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Sunday Worship

Sunday, September 25th

8:00 AM

In Person Worship

10:15 AM

In Person & Livestream Worship

Sunday Bulletin

We hope you can join us this Sunday!

Thank you for supporting the life and ministries of The Church of the Good Shepherd.

Virtual Offering Plate

Sunday Afternoon Worship

The clergy and students of St. Augustine’s Chapel extend a warm invitation to join them for worship on Sunday afternoons at 5:00pm.

CGS Mask Guidance

Masks are optional during the worship service and in the PLC for those who are fully vaccinated and boosted.  Children’s Ministry events (including Sunday School and Children’s Chapel) will continue to require masks for both adults and children.


Parish Life

Let Us Welcome The Newly Baptized

Our newest sibling in Christ is Russell James Riemer, the child of Jenn and Clark Riemer and little brother of Duncan. Russell was baptized at CGS on Sunday, September 11th.

Pauli Murray Private Museum Tour

Please join us for a visit to the Pauli Murray exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History on Tuesday, September 27th. We will gather in Shepherd's Hall at 11:30 a.m. to share a luncheon and some discussion of the life and many contributions of Pauli Murray. Then we will proceed to the museum where at 2:00 pm, we will have a private tour led by Michael Ausbon, the curator of the special exhibit. Space is limited, please SIGN UP HERE and send an email to Jean Knepley to verify registration. Thank you!

Stewardship 2023 Growing Generosity

"Generosity is a skill that is cultivated, formed through teaching, practice, and time. Gratitude transforms life; generosity enables it. Sunday, November 13th will be Commitment Sunday, our parish gathering of annual financial commitment cards. You won’t want to miss this event celebrated with the infamous Good Shepherd “Stew”ardship meal following the 10:15 service in the Parish Life Center. Circle the date on your calendar and plan to join us!" Please read more about Stewardship 2023 from Stewardship Chair, Esther Hall HERE.

Blessing of the Animals

The St. Francis Day Blessing of the Animals will be Sunday, October 2nd at 4:00pm at CGS. We will take a moment to honor all of our creatures great and small who comforted and brought us joy over the past year, including beloved pets, stuffed animals, and pets who are no longer with us. We hope to see you there!

Rally Day A Success

The clouds parted, the rain paused, and the people of CGS came together with our neighbors to have wonderful fellowship. Thanks be to God! Many thanks to our volunteers, and to all those who donated. There's still time to make a donation HERE.

To view Rally Day photos, courtesy of Mother Imogen and Karen Boyne, please CLICK HERE. To add your photos to the gallery, please CLICK HERE.


Sunday School This Sunday

Sunday School Formation Hour for grades kindergarten through 5th grade this Sunday, September 25th at 9:00am. Please note room update: grades K-3 will meet in the Room 316 and grades 4-5 will meet in Room 329. 

CGS Christmas Pageant Returns

Signups are on the bulletin board next to the Nursery for the CGS Christmas Pageant! If you have an interested child, ages 3 to 11, or are interested in volunteering, please add your name to the list. Signups will be open through mid October, so we can capture as many families from CGS and Raleigh Mennonite who would like to participate. Save the date: the pageant will be held live and in person on Sunday, December 11th!


EYC This Sunday

On Sunday, September 25th, we will meet at 5:30pm in the entrance hall of the PLC. We will kick off our weekly EYC by walking over to Chargrill and talking about the coming year, finishing by 7:00pm. This EYC year, we will have games, snacks, and we will be going through the Gospel of John.

New Youth Formation Hour

This year, youth (grades 6-12) will not meet weekly at 9:00am on Sundays during formation hour. However, youth will meet monthly, on the first Sunday of each month, to participate in an on-campus service project. The first Service Formation Hour will be Sunday, October 2nd at 9:00am. We hope to see you there!

EYC Volunteers Needed

We are in need of regular EYC volunteers who can assist with a variety of tasks. Please contact Devin McGinnis to find out more.


Newcomers’ Class This Sunday

Are you a newcomer to Good Shepherd? Want to learn more about the church? A newcomers’ class will be offered over in the small parlor (first floor) of the Parish Life Center. For more information, contact Martha Hays or John Beck.

CGS Response: Responding to Gun Violence as Episcopalians

Thank you for all who were able to attend the recent parish meeting on gun violence in July. In response to that gathering, this fall there are adult formation opportunities and two working groups in which CGS parishioners may wish to volunteer. Please join us!

Adult Formation series related to this topic:

  • "Finding Common Ground - How to Have Difficult Discussions" led by Paul Flynn in the Ennis Parlor, this series seeks to empower people to have conversations that are sometimes hard to have.

  • "Each Other's Keeper" led by Jon Stoddard in the Ennis Parlor, starting October 9th. This is a six week series developed by the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri looking at the church's response to violence. 

Working Group opportunities related to this topic for you to get involved:

  • Public Health Working Group, which may be led by Grace Sved.
  • Parish (Campus) Safety Working Group will be led by Gerard McNeill

Free free to directly contact either person for more information.

RMC Bible Study Offering

A new bible study offering, "Revelation as Resistance" led by RMC's Pastor Melissa Florer-Bixler takes place on Sundays at 9:15am in the 3rd floor classroom (outside Shepherd's Hall). All CGS parishioners are welcome to join!

Summary: Adult Formation This Week

Please see the full schedule here: Adult Formation Handout

  • Difficult Conversations led by Paul Flynn. We'll meet Sunday at 9:00am in the Ennis Parlor.
  • Newcomer's Class led by Martha Hays. We'll meet Sunday at 9:00am in the Small Parlor.
  • Revelation as Resistance led by RMC Pastor Melissa Florer-Bixler. We'll meet Sunday at 9:15am in the 3rd floor classroom outside Shepherd's Hall.
  • Tuesday Bible Study led by Mother Nancy. We'll meet Tuesday at 10:30am in-person at the church; 5:45 pm in person at Rev. Nancy’s home.
  • Wednesday Lectionary Bible Study led by Craig DeShong. We'll meet Wednesday at 8:30am in person and via Zoom.

Serve Our Parish

Chalicist Training Session

For all current Chalicists and any newcomers who are interested in learning more and possibly becoming a Chalicist, there will be a training session in the Sanctuary, Saturday, September 24th at 9:30am. For more information or to sign up, please contact Jennifer Tlusty.

Serve Our Neighbors

Calling All Needleworkers

The St Francis Guild is in need of needleworkers to knit shawls and baby hats. Also needed are hats and scarves for the Seamen's Institute. If you crochet, we have patterns for crochet as well as knit items. Contact Meriwether Walker for more information.

ONE Wake News

ONE Wake needs you! Join ONE Wake leaders to meet publicly with candidates for Raleigh City Council on Thursday, October 6th at 7:30pm at St. Ambrose Episcopal Church in Raleigh. It is as easy as logging in on Zoom or you can join our CGS group traveling together. Our mission is to ask candidates to publicly commit to support our solutions to address the housing crisis in our communities. Click this link to register: Raleigh City Council Candidate Assembly (10/6)

Want to know more about ONE Wake? Contact Jeff Whittaker


Diocesan House For Sale

After more than three years of discernment, the Diocese of North Carolina announces the decision to list for sale the Diocesan House office building at 200 West Morgan Street, Raleigh. The sale is being overseen by Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated (JLL), a professional services company specializing in real estate and investment management. Read more HERE.

Diocesan Book & Video Study: How to Fight Racism by Jemar Tisby

A 10-part series using the ARC of Racial Justice model - Awareness, Relationships, and Commitment - to provide a practical framework for pursuing racial justice with hands-on suggestions bolstered by real-world examples of change. Sessions take place on Tuesdays from 12:00-1:00p.m. via Zoom and begin October 4thThere is no cost to attend this event. and registration is required. Contact Jenny Beaumont, missioner for adult and lifelong formation, with questions. Register.

History Keepers Workshop

For longtime or new church members interested in preserving church history there will be a history keepers workshop on October 8th from 10:00am-3:00pm at St. Paul's in Winston-Salem. Please register by September 28th. Sponsored by the diocesan History & Archive Committee. Learn more and register HERE.

Celebrating Bishop Anne

A series of farewell celebrations have been planned in honor of Bishop Anne Hodges-Copple's upcoming retirement. Hosted at four different sites throughout the Diocese, each event will feature hors d'oeuvres, music and lots of local flavor. The Raleigh celebration will be Sunday, October 16th, 2:00-4:00p.m., at St. Michael's, Raleigh in the Manly Garden in front of the church for a bluegrass band, small bites, drinks, and the Two Roosters ice cream truck. (Rain location: parish hall) Contact Abby Van Noppen or the Rev. Jamie Pahl with questions. Registration is not required.

Acolyte Festival

Save the date for a day-long event to celebrate all things acolyte on November 5th at St. Paul's, Winston-Salem. There will be workshops, games, food, and worship together. Open to acolytes of all ages, younger acolytes should be accompanied by an adult. Come as church groups or individually. More information to come!

Diocesan Dismantling Racism Offering

“Dismantling Racism: Reclaiming Our Baptismal Promise” is an interactive workshop designed to deepen spiritual commitment to dismantling racism. Through presentations, prayer, story sharing, videos and small group discussion, participants explore how the sin of racism impacts all lives. The next offering in 2022 will be: 

  • September 23, 5-8 p.m., and September 24, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., via Zoom. Register.
  • October 14, 5-8 p.m., and October 15, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Register.
  • November 11, 5-8 p.m., and November 12, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., via Zoom. Register.

Prayers Of The People

Prayers of the  People can be found in your parish email.

*Names on the Prayers of the People will be refreshed after this coming Sunday. If you wish your name to be kept on the Prayers of the People for October, please contact the pastoral care coordinator, Lynn Wiss, by Noon, Monday, Sept, 26th.


This Week:

23rd & 24th - Dismantling Racism Offering

24th - Chalicist Trainings, 9:30am

25th - 8:00am Worship; 9:00am Formation; 10:15am Worship; 5:30pm EYC

Coming Up:


2nd - St. Francis Animal Blessing, 4:00pm

4th - Diocesan Study: How to Fight Racism by Jemar Tisby, Noon

6th - ONEWake City council Meeting, 7:30pm

8th - History Keepers Workshop, 10:00am

16th - Celebrating Bishop Anne, 2:00pm

23rd - Due: Names For All Saints' Sunday

29th - Rock Kershaw's benefit fashion show, 8:00pm

30th - Children & Families, Holy Ghost and Weenie Roast, 4:30pm

Parish Newsletter Update

Announcements or photos to share with the CGS family are welcome! Please email Rebekah Rode by Sunday evening. Announcements may be edited for content and space.

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