Parish Ministry

Men of Good Shepherd (MOGS) Stil Very Active

Dear Parishioners, I am at a loss of excuses for NOT being able to report on the last few meetings we have had in our Men of Good Shepherd Group (MOGS) for the past couple of months (more like 4 months). Trying to keep up with so many things between work and Youth, well, honestly, IT’S LIKE TRYING TO HERD CATS……………….sorry all you cat lovers out there.

Now, as usual I could talk forever about our wonderful feast of dinners we always have, the FANTASTIC desserts that are always available for us old guys, and fellowships between many friends just about all day and night.  The crazy discussions never get old, the laughter, ‘picking’ on each other (just ask Mr. BOB LONG AND JOHN SKELTON), and as usual….it’s always at POP’S expense. But that is just the way we are we a group of young to ‘experienced’ (NOT OLD) folks get around a table, feed their faces, and start conversations about anything and everything.

The past couple of months, the MOGS have tried to schedule some much needed cleaning times, inside our beautiful church, and especially the outside, but seems that something has been preventing us from gathering and I don’t like it………………BUT, low and behold, given enough time, things are starting to take place.

In about 1 ½ weeks from now (8 Oct), we are scheduled to start a project in and around the church.  We are going to clean out the church vents, check filters, and especially start cleaning out the rain gutters that I noticed were completely blocked, causing lots of concerns above the Parlor Hall roof.  We are asking for as many MEN of the church to join in. if you cannot do the physical part, help guide us through your wisdoms that can make the tasks we are planning to do loads of full filled laughter. I am sure someone….POP…..will be the most talked about person in the group, as usual.

I will continue to strive and send reports as often as possible. I am asking that ANY MAN in this church that can attend on the 3rd Thursday of each month, PLEASE come and join in the antics that we all enjoy. There’s always plenty to eat, laughter is at the highest peak, and the Fellowship cannot be matched by any other organization around town.  We work hard to please God, so please try to join in with us, THE MOGS. The more the merrier, plus the less I get laughed about…….AAAAHHHHHH, poor baby, right??

Thanks to everyone that comes and continued prayers for those that are in need of help.  We are committed to doing whatever it is that God may ask of us.

Yours in Christ,

G. POP Crase

Dan Garcia

Co-Chairmen of the MOGS

Good Shepherd Gives Record Food to IMI

I Would like to send out a HUGE thank you to everyone that contributed to Interfaith Ministries in August. It was the largest contribution that Interfaith has received in all the years I have been at Church of The Good Shepherd.  336 pounds were given!!!

If you would like to give but don't like to shop please see me.  I have one wonderful parishioner that gives me a check every month.  That week I buy what Interfaith needs and I show her the receipt of what she purchased.  Our need right now is for just about everything.  If you buy it, we need it.  We especially need canned meat, canned fruit, peanut butter and jelly. Please don't throw away your plastic bags or paper bags. We double bag before we put the groceries in them, so we always need both. 

Thank you all VERY much!

Mary Gwin

Interfaith Ministries Report

   In July we donated 229 pounds of food to Interfaith Ministries! That has to be a record!!!  Thank you all SO very much.  In the summer we give out over 3,000 pounds each month to families in need.

   As far as what do we need right now...we need everything.  If you can think of it, we need it.  The main things are: canned meat, all canned vegetables, canned fruit and canned beans.

   If you would like to volunteer, we always need volunteers.  If you have two hours a week or every other week, that would be great. 9-11, 11-1 and 1-3PM are the different shifts.  There are several different jobs and I'm sure one of them would be right for you! Call 322-1365 and ask for Mercy or just see me and I will be happy to go with you to introduce you to everyone.

Mary Gwin

CGS Interfaith Ministries Donations

We gave 77 pounds of food and hygiene items to Interfaith Ministries in the month of June. Thank you all very much. I would also like to thank the very kind and generous person that gave me $40 for Interfaith. I bought 89 cans of green beans and corn! Since it is summer, we usually give out about 3,000 pounds of food each month because the children are at home. So thank you all very much for your generosity!

Mary Gwin

Interfaith Ministries Canned Vegetables Needs

Interfaith Ministries is in need of canned vegetables. With the children home from school many more families come in the summer asking for help with groceries. There is a great sale on right now at Cash Saver on SW Parkway. If you buy green beans, corn and peas, they are only 3 cans for 99 cents! (Of course they add on 10% at the register) This sale is from Wednesday, July 13 until Tuesday, July 19. If you want to take them directly to IMI you can go M-F 9-10:45. Go to the back door that says "pantry delivery". They are also open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9-2:45. In case you don't know, Interfaith Ministries is just across from the church parking lot at 11th and Austin. When they ask you where your donation is from just say Church of The Good Shepherd! Thank you very much,

Mary Gwin

Bazaar Workday!

A crafting day in preparation for the Bazaar has been planned for this Saturday for any who are interested!

·         June 25th10AM – 3PM in the parlor

·         Bring your own project to work on

·         Bring a covered dish to share for lunch

·         No childcare will be provided for this meeting

Please contact Sandy Reed or Tracy Johnson for more information.

Interfaith Ministries Seeking Volunteers

Interfaith Ministries is where you go for help in Wichita and Archer Counties if you can't pay your bills or need help with groceries. We do other things depending on the circumstance, such as help with medication, dentures, bus tickets. Last week we had a 92 year-old man come in for help with his denture bill. We did help him with that and also got him groceries. When I met him I was very surprised about his age. He seemed to be in great health and drove himself in a big white pick-up truck that day. My IMI partner and I carried his groceries out to his truck which we rarely do, but were glad to be able to do that. He thanked us over and over telling us how grateful he was for all we did for him. When we got to his truck he told us that he was in WWII and asked us if we wanted to see some pictures. We looked through his photo album of WWII and he pointed out which soldier he was. It's people like this that make Interfaith Ministries a wonderful place to volunteer. You never know whose life you are going to touch and who you are going to meet. If you would like to volunteer please call Mercy at 322-1365 or just talk to me and I will be happy to go with you and introduce you to everyone.

Mary Gwin

Farewell Party for Deacon Bill & Rocki

Dear Church of the Good Shepherd,

With sad hearts, we made the announcement at church this Sunday that Deacon Bill and Rocki will be leaving Wichita Falls for Austin. Their last Sunday with us will be this upcoming one, June 26, and Deacon Bill will give a farewell homily. 

Of course, we couldn't send them off without a farewell party! We will gather in the Parish Hall after church this Sunday to express our appreciation for the Holders over a lunch. Everyone is invited to join us and to bring a covered dish.

Although we are sad to say goodbye, we are glad that they will be able to spend more time with their daughter, Allie. May God bless them in their move and ministry.

Father Brian


Soup Teams

It is time to start planning for our 88th Annual Election Day Bazaar, and I am looking for volunteers who would like to be soup team captains, or would like to be part of a soup team.  I would like to get at least ten teams together to ensure we have plenty of soup to serve at the bazaar.  

Each team will be given the recipe to follow.  This recipe has been used for the past eighty seven years.  The only thing that has changed is all ingredients containing gluten have been removed, so we are now cooking and serving a gluten free soup. 

Each team will be responsible for purchasing the ingredients for their soup.  Some items will be supplied by the church such as spices, bullion, and Worcestershire sauce.  These items will be listed in the recipe and in the instructions.  

Teams will also need to coordinate with the church office to schedule a time to use the kitchen to alleviate any conflicts.  This is an excellent way to donate your time, talent, and treasure.  So please step up to be a captain or be part of a team!  If you are interested please contact Eddie Andrade.

Eddie Andrade