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)

 

 LENTEN BOOK STUDY/DISCUSSION GROUP

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!

 

TEMESCAL QUARTET CONCERT AT GOOD SHEPHERD, SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2015 – 7:30 P.M.

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!

 

 

 

 

WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS

 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.