Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
Volume 31, Number 36
Mark your Calendar 7-4 7-4 7-9 7-10 7-11 7-14 7-18 7-18 7-21 7-25 7-31
Bluegrass 10,000 Independence Day ~ Office Closed First Thursday Book Group Habitat Build Begins Suicide Conversation Youth Pool Party Womenâ€™s Bible Study Tea Family Fun Night at Champs Mission Trip to Barnes Mountain Theology on Tap Prayer Shawl Ministry
Miller and Wrigley Organ Dedication
Reminders Bible Study with Fr. Dominic Mondays at 6 pm Morning Prayer Tuesdays at 9 am Holy Eucharist with Healing Wednesdays at 12:05 pm Theology for Now with Fr. Dominic July 3, 10, 17 at 7 pm Centering Prayer with Fr. Brian Fridays at 7 am Holy Eucharist Sundays at 8 & 10 am & 5 pm
More than 350 people filled Good Shepherd to hear the Dedicatory Recital of the Miller and Wrigley Organ. Work began on the organ in 2011 at Goulding & Wood Organ Builders in Indianapolis. The concert held on Friday, June 21, 2013 was a culmination of the four-part installation that took several months. We were blessed to have three amazing organists: our own John Kevin Linker, Owen Sammons from St. Peterâ€™s Church and Schuyler Robinson, UK Organ Professor. Many thanks to all who contributed to the wonderful reception that followed. See pages 6 & 7 for more photos!
Good Shepherdâ€™s Annual Outreach Gala Gay-la? Gah-la? It doesn't matter how you pronounce it...it is one great party! Since the Outreach Gala inception in 1999, we have enjoyed An Evening In Paris, partied at Mardi Gras, taken our chances in Viva Las Vegas, and even "murdered" our own choir master on The Orient Express. While there is no question we can throw a great party, Gala is so much more. The Good Shepherd Outreach Ministry Galas, through silent and live auctions and donations, have collectively distributed approximately $313,000 to local and global charitable organizations. The past recipients have included a medical mission to South America, Moveable Feast, Habitat for Humanity, and our very own Diocesan Reading Camp. The Outreach Committee has a thorough and compassionate screening process to select these beneficiaries. This year's recipients will be Refuge Inc., Camp Horsin' Around, and St. Mark's Hazard. Established in 2000, Refuge Inc., provides housing, employment assistance, and help in navigating the immigration process. Additional assistance and services enable these displaced families to establish residency. Refuge Inc. purchased a home, The Refuge, in 2002 which was partially funded by proceeds from previous galas. The needs of families that depend on Refuge Inc., make it necessary to continue funding through Good Shepherd Outreach Galas. Situated on 191-acres in Boyle and Mercer Counties, Camp Horsin' Around provides camping facilities for children with compromised health from Kentucky and surrounding states. CHA's mission is to provide a camp facility specifically designed and equipped to enrich the lives of children with serious, chronic illnesses, and physical difficulties. St. Mark's, a small Episcopal mission in rural Hazard, provides food for local homeless shelters and food pantries, a meeting space for Narcotics Anonymous six days a week, and sponsors cultural activities in their community. All of this is accomplished despite an average Sunday attendance of a mere dozen people. By now you should have seen this year's Gala posters around the church and soon your invitation will arrive in the mail, but the success of any event or organization is shaped by the passion and vision of those who participate. Auction items are needed, envelopes need to be stuffed, and the event night will be here before we know it.... This year's Gala will be held on September 13th and we hope you will consider being a part of it. Whether you would like to be involved a little or a lot, a Gala committee member would love to hear from you. Thank you for sharing your compassion and resources for those we call "neighbors". We look forward to seeing you in September... We're going to party like it's 1929!
Stacy Decker 2013 Good Shepherd Outreach Gala Chair StacyDukes.Decker@gmail.com
Theology for NOW! Frederick Buechner taught me to speak. I don't mean literally of course, I mean to speak as a Christian -- and more pointedly -- to speak as a preacher. I first discovered Buechner in the closet of a summer camp staff lounge. A tattered, torn copy of "Wishful Thinking: A Theological ABC" was buried underneath a heap of discarded paperbacks, the detritus of dozens of bored camp counselors. It was discovering buried treasure. Buechner spoke of scripture, faith, grace, tradition and sacraments, all with a wry humor and unexpected wisdom. I liberated the book and took it back to study in my cabin, immersed in one of the most captivating reads of my life. The book is a series of definitions of theological topics, each set off in Buechner’s poetic, pithy style.
Theology for NOW! Upcoming Classes Wednesdays at 7 pm in the Library
Theology for Hope
Secrets in the Dark Frederick Buechner
Theology for Meaning
The Wisdom of Insecurity Alan Watts
Theology for Faith
Things Seen and Unseen Norah Gallagher
Upcoming readings are available on the parish website under Christian Formation then Adult Education as well as in the parish office.
“Ubiquity – Every automobile bears on its license plate a number which represents the number of years that have elapsed since the birth of Christ. This is a powerful symbol of the ubiquity of God and the indifference of man.” Buechner was a Presbyterian minister, a school chaplain, essayist and preacher. His writing is lucid, vivid and creative, brimming with energy and enthusiasm, caustic towards hypocrisy, forceful about faith and unafraid of doubt and ambiguity. It is deeply personal. “Buechner – It is my name. It is pronounced Beekner. If somebody mispronounces it in some foolish way, I have the feeling that what‟s foolish is me. If somebody forgets it, I feel that it‟s I who am forgotten… When I tell somebody my name I have given him a hold over me that he didn‟t have before. In the book of Exodus, God tells Moses that his name is Yahweh, and God hasn‟t had a peaceful moment since.” In seminary I struggled with preaching, struggled to turn my own style of prose into something that worked from a pulpit. There is a gap, larger than it first appears, between the ways in which we write for something that’s to be printed, like an essay, and something that is going to be delivered orally, such as a speech. Buechner wrestled with the same issue. He was more of a writer than a preacher, and he produced brilliant, haunting essays that struggled -- sometimes successfully, sometimes less so -- to live another life. “Sermon – „Don‟t preach to me!‟ means „Don‟t bore me to death with your offensive platitudes.‟ Respectable verbs don‟t get into that kind of trouble entirely by accident…” continued on next page
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In one of my homiletics courses in seminary I read his book “Telling the Truth: The Gospel and Comedy, Tragedy and Fairy Tale.” Doors opened up; bells rang out. His battle was my battle. His fears were my fears. But he also preached to me. And I mean that he taught Dominic Moore to understand the Gospel in a way I found joyful, surprising, enriching, even terrifying. And it was that joy, surprise and yes, even terror, that taught me to speak, to preach, dangerous though the waters may be. “Anybody who preaches a sermon without realizing that he‟s heading straight for Scylla and Charybis ought to try a safer and more productive line of work. Like Laying eggs for instance.” If you’re interested in reading some more from Buechner, keep an eye on the summer discussion group “Theology for NOW.” We’ll be tackling some of Buechner’s sermons on July 3 rd. The readings will be available one week ahead of time on the “Adult Classes” page of the Web site and in the church office. The Rev. Dominic Moore
The First Thursday Book Group normally meets the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the library at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. This month the first Thursday is July 4th. Enjoy the fireworks and plan to come to Book Group on Tuesday, July 9th! The regular schedule will resume in September. Book reviews and discussion are available at w w w. g o o d s h e p h e r d l e x . o r g
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Tuesday, July 9 we will discuss a poetry collection called Thirst by Mary Oliver
For more information about Good Shepherd’s First Thursday Book Group, please contact Kim Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org
John enjoying some alone time to practice for the recital!
Sunshine through the stained glass illuminates the quire side of the organ.
John Linker, Schuyler Robinson and Owen Sammons
Thank you to everyone who contributed and especially Ann Plummer for organizing a beautiful reception!
Good Shepherd dedicates the Miller and Wrigley Organ
Completed antiphonal division awaits remaining organ parts and console. Fr. Brian welcomes guests and introduces the many folks that made the dream of the Miller and Wrigley Organ come true!
The Choir had an outstanding send-off concert and Eucharist last Sunday. Godspeed as they travel to Italy this week and France next week, taking with them the melodious sounds and fantastic spirit of Good Shepherd Church.
The first phase of organ construction. In those many boxes are the antiphonal division that flank either side of the Abbott window.
What are you reading? Being passionate about the Pastoral Care Ministry and caring for others, I was intrigued by the title of the book I am reading, The Unbroken Circle: A Toolkit for Congregations Around Illness, End of Life and Grief by James L. Brooks, M.Div. It was the phrase "toolkit for congregations" that hooked me. As Pastoral Care Coordinator and part of the Pastoral Care Leadership Team with Marie Ward, Paul Kowalski and Fr. Brian, I was hopeful that this book would provide the tools we need to strengthen the ways in which we all offer care to one another at Good Shepherd. This book did not disappoint! The book gives clergy and lay leaders a roadmap for weaving end of life care into the fabric of congregational life. It addresses issues relating to leadership, education, congregational care & support, worship and communication. It provides practical tips, guidance and examples to address congregational needs. In addition, each chapter provides numerous resources for use in assisting parishioners who are experiencing illness, end of life or grief thereby creating an unbroken circle of care. I found this book to be very readable, thought-provoking and inspiring. The Unbroken Circle: A Toolkit for Congregations Around Illness, End of Life and Grief by James L. Brooks, M.Div.
Submit your article! We would love to hear about what you are reading! Provide a thoughtful review in 300 â€“ 400 words including the full title and author of the book. Articles can be submitted to email@example.com. Other special interest articles and photos are welcome! Submit your idea to the parish office. We will let you know a word limit and deadline for your submission. We hope you enjoy our new monthly edition of The Shepherdâ€™s Voice!
Published by The Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life (www.iceol.duke.edu) In collaboration with Caring Connections (www.caringinfo.org) and Project Compassion (www.project-compassion.org) Dianne Griffith, Pastoral Care Ministry Coordinator
Water Day Fun! Deacon Lauren brought Bible stories to life and a watery good time was had by all! Thanks to all families that brought your children out for our special Water Day! Special thanks to Winn & Nancy Stephens and the donation of the bouncy house!
My Experience with VBS... Written by Kathryn Wallingford I never really understood the name Vacation Bible School. ‘Vacation’ and ‘Bible’ do not seem like two words that fit well together. I love the Bible just as much as I love Jesus. And the stories of Gideon, Rebekah, and the other stories I was about to hear do mean something to me. But when I think of a vacation, margaritas, the beach, kid-free, and a dinner-out come more to mind- not hula-hoops, children, and the undercroft. So, I signed myself up and my two young boys for Good Shepherd’s VBS “God’s Big Backyard” with hesitation. Should we spend our evenings at Church or in the comfort of our own backyard, the park, or the pool? Aren’t cannon balls and Popsicles what kids really want in the summer? At the Sunday kick-off, I told my 3 -year old, Lincoln, that Bible school was going to have lots of games and crafts and be really fun. He responded by complaining that his shirt was scratchy and he needed to go home and put on his Batman pjs. When I dropped my 2-year old, Lowell, off at the nursery, he cried a little and then started bawling. I left the nursery thinking I would just chalk this up as another parenting mistake. They were too young. But I was stuck. Deacon Lauren had signed me up to teach the 1st and 2nd graders throughout the week of VBS. I had become a volunteer with a clipboard. But any anxiety I had was quickly eased by Jackson, Sabrina, Claire, Ann Everett, Jonah, Charlotte, Nate, Henry, Clare, and Lexi. They were veterans. Most of them sang in the choir and had participated in VBS in previous years. Every night when we began VBS with singing and dancing, I could not keep them off the pews. They were kids at a rock concert. I stuck close to my class and witnessed their eagerness to make crafts for their friends and family. They have never made riding in a laundry basket look so fun. In the Chapel, their busy bodies slowed down enough to hear the readings of the week, such as those of Genesis and John. In their stillness, they welcomed the lessons on Joseph forgiving his brothers and Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. And each night after VBS, I asked Lincoln if he had fun. The first night he responded, “We played games and there was a real fire in the chapel.” He was smiling. (Note: the fire was not real!). After the second evening, I walked by his room where he was playing with matchbox cars. He was also singing quietly, “Oh -oh, I wanna be like, Jesus.” He sang it better than any tune he had sung before, better than the old-country, indie rock, or hodge-podge of lyrics he had sung from his own parents’ music collection. By the third day, he asked repeatedly throughout the day when we would go to VBS. He was ready. By the end of the week, my toddler walked into the nursery on his own. There was something special and absolute about how the evenings came to a close. My youngest would join my class in the church. And there he sat on my lap, mesmerized by the music, the 8 o’clock summer sun on the stain glass, and the excited voices of the ‘big’ kids. He watched his older brother across the room. And although Lincoln was not always singing and dancing, he had never sat so still. He was listening intently to Deacon Lauren and life was happening in a way he had not heard or seen before. This was my favorite time of the evening. I knew Lowell had been well cared for. I knew Lincoln had played with new friends. I felt the support of other parents as they gave this to my children. I sat next to 10 wonderfully bright and enthusiastic kids. On the first day of VBS, Deacon Lauren opened by saying, “God gave us a family so we could take care of one another.” During this week I felt the presence of a growing family. I did not leave the week sun-kissed and refreshed after a summer retreat, but I felt a new feeling of comfort I had yet to experience as a mother. The traditional feelings of a ‘vacation’ were replaced by something greater, a chance to share with my boys a new place of worship and community. I am happy I was that volunteer with a clipboard, happy to have been a part of the vacation we called, “God’s Big Backyard.”
Guatemala Mission Trip From Aaron Rodocker's last blog while in Guatemala: "Preserve us, O Lord, while waking, and guard us while sleeping, that awake we may watch with Christ and asleep we may rest in peace. In the night I awoke to the glow of the fluorescent hallway light beaming through the transom above our bedroom door. Immediately, my mind started racing. As a physician, I have been trained to respond to medical emergencies quickly and efficiently when they interrupt my slumber. Although this was no medical emergency, oftentimes the same reaction occurs to other nighttime disturbances. The question that followed the interruption last night was, "Do I respond to the light and resolve it's intrusion into my sleep, or do I lay here and try to ignore it?" Knowing I couldn't ignore it and go back to sleep successfully, I got up and responded to it. This week, our small group of missionaries responded to the light of God's work in Guatemala. Choosing to follow where God led us, we successfully painted all of the main living areas of the orphanage. We finished painting and furnishing a study for the older children to use for their academic and personal endeavors. I examined all of the children and discussed their mental and physical healthcare needs with their caregivers. Our trio of young women taught and interacted with the children through VBS activities, leaving with the children their testimony of God's work in their lives. Yesterday ended with a heartfelt goodbye between groups, bringing most everyone to tears. As we head back to the Bluegrass today, it is a bittersweet ending to a wonderful week. What an honor and privilege it is to bring the lessons we have learned and the blessings we have received back to our Good Shepherd family. Thank you to all of you who have supported us. May we always choose to respond to God's light when it wakens us, and continue His work where he leads us." Aaron did a beautiful job expressing the calling we felt. We all learned so much from our experience. Katherine Wright and Alli Peoples did an amazing job leading a Vacation Bible School all in Spanish! The children called to them as soon as we walked in every day. Clarita
Ledbetter did an amazing job. She pushed herself and tried things she did not think she could do. Dominic Moore and Aaron painted, built and worked non-stop. I found myself doing things which had intimidated me in the past. We painted the whole inside and outside of the orphanage. We turned a room into a study for the older children which included lighting, cork boards, desks, chairs, and more. We spent time with the children and we prayed a lot. The children stole our hearts. We did it for them and for God. We felt very close to God there and knew we made a difference. The poverty in Guatemala was overwhelming. As Katherine said in her blog, "Today was very eye-opening. After breakfast, the group went to see the squatter villages which are shown in the picture. I'd learned about these settlements in school, but seeing them in person was very shocking. I could have never imagined the level of poverty those people live in and the lengths the must go to provide for themselves and their family. Unfortunately, many people cannot bear a life of such poverty and take their own lives. I saw God in the people who struggled to survive and kept going day after day. I also hoped God could have mercy on the people that did not have enough faith in Him to continue living. Later, we went to the orphanage and were once again greeted with a very warm welcome. We painted the outside of the house and Lauren overcame a fear of heights and an understandable fear of barbed-wire to paint on the balcony. Aaron and Dominic put in the most elbow grease with cabinets and painting on wobbly ladders. Alli, Clarita, and I led Vacation Bible School after painting. I was so happy to know the children were loved and to make them smile because they could have easily been one of the people who couldn't see a way out their life of poverty if Brenda and the orphanage hadn't rescued them." Alli added: "We spent the day in Antigua and visited Marta's home. Marta is a worker at Hope for Tomorrow who is in the process of building her new home. Marta's new home is a small one room home with no running water. Seeing her home and her living conditions really makes me think how blessed we are, and what all we take for granted. ...Today I really got a new sense of new appreciation for everything and everyone in my life." Soon, we will be announcing a time when everyone is invited to come hear about our experience see the pictures we took. To learn more about how you can help, or to get information on any future Guatemalan Mission Trips, please contact me, Deacon Lauren, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pastoral Care at Good Shepherd Written by Paul Kowalski In October, 2011, eight parishioners met with Fr. Dominic to establish a Pastoral Care Ministry at Good Shepherd. To begin the discussion, Fr. Dominic presented the following definitions and objectives: Pastoral Care is a ministry of presence. It is about sharing in life's ups and downs; about being present to both joy and pain. It is not about fixing anything, correcting problems, cheering people up or making someone feel better. Pastoral Care at Good Shepherd: 1. Should aim to provide this ministry of presence to the "sick, the friendless and the needy" as well as the homebound, those in nursing homes and those in hospitals. 2. Should interface with other related ministries including altar flower delivery, Eucharistic Visitors and the food ministry. 3. Should serve as an "intelligence" organization -receiving tips and information from the clergy and laity of the parish and relaying these tips whenever appropriate. 4. Should be discrete, confidential and deliberate.
Over the course of the past year we have had educational programs to better prepare us for our work. These have included ethics and confidentiality, dealing with dementia and related issues, and QPR training -- the Question, Persuade and Refer program for suicide prevention. We have come a long way since that first meeting, and we now have over twenty active members involved in the various aspects of our ministry. We listen, support, encourage, befriend, and are present for parishioners who are lonely, sick, or recovering from illness or injury, and we offer help and caring to those in need. Looking to the future, we are exploring the concept of an unbroken circle of care for those dealing with issues involving serious or long term illness, end of life and grief. Our work has been warmly received and appreciated, and has proven to be highly rewarding. We welcome all who wish to join us in our ministry.
With these precepts in mind we began by visiting those parishioners who are homebound or otherwise unable to attend church on a regular basis. These visits provide a connection between the church family and those absent from us, assuring them that they are remembered and remain vital members of our parish. We frequently take church bulletins, recordings of sermons or special music and copies of Day by Day when we visit. Several of our members are also Eucharistic Visitors who take Communion to the homebound in addition to visiting with them. As we have gained in membership we have expanded the services we are able to provide. We established a card ministry to send cards or notes to complement our visits or when circumstances dictate. The prayer shawl ministry has been renewed, and most recently a group has been organized for hospital visitations. In partnership with the Men's breakfast group and the food ministry, we have provided meals, home repairs and yard work for the Elliott family as Rick awaited and now recovers from a heart transplant. Our members attend and participate in the bi-weekly Eucharist at Mayfair.
Rick Elliott celebrated his birthday at UK Hospital. Rick expects to be released from Cardinal Hill on July 3rd. The Pastoral Care Team is planning a Homecoming Housecleaning at the Elliott Home on July 2. Thank you for all of your prayers and support during the past year that Rick has been in the hospital waiting for his new heart! For more information contact Dianne Griffith, Pastoral Care Coordinator, at 223-0253 or email@example.com; Paul Kowalski at 3091849 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Marie Ward at 272-4552 or email@example.com.
PARISH BREAKFAST Sunday, June 30 8:45—9:45 a.m. All are invited for a wonderful breakfast sponsored by the Men’s Group between the services on Sunday, June 30. Suggested donation is $5 per person with a family maximum of $15. For more information or to help, please contact Bill Cox at firstname.lastname@example.org