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Did you know that all of our services are available online? Every Mass, Evensong, or any other liturgy is broadcast live on You Tube! So, if your are sick at home or out of town on vacation, all you have to do is open your computer, go to our You Tube Channel, click on the live link, and join in!

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On top of this, you can also find recordings of all of Fr. Brian’s old homilies, and even some entire Masses that you can share with friends or family!

So, mosey on over to Church of the Good Shepherd’s You Tube Channel, and subscribe!

Interfaith Outreach Services

Interfaith Outreach Services helps those in need.  If you can't pay your rent, your electric bill or water bill that is where you go for help.

If you can't buy groceries we can help you with that, too.  Interfaith started after the 1979 tornado.  The woman in charge for all those years except for the last three used to go to our church; Jean Halter Payne. 
Thank you to everyone who gave to Interfaith this past year whether it was in a food donation or monetarily. 
If you gave a food donation you know who you are, so thank you very much. 

Those who gave monetarily are:
Sarah C.
Gene and Mary
Jerry and Denise
Lee and Mariel
Jean S.
Linda W.

As far as donations from our church for 2018 we gave 1,685 pounds!!

Thank you all SO very much!

Mary G.

Interfaith Outreach Services Report

  Interfaith Outreach Services is located at 1101 11th Street; very close to our church. For the month of August we donated 97 pounds to help those in need. Those from our church that volunteer weekly are: Helen D, Mariel R, Jack R and myself.

If you have any questions please ask.

   The family that we gave groceries to that I keep thinking about was a mother and her two young daughters.  She told the intake volunteer that her daughters were being abused by their father and she had to quickly leave the home and set up a new residence so she came to Interfaith for help. I spoke with her about her situation then hugged her and she began to cry....I am so thankful that we can help people like this that are in need.

Mary G.

Interfaith Outreach Services Report

Interfaith Outreach Services is located at 1101 11th Street; very close to our church. For the month of August we donated 97 pounds to help those in need. Those from our church that volunteer weekly are: Helen, Mariel, Jack and myself. If you have any questions please ask.

The family that we gave groceries to that I keep thinking about was a mother and her two young daughters.  She told the intake volunteer that her daughters were being abused by their father and she had to quickly leave the home and set up a new residence so she came to Interfaith for help. I spoke with her about her situation then hugged her and she began to cry....I am so thankful that we can help people like this that are in need.

Mary G.

Bishop Iker Retirement

Bishop Iker announces plans for retirement


Bishop, Standing Committee call for election of a Bishop Coadjutor

In a meeting today at the Diocesan Center for Ministry, Bishop Jack L. Iker announced to the diocesan clergy his intention to retire at the end of 2019. With the diocesan Standing Committee, the Bishop is calling for the election of his successor, who will become the fourth Bishop of the Diocese.

Consecrated on April 24, 1993, Bishop Iker succeeded the Rt. Rev. Clarence Pope, becoming the third Bishop of Fort Worth on Jan. 1, 1995. He will celebrate the 44th anniversary of his ordination to the sacred priesthood on Friday, Nov. 9, at the Opening Eucharist of the 36th Annual Diocesan Convention.

A Nominating Committee for the selection of a slate of candidates is to be formed in October. Provisions for the process are set forth in diocesan Canon 40, which calls for two representatives (one lay, one clerical) to be elected from each of the six Deaneries. Eight additional members (four lay, four clerical) will be elected by the Executive Council, and the Standing Committee will elect a further eight committee members (four lay, four clerical) and a chairman. The Nominating Committee is expected to make a report to the Convention in November. The election will take place at a Special Convention on June 1, 2019; the consecration date is tentatively set for Sept. 21, the feast of St. Matthew.

Following is a letter to the Diocese from Bishop Iker.

August 20, 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

After prayerful discernment and reflection, I have decided the time has come for us to begin the search process that will lead next year to the election and consecration of a new Bishop as my successor.

As you know, I am now in my 26th year as your Bishop, and in a few days I will celebrate my 69th birthday. In order to make way for new leadership, it is my intention to retire on December 31, 2019.

The first step is the election of a Nominating Committee, under the provisions of Canon 40, on the “Election of a Bishop.” In September and October, 14 clergy and 14 lay members will be elected to serve on the committee, and the Standing Committee will elect a chairman. A profile of the Diocese will be compiled in October, and then nominations for Bishop will be received until the end of December.

The Nominating Committee will research the list of nominees and conduct interviews in the early months of 2019. The Committee will provide the names of at least three nominees to stand for election at a Special Convention on June 1 of next year. The Bishop Coadjutor-elect would be approved by the College of Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America at their regular  June meeting, and tentative plans have been made for his consecration on Sept. 21, 2019.

The new Bishop would serve with me until the end of December, and his formal installation as Diocesan Bishop would be held in early January 2020.

As we move forward together in the months ahead, we are confident of God’s grace and guidance as things unfold. Thank you for your prayerful support of this process, that it may be led by the Holy Spirit.

The Rt. Rev. Jack Leo Iker
Bishop of Fort Worth

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


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


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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • *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!


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. 



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


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