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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 November issue of the Shepherd's Voice is available HERE.


Sunday Worship

Sunday, November 27th

First Sunday of Advent

8:00 AM

In Person Worship

10:15 AM

In Person & Livestream Worship

Sunday Bulletin


Sunday Fellowship

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

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.  As Wake County is currently in low community spread, masks will be optional for Sunday school, Children’s Chapel, and other children’s ministry events.


Parish Life

Thursday: Happy Thanksgiving

As we celebrate our many blessings from God, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. Please note, the church office will be closed Thursday, November 24th, in observance of Thanksgiving.

Saturday: Chrismon Tree Arrives

The Chrismon Tree, a Christmas Tree which will decorate our church for the season, will arrive this Saturday! If you would like to help set up the tree, please arrive by 9:30 on Saturday, November 26th. If you would like to help with the decoration of the tree, we will begin at approximately 10:00am lasting until Noon. Please come and join us! Please contact John or Karen Boyne with any questions.

Sunday: Advent Begins Sunday

You will receive a separate Advent email with all of our CGS Advent offerings soon! Be on the lookout for this information as we enter the season of Advent this Sunday, November 27th!

Sunday: No Formation This Sunday

Please note, there will be no Sunday morning formation or evening EYC offered on the First Sunday of Advent, this Sunday, November 27th (the Sunday following Thanksgiving). Sunday morning formation and EYC will resume on Sunday, December 4th.

St. Nicholas Tree

The St. Nicholas Tree will have names on it soon, please be on the lookout! This project enables parishioners to shop for and give Christmas gifts to disadvantaged children. The tree will be in the Parish Life Center, across from the reception desk. *Please wrap the gifts and attach the child's star to the gift. If there are multiple presents for one child/star, please place the wrapped presents in a large bag to keep them together. Last year we had many children request bikes and electronics! These items are typically higher ticket items, and parishioners have found it helpful to join together with two or three other parishioners to split the cost.

Please return gifts to the church by Wednesday, December 7th. Questions, please contact Lynda Terrell-Rea.

Celebrating The Rev. Kristin Edrington

Thank you to all who celebrated the ministry of our deacon, The Rev. Kristin Edrington with cake and fellowship following the 10:15am worship service last Sunday. She is now moving to a new role at St. Mary's. Please see photos of her reception HERE.

Raleigh Youth Choir

The Raleigh Boychoir has changed its name to the Raleigh Youth Choir! We have changed our name to reflect our more inclusive environment celebrating diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. Our auditions allow singers to be placed in the appropriate choir for their voice while still being flexible to make further changes during vocal growth. Finally, we look forward to continuing to listen to the needs of our community to help inform future decisions for years to come!

Realm Invitations

You have been invited to sign up for access to your own Realm account! Invitations were sent out from the church office last week. For security purposes, each individual parishioner will receive an invitation to sign up for an account. Please follow the prompts in your email to set up your account, and contact David Baggett, Parish Administrator, with any questions.


EYC Hot Cocoa Fundraiser Update

We are heartbroken at the tragic event that took place at the Raleigh Christmas Parade last Saturday. As the body of Christ, let us pray for the precious little girl Hailey, her family, loved ones, and those impacted in our community.

In the spirit of cherishing our young people every chance we get, let us take this opportunity to lift up in thanksgiving our wonderful EYC youth, their families, volunteers, and all those who supported their efforts on Saturday at their Hot Cocoa sale, including a special thank you to Leon Crosby. Funds raised during the sale will go to support their life in Christ as they learn and grow together this year in EYC activities, and for that we can all be thankful. Please see the group photos of our wonderful CGS youth HERE.


Sunday Adult Bible Study Update

The Sunday morning adult bible study will not meet this Sunday, November 27th. The class will meet the remaining Sundays in Advent on December 4th, 11th, and 18th at 9:00am in Room 304 and the focus will be on the Nativity stories in the Gospels. After a brief pause for Christmas, the class will meet again on January 8th, and begin a study of Matthew 1 and 2 which will continue during the month of January. We hope you can join us! Please contact class leader, Debbie Moyer, with questions.

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

  • Revelation as Resistance led by RMC Pastor Melissa Florer-Bixler, 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

Flower Delivery Volunteers Needed

Thank you to the many generous parishioners who have donated the altar flowers to pastoral care and to our wonderful volunteers who make these deliveries possible. We are in need of more volunteers to deliver the flowers, will you join us? Please read the full article HERE. Please contact Pastoral Care Coordinator, Lynn Wiss!

Serve Our Neighbors

Habitat For Humanity: Episcopal Coalition Meeting

Episcopal Coalition of Habitat For Humanity will be hosting an organizational meeting on Monday, December 12th from Noon – 1:00pm via Zoom. We will talk all about the details associated with the next build – location, build days, lunches, prayers, parking and more! We are so excited about our newest neighborhood, Old Poole Place, right off Old Poole Rd, in Southeast Raleigh. Please join in to learn more, all are welcome!

Mark your calendars! The Episcopal coalition will be doing a wall build at our warehouse and then taking the walls out to the site on February 4th. We will be building through May 6th. Please reach out to Rebecca Hix with any questions.

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


Pilgrimage To Historic Stagville

Join the Diocese for a one-day pilgrimage to Historic Stagville (Durham), the remnants of the largest plantation in North Carolina on Saturday, December 3rd from 2:00-4:00pm. The pilgrimage will include material to watch, read and reflect on before the pilgrimage; prayer and reflections during the pilgrimage; and activities for children. Mother Joyce will be one of the co-pilgramage leaders!

Contact Jenny Beaumont, missioner for adult and lifelong formation, or the Rev. Kathy Walker, missioner for Black ministries, with questions.

Prayers Of The People

Please see the Prayers of the People in your parish email.

*The Prayers of the People will be refreshed after this Sunday. If you wish for your name or names to remain on the Prayers of the People, please contact the Pastoral Care Coordinator, Lynn Wiss, by noon on Monday, November 28th.


This Week:

24th - Thanksgiving, church office closed

26th - Chrismon Tree arrives, 9:30am

27th - First Sunday of Advent: 8:00am Worship; No Formation All Ages; 10:15am Worship

Coming Up:

3rd - Historic Stagville Pilgrimage, 2:00pm

4th - Advent Lessons & Carols With Eucharist

7th - St. Nicholas Tree Gifts Collected

12th - Habitat For Humanity Zoom Meeting, Noon

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