Dear Good Shepherd Anglican Church Family,
Spring is breaking out all over! The early jonquils in our yard, together with the warmer temps, mean that a very persistent Winter has finally yielded. It looks like we won't have "Easter with ice on it", after all!! Many of our parish family have suffered flu, pneumonia, or sinusitis for weeks on end. Let's hope for full recoveries for all, as we wind our way toward Holy Week (begins in two weeks!) and Easter.
Remember: "Spring Forward" with your clocks on Saturday at bedtime...Daylight Saving Arrives!
So: what else is on the horizon at your local Anglican parish church? Read on...
(A) MISSION TO MYANMAR (BURMA)
Our Christian Formation hour on Sunday, 3/11, will feature two of our very own missioners: Bill and Janie Parrott! The Parrotts were part of a "SOMA" mission ("S haring O ur M inistries A broad"), led by our friend Dr. Glen Petta (with whom I went to Myanmar in 2016). Bill and Janie will be sharing their experiences from their Mission to Myanmar (formerly "Burma"), and you will want to make sure you stay after Refreshments for their Report. I'm looking forward to hearing what God has done through their SOMA trip. Stay tuned!
(B) SAFE-GUARDING PROPERTY WORKSHOP: Saturday, March 17th
The Diocese of Ft. Worth has put together a splendid workshop which addresses a wide variety of safeguarding issues for all our congregations. On Saturday, March 17th, beginning at 9 a.m. in our parish hall, the Southern Deanery will host this important training opportunity. All are welcome and encouraged to come. The Workshop begins at 9 a.m., includes lunch, and should be completed by no later than 1:30 pm. Fr. Jay Atwood, Rector of St. Francis Anglican Church/ Willow Park, will be the lead instructor. He will be ably assisted by our very own Bill Parrot. Topics covered will include the "active shooter" scourge, and how we can protect parishioners from dangerous situations. Also, weather related emergencies and dangers will be included in this comprehensive workshop. The Vestry of Good Shepherd invites each and everyone of you to join them in getting informed and equipped.
(C) REQUIEM MASS FOR CHRISTINE ('CHRIS') MULLEN: Friday, March 16th
Good Shepherd will celebrate a memorial mass for Chris Mullen this coming Friday at 4:30 pm in the Main Church. Chris was the "senior most" matriarch of GSAC at the time of her death, 2/27/18. For many years the Treasurer of the fledgling congregation of Good Shepherd, Chris' great sense of humor and abiding commitment to our parish, was a great blessing to this parish. Our debt of gratitude to Chris and her husband Fayne (who pre-decease her more than a year ago) is incalculable. I encourage each of you to consider attending this Memorial Mass, and to give thanks to God for the well-lived life of Christine Mullen. May her soul, and the souls of all the Faithful Departed, REST IN PEACE.
(D) THE CALENDAR FORWARD
Here are the details of the life of your parish family for the months to come...
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
3/11 SUNDAY MASS: 9:15 Mass; Refreshments; Christian Formation class: The Parrotts' Myanmar Mission
3/12-3/16 Morning Prayer in the Chapel, 8 a.m.
3/12 SANDWICH MINISTRY; MONDAYS AT …now at 5 PM in the parish hall
3/13 TUESDAY MORNING Mass, 10 a.m; Bible Study at 11 a.m. in parish hall
3/14 STATIONS OF THE CROSS, followed by Simple Soup Supper; 5:30 pm in Main Church
3/14 DOK MEETING at 5pm in the Parish Hall
3/16 REQUIEM MASS FOR CHRISTINE MULLEN; 4:30 pm in Main Church
3/17 BROTHERHOOD OF ST. ANDREW meets: 8 a.m. MP, followed by b’fast & meeting.
3/17 DIOCESAN SAFE GUARDING PROPERTY WORKSHOP 9a.m. in Parish Hall
3/18 VESTRY MEETING Noon-ish…in the Parish Hall
3/20 PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY, 10 a.m. in the parish hall
3/25-3/31 H O L Y W E E K
4/01 EASTER DAY
4/04 ACW MEETING at 5pm in the Parish Hall (Meets every 1st Wednesday of the month
4/08 BISHOP IKER’S ANNUAL VISITATION
This comes with my love and prayers...
Fr. Stuart Smith