Bishop Jack Iker: Visitation and Confirmations

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Dear Church of the Good Shepherd,

This Sunday (August 20) we will be welcoming Bishop Jack Iker to our parish. Bishop Iker is the ordinary of the Diocese of Fort Worth, which is the Anglican way of saying that he is the chief pastor of all of our parishes. We are very grateful for his leadership and and we are looking forward to his visit. All Anglican bishops have been ordained through a long line of bishops whose succession reaches all the way back to the apostles themselves. Bishops have been charged since the first century with the safeguarding and faithful transmission of the faith and sacraments of the Church.

We will be celebrating with a Solemn High Mass with incense and full choir. Bishop Iker will be confirming nine members of our parish on Sunday. Confirmation is an ancient sacramental rite of the Church, dating back to the apostles themselves (Acts 8:14-17). In a sense, it is the completion of baptism. In it the confirmed re-affirm their baptismal vows as adults and receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit for their vocation in lay ministry within the church at the hands of the bishop, as a successor to the apostles. 

After the service we will meet in the Parish Hall for a pot luck lunch. Join us to welcome our bishop, to celebrate the newly confirmed, and to enjoy one another's company. Please bring a covered dish to share.

Interfaith Outreach Services

   Helen volunteers at Interfaith Outreach.  She  wanted to share her story this month of a ladyshe interviewed at Interfaith Outreach. From the stories I have written over the last several years, you know that there are just some clients that you have a hard time forgetting. This lady is definitely one for Helen. The lady was single and  in her 40's. She came in for help paying her rent.  She also had car problems. Helen said she was just a very sweet lady and when the interview was over the lady hugged and hugged Helen. 

   In the pantry this month we need: Shampoo, cans of chicken, cans of fruit and cans of beans. If you prefer I buy the items for you, I will be happy to do it.  I have others that do this and when I buy them, I show you the receipt so you can see what your money purchased!

   In June CGS gave 126 pounds of food!

Mary G.

 

Interfaith Outreach Services

      In the month of May our church donated 117 pounds of food to Interfaith Outreach. Again many thanks for all the toiletry bags collected and put together at Generations. I am slowly taking those in when they are needed.  It is SO nice to know I have a supply instead of just being OUT of the items. 

   This month our greatest needs are: All kinds of beans, whether green beans, pinto beans, in cans or bags.  We also need cans of fruit and cereal. Summer is a VERY busy time for the food pantry because the children are at home all day. 

   Thank you to everyone that donates.  If you have any questions please ask. I love to talk about Interfaith!

Mary G.

MEN OF GOOD SHEPHERD (MOGS) MAY/JUNE 17, CLEANUP, PICNIC, BISHOP JACK IKER'S GOLF CALLENGE

Well, first of all folks, please accept apologies for NOT keeping up with the MOGS for the past few months. Been kinda busy, and sometimes too lazy to send reports, but let it be known to all that the Men of YOUR church are still continuing the blessed fellowship we all have together and continue to try our duties as faithful servants to our church.

A ton of things have gone on since the last article, but instead of going back several months, let’s concentrate on recent events.

(CLEANUP) Prior to the Annual Good Shepherd Picnic NEXT MOGS MEETING

First and foremost, the next time anyone sees Randy Rogers, PLEASE stop and thank him for all his hard work and dedication to making sure all of the table were either power sprayed &/or most of the boards replaced so everyone could sit in a clean area and enjoy their food. Hopefully, most noticed that one of the broken swing chains had also been replaced and ready for our youth to enjoy.  No one should have to worry about the BBQ pit either…..that thing was the cleanest it has been in years. Randy also power washed the inside and out so we could have a great meal.  This man worked tirelessly to make sure no one was going to sit in something that Mother Nature deposited on the picnic tables. God Bless this man for all his help prior to our Annual Picnic.

Another HUGE thank you to all the men that came out on Saturday, 27 May 17. Father Brian Chase, Bill Barnes, Eddie Andrade, Jack Russell, John Skelton, & POP Crase. Between what was already mentioned, all these men of the church, came in early, cleaned up in the fenced areas, covered the tables with plastic to keep those nasty birds from ruining what was already clean.

If there are men in this church that may not have heard of the Men of Good Shepherd (MOGS), then now is the time to listen up…..we are a fun-loving group of funny, witty, sarcastic, noisy, (whatever other endearing term you can come up with) Men that just love to cook, eat, laugh, and help make our church a better place in any way possible. Please try and join in (usually the 3rd Thursday of each month) with wonderful fellowship, great food, and just plain ornery guys. 

The next meeting/gathering will be scheduled for Thursday, 22 June, at 6:30. We will have someone cook (usually volunteer), with no worries as to what is cooked….we’ll eat a delicious dessert, and then figure out what we need to do and a time to get it done.  C’MON AND JOIN IN!!!!

ANNUAL PICNIC, SUNDAY, 28 MAY

Another fine Sunday of gathering with our members to relax, play games, enjoy each other, and eat some good tasting burgers, hot dogs, along with all the sides you could ask for once again. The cooks were Randy Rogers and John Skelton, who came back after the early service to get the food ready so there was no waiting when the 1030 service was out. Everyone had their fill of food, so many side dishes to even count, and some of the best tasting dessert any of us have had in quite some time. Thanks to EVERYONE that baked, bought, or cooked items at home for this event. I don’t believe anyone left hungry at all and smiles were everywhere to be seen by all.

Our picnic would not have been complete without our annual egg-toss competition. This year’s champions were in 2 separate categories….YOUTH/ADULT, ADULT/ADULT teams.

In the Adult/Adult teams, POP Crase was FINALLY dethroned as the one with ‘bragging right”, as the team of Randy Rogers and Zac Anderson won fair and square from Scott Johnson and POP. It was a close call though, since POP threw a little harder than necessary to Scott, that cracked the egg shell, but not broken yet. Randy tossed theirs to Zac who made a great save and now it was up to Scot to toss every so lightly to POP…….WAHOO, SAVED THE EGG. Next Zac threw back to Randy and they held tight to a solid catch. On the final throw, POP’s toss was a little higher than planned and our egg died!!!!! BUT WAIT…… in order to win; Randy must toss back to Zac. The suspense was overwhelming, as the imaginary drum roll played…….randy tosses to Zac and in slow motion, breath held tightly, Zac catches the egg……thinking we had another chance, Zac says…NO-WAY, and hold the un-cracked, unbroken egg up to show their Championship form. Everyone in the crowd cheered the newly crowned winners…..but OH YOU JUST WAIT, next year will be here quickly.

In the Youth/Adult competition, things were a little crazy. Tiffany Spark and MOM, Sarah, were doing very well until….OH NO, not the church brick, or should I say side window???? Our church had been egged by a young person that didn’t mean to but it happened a couple of times, which was by laughter of all. Poor Mom couldn’t figure out which way the egg was going to “FLY”. Well, as it all came down to it, there was only `1 team that dominated so much……y’all ready for this………….the newly crowned Champions of the Block…..Patrick Johnson and POP Crase………NEVER A DOUBT, NEVER A DOUBT.

On top of the games and food, there was so much laughter at each table.  As I walked around, you couldn’t help but know that our church is a very diverse church, so many different conversations, but when it boiled down to it, one thing was evident……..the FELLOWSHIP was amazing throughout the parishioners at various tables and those seated in the lawn chairs, while enjoying the smaller kids go up and down the “Bouncy House”, swing set, and The Ark.

This year’s event went well and I wanted to personally thank EVERYONE that either set-up, cooked, brought side dishes, and cleaned up to make this a wonderful afternoon. I think this was one of the smoothest picnic gatherings we have had since I started with this church.  THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR A GREAT TIME.

BISHOP JACK IKER’S GOLF CHALLENGE, June 2, 2017

A very special visitor was among everyone at the golf course for the Bishop’s Annual Golf Tournament. Bishop Iker had brought along the Bishop of Malawi, Bishop Magangani. It was such a pleasure to see him once again, and I gotta tell y’all, he does not forget a face. I was very pleased that when Bishop Iker brought him to shake our hands, Bishop Magangani looked at my name tag, mentioned Wichita Falls, and asked how Father Brian Chase, and our youth were doing. He said, “You’re the Youth Director of the Church correct?” Needless to say, I was very impressed with his memory and knowledge of who people are and where they are from…..he showed much interest in how our church is doing.

We had entered a team from Good Shepherd, as in previous years, to support Bishop Jack Iker’s Golf Challenge, to help with Camp Crucis Scholarships so that NO youth are ever left behind or kept from enjoying a week at camp, that helps our youth grow in the ministry of HIS word. With our Church growing over the past couple of years, some of our youth are either sponsored to attend or there is a scholarship donated to our youth to assist for this Spiritual week for each age group.

This is no exception to someone needing help, and to make sure there are always enough funds for our youth and possible out-reach to others; our church had a 4-some of players that competed and did extremely well by placing 2nd in their individual flight.  The team made up of the following guys - Curtis Fowler (Gayla’s son), our very own Scott Johnson, Darren Mackjust (one of Pop’s regulars who helps in this event every year), and POP Crase….guess no need in stating who this guy is. We were on a steady roll with a -14 under par that gave us a solid 58 score, but as we were watching some other teams come in, the list for top 3 was closing in on us. The winning score wound up being a 56 (-16) which was a great bunch of guys, but after all the scorecards were turned in……..WAHOO, WE DONE GOOD.

Everyone on this team contributed in one way of the other……we all bought “Mulligans” to give us an extra 2 strokes IF needed…..Curtis, Scott, and Darren always let POP tee-off first, which made it easier on them….IF I put one down the middle, there was no pressure on the other 3, JUST POP…..but I done good too. Then several times, each person seemed to take turns getting on the greens in minimal swings to leave the possibility of birdie putts, which were made several times.  We even scored 2 Eagles (which are very good for those that don’t understand) on a couple of holes. So much fun, that we are already making the plans for next year’s Golf Challenge.

The only bad news, but then again, we are still raising money for our Diocese Youth, is that unfortunately, no one from our church won any of the Raffle Tickets sold by me….I am so sorry, but we still had a good representation of funds that were donated to this great occasion. MAYBE NEXT YEAR…DON’T GIVE UP.

That just about sums up several months of me not entering anything into the newsletter, and I hope I can find the time to continue putting these together for your reading pleasure, REALLY!!!

Until the next time my friends.

Yours in Christ,

POP Crase

 MOGS Chairman, Youth Director, Usher Guy too

Interfaith Outreach Services Report

   At Interfaith Outreach this month we helped many families in need. One family I keep thinking about is a young father that had three small children; the youngest being only 7 months old. He worked in lawn maintenance as the sole provider because his wife left him.  Not only did she leave him, but she left the children with him when she left the home.  He had some help from his parents, but they could only do so much.  We gave this family groceries and he was very thankful. 

   The other family came in this week needing help with food.  It was a young couple that also had three small children.  This young man was on a bicycle! We loaded up the groceries in canvas bags and I told him to take what he could and he immediately said he was going to find a way to take it all!  

It is families like these that we really enjoy helping at Interfaith. Thank you to everyone who donates to Interfaith! If you would like to volunteer, it is only two hours per week.  Just talk to me and I will be happy to go with you to Interfaith to get acquainted, or call 322-1365.

Thank you, Mary G.

2017 Spring Assembly

2017 Spring Assembly

Hosted by: Senior and Junior Chapters of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth
Daughters of the King & Daughters of the Holy Cross
(The Spring Assembly is open to ALL women of the Diocese, and their guests, and is not just for the Daughters.)

Date: April 29, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: St. Peter & Paul Anglican Church
Theme: Christ for the World Pray
Speaker: Lollie Twyman, Chairman, Diocesan World Mission Committee

Schedule:
9:30 - 10 a.m.        Registration (Vendors will be open during registration and lunch.) 10:00 a.m.    Mass with Bishop Iker (Offering to benefit Camp Crucis Youth Scholarship Fund; Make checks payable to DDOK, memo Camp Crucis)
10:45 a.m.        Speaker
11:30 a.m.        Lunch (Vendors open)
12:45 p.m.        Business Meeting  
2:00 p.m.        Closing
 

Please enclose a check for $20 for senior Daughters made payable to the Diocese of Fort Worth DOK (DDOK) and send to: Darlene Pruitt, 8625 Fountainview Terrace, Hurst, TX 76053.   (Junior Daughters are the guests of the Senior Daughters and need not pay, but should still complete the registration form.)


Questions: Darlene Pruitt, 214-725-0061 or  darlenepruitt1@gmail.com
Vendors:  $10.00 per space  ($30 for booth, attending program, and lunch)
 

RSVP: by April 15, 2017

Interfaith Outreach Services Report

This past week Interfaith recognized several of our parishioners at their annual appreciation dinner.  Most notable was Mary G. who was honored as Volunteer of the Year, logging in 592 hours of service. Congratulations to Mary who keeps the Interfaith Pantry supplied and functioning with great efficiency. Others recognized were Helen, Mariel, Eugene, Elizabeth and Jack.

Interfaith Ourreach Services Report

    Thank you to everyone that donated to Interfaith Outreach in February. We donated 158 pounds of food.  The one family that we gave groceries to that I keep thinking about was a young man and his five year-old son.  They had just moved here from Colorado.  He was very thankful for the groceries and I was told by the volunteers that sign clients in, that the little boy was very sweet and mannerly.  After I gave out the groceries I asked the counselor about the wife (mother) in this family.  He said he asked the young man and he said, "it's just me and my son."  Thank you very much for helping provide groceries for this family.

Mary Gwin

Interfaith Outreach Services

  Interfaith Ministries has now officially changed their name to Interfaith Outreach.   In January our church donated 113 pounds of food.  Thank you to everyone that donated.  If you would like to donate this month, we need canned meat, fruit, oatmeal, shampoo and bars of soap.  Also, any time that you have hotel toiletry items, we need those.  We put them in small bags and give them to everyone that gets groceries. If you prefer for me to do the shopping I will be happy to accept your money, purchase the items, then show you your receipt of what you purchased for Interfaith.

   Thank you,   Mary Gwin

Camp Crucis Preview

·       Where: Camp Crucis, Granbury, TX

     2875 Camp Crucis Ct, 76048

·       Who can attend: Kindergarten- 8th grade

·       Cost: $30 per camper

·       When: Feb 25-26, 2017

Check in Saturday Feb 25th 8:30-9:30 am

Pick up Sunday Feb 26th 9-9:30

What to bring: Sleeping Bag or sheets/blanket and pillow, clothes for 2 days

Why attend? This is a great opportunity and fun weekend for youth to experience Camp Crucis and see what it would be like to spend a week there during the summer.

 

December Interfaith Ministries Report

Thank you to everyone who contributed to Interfaith Ministries in December. Our church donated 97 pounds.

    Another CGS member has decided to donate their time and effort to Interfaith. Thank you so much to Mariel.  Mariel started volunteering last week as an in-take volunteer talking to those in need and also will work in the food pantry.  If you have two hours a week and would like to volunteer please call Interfaith at 322-1365 or see me and I will be very happy to go with you to meet the staff and get acquainted.

   Thismonth the items we need the most are: Canned fruit, canned meat of all kinds, macaroni and cheese and peanut butter and jelly (especially small jars).

Thank you very much,

Mary Gwin

2016 Christmas Caroling Successful

The trolley could not hold them all!  So we had a caravan of cars following us on the routes to House of Hope, Presbyterian Manor, The Advanced Rehabilitation Center and a countryside stop at the Gail & Bob's home. Over 42 carolers were involved this year, breaking an all time record for a decade or more of using the city’s trolley for our “wheels”.

We sure would like to thank the chili-makers, Helen, Tracy, Linda and Pat, plus numerous others who provided delicious cookies, cornbread and chips.

Kids and adults feasted on the hot meal after surviving one of the coldest Christmas caroling ministries in recent memory! We especially appreciated the crew that helped decorate the main church afterwards while a clean-up group handled the kitchen and parlor take-down. All in all, the essential spirit of Christmas blessing was in everyone’s heart as we tried to make Christ’s light shine, singing together some familiar hymns and carols for others in our local community who were less fortunate.

Forster

 

Interfaith Ministries Report

Thank you to everyone that gave to Interfaith Ministries in the month of November. We donated 168 pounds. We are very busy this time of year giving out groceries. Soon children will be out of school for a couple of weeks during Christmas break and will need to get all their meals at home.  This month the main things we need are: Canned fruit, all canned meats, macaroni and cheese, shampoo and deodorant.

Thank you,

Mary Gwin

 

DECEMBER CHURCH MUSIC

For the next series of Sundaysour congregational hymns will reflect the season of Advent.  The texts will enable us to picture the expectation of the Lord’s people as they remembered theOld Testament prophecies. Many of these hymn melodies and harmonies are our favorites; so please come to worship and sing to the glory of God.  Essentially, it is a time of worshipful preparation for Jesus Christ’s coming to earth. This would be a good time to bring your friends too and help them renew their faith.

      Christmas Caroling via Trolley*(save December 18th evening)

 Please watch our website and your bulletins for the announced time of our Christmas Caroling to shut ins and ill members of our church.  We gather….put on our red hats andtravel around Wichita Falls to sing the most familiar and desired carols for a singing tour..  If you wish to be a part of this endeavor, call the church office and tell Shari, or leave a message for Forster.  Watch for sign up lists in the parlor and bulletin boards.

      Festival of Lessons and Carols

 Wednesday, December 21st,  at 5:30 pm, Fr. Brian will open our service, and lectors will offer up biblical readingsreflecting theprophecy and reality of God coming to us in His Son, Jesus the Christ. The service will replace GENERATIONS. This is the Christmas story with familiar carolsmixed between the readings of scripture to set out the liturgical drama of Christmastide and reveal its true meaning. It is a family affair and children and youth of all ages singing together in our church to the praise of God will be awe-inspiring!

                                                                                                                     One hundred thirty some years ago an Anglican tradition was started in Cathedrals all across England to utilize organs, choirs, instruments and church staff to recognizethe Christmastide drama in all of its glory. One result was a Festival of Lessons and Carols.  Please make plans now to put this day and time on your calendar for your enjoymentand participation.  

 Forster Day

October Interfaith Ministries Report

For the month of October we donated 59 pounds of food to Interfaith Ministries. In the past month I have spent $1,500 in donated money to Interfaith to purchase groceries.  Our needs are many.  The only thing that we do NOT need are dental supplies.  We receive dental supplies from a local dental supply company. Other than that, if you can think of it, we need it.  Our main needs are: All canned meat, canned vegetables, canned fruit and macaroni and cheese. If you have any questions about Interfaith please ask me.  I love to talk about Interfaith to anyone that will listen!  It is a wonderful community service helping those that sincerely need help.

Mary Gwin