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ANGLICAN CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD
Charlestown, NH
Report for the Northeast Anglican
March 2018

 

We have had a busy winter season at Good Shepherd with the excitement of ice, snow, and frozen pipes which challenged our wardens and sexton. Challenges were overcome with prayer, grace, and hard work. We managed to survive the subzero weather of early January with no loss of heating or water damage. We celebrated by having the walls and wood work of the narthex and sanctuary painted for the first time in 15 years. Our 19th century tin ceiling now looks very elegant. We are grateful to our Junior Warden, Phil Turner, for seeing this project through. It adds a great deal to the appearance of our chapel. But every improvement yields its own set of new questions. Now what do we put on the wall behind the altar? It is a large, blank, white space. Many ideas have been offered. Hopefully, we will be able to show you the results of our deliberations in the next issue of the Northeast Anglican.

On February 13, we held our traditional Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper after the service of Evening Prayer.

  On February 14, we held our traditional Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper after the service of Evening Prayer.
All available space around our large round table was occupied by hungry folks eager to partake of Dee Blanchard’s tasty pancakes and Bonnie Turner’s homemade apple sauce along with sausages and bacon. It was a grand occasion for our parish family to share.   All available space around our large round table was occupied by hungry folks eager to partake of Dee Blanchard’s tasty pancakes and Bonnie Turner’s homemade apple sauce along with sausages and bacon. It was a grand occasion for our parish family to share.
    All available space around our large round table was occupied
 The next day Bishop Brian Marsh celebrated Holy Eucharist and administered ashes to parishioners.   The next day Bishop Brian Marsh celebrated Holy Eucharist and administered ashes to parishioners.
We will hold a Lenten discussion led by Bishop Marsh on the evening of March 13 on the topic “What does it mean to be an Anglican?”   We will hold a Lenten discussion led by Bishop Marsh on the evening of March 13 on the topic “What does it mean to be an Anglican?”

We look forward to this event as we hope it will encourage people who are not familiar with our Anglican tradition to come and ask questions.

Fr. Art Bennett has again organized a Seder on the evening of Friday, March 23 led by Rabbi Irving Luchans from Worcester, Massachusetts. Rabbi Luchans is a longtime friend of Bishop Marsh and has graciously agreed to come again. He will provide us with welcome insights into this important Jewish family ritual.

Finally, your correspondent, Fr. David Moody, submitted his resignation as Good Shepherd’s Associate Rector effective at the end of 2017. As the Bishop noted at our last vestry meeting, “Fr. David is still trying to figure out what that means.” We ask your prayers that the Holy Spirit will guide him in defining the next phase of his journey to serve God and His Church as a priest.

     

Submitted by the Rev. David W. Moody