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ANGLICAN CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD
Charlestown, NH
Report for the Northeast Anglican
June 2017

On Rose Sunday, Bishop Marsh wore a new set of Rose-colored vestments that we have long hoped to acquire.We had a busy spring at Good Shepherd. Lent was memorable with the celebration of a Passover Seder led by Rabbi Irving Luchans from Worcester, Massachusetts. A long-time friend of Bishop Marsh, he provided us with welcome insights into this important Jewish family ritual.

On Rose Sunday, Bishop Marsh wore a new set of Rose-colored vestments that we have long hoped to acquire.

 

 

 

 

We began Holy Week with a joyful Palm Sunday. In the afternoon, Fr. Art Bennett and Scott Chase distributed palms at several local nursing homes.Maundy Thursday During Holy Week we held our customary services of Tenebrae, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday with the Stations of the Cross. On Easter Even, were joined by Fr. Stephen Rugg, who served as deacon of the Mass and chanted the Exsultet.

 

 

 

 

 

Our elderly furnace finally had to be shut down for the spring for repairs because of suspicious odors. This time, we decided to bring in an "independent" expert and not use the furnace man that our oil supplier sends us each year to clean the furnace. The good news, as reported by our Junior Warden, Phil Turner, is that with some relatively minor fixes, our existing furnace may last another 5 years or more. The bad news is that the chimney, and furnace is filled with ash, and the chimney may need a new liner to meet the building code. So, we proceed on faith that all this will work out.

 

Bishop Marsh admitted postulant Scott Chase to the Order of Subdeacons.On the Third Sunday after Easter, Bishop Marsh admitted postulant Scott Chase to the Order of Subdeacons. Scott administered the chalice for the first time.We held a little celebration with cake after the morning service to welcome Scott in his new liturgical role in the life of our parish. We held a little celebration with cake after the morning service to welcome Scott in his new liturgical role in the life of our parish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At our vestry meeting on May 7, Bishop Marsh announced that he had asked Fr. Rugg to serve as interim priest-in-charge at Trinity Anglican Church, White River Junction, Vermont as they prepare a parish profile and conduct a search for a new priest. While the demands of his duties as Bishop will continue unabated, the change will mean that he can spend more time after services with our parish. It was immediately suggested that we move our Sunday service time from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and gain another hour of sleep on Sunday mornings. The motion passed unanimously! It was generally agreed by the vestry that this change may increase the likelihood of attracting new members to Good Shepherd.

VBSAs mentioned in our last report, we will hold “Summer Thunder” Vacation Bible School (VBS) at Good Shepherd on July 10-14 for the fourth year with the assistance of the Child Evangelism Fellowship of New Hampshire (CEF). The theme of VBS this year will be “Discovering Jesus.” The kids will become “detectives” and each day they will discover new clues in the Scriptures that lead them to discover who Jesus is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also look forward to the annual Town-wide Yard Sale in Charlestown. This is a wonderful opportunity to invite people to come into our church and rest from the heat of the day and busy shopping and perhaps buy some lemonade or a book or two. It also allows some of us to clean out overstuffed closets and make a few dollars for the church. But most importantly, it gives the parish an opportunity to work together on a project and enjoy the fellowship and company of each other.

We pray that you all have a save and restful summer.

Submitted by The Rev. Mr. David W. Moody

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