schatz, Canon to the Ordinary for the Diocese of California.

OUR VICAR, ESTE, is away this weekend and returns next week.

THE HEALING PRAYER AND ANOINTING MINISTRY RETURNS THIS WEEK.  Now that we have returned to the church, we have a space in the church for healing prayer/laying on of hands/annointing after Communion.  If you wish to have prayers said for yourself or a loved one for healing, to be anointed, please join our Deacon, Ellen, next to the pulpit after the Post-Communion Prayer.

2015 PARISH DIRECTORY:  Our senior warden, Dan Ng, is compiling the 2015 edition of the parish directory.  If you are a newcomer, or you’ve never been listed but have been here a while, or your contact information needs to be updated, please let Dan know.

DIOCESAN BOOK CLUB CONTINUES THIS WEEK. Good Shepherd has been host to a diocesan book group reading “The New Jim Crow”  by author Michelle Alexander, which discusses the incarceration of young black men in the United States and United Kingdom.  The group will meet on Thursday night, February 12, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in the church. 

 

FUTURE EVENTS AND NOTICES OF INTEREST – SAVE THESE DATES:

ESTE will be celebrating five years as our vicar in March and part of her agreement with the parish is that after five years she will take a sabbatical.  Rather than take it all at once, Este will take February 23 through March 21st off and return on Palm Sunday.  During her absence, the parish will have pastoral and administrative care available.

NEWCOMER’S TEA on Sunday, February 15, 2015 after the service.  We welcome our new members of the flock and if you’re a long-timer, you’re invited to join us!

LENTEN BOOK CLUB AT GOOD SHEPHERD:  During Lent we are inviting those interested in joining a discussion of “Jesus and the Disinherited” by The Rev. Howard Thurman (1899-1981), spiritual advisor to The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and considered one of the finest modern theologians.   Our first meeting will be in the church at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 19, 2015 and continues on February 26, March 5th and March 12th.  All are welcome!

CELEBRATING ABSALOM JONES:  The parish of St. Augustine’s Oakland invites all to attend the 2015 Celebration of Absalom Jones on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church. Rev. Jones was an African-American abolitionist and clergyman. After founding a black congregation in 1794,  in 1804 he was the first African American ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church.   

ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 1-7, 2015

Sunday, February 1, 2015 – 4 Epiphany

Year B, Daily Office Year 1

Preaching today is The Rev.  Dr. Jay Emerson Johnson

Presiding today is The Rev. Este Gardner Cantor

 

The Texts This Week:

Deuteronomy 18:15-20 + Psalm 111 + 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 + Mark 1:21-28

Hymns – From 1982 Hymnal: 371, 493, 380 and 616.

February 1, 2015:

Please pray for: Susan Bergmans, Cynthia Morse, Tony, grandson of Tom Slocumb, The family of Andrea Thompson.

This quarter’s thank offering beneficiary is A Safe Place, a shelter for women and children in Oakland.  A Safe Place counsels and works with victims of domestic violence.

First Sunday Scripture Class:  Our February topic is the tedious, fascinating, boring, interesting, offensive, inspiring book of Leviticus. This is a great opportunity to talk about purity, disgust, holiness, ordination, sacrifice, sexuality, disaster, loving one’s neighbor and a whole slew of other topics. Fortunately, we have Bill Countryman to lead us ably through this bumpy biblical territory.

 DRIVERS NEEDED FOR THE SANDWICH MINISTRY.  Anyone who can drive between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on any Monday, please let Este and/or Teddy know.  This can be one Monday a month, or we will put you on the list to be called in an emergency (if the scheduled driver cannot make it).  We thank Julie for filling in during the December crunch. THE SANDWICH MINISTRY takes place every Monday morning in the Parish Hall from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for making sandwiches and assembling bag lunches, and from 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. delivering bag lunches to the Day Laborers.

2015 PARISH DIRECTORY:  Our senior warden, Dan Ng, is compiling the 2015 edition of the parish directory.  If you are a newcomer, or you’ve never been listed but have been here a while, or your contact information needs to be updated, please let Dan know.

DIOCESAN BOOK CLUB CONTINUES THIS WEEK. You are invited to take part in a diocesan book group hosted by Good Shepherd.  The book entitled “The New Jim Crow”  by author Michelle Alexander discusses the incarceration of young black men in the United States and United Kingdom.  The group will meet for the next three Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the chuch.  You may purchase the book from Amazon, or any online bookstore, or your favorite bookshop.  Here is the link to the book at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/New-Jim-Crow-Incarceration-colorblindness/dp/1595586431/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1420489283&sr=8-1&keywords=The+New+Jim+Crow

FUTURE EVENTS AND NOTICES OF INTEREST – SAVE THESE DATES:

LENTEN BOOK CLUB AT GOOD SHEPHERD:  During Lent we are inviting those interested in joining a discussion of “Jesus and the Disinherited” by The Rev. Howard Thurman (1899-1981), spiritual advisor to The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and considered one of the finest modern theologians.   Our first meeting will be in the church at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 19, 2015 and continues on February 26, March 5th and March 12th.  All are welcome!

ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 25-31, 2015

Sunday, January 25, 2015  – 3 Epiphany
Year B, Daily Office Year 1

Preaching today is The Rev. Maurice Charles
Presiding today is The Rev. Este Gardner Cantor

The Texts This Week:
Jonah 3:1-5, 10 + Psalm 62: 6-14 + 1 Corinthians 7: 29-31 + Mark 1:14-20

January 25, 2015:

Please pray for: Susan Bergmans, Cynthia Morse, Tony, grandson of Tom Slocumb, The family of Andrea Thompson.
This quarter’s thank offering beneficiary is A Safe Place, a shelter for women and children in Oakland. A Safe Place counsels and works with victims of domestic violence.

ANNUAL MEETING TODAY AFTER THE SERVICE. Good Shepherd holds its annual meeting right after coffee hour on Sunday, January 25, 2015 and you are invited to attend. Please bring a dish to share for the traditional pot luck lunch.

DRIVERS NEEDED FOR THE SANDWICH MINISTRY. Anyone who can drive between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on any Monday, please let Este and/or Teddy know. This can be one Monday a month, or we will put you on the list to be called in an emergency (if the scheduled driver cannot make it). We thank Julie for filling in during the December crunch. THE SANDWICH MINISTRY takes place every Monday morning in the Parish Hall from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for making sandwiches and assembling bag lunches, and from 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. delivering bag lunches to the Day Laborers.

THE SANDWICH MINISTRY REQUESTS THE FOLLOWING. CAN YOU HELP?
The Sandwich ministry needs mayonnaise. We use about 3 quarts a week. We are now, mid January,
making 120 bag lunches each Monday for day laborers.

If you know of a homeless encampment, let Teddy know. We take any leftover bread and fruit to them.

The kitchen needs donations of dish cloths and cleaning rags. Cleaning rags can be any absorbent cloth — old T-shirts, worn out bath towels.

DIOCESAN BOOK CLUB CONTINUES THIS WEEK. You are invited to take part in a diocesan book group hosted by Good Shepherd. The book entitled “The New Jim Crow” by author Michelle Alexander discusses the incarceration of young black men in the United States and United Kingdom. The group will meet for the next four Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the chuch. You may purchase the book from Amazon, or any online bookstore, or your favorite bookshop. Here is the link to the book at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/New-Jim-Crow-Incarceration-colorblindness/dp/1595586431/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1420489283&sr=8-1&keywords=The+New+Jim+Crow

FUTURE EVENTS AND NOTICES OF INTEREST – SAVE THESE DATES:

LENTEN BOOK CLUB AT GOOD SHEPHERD: During Lent we are inviting those interested in joining a discussion of “Jesus and the Disinherited” by The Rev. Howard Thurman (1899-1981), spiritual advisor to The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and considered one of the finest modern theologians.

 ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 18-24, 2015

Sunday, January 18, 2015 – 2 Epiphany

Year B, Daily Office Year 1
Preaching today is The Rev. Dr. L. Wm. Countryman
Presiding today is The Rev. Este Gardner Cantor

The Texts This Week:
1 Samuel 3:1-10(11-20) + Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17 + 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 + John 1:43-51

Hymns: 7, 319, 439 and 371 (1982 Hymnal)

January 18, 2015:

Please pray for: Susan Bergmans, Cynthia Morse, Tony, grandson of Tom Slocumb, The family of Andrea Thompson, and Kitty Bosher.
This quarter’s thank offering beneficiary is A Safe Place, a shelter for women and children in Oakland. A Safe Place counsels and works with victims of domestic violence.

DRIVERS NEEDED FOR THE SANDWICH MINISTRY. Anyone who can drive between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on any Monday, please let Este and/or Teddy know. This can be one Monday a month, or we will put you on the list to be called in an emergency (if the scheduled driver cannot make it). We thank Julie for filling in during the December crunch. THE SANDWICH MINISTRY takes place every Monday morning in the Parish Hall from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for making sandwiches and assembling bag lunches, and from 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. delivering bag lunches to the Day Laborers.

THE SANDWICH MINISTRY REQUESTS THE FOLLOWING. CAN YOU HELP?
The Sandwich ministry needs mayonnaise. We use about 3 quarts a week. We are now, mid January,
making 120 bag lunches each Monday for day laborers.

If you know of a homeless encampment, let Teddy know. We take any leftover bread and fruit to them.

The kitchen needs donations of dish cloths and cleaning rags. Cleaning rags can be any absorbent cloth — old T-shirts, worn out bath towels.
ANNUAL REPORTS DUE! If you contribute a written report to the parish annual report booklet, please be sure to e-mail your report to Este no later than Monday, January 19, 2015.

DIOCESAN BOOK CLUB CONTINUES THIS WEEK. You are invited to take part in a diocesan book group hosted by Good Shepherd. The book entitled “The New Jim Crow” by author Michelle Alexander discusses the incarceration of young black men in the United States and United Kingdom. The group will meet for the next five Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the church. You may purchase the book from Amazon, or any online bookstore, or your favorite bookshop. Here is the link to the book at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/New-Jim-Crow-Incarceration-colorblindness/dp/1595586431/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1420489283&sr=8-1&keywords=The+New+Jim+Crow

FUTURE EVENTS AND NOTICES OF INTEREST – SAVE THESE DATES:

Sunday, January 25, 2015 after Coffee Hour: GOOD SHEPHERD ANNUAL MEETING in the Parish Hall.