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.

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