Trinity Sunday and the beginning of Summer

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Sunday, June 23rd

the Second Sunday after Pentecost

         OLD TESTAMENT: I Kings 19: 1- 15a
         PSALM: 42 and 43
         NEW TESTAMENT: Galatians 3: 19- 29
         GOSPEL: Luke 8: 26-39

O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving­kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

This Sunday is the first Sunday of our Summer Schedule. On Sundays from now until September 1, we gather each week to Celebrate Eucharist at 9:00 am. Summertime Coffee Hour follows each week downstairs. Please remember to adjust your summer schedule on Sundays so you don't arrive too early or too late!

Our scriptures this week change gears as we move into readings for Ordinary Time. We pick up at week seven in Ordinary Time, meaning we are not beginning at the beginning. In the Hebrew Scriptures (I Kings), the Kingdom has divided into North and South after the death of Solomon. Elijah serves as a prophet of the Lord God in order to persuade the people of the North to maintain fidelity with YHWH. Elijah struggles with this task, but finally he finds God in the silence of his struggle. In Galatians, Paul argues that all who belong to Christ in baptism have become children of Abraham. His reflection ends with words long since cherished in the church, "from now on there is neither Jew nor Gentile, male nor female, slave nor free, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." In Luke, Jesus travels into the land of the Gerasenes where he heals a man full of many daemons. The man is healed, but the healing costs the Gerasenes their livelihood, causing many to ignore the healing of their own brother and friend. 

With youth and adults from Good Shepherd leaving Tuesday for the England Pilgrimage, we will offer special prayers for those participating. The hymns will have a special Church of England ring to them. Add your prayers and support this Sunday as we worship together. 

Building on the Sure Foundation We are making excellent progress in our modest capital campaign to renovate the downstairs restrooms, children's classrooms, and the kitchen. As of writing, we have received nearly $55,000 in support, both in giving and in pledges. This puts us near seventy-five percent of our goal, but with work yet to do. Please consider donating or making a pledge by the end of June. Thank you!

Downstairs Renovations are nearing completion. Take a moment this week to observe the progress currently underway in the children's classroom.

No nursery care during the summer. Based on the current needs of the parish, we are not offering nursery care during the summer. If you are in need of childcare during worship, please contact Fr. Jay, Fr. Dan, or CE Chair Martina Stippler. 

Summer Coffee Hour begins this Sunday, June 23. Coffee Hour is much simpler in the summer, with sparkling water, tea or lemonade, coffee from our Kuerig machine, and cookies or simple snacks.

Parishioners have signed up for approximately half of the summer Sundays. Please sign up in the Common Room to host, and remember that summer Coffee Hour is much simpler. 

See you Sunday!

peace, Jay+

Our capital campaign for the renovation of Good Shepherd's downstairs space, "Building on the Sure Foundation," is making good progress. The kitchen, the two restrooms, the first and second grade classroom, and the nursery, are being rejuvenated. The two restrooms are also now handicapped accessible.
Both fundraising and renovations are progressing well. Our goal for this effort is $75,000, and at present we are approximately 75% toward our goal. Please consider prayerfully what you can give, and please make your gift or pledge by the end of June.
PLEASE NOTE: Renovations are nearing completion, and some spaces are available as renovations complete. 
Some spaces may still be unavailable. Look for signage regarding spaces involved in the renovation. And note: restrooms are now single-use, gender neutral, and handicapped accessible. 

I had the incredible opportunity to visit our Good Shepherd Outreach project, Flying Kites Leadership Academy in Kenya last week. This rural school located 2 hours north of Nairobi is on 10 acres of beautiful land designated for all school purposes. Brand new facilities have very attractive, well-structured classrooms for grades 1-8, an athletic field, a vegetable garden where students are taught farming techniques, a lunch room facility, kitchen an administrative offices and a building with dorms for staff. I visited the music class in an open theatre area with happy children singing w/their music teacher, classrooms in afternoon sessions, the children at lunch and at recess playing sports outdoors. I met Flying Kites administrative staff and teachers. It was an exciting afternoon and I have lots of photos and videos to share. 

Flying Kites appreciates the support of Parish of the Good Shepherd and was delighted to have me spend the afternoon. There are 110 children on the campus. Flying Kites has partnered this year with Kenya’s Ministry of Education for a Teacher Training Program in 4 surrounding public schools affecting 3000 children.  This is the specific Training Program our Outreach Committee funds are supporting.  

--Mary Ellen Washienko

The four photos below are from Mary Ellen's visit to Flying Kites two weeks ago.
Please sign up to host Coffee Hour one Sunday during the summer.
Summer Coffee Hour is much simpler. Sparkling water, tea or lemonade, and coffee from the Kuerig machine make for a simple yet lovely time of fellowship for those who worship with us. Please sign up in the Common Room. 
Mark your calendars:
Good Shepherd, through our Outreach ministry, will volunteer with B-SAFE on July 10-12.

We will provide lunch at Sts. A&M on Wednesday and Thursday, and on Friday we will support the field trip to Lake Cochituate. Contact Marilyn Crone for more details. 
Christ is made the sure foundation,
Christ the head and cornerstone,

chosen of the Lord, and precious,
binding all the church in one;
holy Zion's help forever,

and her confidence alone.

Hymnal 1982 # 518
Westminster Abbey

The picture at right is from the 2017 Good Shepherd visit to Westminster Abbey.
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