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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.

The January issue of the Shepherd's Voice is available HERE.


Sunday Worship

Sunday, January 22nd

8:00 AM Worship

In Person

9:00 AM Formation

In Person - Adult and Children

10:15 AM Worship

In Person & Livestream Worship

With Baptism Elizabeth Greene Gabbard, child of Audrey Walstrom and Justin Gabbard

Sunday Bulletin


Sunday Fellowship

5:30pm EYC

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
Annual Giving Estimate Card

CGS Mask Guidance

Masks are required for children participating in Children's Ministries offerings, including Children's Chapel and Sunday School.

Parish Life

Warmth For Wake In January

Join us Saturday, January 21st from 8:00am – 12:00pm at Everett Farms - 7044 Wildlife Trail, Raleigh, NC 27613 for Warmth For Wake, a seasonal energy assistance outreach program sponsored by Wake County Health & Human Services. We will be splitting wood with log splitters, loading wood into pickup trucks to be delivered, and delivering wood to those in need. This project helps those in need in our community stay warm during our coldest months. You are welcome to bring your own axe, and trucks are always needed. Teenagers aged 15 and up that need community service credits are welcome. We can use all the helping hands we can get! If you have any questions, please contact Rob Zucker.

RMC Joint Worship & Chili Cookoff

On Sunday, January 29th, we'll join together with RMC to worship and break bread at the Chili Cookoff! The Chili Cookoff will be in Shepherd's Hall at 11:30-1:00 (following the 10:15am worship service). All are welcome! There is no cost for the meal, and a donation container will be available.

If you are interested in helping with the Chili Cookoff or would like to bring chili to share, please click the link HERE to sign up! Folks bringing chili can bring their chili to Shepherd's Hall the morning of the Cookoff.

This fellowship time will also provide an opportunity to shower Children & Families Minister Andrew Phillips and wife Sarah with love, good wishes, and gift cards as they eagerly anticipate the arrival of their baby in February. Following the Cookoff event, Andrew will take some off for paternity leave.

Annual Meeting Booklet

To view The Annual Meeting Booklet used at the meeting, please click HERE. The Booklet will also be posted on our website soon, under the "Parish Life" tab, in the "Parish Documents" section.

Name Update

Beloved Ones, Some of you may have noticed that I am now being referred to by the last name of "Allen." After giving it much thought, I decided to kick-off 2023 by transitioning to using the last name of my husband. It has been my legal last name for a number of years. I expect that it will take some time for some to get used to the change, but rest assured, I'm still the Mother Joyce that loves being a part of the Good Shepherd family. ~ Mother Joyce

RYC Thank You

The congregation of CGS received many thanks from Raleigh Boy Choir for the donations to the RYC scholarship fund in Dwayne's name. Thank you!

St. Nicholas Tree Thank You

To the parishioners of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 

Your faithfulness, reflected in your generosity by sending Christmas gifts to the children of La Sagrada Familia Church brought smiles of joy to many young people this Christmas season! Those of us at La Sagrada Familia will never forget the happy faces of our children when they received their gifts! We are all deeply appreciative and send your our heartfelt thanks for sharing the joy of Christmas with our church family. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, we send you our best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year! Peace, Fred Clarkson+ 


Theology 101

Joins us on Sunday, January 22nd for adult formation series, Theology 101, led by Devin McGinnis. We'll meet in the Ennis Parlor at 9:00am. An introduction into Christian theology, this series studies the divine in topics: what is theology, a deep dive into the Trinity, and Christology. 

Sunday Adult Bible Study

Join us Sunday, January 22nd for a study of Matthew 1 and 2, led by Debbie Moyer. We'll meet in Room 304. We hope you can join us! Please contact class leader, Debbie Moyer, with questions.

New Adult Book Group

Please join us for a good book, a good bagel, and best of all good fellowship and conversation!

We are launching a new book group to meet weekly on Thursday mornings at 8:30 am at Benchwarmers Bagels. Our organizational meeting will be on Thursday, January 26th where we will choose books and the general format of our discussion.  Questions? Please contact Jean Knepley. We would love to see you there!

Meredith College Bible Study Event

Meredith College invites you to attend the Mary Frances Preston Lecture in Biblical Studies, Wednesday, February 8th, 6:15pm reception (1st floor Cate Center lobby) and 7:00pm lecture (Kresge Auditorium). Our guest speaker is Dr. Jodi Magness, archaeologist and Kenan Distinguished UNC Chapel Hill professor. Titled "More than Just Mosaics: The Ancient Synagogue at Huqoq in Israel's Galilee", Dr. Magness's lecture will detail excavations of a monumental, profusely-decorated, and unique Late Roman synagogue, as well as more recent discoveries. Parking will be available in commuter lots #6 and #7, across from the Cate Center. Questions, please email or

CGS Lenten Retreat

Drawing as Prayer: Using Colors, Shapes and Our Imaginations to Journey Through Lent—and Beyond will be held on Saturday, February 25th, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, at Good Shepherd. Lunch will be provided. The Book of Common Prayer offers us a rich resource of written prayers. But, sometimes our deepest longings and experiences of God cannot be expressed through words. Making art can help us!

Join Mike Newton-Ward to explore different ways that making art can be a spiritual practice to use during Lent, and throughout the year…using shapes, colors and Visio Divina—the practice of holy seeing—to engage our religious imaginations. You do not need to draw a straight line or have any artistic experience! All materials would be provided, but if you have a favorite medium, bring it. If you have any questions, please contact Jean Knepley. To register, please click HERE.


EYC Sunday

This Sunday, January 22nd, EYC will meet at 5:30pm in the entrance hall for a game, snacks, and study of the book of John. We hope you can join us! Please contact Devin McGinnis with questions.


Youth will be starting the confirmation process in Lent. If you are a high schooler interested in confirmation, or have any questions, please contact Devin McGinnis.

EYC Winter Retreat

Over the weekend of February 24th-26th, our EYC - along with at least 5 chaperones - will be heading to Sugar Mountain, NC for a weekend of skiing and winter fun! Please contact Karen Boyne to RSVP for the trip. Questions? Please contact Devin McGinnis.

Bishops' Ball

Bishops' Ball is one of the most beloved diocesan gatherings for youth and will be held on January 27-29th at Haw River State Park. An event for both middle and high school youth, it is a chance for them to engage with the bishops, attend workshops, and have fun and fellowship with their peers. Register HERE.


Parents' Meeting

We’ll be having a meeting for parents of elementary-age children on Sunday, January 22nd at 9:00am in the Library, on the 2nd floor of the PLC. Parents and other care-givers are invited to come for a brief overview of the spring family ministries schedule and updates!

Serve Our Parish

Donate Altar Flowers

Each Sunday parishioners generously donate the beautiful floral arrangements on our altar to the glory of God and, typically, to honor loved ones and in thanksgiving for blessings. Altar Flowers are needed especially for the following dates: February 26, March 5, and March 19. If you would like to donate altar flowers, please contact the church office (919-831-2000) or David Baggett.

Serve Our Neighbors

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

From The Diocese

Discerning A Call

Learn more about discerning a call to the diaconate Tuesday, January 24th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. via Zoom. At the session, join the Rt. Rev. Jennifer Brooke-Davidson and deacons from across the diocese to hear what God is doing in the world through deacons, ask questions about this ministry, and the process for ordination. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required

Habitat For Humanity Dialogue

You're invited to join us on Tuesday, January 31st from 7:00pm – 8:30pm for a Race & Housing Dialogue at St. Michael’s Episcopal (1520 Canterbury Rd, Raleigh). Hosted by St. Michael’s Episcopal Church and St. Matthew African Methodist Episcopal Church, Bishop Sam will be joining us as well as Mother Joyce! Please register using this link:  Race & Housing sign-up - 23.01.31.xlsx. 

Also, please mark your calendars for a Habitat For Humanity wall build on February 4th from 8:15 - 10:00am. Please see the details and sign up to help HERE.

Annual Celebration of the Feast of Blessed Absalom Jones

The annual celebration of Blessed Absalom Jones, the first Black man ordained in the Episcopal Church, is taking place Saturday, February 11th at 10:00am at Saint Augustine's University. The service will feature the preaching of the Rev. Dr. Allen Robinson, rector of Grace Church in Brooklyn Heights and an alum of Saint Augustine’s University. A reception will follow.

The service will be livestreamed, but for those who would like to attend in person, please mark your calendars to join us! Registration for the reception planning will be available soon.

Episcopalooza: An Intergenerational Event

Are you looking for a fun and faithful event for the whole family? Look no further than Episcopalooza! An intergenerational event held on Saturday, February 25th from 10:00am - 3:00pm at Haw River State Park, this will be a day of fun and games, music and worship, and lots of fellowship for children, youth, families and the adults who work with them. Register HERE.

2023 Dismantling Racism

The interactive workshop "Introduction to Dismantling Racism" designed to deepen our spiritual commitment to dismantle racism as participants in the Jesus movement. Through presentations, prayer, story sharing, videos, and small group discussion, we will explore how the sin of racism impacts all of our lives. Here are upcoming sessions (Click the link to register for January session):

Pilgrimage To International Civil Rights Museum

Join the Diocese on March 11th from 9:30am-1:00pm for a one-day pilgrimage to the International Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro, an iconic landmark in the history of the Civil Rights Movement. The pilgrimage is open to all ages, there will be materials and activities for all. The cost is expected to be between $10-20, and space is limited. For more information, contact Jenny Beaumont, missioner for adult and lifelong formation.

Prayers Of The People

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

*Please submit additions or deletions to the Prayers of the People to the Pastoral Care Coordinator, Lynn Wiss, by noon on Mondays.


This Week:

21st - Warmth For Wake

22nd - 8:00am Holy Eucharist, 9:00am Christian Formation: Adult, Children,

10:15am Holy Eucharist

22nd - Children and Families Ministry Parents' Meeting, 9:00am

24th - Discerning A Call, 7:00pm

Coming Up:

26th - Adult Book Group, 8:30am

27th - Bishops' Ball

27th-28th - Dismantling Racism

29th - RMC Joint Worship & Chili Cookoff

31st - Race & Housing Dialogue, 7:00pm


8th - Meredith College Bible Study Event

11th - Feast of Blessed Absalom Jones, 10:00am

22nd - Ash Wednesday: 8am, Noon, 7:00pm

24th - 26th - EYC Winter Retreat

25th - Episcopalooza


11th - Greensboro Civil Rights Pilgrimmage


2nd - Palm Sunday: 8am, 10:15am

6th - Maundy Thursday: 7:00pm

7th - Good Friday: Noon (Solemn Liturgy from BCP), 7:00pm (Choral Meditations with Poetry/Prayer)

8th - Holy Saturday: Great Vigil of Easter 7:00pm

9th - Easter Sunday: 7:30am, 9:00am, 11:00am

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