Greetings, Good Shepherd Parish Family!
Anyone who has walked in Christ for any considerable time knows that the Way of The Cross coincides with our earthly journey. Along with many periods of joy, family blessings, work satisfaction, and (on balance) good health, comes serious stretches of adversity, conflict, dissatisfaction, and bodily woes.
Our Bishop, Jack Leo Iker, and his family have entered into such a time of testing. (More on that in "A" below).
How about you? How do you cope with trying, distasteful periods in your Christian Walk? When the "emoji" of your life has moved from a to a , can you find the "Peace that passes Understanding" with which your priest blesses you at the end of every Mass? And, what do we learn about ourselves during the "blessed troubles" of our life on this fallen Planet?
Facing Sin and Death is the immediate topic for our Sunday Catechism Class (see "B" below).
Without a doubt, "koinonia"- the mutual participation in each other's lives- is The Lord's answer to our faithful, hope-filled journey throughout our time together at GSAC. (And that brings us to "C" below!)
Let's dive right in, then, to our first September "Fanfare". Ready....set...GO!
(A)BISHOP IKER NEEDS YOUR PRAYERS
Dear Friends in Christ,
For the past two weeks, I have been undergoing medical tests to determine the cause of severe pain attacks I have experienced from time to time over the summer in my lower back and right shoulder. A soft tissue mass has been identified in my right chest wall, that needs to be removed. It is a rare type of sarcoma, thought to be malignant, that is large and aggressive and doesn’t respond well to chemotherapy.
After consultation with a specialist in this field at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Dr. Alexandra Callan, it has been determined that following a PET scan at the Moncrief Cancer Center here in Fort Worth, I will begin a series of radiation treatments in October. It will be done five days a week for about five weeks in an attempt to reduce the size of the tumor. After about five weeks to recover, I will have surgery in December or January to remove what remains of the growth. A recovery time of about six weeks is anticipated. During the radiation weeks, it is not anticipated that my regular pastoral duties or Sunday visitations will be affected, though I will need some time off after the surgery.
Though the long-term prognosis has yet to be defined, Dr. Callan sees no reason at this time why I should not be able to continue my episcopal ministry until my planned retirement on Dec. 31, 2019. God willing, things will proceed as planned in the process leading to the election of a Bishop Coadjutor on June 1, 2019.
Your prayers for Donna and me and our family will be very important in the months to come, and I am deeply grateful for your concern and support as we deal with this.
On my desk at home is a favorite Scripture verse, inscribed in marble from Philippians 4:13:
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
By God’s grace, it is true.
The Rt. Rev. Jack Leo Iker
Bishop of Fort Worth
September 12, 2018
(B) Catechism Class is Off and Running!
On Sunday, 9/09 at 11:10 a.m. sharp, our new Catechism Class ("Conforming Our Lives to Christ") began.
We had about 25 folk in this initial gathering, and great discussion after my presentation on the topic of "What is the 'Gospel'?" If you wanted to be there, but couldn't, you may simply visit our web page (goodshepherdanglicangranbury. org) for information on what you missed.
I strongly encourage every member of the parish family to renew their Faith by attending this Class. This coming Sunday we will tackle the following questions from the ACNA Catechism:
"What is the Human Condition?" "How does sin affect your?" & "What is the way of death?"
These sobering questions are the necessary prelude to understanding how we walk in the Salvation given to us in Christ Jesus. To avoid them may seem more pleasant than to face them. However: avoiding the Doctor will not spare you the consequences of a disease you'd rather not know about...right?!
Come on Sunday at 11:10 a.m. Let's consider together how "Beginning With Christ" takes us through the challenges of life to the Joys of our Salvation.
(C) SEPTEMBER 16TH (this Sunday) IS A 'POTLUCK' SUNDAY!
Between the End of the Sunday Mass and the Beginning of our Catechism Class is a time of Refreshment in theParish Hall. The family fellowship ("koinonia" in the Greek) tastes great, as we talk and eat&drink together. Each Sunday, a different group (be it "The Vestry", "The Altar Guild", "The ACW", "The D.O.K.", the 'BOSA') brings, serves and cleans up after our Refreshment Time. Beyond these groups however, there are Sundays simply called "Potluck". This Sunday is one of those. "Potluck", of course, means, everyone who is willing is invited to bring their specialty to place on the common table for Refreshments. This need not be a "Feast"...nor a "meal" per se'. If you have a favorite sweet, a family recipe for an appetizer, or simply fruit, or jello salad- that is just what we're looking for! And, if in addition to bringing an item and setting it up in place, you can stay afterwards to quietly clean up in the kitchen (as Catechism Class is about to begin), that would be even more blessed. Remember, the Hospitality 'beatitude'": "blessed are they who clean up...for they won't have to work in a crowd!!"
(D) THE CALENDAR FORWARD
Good Shepherd Anglican Church has a plethora of activities and events coming up during the next months. Here is a List. (Remember, too, that the web site has News about these listed events. Simply surf on over...)
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
9/16 MASS: 9:15 a.m.
Fellowship and Refreshments
11:10 a.m. Christian Formation Hour “Confirming our Lives to Christ!”
9/17-9/21 MORNING PRAYER in the Chapel: 8:00 a.m.
9/17 SANDWICH MINISTRY: MONDAYS AT 5 p.m. in the Parish Hall
9/18 TUESDAY MORNING Mass in Main Church: 10 a.m. Bible Study: 11 a.m. in the Parish Hall
9/119 WEDNESDAY MASS in Main Church: 6:30 p.m., followed by “dinner on the town”
9/22 BOSA’s weekly Meeting: 8 a.m. Morning Prayer/Chapel; breakfast, meeting following
9/27 SOUTHERN DEANERY’S PRE-CONVENTION MEETING; GSAP Parish Hall 7p.m **NEW DATE**
10/07 ST. FRANCIS DAY “Blessing of the Animals”: 3 pm in our Prayer Garden; all beasts welcome!
11/9-11/10 DIOCESAN CONVENTION at The Church of St. Peter & St. Paul, Arlington
11/22 PARISH THANKSGIVING DAY FEAST: 1 pm Feast in the Parish Hall (bring your holiday specials!)
12/02 A D V E N T B E G I N S 3PM: Special Pipe Organ Concert by Mr. Isaac Foreman!
12/08 ST. NICHOLAS WORKSHOP: 10 A.M.-1 P.M. in Parish Hall - B.O.S.A. Community Outreach
12/15 ADVENT QUIET DAY: 8 A.M. to Noon (in the Main Church)
This Fanfare comes with my Love and Prayers....
Fr. Stuart Smith