Rest a While

Sermon preached by The Rev. Deacon Ellen L. Ekstrom, from the pulpit of Good Shepherd Berkeley on July 19, 2015:

 

I’d like to preface my thoughts today with a confession – this is my pot-calling-the-kettle-black sermon.  This is my cautionary tale.

After reading the lessons over several times, including the tempting, tantalizing, words of the prophet Jeremiah jumping out at me with it’s woe and finger-pointed at leaders behaving badly, one point really grabbed me and illustrated life as we know it today.  My life especially.  Probably your lives.

I’d like to offer these words about weariness.

For a while there’s been fear not only of Obama invading Texas but of a “Zombie Apocolypse.”  Well, my friends, it’s happened and it’s here and now.  I see them on Market Street and Montgomery Street – people plugged in, distracted, working on the run, working non-stop, maybe getting in a five-minute breather for something to eat.  They pound away on laptop keyboards or tap iPads and Android tablets at the four Starbucks’ in my area downtown.  I’ve heard in elevators and on crowded trains what I think are astonishing comments akin to bragging about this work ethic on steroids.  I hurt for them and understand all too well, because a lot of this ethic comes from the top.  These kinds of supervisors and managers are the bad shepherds Jeremiah speaks of.  Rather than look after their corporate flocks, they seek the bottom line in black, a pie chart showing profit, a new book of clients.  Happiness for the sheep in the cubicles?  What’s that?  They should be glad they have jobs.  And don’t we know it.  It is expected of too many workers now to stay plugged in and be available.   Computers, which were supposed to ease our labors, have made it easier to assign more tasks in less time.  Workers are expected to churn out the paper in record time and they do and move on to the next project.

Some people may enjoy this fast paced environment.  I don’t.  I am part of the problem, though.  Thank God for Jesus finally opening my eyes and my mind and telling me to slow down.

When I recognized this behavior in myself and others, I thought, “Even Jesus took a break,” and I went back to whatever I was doing with someone usually asking if I wanted anything as they placed the order for take-away.

God rested on the seventh day.   Once in a while Jesus went up the mountain or a quiet, deserted place to get away from it all and in this morning’s scripture from the gospel of Mark, he urges the apostles to do the same.

We are told that they gathered around Jesus and told him all that they were doing and all that they were teaching, and, apparently, they were very busy. They were so busy, we are told, that they didn’t even have time to eat. He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.”

How astonishing this must have sounded to them.  Here they were bringing more and more people to Jesus, building the community and he asks them to take a break.  He didn’t ask for spreadsheets tracking their work or timesheets with the week’s target of billable hours met.  New branding proposals and marketing tactics weren’t brainstormed.  No networking.

He told them to take a break and to rest.

Don’t we all long to hear these words spoken to us?

Jesus is speaking to us.  This is an invitation to take time, not find time, to spend time with God and him, for it is as necessary as food and drink and sleep.

Our faith requires us to undertake the work God calls us to, and to believe in Christ and follow his teaching and example.  But some of us take it to the extreme.  We work ourselves to exhaustion:  this and our never-ending to-do lists and desire to prove to ourselves and our neighbors that our value comes from how much we accomplish, and the expectation of divine favor, of God-Points, of a seat at the table.

How good is that work if we are so busy that we lose sight of why we do it?  How fruitful is our labor if it wears us out to the point of ‘I don’t want to do this anymore?’

I was, and still am to a point, the pot calling the kettle black.  It took me a while to understand that in order to use those gifts given to me by God I have to know why I have them and how to use them and I can only do that by stopping and being with God.  It was a difficult transition borne of years of conditioning by society and by what I thought was required of me as a Christian, by being told that was what I needed to do if I wanted to get to Heaven.

We are valued and loved in the sight of God.  Christ loves us because we do as we are called, because we see him in our neighbors and strangers and loved ones.  They both know what we need even when we do not, or we think we know.   Jesus looks past all our perceptions of what it means to be successful and to bear the fruit of work and he doesn’t even mention them, because if he did, he would have to remind us that all that we are and all that we do are gifts from God in the first place. Rather, he looks into our hearts and sees what we truly desire, what we truly need. He makes us lie down in green pastures and leads us beside the still waters and restores our souls. And he says to us, “Come away to a place all by yourselves and rest a little while with me.”

I intend and will strive to do just that: to go to a place all alone and rest.  I will make the time every day.  But I won’t be alone.  Jesus will be with me.  And I will be with you as you go to your deserted place.

 

Announcements for the Week of July 26-August 1, 2015

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Ninth Sunday After Pentecost

Proper 12/Year B/Daily Office Year 1

 

Preaching  today is

The Rev. Dr. Jay Emerson Johnson

Presiding  today is

The Rev. Dr. L. Wm. Countryman

 

The Texts This Week:

RCL:  2 Kings 4:42-44  + Psalm 145: 10-19+ Ephesians 3:14-21+ John 6:1-21

Hymns:  51 + 343 + 820 (WLP) + 448

Please pray for:  Susan Bergmans, Cynthia Morse, The family of Andrea Thompson, Ernest, friend of Joseph Caggiano, for the continued healing of Tony, Tom Slocomb’s grandson, and Jonna, daughter of Alicia Carter, and for Carol Franger and Dan Ng.

This quarter’s thank offering recipient is the Rosa Parks Elementary School, Berkeley.

TODAY – SUNDAY, JULY 26, 2015:

PASTORAL CARE NEEDS: The Rev. Javier Torres will be available for pastoral care and pastoral emergencies from July 7 through August 31.   He may be reached at 510 230-7514.  Ellen will as always be available by phone at 510-646-1066 or at goodshepherddeacon@outlook.com during the evenings.

THE GOOD SHEPHERD REVOLVING LIBRARY IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS! Have great books you read and do not have space for?  Please donate to the Good Shepherd Revolving Library in the parish hall.  All are welcome to pick up and read.  You can return, or better yet, donate a book(s) you are fond of and have no space for.  The bookcase will be clearly marked.

Our Deacon, The Rev. Ellen Ekstrom, is taking a day off.  She’ll be back in vestments July 31, 2015.

SAVE THESE DATES: UPCOMING EVENTS

VAJRA VOICES RETURNS TO GOOD SHEPHERD, JULY 31, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.   If you missed Vajra at its Christmas concert at Good Shepherd, now’s your chance to hear them.  This exceptional women’s choir led by Karen R. Clark with Shira Kammen on vielle, will offer works by Hildegard von Bingen to celebrate the Divine Feminine.  Suggested donation for the concert is $20.00.

The Rev. Barbara Hill’s memorial will be at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Albany, California, on Saturday, August 8, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. with a reception to follow. If one wishes, please make donations to St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Barbara’s honor. No flowers per Barbara’s request, please.

GOOD SHEPHERD BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION, AUGUST 16, 2015.  Who doesn’t like a birthday party?  Our fabulous choir, The Sometime Singers, will offer music during the service and afterwards all are invited to attend a festive potluck coffee hour.  Please bring a favorite dish of yours to share as we celebrate our 137th birthday.

EQUIPPING THE BELOVED COMMUNITY – ST. CLEMENT’S, AUGUST 29, 2015: Diocesan training for Eucharistic visitors/ministers and other ministries.  Please see Ellen if you are interested in attending, especially for Eucharistic ministers.  The training for this particular ministry requires some ‘homework’ before the actual meeting in August.

 

THE MONTHLY FIRST SUNDAY SCRIPTURE CLASS is on a summer hiatus until the fall, returning on October 25, 2015.

 

ONGOING SERVICES:

 

WEDNESDAY NOON PRAYER AND LAYING ON OF HANDS continues during Este’s sabbatical.  Tom Slocumb and The Rev. Teddy Knight will officiate.  The service begins at noon in the church and uses the noon prayer service from the New Zealand Prayer Book.  Meditation and laying on of hands for healing are also offered.

 

BRINGING THE EUCHARIST TO OUR NEIGHBORS.  Join us as we bring the Eucharist to Strawberry Creek Lodge at 2:00 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month.  The Rev. Teddy Knight, Tom Slocumb and The Rev. Susan Bergmans will officiate at an ecumenical service based on the BCP “Communion Under Special Circumstances.”  Bread and wine will be consecrated at our table at the 11:00 a.m. service, and the ministers will be commissioned to bring the sacraments.  The Strawberry Creek Lodge is located at  1320 Addison near Acton in Berkeley.

This is The Night

Preached from the Pulpit of Good Shepherd Church on Maundy Thursday – April 2, 2015 by the Rev. Ellen L. Ekstrom:

In the Exsultet, there is a line, “This is the night,” where the deacon chants about the early hours of Easter Day when Christ bursts from the tomb.

It is this this deacon’s opinion that THIS is THE night.

This is the night when the master becomes the servant and a new fellowship is created. A new family is born. It begins with humility and love.

You and I know the sacredness of fellowship, especially that which share at the table every day. We need food to survive but the nourishment of our hearts and souls we receive when sitting down with our beloved families and friends I believe is far more important.

Long ago there was a dinner party like that. Friends gathered for the Passover Seder. We gather tonight. We gather every Sunday and every opportunity we can.

We call this night Maundy Thursday for the mandate Jesus gives us in The New Commandment – to love one another. At this supper, a family of friends became something more.
This is the evening of mandates that took everyone who followed Jesus one step closer to the astounding and profound act of love we know as the Crucifixion. Jesus took a sacred meal that was symbolic of the sufferings, trials and triumphs of the people of Israel and made it into something new. He took the Seder and made it a symbol of his own suffering and its power through God, his overwhelming love for God and us, to deliver us from sin and death.

It was during this meal Jesus presented two mandates to his followers.

The first is what we call the “New Commandment.” He said, “I give you a new commandment; that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this, everyone will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another.”

The second mandate was not only an expression of love, but an expression of ministry – service to one another in Christ’s name. Jesus, the Rabbi, becomes the servant and as we have heard this evening, washes the feet of his disciples. This act was, and is, an outward and visible sign of God’s love in Christ.
Peter was aghast, and wanted no part of it. Jesus said to him, “Unless I wash you, you have no share in me.”

Unless I wash you, you have no share in me.

Let me serve you, so that you might serve God and one another. I do it because I love you. You will be with me in the Kingdom of Heaven if you do these things; Love the baker and love the tax collector, the scribe, the High Priest. Love the congressman, the fundamentalist, the social media mogul, the high school student, the person with issues.

This right action and the New Commandment were, like everything Jesus did, revolutionary. Someone hearing this and witnessing the event would have proclaimed Jesus mad. Forget about kings? Forget about emperors? Forget the Priests, the Pharisees and Saduccees, the merchant class? Love the slave as much as the master? Treat women as equals? Forget about Rome?

Giving unconditional love is revolutionary. People were and are conditioned by social class and gender, culture and bias. One just didn’t go to supper with tax collectors or deal with women who used expensive perfumed oil and tears to wash feet; you didn’t love someone just … because.

Do I need to say that we face social class, gender and culture bias today? No. You and I know it; we see it every day and experience it. We also are speaking out against it in Indiana, Arkansas, Africa and the Middle East. Yes, the barriers are coming down.

If we are so willing to break down the barriers of class and race, then we should also break down the barriers we’ve put up around our hearts and love. Simply love. Just as we are commanded to do.

When we wipe away a tear, bandage a physical wound, greet one another, give assistance, offer food and drink, patiently attend and listen, kneel down and wash someone’s feet, we show an outward sign of our willingness to live out the new commandment.

Jesus is kneeling before us, speaking to us. If you and I, all of us, wish to have a share in Jesus, we must be ready and willing to engage in Christ-like work. We have to put ourselves after those we serve. This evening, we are not simply memorializing archaic, ancient rituals in remembrance of historical events; we are making our actions acts of love, our responses to powerful mandates, our experience, our way of connecting our corporal life to Jesus and all who followed him then and now.
We are guests invited home for that final supper Jesus shared in the upper room. We are his friends and followers as we break the bread and share the one cup, and be servants to one another. It is, my friends, only what is being asked of us by Christ.

How can we refuse?

Announcements for the Week of July 12-18, 2015

Sunday, July 12, 2015
The Seventh Sunday After Pentecost
Proper 10/Year B/Daily Office Year 1

Preaching and Presiding today is The Rev. Eric Metoyer
The Texts This Week:
RCL: 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19; Psalm 24; Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:14-29

Hymns: 67, 601, 295 and 686

Please pray for: Susan Bergmans, Cynthia Morse, The family of Andrea Thompson, Ernest, friend of Joseph Caggiano, for the continued healing of Tony, Tom Slocomb’s grandson, and Jonna, daughter of Alicia Carter, and for Roberta Ekstrom Johnson, sister of Ellen Ekstrom and aunt to Celia, Carlos R. and Nicolas.

This quarter’s thank offering recipient is the Rosa Parks Elementary School, Berkeley.

 

DON’T DEPORT DANIEL! Help Daniel Maher, director of Berkeley’s Ecology Center for the past ten years, stay in the United States.  Twenty years after a conviction and service of a seven year sentence for a robbery he committed with other boys, ICE agents raided Daniel’s home in June 2015 and took him to a detention center. Because of his conviction, ICE has designated him as a top priority for deportation and a threat to public safety. Daniel has been in the United States since the age of three when he was brought from Macau by his parents.  He’s paid his debt to Society for his crime.

Cut-and-Paste this link to help:

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/berkeley-worker-faces-deportation-to-country-he-does-not-know

PASTORAL CARE NEEDS: The Rev. Javier Torres will be available for pastoral care and pastoral emergencies from July 7 through August 31. He may be reached at 510 230-7514. Ellen will as always be available by phone at 510-646-1066 or at goodshepherddeacon@outlook.com during the evenings.
SAVE THESE DATES: UPCOMING EVENTS

SOLO ART SHOW AT NIAD FOR CARLOS R. FERNANDEZ. Carlos Fernandez, Deacon Ellen’s eldest son, will have a solo art show at NIAD Art Center at 551 23rd Street, Richmond, California and running July 13-25. The Opening Reception will be on July 11, 2015 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Carlos will exhibit his watercolors in the Storefront Gallery of the studio and his work will be for sale. Carlos also works at Creative Growth in Oakland. NIAD is a studio visual art program for artists with disabilities.

THE HORNS A PLENTY BRASS BAND will present a program of Swing, Jazz, Ragtime, Dixieland and a little novelty besides at Good Shepherd on July 19, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. The cost of admission will be $15.00.

THE REV. BARBARA HILL’S MEMORIAL will be at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Albany, California, on Saturday, August 8, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. with a reception to follow. If one wishes, please make donations to St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Barbara’s honor. No flowers per Barbara’s request please.

GOOD SHEPHERD BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION, AUGUST 16, 2015. Who doesn’t like a birthday party? Our fabulous choir, The Sometime Singers, will offer music during the service and afterwards all are invited to attend a festive potluck coffee hour. Please bring a favorite dish of yours to share as we celebrate our 137th birthday.

EQUIPPING THE BELOVED COMMUNITY – ST. CLEMENT’S, AUGUST 29, 2015: Diocesan training for Eucharistic visitors/ministers and other ministries. Please see Ellen if you are interested in attending, especially for Eucharistic ministers. The training for this particular ministry requires some ‘homework’ before the actual meeting in August.

THE MONTHLY FIRST SUNDAY SCRIPTURE CLASS is on a summer hiatus until the fall, returning on October 27, 2015.

ONGOING SERVICES:

WEDNESDAY NOON PRAYER AND LAYING ON OF HANDS continues during Este’s sabbatical. Tom Slocumb and The Rev. Teddy Knight will officiate. The service begins at noon in the church and uses the noon prayer service from the New Zealand Prayer Book. Meditation and laying on of hands for healing are also offered.

BRINGING THE EUCHARIST TO OUR NEIGHBORS. Join us as we bring the Eucharist to Strawberry Creek Lodge at 2:00 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month. The Rev. Teddy Knight, Tom Slocumb and The Rev. Susan Bergmans will officiate at an ecumenical service based on the BCP “Communion Under Special Circumstances.” Bread and wine will be consecrated at our table at the 11:00 a.m. service, and the ministers will be commissioned to bring the sacraments. The Strawberry Creek Lodge is located at 1320 Addison near Acton in Berkeley.

Announcements for the Week of July 5-11, 2015

Sunday, July 5, 2015

The Sixth Sunday After Pentecost

Proper 9/Year B/Daily Office Year 1

 

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

The Texts This Week:

RCL:  2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10; Psalm 48; 2 Corinthians 12:2-10 and Mark 6:1-13

Hymns:  657, 347,  635 and 637

 

Please pray for:  Susan Bergmans, Cynthia Morse, The family of Andrea Thompson, Ernest, friend of Joseph Caggiano, for the continued healing of Tony, Tom Slocomb’s grandson, and Jonna, daughter of Alicia Carter.

This quarter’s thank offering recipient is the Rosa Parks Elementary School, Berkeley.

 

TODAY – SUNDAY, JULY 5, 2015:

 

LIKE COFFEE HOUR?  Many of us do – it’s fellowship as important as our Eucharist.  Hopefully we can get a few volunteers to set up and take down coffee hour in the parish hall, so that last week’s absence of fellowship won’t be repeated.  It takes no more than 30 minutes to set up, set out the food and brew the coffee, even less time to clean up.  If you can spare 30 minutes on a Sunday, please see Ellen or Dan.  All we need are four people to take one Sunday a month and you can take set up or clean up.  Cut and paste this link in your browser window to log in to the Coffee Hour sign up spreadsheet:   https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1uOtODwfpE63XUabPNUU_ZX3l2vdRioQvcrRL4HNorbA/edit#gid=0

STRAWBERRY CREEK EUCHARIST at 2:00 p.m. All are invited to attend and bring the Eucharist to our friends at Strawberry Creek Lodge.

PASTORAL CARE NEEDS: The Rev. Anne Jenson will be available for pastoral care and pastoral emergencies from May 22 through July 6.  She may be reached at 510-917-3630.  Ellen will as always be available by phone at 510-646-1066 or at goodshepherddeacon@outlook.com during the evenings.

Bill Countryman has begun a blog at billcountryman.com and he invites your comments and suggestions.  One aspect of it is a reprise of the material discussed in our monthly Scripture Class. He’s also writing about gardening and other topics.    Reminder: Bill’s First Sunday Bible Study Class is on summer hiatus until October 27, 2015.

SAVE THESE DATES: UPCOMING EVENTS

AN EVENING WITH CORNEL WEST.  July 7, 2015, 7:00 p.m.  Join Dr. Cornel West at the Berkeley AME Church at Ashby and Adeline in Berkeley.  Dr. West will share his thoughts on race and justice in the San Francisco Bay Area.

SOLO ART SHOW AT NIAD FOR CARLOS R. FERNANDEZ.  Carlos Fernandez, Deacon Ellen’s eldest son, will have a solo art show at NIAD Art Center at 551 23rd Street, Richmond, California and running July 13-25.  Carlos has exhibited art work at the California State Capitol in Loni Hancock’s office, at Catholic Charities and other venues.  For this show, Carlos will exhibit his watercolors in the Storefront Gallery of the studio and his work will be for sale.  Carlos also works at Creative Growth in Oakland.  NIAD is a studio visual art program for artists with disabilities.

THE Horns a Plenty Brass Band will present a program of Swing, Jazz, Ragtime, Dixieland and a little novelty besides at Good Shepherd on July 19, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.  The cost of admission will be $15.00.

The Rev. Barbara Hill’s memorial will be at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Albany, California, on Saturday, August 8, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. with a reception to follow. If one wishes, please make donations to St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Barbara’s honor. No flowers per Barbara’s request please.

EQUIPPING THE BELOVED COMMUNITY – ST. CLEMENT’S, AUGUST 29, 2015: Diocesan training for Eucharistic visitors/ministers and other ministries.  Please see Ellen if you are interested in attending, especially for Eucharistic ministers.  The training for this particular ministry requires some ‘homework’ before the actual meeting in August.

THE MONTHLY FIRST SUNDAY SCRIPTURE CLASS is on a summer hiatus until the fall, returning on October 27, 2015.

 ONGOING SERVICES:

WEDNESDAY NOON PRAYER AND LAYING ON OF HANDS continues during Este’s sabbatical.  Tom Slocumb and The Rev. Teddy Knight will officiate.  The service begins at noon in the church and uses the noon prayer service from the New Zealand Prayer Book.  Meditation and laying on of hands for healing are also offered.

BRINGING THE EUCHARIST TO OUR NEIGHBORS.  Join us as we bring the Eucharist to Strawberry Creek Lodge at 2:00 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month.  The Rev. Teddy Knight, Tom Slocumb and The Rev. Susan Bergmans will officiate at an ecumenical service based on the BCP “Communion Under Special Circumstances.”  Bread and wine will be consecrated at our table at the 11:00 a.m. service, and the ministers will be commissioned to bring the sacraments.  The Strawberry Creek Lodge is located at  1320 Addison near Acton in Berkeley.

 

Announcements for the Week of June 28 – July 4, 2015

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

Proper 8/Year B/Daily Office Year 1

 

Preaching  today is The Rev. William Trego

and Presiding today is The Rev. Dr. Jay Emerson Johnson

The Texts This Week:

RCL:  2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27,  Psalm 30,  2 Corinthians 8:7-15, Mark 5:21-43

Hymns: 568, 530, 521, 773 (WLP)

 

Please pray for:  Susan Bergmans, Cynthia Morse, The family of Andrea Thompson, Ernest, friend of Joseph Caggiano, for the continued healing of Tony, Tom Slocomb’s grandson, and Jonna, daughter of Alicia Carter, and her family;  for the martyrs of Mother Emanuel AME Church in South Carolina, and their families, friends and parishioners, for the Cal Students who died at the Library Garden Apartments.

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 – SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 2015:

 

TODAY WE WELCOME  The Rev. William Trego as our preacher.  Bill and his family are new members of our flock and comes from the United Methodist Church.  Welcome, Bill!

 

THE Sandwich Ministry (Mondays) and Hot Lunch (Fridays) need a few good volunteers.  If you have a morning free, on Monday or Friday, check us out and see if you would enjoy the job.  You can also talk to Teddy Knight at coffee hour to learn about this very important ministry to our West Berkeley neighborhood.

 

LIKE COFFEE HOUR?  Many of us do – it’s fellowship as important as our Eucharist.  Hopefully we can get a few volunteers to set up and take down coffee hour in the parish hall, so that last week’s absence of fellowship won’t be repeated.  It takes no more than 30 minutes to set up, set out the food and brew the coffee, even less time to clean up.  If you can spare 30 minutes on a Sunday, please see Ellen or Dan.  All we need are four people to take one Sunday a month and you can take set up or clean up.

 

Bill Countryman has begun a blog at billcountryman.com and he invites your comments and suggestions.  One aspect of it is a reprise of the material discussed in our monthly Scripture Class. He’s also writing about gardening and other topics.

 

PASTORAL CARE NEEDS: The Rev. Anne Jenson will be available for pastoral care and pastoral emergencies from May 22 through July 6.  She may be reached at 510-917-3630.  Ellen will as always be available by phone at 510-646-1066 or at goodshepherddeacon@outlook.com during the evenings.

 

THE THIRD QUARTER ROTA will be distributed to Liturgical Ministers and Clergy on Sunday evening.

 

SAVE THESE DATES: UPCOMING EVENTS

 

AN EVENING WITH CORNEL WEST.  July 7, 2015, 7:00 p.m.  Join Dr. Cornel West at the Berkeley AME Church at Ashby and Adeline in Berkeley.  Dr. West will share his thoughts on race and justice in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

SOLO ART SHOW AT NIAD FOR CARLOS R. FERNANDEZ.  Carlos Fernandez, Deacon Ellen’s eldest son, will have a solo art show at NIAD Art Center at 551 23rd Street, Richmond, California in July.  Carlos has exhibited art work at the California State Capitol in Loni Hancock’s office, at Catholic Charities and other venues.  For this show, Carlos will exhibit his watercolors.  NIAD is a studio visual art progam for artists with disabilities.

 

The Rev. Barbara Hill’s memorial will be at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Albany, California, on Saturday, August 8, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. with a reception to follow. If one wishes, please make donations to St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Barbara’s honor. No flowers per Barbara’s request please.

 

EQUIPPING THE BELOVED COMMUNITY – ST. CLEMENT’S, AUGUST 29, 2015: Diocesan training for Eucharistic visitors/ministers and other ministries.  Please see Este or Ellen if you are interested in attending, especially for Eucharistic ministers.  The training for this particular ministry requires some ‘homework’ before the actual meeting in August.

 

THE MONTHLY FIRST SUNDAY SCRIPTURE CLASS is on a summer hiatus until the fall, returning on October 27, 2015.

 

ONGOING SERVICES:

 

WEDNESDAY NOON PRAYER AND LAYING ON OF HANDS continues during Este’s sabbatical.  Tom Slocumb and The Rev. Teddy Knight will officiate.  The service begins at noon in the church and uses the noon prayer service from the New Zealand Prayer Book.  Meditation and laying on of hands for healing are also offered.

 

BRINGING THE EUCHARIST TO OUR NEIGHBORS.  Join us as we bring the Eucharist to Strawberry Creek Lodge at 2:00 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month.  The Rev. Teddy Knight, Tom Slocumb and The Rev. Susan Bergmans will officiate at an ecumenical service based on the BCP “Communion Under Special Circumstances.”  Bread and wine will be consecrated at our table at the 11:00 a.m. service, and the ministers will be commissioned to bring the sacraments.  The Strawberry Creek Lodge is located at  1320 Addison near Acton in Berkeley.

Announcements for the Week of June 21-27, 2015

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

Proper 7/Year B/Daily Office Year 1

Preaching  and Presiding today is

The Rev. Cn. Stefani Schatz

 

The Texts This Week:

RCL: 1 Samuel 17:57-18:5, 10-16; Psalm 133; 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; Mark 4:35-41

Hymns (1982 Hymnal): 432, 493, 379 and 579.

 

Please pray for:  Susan Bergmans, Cynthia Morse, The family of Andrea Thompson, Ernest, friend of Joseph Caggiano, for the continued healing of Tony, Tom Slocomb’s grandson, and Jonna, daughter of Alicia Carter, and her family;  for the souls of Barbara Ekstrom Carlson, cousin of Ellen Ekstrom, and the martyrs of Emanuel AME Church in South Carolina, and their families, friends and parishioners.

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 – SUNDAY, JUNE 21, 2015:

 

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to all those who nurture, support, teach, and especially love as fathers in our lives!

 

THANKS TO ALL who brought pies and attended the auction and potluck supper last Sunday night, and more importantly, bid on the scrumptious offerings!  The money raised will go into Good Shepherd’s operating budget.

 

TODAY WE WELCOME BACK The Rev. Canon Stefani Schatz as our preacher and presider.

 

THE Sandwich Ministry (Mondays) and Hot Lunch (Fridays) need a few good volunteers.  If you have a morning free, on Monday or Friday, check us out and see if you would enjoy the job.  You can also talk to Teddy Knight at coffee hour to learn about this very important ministry to our West Berkeley neighborhood.

 

Bill Countryman has begun a blog at billcountryman.com and he invites your comments and suggestions.  One aspect of it is a reprise of the material discussed in our monthly Scripture Class. He’s also writing about gardening and other topics.

 

PASTORAL CARE NEEDS: The Rev. Anne Jenson will be available for pastoral care and pastoral emergencies from May 22 through July 6.  She may be reached at 510-917-3630.  Ellen will as always be available by phone at 510-646-1066 or at goodshepherddeacon@outlook.com during the evenings.

 

THE THIRD QUARTER ROTA is being prepared this week.  Liturgical Ministers, if you haven’t given Ellen your availability to serve, now’s the time.

 

SAVE THESE DATES: UPCOMING EVENTS

 

The Rev. Barbara Hill’s memorial will be at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Albany, California, on Saturday, August 8, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. with a reception to follow. If one wishes, please make donations to St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Barbara’s honor. No flowers per Barbara’s request please.

 

EQUIPPING THE BELOVED COMMUNITY – ST. CLEMENT’S, AUGUST 29, 2015: Diocesan training for Eucharistic visitors/ministers and other ministries.  Please see Este or Ellen if you are interested in attending, especially for Eucharistic ministers.  The training for this particular ministry requires some ‘homework’ before the actual meeting in August.

 

THE MONTHLY FIRST SUNDAY SCRIPTURE CLASS is on a summer hiatus until the fall, returning on October 27, 2015. 

 

ONGOING SERVICES:

 

WEDNESDAY NOON PRAYER AND LAYING ON OF HANDS continues during Este’s sabbatical.  Tom Slocumb and The Rev. Teddy Knight will officiate.  The service begins at noon in the church and uses the noon prayer service from the New Zealand Prayer Book.  Meditation and laying on of hands for healing are also offered.

 

BRINGING THE EUCHARIST TO OUR NEIGHBORS.  Join us as we bring the Eucharist to Strawberry Creek Lodge at 2:00 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month.  The Rev. Teddy Knight, Tom Slocumb and The Rev. Susan Bergmans will officiate at an ecumenical service based on the BCP “Communion Under Special Circumstances.”  Bread and wine will be consecrated at our table at the 11:00 a.m. service, and the ministers will be commissioned to bring the sacraments.  The Strawberry Creek Lodge is located at  1320 Addison near Acton in Berkeley.

 

 

Announcements for the Week of June 14-20, 2015

Sunday, June 14, 2015

The Third Sunday After Pentecost

Proper 6/Year B/Daily Office Year 1

Preaching  today is

The Rev. Dr.  L. Wm. Countryman

Presiding  today is

The Rev. Dr.  Jay Johnson

The Texts This Week:

RCL: 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13 + Psalm 20 + 2 Corinthians 5:6-10, (11-13), 14-17

+  Mark 4:26-34

Hymns  754 + 302 + 589 + 538

 

Please pray for:  Susan Bergmans, Cynthia Morse, The family of Andrea Thompson, Ernest, friend of Joseph Caggiano, for the continued healing of Tony, Tom Slocomb’s grandson, and Jonna, daughter of Alicia Carter, and her family;  for the soul of The Rev. Barbara Hill, wife of The Ven. Kathleen van Sickle and for Barbara and Kathleen’s family.

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 – SUNDAY, JUNE 14, 2015:

 

MMMMMMMM……PIE!  THE ANNUAL PIE SUPPER IS TONIGHT!   

COME TO THE PIE SUPPER AND AUCTION! But first. . . MAKE A PIE! Our long tradition here at Good Shepherd is to make the best pie you can possibly come up with, and then decorate the pie box—be creative!  Some people just write the recipe, some draw the ingredients—whatever!

THEN. . .Be there: Sunday June 14, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. in the parish hall. Bring your check book, several friends, your family, and a big appetite! Our star auctioneer, Deacon Ellen Ekstrom, will cause you to spend all of your money on pie, as well you should.  We’ve got people coming from out of town for this event, so fire up those ovens and get baking!!!

 

THE Sandwich Ministry (Mondays) and Hot Lunch (Fridays) need a few good volunteers.  If you have a morning free, on Monday or Friday, check us out and see if you would enjoy the job.  You can also talk to Teddy Knight at coffee hour to learn about this very important ministry to our West Berkeley neighborhood.

 

Bill Countryman has begun a blog at billcountryman.com and he invites your comments and suggestions.  One aspect of it is a reprise of the material discussed in our monthly Scripture Class. He’s also writing about gardening and other topics.

 

SAVE THESE DATES: UPCOMING EVENTS

 

ELLEN will be off duty June 14 (but she’ll be auctioning off pies on the evening of the 14th).   Ellen returns to service on June 21st.

 

PASTORAL CARE NEEDS: The Rev. Anne Jenson will be available for pastoral care and pastoral emergencies from May 22 through July 6.  She may be reached at 510-917-3630.  Ellen will as always be available by phone at 510-646-1066 or at goodshepherddeacon@outlook.com during the evenings.

 

The Rev. Barbara Hill’s memorial will be at Alban’s Episcopal Church, Albany, California, on Saturday, August 8, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. with a reception to follow. If one wishes, please make donations to St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Barbara’s honor. No flowers per Barbara’s request please.

 

EQUIPPING THE BELOVED COMMUNITY – ST. CLEMENT’S, AUGUST 29, 2015: Diocesan training for Eucharistic visitors/ministers and other ministries.  Please see Este or Ellen if you are interested in attending, especially for Eucharistic ministers.  The training for this particular ministry requires some ‘homework’ before the actual meeting in August.

 

WEDNESDAY NOON PRAYER AND LAYING ON OF HANDS continues during Este’s sabbatical.  Tom Slocumb and The Rev. Teddy Knight will officiate.  The service begins at noon in the church and uses the noon prayer service from the New Zealand Prayer Book.  Meditation and laying on of hands for healing are also offered.

 

BRINGING THE EUCHARIST TO OUR NEIGHBORS.  Join us as we bring the Eucharist to Strawberry Creek Lodge at 2:00 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month.  The Rev. Teddy Knight, Tom Slocumb and The Rev. Susan Bergmans will officiate at an ecumenical service based on the BCP “Communion Under Special Circumstances.”  Bread and wine will be consecrated at our table at the 11:00 a.m. service, and the ministers will be commissioned to bring the sacraments.  The Strawberry Creek Lodge is located at  1320 Addison near Acton in Berkeley.

 

Announcements for the Week of June 6-13, 2015

WELCOME!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

The Second Sunday After Pentecost

Proper 5/Year B/Daily Office Year1

Preaching  and Presiding today is

The Rev. Anne Jenson

The Texts This Week:

RCL: Genesis 3:8-15, Psalm 130, 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1, Mark 3:20-35

Hymns (from the 1982 Hymnal):  391, 620, 533 & 445

Please pray for:  Susan Bergmans, Cynthia Morse, The family of Andrea Thompson, Ernest, friend of Joseph Caggiano, for the continued healing of Tony, Tom Slocomb’s grandson, and Jonna, daughter of Alicia Carter, and her family;  for the souls of The Rev. Barbara Hill, wife of The Ven. Kathleen van Sickle, and Bill Hawes, grandfather of Nick and Carlos R. Fernandez, father in law of The Rev. Ellen L. Ekstrom, and their family.

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 – SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 2015:

 

WELCOME ANNE!  Today we welcome The Rev. Anne Jenson as our preacher and presider.  Please take a moment to say hello to Anne!

 

BIBLE CLASS TODAY AFTER THE SERVICE.  Join The Rev. Bill Countryman in a discussion of the Book of Amos – it’s a short, interesting book.  All are welcome to attend in the Sisson Salon in the Parish Hall.

 

STRAWBERRY CREEK LODGE SERVICE AT 2:00 p.m. TODAY.  The Rev. Teddy Knight and Tom Slocumb will lead an ecumenical service based on the BCP “Communion Under Special Circumstances.”  You are welcome to join them as they bring our eucharist from our table to theirs.

 

SAVE THESE DATES: UPCOMING EVENTS

 

ELLEN will be off duty June 7 and 14 (but she’ll be auctioning off pies on the evening of the 14th).   The Rev. Frank Sterling will serve on those mornings.  Thanks again, Frank!

 

PASTORAL CARE NEEDS: The Rev. Anne Jenson will be available for pastoral care and pastoral emergencies from May 22 through July 6.  She may be reached at 510-917-3630.  Ellen will as always be available by phone at 510-646-1066 or at goodshepherddeacon@outlook.com during the evenings.

 

MMMMMMMM……PIE!  THE ANNUAL PIE SUPPER RETURNS TO GOOD SHEPHERD!   

COME TO THE PIE SUPPER AND AUCTION! But first. . . MAKE A PIE! Our long tradition here at Good Shepherd is to make the best pie you can possibly come up with, and then decorate the pie box—be creative!  Some people just write the recipe, some draw the ingredients—whatever!

THEN. . .Be there: Sunday June 14, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. in the parish hall. Bring your check book, several friends, your family, and a big appetite! Our star auctioneer, Deacon Ellen Ekstrom, will cause you to spend all of your money on pie, as well you should.  We’ve got people coming from out of town for this event, so fire up those ovens and get baking!!!

 

The Rev. Barbara Hill’s memorial will be at Alban’s Episcopal Church, Albany, California, on August 8th at 11a.m. with reception to follow. If one wishes, please make donations to St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Barbara’s honor. No flowers per Barbara’s request please.

 

EQUIPPING THE BELOVED COMMUNITY – ST. CLEMENT’S, AUGUST 29, 2015: Training for eucharistic visitors/ministers and other ministries.  Please see Este or Ellen if you are interested in attending.

 

WEDNESDAY NOON PRAYER AND LAYING ON OF HANDS continues during Este’s sabbatical.  Tom Slocumb and The Rev. Teddy Knight will officiate.  The service begins at noon in the church and uses the noon prayer service from the New Zealand Prayer Book.  Meditation and laying on of hands for healing are also offered.

 

BRINGING THE EUCHARIST TO OUR NEIGHBORS.  Join us as we bring the Eucharist to Strawberry Creek Lodge at 2:00 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month.  The Rev. Teddy Knight, Tom Slocumb and The Rev. Susan Bergmans will officiate at an ecumenical service based on the BCP “Communion Under Special Circumstances.”  Bread and wine will be consecrated at our table at the 11:00 a.m. service, and the ministers will be commissioned to bring the sacraments.  The Strawberry Creek Lodge is located at  1320 Addison near Acton in Berkeley.

 

Announcements for the Week of May 24-30, 2015

Sunday, May 24, 2015 – The Day of Pentecost

Year B/Daily Office Year1
Preaching and Presiding today is The Rev. Dr. L. Wm. Countryman

The Texts This Week:

RCL: Acts 2:1-21 + Psalm 104: 25-35,37 + Romans 8:22-27 + John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15

Hymns (from the 1982 Hymnal): 52, 513, 229 and 511

Please pray for: Susan Bergmans, Cynthia Morse, The family of Andrea Thompson, Ernest, friend of Joseph Caggiano, for the continued healing of Tony, Tom Slocomb’s grandson, and Jonna, daughter of Alicia Carter, and her family; for the souls of The Rev. Barbara Hill, wife of The Ven. Kathleen van Sickle, and Bill Hawes, grandfather of Nick and Carlos R. Fernandez and the family.

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

ELLEN will be away June 7 and 14 (but she’ll be auctioning off pies on the evening of the 14th). The Rev. Frank Sterling will serve on those mornings. Thanks again, Frank!

PASTORAL CARE NEEDS: The Rev. Anne Jenson will be available for pastoral care and pastoral emergencies from May 22 through July 6. She may be reached at 510-917-3630. Ellen will as always be available by phone at 510-646-1066 or at goodshepherddeacon@outlook.com during the evenings.

CORO CICONIA AT GOOD SHEPHERD, MAY 24, 2015, 7:00 p.m. in the Church. Asher Davison directs Coro Ciconia in a performance of Machaut’s Messe and Other Glories: Stylistic Threads of Medieval Sacred Music. Join us for a lyrical and energetic voyage back from early Renaissance polyphony of Josquin and Brumel to the striking earliest known setting of the complete Ordinary of the Mass, the “Nostre Dame” of Guillaume Machaut (c. 1300–1377). Along the way, encounter the Alma Redemptoris Mater settings of Ockeghem and Dufay, an ecstatic work by the influential de Vitry, and Mass movements by the underappreciated Zacara and Ciconia. A suggested donation of $20.00 ($10.00 reduced) will be appreciated. For more information call 818-331-7504.

MMMMMMMM……PIE! THE ANNUAL PIE SUPPER RETURNS TO GOOD SHEPHERD!
COME TO THE PIE SUPPER AND AUCTION! But first. . . MAKE A PIE! Our long tradition here at Good Shepherd is to make the best pie you can possibly come up with, and then decorate the pie box—be creative! Some people just write the recipe, some draw the ingredients—whatever!
THEN. . .Be there: Sunday June 14, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. in the parish hall. Bring your check book, several friends, your family, and a big appetite! Our star auctioneer, Deacon Ellen Ekstrom, will cause you to spend all of your money on pie, as well you should. We’ve got people coming from out of town for this event, so fire up those ovens and get baking!!!

WEDNESDAY NOON PRAYER AND LAYING ON OF HANDS continues during Este’s sabbatical. Tom Slocumb and The Rev. Teddy Knight will officiate. The service begins at noon in the church and uses the noon prayer service from the New Zealand Prayer Book. Meditation and laying on of hands for healing are also offered.

BRINGING THE EUCHARIST TO OUR NEIGHBORS. Join us as we bring the Eucharist to Strawberry Creek Lodge at 2:00 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month. The Rev. Teddy Knight, Tom Slocumb and The Rev. Susan Bergmans will officiate at an ecumenical service based on the BCP “Communion Under Special Circumstances.” Bread and wine will be consecrated at our table at the 11:00 a.m. service, and the ministers will be commissioned to bring the sacraments. The Strawberry Creek Lodge is located at 1320 Addison near Acton in Berkeley.
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