eVOICE for May 25 2023


The Day of Pentecost

May 28, 2023

We will be celebrating with Transfiguration Church (via Zoom) at 9:00 am and Holy Eucharist Rite II in-person at 10:30 am at Good Shepherd. 

We are a people who hear the Good Shepherd's voice.

We know by faith that we belong to God. We are called to seek and love our neighbors as God loves us!


Game Night Picnic 6/8/13

May 28th is the Feast of Pentecost! We will have a multilingual celebration, followed by a parish picnic. You are invited to wear red, bring an outdoor chair, and bring food to share at the potluck picnic. If you speak a language other than English and would like to contribute to the service, please plan to meet briefly before the service and prepare to read or speak in your language the following sentence: "We hear them speaking about God's deeds of power!" The phrase is from Acts 2:11. Come Holy Spirit!

The Parish Office will be closed Monday May 29 for Memorial Day.

Congregational Vitality Update - Liz Cocke and Florence Walters led what they say was a lively discussion of GSEC parishioners - 7 Riderwood residents and 3 guests at Riderwood. Residents were very pleased to contribute to the parish's reflections on Congregational Vitality and had a lot to contribute. Our thanks to Beth Baker for lending her apartment for the meeting.

Come to a local community event "Rising Voices: an Intergenerational Civil Rights Experience" at Montgomery Hills Baptist Church (corner of Georgia Ave and Forest Glen) on Wednesday June 7 from 7-8:15 pm honoring our neighbor Willie Pearl Mackay King for her lifetime of contributions to the Civil Rights Movement. The program is offered by the Forest Estates Task Force for Racial Justice. This is a great opportunity to show our support for equity and justice!

Scotland Juneteenth Heritage Festival - An invitation from St James Potomac to benefit historic Scotland AME Zion church. June 17 - 19. For additional info.

Telephone prayer meeting every Thursday at 9:15 am. The number to call to join the prayer meeting is 508-924-2778. If you have any questions contact Lynette Clark at 301-357-1726. 

A Thousand Pairs of Underwear!  

The Diocesan Refugee Response Team reports that buses full of refugees sent here from border states are arriving in greater numbers. Among the greatest needs of the new arrivals, according to Nancy Stockbridge, Deacon in Charge of the Response Team, is underwear. The Social ministry team concluded that providing underwear would be a very concrete way of respecting the dignity of every human being and caring for (new) members of our community who are vulnerable and marginalized, to quote the Baptismal Covenant and the strategic goals developed by the GSEC Tending our Soil team and adopted by the Vestry. We believe we can hit 1000 pairs of underwear if everyone picks up a multipack or two. Please keep the undies in the unopened package (just as you would surely prefer to receive them)!

Kick-off date - Pentecost, May 28 - June 18. Bring to church or drop off at Food Drive (6/3, 6/17).

Sizes needed - Men's: small and medium

Women's: extra small, small, and medium

Boys': small (6-7)

Girls': sizes 6, 12, 14, 16

Episcopalians everywhere are invited to register to join a churchwide festival of worship, learning, community, and action July 9-12 at the Baltimore (Maryland) Convention Center. “It’s All About Love: A Festival for the Jesus Movement” will open at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 9, with a revival worship service featuring Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. It closes at noon on Wednesday, July 12, following a festival Eucharist preached by House of Deputies President Julia Harris.  View the schedule online.


Shepherd’s Table is celebrating 40 years of serving our neighbors in need and showing the power of community giving. They have seen a 43% increase in meals served daily in this first quarter. The end of pandemic relief programs, inflation and escalating housing costs all contribute to food insecurity. Please help by donating to the globe offering at our Sunday worship services and/or by volunteering to prepare or serve food at Progress Place. Please follow these links for opportunities to volunteer or reach out to Daniella Burgos at dburgos@shpeherdstable.org. Thank you!

EPPN Action Alerts  

Urge Congress to End Gun Violence! We must do more to address this heartbreaking reality.

Tune in to our new podcast Episco-Pols! Go deeper into issues we cover like immigration, healthcare, foreign relations, the environment, and much, much more, all through the lens of The Episcopal Church.

Remember Episcopal Relief and Development is still providing emergency relief in Turkey and Syria through Action by Churches Together (ACT). You can donate here.

Next Food Drive Collection is Saturday June 3 at 11:00 am.

Grocery Shopping for Our Food Collection Outreach - All nutritious staples are happily received.

- Tuna, Salmon, or Chicken, in water

- Dry or canned beans (low sodium, if possible)

- Natural nut butters

- Brown rice (16 oz)

- Whole grain pasta

- Pasta sauce in plastic jars

- Canned vegetables (low sodium, if possible)

- Canned fruit (in juice)

- Fruit cups

- Shelf-stable milk in individual milk boxes

- Cooking oils and spices


Pentecost Day

First Lesson: Acts 2:1-21

Psalm: 104:25-35, 37

Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13

The Gospel: John 20:19-23

The Week of May 28, 2023

Sun 5/28 Virtual Eucharist via Zoom 9 am, Holy Eucharist in-person at GSEC 10:30 am, M de Vida 5 pm,

Mon 5/29 M de Vida service 7 pm, Parish Office closed

Tues 5/30 SDA service 6 pm,

Wed 5/31

Thur 6/1 M de Vida service 5 pm, SDA 7 pm

Fri 6/2 Parish Office closed, SDA 6 pm

Sat 6/3 SDA service 9 am, Food Drive 11 am, SDA service 6 pm, M de Vida service 6 pm

Sun 6/4 Virtual Eucharist via Zoom 9:00 am, Holy Eucharist in person at GSEC 10:30 am, Buen Pastor 1 pm, M de Vida 5 pm

Zoom Readers ( 9 am):

May 28 JasCiel Stamp

June 4 Elspeth Nunn

June 11 Florence Walters

June 18 Deena Groshong

June 25 Ray Groshong

LEM & Lector

May 28 Donna Clemons-Sacks, Arlene Mahon

June 4 Diane Russell, Greg Wood

June 11 Debbie Beebe, Araba Pobee

June 18 Liz Cocke, Florence Walters

June 25 Linda Campo, JasCiel Stamp


May 28 Sal Campo, Eric Reifenstein

June 4 Diane Janesko, Shaun Hardy

June 11 Grace Jallah, Rosemond Cole

June 18 Patricia Dorn, Florence Walters

June 25 Sal Campo, Eric Reifenstein

Vestry on Duty

May 28 Ray Battistelli

June 4 Shaun Hardy

June 11 Vanvisa Sivali

June 18 Florence Walters

June 25 Peter Beyer


Frank Desmond (GS member),  John Elliott (GS member), Joan DeMoss (GS member), Phyllis Radovich (GS member), David Jeter (GS member), Rosemond Cole & family (GS member), Sue Reiffenstein, Bill Applegate (family, friend of Reiffensteins), Jon Heilbron, Palma Davis (family of the Lewis'), Susan Payne (family of Barbara Young), Lisa Palmer (family of Diane Russell), Nico Linsalata (friend of Campos), Phil Clark (family of Lynette Clark), Mark Berends (friend of the Scots).

Names of Family and Friends will remain on the list for 4 weeks.

Clergy & Staff

Interim Rector

The Rev. Anna Olson


Organist & Choirmaster

George Drumwright


Parish Administrator

Lynn Hutcheson


Vestry & Delegates

Senior Warden

Anna Gilcher

Junior Warden

JasCiel Stamp

Peter Beyer

Shaun Hardy

Florence Walters

Ray Battistelli

Debbie Beebe

Becky Parks

Liz Cocke

Nina Scott

Vanvisa Sivali


Rosemary Addy

Eric Reiffenstein

Counters & Recorders (All serve on a rotating schedule, two counters and one recorder each Sunday)

Ray Battistelli

Elisa Elliot

Kirk Franklin 

Arlene Mahon


Becky Parks

John Rees

Vanvisa Sivali

Florence Walters

Greg Wood

Jim Woodhams

Allen Wyrick



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