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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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.
Attention all...Save the Date! The annual Bethel-Guidry College Scholarship Golf Tournament is September 28, 2019. It is being held again at The Mountain Harbour Golf Course. Go to the Tournament web page for more information regarding volunteering, sponsorship and playing. We are looking forward to a great event.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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 email@example.com with any questions.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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
A mission team of three couples from Good Shepherd is headed to Honduras to serve Christ among the poorest of his people. Our team will fly from Atlanta to Tegucigalpa, Honduras on Saturday, February 9 and will return to Atlanta on Saturday, February 16. As before, we will be staying at Casa Lamb, the guesthouse which in a very safe neighborhood. We travel each day in transportation provided by LAMB and driven by LAMB staff. Most of our work will be some kind of construction at the children’s home with other opportunities available to those with other interests and abilities. At the end of each work day, we have time to play with the children. Midweek, we take a break from our work to visit the school, to visit of clients of the micro-loan program and leaders of the anti-gang initiative, and for a day trip to an artist community outside the city. The week goes by fast and before you know it, it is time to go home.
Please join us in the parish hall next Sunday, February 3, at 9:15 for a brunch in celebration of Lynne's ministry at Good Shepherd. Although Lynne will remain on staff for a short while afterward, this will be our chance to gather as a community and express our appreciation. You can expect a buffet of country ham and biscuits, cheese grits, and fruit, and a surprise or two.
Good Shepherd Episcopal Church Seniors and Friends Lunch. Saturday, January 19, 2019. Chili Soup Lunch 12:00 p.m. Dessert and Coffee and Program 12:30-1:30 p.m. Program - “Reminiscing, Storytelling and Capturing Family History - Taking the First Step!” with Storyteller Kanute Rarey.
There will be good food, good fun and good fellowship. Please sign up in the hallway to let us know you are coming or call the church office 828-389-3397 to let us know that you plan if you plan to attend. For questions, contact Helga Reaves at 727-418- 2239 or Kanute Rarey at 502-525-7272 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The community is invited to a Christmas Concert and Carol Sing with the Chancel Choir, under the direction of Keith Christensen. Bring a can of food or dry goods for Matt’s Ministry as your price of admission. Cookies and hot beverages will be shared at intermission followed by carol singing accompanied by pianist Carol Smucker. Leave for home with carols dancing in your head and a bag of cookies in your hand!
. On this darkest day of the year we acknowledge that Christmas is not always a joyful occasion for everyone. The Blue Christmas Service starts at 11a.m. on the 21st in a quiet service that recognizes that in this season we grieve the absence of loved ones. We sorrow over failing health. We weep for what has been and for what might have been. And so we gather to hear and remember God’s message of hope and to be fed by the Lord’s supper that the love and light of God may scatter the darkness before us. Following the service we will be fed by a simple lunch.
Mark your calendar and plan to join us at Good Shepherd on Thursday, December 13 at Noon for a Seniors and Friends Christmas lunch. There will be good food, caroling, and a white elephant gift exchange. Please sign up in the hallway or call the church office 828-389-3397 to let us know that you plan to attend. If you have questions, contact Helga Reaves at 727-418-2239.
Advent Quiet Day: The Christmas Songs of Luke — December 8, 9:00 am-1:00 pm. On this Advent quiet day, we will use Lectio Divina to read, meditate, pray and reflect on the three Christmas songs in the Gospel according to Luke. (The Song of Mary, The Song of Zechariah, The Song of Simeon) Lectio Divina is a traditional Benedictine practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote communion with God and to increase the knowledge of God’s Word. No prior experience is necessary. A simple lunch will be served. Sign up in the hallway
A Thanksgiving service will be celebrated by Father Bill Breedlove at 11a.m. on November 22, 2018.
Please join us following the service for a church family dinner. The meat will be furnished by the church and you can bring a favorite dish to share. If you know of anyone who would like to join us, please invite them.
For more information contact Mary Rose Figura 404-626-6513.
We want to make everything shiny, fresh and clean for the people of Good Shepherd, for the holidays and especially for Bishop’s visit on December 2nd. Most of the work will be inside and includes some kitchen organizing, woodwork shining, some inside and outside painting, and anything else you see that needs our attention. Lunch will be served after work! Look forward to having a great day! Any questions contact Teresa Gribble
Good Shepherd is again partnering with the Hinton Center in Christmas Care of Clay County, a vital program that provides clothing for children in need. Last year over 400 children were provided coats, shoes, school clothes and other items.
Christmas Care takes donations that allow parents to shop for their children’s needs or have a volunteer shop for them. Walmart in Murphy provides designated shopping days and parents are given a $60.00 allowance that can only be used for clothing for their children. If parents are unable to shop themselves, a Christmas Care volunteer shops for them.
Alternately, donors may sponsor a child. Donors are given a specific child with needs and sizes and are asked to return the gifts to the Hinton Center in early December.
Good Shepherd is taking donations throughout Advent for Christmas Care. You can make your donations to Good Shepherd with Christmas Care on the memo line. Or, if you would like to sponsor a child, you may contact Rev. Dawn Livingston of the Hinton Center at 828-389-8663 or email@example.com.
It's that time again for Good Shepherd's Holy Smokers to participate in the annual Punkin' Chunkin' Festival. We will be selling rib and pulled pork sandwich plates for $10/plates. We need volunteers on Saturday, October 20 from 10:00am-5:00pm, and on Sunday, October 21 from noon-5:00pm. As volunteers, you will be welcoming people to Good Shepherd's tent, cashiering, handing out water and/or serving food. If you can help, please sign up for a shift or for whatever amount of time you can give. Sign-up sheets are in the information hallway. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, with all proceeds going to help community outreach programs. Please contact Mary Rose Figura or Betsi Wilson for more information.
The Arts & Spirituality Ministry is pleased to present an exhibit of icons now hanging in the Parish Hall. These pieces are a combination of icons which were painted by various parishioners in an iconography class taught at Good Shepherd last March and other icons which were generously loaned by parishioners from their homes. They range from icons painted on wood to one on a stone. Coffee Hour following the 10:45 service Oct 7th will be in honor of all who contributed icons to this exhibit. Please come view the icons and thank those who loaned them for exhibit. They will hang through the month of October. Thanks to the Steering Committee for their work to bring this together, and a very special thanks to Jon Czarnecki and Elmer Wilson for their assistance and diligence with the hanging.