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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 Morning Prayer Thursdays at 9 am Women’s Bible Study Thursdays at 9:30 am Centering Prayer Fridays at 7 am Holy Eucharist Sundays at 7:45, 9:00 & 11:15 am & 5:00 pm
Mark Your Calendar 10-3 10-3 10-4 10-5 10-8 10-13 10-13 10-19 10-19 10-20 10-25 10-26 10-27 10-27 10-29 10-30
First Thursday Book Group Alzheimer’s Ministry Training Komen Race Healing Service Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure The Conversation Project Blessing of the Animals Daughters of the King Meeting Men’s Breakfast GS Day School Fall Festival Choral Evensong Senior Lunch Bunch Acolyte Festival Chili Cook-Off Commitment Sunday Theology on Tap Prayer Shawl Ministry
October 1, 2013
Blessing of the Animals ~ Oct 13 at 3 pm Come One come ALL! Attention all creatures great and small! Everyday we receive a special kind of unconditional love from our pets. Just as we receive blessings for ourselves, don’t our other family members deserve them too? Sunday, October 13th at 3:00 pm we will observe a beloved Good Shepherd tradition, The Feast of St. Francis and the Blessing of the Animals. This custom is conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures. Francis, whose feast day is October 4th, loved the larks flying about his hilltop town. He and his early brothers, staying in a small hovel, allowed themselves to be displaced by a donkey.
No wonder people enjoy the opportunity to take their animal companions to church for a special blessing. Church is the place where the bond of creation is celebrated. We will join together with our faithful companions for a lively service of blessing and thanksgiving on Bell Court. There will be special games and fun for the children, cookies and snacks as well as treats for our pets. Everyone is welcomed as we join together to embrace the love we share for our companions for an exhilarating, and energetic service of blessing and thanksgiving in the church. Please join us for this spirited celebration of all of God’s beautiful creations.
The bond between person and pet is like no other relationship, because the communication between fellow creatures is at its most basic. Eye-toeye, a man and his dog, or a woman and her cat, are two creatures of love.
“Most high, omnipotent, good Lord, grant your people grace to renounce gladly the vanities of this world; that, following the way of blessed Francis, we may for love of you delight in your whole creation with perfectness of joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.” Holy Women, Holy Men
Flocks of Pink Flamingos are infesting the yards of Lexington!
by Deacon Lauren
2. Flamingos are friendly creatures (when they are not partying too much) and like to visit friends of a friend. For a fee of $10, a Flamingo Keeper will take the flamingos to have a good time in requested yards. These flamingos are famous for their attention getting flock. They tend to like to stay put until a specialist has been called for removal. A yard sign lets it’s residents know these partying flamingos have a purpose.
Good Shepherd Youth Group have hired some "Specialists" to take care of the problem. Here is how you can protect yourself from these pink flamingo flocks inhabiting your yard: 1. Buy Flamingo Protection Insurance: this protects your yard for the entire school year (2013-2014) from these pink visitors. For a onetime charge of $35 your yard is guaranteed to be Flamingo free for the whole year.
3. A Flamingo Specialist is hard to find. Once a flock of flamingos has landed in someone's yard, they are difficult to catch and remove. A suggested donation of $20 is required to ensure their removal is complete. Flamingos go where friends of a friend request them. So unless you have insurance, flamingos may visit again! These flamingos are not afraid of dogs or cats! Flamingo money will go to the youth scholarship fund. For more information about Flamingo Insurance or to order a Flamingo Flock, contact Deacon Lauren.
Good Shepherd has received many thank you notes for the wonderful ministries our parishioners continue to support! Our Prayer Shawl Ministry led by Jan Hellebsusch has made and delivered beautiful knitted prayers shawls to many sick parishioners. Notes of thank you have been sent to the parish office from many thankful folks! Bonnie Greeson would like to thank Nancy Wilson and her food ministry teams for the wonderful food delivered from so many kind people. She enjoyed the new recipes and greatly appreciated that she did not have to worry about cooking while she was recovering. Thoughts and prayers are very much appreciated as well as the beautiful flowers that filled the house with a lovely fragrance. Other notes have been sent thanking our many flower deliver teams for the beautiful arrangements and visits. Kitty Mattingly was thankful for the birthday flowers and wishes. Betty Meyer loved getting flowers and a visit for her 90th birthday. She is thankful for this connection to Good Shepherd as well as the Eucharist held at Mayfair twice a month. Fadwa Mashni would like to thank everyone for the cards and prayers following Mike’s death. Baylor Capers wants to thank Fr. Brian and Susan for hosting a wonderful Newcomer’s Brunch in August. Joyce Roth and her Newcomer’s Committee did a fabulous job with plenty of wonderful and delicious food. It was a special day with wonderful fellowship. Page 2
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Baptisms at Good Shepherd
Holy Baptism is the sacrament of becoming a Christian. Both adults and children may be baptized and the Church understands baptism
as the start of one's life in Christ. It is the way a person begins a lifelong commitment to know and love and serve God as a follower of Jesus. Baptism is a gift of God that comes through the Church and is celebrated in the gathered community of faith.
the Baptism of our Lord (January). We also schedule baptisms Sunday mornings at either the 9 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. service. The next date for baptisms at Good Shepherd is All Saints' Sunday, November 3, 2013.
Baptisms at Good Shepherd are held on the four traditional baptismal feast days: Easter Eve (April); Pentecost (May or June); All Saints' Day (November); and
Anyone wanting more information about baptism should contact the parish office at 859-252-1744 or email@example.com
Alzheimer's/Dementia Ministry DATE CHANGE! Due to a scheduling conflict, the Alzheimer's Ministry Training with Lois Howard has been changed to Thursday October 3rd at 6:30pm. Deacon Lois will teach us a bit about dementia, various behaviors we might see in someone who has dementia and how to best communicate with those persons. We will also talk about developing a ministry that will be flexible in terms of time involvement and how to begin that ministry. This is a wonderful ministry that individuals or the entire family can be involved in! Sign up sheet is in the logia. For questions contact Dianne Griffith firstname.lastname@example.org
The Conversation Project
Please join the Pastoral Care Ministry on Tuesday, October 8, at 6:30pm in the library to hear our guest speaker, Diane Munoz, Chaplain for Hospice of the Bluegrass. She will speak on "The Conversation Project," a program dedicated to helping people talk with their family about their wishes for end-of-life care. It is intended for people of all ages. What this conversation can do is provide a shared understanding of what matters most to you and to your loved ones, and can make it easier to make decisions when the time comes. The handout she will provide is a guide that can be used if you are preparing to have the conversation with your family or if you want to help someone else to prepare to share their wishes. All members of the congregation are invited to attend. A sign-up sheet will be available in the loggia. Please plan to attend this informative and helpful program.
College is a big step in the lives of our young people. College Ministry is a way to connect to the youth who were active in their high school life at Good Shepherd, but have left "home" to advance their education and find their career paths. A College Ministry Committee forms a bridge to let the young adults know we are still their family and care for them. College students, who still feel connected to their church, are more likely to continue going to church and making their faith an important part of their lives. We need a group of people who are willing to give their time once every other month to connect through sending care packages and letters while they are at school and then hosting get-togethers when our students are home for a break. Please let Deacon Lauren know if you are interested in this ministry or if you have a college student who was active in their high school life at Good Shepherd and whose parents attend Good Shepherd. Deacon Lauren will need their college mailing address. Contact Deacon Lauren at email@example.com
Good Shepherd and Booker T. Washington Elementary School Supply Collection Again this fall, Good Shepherd is conducting a school supply drive for teachers at Booker T. Washington so that they will have needed supplies for their classrooms. All twenty nine teachers have put together a list of most needed supplies. So, if you can help, the list can be found in the Loggia. Choose one or several of the post it notes listing supplies requested. Please return all supplies by Sunday 10-13. Letâ€™s help the teachers help the children. For more information about the school supply drive, contact Nancy Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org
One to One Mentoring Last spring the Good Shepherd community responded to a need for reading coaches for Booker T. Washington Elementary. Over 20 parishioners were trained by the Partnership for Successful Schools and began mentoring first or second graders one-to-one for 40 minutes once a week. This year we have added 10 mentors to our list of volunteers. Please call me or email Kathy Bihl at email@example.com if you would like to know more.
Blessings in a Backpack Good Shepherd has four teams of people that fill backpacks with food for hungry children at Booker T. Washington so that they have food available to them for the weekend. All of the food is child-friendly, nonperishable, easily consumed and vitamin fortified. Backpacks are discreetly distributed to children on the last day before the weekend or vacation. To find out more about this ministry or to become involved contact Virginia Valentin at firstname.lastname@example.org
First Thursday Book Group We are walking in Henry VIII’s castle, through corridors of power and intrigue, hearing the secret dreams and wishes of the King, eye-witnesses to the beginning of the English reformation. Or we are in the marshes near Cape Cod, the water around us teeming with life, listening to the hum and lessons of the created world, glimpsing radiance in the ordinary. Or we are in Mexico, Ireland, Nova Scotia, Haiti, in cities or small towns or on farms, witnessing quiet dramas of love or loss, loneliness or friendship, gaining insights into the mysterious workings of the human heart.
by Kim Edwards
But always, no matter where the stories take us, we are the First Thursday Book Group at Good Shepherd Church. This group was started in 2012 by Father Brian and is currently facilitated by Kim Edwards. It’s a group for anyone who loves reading: novels, stories, poems, and essays. We meet once a month to share our impressions and ideas about that month’s selection. Good books transport us to unfamiliar places and raise interesting questions; they also give us new ways to look at our own lives and experiences. Each person brings a unique perspective and understanding of the text, so the discussions are always vibrant and never predictable. Reading the books is one pleasure, and
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joining a conversation about the books is yet another. You are invited! You will be warmly welcomed, whether you can come every month or only occasionally. The list of book selections for the year is on the Good Shepherd website, along with notes and discussion suggestions for the month’s featured book. The First Thursday Book Group is open to the larger community as well, so please feel free to bring friends and neighbors—anyone who loves to read is welcome.
First Thursday Book Group Schedule October 3 & November 7
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
The Spirit Level by Seamus Heaney
My Bright Abyss by Christian Wyman
Island: The Complete Stories by Alistair MacLeod
Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat
The Unquiet Earth by Denise Giardina
All the Living by CE Morgan
Dear Life (stories) by Alice Munro
Epistles by Mark Jarman
A Service of Healing and Hope Good Shepherd will offer a Service of Healing and Hope on Friday, October 4 at 7:00 p.m. The service is open to anyone, but especially to those coping with illness themselves or in taking care of a loved one. Please join us on Friday night and then again on Saturday for the Komen Race for the Cure to be held downtown. For more information please contact the parish office at 252-1744.
Ministries and You Sometimes I hear people say, “I’d like to be more involved at Good Shepherd.” How exciting it is for them to reach out, and how normal reaching out really is. After all, our mission statement says that we are “drawn to the center of Christ’s love and the Holy Spirit sends us out on God’s reconciling Mission” to our church, to our community, and to the world around us. Recently most of you received the “Description of Ministries” booklet that describes most of what is offered here at Good Shepherd. If you haven’t, they are available around the church and in the parish office. The book begins with Administrative Ministries: a few being
by Joyce Roth
Communications Team, Office Helpers, Vestry. The Discipleship Ministries include those that will bring nourishment to you, but also offer you a chance to serve in one of the ministries: Rector’s Forum on Sundays, taking on leadership with our children and youth, belonging to Daughters to the King or the Newcomer Ministry. The Worship Ministries are those that form the foundation for our Worship services: Acolytes, Children’s Chapel, Ushers, Funeral Guild. Parish Life Ministries reach out to our parishioners who are in need of some special care and support: Altar Flower Delivery, Cross Quilts, Pray er Sha wls . Ou r Outreach Ministries do just
that, reach out to our community. Many of us have joined Be the Church, Blessings in a Backpack, Room in the Inn, and many more. Here’s what I want you to do if you haven’t yet done so. Take out the Interest Indicator and check off the boxes for what you might like to do, for how you may contribute to our mission and ministry. Turning in
this paper will not mean you’ve made a commitment for life. It will, though, mean that someone will contact you so that you can ask your questions and discern what and where you might put your talents. There’s a box in the parish office where you can drop these papers. Be Fed and Transformed.
Church Keys Are you an adult who likes to have fun and fellowship and is looking for a place to plug in? The Church Keys might be just the group for you! Save the date - October 18th Friday evening - and watch for more information!
Room in the Inn is a shelter for homeless men from November to April who are provided beds every night, a home cooked supper, a hot breakfast in the morning, and given a sack lunch to carry with them as they leave. Various churches in Fayette and Jessamine Counties participate. Good Shepherd hosts 12-14 men on Tuesdays, twice a month in the undercroft. We cook, we host during the dinner, we set up beds, we launder, we make lunches, and we provide security for the homeless every winter season. With hands, with heart and with warm words, we welcome the men in a spiritual setting and become acquainted with each person as an individual, not as a number. The volunteers receive as much from the giving as the men do receiving. For those who would love to contribute your time and gifts again and for new persons who would like to get started, sign up on the poster or call Anne Peschke, 268-1618.
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Reflection's from Fr. Brian As I write this, an early autumn Tuesday morning is just beginning. The air "turned" this weekend and there is no doubt that Fall is on its way. I have even pulled out my tweed jacket this morning (which I might regret by mid-afternoon). One season is ending and another beginning. Every new season comes with a certain amount of anticipation and a sense of newness, rebirth and possibility. Traditionally, autumn has been set aside as stewardship season in most Episcopal parishes. A few talks about giving are offered on worship, a sermon might be devoted to generosity and the practice of tithing and then pledge cards appear in the mail or are handed out at church. So, the push begins to secure the financial resources to meet the coming year's budget. However, the work of stewardship at Good Shepherd began several months ago. Our Stewardship Committee developed a survey that was widely shared with our members. Many of you shared your thoughts about your hopes and dreams for Good Shepherd. Those results have shaped our approach to how we tell the story of how God's Spirit is moving in and among us here.
From the survey, we saw a snapshot of our life currently at Good Shepherd. Worship, outreach, ministries for children and youth, and music were rated most highly as areas that define us in the community. Grace Campbell, Alice Dehner, Allissa Ferguson and Matt Elliott have reflected on those respective areas, both in recent and upcoming online editions of The Shepherd's Voice. Though the voice and perspective of each reflection is unique, they all share a deep belief that Good Shepherd is poised to go even deeper in our commitment to live out the promises we have made to each other as a community of the baptized. This past year at Good Shepherd has been a time of growth. We have seen that growth in new faces joining us and putting down roots here. We have seen that growth in
our music programs, with the arrival of the Miller and Wrigley Organ and a revitalized training choir program. We have welcomed the work of Ministry Architects, as we continue to dream about the next chapters in children and youth ministries. We also continue to discern new ways to serve the wider Lexington community through ministries of Outreach. Thank you for your commitment to this place and to entering this new season with us. Together, we will help make each season a stewardship season. Please join Grace and Alice and Allissa and Matt in considering how your generous support of this parish community will bless this and many seasons to come. Peace,
Budgeted Income Actual Income
August $59,088.01 51,866.35
Year to Date $604,324.08 637,689.29
Budgeted Expense Actual Expense
Chili Cook-Off Get out your recipe and your big chili pot! In celebration of Commitment Sunday, Good Shepherd parishioners will gather Sunday October 27 at 6:00 p.m. to battle for the best chili recipe. Last yearâ€™s winners included Winn Stephens, Stephanie Gannon, Andrew Moreman and the Middle School Youth Group. See if you can beat them! Page 7
Good Shepherd Day School Fall Festival Saturday, October 19 4-7 pm
Giant Inflatables Crafts & Games Face Painting Silent Auction Great Food
SAVE THE DATE! June 6 - 8, 2014
Good Shepherd Parish Retreat Join us at the Cathedral Domain to renew this parish tradition! Contact Matt & April Elliott at email@example.com or Bill & Lucy Cox at firstname.lastname@example.org