Announcements for October 27, 2013

TODAY:

Our Vicar, Este, is away this Sunday and sends her love. Our deacon, Ellen, is taking her mandated fourth Sunday off and both will return next week for All Saints.

Thank you everyone who donated and purchased treasures at our annual silent auction last weekend, and thanks to all who made our Burning Sunday commemoration service such a wonderful, poignant, liturgy.

Confirmation Class – Today The Rev. Dr. Bill Countryman and The Rev. Jay Johnson lead a discussion of queer theology in the Sisson Salon following the service.  All are welcome to attend.

COMING EVENTS:

Confirmation at Grace Cathedral, November 2, 2013, 11:00 a.m.  All are welcome to attend!

Book launch and ordination anniversary! Please join us in celebrating with The Rev. Dr. Jay Johnson the launch of his latest book from Seabury Books, “Divine Communion: A Eucharistic Theology of Sexual Intimacy” and the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood on Saturday, November 2, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall!

All Saints’ Day, Sunday, November 3, 2013: On Sunday, November 3, 2013, we will celebrate All Saints Day. All are invited to bring pictures of departed over ones for an offrenda in front of the altar. You may e-mail names to be read into the prayers of the people to our deacon, Ellen at goodshepherddeacon@gmail.com.

Announcements for October 21, 2013

COMING EVENTS – TOMORROW:

Neighborhood meeting on violence in our neighborhood:   Join us in the parish hall at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, 20134. Linda Maio, our city councilmember and several  Berkeley police officers will join us to discuss the current situation and proposed solutions.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2013:

Today! Sunday October 20, 2013 - One year to the day after the church fire!  Please join us and please wear orange, red, or yellow. Or black.

This morning we remember the fire that transformed our worship and secular community and nearly destroyed our beloved local landmark and friend, Good Shepherd.  It has been standing in this neighborhood for 135 years and soon it will be restored to its former beauty and once again, we will be able to give thanks in the nave.

Where your Treasure Is Fire Sale and Silent Auction!  Come back tonight at 5:30 p.m. for fun, food and fabulous treasures!  No, the organ in the closet won’t be auctioned, but you’ll be sure to find many interesting things in the parish hall.  There’s still time to bring your donation! AND please bring a fire-related dish to share- red-hot anything, blackened anything, anything flambé…

Confirmation Class – Today we are taking a break from our classes.

COMING EVENTS:

Diocesan Convention at Grace Cathedral, Friday October 26- 5:00  – Saturday October 27, 2013, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 4:00 p.m. Important resolutions are going to presented for voting.  Good Shepherd’s delegates and (ideally) alternates are required to attend!

Confirmation at Grace Cathedral, November 2, 2013, 11:00 a.m.  All are welcome to attend!

Book launch and ordination anniversary! Please join us in celebrating with The Rev. Dr. Jay Johnson the launch of his latest book from Seabury Books, “Divine Communion: A Eucharistic Theology of Sexual Intimacy” and the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood on Saturday, November 2, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall!

Save the date: Church-wide conference April 9-11, 2014 Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace: An Episcopal gathering to challenge the epidemic of violence.  Bishops, clergy and laity from throughout the Episcopal Church are invited to gather April 9 – 11, 2014 to explore one of the major issues in today’s society – violence in all its forms. Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace: An Episcopal gathering to challenge the epidemic of violence will be held at the Reed Center and Sheraton in Oklahoma City, OK (Diocese of Oklahoma).  More information will be available later this autumn.

Announcements for October 13, 2013

TODAY:

Please bring a can of food on Sunday, October 13, 2013, or some non-perishable food item. We will offer it up for the hungry at our Eucharist and distribute it to the hungry in our neighborhood.

We need more items for the auction!! It’s time to clean out your closets… next Sunday, October 20th bring your treasures to church. Your treasures will be safely stored in Este’s office. Please also register your donation by filling out a form that will be available at the greeter’s table.

Today is Bread Sunday. This  morning we recognize ecumenical programs that eradicate hunger globally, and that means here in the United States. Congress just passed a bill cutting  $40 million dollars from the SNAP (Food Stamps) program  –  how can we turn this around and see that our neighbors don’t go to bed hungry? Our deacon, The Rev. Ellen L. Ekstrom, will address the issue of hunger in our own neighborhoods and offer materials so that we can speak to our municipal, state and federal leaders about ending this problem and make sure there is room at the table for everyone.

Confirmation Class  The Rev. Dr. Jay Johnson leads us in a discussion of the Creeds and the Trinity this morning. Join us in the Sisson Salon after the service.

COMING EVENTS:

Forum on Hunger at Pacific School of Religion, Thursday, October 17 at 5:30 p.m.: Recognized by Newsweek magazine as one of the nation’s 12 “most effective preachers,” the Rev. Dr. James Forbes Jr. is traveling the country on behalf of Bread for the World, conveying God’s message that we can end hunger.  A reception will honor Rev. Forbes in the Holbrook Building at 5:30 p.m., with a Q&A session after the lecture.  See Ellen for more details.

Please mark your calendars…

October 20th: Commemorating this moment in our history in two ways! Sunday morning our  usual 11:00 service will be called “Burning Sunday” and we will have a special liturgy to honor the day, with the story of the fire told by three lay people, and hymns, prayers and artifacts to honor the day.

Then …  that evening at 5:30, we will  have silent auction and dinner! The Where Your Treasure Is Fire Sale! This is a fun and festive evening that includes a potluck dinner and a silent auction of very special treasures from all of us! You can start bringing donated items for the auction next Sunday, and they will be stored in Este’s office. For the potluck, please bring a dish that is fire-relevant (baked Alaska, anything flambé, blackened salmon…) and join us for the festivities! Since we did not have a pie auction this year, your participation is greatly needed to shore up our budget! Thanks in advance!

Confirmation at Grace Cathedral, November 2, 2013, 11:00 a.m. All are welcome to attend!

Book launch and ordination anniversary! Please join us in celebrating with The Rev. Dr. Jay Johnson the launch of his latest book from Seabury Books, “Divine Communion: A Eucharistic Theology of Sexual Intimacy” and the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood on Saturday, November 2, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall!

Save the date: Church-wide conference April 9-11, 2014 Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace: An Episcopal gathering to challenge the epidemic of violence. Bishops, clergy and laity from throughout the Episcopal Church are invited to gather April 9 –11, 2014 to explore one of the major issues in today’s society – violence in all its forms. Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace: An Episcopal gathering to challenge the epidemic of violence will be held at the Reed Center and Sheraton in Oklahoma City, OK (Diocese of Oklahoma). More information will be available later this autumn.