TODAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2013:
Confirmation Class – No class right after church – But please join us today for an instructed Eucharist with a light supper at 4:00 in the parish hall.
Casseroles to show love and care. Deborah Williams and her family are mourning the very recent death of Dick Williams. They would greatly appreciate our Good Shepherd loving tradition of offering casseroles in times of need. If you would like to participate in this ministry, please bring your casseroles on Sunday, and Este will deliver them.
Thursday Oct. 3, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. Berkeley Ceasefire Walk Against Violence: Tragically, we had the third death within six blocks of our church on September 8th. After meeting with BOCA (Berkeley Organizing Congregations for Action) and with Councilmember Linda Maio’s support, we have decided to come together and walk the neighborhood on Oct 3rd. We will start in the parish hall at 6:30 with a brief orientation and prayer, and then walk together as witnesses for peace. Please join us.
Saturday, October 5, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. Dick Williams, husband of Deborah Williams, passed away at home on Sept. 9, 2013. We will have a memorial service at Good Shepherd. Please pray for the family.
Sunday October 6th:- St. Francis Day Blessing of Creatures, Come and bring your pets for a blessing! We will have the traditional blessing of the animals at both the 9:30 children’s service (bunnies included!) And the 11:00 service. Come and bring the four-footed members of your family!
October 13, 2013: Bread Sunday, Support 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? Come and find out!
Saturday October 19 at 2:00 p.m.: Neighborhood Meeting to address the latest violence: A neighborhood meeting with Councilwoman Linda Mayo and several Berkeley Police officers has been scheduled in our parish hall. It is our hope that as many of you that can will attend to support the neighborhood Good Shepherd ministers to.
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 dinnner! 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!
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.