eVOICE for November 16, 2023


The twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost

November 19, 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!


Thank you!!

Thanks to everyone for such a beautiful last Sunday. From the prayers to the cakes to the sheep to the music, it was the perfect send-off. I miss you already, and pray for you often. I trust that the Holy Spirit has you well in hand. I am so grateful for all the ways that you shared your lives with me and welcomed me into the ministry of Good Shepherd. It was such a joy and a privilege to walk alongside you on this leg of your journey. May God bless and keep you always.


Food Drive this Saturday November 18 - 11 am church parking lot!

Join the Needlers this Saturday at 10 am, the St. Francis Room.

Stewardship Update: Have you made your pledge for 2023? We’re halfway through the month! In the first two weeks of our Annual Giving Campaign This Sunday at the 10:30 service our stewardship short talk series continues with a reflection by Melissa Garcia on “What Good Shepherd has done for me.” Please consider what Good Shepherd means to you and make a generous pledge today at https://www.gsecmd.org or bring/mail your pledge card to church by Sunday, November 26. Questions? Contact Liz Cocke at 240-644-7466..

Thanksgiving Potluck 5 pm November 23rd in the Parish Hall. Look for the signup sheet in the Narthex or email joeburckle@yahoo.com for additional information by November 19.

Save the Date - Bishop Mariann Budde will be celebrant and preacher on Sunday December 10th at the Zoom and in-person service. Please plan to attend.

On behalf of the family of Michael O’Brien (Lynette Clark), we would like to express our thanks to all of those who  attended the Memorial for my son and to those who performed services. Our gratitude goes out to George Drumwright for the lovely organ music, to Anna Gilcher, Patty Mitchell, and Emily Campbell for providing a choir and for Pastor Anna Olsen for delivering the sermon. Your attendance and your words and kindness at our time of need will always be treasured by our family.

Coffee Hour Sign-Up Sheet: A sign-up sheet for the September-December coffee hours on the first and third Sundays of the month is on the table in the narthex.  For more information contact Marca Woodhams at 301-587-8834 or woodhamsmarca2@gmail.com

Wednesday Bible Study - 11:30 am led in-person by Deacon Linda Mahler.

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. 

Wardens' Update

Do you have questions or ideas regarding next steps or what’s going on? I’ve created an easy form for you to fill out, so that we can respond to your questions and benefit from your ideas and more easily collaborate with you. The link is here. Sometimes emails get lost in the shuffle. Please use this form—and use it as many times as you’d like. Don’t be shy! 

Please prayerfully consider whether you are called to be Senior Warden or to be a vestry member in the coming year. I will be stepping down as Senior Warden in February and we have a new class of vestry members to elect. This is an exciting and transformative time to be in leadership at Good Shepherd. Yes, it’s challenging! But it’s good work, and our vestry has never been stronger or healthier. I am so grateful that JasCiel’s term as Junior Warden goes for one more year. Working with her has been one of the great joys of my time in this position. 


Al Ahli Hospital Update - According to the Nov. 14 PBS Evening News report, the Al Ahli Hospital, supported by the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, was the only functioning hospital in Gaza City. Pray for all doctors, nurses, and patients in Gaza, those who seek to provide healing and those who seek healing.

What Can I Do to Help in the Holy Land? - Let us pray for all who are suffering. Let us contact the offices of our Senator and Representative to express our opinions. Let us continue to pray for the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and Archbishop Hosam.  As we are able, let us continue our financial support by going on the  AFEDJ website and clicking the DONATE button for directions. Each of us can decide whether to designate our contribution for "Where Most Needed" or "The Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre." Let us go online to learn more about the ministries of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, which are open to all people. You are also invited to get in touch with Lynn and Greg Wood for more information.

The Globe - As we move into Thanksgiving, let us feed the Globe generously during the next few weeks in preparation for our final 2023 distribution by mid-December. Checks should be written to Good Shepherd Episcopal Church with the word GLOBE on the memo line. Our distribution is divided equally among the following organizations: Shepherd's Table, MUSST (Ministries United Silver Spring Takoma Park), Asylum Works (with a designation for PRISM, which serves LGBTQ+ asylum seekers), and ERD (Episcopal Relief and Development). You are encouraged to explore each of these groups online and/or by talking with Shaun Hardy or Lynn Wood.

Shepherd’s Table is asking Good Shepherd for volunteers. Please follow these links for opportunities to volunteer or reach out to Daniella Burgos at dburgos@shpeherdstable.org. Thank you!

EPPN Action Alerts 

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on 10,000+ dead in Gaza: Stop the killing 

Episcopal Resources for the Conflict in the Holy Land 

Episco-Pols Podcast Season 2 We continue releasing episodes this season every other week focusing in part on existing resolutions of the church to help guide Episcopalians ahead of 2024 General Convention in Louisville.

For any questions please call Lynette Clark at 301-357-1726 or email at ilovegoldens@gmail.com

Next Food Drive Collection is Saturday November 18 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

Action in Montgomery (AIM)


The Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost

First Lesson: Judges 4:1-7

Psalm 123

Second Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

The Gospel: Matthew 25:14-30

The Week of November 19, 2023

Sun 11/19 Virtual Eucharist via Zoom 9 am, Holy Eucharist in-person at GSEC 10:30 am, Panda computer class, 1 pm, BS Troop 97 3 pm, M de Vida 5 pm,

Mon 11/20 M de Vida service 7 pm, Cub Scout Pack 249 7 pm

Tues 11/21 SDA service 6 pm,

Wed 11/22 Bible study 11:30 am

Thur 11/23 Thanksgiving potluck 5 pm,

Fri 11/24 Parish Office closed, SDA 6 pm

Sat 11/25 SDA service 9 am, SDA service 6 pm, M de Vida service 6 pm

Sun 11/26 Virtual Eucharist via Zoom 9:00 am, Choir 9 am, Holy Eucharist in person at GSEC 10:30 am, Panda Computer class 1 pm, BS Troop 97 3 pm, M de Vida 5 pm

Zoom Readers ( 9 am):

Nov 19 JasCiel Stamp

Nov 26 Elspeth Nunn

Dec 3 Laura Meissner-Denmark

Dec 10 Florence Walters

Dec 17 Susan Womack

Dec 24 Deena Groshong

Dec 31 Ray Groshong

LEM & Lector

Nov 19 Liz Cocke, Greg Wood

Nov 26 Linda Campo, Lillian Luksenburg

Dec 3 Diane Russell, Araba Pobee

Dec 10 Debbie Beebe, Lillian Luksenburg

Dec 17 Donna Clemons, Florence Walters

Dec 24 - 5:30 pm service

Liz Cocke, Greg Wood

Dec 31 Linda Campo, Arlene Mahon


Nov 19 Patricia Dorn, Florence Walters

Nov 26 Sal Campo, Eric Reiffenstein

Dec 3 Joan Lewis, Kirk Franklin

Dec 10 Diane Janesko, Shaun Hardy

Dec 17 Patricia Dorn, Florence Walters

Dec 24 5:30 pm

Shaun Hardy, Diane Janesko

Dec 31 Sal Campo, Eric Reiffenstein

Vestry on Duty

Nov 19 Liz Cocke

Nov 26 Nina Scott

Dec 3 Peter Beyer

Dec 10 Shaun Hardy

Dec 17 Florence Walters

Dec 24 Liz Cocke

Dec 31 Anna Gilcher


Frank Desmond (GS member),  John Elliott (GS member), Joan DeMoss (GS member), David Jeter (GS member), Rosemond Cole (GS member), Althea Peters (GS member), Rita Brown (family of Florence Walters), Christine Ogg (family of Pat Ogg), Stacy Scarrow (family of Linda Campo), Johanna Rhodes-Richards (family of Patricia Dorn), Jenny, Ryan, Kelly Fields, Teresa Olson & family (friends of Scotts).

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

Clergy & Staff



Anna Gilcher



The Rev. Linda Mahler


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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