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Announcements and photos to share with our parish family are always welcome! 

Please email your contributions to David Baggett.

Announcements may be edited for content and space.

Please Join Us!

Thanksgiving Eucharist & Pie

You are most warmly invited to our Thanksgiving Eucharist next Tuesday, November 21st at 6:30 PM. Before you head out of town or do battle with the baster, join us for a brief service of gratitude and Holy Eucharist followed by pie! Those wishing to bake and bring their pie of choice are welcome to arrive a touch earlier and drop their pies off at the front of the PLC by 6:15 PM. If you're hosting family or friends this year, know that everyone is always welcome to worship and celebrate with us at Good Shepherd.

Prayer Requests

The people of The Church of the Good Shepherd are eager to join you in lifting your prayers to God. Please tell us how we can pray with you by CLICKING HERE to submit a prayer request. 

The prayer request link is also available on the parish website. Prayer requests added to our public prayer list will be refreshed every month; please feel free to resubmit them if you would like them to remain on the prayer list.

Pastoral Care Emergencies

Please call the Pastoral Care Support Line 919.831.2008. The Pastoral Care Support Line is monitored by the clergy.


A Season of Stewardship

A Season of Gratitude

Stewardship Update

Stewardship is a spiritual practice that allows us to live out the belief that all we have and all that we are belongs to God. Good Shepherd is Generous! 153 Community members have contributed to our Annual Campaign for which we are most grateful. Thank you for stewarding your gifts!

We're getting closer to meeting our 2024 stewardship goal. If you haven't submitted your 2024 giving estimate, please do so as soon as you are able. To submit your 2024 pledge, you may

  • pop your pledge card in the mail to the Parish Office OR
  • bring it with you to church on Sunday and place it in the alms basin OR
  • take advantage of one of the quick & easy online options below:
Submit Your Annual Giving Estimate Online


Submit Your Annual Giving Estimate Using Your Established Realm Account

Thank you for your generous financial support of the parish and our ministries!

Top of Mind

Coming Saturday...You Don't Want to Miss This!

EYC Hot Cocoa Fundraiser

It's a wonderful tradition to watch the

Raleigh Christmas Parade with our church community while also supporting our youth.

Come support our youth while also enjoying the Raleigh Christmas Parade as it marches right in front of CGS! The EYC will carry on its longstanding tradition of selling homemade cocoa (from the secret Bias family recipe!), coffee, Krispy Kreme donuts, and Bojangles biscuits in front of the church during the Raleigh Christmas Parade. Sales begin around 7 AM and run through the duration of the parade. If you would like to support the EYC by donating your time (we need hallway monitors to serve in hour long shifts!) or donating some supplies (bottled waters!), please CLICK HERE.

Coming Sunday at 9 AM

End of Life Issues with Mother Joyce

Thinking about and discussing our final wishes can be uncomfortable and stressful, but planning and documenting them can actually relieve stress, both for ourselves and for our loved ones. Last week we learned about the need for medical directives and asset planning. This week we’ll discuss funeral and burial planning and the importance of documenting our wishes. 

Final Week for Donations!

Have a Heart for Rex Hospital

This Sunday is our last day for collecting individually packaged snacks (such as peanut butter crackers, chips, applesauce cups, vitamin water, protein bars, cookies, etc.) for cardiac critical care workers at Rex Hospital. Please bring your contributions by Sunday, November 19th and place them in the bin with the big red heart in the PLC. Questions? Please contact Grace Sved (919-247-6426). Thank you!

All-Ages Christmas Pageant

It’s nearly advent and time for the annual CGS/Raleigh Mennonite Christmas Pageant. To try to make this an easy and delightful experience for families to take part in, and to truly include all our beloved Good Shepherd, we’re trying something new this year.

The Pageant will take place during the 10:15 worship service on Advent 3, December 17th, and is open to all ages, from our very oldest to our very youngest. With scripts in hand, we’ll tell the story of the first Christmas, as well as a few corny Good Shepherd jokes. We want this to be a simple and joyous experience that involves the whole Good Shepherd Family.

There’s a signup form on the bulletin board outside the nursery for anyone of any age who wants to be a sarcastic census taker, a wicked monarch, or a humble visitor to the stable where our Lord was born. For more details, contact Ian Finley (919.931.2196).

Grab a Star from the Angel Tree

Our annual tradition of supporting the children of the Episcopal Farmworkers' Ministry continues. We will be providing gifts for about 80 children whose names and ages will be written on the stars hanging from the branches of our Angel Tree in the lobby of the PLC. The new director of the ministry, Father Fred, has been very helpful in streamlining the process so this year, instead of just a general description of the child's sizes and toys wanted, there will be print outs of specific items attached to the back of the stars. These items will be available on Amazon (as well as other places) to make your shopping easier.

To participate, take a star, write your name and contact information in the notebook by the tree, shop for the items and return your wrapped gifts (unless a bicycle or other very large item) to the church by December 17th. Please attach tags with the child's name and star number on each item in case they get separated.

If you have questions, please contact Jennifer TlustyThank you for participating and happy shopping!

A Beloved Tradition Returns!

Help Decorate the Church for Christmas!

You have the opportunity to help decorate the church for Christmas with beautiful poinsettias placed in memory of loved ones or in thanksgiving for blessings. Please CLICK HERE to place your order. Orders must be received by Friday, December 1. Proceeds go to support parish outreach activities. Questions? Please contact Molly Propst or David Baggett (919.831.2018) in the Parish Office. Thank you!

PS: if you prefer not to place your poinsettia order online, you will find poinsettia order forms in the Parish Life Center lobby.

Thanksgiving Tips from the Green Team

And While We're Thinking about Thanksgiving

Quick Polls

Enquiring Minds Want to Know...

What's your favorite Thanksgiving pie?
Sweet Potato
Chocolate Chess
Lemon Meringue
Cake, please!
What's your favorite Thanksgiving main dish?
Turkey, of course!
Something Beefy
Salmon, or something fishy
Goose or Duck
Cornish Game Hen

Parish Finances

CLICK HERE  for a budget update (through October 31). Thank you for your faithful financial support of our church and our ministries. 

Please keep reading...more news follows!

Coming Up

Sunday, November 19

In addition to the 8 and 10:15 worship services

Please remember to

8:30 AM until 12 Noon || Nursery Care (infant to 4yo)

9 AM || Formation for All Ages


  • PK-2nd Grade || Crafting Faith: Advent/Christmas Stained Glass
  • 3rd Grade and Up || Liturgy Lab: Writing the Prayers of the People


  • Bible Study with Debbie Moyer
  • End of Life Issues with Mother Joyce

11:30 AM || Fellowship Time

EYC Sabbath

EYC will meet again on Sunday, December 3rd at 5:30 PM

Monday, November 20

No scheduled activities

Tuesday, November 21

6:30 PM || Thanksgiving Eucharist Followed by Fellowship with Pie

Wednesday, November 22

12 Noon || Eucharist in the Church

30-minute Eucharist with anointing

Thursday, November 23

Happy Thanksgiving!

No scheduled activities; Parish Office closed

Friday, November 24

No scheduled activities

Saturday, November 25

3:00 PM || Manley Marriage Blessing

Sunday, November 26

The Feast of Christ the King

8 AM || Holy Eucharist, Rite I

8:30 AM until 12 Noon || Nursery Care (infant to 4yo)

No formation classes today

10:15 AM || Holy Eucharist, Rite II

11:30 AM || Fellowship Time

EYC Sabbath

EYC will meet again at 5:30 PM on Sunday, December 3

Saturday, December 9

11 AM || Andrew Phillips' Ordination

Christ Church, Raleigh

Getting Involved at Good Shepherd

Can You Help with Fellowship Time on Sundays?

Looking for a few good folks to sign up to ”host” aka provide snacks for Fellowship Time after the 10:15 service. If you can help, please SIGN UP HERE! It’s a great way to encourage members, visitors, and newcomers to enjoy relaxed time together. You have the option of listing your reason for  hosting Sunday Fellowship Time, such as celebrating an anniversary or birthday, in memory of someone, etc.  That special reason, along with your name, will be listed in the Sunday service bulletin. Questions? Please contact Peter Miller (919.345.0713).

Parish Life

Congratulations, Logan!

Logan Dreifuss was awarded his Eagle Scout rank in Scouts BSA on Sunday, October 29th (coincidentally, the very same day he was confirmed)! Logan is part of Troop 11 which meets at Open Door Church. Logan shared that he is so grateful for all of the encouragement and support his Good Shepherd family has offered on his journey! We are proud of you Logan! Well done!

What an Oyster Roast It Was!

Vestry Fellowship Liaison Grace Sved declared the Jim Propst Memorial Oyster Roast a huge success! More than 100 attendees enjoyed delicious oysters, shrimp and other favorites. The food was superb, and the fellowship was "just plain fun!" Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make the event a success and to everyone who came. Here's an idea: let's do it again next year! See ya there!

How to Make Tax-saving Contributions to Good Shepherd!

Parishioners frequently ask if they can easily pay pledges or make contributions to the church

with appreciated shares of stock or from their IRA’s. Now, with the help of our investment firm for the CGS Endowment Fund Trust, we can be of help.

First, if you have appreciated stock shares you would like to use for your pledge commitment or other Good Shepherd cause, you can do so easily and automatically with a few simple

instructions to your financial advisor.

Second, you may be able to avoid taxation on Required Minimum Distributions from an IRA

by giving proper instructions to your financial advisor or broker. For further information on how to do this, feel free to contact Duke Fentress, Trustee (919.215.8256).

Parish Office Hours

The Parish Office is open Monday-Thursday, 9 AM - 5 PM, and by appointment on Friday. Please note that the Parish Office will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 23rd.

Follow, Like, Share!

Do you follow The Church of the Good Shepherd on Facebook? We're trying to build our social footprint, and you can help! If you're a Facebook user, when you see a post from The Church of the Good Shepherd, please like it (assuming you do) and share it. Thank you!

From the Parish Family Album

From the EYC's Winter Warmth Service Project (Friday, November 10th)

Lots of caps, gloves, scarves and chapstick to distribute!

The PLC parking garage was the distribution point. EYC'ers waiting for their guests to arrive.

photos courtesy of Rev. Andrew

From the Oyster Roast (Saturday, November 11th)

JoAnn Kistler Latimer and Duke Fentress enjoyed catching up.

Vive and Rock Kershaw were there!

It was wonderful to see JoAnn Kistler Latimer and Charles Latimer at the oyster roast!

Shepherd's Hall was the venue for this year's Jim Propst Memorial Oyster Roast!

photos courtesy of Carolyn Manley and Marguerite Sullivan

From Sunday, November 12th

Rich and Charlotte Netherby celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary; Rev Imogen offered a prayer of blessing and thanksgiving.

photo courtesy of Peter Jezierny

Our altar with flowers provided by the Flower Guild.

photo courtesy of Peter Jezierny

Meet Our Partners

Learn More about Good Shepherd's Partners

The Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen 

The Shepherd's Table Soup Kitchen serves a free, hot and nutritious meal to over 275 men, women and children each day. Operating from the basement level of our Parish Life Center on West Morgan St., Shepherd’s Table will feed 76,000 guests this year with the help of 5,000 volunteers. To donate or volunteer visit The Shepherd's Table's website.

From The Diocese

Diocesan Convention

The Diocese of North Carolina's 208th annual convention is taking place November 17-18 in Winston-Salem. Please keep the diocese, the clergy, and the lay delegates attending this year's convention in your prayers. Lay delegates representing our parish are: Jeff Whittaker, Harry Johnson, Jacob Ferguson, and Dennis Allen.

Almighty and everlasting Father, you have given the Holy Spirit to abide with us for ever: Bless, we pray, with his grace and presence, the bishops and other clergy and the laity

assembling in your Name, that your Church, being preserved in true faith and godly

discipline, may fulfill all the mind of him who loved it and gave himself for it, your Son Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one

God, now and for ever. Amen. (Collect for a Church Convention, BCP, p. 255)

Join the Advent Pilgrimage to to St. Augustine’s University and St. Ambrose Episcopal Church

If you are looking for a special way to start the Advent season, you are invited to join the diocesan pilgrimage to St. Augustine's University and St. Ambrose, Raleigh, on Saturday, December 2. CLICK HERE to read more about it and to register.


Be sure to check out the latest news and Information from the Diocese.

Prayers of the People

Roy Wright, Carolyn Owens, Janet Gilliam, Ralph Sanders, Pete Taylor, Martha Bailey,

Peggy Hawks, Ginny Byrd, Mitchell Lawrence, Darrell Dennis, Janie Ward-Newton,

William Short, Julia Hall, Gigi Giersch, Catherine and Bob Williams, Fran and Paul Hoch, Justin and Logan, Brinley Harris, Don Caudill, Larry Bledsoe, Mike, Elizabeth Alexander and Family, Logan McGhee, Mike Deloatch, Mindy McIntyre, Ann Antoun, Stephanie Rivers,

Carolyn Watson, The Howard Family, The Davis Family,

and the people of Israel and Palestine.

The people of The Church of the Good Shepherd are eager to join you in lifting your prayers to God. Please tell us how we can pray with you by CLICKING HERE to submit a prayer request

Prayer requests added to our public prayer list will be refreshed every month; please feel free to resubmit them if you would like them to remain on the prayer list.

Thank you for Supporting the Life and Ministries of

Good Shepherd!

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Come Worship with Us!

Sunday, November 19th

The Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

8 AM Worship

9AM Christian Formation for All Ages

10:15 AM Worship

In Person & Livestream Worship

Sunday Bulletin

11:30 AM Fellowship Time

EYC Sabbath This Evening

CGS Mask Guidance

Masks are optional for all ages in all parts of the CGS campus.

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