There IS a Food Drive, this Saturday, May 1, 11am until noon, for Manna Food Center.   We will have a visitor from Transfiguration, a young man named Ethan; I believe he is doing it for part of his Eagle Scout project.  We will begin collecting for the Diaper Drive, also.  We will need drivers to Manna, and if anyone wants to go to St. John’s Norwood with me to deliver the diapers, let me know.   We will close with Morning Prayer about 11:45 am. See you Saturday! Rev. Kathryn McMahon

VEGETABLE PLANT SALE Good Shepherd’s annual vegetable plant sale is set for Sunday, May 2 from 1:00-2:30 PM in the church parking lot. We'll have 15 varieties of tomatoes to choose from, as well as select peppers, eggplants, cucumbers, and squash. As always, we’ll have many special varieties suitable for small spaces and container gardens. You can preview this year's catalog here to help plan your selections. We will not be taking advance orders this year - the sale will be first come, first served. Mask-wearing and social distancing will be required. As always, 100% of your donations will go to Good Shepherd. The suggested donation is $1 per plant.
GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
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Sunday, April 25 was the last day the Rev. Linda Mahler served with us at Good Shepherd. She is being posted to St. Thomas Church, Dupont Circle, to be their Deacon. We will all miss Linda. As part of the formation process, deacons are assigned to a parish to train under the current deacon for a period of 6 months. Due to COVID-19, we were fortunate to have Linda with us for a year and four months. We have watched her grow as a Deacon, and reaped the benefit of her intelligence, her outgoing and warm personality, as well as her truly “deaconish” passion for helping the marginalized in our society. For anyone who wishes to give Linda a parting gift, the traditional way is to send a check to her new parish for her Discretionary Fund. Checks should be made payable to St. Thomas Church, with Deacon’s Discretionary Fund on the memo line. 
St. Thomas Episcopal Church 1517 18th St. NW Washington, DC 20036 

EPPN Action Alerts
Climate Migration Abroad and at Home - Learn about the dynamics of migration due to more extreme weather and climate change—migration that takes place primarily within a country’s borders.
 
Tell Congress to lift the U.S. Embargo on Cuba The historically bipartisan United States-Cuba Trade Act of 2021 would lift this embargo to allow for normal trade relations with the island nation. We ask that you join us in asking your Senators to support this legislation.
 
EVENT: Gerrymandering and Redistricting in a Faithful Democracy On May 4th, 3-4pm ET, join us and The CEEP Network for this digital workshop to understand what redistricting is, why it is important, and how you and your congregations can be informed and engaged not just to combat partisan gerrymandering, but to help shape our voting districts in ways that improve fair representation in our government.

To register for Action Alerts go to: episcopalchurch.org/ministries/office-government-relations For any questions or help contact Lynette Clark at 301-357-1726 or ilovegoldens12@gmail.com 

Kemp Mill Village presents a virtual community discussion "Words You Can Leave Behind...Ethical Wills & Your Memoirs" on Thursday May 13 at 2 pm to 3:30 pm. Presenters Hedy Peyser, Andy Siegel and Beverly Moss encourage people to record their lives, family histories, and stories. Register at www.kempmillvillage.org. Click the link on the home page to access the registration form.

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. 
SOCIAL OUTREACH
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Hare ye!  Hare ye! Our Heifer total for 2021 is $2,900 -- 58 Hope Baskets! That’s a lot of rabbits (and don’t forget the chickens)! Thank you to all who donated; these Hope Baskets will jumpstart many families toward a sustainable future.

Feed the Globe - If you can't make it to a food collection, you can mail a check to the church. Make the check out to Good Shepherd and write "Globe" on the memo line. The groups we support through the Globe still need our assistance. These groups are Shepherd's Table, Saint Luke Food Pantry, Center Global, and MUSST. Thank you  

Shepherd's Table Wish List - A way to respond to the needs of Shepherd's Table is through the WISH LIST link on their website:  https://shepherdstable.org.

See an update from MCCH here.
LESSONS AND CALENDAR
Fifth Sunday of Easter
First Lesson: Acts 8:26-40
Psalm: 22:24-30
Second Lesson: 1 John 4:7-21
The Gospel: John 15:1-8

The Week of May 2, 2021
Sun 5/2 Virtual Eucharist via Zoom at 10:30 am. Live webcast at 11:15 am @cathedral.org cathedral.org, Plant Sale 1:00 pm Manantial de Vida 2:30 pm Church
Mon 5/3
Tues 5/4
Wed 5/5 Virtual HE 11:30 am via Facebook, Virtual choir practice 7:30 pm
Thur 5/6
Fri 5/7
Sat  5/8 Telephone Prayer Meeting 9:15 am
Sun  5/9 Virtual Eucharist via Zoom at 10:30 am. Live webcast at 11:5 am @cathedral.org, M de Vida, 2:30 pm,
OFFER PRAYERS INTENTIONALLY TO GOD FOR ALL HIS PEOPLE:
John Elliott, Don Schimmel, Norma Anderson, Lisa Mondori, Jackie N (friends of Florence Walters), Marty Jones, Patricia (friends of Lillian Luksenburg) Margie Epstein (family of Linda Campo).
Zoom Readers:
May 2 Lillian Luksenburg, Liz Cocke
May 9 Laura Meissner, Jillian Newby
May 16 Araba Pobee, Florence Walters
May 23 Jasciel Stamp, Deena Groshong
May 30 Greg Wood, Debbie Beebe
Birthdays and Anniversaries:
May 2 - May 8: Lynette Clark, Andrew Jallah, John MacArthur, Henry Rees.
Clergy & Staff
Rector
The Rev. David C. Wacaster
rector@gsecmd.org

Deacon
The Rev. Kathryn McMahon
deacon@gsecmd.org

Organist & Choirmaster
George Drumwright
music@gsecmd.org

Parish Administrator
Lynn Hutcheson
assistant@gsecmd.org
Vestry & Delegates
Senior Warden
Deena Groshong

Junior Warden
Rosemary Addy

Joe Burckle
Boma Fubara
Jose Obando
Lynette Clark
Nina Scott
Vanvisa Sivali
Peter Beyer
Garret Nicholson
Florence Walters

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

Ray Battistelli
Frank Desmond
Kirk Franklin 
Becky Parks
Vanvisa Sivali
Lyn Womack
Adrienne Womack
Greg Wood
Jim Woodhams
Allen Wyrick
GOOD SHEPHERD EPISCOPAL CHURCH
818 UNIVERSITY BLVD. WEST SILVER SPRING, MD 20901
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