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May 2011

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd

Corpus Christi, Texas

THE

GOOD SHEPHERD

Ph: (361) 882-1735

www.cotgs.org

Changing Lives Sharing Christ

cotgs@cotgs.org

The Rev. Milton E. Black, Jr. Rector

“Living As Easter People” For Christians, Easter means that death does not have the last word. Easter proclaims that the last word belongs to God and that word is life. Easter is not a one-time event, but a season on the liturgical calendar that extends to the celebration of Pentecost when the church celebrates the gift of the Holy Spirit. But more than a season on the church calendar, Easter is a way of life. We are Easter people. Living as Easter people means “Sharing Christ and Changing Lives.” Jesus invites us to live according to the values he preached — caring for the poor and the outcast, working for reconciliation, reaching out in love to all people. In these acts, we bear witness to the resurrection, God's triumph over death, every day of our lives. Perhaps one of the reasons that the gospel writers record so many resurrection appearances of Jesus is that the early church wanted us to know that the resurrection of Jesus is not confined to one time or place. According to scripture, Jesus appeared in the days immediately following the crucifixion — to Mary weeping at the tomb and to the disciples as they walked to Emmaus and to Thomas who released his doubts when the risen Lord reached out to him. But isn't it also true that we witness the resurrection again any time and any place that faithful people are willing to humbly take risks for the kingdom values of truth, compassion and reconciliation. Don't we see evidence of the resurrection in all places where people affirm that God's will for life is stronger than the forces of death? Living an Easter faith is not only for the great heroes and martyrs of our faith. We can all choose to live with the hope of the resurrection by leading lives of discipleship and service to others. In our workplaces and schools, communities and homes, we proclaim that hope is stronger than fear and life stronger than death whenever we share Christ in the world. Live as people of the resurrection. Yours in Christ,

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Inside The Good Shepherd: May 2011 Rector’s Message: Page 1

Mission & Outreach Page 5

Around the Church Page 9

Worship Schedule Page 2

Youth Ministries Page 6

Lay Ministry Calendar Page 10

Associate Rector Adult Christian Formation Page 3

Acolyte Recognition Page 7

Christian Formation Page 4

Youth Sunday & Seniors Page 8

Worship Schedule Sundays 8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite I 8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Breakfast Fellowship 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Christian Formation

Financial Report Page 11

St. James News Page 12

The Rev. Milton E. Black, Jr., Rector The Rev. Philip W. May, Associate Rector Patrick H.F. Roberts, St. James Headmaster Bill Pettus, Senior Warden Duane Herbst, Junior Warden M. Timothy Smith, Director of Music Scott Parnell, Director of Youth Ministries Allison Webster and Sandy McCampbell Co - Directors of Christian Education

10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II 6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II

Tuesdays

Vestry Members Janet Allen

Duane Herbst

Nina Perabo

12:15 p.m. Holy Eucharist

Linda Arnold

Mike Kershaw

Bill Pettus

Wednesdays

Anantha Babbili

Martha Kiel

Gregg Robertson

5:15 p.m. Holy Eucharist

Tracey Barre

Kevin Liles

Larken Sutherland

Contemplative Service

Anne Clemons

Brad Lomax

Kent Tompkins

Barbara Head

Sue Madry

John Warren

1st and 3rd Sunday of each month at 6:00 p.m.

Evensong Service 4th Sunday of each month at 6:00 p.m.

Morning Prayer 5th Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

Blessed to be a Blessing! How have you been blessed by your involvement in a ministry at Good Shepherd? We would like to share your story! Please submit an article about your ministry for publication in The Good Shepherd. Please also send photos! E-mail before May 15th to Cotgs@cotgs.org

Volume 41 Issue 5 The Good Shepherd (USPS 949-860) is published monthly by The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd 700 S Upper Broadway Corpus Christi TX 78401-3521. POSTMASTER: Send Address changes to The Good Shepherd 700 S Upper Broadway Corpus Christi TX 78401-3521

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Associate Rector A happy Easter to everyone! To me, this transition from Lent to Easter always feels like going from black and white to Technicolor. In fact there are lots of colorful traditions associated with Easter around the world: in the Caribbean, it’s an Easter tradition to fly brightly colored kites on the beach. One very old tradition tells us that Simon of Cyrene, the man who carried Jesus’ cross, was an egg farmer. When he got back to Cyrene after all the tumultuous events of Holy Week and Easter, he discovered that all his hens had laid multicolored eggs!

Adult Christian Formation

A charming story, and one that captures the exuberance of the season. We will be reading from the book of Acts during Easter. We encounter Peter, and he is a different man from the one who denied Jesus. He is boldly proclaiming the story of the resurrection, connecting it to the story of Israel, and helping people see Jesus as the fulfillment of God’s intentions for the nation, and the world. After turning inward during Lent, I pray for the ability to look outwards, to tell the story of Jesus in a way that connects with the history and the lives of the people God may place in my life. Lent can be a time for sitting quietly, and listening. Easter can be a time for proclaiming. So, let’s tell the story; let’s fly a kite. Maybe even check the eggs in your fridge, because you never know…

Join Rev. Philip May in the parlor on Wednesday evenings at 6pm, starting May 11, to learn from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.

In our adult Sunday School time this Easter, we will be doing a study called The Easter Experience. This will guide us through the events of the Easter story once again, in a series of video presentations, but the main emphasis will be on the question: what does this mean for us, now? Join us after breakfast in Munds Hall for The Easter Experience. Also, beginning May 11, I will be leading a Bible study on Wednesday evenings from 6pm-7pm, in the parlor. We will be diving into Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. In this letter from prison, Paul talks about everything from the destiny of the universe, to the proper conduct of a Christian household! He reflects on his life and ministry, and offers up one of the most powerful prayers ever for the unity of all Christians. Learn more, join us in the parlor on Wednesday evenings. - Philip May Page 3

New Wednesday Bible Study

Beginning Wednesday, May 11th at 6:00 p.m.

Paul is in prison, but his thoughts are with his Christian brothers and sisters. He writes to them about everything from the fate of the universe, to the character of a Christian household.

Sunday Christian Formation The Easter Experience Sunday Mornings in Munds Hall Auditorium with Rev. Philip May

The Discovery Series: A Christian Journey in the Parlor with Rev. Milton Black

Adult Confirmation If you are interested in being confirmed, please attend the Christian Journey Class and contact the Church Office 361.882.1735. The Good Shepherd, May 2011


Christian Formation Vacation Bible School * VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL Please join us for

Vacation Bible School June 6-10, 2011 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. At The Church of the Good Shepherd! Join us for an adventure of a lifetime with Pandamania! Where God is Wild about you! Campers: Pre-K through 4th Grade Counselors: rising 5th Grade through High School Register today at the Church Office!

*VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL SNACKS We’re gathering snack supplies to feed all the hungry kids who come to PandaMania VBS! Look for the giant panda in the Narthex for items needed and bring them to the Church Office by June 5th! Contact the Church Office with any Questions (361) 882-1735.

Sunday School Teachers Appreciation Sunday

Tenebrae Drama: Performed on Good Friday, April 22nd at 12 Noon T hank you for all who

Join us Sunday, May 22nd at the 10:30 a.m. Service for Sunday School Teacher Appreciation!

participated and volunteered to help with the Tenebrae Performance.

Thank You to all our Teachers! Preschool/Children's Chapel

A very special Thank You to Heather Hunt from St. James School for directing and volunteering her time to make this performance possible.

Adrienne Williams, Shawn Pettus, Mary & Melissa Orf, Anne Clemons, Susie Roberts, Faye Bruun

Good Shepherd’s Tenebrae Drama Performed by the 2nd to 8th graders

Elementary Yvette Garcia, Lesleigh Landreth, Susan and Dean Clower, Janet and Duane Herbst, John Freund

Confirmation John Perabo and Larken Sutherland Youth Sunday School: Carol Kirkland Kent Tompkins Kimberly Tompkins Middle School Basileia Anne and Lamar Clemons Sara and Michael Morgan Sherry McCleese

Register Today! June 6th - 10th 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. $35 per child! Page 4

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FISHIN’ FOR MISSION The third annual Diocesan fishing tournament will be held in Rockport, Texas on June 24-25, 2011. Register online at www.dwtx.org

Join the fun this summer at the annual Fishin’ for Mission fishing tournament and family fun weekend at Rockport, Tx. St. Peter’s Rockport will host this Diocesan wide event. Funds raised will go to support world mission projects through the Diocese of West Texas. There are guided and unguided divisions in this event with prizes for everything from biggest redfish to biggest hardhead, to best photo. For non-anglers there will be plenty of things to keep you busy too, as Rockport is a town designed for families. There is a kids fishing division and all the action happens at the Rockport Beach which is an ideal beach for small children. Shoppers and art lovers?? Rockport can keep you busy all day. Bird watchers and other nature lovers? We have activities for you too. Hope to see you there! All ages are welcome.

LOCAL MISSION: Good Shepherd Corner Good Shepherd Corner Run by COTGS Women Volunteers Choose Day and Time Monday - Friday: 10:00 - 1:00 or 1:00 - 4:00 Saturday: 10:00 - 1:00 Proceeds go to The Church of the Good Shepherd - 40% and Community Grants - 60 % A Great way to Volunteer! Call: Debi Welch 853-0805 or Janet Allen 877-3511 Page 5

Some of the many wonderful ladies who love working at the Corner! Join the fun and Volunteer Today!

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Youth Ministries

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The miracle of Facebook has alerted me that summer is near. “28 more days until summer! 37 more days until camp!” and updates of the like are the electronic hoorays of so many youth ready to take a break from school. Camps, vacations, and friends are all things to anticipate, and relish throughout the summer months. It gives us a chance to break the daily routine of life, and hopefully allow us to learn something about ourselves in the process. I spent the majority of my summers throughout high school traveling in Europe. Over the course of those four summers, I probably spent a total of three months sightseeing and visiting family in Italy, Spain, and France. Whether we were in booming Paris or little Saint-Jean-de-Luz, there was always a different church to stop and visit. The amazing thing was, each church taught us something different about God. The architecture, mosaics, frescoes, stained glass, and relief's all showed various faces of God’s grace and love. The majestic gold of the narthex mosaics at Basilica di San Marco reflected Christ’s radiant hope for the world; the proud flying buttresses of Notre Dame affirmed the solid foundation of human existence only found in church life. Learning more about the many faces of God is not restricted to tower cathedrals across Europe, it is something we aim to accomplish here during the summer months as well. Beginning on Sundays in June, we will have a unique kind of Bible Study at the Youth House for rising seventh through twelfth grade students. We will gather, play lawn games (I dare anyone to challenge me in croquet), have a delicious meal off the barbeque, and then have your favorite stories told from the Old Testament. Ultimate Frisbee on the St. James Athletic Field and Surf Club will return to Wednesdays that week too. Make sure you turn in your permission slip for our trip to Six Flags, Fiesta Texas and rising tenth through twelfth grades go ahead and mark your calendars for Happening on August 5-7… you’ll not want to miss this incredible renewal weekend. Be on the lookout for texts about open gym for basketball and lunch times when we can go grab a meal together. Parents, we will need help chaperoning these events, so be on the lookout for emails from the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) recruiting your assistance. Please keep all of the youth and parents participating in the mission trips in your prayers as well! Summer can be a wonderful time to strength our relationship with God. The burden of academics and extracurriculars is lifted for these three blessed months and permit us to re-prioritize where we spend out time. Consider what you spend your time doing this summer, and commit to making life in the resurrected Christ the top of the list. In the name of Him who rose triumphantly from the grave, Scott

P. S. When you’re out on vacation this summer (whether in Paris, France or Paris, Texas) or just relaxing at the ranch, please be intentional about worshipping on Sunday morning. Google the nearest city and with the phrase “Episcopal church” or pull out your BCP and hold Morning Prayer on the front porch with your family: it will be the rest that the soul truly craves.

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Acolyte Recognition Please join me in thanking all of these youth for their servant leadership as an acolyte. Good Shepherd could not offer the quality of worship without their intentionality in service. The excellence in worship comes from care of the minutia: thank you acolytes for the attention to these seemingly trivial details that unlocks the mystery of God. - Scott Parnell

Acolyte Directors

Alleluia Medallion

Michelle Moffitt Lyn Wigington Ann Halverson Roy Murry John Perabo Cindy Cox Sandi Carl

Ella Wigington Abbey Shockley Sam Barre Will Wallace Mariah Reaves Reid Tompkins

Nick Welsh

Ichthus Medallion

Distinguished Acolyte Galya Ryland Jack Perabo Luke Moffitt Monica Herbst Erica Mitchell Danny Arnold

James Avery Ring Erin Barre Katy Frenzel Gregory Thompson Arden Perabo Cecile Morgan Elizabeth Kirkland Cross Medallion Reed Clemons Laura Gressett Sarah Bonner Kyle Silver

Jerusalem Cross Stevens Herbst Kathryn Moffitt Fritz Cook Trevor Mauck Michael Mitchell

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Brooke Rote Caitie Labay Lauren Silver Nelson Black Davy Beecroft Lunden Owens Claire Childers

Cross of Life Wyatt Conoly Sarah Bishop Hannah Ehrman Reagan Tompkins Rob McMillan Amber Cox Nicholas Mayo Chris Harrison Emily Hellums Winter Tate Matt Anderson Wills Layton Matthew Moffitt Rachel Moore Hicks Layton Wylder Conoly Grace Binger Neal Bonner Kaden Owens Robert Lewis Frannie Bandas Emmie Anderson The Good Shepherd, May 2011


Senior Recognition: Congratulations 2011 Seniors 2011 Seniors Erica Mitchell Madlyn Constant Galya Ryland Reed Clemons Matthew Newman Gregory Thompson Reid Tompkins Luke Moffitt Danny Arnold Maude Porter Monica Herbst Page 8

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Around the Church Want to relive the events of Good Shepherd? Get the DVD! Contact the Church Office and request a DVD of any of the Good Shepherd Events. John Gaskins has been busy recording all the events here at Good Shepherd. DVDs can be purchased for$5.00 each and the proceeds go to the Mission Fund. Thank you, John, for all of your hard work, we appreciate you!

Have you registered for Vacation Bible School Yet? You better Hurry... June 6th - 10th 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon $35 per child

Make your requests by e-mail or phone: (361) 882-1735 cotgs@cotgs.org

Thanks-A-Lada! Parish Fiesta Lunch! Sunday, May 22nd

Following the 10:30 a.m. Service Dessert Contest, Delicious Lunch, Water Activities and TONS of Family Fun! *Please wear casual fiesta apparel to Church! Children: Please wear your swimsuits under your clothing, for all the water fun! $10 per person suggested donation $30 per person suggested donation

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Applications are available in the Church Office!

GOT A SWEET TOOTH? Enter the Thanks-A-Lada Dessert Contest!

Bless us with your Pies Cookies Cakes Cobblers Brownies Bring them to the Parlor Sunday Morning on May 22nd! Judges will be awarding 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes for each category. The Good Shepherd, May 2011


May 1st

May 8th

May 15

May 22

May 29 Morning Prayer

Vestry

Duane Herbst

Kevin Liles

Bill Pettus

Linda Arnold

Janet Allen

Altar Guild

Team I Jo Van Irby

Team II Marylee Browning

Team III Cheryl Rogers

Team 2 Directors: Cindy Cox John Perabo

Team 3 Directors: Ann Halverson Roy Murry

Team 4 Directors: Michelle Moffitt Lynn Wigington

Team 1 Directors: Sandi Carl Nick Welsh

Team 2 Directors: Cindy Cox John Perabo

JACK PERABO ERICA MITCHELL CECILE MORGAN REID TOMPKINS ROB MC MILLAN MICHAEL MITCHELL ARDEN PERABO NELSON BLACK REAGAN TOMPKINS DAVY BEECROFT EMMIE ANDERSON MATT ANDERSON AMBER COX FRANNIE BANDAS

ERIN BARRE FRITZ COOK STEVEN HERBST KYLE SILVER CATIE LABAY SARAH BISHOP SAM BARRE LAUREN SILVER HANNAH EHRMAN EMILY HELLUMS HICKS LAYTON WILLS LAYTON ABBY EHRMAN BLAKE HERBST MICHELLE WATTS

ELIZABETH KIRKLAND LAURA GRESSETT ELIZABETH KIRKLAN KATHRYN MOFFITT KATY FRENZEL ROBERT LEWIS ELLA WIGINGTON WYATT CONOLY WYLDER CONOLY MATTHEW MOFFITT WINTER TATE KADEN OWENS RACHEL MOORE MEREIDITH KIRKLAND GEORGE WIGINGTON ROBERT ANAYA MADDY FRAICHE MIRIMAM SANTIAGO PATSY SUSSER

SARAH BONNER TREVOR MAUCK BROOKE ROTE WILL WALLACE ABBEY SHOCKLEY CLAIRE CHILDERS GRACE BINGER NEAL BONNER CHRIS HARRISON AVERY DURILL HOUSTON SHOCKLEY JACK WALLACE CARTER PETTUS EMILY STOKES ALI MAHAFFEY LAUREN SMITH

JACK PERABO DAVY BEECROFT CECILE MORGAN MICHAEL MITCHELL ROB MCMILLAN ARDEN PERABO FRANNIE BANDAS REAGAN TOMPKINS MATT ANDERSON AMBER COX EMMIE ANDERSON MEG BANDAS SYDNEY ALLISON SARA CARLSON BLAKE SHERRON SOPHIA BERRY

8:00 a.m. Arnold, Emerson

8:00 a.m. Holt, Kershaw

8:00 a.m. Pate, Hunter

8:00 a.m. Shelton, Rogers

8:00 a.m. Welsh, Timm

10:30 a.m. Herbst, Parnell

10:30 a.m. Lundquist, Browning

10:30 a.m. McCracken, McDowell

10:30 a.m. Tegarden, Sutherland

10:30 a.m. Bruun

Lorraine Dawson

Kimberly Tompkins

Linda Pate

Cheryl Tegraden

Charlene Williams

10:30 a.m. Dr. Wes Stafford Richard Branscomb Dr. John Bishop Foster Edwards

10:30 a.m. Bill Moffitt Charles Irby Richard Schendel Bill McDowell

10:30 a.m. Charlie Hicks David Crow Frank McMillan Alan Johnson

10:30 a.m. Lance Bruun Bill McCord Paul Altheide Scott Sherman

10:30 a.m. Robert Browning John Wallace

Greeters

Anantha Babbili

Nixon Welsh

Amy Liles

Liz Nisbet

Greg Kiel

LEM Team

Mary Dettman BJ Kershaw

Sandy Renfrow Charlene Williams

Marylee Browning Alice Ann Fischer Betty Mengle

Bill McDowell Nick Welsh

Acolytes

Layreaders

DOK Flowers

Ushers

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Financial Report Income (includes prepaid pledges) exceeded our expenses by $53,342 Our income is currently $38,559 under budget and we are $21,199 under our budgeted expenses.

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd Year to Date as of March 31, 2011 Budget

Actual

Total Income

$ 379,085

Budget Deficit

$ 35,000

Total Expenses Net Surplus (Deficit)

2011 Pledge Status

Variance $ 375,526

($ 38,559)

$ 343,383

$ 322,184

$ 21,199

$ 70,702

$ 53,342

($17,360)

$ 358,610

$ 345,391

($ 13,219)

As of March 31st, pledges collected were $13,219 under budget. We appreciate your continued faithfulness and support of the mission and ministries of Good Shepherd.

Blessed to be a Blessing Look around and see the Blessings of God in all of our lives, and acknowledge them as the result of God’s unrelenting love and His amazing grace. By His blessings we are enabled to serve Him and His. We give of ourselves to Him in our sacrificial pledge through our church and its ministries. We are Blessed to be a Blessing! Your faithful pledge, in addition to those of others, will enable us to continue to provide excellent worship, education, music and fellowship; and to become more visible in our community, Changing Lives and Sharing Christ.

2011 Pledge Status as of March 31st Our goal is

54%

100% Pledging Participation of our Membership.

Please bring your 2011 Pledge Card by the church office or mail it to: Church of the Good Shepherd 700 S. Upper Broadway Corpus Christi, TX 78401 Thank you for your continued faithfulness and support of the mission and ministries of The Church of the Good Shepherd.

Early Learners Program: Church of the Good Shepherd Monday & Wednesday 8am-2pm 6 months to 2 years Tuesday & Thursday 8am-2pm 12 months to 2 ½ years Call Larissa in the Church Office for more information 361.882.1735 Page 11

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The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd

Periodical Postage Paid Corpus Christi, TX Permit No. 949-860

700 S Upper Broadway Corpus Christi TX 78401-3521 Volume: 41 Issue: 5

News from St. James NOW ENROLLING FOR 2011-2012 SCHOOL Year.

8th GRADE BACCALAUREATE & GRADUATION

Ages 2-year-olds through 8th grade. The 2 and 3-yearold classes are filling up fast. Tours are available upon request. For more information, call 883-0835 and ask for Ms. Brandy White (Admissions Coordinator) or Mrs. Darla Montano (Assistant Head of School). Check out the St. James website at www.sjes.org

The St. James Episcopal School Class of 2011 invite you to attend the Baccalaureate Service on Wednesday, May 25th at 6:00 p.m. and their Graduation Exercise on Friday, May 27th at 10:30 a.m., both to be held in The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd.

JAGUAR SUMMER DAY CAMP The Jaguar Summer Day Camp will take place from June 13-17, 2011. This camp is for 3-year-olds through 4th grade students. Children do not have to be a St. James student to attend. Times will be 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on the St. James campus. Cost: $165 per student. Note: Children must be 3 years of age, toilet trained, and have prior preschool experience. Forms are available in the School Office. For more information, contact Mrs. Darla Montano at darlamontano@sjes.org.

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