Second Week of Lent

A Week in Pictures:

Spring has come to Church of the Good Shepherd! Behind our pear tree in full-bloom is our beautiful church, and behind that—those characteristic blue skies for which Wichita Falls is renowned.

Spring has come to Church of the Good Shepherd! Behind our pear tree in full-bloom is our beautiful church, and behind that—those characteristic blue skies for which Wichita Falls is renowned.

Our Fish Fry was a great success. Thanks to everyone who came out and thanks to Deacon Randy and Stephanie for all your hard work!

Our Fish Fry was a great success. Thanks to everyone who came out and thanks to Deacon Randy and Stephanie for all your hard work!

Thanks to the “Fry Guys” for cooking up our fish and chips.

Thanks to the “Fry Guys” for cooking up our fish and chips.

The “Memorial” during Mass for the Second Sunday in Lent—worship that impresses a sense of God’s majesty and beauty.

The “Memorial” during Mass for the Second Sunday in Lent—worship that impresses a sense of God’s majesty and beauty.

One of our children’s catechists presents the “History of the Kingdom of God” to some of our Level 2 children. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based approach the children’s spiritual formation. To learn more about our children’s ministry and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, go to  cgsusa.org .

One of our children’s catechists presents the “History of the Kingdom of God” to some of our Level 2 children. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based approach the children’s spiritual formation. To learn more about our children’s ministry and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, go to cgsusa.org.

Fr. Brian’s Homily for the Second Sunday in Lent: Destined for Sainthood:

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This Week’s Announcements:

Generations: Generations is intended to be our primary engine for discipleship and is designed for everyone—ages 1-100. This week at Generations, we will be discussing chapter 5, pp. 61-73 of Rev. Tish Warren’s Liturgy of the Ordinary. Dinner starts at 5:30. Suggested donation of $5/family for dinner

Lenten Alms: Every Sunday throughout Lent this year every bulletin will be stuffed with a colored envelope. Any money offered in one of these envelopes will be used for the church’s Benevolence Fund. This fund is used specifically to help our own parishioners who find themselves in a time of difficulty, or need.

Stations of the Cross: Stations of the Cross will be offered every Friday in Lent beginning at 5:00. All are welcome.

Lenten Feria Mass:  Wednesday, 3/20 at 4:30 pm in the chapel (2019 BCP, Sarum Use), commemorating St. Cuthbert, Bishop and Missionary, d. 687; also commemorating St. Patrick, Bishop and Apostle to the Irish, d. 461 (transf. 3/17); St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Patriarch and Doctor, d. 386 (transf. 3/18); St. Joseph, Spouse of Mary, d. 1st cent. (transf. 3/19); St. Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop and Martyr, d. 1556 (transf. 3/21); St. Gregory the Illuminator, Bishop, d. 332 (transf. 3/23).

The First Week of Lent

A Week In Pictures

The Lenten Array for Ash Wednesday.

The Lenten Array for Ash Wednesday.

We enjoyed a heap of pancakes and sausages for Shrove Tuesday.

We enjoyed a heap of pancakes and sausages for Shrove Tuesday.

Thanks to the MOGS (Men of Good Shepherd) for cooking up the pancakes and sausage, serving, and clean-up.

Thanks to the MOGS (Men of Good Shepherd) for cooking up the pancakes and sausage, serving, and clean-up.

Ash Wednesday was Deacon Randy’s first, full, Solemn Mass as a deacon.

Ash Wednesday was Deacon Randy’s first, full, Solemn Mass as a deacon.

Sunday’s Entire Service is Available on our Youtube Channel:

This Week’s Announcements

Generations: Generations is intended to be our primary engine for discipleship and is designed for everyone—ages 1-100. This week at Generations, we will be discussing chapter 4, pp. 50-60 of Rev. Tish Warren’s Liturgy of the Ordinary. Dinner starts at 5:30. 

Lenten Alms: Every Sunday throughout Lent this year every bulletin will be stuffed with a colored envelope. Any money offered in one of these envelopes will be used for the church’s Benevolence Fund. This fund is used specifically to help our own parishioners who find themselves in a time of difficulty, or need.

Stations of the Cross: Stations of the Cross will be offered every Friday in Lent beginning at 5:00. All are welcome.  

Lenten Fish Fry: A Lenten Fish Fry has been planned for Friday evening, March 15, at 6:00. Fish and chips will be served with coleslaw, tea, and lemonade. Feel free to BYOB. Donations requested.

This Week’s Saints and Mass Schedule

Lenten Feria Mass:  Wednesday, 3/13 at 4:30 pm in the chapel (2019 BCP, Sarum Use), commemorating St. Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome, d. 604 (transf. 3/12.)

The Ordination of Randy Rogers to the Diaconate

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We are happy to congratulate Randy Rogers to the order of deacons. Randy was made a deacon at the hands of the Right Rev. Jack Iker, of the Diocese of Fort Worth, on Sunday, March 3 at Church of the Good Shepherd. The Very Rev. John Munson gave the homily. If you missed it, the entire service is available on our youtube channel.

Otherwise, here are the announcements for this week! Please take note of our Ash Wednesday services!

Generations: Generations is intended to be our primary engine for discipleship and is designed for everyone—ages 1-100. Generations will also be on break this week because of Ash Wednesday. All are welcome to join us for our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner and our Ash Wednesday services instead.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner: Our Shrove Tuesday Pancake dinner will be taking place on March 5 at 6:00 in the Parish Hall. All are welcome to join us to eat up all that sugar before Lent begins!

Ash Wednesday: Ash Wednesday will be taking place on March 6 this year. We will be having a simple said service with the imposition of ashes at noon, and a Solemn Sung Mass with Litany, Incense, and Imposition of Ashes at 6:00 that evening.

Lenten Fish Fry: A Lenten Fish Fry has been planned for Friday evening, March 15, at 6:00. Fish and chips will be served with coleslaw, tea, and lemonade. Feel free to BYOB. Donations requested.

Time Change: Fr. Brian forgot the announce yesterday that this upcoming Sunday (March 10) is the beginning of Daylight Savings! Don’t forget to set your clocks so you aren’t late on the First Sunday of Lent!

Visitation: If you are in need of pastoral care or need to contact Fr. Brian for any reason, please call him on his cell phone.  He is available 24/7—Please don’t hesitate to call!

Valentine Sweethearts Dinner

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Valentine’s Dinner Report – 9 Feb 2015, POP Crase, MOGS Chairman

Well 2019’s Sweetheart Dinner was a success once again. Each year I am surprised as to the help I and the MOGS receive in assistance with getting this festival together. Be it from just tables & chairs being brought out, to the final last minutes of cleanup time. Seems we are growing in attendance and every year the comments are increasing in positive directions.

It was decided to make it a “theme” dinner this year, so a LITTLE ITALY night was planned. Café lights were strung, wine bottles with melted was candle drippings, and some great Italian music was heard throughout the room. This year’s attendance increased by approximately 7-8 people, which was so thrilling to see the room getting filled more than last year. We had close to 48, plus 6 of the finest airmen anyone could wish for. I know I say that each and every year, but it’s true. These young men jump at the chance to help in our community OR is it a FREE meal? I believe it is BOTH.

Again this year, we were blessed to have a group of “helpers” that worked hard with the decorations. A special thanks to my bride, Debbie Crase, our many friends, Helen Day, Sandy Reed, Barbara Lyne, a special guest (THAT I FAILED TO MENTION….OOPS) was Madison Arens. My partner-in-crime, John Skelton, was very helpful to me. Between him and Madison, they were extremely busy keeping me from falling off the ladder while hanging the lights. Without YOU GUYS this event could not have happened. Also, very thankful for Eddie Andrade’ for once again making sure all the ladies each had a rose for Valentine’s Day/Night. THANK YOU DO VERY MUCH!!!

Another great piece of the puzzle for this event are the young men (or women when they are available) that get the food ready and on the plates for all to enjoy. Once they have served everyone, their job is now to sit somewhere at a table and let you guys get to know them. Once again I got some great young Airmen that didn’t hesitate to ‘mingle’ and enjoy themselves while visiting with all the others at a table where they sat. Once the meals were all served and it was almost time to clean up, the “basket” for the Airmen was passed again, and as always, they would not take the money, but they all have received their Gift Certificates for the Base Exchange so they can purchase any items they need or like at any base in the near future. Well-deserved on their fine efforts.

Prizes were wonderful as I stated while finding out WHO had the Golden Ticket (Willie Wonka) after the few years that all seemed to know which chair to sit in……gotcha this year folks!!! Great way to make sure everyone had a fair chance to win a prize, and thanks goes to Helen Day for the choices she purchased. Next year will be another theme and meal to match. If anyone has suggestions, I am open to all and the MOGS can get together to choose a perfect venue.

At the end of the night, the kitchen was a mess as it usually is, but these fine young men made it look great and put everything back in order. They wasted no time this year with cleaning and putting everything away, making sure the area was worth an inspection. I guess they learned well at Basic Training and their “KP” duty time. Shortest time of cleanup I’ve experienced after a huge event as this one. Also, many thanks go to Eddie and Beverly Andrade’ for their help.

I know there is always small issues that I take personal note of each year, and will always promise to make things get better the following year. This year was without exceptions and there will be things that improve for the next Sweetheart Dinner. So mark your calendars now ladies and gentlemen of our Parish. The 2020 Sweetheart dinner will be on Feb 8, same gathering, same eating times.

Until next year, I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s night and plans are getting started already for the next one. Thanks to each and every one of you for attending and let’s make it bigger next year!!!

Yours in Christ,

G. “POP” Crase

Live Video and Recorded Homilies

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!

You can also subscribe to our channel so that you can receive a notification by email any time we are broadcasting.

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
Jack
Jean S.
Hazel
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

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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.

A WORD FROM THE BISHOP TO THE CLERGY AND LAITY
OF THE DIOCESE OF FORT WORTH
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

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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.