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.

Announcements for October 6, 2013

TODAY:

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 and the 11:00 service. Come and bring the four-footed members of your family!

Children’s Story Telling Church, today at 9:30 in the Sisson Salon.

Confirmation Class: This week we begin a discussion of the church’s history. The Rev. Este Gardner Cantor and The Rev. Ellen L. Ekstrom lead discussions on the early and medieval histories of the church.  Join us in the Sisson Salon after the service.

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.

COMING EVENTS:

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 meetings 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 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.

Announcements for September 29, 2013

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.

COMING EVENTS:

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.

Announcements for September 22, 2013

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBEr 22, 2013:

Confirmation Class continues in the Sisson Salon after the service.

Este will be at the diocesan Clergy Retreat from Tuesday, September 24 through Thursday,  September 26th. Ellen will be available for pastoral calls and concerns.

A sad event. Dick Williams, husband of Deborah Williams, passed away at home on Sept. 2. We will have a memorial service at Good Shepherd on Saturday, October 5, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. Please pray for the family.

COMING EVENTS:

Blessing of creatures, October 6th at both services.

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 have a Berkeley Ceasefire Walk Against Violence,  on Thursday Oct. 3, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. We will start in the parish hall with a brief orientation and prayer, and then simply walk the neighborhood together. Hope you can join us.

Bread Sunday, October 13, 2013: 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!

Neighborhood Meeting to address the latest violence: A neighborhood meeting with Councilwoman Linda Mayo and several Berkeley Police officers has been scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on October 19, 2013, 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 and with.

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 a 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!

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 September 14, 2013

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2013:

Healing prayer and anointing is now offered for those who request it after communion. After everyone has received communion, those desiring prayer and/or anointing may stay behind the altar while a Communion hymn is sung and people return to their seats.

Prayer requests are gladly accepted and you may add your prayers either by name or anonymously in the green book near the greeter’s desk every Sunday.  You and your loved ones are held up in prayer at our services, and  our Deacon, Ellen,  keeps account  of the  requests  on a  daily and weekly  basis.  You can also  request  prayers confidentially at Ellen’s blog.

COMING EVENTS:

A sad event. Dick Williams, beloved husband of Deborah Williams, passed away at home on Sept. 9th. We will have a memorial service at Good Shepherd on Saturday October 5 at 11:00. Please pray for the family.

Noonday prayer continues on Wednesdays, at noon in the Sisson Salon. Please join us in the Sisson Salon for the lovely service using the New Zealand Prayer Book (NZPB), followed by healing prayer and meditation.

Burning Sunday: Please mark your calendars! October 20th  marks the exact anniversary of the church fire.  We are commemorations this 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 a 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!

Berkeley Ceasefire Walk Against Violence: Tragically, we had the third death within six blocks of our church just last week. After meeting with BOCA (Berkeley Organizing Congregations for Action) and with Councilmember Linda Maio’s support, we have decided to have a Berkeley Casefire Walk Against Violence, on Thursday Oct. 5 at  6:30. We will start in the parish hall with a brief orientation and prayer, and then simply walk the neighborhood together. Hope you can join us.

Meeting on Gun Violence in the Neighborhood: This will be in our parish hall at 2:00 on October 19. Please plan to attend. Linda Maio, our Berkeley councilmember will be there as well as representatives from the Berkeley Police Department to answer questions and listen to suggestions.

Announcements for September 8, 2013

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2013:

A big thank you to all who came on Saturday, September 7th to clean out the closet!

Confirmation class today after the 11:00 a.m. service. We’ll meet in the Sisson Salon. This morning we will discuss, share and explore prayer, spirituality, mysticism and  meditation with The Rev. Ellen L. Ekstrom. This class is open to everyone; if you wish to have a refresher course in our Episcopal/Anglican faith, join us!

Volunteers for coffee hour are needed.  We need people to brew coffee, set up the tasty dishes and we need people to clean up after coffee hour. You don’t need to take both shifts (unless you really want to). If  you’re interested, please sign up on the bulletin board or talk to Este.

COMING ATTRACTIONS:

St. Alban’s Albany is having their big estate sale/annual bazaar on Saturday, September 14, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. All are invited to attend. Let’s support our sister parish!

Burning Sunday, October 20, 2013: Sunday, October 20, 2013 marks the one-year anniversary of the fire that nearly destroyed our physical church buildings, but brought us new life. Please join us for this very special service. More details to come.

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That very afternoon, Good Shepherd will hold our annual “Where Your Treasure Is” in the parish hall  at 5:00 p.m. Please mark your calendars!

Go in peace to love and serve our God!

Announcements for September 1, 2013

SUNDAY,  SEPTEMBER 1, 2013:

Children’s service starts today September 1, 2013, on a monthly basis in the Sisson Salon at 9:30 a.m.  Join us for Bible stories, songs and fellowship.

Confirmation class starts today after the 11:00 a.m. service. We’ll meet in the Sisson Salon. If you are interested in being confirmed, received or reaffirmed, a new confirmation class will be  starting in September. Please see Este and/or Ellen for details and to sign up. This class is open to everyone; if you wish to have a refresher course in our Episcopal/Anglican faith, join us!

Volunteers for coffee hour are needed.  We need people to brew coffee, set up the tasty dishes and we need people to clean up after coffee hour. You don’t need to take both shifts (unless you really want to). If  you’re interested, please sign up on the bulletin board or talk to Este.

COMING ATTRACTIONS:

Berkeley-Albany Area Ministry Meeting, Thursday, September 5,  2013 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Alban’s Albany, 1501 Washington in Albany at the corner of Curtis & Washington one block north of Solano Ave. Subjects we have been discussing for action are: Gun control, collaborative gardening and collaborating on theater or musical events. Another topic for this meeting will be the possible hiring of one of our new Episcopal Service Corp interns to be a youth minister to be shared between our congregations. Also, perhaps an intern to spearhead gardening efforts! Bring yourselves and your ideas to build up the Beloved Community!

Coming out of our closet! Yep – it’s happening. Join us on Saturday, September 7, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to  12:00 p.m. to clean out the closet in the parish hall. The stove is gone but there’s still more to discover, treasures to be had, interesting finds…

Go in peace to love and serve our God!