Walking the Mourner's Path
Sep
8
to Oct 27

Walking the Mourner's Path

Eight Weekly Workshops facilitated by Trained Clergy
* Begin and end in prayer - we believe this is central to the ministry.
* Intentionally small - allowing participants the opportunity to share.
* Carefully crafted to work on one concept a week to allow the participants to work through their grief without feeling overwhelmed.
* A workbook for each individual provides the framework with prayers, reflections, and exercises.
* Homework assignments enhance the experience.
* It is through the experience of sharing with others and being comforted by God's love that healing occurs.

Cost is $75 for the workbook. Scholarships are available. Please contact Fr. Bill by August 11 for more information, to inquire about a scholarship, and to sign up.
https://www.mournerspath.com/

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Punkin' Chunkin' Booth
Oct
19
to Oct 20

Punkin' Chunkin' Booth

It’s that time of year again when the pumpkins go flyin’ and Good Shepherd’s Holy Smokers go to cookin’ for their biggest fundraiser of the year. Clay County’s 11th Annual Punkin’ Chunkin’ event takes place Saturday, October 19, 10:00am – 5:00 pm and Sunday, October 20, noon – 5:00pm. Holy Smokers will be serving brisket and pulled pork plates for the attending crowds to purchase and need volunteers to help with greeting customers, cashiering and/or serving food and water. There are sign-up sheets to volunteer in the information hallway.

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Oct
2
9:30 AM09:30

Wool Crazy Quilt Embroidery Class #2

Arts and Spirituality Ministry brings another wool embroidery and embellishment class with Elizabeth Rybicki to Good Shepherd in September. This time the group will take a prepared wool applique block and do the embroidery on it. The crazy quilt pieces will already be appliqued, so that the group can get right to the fun part – doing the embroidery. Elizabeth will be teaching the basic embroidery stitches used by our ancestresses on their crazy quilts. No experience is necessary, this class is for all experience levels.

Each person will receive the pattern including stitch placements, prepared wool applique block and backing, rod and wooden beads to turn the block into a small wall hanging, their choice of threads from her collection of Valdani and DMC threads, needles, a small book of embroidery stitches, scissors, thimble plus lunch will be provided. The $30 cost includes kit, supplies and lunch. Kits come in two colorways, one multicolor and one in blues and greens There are a total of 18 kits available and there will be 2 class dates of 9 students per class. Please see the bulletin board for the embroidered crazy quilt, the colors available and the dates of the classes.

Come and join the Joyful Stitchers for another adventure in hand embroidery and embellished wool applique, fellowship and sharing a meal together. Class will be from 9:30 to 3:00 (or earlier if we finish sooner). It is anticipated that stitchers will take home a finished crazy quilt that day.

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8th Annual Pet Celebration
Sep
21
8:00 AM08:00

8th Annual Pet Celebration

Good Shepherd is once again handing out 200 doggie treat bags and Dwain Zagrocki, DVM (Dr. Z) will be bringing veterinary instruments and will allow the children to look into their dog’s ears and listen to their heartbeat. Dr. Z is also bringing a portable ultrasound unit to show the “insides” of a dog!

And to top it off, Fr. Bill will do a “Blessing of the Animals” at noon. Please plan on attending for a little while and if possible volunteering perhaps 30 minutes of your time to help out.

Carole Webber is coordinating: 828-360-2995 – webber42@frontier.com. Thank you!

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Sep
16
9:30 AM09:30

Wool Crazy Quilt Embroidery Class

Arts and Spirituality Ministry brings another wool embroidery and embellishment class with Elizabeth Rybicki to Good Shepherd in September. This time the group will take a prepared wool applique block and do the embroidery on it. The crazy quilt pieces will already be appliqued, so that the group can get right to the fun part – doing the embroidery. Elizabeth will be teaching the basic embroidery stitches used by our ancestresses on their crazy quilts. No experience is necessary, this class is for all experience levels.

Each person will receive the pattern including stitch placements, prepared wool applique block and backing, rod and wooden beads to turn the block into a small wall hanging, their choice of threads from her collection of Valdani and DMC threads, needles, a small book of embroidery stitches, scissors, thimble plus lunch will be provided. The $30 cost includes kit, supplies and lunch. Kits come in two colorways, one multicolor and one in blues and greens There are a total of 18 kits available and there will be 2 class dates of 9 students per class. Please see the bulletin board for the embroidered crazy quilt, the colors available and the dates of the classes.

Come and join the Joyful Stitchers for another adventure in hand embroidery and embellished wool applique, fellowship and sharing a meal together. Class will be from 9:30 to 3:00 (or earlier if we finish sooner). It is anticipated that stitchers will take home a finished crazy quilt that day.

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Ultreya
Sep
14
10:00 AM10:00

Ultreya

We are having another Ultreya at Good Shepherd on Saturday, September 14 at 10:00 am. All are welcome; those who have attended a Cursillo weekend and those who are interested. As we are inviting parishioners from nearby Episcopal churches, Good Shepherd Cursillistas are asked to bring a small snack to share. Please come and join in the food, fellowship, singing, sharing and planning. Musicians, please contact Tom Griffiths at 706-851- 6852.

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Sep
9
9:00 AM09:00

Spiritual Gifts Workshop

Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. I Corinthians 12:1, 4-6.

Each person has been equipped for ministry by some Holy Spirit given gift. That gift may be a skill like teaching or building, or more of a disposition like generosity or mercy. Maybe your giftedness is both in skill and disposition. However it is that you have been graced, it is God’s plan that you use your gift for God’s ministry purposes in the church and in the world.

This workshop will review the different kinds of spiritual gifts mentioned in the Bible and will give each participant an opportunity to discern their current spiritual gifts. We will also consider how those gifts might match with serving in one or more of our parish ministries. All are welcome.

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Country Fare is Back!
Aug
24
8:00 AM08:00

Country Fare is Back!

County Fare is a rummage sale which will be held in the Parish Hall and parking lot on August 24 (ONE DAY ONLY). Everyone is invited to participate as you are able. Please start cleaning out your closets and preparing your donations now!

We will need a small army of volunteers between August 11 – 24th to help sort and price, set up, tear down and be cashiers. And, we need your prayers for success and transformative fellowship! There will be some changes and maybe some surprises, so stay tuned for more announcements. Two big changes: there will be NO pick up or delivery, no exceptions. And, the sale will be held on Saturday only. Please email Susan Morgan at scbasketlady@yahoo.com if you would like to be on the planning committee or if you have questions.

A gentle reminder as you prepare your donations: Only FLAT SCREEN tvs and computer monitors will be accepted. No broken items or items that need to be constructed will be accepted. We will begin collecting donations on Monday, August 12.

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Get Out and Play
Aug
17
9:00 AM09:00

Get Out and Play

Your Parish Life’s “Get Out and Play” ministry invites all parishioners and friends to paddle or tube down the beautiful Toccoa River on Saturday, August 17. We plan to leave the church parking lot by 9:00am. Bring a picnic lunch! Let us know if you need paddle gear. Please sign up in the hallway. Anyone interested must sign up by August 11. Kathy and Kanute Rarey 502-525-7256 or or kprarey@yahoo.com

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Aug
3
10:00 AM10:00

Safeguarding God's Children

All adults who: (1) work with children and youth more than 4 times per year in a leading, supervising, or assisting role, or; (2) provide transportation, or; (3) participate in any overnight activities, or; (4) serve at diocesan camps must be certified every 5 years in the national church program for safeguarding children. The next training will be held Saturday, August 3 at 10:00 am in the Library. Please contact the church office to confirm that you are current on your training or that you need to be re-certified.

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Renowned Storyteller on Sunday July 28
Jul
28
9:15 AM09:15

Renowned Storyteller on Sunday July 28

Elizabeth Ellis will present a program in the Parish Hall from 9:15-10:15 a.m. The program is titled, “In the beginning was...STORY”

Ms. Ellis was born and raised in eastern Tennessee and is the granddaughter of an Appalachian circuit riding preacher who brought home the many stories he collected on his travels. Ms. Ellis now lives in Dallas, Texas. She has a Master of Education degree and has been recognized as a Master Storyteller and with awards by the National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Storytelling Association and National Storytelling Network.

Her goal is to encourage and enhance our listening for the sacred in scripture, personal stories and folk tales. Ms. Ellis believes one of the greatest gifts our Creator gave us is our imagination, to more richly experience a God we cannot directly see, feel, or touch. She will present stories that help us exercise our imagination and provide insight into that gift.

This program is brought to you by our Arts and Spirituality Ministry. All are invited. Pastries and coffee will be served. For more information please contact Chairman Kathy Marcel, 225-937-2030 kfmarcel@gmail.com or Kanute Rarey 502-525-7272 kanutetells@gmail.com.

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Family Ministry Pool Party
Jul
27
11:00 AM11:00

Family Ministry Pool Party

All parish children, youth, their parents and guardians are invited to a pool party on Saturday, July 27, 11:00 am—3:00 pm, at the home of Jaime and Bill Pierson. Directions: head south from Hiawassee on Highway 75 toward Helen. In about 4 miles, turn left on Dills Road and follow that to the end of the paved road. M&M farm, the pool party location, will be on your left. Call 706-896-7996 for more information

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Talley's Fundraising Dinner
Jul
20
6:00 PM18:00

Talley's Fundraising Dinner

On Saturday, July 20, 2019, a dinner will be held in the Parish Hall at Good Shepherd to raise funds for Talley’s mission to the Philippines. Dinner and raffle tickets will be on sale on Sunday, June 30, July 7 and July 14 after each of the services. Dinner tickets are $20 ($10 for those 12 and under) and includes Low Country Boil or Veggie Lasagna, watermelon, beer, wine and dessert.

Tickets are also available for a number of raffle items. All proceeds from dinner and raffle ticket sales will go to Talley’s missionary fund. For more information on Talley’s mission, please come to the dinner or contact Suzi Herbert at herbert28904@brmemc.net or 770-633-1018

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Tomato Sunday
Jul
7
12:00 PM12:00

Tomato Sunday

Kathy Wright is presenting her church family with an all (Southern) American lunch of ‘Mater Sandwiches on white bread, with homemade mayo. It is far enough into the season for the tomatoes to be good and juicy. The bread is soft. And, the mayo is good if I do say so myself. There are usually a couple of bowls of potato salad, and ‘nana puddin’. Come one, come all!

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Let's Go Paddling
Jun
29
10:00 AM10:00

Let's Go Paddling

Sign up to canoe and kayak on Lake Chatuge with our "Paddling Parish" group. Put in at Lake Chatuge Spillway Boat Ramp and Picnic Area off Hinton Center Road on Saturday, June 29 at 10:00 am. We will paddle and picnic, so bring food and drink for lunch. Bring boat, paddle and personal life preserver. Let us know if you need equipment. Some parishioners have extra. For more information, contact Kanute 502-525-7272 or Kathy Rarey 502-525-7256 or EMAIL kprarey@yahoo.com.

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Ultreya!
Jun
15
2:00 PM14:00

Ultreya!

Ultreya! We are having an Ultreya at Good Shephard at 2:00 pm on Saturday June 15. All are welcome; those who have attended a Cursillo weekend and those who are interested. As we are inviting parishioners from nearby Episcopal churches, Good Shepherd Cursillistas are asked to bring a small snack to share. Please come and join in the food, fellowship, and singing, sharing and planning. Musicians please contact Tom Griffiths at 706- 851-6852 or tom_griffiths@tds.net

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Senior Lunch
Jun
13
12:00 PM12:00

Senior Lunch

RED, WHITE, and BLUE LUNCH June 13 at 12 noon in the Parish Hall Come join us for fun, good food and singing! Bring a friend! Everyone welcome! Wear your red, white, and blue! Please sign up in the hallway. Helga Reaves 727-418-2239

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Who Loves Baseball?
May
31
5:00 PM17:00

Who Loves Baseball?

The men of the parish and their guests are invited to an evening of Asheville Tourists baseball, Friday, May 31 at 7:05pm. The carpool caravan leaves for Asheville from Good Shepherd at 5:00pm. It’s $1 hot dog night. For more information, contact Fr. Bill.

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Farewell to Fr. George
May
26
12:00 PM12:00

Farewell to Fr. George

After two and a half years of serving with us, Fr. George will be leaving Good Shepherd at the end of May.  His last Sunday will be May 26.  Following the 10:45 service we will host a lunch in celebration and thanksgiving for his ministry.  The vestry is providing fried chicken, ham, and biscuits, and invites parishioners to bring side and dessert items to share. 

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T Shirt Sales
May
26
to Jun 9

T Shirt Sales

Orders for Good Shepherd T-Shirts and Polo Shirts will be taken on three upcoming Sundays: May 26, June 2, and June 9. Get yours before volunteering for Country Fare or the Golf Tournament and be identified as a Good Shepherd member wherever you go in the community! If you can't order in person, call Rachel Baughn at 828-361-3033 within those three weeks to place an order as this is the only time this year shirts will be sold. Watch the bulletin board for details on style and color options.

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Founders Day
May
19
12:30 PM12:30

Founders Day

On May 19 we will celebrate Founders Day on what would have been Ellie Wilson’s 100th Birthday. Ellie and Monroe Wilson were one of four families who helped start the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal: Danny Wilson and Becky Van Gorder are children of those families. Celebrating with us will be several other Wilson family members.

An old-fashioned Picnic on the Grounds (Parish Hall) potluck will be enjoyed following the second service. For those who wish to be “authentic,” Kathy Wright has gathered several of Ellie’s favorite recipes as well as one of the old cook books published by the Parish and the first Folk School Cookbook. Contact her for recipes and sign up to bring food in the hallway. The church will provide drinks and condiments.

Old pictures and stories of Ellie and of Good Shepherd are invited. Turner Guidry is coordinating the program. In the accompanying photo of founding church members from 1953, Ellie is the second grown-up in the back row, holding Danny, and Becky Ledford is 3rd from the left in the front row. The book Ellie Wilson compiled on the occasion of Good Shepherd’s 50th anniversary is out of print, but you can now download and read it from the church’s website on the Church History page.

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Easter Cantata
Apr
13
6:30 AM06:30

Easter Cantata

The choir will be performing an Easter Cantata on April 13th at 6:30 pm. The Cantata consists of choral pieces with some solos and narration to bring to life the story of Easter. A small reception will follow the Cantata in the Parish Hall. We will be using this performance to raise donations for the Hurlburt Johnson Friendship House

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Apr
7
to Apr 28

Jake Bennett Painting Exhibit

The Arts & Spirituality Ministry of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church Hayesville is proud to present the works of parishioner Jake Bennett in what will be the first of several exhibitions of work by our talented parishioners. Bennett's show will open on April 7 and run through April 28 in the Parish Hall. The public is invited for a gallery talk at 3:30 and reception to follow on April 7. The Parish Hall will also be open to the public on Thursday afternoons April 11 and 25 from 1 until 4.

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Fish Fry
Apr
5
5:00 PM17:00

Fish Fry

It's that time again for the Holy Smokers' Lenten Fish Fry, Friday, April 5, 5:00p.m. - 7:00p.m. in the Parish Hall. The cost is $10 for an all-you-can-eat plate with children under 12 eating free. A plate contains fish, slaw, french fries, and dessert, with a beverage included. Tickets will be on sale after services on Sundays in the parish hall. Please plan to attend and bring friends for good food, fellowship and entertainment! Tickets may also be purchased at the door. All proceeds go to Good Shepherd's Outreach Ministries. COME ONE! COME ALL!

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Icon Workshop
Mar
25
to Mar 29

Icon Workshop

Our Arts and Spirituality Ministry is sponsoring an Icon Writing class, March 25-29, 2019, with renowned Iconographer, Teresa Harrison. The class is limited to 16 participants, and a few openings are still available. The sign up sheet with registration forms is in the hallway. Participants are coming from as far away as Iowa and Kentucky. Each participant will choose either “Christ of Sinai” or “Mother of God” to write during the weeklong class.

Tuition is $425.00 and must be paid in full by March 1, 2019. A deposit of $100.00 is required when the registration form is submitted. A limited number of scholarships are available. Contact Arts and Spirituality Chair, Kathy Marcel, 225-937-2030 or kfmarcel@gmail.com with any questions.

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Special Music March 17
Mar
17
10:45 AM10:45

Special Music March 17

The second service on March 17th will feature music provided by musician Fran McKendree and the Good Shepherd Chancel Choir. Fran last visited Good Shepherd nearly 10 years ago when he presented an evening of music and fun followed by leading worship music for Sunday services. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Biography

Fran McKendree began his professional career playing at coffee houses around Auburn, NY, and Syracuse University. Moving to the Glens Falls, NY he formed "McKendree Spring," a rock ensemble that the legendary manager Bill Graham dubbed "one of the best unknown bands in the world.” McKendree Spring developed a loyal following, spending the next six years touring the US, the UK and Canada, doing concerts with Billy Joel, Elton John, Tina Turner and even Frank Zappa. The band played many memorable venues, including Carnegie Hall, the Fillmore East, and with the late Billy Preston, the first ever rock concert at Radio City Music Hall.  With their [tiny, but nice to be included!] exhibit in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum is an attribution that says: “Experimental and innovative, McKendree Spring mixed blues, folk and country with a progressive musical vision.”

Following McKendree Spring, Fran signed with Arista Records. He wasn't touring much during this time but did play a few memorable events, foremost among them a gig in NY's Central Park with Jimmy Cliff headlining. Fran was, however, finding this an increasingly challenging time in his life.

 Walking around his New York City neighborhood one day, looking for inspiration, Fran discovered a small Episcopal church. The next Sunday he and his wife, Diana, went to see what it was all about....finding an engaging, faithful, mission - focused and artistic gathering of seekers. It was a breakthrough for Fran, opening a new spiritual path which led him to heed the call to take some time for reflection. He and Diana moved to Cape Cod, where, setting aside his music, he began to work with youth, build houses, and make furniture, eventually feeling a deep longing to make music again. Emerging from this soul searching period he began to work under the aegis of the Episcopal church.

He has continued to explore and broaden his calling; with concerts, as music and worship leader, designer and coordinator of conferences, keynote presenter, mentor, and workshop leader. He has released six CDs of his own work, as well as producing recordings for other artists at his studio in Hendersonville, NC, where he and Diana now live.

 In 2012, with friend and colleague Ann Holtz, he formed AwakeningSoul, a partnership hosting an annual conference embodying ‘Sustenance, Sanctuary and Inspiration.’  Fran says "Awakening Soul is a coming together of all the things I care most about - relationships, trust, soul-searching, inspiring conversation, beautiful music and art, laughter, and a palpable awareness of the presence and nearness of God."  He continues to be awed by the journey that has unfolded.

 Much to Fran's surprise he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the Virginia Theological Seminary in 2016, for which he is most grateful!

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Lenten Supper Series
Mar
13
to Apr 10

Lenten Supper Series

The Palestine of Jesus: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus from Bethlehem to Calvary. Wednesdays, March 13-April 10 at 5:00 in the parish hall.

In this Lenten series we will visit some of the sites that appear in the Biblical story of Jesus’ life and ministry, reviewing the Biblical text and looking at the structures built to memorialize his ministry at those sites.

This gathering is led by Fr. Bill. All are welcome.

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Spiritual Gifts Discernment
Mar
9
10:00 AM10:00

Spiritual Gifts Discernment

Spiritual Gifts Discernment Workshop: Answering the Question of “Where and how am I gifted for serving in and through the church?” Saturday, March 9, 10am-12pm in the Parish Hall

Primarily through Saint Paul, the church has been instructed that each member of the church has been endowed with God-given spiritual gifts that are meant to be used for building up the church and advancing the mission of God in the world. Knowing and employing our gifts is critical to being a disciple and for serving the community to which we have been called.

In this workshop we will explore the meaning of spiritual gifts and how they have empower the ministry of the church. Then, each participant will have the opportunity to assess and discover their particular spiritual gifts. We will also have time to explore where your gifts might best be used for serving the mission of God in the world.

This gathering is facilitated by Fr Bill. All are welcome. Please sign up to let us know that you plan to attend.

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Ultreya
Mar
2
2:00 PM14:00

Ultreya

Onward, Upward, Keep going! Please mark your calendar for our next Ultreya on March 2nd from 2 to 4 pm in the parish hall. We will celebrate Eucharist, share the Love of Christ and have lots of fellowship, and singing. All are welcome, those who have attended a Cursillo or 3-day weekend and all who are interested or curious. Please bring a snack to share. Questions? Please contact Carolyn Cline-Griffiths or Tom Griffiths Come and See

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