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Join us as we explore Pilgrimage through prayer, film, book, food, travel and conversation!   Our Fall Adult Education series continues tonight at 7 pm in the Education Wing and Sunday, October 6 at 9:35 am in the nursery.  This series is offered in part as preparation for our parish pilgrimage to France in April of 2020.

Blessing of the Animals - This Sunday, October 6 at both services,  Bring your pet or favorite stuffed animal for a blessing.

Planting Seeds  -- The more seeds planted, the more fruit harvested.  Give, and it will be given to you.  Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap.  For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you. (Luke 6:38). The Bible applies this law to our giving.  Those who show generosity will be blessed.  This principle is not concerned with the amount of the gift but with the spirit in which it is given.  Please prayerfully consider your pledge for 2020.  We ask that you return your pledge card on Sunday, November 3 during our Ingathering.

Giant Cards available for sale the first Sunday of the month.

Montgomery County is planning a Unity Walk on Sunday, October 13, starting at 1 pm with a Resource Fair.  The walk will begin at 2 pm (busses will also be provided) at Blake High School and proceed down New Hampshire Avenue (also known as the Highway to Heaven).  For more information, contact Deacon Kathryn, deacon@gsecmd.org

Shrine Mont October 18 - October 20.
Multicultural Festival Saturday October 26 from 10 am to 4 pm - Sponsored by Multi Cultural Awareness of Gifts (the Episcopal Diocese of Washington). Faith, family, food, fiesta. Bring your instruments, singers and dancers. Wheaton Regional Park Pavilions 2000 Shorefield Rd. Silver Spring.
Equal Exchange Order Time  - The Equal Exchange products we make available at Good Shepherd are sold at cost to benefit individual farmers in a variety of countries.  Typically, we have made available Breakfast Blend and French Roast coffees, a variety of chocolate bars, Palestinian olive oil, and two types of cocoa mixes (regular and spicy).  Equal Exchange is now offering four new products from the Palestinian Agricultural Committee.  These are:  Maftoul (a hand-crafted whole wheat couscous), Freekeh (a toasted green wheat which can be cooked and served as a side dish), Medjool dates (Yum!), and Almonds (shelled and roasted).  There is also a whole new Farmers' Box, that is filled with maftoul, freekeh, almonds, and dates (and perhaps za'atar), which would be a great gift for yourself or others.  Lynn Wood, who places our orders from Good Shepherd as a faith community hopes to place our first order of the fall soon.  She would encourage you to go to the Equal Exchange website to investigate the Palestinian products for more details.  She would also encourage you to think about which of the other items you would definitely purchase.  All this will guide her fall order.  Her email address is  greglynn2@verizon.net   Please get in touch with her by email or by phone.  Thank you.


Saint Luke Food Pantry Questions and Answers 
Q. Who accesses the staples with which we and others help fill the quickly emptied shelves?
A.  Recipients are screened for need and referred by local social services agencies. 
Q. Is there really food insecurity in "prosperous" Montgomery County? 
A. YES!  
Q. What if qualified recipients don't have their own transportation? 
A. Financial contributions are accessed to purchase bus tokens.  
Q. Who gets what? 
A. Volunteers have a "formula" for filling bags based on family size, including individual recipients.
Q. What if they run short on essentials? 
A. Volunteers use financial contributions to purchase needed items.  However, the majority of distributed items are staples contributed by people like folks at Good Shepherd. 
Q. How can I volunteer at the food pantry? 
A. Contact Lynn Wood ( greglynn2@verizon.net ) for information.  

Hurricane Dorian Relief - You are encouraged to check the Episcopal Relief and Development website to learn how our denomination's outreach arm is supporting victims of Hurricane Dorian.  A contribution to this effort may be made directly online through the website or by mail.

The Seventeenth  Sunday after Pentecost
First Lesson:   Lamentations 1:1-6
Lamentations:     3:19-26           
Epistle:    2 Timothy 1:1-14
The Gospel:     Luke 17:5-10

The Week of October 6, 2019

Blessing of the Animals (both Services)
Stewardship Campaign
Holy Eucharist Rite I, 8:30 am
Adult ED Series, 9:35 am, Nursery
Holy Eucharist II, 10:30 am
Coffee Hour, 11:45 am, Narthex, hosted by Vanvisa Sivali
BSA Troop 97G, 2 pm, PH
BSA Troop 97B, 4 pm, PH
Manantial de Vida Apostolic, 5    pm, Church
Manantial de Vida Apostolic, 7 pm, 
GS Troop 22, 7 pm, PH
SDA Worship, 6 pm, Church
Preschool Closed
Holy Eucharist/Healing, 11:30 am
Lunch Bunch, 12:30 pm, PH
Calendar Planning, 2 pm, Church Office
French Class, 2 pm, PH
Chimes Choir, 7 pm, EW
Choir Rehearsal, 8 pm, EW
Manantial de Vida Apostolic, 6:30  pm, PH
Adult ED Series, 7 pm, EW
SDA Worship, 6 pm, Church
SDA Worship, 9 am, Church
SDA Sabbath School, 9:30 am, PH, EW
SDA Potluck & Small Groups, PH
SDA Worship, 5 pm, Church
Manantial de Vida Apostolic, 6 pm, EW   
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:30 am
Adult ED Series, 9:35 am, Nursery
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 10:30 am
Violin Studio, 2 pm, EW
BSA Troop 97G, 2 pm, PH
BSA Troop 97B, 4 pm, PH
Manantial de Vida Apostolic Church, 5 pm, Church
Altar Flowers & Presence Light


October 6 Flowers



Carol Lewis

October 13 Flowers

Jay & Lyn Womack


Shonali Burke

October 20 Flowers Carol Lewis



October 27 Flowers

Candle Dorothy Turner Jones
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