“Godly Play” featured at 9 a.m. Sunday Eucharist

We now offer a 9:00 a.m. service of Holy Communion on Sundays designed for families. Each week we present a Godly Play story especially for children – although adults love them as well! Bring your children, your nieces and nephews and your grandchildren. And of course, yourselves if you like an earlier service!

And we continue to celebrate at 11:00 a.m. with a choral Eucharist as well!

Scripture Exploration: The Gospel of Matthew

The Rev. Dr. Bill Countryman, professor emeritus of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, continues his always wonderful scriptural course on the first Sundays of the month. On Sunday, Feb. 12 (changed from the first Sunday to accommodate the annual meeting) he will begin a series of sessions on the Gospel of Matthew.

We meet after coffee hour (usually around 12:15) . As Este says, “Can’t wait!”

Donate new or gently used cold weather clothing

Do you really need all the warm clothing in your closet? Could you let a few pieces go?

We’re collecting new or (clean, good condition) used coats, hats, mittens/gloves, scarves etc. to give away to our needy neighbors. Rain gear is very welcome as well.

Bring your contributions to our parish hall (the building behind the church on 9th Street) on Monday or Friday mornings, or on Sundays.


Eagle poem, by Joy Harjo

12/12/2016: At last night’s Advent prayer gathering, I shared one of my favorite poems by poet Joy Harjo, and other attendees asked that I post it to our website. Here you go.

“To pray, you open your whole self

To sky, to earth, to sun, to moon,

To one whole voice that is you. …”

Read the complete poem on the Poetry Foundation website

Hear the Grand Rapids Women’s Chorus sing the poem (I’m in the back row!)


Advent 2: “Pray without ceasing,” 5 p.m. followed by potluck

Sunday, December 4, 2016: Join us at 5 p.m. in our sanctuary where our seminarian Marguerite Judson will give us an introduction to a Russian Orthodox way to “pray without ceasing” (I Thessalonians 5:17) with a personal prayer said in time to one’s breath. This method draws on the anonymous 18th century Russian classic “The Way of the Pilgrim.”

After the teaching, join us for a potluck dinner in the Rectory (next door to the church)! Bring something yummy!

Supply the little necessities

We have had, for years, a very effective tradition that helps our budget quite a bit; you might call it our “supply ministry!” As you do your weekly shopping, please pick up some basic supplies to donate to the church—a few rolls of paper towels, dish detergent, or the always essential toilet paper.

We may have a sign up sheet soon on the parish hall bulletin board, but no need to wait for that! Just bring in what you can on Sundays. MUCH thanks, Este+

Announcements for Easter Week, March 27, 2016 – April 2, 2016

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter Day

The Feast of the Resurrection

Preaching Today is The Rev. Este Gardner Cantor

PresidingToday is The Rev. Dr. L. Wm. Countryman

The texts this week follow the announcements.

Please pray for:  Susan Bergmans, Cynthia Morse, Carol White, Jenny Moss,  Raphael Sanchez Casa, friend of Rev. Susan Mills, Katherine Gray Hawes, mother-in-law of Ellen Ekstrom, and we pray for the soul of Jeff Robbert.

This quarter’s thank offering recipient is Urban Adama, a local garden cooperative.




HE IS RISEN!  IT’S EASTER DAY!  JOIN US for a festive potluck lunch – bring a favorite dish to share.  We invite you to help with our annual egg hunt by bringing plastic eggs that can be filled with treats, and/or treats to put in the eggs.  Even better, bring them filled and ready to go!  We’ll have “bunnies” hide the eggs during the service.  And please, invite your family, friends and neighbors to our festive Easter celebration!  Children are especially welcome!


JEFF ROBBERT, long time member of Good Shepherd and a lamb of Christ’s redeeming, passed away on Wednesday night, March 16, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.  Our vicar Este was with him three hours before, and administered last rites and anointed his forehead and hands with holy oil.  Jeff will be missed by many.  The memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. in the church, with a potluc reception following.  May Jeff rest in peace and rise in glory.

EDIE QUINBY is organizing the reception following Jeff’s memorial service  Please call her at (510) 829-2316 if you would like to help.

WE ARE HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE that we will have a men’s spirituality group starting soon.  Please contact Simon Dinglasan at (415) 699-0487 or BsimonD1970@gmail.com.

As our vicar works Saturdays and Sundays, she attempts to take her weekend on Monday and Tuesday. You can help her do this by not emailing or calling on those days EXCEPT OF COURSE in an emergency.


Meditation classes with Dr. Ernest Isaacs will continue March 21, 2016, April 18, 2016, and May 16, 2016.  It will be more of a meditation group and not just a class for beginning meditators, although beginners are welcome and Dr. Isaacs will give instructions as needed. He will start another beginning six week class, where Dr. Isaacs go over the basic teachings of the practice, probably in June.

WOMEN’S SPIRITUALITY GROUP:  An invitation from our vicar, Este:  For those of you interested in the women’s spirituality group, we are going to wait until after Easter to begin, and it seems that more people will be able to make it on Thursday nights.  The first class will be Thursday April 7 at 7:00 in the sacristy. We will try this night of the week and see how it works. We will begin with contemplative prayer, followed by Lectio Divina, and we may evolve in different directions as time goes on.  Blessings, Este+

ECO-CONFIRMATION, April 23, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Lone Tree Point, in Rodeo, California.  This spring’s eco-confirmation will be held at Lone Tree Point above the beach in Rodeo, north of Berkeley on San Pablo Bay.  A beautiful little park with a hill overlooking the bay, a small stretch of beach, “The Beach” has been used by the townspeople of Rodeo for recreation for generations and it has been resurrected from the ravages of local industry thanks to local activists.  All are welcome to attend.


WEDNESDAY NOON PRAYER AND LAYING ON OF HANDS. 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 third 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.

VIRTUAL EVENING PRAYER on Sunday evenings at 5:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.  Please join Ellen wherever you are at five o’clock on Sunday evenings to pray for our community, our nation, our world, and to end hunger and poverty, to have our voices heard by our legislators and leaders.  Use The Lord’s Prayer, The Magnificat, the Trisagion, St. Patrick’s Breastplate, The prayers of Julian of Norwich, or whatever prayers move you to speak with God and creation.