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eVOICE for November 23, 2022


The First Sunday of Advent

November 27, 2022

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. Masks are still required. 



We give you thanks, most gracious God, for the beauty of earth and sky and sea; for the richness of mountains, plains, and rivers; for the songs of birds and the loveliness of flowers. We praise you for these good gifts, and pray that we may safeguard them for our posterity.

Book of Common Prayer


Good Shepherd Thanksgiving Potluck. Please join your Good Shepherd family for a Thanksgiving Potluck in the parish hall at 5 pm November 24th. We are asking all that attend to mask while socializing outside of the meal, and tables will be arranged to allow for distancing from those outside your immediate family to protect any vulnerable members of the community. You may sign up by using the sign up genius link, Good Shepherd Thanksgiving Potluck

We will share Advent worship beginning November 27 with our siblings from Buen Pastor. Our services will be simple, with a contemplative spirit as we wait, watch, pray and hope together. We’ll try a new all-one-piece bulletin format. There will be an opportunity for community building after each service. On Sunday, Nov 27, Mother Anna will introduce themes of Advent and share resources for personal devotions during this short but beautiful season. -

Pledge Ingathering.  This Sunday we will give thanks for the generous outpouring from our congregation during our 2023 Stewardship Campaign as we present pledges totaling $220,500 at the 10:30 service.  We will also renew our commitment of time and talent to Good Shepherd for the year ahead.  With God’s help and yours, we can indeed “Do a New Thing” together!  Missed our stewardship talks at church?  You can watch them all at at https://www.gsecmd.org/good-shepherd-stewardship-campaign.

18th Annual ECW Advent Prayer Breakfast Virtual  |  December 3, 2022 Join women from across the Episcopal Diocese. We have planned a morning of music, motivation and celebration of all things new. The program's theme is "See, I am doing a new thing." [Isaiah, 43:19]. Be motivated by the Rev. Glenna J. Huber and sing praises for the start of the Advent Season. All are welcome. Please mark your calendars and register on Eventbrite to attend online. The event is free, but registration is required.

Fall Clean up - Sunday, December 4, after the 10.30 Service, lunch provided. We will be cleaning both inside and out! All ages and abilities will be able to


Coffee Hour is Back -If you are interested in helping contact Marca Woodhams 301-587-8834 or woodhamsmarca2@gmail.com or fill in the sign-up sheet on the desk in the Narthex.

Telephone prayer meeting every Saturday 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. 


Fill the Coatrack! - There is still enough space for that small or medium men's winter jacket that you might wish to hang on the coatrack this last Sunday of our November outreach campaign. Each jacket will warm both body and soul of its refugee recipient. We can't do everything, but we do what we can, especially in our response to specific needs of current refugees sent to our area. As the ditty below says, "New if possible." If used, in excellent condition. Thank you.

Winter jackets,

Good Shepherd, this is your call,  

New if possible, medium or small

'Cause BRRR follows Fall.

See Lynn Wood's presentation from November 6 here.

Next Food Drive Collection is December 3

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

EPPN Action Alerts

Child Tax Credit

The Child Tax Credit is one of the most effective tools to address child poverty. Reauthorizing a CTC that benefits all families – not just those who pay a sufficient amount in taxes – will help the most vulnerable children. Write your Representative and Senators and urge them to support a refundable, monthly Child Tax Credit.

Respect for Marriage Act

Recent reporting indicates that the Senate will take up the Respect for Marriage Act this week. In 2012, General Convention passed a resolution urging Congress to “pass legislation to allow the U.S. federal government to provide benefits” to same-sex couples. Please take action and urge your Senators to vote yes on the bipartisan Respect for Marriage Act.

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


The First Sunday of Advent

First Lesson: Isaiah 2: 1-5

Psalm: 112

Second Lesson: Romans 13: 11-14

The Gospel: Matthew 24: 36-44

The Week of November 27, 2022

Sun 11/27 Virtual Eucharist via Zoom 9 am, Holy Eucharist in-person at GSEC 10:30 am, Buen Pastor 1 pm,  BS Troop 97 3 pm, M de Vida 5 pm,

Mon 11/28  M de Vida service, 5 pm

Tues 11/29 SDA service 6 pm

Wed 11/30 Bible Study 11:30 am

Thur 12/1  M de Vida 5 pm,

Fri 12/2 Parish Office closed, SDA 6 pm

Sat 12/3  SDA service 9 am, Food Drive 11 am, SDA 6 pm, M de Vida 6 pm

Sun 12/4 Virtual Eucharist via Zoom 9:00 am, Holy Eucharist in person at GSEC 10:30 am, Fall Clean-Up, Buen Pastor 1pm, BS Troop 97 3 pm, M de Vida 5 pm


Frank Desmond (GS member),  Lynette Clark (GS member), John Elliott (GS member), Joan DeMoss (GS member), Vonnie Schoppelrei (GS member), Rosemond Cole-Nicole (GS member), Luis Correa (Buen Pastor), Ethen O'Brien (family of Lynette Clark), Kay Baker (family of Beth Baker), Jessica Nicol (family of Rosemond Cole), Lucille & Hugh Walters, Lois Clarke & family, Michael Harris, George Fenton, Charlene Brown-McKenzie (family & friends of Florence Walters), David Goldstein (friend of Linda Campo)

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

Zoom Readers ( 9 am):

Nov 27 JasCiel Stamp

Dec 4 Florence Walters

Dec 11 Richard Nunn

LEM & Lector

Nov 27 Diane Russell, Anna Gilcher

Dec 4 Linda Campo, Jillian Newby

Dec 11 Debbie Beebe, Arlene Mahon

November 27 - December 3: Sam Janesko, Lauren Wein, John Rees


Nov 27 Joan Lewis, Kirk Franklin

Dec 4 Sal Campo, Eric Reiffenstein

Dec 11 Grace Jallah, Rosemond Cole

Vestry on Duty

Nov 27 Anna Gilcher

Dec 4 Peter Beyer

Dec 11 Debbie Beebe

Clergy & Staff

Interim Rector
The Rev. Anna Olson

The Rev. Kathryn McMahon

Organist & Choirmaster
George Drumwright

Parish Administrator
Lynn Hutcheson
Vestry & Delegates
Senior Warden
Anna Gilcher

Junior Warden
Rosemary Addy

Lynette Clark
Nina Scott
Vanvisa Sivali
Peter Beyer
JasCiel Stamp
Florence Walters
Ray Battistelli
Debbie Beebe
Becky Parks

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

Ray Battistelli
Elisa Elliot
Kirk Franklin 
Becky Parks
John Rees
Vanvisa Sivali
Florence Walters
Greg Wood
Jim Woodhams
Allen Wyrick
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