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A birthday is a great excuse for cake, balloons, giving presents and having a party. It's a day to celebrate the arrival into this world of a unique and special person. This month, we all have a special birthday to celebrate -- the birthday of the church, the Feast of Pentecost, the time when the disciples of Jesus were given the gift of the Holy Spirit. It was the time when they were empowered to proclaim the gospel of the risen Christ. I've been thinking about what we make of Pentecost. We have special hymns, the clergy wear red vestments and we hear again the amazing story of the Holy Spirit coming to the disciples in tongues of flame, in a rushing mighty wind. It is the third major festival of the church's year, surely a time we should really celebrate the Holy Spirit's gift of the saving love of our Lord Jesus Christ with great joy and thanksgiving. Yet it sometimes feels as if it slips by almost unnoticed. As I write I am remembering a time some years ago when a group of us from this church went out to find a hill (no easy task around here!) and with us we took a picnic and kites! It happened to be a lovely day and, fortunately for us, quite breezy. We climbed the hill, enjoyed our picnic and prepared to fly our kites, and as they soared into the blue sky carried by the wind, swirling and diving, dipping and curling, there was a real sense of the freedom of the Spirit and a real sense of celebration. The presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives is a great gift, but it is how we use that gift that is important. After the disciples had received the gift, they went out into the world to follow Christ, to proclaim his gospel. Peter followed and preached a sermon which resulted in 3000 people becoming

June 2011 believers and being baptized; and the church was born and continued to grow. What a cause for celebration! There are more than two billion Christians worldwide today, and people are still being added to that number; people are still coming to know God and being baptized; people are still receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit. Many of us remember with joy the baptisms in our church on Easter Day. That was a great cause for celebration. So let us celebrate with joy and thanksgiving this Pentecost and pray that we too will be inspired by the gift of the Spirit in our lives and moved by his power to spread the good news of the saving love of Christ. Linda Dean A PRAYER AT PENTECOST Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy. Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy. Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy. Amen. St Augustine of Hippo


PARISH DIRECTORY Vicar Curate Honorary Assistant Curate Reader Churchwarden Churchwarden PCC Chairman PCC Vice Chairman PCC Secretary PCC Treasurer PCC Electoral Roll Officer Administrator Altar Linen Assistant Treasurer Assistant Treasurer Book of Remembrance Chalice Bearers Child Protection Co-ordinator Children's Society Children's Work Christian Aid Church Cleaners Church Hall Bookings Coffee Makers Coffee & Rolls Director of Music Flower Arrangers Flower Arrangers Friends of Etterbeek Fund Raising Events Co-ordinators Fund Raising Events Co-ordinators Fund Raising Events Co-ordinators Good Shepherd Players Good Shepherd Players Intercessors Jimmy's Night Shelter Lesson Readers Monday Club Newsletter Editor North Cambridge Area Deanery Synod North Cambridge Area Deanery Synod North Cambridge Council of Churches North Cambridge Council of Churches Pastoral Care Co-ordinator Planned Giving Secretary Registrar of Planned Giving Envelopes Rural Development Movement Sacristan Servers Sidesmen & Sideswomen Sidesmen & Sideswomen Social Events Co-ordinator Sound System

Rev. David Maher Rev. Anthony Lees-Smith Rev. John Polkinghorne Linda Dean Terry Barringer Rhodri James Rev. David Maher Rhodri James Ruth Banger Ginni Carroll Lilas Davison Ruth Banger Finsetta Cummings Bill Elsey Jim Bass Horace Giles Bill Elsey Ruth Banger Ruby Leyshon John & Alison Phillips Simon & Clare Redfern Ruth Banger Ruby Leyshon Gill Ambrose Fiona Blows Dorothy Holliday Iris Brown Jeanne Elsey John & Elizabeth Lamont Eva Hutson Ruby Leyshon Evelyn Walker Liz Collinson Ruth Banger John Lamont Ann Callear Lilas Davison Eva Hutson Ruth Banger John Phillips Linda Fiagbedzi Ruby Leyshon Michael Lovell Linda Dean Lilas Davison Tom Shipp Henry Disney Bill Elsey Terry Barringer Rhodri James Bertha Wilson-Njenou John Lamont

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READINGS FOR JUNE Sundays and holy days 2 ASCENSION DAY Acts 1: 1-11 Matthew 28: 16-20 5

SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER Acts 1: 6-14 John 17: 1-11


PENTECOST Acts 2: 1-21 John 20: 19-23


TRINITY SUNDAY 2 Corinthians 13: 11 - end Matthew 7: 6, 12-14


FIRST SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY Romans 6: 12 - end Matthew 10: 40 - end

Wednesdays 8 Acts 20: 28 - end John 17: 11-19 15

2 Corinthians 9: 6-11 Matthew 6: 1-6, 16-18


Genesis 15: 1-12, 17-18 Matthew 7: 15-20


Acts 12: 1-11 Matthew 16: 13-19


8am Holy Communion 10am Parish Communion (first Sunday in the month is an All-Age service and we are joined by those who attend the Community Church in Orchard Park) Mondays

9.15am Morning Prayer


9.15am Morning Prayer

Wednesdays 9.30am Holy Communion (No service on June 1) Thursdays

9.15am Morning Prayer


9.15am Morning Prayer

Play and Pray at Orchard Park will be on June 12 and 19 at 4pm in the Orchard Park Community Centre on Central Avenue. There will be Something Else at 4pm on Sunday June 26. Light refreshments. All welcome. For further details see the weekly bulletin.

SPECIAL SERVICES IN JUNE Thursday June 2 Holy Communion for Ascension Day at 7.30pm

EVENTS IN JUNE Sunday June 5 at 12 noon Sunday Lunch Club meets in the Church Hall. Talks in Church on June 8, 15, 22 and 29 and on July 6. See page 10 Saturday June 11 Arbury Carnival Sunday June 29 Social evening at a local pub. Dave will announce the venue.

MEETINGS IN JUNE Monday 20 June Standing Committee meets in the Vicarage at 9.30am

Lent Bible Reading Challenge 2011 Prior to this, my knowledge of the Bible has been severely lacking, childlike, so my observations are amateur. However it has been such a rewarding experience I am keen to share them! When Bishop David offered the challenge I surprised myself by immediately thinking yes, I must do that! I knew it would be difficult for me to achieve time wise but I also felt a strong pull to do it. I initially found the Old Testament very shocking, full of violence and harsh judgement. Reading book after book you are immersed into those so different, harsh times. I began to understand better and judge less. Over the years I have had some confusion with the apparent harsh, judgements of God, and the loving nature of God. I think I previously had a very judgemental and childlike attitude of what was fair/unfair, a criticalness of what I saw as blind faith and obedience. This was very acute for me while reading the Old Testament. Time and time again as I read I was facing with great humility my own arrogance and finally seeing the pureness not the blindness of people’s faith. This has been the most significant lesson for me, to face my inner arrogance and judgement. To get over that feeling that God was unnecessarily cruel and unkind. Unfortunately we humans tend to have a real superiority complex! Sometimes we need extreme situations in order to wake up, learn, grow and develop. I felt that I could finally appreciate the Old Testament better. The New Testament was a breath of fresh air. As a child I had many friends who were Jewish, their sense of belonging seemed very attractive to me and I secretly wished I was Jewish too! Any such wishes have been completely dispelled! I will read the New Testament again at a slower pace. I found it a wealth of good advice and very inspiring. Reading the Bible from cover to cover in such a short time gave me a great overall perspective. I used 4 versions of the Bible, each in different rooms in the house so I had something to hand if I had a spare 5 minutes, it has been a mammoth amount of reading! Shona was given ‘The Message, remix’, The Bible in Contemporary Language, for her First Communion. I found this the most accessible tool for me to achieve the speed of reading needed while still understanding the content. I would recommend it to anyone who struggles to get to grips with understanding the Bible. It gives a summary, factual/historical perspective at the beginning of each book which I found interesting and thought provoking. For the whole of Lent I did not look at another book, and to my pleasure I found the Bible a gripping read! I was working a lot and was unable to make the most of the Church being open in the mornings, but I really appreciated everyone making this possible, it gave me a great sense of church community and joint commitment. Thank you to Bishop David and our Church for the invitation. It has been a most nourishing experience for me! Caroline Bordoni Over the period of Lent I followed the challenge by the bishop to read through the bible in 40 days. I hadn't planned to do this but Lois decided to try so I thought do it as well. I started two days late and managed to finish on Easter Saturday with some effort. Although it was a lot of effort I enjoyed the experience. Reading everything meant the history fitted together clearly. In particular the Old and New testaments agreed more than I previously thought. One theme came out on how patient God was with the people who kept abandoning him for idols. He did amazing things and within a short time everyone forgot and reverted to idols. While people today don't worship Molech it made me consider the things that separate us from God.

Philip Morris I did it! It wasn’t easy, although I suspect easier for me than some people, as I do not have young children to look after, or a job to go to. Hate off to those who did it in spite of these or other distractions. I found Bishop David’s notes very helpful, and the suggested readings for each day made a goal to aim for (if not always reached). I got a bit bogged down in Ezekiel, and almost gave up, but as this is something I had tried before and failed, I was determined to press on. However, I must confess I breathed a sigh of relied when I got to the end of the Old Testament. When I reached the end I thought I would feel a great sense of “Hurrah – done it”, but, in fact, it seemed a bit of an anticlimax. I think I’ll go back and do the Apocrypha next! Jeanette Lee I was enthusiastic about trying to read my way through the Bible in Lent but wondered whether I might be sacrificing quality of reading for sheer quantity. As it happened, I got so involved that my fears were groundless. I loved reading my way through the Old Testament – yes, it was blood thirsty at times! – but I realised how long it was since, for instance, I had read about Daniel in the lions’ den. If I got behind (and I frequently did) Jeanette’s shining example kept me going and I had the 2 hour journey to visit Mum (and 2 hours back) to catch up each week. I had some fascinating conversations from reading my Bible in the train, especially one with an elderly Catholic lady from Eastern Europe who found it amazing that an Anglican should be reading her Bible on the underground. I assured her that we Anglicans did indeed read our Bibles too! Looking back, what bits stick in my mind still? Lots, but especially Hannah’s hymn of praise for the infant Samuel (1 Samuel 2), Nehemiah’s repeated prayer that God remembers what he is doing in His name, and the translation of part of Isaiah 53. Of course I thank Bishop David for the inspiration to do this. It’s lovely to do something positive in Lent rather than just give things up. Special thanks also to Tom [Ambrose]. He always brings his Jerusalem Bible to our House Group and I have been really struck by how excellent the translation was. I decided that I would read right through in that translation (having been deeply tempted to read it in the King James’ version) – I knew I would never manage more than one translation. Languages (especially dead ones!) are my thing, and I would find it difficult to better this quotation – it puts the stress in just the right place. Who has given credence to what we have heard? And who has seen in it a revelation of Yahweh’s arm? Like a sapling he grew up before him, like a root in arid ground. He had no form or charm to attract us, no beauty to win our hearts; He was despised, the lowest of men, a man of sorrows, familiar with suffering, one from whom, as it were, we averted our gaze, despised, for whom we had no regard. Yet ours were the sufferings he was bearing, ours the sorrows he was carrying, while we thought of him as someone being punished and struck with affliction by God; whereas he was being wounded for our rebellions, crushed because of our guilt; the punishment reconciling us fell on him, and we have been healed by his bruises. We had all gone astray like sheep, each taking his own way, and Yahweh brought the acts of rebellion of us all to bear on him. That translation was with me from the moment I read it in early April and was central to my Lent this year. Somehow it makes sense of all the Old Testament, doesn’t it? Ruth Banger

And we are still reading! Read the bible in 40 days? I thought I could do that. I'm a speedy reader and like a challenge, so off I set at the beginning of Lent with great enthusiasm. All went well until we went on holiday... At this point, I confess, I was flagging with the reading. Thirty pages of bible every day was a big challenge after all and I couldn't keep it going whilst away. This was galling as I'd set my mind to complete the challenge. It then

occurred to me that I was possibly looking at it in the wrong way. The challenge wasn't just about speeding through the bible with marathon-like determination; it was about better contact with God, through his word. I felt uncomfortable about the God I'd encountered in much of the Old Testament. He seemed so vengeful and jealous and allowed so much destruction and death when his people disobeyed him. Increasingly, though, I began to see glimpses of the New Testament God, who continually forgives us even though we continually disobey. I also found it reassuring to see how interested God is in the minutiae of our lives, as well as on a larger scale, (although I wasn't too interested in the dimensions of the Temple!) Even without these insights, it has been worthwhile to re-familiarise myself with the bigger picture, and reassuring to discover that it was more familiar than I had thought! Having failed to complete the challenge in 40 days, I'm now hoping to do so by Pentecost (God willing...) Wendy Lees-Smith Report from a back-marker. I set out with Good Intentions on Ash Wednesday. Life got in the way and I was not like Caroline strong-willed enough to renounce all other reading. Result – I’m still in the middle of Daniel. Revised target: Revelation by Pentecost or bust. This is not the first time I’ve read through the whole Bible although the first time I’ve attempted the task at such speed. But it’s still quite a challenge and there is no time to linger over the passages that particularly puzzle me (quite a lot of those) or excite me (even more of those). I’m promising myself a re-visit in the weeks after Pentecost. Meanwhile, I’ve particularly enjoyed spotting the connections and contrasts between different Biblical books and rediscovering the unfamiliar contexts of some very familiar verses/quotations. Terry Barringer

Compline I’m Terry’s goddaughter and I’ve been staying with her for the past couple of months, sharing Lent and Easter with you at the Good Shepherd. Thank you for making me so welcome. I especially enjoyed the Lent Compline services – a midweek oasis of calm reflection at a stressful time. It’s always good to learn about new ways of praying and I particularly appreciated the sessions of the Jesus Prayer and the Ignatian approach. I was even inspired to try the latter our with my youth group. Syringa Fox

Music at Easter Didn’t we have some marvellous music over Easter? I don’t mean we don’t at other times, but Easter was special! We sang the Easter hymns we love All glory, laud and honour, Thine be the glory (Dave’s favourite), There is a green hill, Jesus Christ is risen to-day (to Liz’s delight) and (one of my favourite modern hymns) See what a morning. Perhaps I enjoyed this year particularly as I had some share in helping to choose music as part of my Authorised Lay Ministry course in Music. Many thanks to Dave and Anthony for their encouragement. We had some new hymns at Compline too which were sung with enthusiasm and I hope some of them will creep into our services. I’ve written elsewhere about the translation I read of Isaiah 53 and that really came right to the front of my thought in Holy Week. We had a very moving service on Palm Sunday evening. Anthony showed us the picture of the bound lamb and I thought of the words of one of the choir anthems for that service which really enhanced that picture. It was entitled A crown of piercing thorns and the words of the second verse were particularly appropriate.

Lord, how can I forget the nail-prints in your hands? Make me a servant of your grace, fulfilling love’s demands. Your feet they firmly held as nails were hammered through: my feet are free - but how can I not choose to follow you? And then we had our final Compline on the Wednesday of Holy Week. We had an unusual piece of music to introduce it – a child’s view of prayers going up like sparks. (Who remembers Harvey and the Wallbangers? The music was by that Harvey!) and we sang a very moving contemporary setting of Who has believed our report? by Marty Goetz. I am still haunted by the music of the chorus He was wounded for our transgressions. I had no real idea of what to expect from Stations of the Cross on that Wednesday but that service was amazing. It really opened our minds to exciting new possibilities and isn’t that the purpose of worship? Music is an important part of our worship but it is just a part and the worship comes first. Music is there to enhance what is already determined for the worship. At the beginning and end of choir practice each week we pray that we may offer our music as worship to God and we do strive to do just that. So special thanks to all those who thought and prayed over the amazing services we had over the Easter period, and your musicians would really appreciate your prayers that we may continue to support our services in a way that is pleasing to God. Ruth Banger

Summer Talks in Church On Wednesdays in June and early July we shall be holding a series of evenings in Church, the pattern will be as follows:  Start at 7pm  Talk lasting about 20mins.  Break for about 15mins for refreshment  Opportunity for questions/discussion. It is intended that the entire event will last for no more than an hour and that the church will be arranged with tables and chairs in café style (remember our Advent service?). The subjects of the talks will be as follows:

June 8 June 15 June 22 June 29 July 6 July 13

Friendship of Science and Religion Faith and Work Ageing Ethical dilemmas Church and the Big Society tbc

John Anthony Linda John David

Do come along as and when you can. We realise that it is difficult to commit to a regular evening in the summer when all sorts of other activities are going on, but on this pattern you can drop in as and when you are able. There is no generally organised pattern of House Groups this Summer – they start up again in September. Again, watch the Newsletter and the weekly Bulletin nearer the time.

Our native land A calendar adorning wall Above his desk presents a view Delighting eye, conveying sense Of gratitude, for what we knew From childhood’s days, that Britain’s land Of modest hills and dales, display Of gentle fields and pastures, copse Or two, and snaking hedges, stay Imprinted on our minds for all Our days. And travel where we may, Our native land remains a true Abode for heart and mind. Away From home, in dreams we wander free Beside a lowland river or Ascend a mountain path until From top we look beyond with awe At distant ocean’s spread. And yet We know so much was shaped by man, So much is tamed, so much reflects A past that long ago began With vast tectonic forces, long And lifeless times, retreats when ice Encroached. But once the warring clans Arrived it seems within a trice

They’d felled the forests, ripped the turf With ploughs and plundered nature’s free Supplies without a care or thought. But now demands have grown we see, At last, perhaps too late, we need To exercise restraint, restore A sense of real respect at least. We need to make amends before We find we’ve made a barren waste, A desert only fit for weeds In place of trees. The same concerns Apply to varied range of creeds And ancient myths and claims that clog Our minds. They’re like disease of worst Of wasteland nettles, thistles, drifts Of litter, broken glass and cursed Affront of slogans meant to con At best or just mislead. But all We need is sense of service, sense Of loving God whose constant call Invites us each to rise from base Of selfish roots from which we came. And when we start along this path Our way is lit by Gospel’s flame. Henry Disney

A PAUSE FOR THOUGHT Several years ago, a preacher from out-of-state accepted a call to a church in Houston, Texas. Some weeks after he arrived, he had an occasion to ride the bus from his home to the downtown area. When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidentally given him a quarter too much change. As he considered what to do, he thought to himself, 'You'd better give the quarter back. It would be wrong to keep it.' Then he thought, 'Oh, forget it, it's only a quarter. Who would worry about this little amount? Anyway, the bus company gets too much fare; they will never miss it. Accept it as a 'gift from God' and keep quiet.' When his stop came, he paused momentarily at the door, and then he handed the quarter to the driver and said, 'Here, you gave me too much change .' The driver, with a smile, replied, 'Aren't you the new preacher in town?' 'Yes' he replied. 'Well, I have been thinking a lot lately about going somewhere to worship. I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you too much change. I'll see you at church on Sunday.' When the preacher stepped off of the bus, he literally grabbed the nearest light pole, held on, and said, 'Oh God, I almost sold your Son for a quarter.' Our lives are the only Bible some people will ever read. This is a really scary example of how much people watch us as Christians, and will put us to the test! Always be on guard -- and remember -- You carry the name of Christ on your shoulders when you call yourself 'Christian.' Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits.. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

A member of a certain church, who previously had been attending services regularly, suddenly stopped coming to church. After a few weeks, the pastor decided to visit. The pastor found the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire. Guessing the reason for his pastor's visit, the man welcomed him, led him to a comfortable chair near the fireplace, and waited. The pastor made himself at home but said nothing.

In the grave silence, he contemplated the dance of the flames around the burning logs. After some minutes, the pastor took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth all alone. Then he sat back in his chair and engaged the man in small talk. As the one lone ember's flame flickered and diminished, there was a momentary glow and then its fire was no more. Soon it was cold and lifeless. The pastor glanced at his watch and realized it was time to leave, he slowly stood up, picked up the cold, dead ember and placed it back in the middle of the fire. Immediately it began to glow, once more with the light and warmth of the burning coals around it. As the pastor reached the door to leave, his host said with a tear running down his cheek, "Thank you so much for your visit and especially for the fiery sermon. I will be back in church next Sunday Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

Arbury Carnival 11th June 2011 This year, we are going to run two stalls, a Cake Stall and “Bits &Pieces”. The latter will consist of left-over plants (from the Plant & Book Sale), jigsaws, games, etc. We really need your contributions to make the Cake Stall a success, so please roll up your sleeves and get baking! We welcome cakes, buns, sausage rolls, cheese straws, biscuits and any specialities that may be a favourite at home. Whatever you can give will help to raise funds for the Church and will also bring us all closer together as part of a joint effort. To that end we will need as much help as possible on the day to man the stalls, so even if you can only spare an hour, please let Ruby, Evelyn or Eva know so we can work out a rota system. Thanking you all in advance:Ruby, Evelyn &Eva

Noah’s Missed Opportunity When God decided to flood the earth he gave poor Noah quite a task to build an Ark to take every creature what an enormous ask! But good old Noah was undeterred he always tried to obey God’s Word, he collected wood, cement, nails and sand and asked his sons to give him a hand. He sawed and hammered and worked without cease but Noah did not care – the waters were rapidly rising, there was no time to spare. At last the Ark was finished it was tall and strong and wide and all the animals lined up two by two to go inside. Now I wonder at this point did it cross Noah’s mind that he could possibly leave some if these creatures behind? “Save the tiger”! I’m all for that

and all our pets rabbit, hamster, dog and cat. For elephants I have a passion and giraffes never go out of fashion. Now, I don’t know about you but if it were me I wouldn’t mind losing some for instance – the flea! And I wouldn’t mind saying goodbye to poisonous snakes and the tsetse fly. And what about those creatures that claw, scratch, bite and sting honestly, did God mean for Noah to save everything? But the water rose up with a mighty roar with the last animal in Noah slammed the door. No time for a backward glance and thus poor Noah lost his chance. So it seems that no matter how squat, ugly, large or small God really must love them all! Joy Staley

Thank you, Terry, for the picture!

MORE FOR YOUR AMUSEMENT … AND THOUGHT A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn't have said. There is no mechanical problem so difficult that it cannot be solved by brute strength and ignorance. ORIGINS Three friends—a surgeon, an engineer, and a politician—were discussing which profession was the oldest. The surgeon said: "Eve was created from Adam's rib—a surgical procedure. My profession must be the oldest!" The engineer replied: "Before Adam and Eve, order was created out of chaos. That was an engineering job! My profession is the oldest." Then the politician said, "Yes, but who do you suppose created the chaos?" TEACHER'S PET? In a grammar lesson in eighth grade, Mrs. Frobisher said, "Dewey, give me a sentence with a direct object." Dewey replied, "Everyone thinks you are the best teacher in the school." "Thank you, Dewey," responded Mrs. Frobisher, "but what is the object?" "To get the best grade possible," said Dewey. BEAR WITH US… Two campers are walking through the woods when a huge brown bear suddenly appears in the clearing about 50 feet in front of them. The bear sees the campers and begins to head toward them. The first guys drops his backpack, digs out a pair of sneakers, and frantically begins to put them on. The second guys says, "What are you doing? Sneakers won’t help you outrun that bear." "I don't need to outrun the bear," the first guy says. "I just need to outrun you." OLD BILL… A police officer stopped a motorist for failing to come to a full stop at a stop sign and proceeded to give him a ticket. The motorist protested, "Don't I get a warning?" The officer replied, "Certainly. If you don't come to a complete stop next time, you'll get another ticket." Every golf shot makes somebody happy. Home is where you hang your @ Plutarch: What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality. Seneca: As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters. GIVING GENEROUSLY "Hello, is this Father O'Malley?" "It is." "This is Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs calling. Can you help us?" "I can." "Do you know a Ted Houlihan?" "I do."

"Is he a member of your congregation?" "He is." "Did he donate £10,000 to the church?" "He will." A WRITE…ER RIGHT FUNNY When you write copy, you own the right of copyright to the copy you write, if the copy is right. If, however, your copy falls over, you must right your copy. If you write religious services, you write rite, and own the right of copyright to the rite you write. Conservatives write Right copy, and own the right of copyright, to the Right copy they write. A right-wing cleric would write Right rite, and owns the right of copyright to the Right rite he has the right to write. His editor has the job of making the Right rite copy right before the copyright can be right. Should the Reverend Jim Wright decide to write Right rite, then Wright would write right rite, to which Wright has the right of copyright. Duplicating his rite would be to copy Wright's Right rite, and violate copyright, to which Wright would have the right to right. Right? I SENT MY SON TO ISRAEL … A Jewish businessman in Chicago sent his son to Israel for a year to absorb the culture. When the son returned, he said, "Papa, I had a great time in Israel. By the way, I converted to Christianity." "Oy vey," said the father. "What have I done?" He took his problem to his best friend, Ike. "Ike," he said, "I sent my son to Israel, and he came home a Christian. What can I do?" "Funny you should ask," said Ike. "I too, sent my son to Israel, and he also came home a Christian. Perhaps we should go see the rabbi." So they did, and they explained their problem to the rabbi. "Funny you should ask," said the rabbi. "I, too, sent my son to Israel, and he also came home a Christian. What is happening to our young people?" And so they all prayed, telling the Lord about their sons. As they finished their prayer, a voice came from the heavens: "Funny you should ask," said the Voice. "I, too, sent my Son to Israel . . ."

Rachel & Dave Britton have just had a new baby – Joseph Benjamin. Here are some baby pictures to share and enjoy. (For newcomers – Dave was a student with us for several years and their older son, Isaac, was born while they were at The Good Shepherd). Dave is now in a parish in Streatham, southwest London)


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THE 18th & 25th GOOD SHEPHERD BROWNIES Wednesday 6 - 7.15pm

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THE CAMERA CLUB Wednesday 7.30 – 9.30pm

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THE GOOD SHEPHERD CUBS Monday 6.30 - 8pm LINE DANCING Tuesday 10.15 - 11.45am KEEP FIT 50+ GROUP Tuesday 2.30 - 4pm THE GOOD SHEPHERD RAINBOWS Tuesday 6.15 – 7.15pm CARERS & SUFFERERS OF DEMENTIA Wednesday 10 – 12 noon

GUILDHALL RETIRED MEMBERS CLUB 2nd Wednesday of the month 2 - 4pm

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION 3rd Wednesday of the month 2.30 - 4.30pm March to November TGWU 4th Wednesday of the month 2 – 4pm

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THE GOOD SHEPHERD SCOUTS Thursday 7.30 – 9.00pm

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CHURCH TODDLERS’ CLUB Friday 9.15 – 11.30am

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THE SUNDAY LUNCH CLUB John & Elizabeth Lamont 1st Sunday of the month noon – 1.30pm


CAMBRIDGE INSTRUMENTS PENSION FELLOWSHIP 3rd Thursday of the month 10am - noon THE GOOD SHEPHERD BEAVERS Thursday 6.15 - 7.30pm

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CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD Here at the Good Shepherd we like to help you to celebrate and commemorate many of the milestones on the journey through life; these include weddings, anniversaries, funerals, and baptism services. If you wish to find out more about these, the first step is to contact the Vicar, the Reverend David Maher. He will be able to tell you what is involved and arrange for a meeting with you if you then wish to take things further. He can be contacted on 01223 351844

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Palm Sunday pictures (with thanks to Tom). You can see the start of the service outside the church, the procession setting off round the church, the procession returning back under the beautiful blossom and, finally, us all in church as we raised our palm crosses in the final hymn, Lift high the cross. If you would like to see these in colour (and have a computer!) have a look on the church web page. Sorry – just can’t afford coloured pictures this month as well!

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