Christian Education

Generations: An Introduction

This summer we have been clarifying our mission and values as a parish, and also how we can put our mission and values into practice in real time. A big part of that is Generations--a discipleship ministry that is specifically crafted for the whole family (ages 1 through 100). At Generations we will give you the tools you need to take discipleship home with you, no matter what stage of life. Generations will meet every Wednesday Night beginning at 5:30 p.m., from September 14 through May.

Here's a sample of what you'll experience:

5:30 p.m.   Dinner starts at 5:30 (Suggested donation of $5). We cook so you don't have to! Come to eat together and get to know the Good Shepherd Family.

6:00 p.m.   A family or group from our church will lead a brief version of Evening Prayer straight from the prayer book. The family that prays together stays together!

6:15 p.m.   After Evening Prayer, one of our Lay Catechists will present a short catechetical meditation on an aspect of our faith. The theme will change weekly.

6:30 p.m.   After the catechetical presentation, we will break into small groups at round tables. A Lay Catechist at each table will lead each group in a guided meditation based on the theme of the night.

6:45 p.m.   Generations will close with prayer and a few suggestions from Fr. Brian about how to apply and use the night's theme at home.

There is something for everyone at Generations! And if you can't make it in time for dinner, no problem! You are more than welcome to come at 6:00 for the discipleship. And if you can only make it for dinner, well, that is fine too! What really matters is that you are part of our church Family. See you there!
 

Generations

I think that the Core Values and guiding principles that you have chosen are excellent. What a foundation for building a future!

In accord with these values, I have had a number of individuals from a variety of stages of life coming to me since I started at Good Shepherd seeking more mixed-generation opportunities. Not just a few individuals, but enough to make me take notice. In response, I floated a few ideas that generated a great deal of interest among various groups within the parish. The idea that emerged after conferring with these groups is called, appropriately, Generations. 

Generations is intended to provide us with a setting where we can come together, on a weekly basis beyond Sunday mornings, as a community to develop intergenerational relationships, learn from one another, and become involved in one another’s lives. 

Beginning on September 14th, we will begin meeting in the Parish Hall every Wednesday for dinner together and fellowship. We will have communal, lay-led evening prayer together, followed by short presentations that are crafted specifically to bring all of our members from all generations together to helps us grow in our faith. We are even looking for ways to incorporate community service into Generations on a regular basis.

Generations will be an excellent opportunity. It is an opportunity not only to fill a need in the church, but also to put our core values and mission into practice. I hope you are as excited as I am!

Father Brian

FIFNA's Annual Assembly: July 20-22, 2016

FIFNA's (Forward in Faith, North America)  Annual Assembly will be held this summer at the beautiful Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois (just across the river from St. Louis).  Our Lady of the Snows is one of the largest outdoor shrines in North America with 200 acres of natural beauty.  Once there, you can park your car as your hotel and conference building are right across the parking lot from each other. 

The cost is $325/$525 (Single/double occupancy).  The rate goes up to$400/$600 beginning June 20th, so early registrations are encouraged!  You can register online or print and mail your form to us.  If registrations exceed capacity, we will have an off-site hotel set up and a van to bring you back and forth. 

To register online, go here.
To print off a registration form and mail in with a check, go


Here are some of the topics of presentations at this year's Assembly:  

Creation and the Incarnation of our Lord
Presenter: Alice Linsley

St. Gregory of Palamas, Archbishop of Thessaloniki, wrote: “The incarnation of the Word of God was the method of deliverance most in keeping with our nature and weakness, and most appropriate for Him Who carried it out, for this method had justice on its side, and God does not act without justice.”

The Holy One loves matter and, though He is uncreated, He deemed to take the form of a created being, being fully human and fully God. The Incarnation of our Lord is mysterious and essential to our Faith. God becoming flesh, restores the dignity of flesh. When God in the flesh stepped into the Jordan waters, all the waters were renewed. Water is no longer simply water. Wine no longer ordinary wine. Bread no longer ordinary bread. In His resurrection the corruption of death is overcome. No dust and ashes were found in the tomb. He is living Flesh and the guarantee of immortality for those who trust in Him.


The Incarnation: Threat to and Therapy for Sin
Presenter: Bishop FitzSimons Allison

The vulnerability to hurt and suffering following God’s becoming flesh is an abiding threat to human nature but, at the same time, the only hope for health, joy, and freedom. All gnostic heresies seek to avoid suffering by denying the full humanity of Christ and the opposite heresies place their hope in the power of the human will. These dynamics are shown in scripture, the Ecumenical Councils, and in contemporary belief and unbelief.


The Incarnation in Liturgy and Life
Presenter: Father Arnold Klukas

Early in my Christian walk a spiritual director gave me a wise and wonderful overview of what various Christian denominations have contributed to the wider Church: “My son, worship with the Lutherans if you want to enter into Christ’s Passion, worship with the Orthodox if you want to enter in to Christ’s Resurrection, or experience Christ’s Incarnation among the Anglicans.” From the earliest days of Christianity in the British isles there has been an ongoing emphasis on the significance of the incarnation in the worship and life of the Anglican Communion. But why is this so, and how is it expressed in our liturgy and life today?

Building upon the theological presentations of professor Linsley and Bishop Allison, Father Klukas will explain how deeply intertwined how Anglicans pray is with what Anglicans believe. Our public worship and personal devotion are “lived theology,” and we identify ourselves by a Book of Common Prayer rather than a book of common dogmatics. While institutional history has its part to play in the development of the Anglican Communion, it is the foundational belief in the Incarnation that gives us our unique contribution to the Church universal. In the Incarnation God became human, so that humans could be in relationship with God. The importance of this is two-fold; relationship implies knowing and loving the ‘other,’ and loving the ‘other’ means accepting in love what the ‘other’ loves. The Holy Trinity is a communion of persons bound together in love, and the Son draws us into that intimacy of the Trinity because he has brought our very humanity into that unity.

The Church continues Christ’s incarnation in the midst of this present world, even as the presence of Christ’s ascended body brings our humanity into the presence of God. Our earthly worship is both an anticipation of the glory of Heaven, and Christ renews his presence among us in each Eucharist we celebrate. The Incarnation also challenges us to co-operate with the Trinity in creating a community of love that becomes a conduit of the holiness of Heaven for the healing of the brokenness of earth.

This presentation will move from the theological to the practical, and from the spiritual to the physical. God became a human being, and we as embodied persons must come to know God in and through our bodies. The Incarnation has implications for our common worship, but it also has far-reaching applications to our life in the here and now. Through visual aids and physical demonstrations we will hopefully ‘incarnate’ within ourselves what the Incarnation holds out to us.

Annual Anglican Way Conference for Young Adults: July 6-10, 2016

This is a local ACNA event, with spiritual and educational opportunities. Bishop Nazir-Ali was one of the primary leaders, and speakers at the World Wide ANCA Provincial Assembly in Fort Worth, last year, July 2015. He is a great ACNA leader Bishop, whom Bishop Iker gave the responsibility of hosting that ICCA event, last year.

This event will be held in Dallas, so it is quite close to home, and easily accessible for our Parishioners.

Beverley Andrade


The Anglican Way Institute Presents:

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali

The Church and the State: The Christian's Responsibility in the Public Square

July 6-10, 2016
Dallas, Texas

Keynote Speaker: 
Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali

 

Topics Include:

  • Why Christians Should Be Involved in Public Life
  • Is the Relationship With the State Anglicanism's Achilles' Heel or Missionary Advantage?
  • Christ and Culture
  • Conformity and Dissent
  • A Future For Anglicanism?

Don't miss this opportunity to hear one of the Church's great teachers address this most poignant topic of our time.


For more info, click here.