Dear Good Shepherd Parish Family,
Lots of news and activities to report...so let's get right with it...
(A) GSAC Annual Meeting Report: New Vestry
Sunday, January 20th, we had a good long Annual Meeting right after a delicious Brunch (thank you, Pat Neeley and Mark Bowman, especially for the smoked meats main course!). Along with a challenging Financial Report (that indicated a deficit Budget for 2019), we listened to some happy reports on the ministries of the parish. A special joy was the "One Year Later" review by Debra Cox and Kathy Hanlon of our "Shepherd's Pantry" outreach. If you aren't familiar with it, cruise on over to our web page: www.goodshepherdanglicangranbury.org.
A new Vestry was constituted by election of three ("*"), and by the post-meeting vestry gathering in which officers were appointed and elected. Here is your Vestry for 2019:
The officers: Senior Warden (appointed by Rector)
Junior Warden (elected by Vestry)
Treasurer (but not a vestry member)
JIM RANDLE (elected by vestry)
Secretary/Clerk (elected by vestry)
This Vestry, along with Fr. Smith, will begins its Retreat this evening (5:30 pm). This year, the Bowmans are hosting the retreat (thank you Kat & Mark). Pray for your vestry as they dream dreams and make plans for 2019 for GSAC.
(B) MISSIONARY VISIT THIS COMING SUNDAY!
Fr. Robert Gresser, a priest of our diocese, will be our featured Preacher and Presenter at Christian Formation hour this coming Sunday, January 27th.
Fr. Gresser and his family will be moving to Malawi in March to begin a ministry of educating and preparing the clergy of the Diocese of Northern Malawi. He will be sharing his calling to this long-term Mission with us on the 27th. As you know, the Diocese of Ft. Worth has a long, warm, and close partnership with the Diocese of Northern Malawi (in southern Africa), and its bishop, The Rt. Rev. Fanuel Magangani. GSAC shares monthly from its outreach budget with Malawi, and I have personally been on three separate trips to that "warm heart of Africa" known as Malawi!
Stay after Mass on Sunday for refreshments, and for Fr. Gresser's special presentation.
(C) TELET IS FOR.... Y O U ! !
On Saturday, February 2nd, Fr. Scott Wilson will present his "TELET" program to us in the parish hall. This 8:30am-3pm event will provide engaging and effective tools for all of us to use in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ in our lives. Fr. Wilson has been here several times in past years, but it time for another Round! I hope that if YOU have not attended one of these TELET presentations, you will do so on 2/2. Each time I go through it, something new takes hold for me. Since Fr. Wilson's last visit, a dedicated small group of "Two by Two" members have kept the fire going, with the recommended time of bible study, prayer and sharing the first Saturday of each month.
Someone once opined, "It is better to light one candle, than to curse the Darkness". In this age of strident, snarky negativity in our culture, we especially need the ability to offer Light...the Light of Jesus Christ...to those who may not know there is such a Light.
Come join us and learn how to be a candle in the Dark!!
(D) THE CALENDAR FORWARD
Here's what's cookin' in the sweetest little Anglican parish in the land....
02/03 SHEPHERD’S PANTRY INGATHERING
02/06 CONFIRMATION CLASS RETREAT
02/08 – 02/09 DIOCESE OF FT. WORTH MEN’S CONFERENCE at St. Peter & St. Paul, Arlington, TX
02/16 PARISH LEADERS’ WORKSHOP - St. Andrew’s, Fort Worth
02/17 BISHOP IKER’S ANNUAL VISIT with CELEBRATION LUNCHEON
(Candidates for membership into the Church & their Sponsors will be Confirmed, Received, and Re-Dedicated.)
02/28 – 03/02 Texas Independence Day Celebration at Acton Cemetery and GSAC Chapel.
03/05 SHROVE TUESDAY – plans are in the making
03/06 ASH WEDNESDAY – LENT BEGINS
03/08 Second Friday Fasting & Prayer for the Election of Bishop
03/23 Annual Diocesan Altar Guild Meeting
04/21 EASTER DAY: Feast of the Resurrection
04/28 2nd Sunday of Easter: 3 p.m. Organ Concert by
05/04 GOOD SHEPHERD OLD ENGLISH TEA