Interfaith Outreach Services

AND THE WINNER IS… Well you missed it, but just like the Emmys and the Oscars, you can get the highlights here! May 3rd was the volunteer recognition dinner for the good and faithful souls who have committed a few hours each week to helping those in need who come to the doors of Interfaith Outreach Services (AKA Interfaith Ministries). This remarkable outreach organization is vital to the social, physical, spiritual, and mental health of your community. Your donations of canned goods and/or cash may seem like the old “drop in the bucket” but I can tell you, your drop keeps that bucket full! If you haven’t been over to Interfaith, ask one of the volunteers to show you around. It will only take a few moments, and it will make getting those cans to Mary easier, because you will have faces and stories to make your donations very real.

In 2017, your fellow parishioners contributed the following hours into this worthy organization: Gene G: 1-24

Helen: 75-99

Jack: 161

Mariel: 248

And the Volunteer of the Year Award goes to the very faithful and deserving Mary G with 538 hours. Thank you Mary for your tireless work on behalf of the poor and hungry of Wichita Falls! Your are truly Feeding HIs Sheep!

Interfaith Outreach Services

   A couple in their 40's came into Interfaith Outreach this month for help.  They needed assistance in several areas because the man had a brain aneurysm and couldn't work.  His one eye was covered and he said he didn't know if he would be able to see.  He spoke slowly and his wife would answer for him at times.  They were both very nice and really appreciated our help.  You never know when you volunteer who you are going to meet that day. I keep thinking of them and saying prayers. 

   This month at Interfaith Outreach we need peanut butter and jelly.  But, as always, if you find a really good bargain we will be very happy with whatever we receive.  CGS donated 110 pounds in February. 

Thank you very much,

Mary G.

Interfaith Outreach Services

   In January Church of The Good Shepherd donated 118 pounds of food to Interfaith Outreach Services. This month our greatest needs are:  macaroni and cheese and cans of fruit.  But, as always, any item will be greatly appreciated. Put your items in the basket across from the choir room. 

   If you have 2 extra hours a week Interfaith would love for you to volunteer!  Just let me know and I will be happy to meet you there and introduce you to everyone.  We help those in need in many ways such as paying rent, electric bills, water bills and giving out groceries.

Thank you,

Mary G.

Vigil of the Holy Epiphany

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Join us on Friday night, January 5th beginning at 6:00 for our celebration of the Feast of the Epiphany of our Lord.

The Feast of the Epiphany takes place at the end of the 12 Days of Christmas and commemorates the visit of the Magi to the Christ-child. The church has always seen in this event Christ's first revelation of himself as God incarnate to the Gentiles. The season of Epiphany follows, which lasts until the beginning of Lent, and focuses us liturgically on Christ's revelation of himself as our Lord and Savior throughout his Baptism, miracles, and ministry.

Our celebration begins with the local parish tradition of a Festival of Lights, which is a service of readings, hymns, and candles written by one of our own parishioners some years ago. The festival will conclude with a Sung Vigil Mass.

Full Schedule of Services for the 12 Days of Christmas

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Join us as we celebrate the birth of Christ and the Incarnation! 

COMBINED ADVENT 4 MORNING MASS:

  • Sunday Morning, 12/24
  • Our regular 7:30 Mass will be cancelled for Advent 4, and we will have a combined Sung Mass at 10:30.
  • No Sunday School
  • No Nursery

CHRISTMAS EVE LESSONS AND CAROLS (FAMILY SERVICE):

  • Sunday Evening, 12/24
  • Beginning at 5:30 pm featuring:
  • Lessons and Carols
  • Children's Nativity Pageant
  • A Special Visit from St. Nicholas
  • Candlelight

MIDNIGHT MASS (Second Mass of Christmas*):

  • Sunday Evening, 12/24
  • Beginning at 10:30 pm featuring:
  • Procession of the Christ Child and Station at the Creche
  • Solemn Sung Mass with Incense
  • Solemn Te Deum
  • Candlelight

CHRISTMAS MORNING (Third Mass of Christmas):

  • Monday Morning 12/25, 10:30 am, simple said Mass

FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS DAY (In Christmas-tide)

  • Sunday Morning, 12/31
  • Back to regular schedule
  • 7:30 Said Mass
  • Sunday School
  • 10:30 Sung Mass with Little Lambs and Nursery

EPIPHANY VIGIL MASS (12th Night of Christmas)

  • Friday Evening, 1/5, beginning at 6:00 pm
  • Beginning with the parish tradition of an Epiphany Festival of Light
  • Followed by an Epiphany Vigil Mass, Sung with Incense

ADDITIONAL CHAPEL MASSES FOR THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS:

  • *First Mass of Christmas: Dec. 24 at 4:00 pm
  • Feast of St. Stephen, Proto-Martyr: Tuesday, Dec. 26 at 8:00 am
  • Feast of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist: Wednesday, Dec. 27 at 8:00 am
  • Feast of the Holy Innocents: Thursday, Dec. 28 at 8:00 am
  • Feast of the Circumcision (Holy Name): Monday, Jan. 1 at 8:00 am

Interfaith Outreach Services Report

December is a big donation month for Interfaith Outreach.  Some churches give over a THOUSAND pounds!!  This month we are still in need of peanut butter and jelly.  The person I can't get out of my mind this month was a lady in her 50's.  She was very thin and had diabetes and high blood pressure.  When I gave her the groceries she was amazed at all we gave her.  She said, "I'm going to eat more than beans!"  As I handed her the bags she saw a roll of paper towels and she said, "Oh, EVEN paper towels!!"  She was just so grateful for the groceries she received.  It is people like her that we help when we donate groceries.  If you have any questions about Interfaith Outreach please ask me. Donations go in the plastic container in the hallway across from the choir room.  In November CGS donated 49 pounds.

Thank you and Merry Christmas!

Mary G.

Christmas Caroling!

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We will be singing merrily once again this year on Sunday, December 17 beginning at 4:00.

Please let us know if you plan on joining our caroling party, either by signing up at church, or by contacting Forster Day. As in years past, we will be renting a trolley to carry us from place to place as we spread our Christmas Cheer. Forster will need to know how many plan on attending so we can make reservations for our trolley early next week.

After our caroling rounds, we will come back to the church at around 7:00 that evening for some warm chili and fellowship.  All are welcome!

Advent Wreath Devotions

The Advent Wreath is a long-treasured devotional tradition for Anglicans preparing their hearts for the celebration of Christmas. Below are some suggested prayers, taken from the Book of Common Prayer, that you can say as a family or on your own as you count down the weeks to Christmas. You can download and print the prayers on your own, or even simply read them off your phone. Printed copies will be available at Generations this Wednesday evening, along with free Advent Wreaths for any who may need them. 

Have a blessed Advent!

Generations Outreach Event

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This Wednesday evening is an Outreach Night at Generations! We will be working with the Prayer Daughters once again to put together care packages for the MSU students’ finals week. We are looking for donations of small packages of the following: cheese and/or peanut butter crackers & snack crackers, nut snacks, raisins, fruit snacks or candy, juice drinks, water, ginger-ale or cola & tonic water, cloth or heavy paper snack bags, hand sanitizer, pocket tissues & stress balls. Dinner starts at 5:30 and the Outreach begins at 6:00. See y'all there!

Interfaith Outreach Services Report

This month Church of The Good Shepherd donated 153 pounds to Interfaith Outreach.  Thank you to everyone that helped in this effort!  This month our greatest needs are: peanut butter and small jars of jelly.     

We always need volunteers.  If you would like to volunteer please call 322-1365 or let me know and I will be happy to go with you to meet the staff and get started.  Volunteers work 2 hour shifts 9-11, 11-1 or 1-3PM. 

If you have any questions please ask me!  I love to talk about Interfaith.

Mary G.

Interfaith Outreach Services

The memorable family that we helped at Interfaith touched the lives of a couple of us at CGS. Mariel interviewed her and I gave her groceries.  Her husband had left her and she had just moved to Wichita Falls.  She had gotten a job but she had absolutely nothing for her and her daughter.  She said anything we would give her would really be appreciated. I helped her take the groceries to her car because she had injured her hand.  When we got all the groceries loaded into her car she asked me for a hug.  Of course I gave her one and now can't quit thinking about her. 

If you would like to volunteer at Interfaith it is only two hours a week.  If you would like to donatefood to Interfaith just put it in the plastic tub across from the choir room.  If it would be easier for meto buy the groceries for you I would be happy to, then I will show you the receipt of what I purchased. Interfaith is where you go in town if you need help paying bills or need groceries.  They have also added a diaper chest where a family can get diapers for their baby once a month.

CGS gave 149 pounds in September.

Mary G. 

"SEND A KID TO CAMP" SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT REPORT

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As many of you heard in church this past Sunday, 24 Sept, we done good with our Fund Raising Tournament to help send our children to Camp Crucis for this next upcoming summer. 100% of the exact amount will not be known for about a week, but we should clear (after umpire and scorekeeper fees) approximately $1200. On top of that, everyone witnessed me getting little chocked up in front of the church, but when my little brother offered to assist by giving $1,000 to a church and cause that he has no affiliation with, it kinda made me extremely emotional. God is good in so many ways.

 The tournament had grown by only 2 teams this year, but those 2 additional teams were the difference of small income to rather larger. It also allowed some of our youth…Alex, Eli, Tiffany & Rose….to go around and hit the ballplayers where it hurts that most, their pockets and purses. These great kids walked around selling tickets for some pretty good prizes in the heat and windy conditions at the ballpark.

There were a few minor issues throughout the day, but overall, not many of the teams complained of umpires or lack of fun in the tournament. The big winner of the day was a team called “WE SUCK”, which they did not at all. They cruised through the Winner’s Bracket fairly easily, challenged by a couple of teams but still continuing in the Winner’s side of the house. Probably one of the best games of the afternoon was between 2 teams, 4 Play & The Outsiders (I CAN’T MAKE THIS UP, SERIOUSLY). They were battling back and forth until the end, which The Outsiders came through with the win by 3 runs. It was only their 8th game of the day, 7th in a row. Now they get the chance to play for 2 games if they could beat the team of We Suck. As their 9th game is ready to start, you could almost tell they were running strictly on fumes to even get into the final game (or 2 if they could win).

We Suck decided they were going to put up about 8 runs in the first inning and this continued until the 4th inning when the final score was pretty one-sided, in favor of the champions, We Suck. They had scored 25+ runs to only 4 of the Outsiders. But even the 2nd place finishers said thanks to the kids for their being out there and they had a fantastic time with playing in our charity tournament. Even to the point of looking forward to next year’s tournament, which I will try and hold in the spring.

There are so many loving people in our church that made it so easy for me to keep our umpires feed and hydrated. Please know everything that was done for the umpires and cleanup, I and my fellow umpires appreciate from each and every one of you.

Not even sure where to start, but I will try. If I forget anyone, please know you are loved and I am not leaving anyone out on purpose. I wasn’t even sure the tournament was going to be playing until Wednesday afternoon, which the actual cut-off was Tuesday evening….so as I mentioned in church, FRUSTRATION was a very mild description of how I was feeling. Once I had enough teams, now is when I called Beverly, Sandy, anyone I could get in touch with to help me get out of this Panic Mode. Not just for the items for the umpires and scorekeepers, but also needed a rather large check for the city to get this all paid for at the softball complex.

So, Sandy, Barbara L., Jan, Helen, Beverly, I know I can always count on the ladies of this church to pitch in for anything that is needed, especially for our youth. Then there’s the MOGS that never cease to amaze me with their ability to drop just about anything to help me and I love all of you for that…..Father Brian, Eddie, Rick, and Forster, I thank you for helping me with cleanup and bringing the many unused food back to the church to be used at Generations or helping those less fortunate.

A good tournament can happen just about any weekend, but a GREAT TOURNAMENT takes some time and effort and without you guys to assist me, the tournament would not have been as great as it was.

So until the next softball tournament, which I am hoping to have in the spring, that way our supply, will not run out for our kids. I have received calls already from a couple of teams that didn’t play this past weekend, because of the way it was run, which reflects back to those that pitched in to help me in all areas.  So It looks like the word is already out about having a tournament again in the spring with more teams…….what a wonderful blessing. Thanks be to God for this blessing.

Yours in Christ,  POP Crase

THE CHOIR EXPERIENCE AT CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD

For most congregations the choir is a functional body sitting together someplace in the main church and rendering singing support for the hymns and presenting appropriate anthems during the Offertory. But there is more to it than that!  Vested in special attire, they also are part of the Procession to start the worship and leave at the conclusion in the Recessional.CGS choir members are often seen keying in on new visitors to greet them! Now we begin to see the definition of a ‘choir’ broaden.   

Here at Good Shepherd the choir is not just a collection of singing voices, but a multi-faceted, volunteer assembly of “needy” communicants. They are passionate about their need to Praise God as often as possible together! They follow a tradition at Church of the Good Shepherd decade upon decades old…to “Sing and Rejoice” as a choir. They are following the Psalms in Ps.47:6 Sing Praises to God, Sing Praises; Ps.57:7 My Heart is steadfast, I will sing and make melody; Ps.98 Cantate Domino:Sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous things; Ps.101:1 I will sing of mercy and justice to You, O Lord, I will sing praises. Preserving this historical tradition at CGS comes naturally. He has given us voices to speak, to sing!

So singing in the CGS choir is a broad experience in at least three ways. #1, The choir is functional in the drama of our liturgy with its ceremonial garments, sung responses, cantors and soloists and the choir’s movements..the entering and leaving processions.#2, Our choir is not only a ‘praising-force’ but also exerts a ‘praying-force’ in its deliberations during rehearsals and pre-service. Personal prayer life is even stronger after singing together for an hour mid-week and then returning home. Volunteering to sing in our choir does that to you after adopting the anthems and hymns spiritual messages week after week!

The #3 experience of the CGS choir is Witness. In His Service means commitment and dedication and accomplishment for singers in the choir who volunteer their time and energy fifty-two weeks each year. Individuals share their voices, partner with each other singing in part harmony, and every singer projects the music and text so that we can understand the message. The Offertory is the perfect place in our liturgy for witness!  Many anthems of ‘Praise to God’ have the power to evangelize and many composers have called upon God to enable them in this goal.

We would be pleased to have you join us!  Contact: Forster D. or any choir member!

Forster D., Director of Music

Softball Tournament Fund Raiser this Saturday!

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Camp Crucis has been serving the children of the Diocese of Fort Worth for 70 years. Countless children have gone to camp and experienced the love of God and a changed life. Church of the Good Shepherd has made a commitment to send any youth and children who wish to go to Camp Crucis for free.

In order to make this commitment a reality, "Pop" Crase has been putting together a Softball Tournament every year to raise the funds.

This year's Softball Tournament will be taking place this Saturday, 9/23, at Wichita Falls Softball Complex (Sheppard Access Rd). The first game starts at 8:30 in the morning and the championship game will be taking place at 6:00 in the evening.

All are invited to come out and support our fundraiser, but we especially need any camp-aged youth who are interested in camp to help with the event (selling raffle tickets or helping with food or drinks) during whatever hours of the day they are able to be there, but especially between 9:00-11:00 and 12:00-2:00. Help will especially be needed cleaning up after the last game!

Thank you for your support!

Generations This Wednesday!

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To stay physically fit is important, but it also doesn't come easily--it requires diet and exercise and time. In the same way, it takes a lot to stay spiritually fit, and we understand how difficult it can be in this busy modern world for adults and kids alike to keep up with all of it.

That's why we have Generations. Generations is specially designed to provide a well-rounded spiritual diet for all ages and types. At Generations we have opportunities for prayer and meditation, for scriptural study and meaningful discussions, for service to our community, and even for fellowship and making new friends. We even make dinner so you don't have to! 

  • 5:30: Dinner for the whole church family in the Parish Hall, prepared weekly by a different ministry, group, or family in the church. 
  • 6:00-7:00: Adults will continue upstairs in the Parish Hall with Evening Prayer and catechetical discussion groups.
  • 6:00-7:00: The children will continue downstairs in the Parish Hall with Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.
  • Special Events: There will be many opportunities to put the faith we learn into practice with special monthly outreach events and special liturgies (like Evensong or All Saints Day).

You can't beat that! So, put dinner on us once a week, spend some time with some friends, and grow in your faith every Wednesday night at Generations

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Inerfaith Outreach Services

  It is September and as usual in September we are very low on food.  We have fed all the children that were home all summer, so our supplies are low.  We need whatever you want to donate!  If you see a great price then buy it. We are in great need of cereal, macaroni and cheese and all vegetables.

   Last month Church of The Good Shepherd donated 29 pounds.

Mary G.

Choral Evensong

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Join us for Choral Evensong this Wednesday evening, September 13, at 6:00

Evensong is one of the best-loved traditions of Anglicanism. It is the liturgy for Evening Prayer from the prayer book set to music, and when done right is a thing of exquisite beauty, whether it is celebrated in a great English cathedral or a local parish church. The prayer book's liturgy for evensong is the ancient monastic office of Vespers, translated and revised in English for use among the laity. It consists of the singing of psalms and hymns, scriptural readings, and prayers.

Rally Day this Sunday!

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Rally Day is this Sunday (September 10)! Join us in the Parish Hall for a Pot Luck Lunch and to learn about all of our Fall ministries and about how you can get involved.

Bring a covered dish to share!

Here are a few of the exciting ministries we have starting up this Sunday:

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Little Lambs: Little Lambs is our children’s Liturgy of the Word. During our 10:30 service, as we begin to sing the “Gloria,” the children will follow their own cross in a procession to the Children's Chapel in the Parish Hall. There, they will celebrate a child-friendly version of the same service the adults experience. After the sermon, during the offertory and announcements, the children rejoin their parents in the pews for Communion.

Children's Sunday School: Children’s Sunday School this Fall will be meeting in the lower level of the Parish Hall. Ages 0-3 will be with Ms. Kimberley in the nursery, ages 3-6 and 6-9 will be doing Catechesis of the Good Shepherd with Ms. Amy and ages 9-12 will be with Ms. Alys.

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Adult Sunday School: We will be having two adult Sunday school classes this Fall. Randy Rogers, a postulant in the Diocese of Fort Worth, will be teaching a Bible Survey class in the parlor, and Fr. Brian will be continuing his class on the Anglican Formularies in the Parish Hall.

Generations: Generations is our primary engine for discipleship at Church of the Good Shepherd, offered every Wednesday night, giving young and old alike an opportunity to develop close friendships, grow spiritually, connect with our Anglican traditions, and reach out in service to our community. Our first Generations will be a Choral Evensong on Wednesday, September 13, at 6:00 in the evening.

Care Ministries: On top of all of these, we have many other ways to get involved, whether you want to sing in the choir, or serving with the MOGS or with the APODS, or helping on Sundays with the Ushers or Acolytes, or volunteering with our Children's Ministries, or making a dinner for a family in need with our Parish Ministries. Come to our Rally Day lunch to learn all about how you can get involved.